Third Eye - Herping Carter Caves, Kentucky 2019  
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The group hiking along the base of an impressive rock overhang.
Carter Caves State Park

One of the two Eastern Garter Snakes found on the hike.
Eastern Garter Snake

Kana spending some quality time with an Eastern Garter Snake.
Eastern Garter Snake

One of the two Black Racers found on the trip. These serpent speedsters are not known for their friendly disposition.
Black Racer

Wild Geranium - one of the most surprising aspects of the flower is the color of its pollen. Unlike most wildflowers with traditionally yellow or orange pollen, Wild Geranium's pollen is bright blue. This attracts a variety of insects which come to pollinate it.
Wild Geranium

Several Worm Snakes were found. These reptiles are seldom seen, somewhat resemble earthworms and spend most of their time underground.
Worm Snake

A Zebra Swallowtail hitching a ride on my backpack.
Zebra Swallowtail

Ringneck Snakes don't get very large, averaging about a foot in length - this would be considered a sizeable one.
Northern Ringneck Snake

An American Toad in its domain.
American Toad

An "in situ" Redbelly Snake, this secretive serpent is rarely seen out in the open.
Redbelly Snake

The same Redbelly Snake showing how it received its common name.
Redbelly Snake

We hiked under this rock overhang with a tiny waterfall going over it.
Carter Caves State Park

Ravine Salamanders reside in forests and are often found on the slopes of valleys and ravines where they live among the leaf litter, hiding under logs, stones or stumps.
Ravine Salamander

This Eastern Black Kingsnake was a welcome find. It is a powerful constrictor that eats a variety of different types of food, including snakes, lizards, rodents, birds and turtle eggs. They are resistant to the venom of pit-vipers and they readily eat copperheads, cottonmouths and rattlesnakes.
Eastern Black Kingsnake

The pink version of Wild Blue Phlox.
Wild Blue Phlox

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