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Old Nov 2, 2016, 8:59 PM   #1
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Many of our native East Tennessee reptiles (and some of our amphibians) thrive in the hot dry early autumn season. Here are a few recent views of these cold-blooded friends.

First a few views of a fine young Milk Snake. Named because they were said the steal milk from cows(!!!!), these little snakes hang around the barn in search of small rodents, not milk!
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Here's a pair of much more reclusive snakes. I rarely encounter venomous snakes, but nearby Holston Mountain is my favorite spot to seek out our two native venomous species. These two Timber Rattlesnakes were enjoying a little sunbath on a cool sunny morning.
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This Garter Snake was also enjoying - not a sunbath, but a snack, over at nearby Bays Mountain. That American Toad is quite a mouthful!
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Red Eared Sliders are not native to Northeast Tennessee. But several of our lakes have healthy populations of these water turtles. - probably begun by people releasing petshop turtles.
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Eastern Box Turtles are native here. Unfortunately, they are becoming scarcer, at least partly because of people removing them from the forest and trying to keep them as "pets." Not just illegal, but usually a sentence to slow death for the turtle. Notice that each of these is a male - you can tell by the bright red eyes.
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Will close with two amphibians - a small American Toad who did NOT get eaten by the hungry garter snake…
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...and a male Green Frog - you can tell it's a male by the yellow throat.


Hope you enjoyed these scaly and slippery friends. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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Beautiful photos. It looks as though those Timber Rattlers really blend into the landscape.
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...It looks as though those Timber Rattlers really blend into the landscape.
They are indeed well-designed to blend in with the forest floor. Makes it much easier for them to sneak up on their prey (mostly small mammals).
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Nice photos of the snakes! It always amazes me to see a snake eating something so much bigger than their head. That one looks like he won't have to eat again for a while.
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