Third Eye - Heron Pond 2011  
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Tim Spuckler
8213 Wyatt Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

After spending three days at Snake Road I had a hankering to find some turtles, so I left the road to other herpers and headed to a well-known cypress swamp which looked like this.
Heron pond

Although I've seen many Red-eared Sliders in the field, this was the first time I saw them within their natural range.
Red-eared Sliders

Mole Salamander - lifer.
Mole Salamander

I bet you can't find a Cherrybark Oak Tree bigger than this one.
Cherrybark Oak Tree

A shy female Eastern Box Turtle.
Eastern Box Turtle

And about 500 feet away, a more outgoing male Eastern Box Turtle.
Eastern Box Turtle

Cow Killer.
Cow Killer

Slimy Salamander.
Slimy Salamander

Spiny Softshell Turtle.
Spiny Softshell Turtle.

Illinois landscape as seen from the bluffs.

Bronze Frog.
Bronze Frog

Five-lined skink.
Five-lined skink

A huge Black Racer, which apparently had just consumed a large meal.
Black Racer

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