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Field Herping at Wichita Mountains

Post  snakefreak on Thu May 19, 2011 9:02 am

So, my friend Colt and I went camping at Wichita Mountains earlier this week and literally herped all day for the two days that we were there (Sadly with very little results). We saw tons of their beautiful Collared Lizards, a good number of Fence Lizards, the occasional Little Brown Skink, a Narrow-mouthed Toad, a few Red Eared Sliders, and two Three Toed Box Turtles. We also saw some really cool inverts! We saw four Oklahoma Brown Tarantulas, a lot of Bark Scorpions, three Giant Desert Centipedes, and tons of Giant Millipedes!
I was upset because gas cost me around $80 to make the trip there and back, and I was really hoping to find multiple snakes, but we couldn't seem to find any... In the past when I have been at Wichita Mnts I was able to come across Western Coachwhips, several Yellow Bellied Racers, the occasional Rat Snake intergrade, etc. On this trip we hadn't even seen a small species under a rock, such as a ring-necked snake, or a rough earth snake.

Finally, literally within the last hour that we were going to stay there and continue herping I came across a beautiful Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake that was curled up in the shade of a big rock (which he had a burrow under).

Here are some pics from the trip:


The Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (he was close to 4ft long)







One of the Gian Desert Centipedes. (the biggest ones we saw on this trip were around 5'' long)


male Eastern Collared Lizard


Eastern Fence Lizard

Great Plains Narrow-mouthed Toad

Millipede


Oklahoma Brown Tarantula
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Post  sbender99 on Thu May 19, 2011 9:26 am

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Post  snakefreak on Thu May 19, 2011 9:28 am

sbender99 wrote:Someone has some serious photo skillz! Very Happy
Thanks Scott! Very Happy
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Post  tandy on Thu May 19, 2011 10:15 am

I love, love, love the photos of the WDB and the narrow-mouthed toad especially but all are awesome pics. Thanks for sharing!!! I am so happy that you saw a toad. They are few and far between here so far this year. Maybe the drought's not helping. Very Happy


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Post  Spider Woman on Thu May 19, 2011 3:09 pm

sbender99 wrote:Someone has some serious photo skillz! Very Happy

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Post  Zak on Thu May 19, 2011 4:10 pm

Nice pics man. Collard lizards are beautiful lizards. Always impressed when I see them.
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Post  snakefreak on Thu May 19, 2011 10:09 pm

Thanks everybody!
Tandy, I am glad that you like the shots so much! I spent over an hour photographing that Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake! lol
Zak, yes I totally agree! Every time that I see one of those brightly colored Collared Lizards I am totally amazed by their beauty!
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Post  Zak on Thu May 19, 2011 10:56 pm

I think if I was to keep a lizard it would be a pair of those. I love their color. You seem to have a lot of good luck when you go herp hunting.
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Post  Bryan Arens on Fri May 20, 2011 5:32 am

Awesome pics Cameron.
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Post  snakefreak on Fri May 20, 2011 10:30 am

Thanks Bryan!
Zak, I guess I do tend to find some cool stuff. I think most of it is due to how much time and energy I put into field herping. I mean, it took two days of hiking, flipping tons of heavy and rough rocks (I literally rubbed one of my fingers numb from flipping rocks, and then even two days later that finger felt all tingly), and baking in the sun, before I happened across that rattler. I was really starting to get depressed that we hadn't seen any snakes, and I even almost gave up at the beginning of the second day!
Now that it is summer for me, I try to go herping as much as I can! lol Most of the time I just go to local places near Shawnee.
I love field herping!!! Very Happy (Oh, and I saw a beautiful DOR Speckled Kingsnake last night on a road in the middle of Shawnee ) Crying or Very sad
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Post  Zak on Fri May 20, 2011 5:40 pm

Maybe we will have the same out come tomorrow.
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Post  Barry on Sat May 21, 2011 11:13 am

WDB and NM Toad Smile
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