Sunday, April 23, 2006

Tennessee Herps

A quick weekend trip down to my grandparents 200 acres of foothill country near Clinton, Tennessee (Anderson County) yielded a few birds but my primary focus on this trip was to find herps (salamanders, turtles, and lizards). The most noteworthy birds were a few warblers (Black and White, Yellow-rumped, Blue-winged, Yellow, Ovenbird, and Common Yellowthroat), Great Crested Flycatcher, Osprey, and some migrating Broad-winged Hawks.
The salamanders that my dad and I found were all either Southern Two-lined or Dusky. I don't know what specific species of Dusky they are - if anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. Other herps I observed but I was unable to get photos of include Wood Frog, Pickerel Frog, and a Hog-nosed Skink. The species I managed to get photos of are below.

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