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Old May 9, 2016, 8:28 PM   #1
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Continuing to play "catch-up" with some photos from earlier in the spring, here are some East Tennessee amphibians and reptiles. First up are a few shots of one of our smallest native frogs. Chorus frogs are tiny, and begin singing as early as late February. That big throat helps project the sound of his mating call.
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And a few snapshots of another early-season singer - Wood Frogs. Their duck-like call is heard here in let February and early March.
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Eggs show up soon after.
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Our American Toads start singing a bit later in the season - these guys were singing in late March. It was worth getting rather damp to catch these friendly fellows mid-song.
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Early spring is also salamander season. Here's one with an appropriate name - the Slimy Salamander. They give off some super-sticky slime when disturbed!
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And here's a Seal Salamander - this species is a surprisingly good jumper!
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Spring Salamanders are one of our largest species. They prefer small, slightly muddy, cool springs - and they sure move fast!
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This tiny reptile was hardly moving at all. Ring-Necked snakes are usually smaller than a pencil, and spend most of their time underground. This shy little one was probably enjoying some of the warmth from this sun-soaked quartzite rock.
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Just one more cold-blooded friend - a Black Rat Snake. From the looks of the soil stains on his head, he had probably just come out of his winter sleep! But he's not sticking out his tongue to be rude, he's just "tasting" the air!
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Hope you enjoyed these glimpses of the scaly and the slimy. Thanks for your comments & critique!
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