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Old Jul 17, 2016, 9:13 PM   #1
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Hot summer days are perfect for reptile and amphibian watching. Have led plenty summer hikes lately, and it seems we keep on finding Black Rat Snakes. Here's one that was "hanging out" in the fork of an old cedar tree. Notice the cloudy look to his eyes - he will soon be shedding.
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Here's another much friskier Black Rat Snake found by some young hikers. Of course, they wanted me to catch him, and, of course, he bit me several times. He also buzzed his tail against the leaves, so we'd think he was a rattlesnake!
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Here are a few closer views of his handsome face.
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And, just for fun, one in B&W.
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Another hike found us watching some rather shy Snapping Turtles in a small pond. We just got this one glimpse before they both dove.
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Will end with one summertime amphibian - a young Green Frog just barely out of the tadpole stage. The young hikers who found this tiny friend were very good at quiet, slow stalking!

Hope you enjoyed these cold-blooded friends, and will share your suggestions and critique!
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G'day Mole

Another set of very good imagesw from your hiking exploits ~ thank you

I'm amazed to hear that you can 'play' with the snake and survive being bitten, as Aussie snakes - just about all of them - are the most poisoness snakes in the world and no-one 'plays' with snakes while out in the bush

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