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SOUTHEAST
April 2007
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SOUTHEAST
April 2007
 3 of 3
A few weeks after that trip ends I revisit North Carolina.  Ron and I do some local herping around Durham, then head east to explore new territory towards the coast.  It’s a good time of year for small-game hunting, and many of the boards we flip reveal a variety of tiny snakes:      Naturally, we can’t avoid Racers. Besides snakes, there is an attractive assortment of other herps: The variable coloration of Fence Lizards:     Down east, Ron discovers our first NC Scarlet Kingsnake, under the loose bark of a fallen pine.   We finish up with Copperheads, a tiny neonate crawling around just before dark . . .          . . . followed (albeit two months later) by this beautiful recluse that Ron finds closer to home. So, all in all, not the best herping season I’ve had in the Southeast . . . but as always, well worth the trip.
Smooth Earth Snake Virginia valeriae
Juvenile Rough Earth Snake Virginia striatula
Red Belly Snake Storeria occipitomaculata gray and brown phases
Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina
Southern Toad Bufo terrestris
Fowler’s Toad Bufo fowleri
Green Anole Anolis carolinensis
Five-lined Skink Eumeces fasciatus
Scarlet Kingsnake Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides