Third Eye - Herping Carter Caves, Kentucky 2019  
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The weather was pleasant and mostly sunny during the Independence High School Biology Society's Spring Trip to Cater Caves, Kentucky at the end of April.
Carter Caves, KY

The Dusky Salamander is well named, for it is rather drab in color. It often resides in wooded or partially wooded moist habitats with a running source of water.
Dusky Salamander

While many of the spring wildflowers were "past their prime," this Flowering Dogwood that was near where we stayed looked pretty good.
Flowering Dogwood

Five-lined Skinks were out and about on sunny days - this male is starting to get his orange breeding coloration.
Five-lined Skink

The Independence High School Biology Society on a morning hike.
Independence High School Biology Society

The first snake found on the trip was this tiny Northern Ringneck Snake, it's easy to see how this species gets its common name.
Northern Ringneck 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

One of the several types of spring wildflowers that were in bloom - Iris.

Eastern Fence Lizards have overlapping, pointed scales and are part of a large family of reptiles known as Spiny Lizards. They are also commonly called "swifts" because of their speed (though this one lost its tail to a predator).
Eastern Fence Lizard

The largest millipede in the land - American Giant Millipede.
American Giant Millipede

The Stinkpot is a cantankerous turtle that can release a foul smell if significantly disturbed.

The Independence High School Biology Society before a cave tour.
Independence High School Biology Society

The Independence High School Biology Society after a cave tour.
Independence High School Biology Society

The elegant Longtail Salamander is aptly named, as its tail comprises 60-65% of its total length (up to 9 inches).
Longtail Salamander

An American Toad seen on one of our hikes.
American Toad

Ringneck Snakes like to hide under rocks and bark at the edges of forests, usually where a forest meets an open area like a field.
Northern Ringneck Snake

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