Third Eye - Carter Caves 2007  
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The following photos were taken May 13-15, 2007 in Carter Caves, Kentucky. This was the annual Spring Trip for the Independence High School Biology Society; 14 students participated in the event. Although the "name of the game" was caves and bats, a nice selection of reptiles and amphibians were found, including two "lifers" for me.

Male Five-lined Skink
Five-lined Fever
I caught this male five-lined skink (Eumeces fasciatus) shortly after arriving at the resort. A colony of skinks lived in our front yard. Soon everyone was trying their hand at skink catching.
Skink Hunt
Group Effort
Carly Kalish was intent on catching a five-lined skink, she even enlisted the help of her friends and biology teacher...all to no avail (let's face it, there can only be one "Skink Master").
Female Five-lined Skink
Female Five-lined
Females of this species retain their characteristic "5 lines," while males lose all pattern and develop red heads during breeding season.
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Small Bat
Pipistrelle Bat
This is the first bat we saw, it is the smallest species residing in the state.
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Cave Cricket Cave Cricket
These wingless crickets are common in caves, where they scavenge for decaying plant and animal material.
Irene Come on, Irene!
They don't call it a "cave crawl" for nothing.
Ringneck Ring Thing
The first snake I found was this baby Ringneck (Diadophis punctatus). It was quite tiny.
Cave Cavescape
There were many scenic areas, both inside and outside the caves.
Lake Cave Underground Lake
Some of the underground rock formations, waterways and tunnels were truly inspiring.
Indy Bat Did I Tell You About the Bats?
The Indiana bat is Federally endangered.
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