Third Eye - Herping Carter Caves, Kentucky 2017  
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I went on a weekend trip to Carter Caves, Kentucky from April 12-15 with 16 members of the Independence (OH) High School Biology Society on their annual Spring Trip.

The adventure started with a nighttime amphibian hunt.
Amphibian Hunt

A semi-aquatic Spring Salamander, which spends the majority of its time in springs and wet caves.
Kentucky Spring Salamander

A Pickerel Frog - its call sounds like a quiet, long drawn-out snore.
Pickerel Frog

Carter Caves State Resort Park is a scenic place to hike.
Natural Bridge

The largest serpent we managed to catch was this Northern Water Snake.
Northern Water Snake

Slimy Salamander - this amphibian might be better named if it were called the "Sticky Salamander," because it secretes a glue-like substance from its skin when threatened.
Slimy Salamander

A hole in the ceiling of one of the caves we explored.
cave hole

This fine looking Eastern Garter Snake was found at the edge of Smokey Valley Lake.
Eastern Garter Snake

American Toads were calling from the lake.
American Toad

There were a number of wildflowers in bloom, such as this Wild Blue Phlox.
Wild Blue Phlox

The smallest snake of the trip was this tiny Ringneck Snake.
Ringneck Snake

The Northern Red Salamander is a large (up to 8 inches) amphibian. This species has a distinctive, bright yellow iris and a stout body.
Red Salamander

Cool rock formations in Cascade Cave.
Cascade Cave

A Cave Cricket hanging upside down while shedding its exoskeleton deep inside Cascade Cave.
Cave Cricket

A tasty Morel Mushroom.

A larval Red Salamander, they are often found under rocks and logs in and around cold, clean springs and adjacent brooks.
Red Salamander

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