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Herping at Camp Simpson this Saturday

Post  snakefreak on Sun Apr 17, 2011 12:18 pm

Early this Saturday morning Lydia, Colt, and I went with Greg Mayberry and his high school Zoology club to Camp Simpson (a camp owned by the Boy Scouts of America near Tishomingo). We had a great day there, and found quite a bit of stuff!
I won't have time to post any pics until next weekend, but I definitely will post some!

While there we caught: a Cotton Mouth, a beautiful Speckled King Snake, a big Ribbon Snake, a Plains Black-headed Snake, a Ring-necked Snake, and an Oklahoma Brown Tarantula! We also saw a few Five Lined Skinks, several Brown Skinks, a Broad-headed Skink, a bunch of Cricket Frogs, a few Bark Scorpions, a few Red Eared Slider Turtles, and what looked to be a Musk Turtle!
It was a GREAT day!!! Very Happy
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Post  Snakeman on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:43 pm

Sounds like a great hunt. Very Happy
Saturday turned out to be a much better time to herp hunt than Saturday night.
I would have really liked to have been at Blue River during the day Saturday.

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Post  Zak on Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:54 pm

Wow sounds like you guys had a good hunt. Can't wait to see some pics.
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Post  snakefreak on Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:55 pm

Yeah, the weather turned out to be pretty good for herping.
The Speckled King Snake is soooo pretty! This was my first live catch of this species, and it was a very exciting find for Colt, Lydia, and me!
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Post  Snakeman on Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:19 pm

Herp hunting at Boy Scout Camps.

Man ! Good memories.

Had some really good hunts at some Boy Scout Camps when I first started herp hunting many, many moons ago.

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Post  tandy on Sun Apr 17, 2011 6:04 pm

Sounds like a great day to me too. Please do post the pics.

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Post  snakefreak on Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:54 pm

Alright, as promised here are some pics!


Here's the gorgeous Speckled Kingsnake!



Big Ribbon Snake



Flat-headed Snake Snake ventral view (Thanks Larry! Smile )


Cotton Mouth


Ring-Neck Snake


Oklahoma Brown Tarantula




(This is the habitat that the cotton mouth was found in)

Hope you all enjoy these photos! Very Happy


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Post  sbender99 on Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:57 pm

Very nice! Ty sir! Very Happy

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Post  Snakeman on Sat Apr 23, 2011 4:19 am

Cool !!
Good hunt.

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Post  Spider Woman on Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:20 am

Nice pic's! Love the first one. OK, that first and second picture i'm guesing is the same snake. That is what the snake looked like that the pet store sold me about 20+ years ago and said it was a Spaloti (sp). It was biger thou.

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Post  snakefreak on Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:37 pm

Thanks all!

Robin, sounds to me like a Spilotes pullatus! Common name is Tiger Rat Snake (or Tropical Chicken Snake).
They are also black and yellow, and get VERY large (can get over 10 feet long)! That is awesome if that is what you had, I really want a pair someday! Would it inflate its neck and rattle his tail when it felt threatened?
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Post  Spider Woman on Sun Apr 24, 2011 2:44 pm

snakefreak wrote:
Robin, sounds to me like a Spilotes pullatus! Common name is Tiger Rat Snake (or Tropical Chicken Snake).
They are also black and yellow, and get VERY large (can get over 10 feet long)! That is awesome if that is what you had, I really want a pair someday! Would it inflate its neck and rattle his tail when it felt threatened?

Well, the one we picked out was super nice and the pet store owner said to bring it in the first week and they would "force feed" it because they get stressed and not eat at first - now.... this is before I knew much about snakes except that I liked them, he was my first one - well, long story short they killed him (they tried to tell me he was playing dead and by the time we got home he was dead) and so they gave us the other on and he was so mean he would strike and slam into the glass when you walked by, so we took him back!! Didn't get much enteraction with them.

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Post  snakefreak on Mon Apr 25, 2011 2:56 pm

Yeah, sounds like some wild caught Tiger Rats to me. Not the most friendly of snakes. They seem very defensive, and wild caughts don't typically do to great in captivity.
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