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Topic: Fall Field Trip *pics*

Had the pleasure of finally getting to join in one of the AHS field trips.  So much fun, and I was honored to get to herp with these folks!

I am a "fly by the seat of your pants" type, so I really hadn't made up my mind whether I wanted to camp Friday or not.  Finally Friday afternoon I got it together & rolled out to Hide Away Campground near the Rocky Branch area on Beaver Lake.
The area at the campground was really promising and the kids were finding little toads the whole time.

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When I arrived, I met with Jodi & her son, Cash.  Several of the other folks were already out herping, having arrived earlier in the day.

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I fired up the grill, Serenity & Cash hit it off immediately, and I made a wonderful new friend in Jodi.

A short while later, everyone returned from herping with a juvie Box turtle, Western Worm snake and a nice Hognose snake:

Tobin:
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I think I just figured out where all my beer went:
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Little Boxie:
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We all hung out around the fire swapping stories, playing pyro, and laughing.  I crashed around 2AM, the wind woke me up at 4, reminding me why a tent needs tent stakes. 

Brad headed out early to pick up Marc (Morris) so we could hit our first spot looking for target species: Sonoran (variable) ground snakes.  We headed out through Eureka Springs to an area North of Berryville.
Naturally it was Corvette weekend in Eureka.  At least we had some great scenery while we were cruising along at 20mph in a 45mph zone.  lol

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Finally, around 10:30-11A (after getting separated a few times from the convoy) we all arrived and set out to herp Marc's suggested spot.

Jeremy & Marc working the initial area:
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One of my new local herping buddy's, Russ, found our first find:
Scolopendra heros (Red headed monster)
(Eric being a braver man than I..if I were a man...lol  These things creep me out a bit.  Cool, but creepy)
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Eric said he could feel the pressure from the bite through the glove..Yeah..that's why HE'S holding it, and I'm takin' the pics!
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Found a few of these Striped bark scorpions (Centruroides vittatus):
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Going up our first ridge:
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View from top of first hill
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Second ridge...Was it me? or was this whole area UPHILL somehow??
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JACKPOT:  Sonoron (Variable) ground snake:  Sonora semiannulata

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Eric w/ his awesome find!
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Brad's son: You can tell they do this A LOT.
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Jodi's son, Cash, for a 1st timer, he held his own, even touched the Sonoran, this was the look on his face right afterwards big_smile
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Ashley, Jeremy's daughter
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End of the Sonoron Ground snake photo session..you can tell because Glenn and Brad are both looking UNDER the rock ledge..lol  OOPS!
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Moving on....
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Third of 3 ridges we climbed
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The view was awesome:
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Little Twerp on the Prairie big_smile
Serenity had a great time.  She's worn out today
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Few Rough Earth snakes (Virginia striatula) Marc found:
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2nd Jackpot: Sonoran Ground snake
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Serenity & Cash had enough by the 2nd ridge.. I was about 1/2 way up it, to give an idea of distance..lol
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Flipped tin down the hill, saw a couple of Garters, which I didn't manage to catch hmm 
Russ and I flipped a truck hood..lol  Just so we could say we did it..LOL!!
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Russ and I hiked back up the hill because we didn't want to get in trouble for jumping the fence..Then I watched the other guys crawl over the fence! tongue  Also they flipped in the same area and found a Speckled King and a Ribbon snake..lol
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Glenn had to catch the UofA game, Jodi was ready to head back, so was Serenity.  I was prepared to return to camp and rest, until Brad said "Are you sure you don't want to go? We're going to check out a Timber den."     big_smile   Said the magic words, and I was GONE AGAIN!

We headed out to a rugged and remote area in Berryville known for Timber Rattlesnakes.
It was all downhill on the way, which killed my knees.  I think at one point I actually sat down and said "Heck with it..I'm gonna end up on my rear end anyways!" and slid down..lol
Stopped at a spring to rest for a few, and then headed further in:
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Marc picking out his tent site:
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Marc found a nice little (I think he said) Oklahoma Salamander (Eurycea tynerensis)
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Death Roll
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We came back by this spot on the way out and checked out the cavern and found a couple of cave sallies and a slimy:
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Cruddy pic, but I'm assuming this is also a Cave sally?
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Slimy Salamander:
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Timber habitat climb...Straight up..big rocks..Cash and I stayed down at the trail.
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I don't think he minded too much..You measure the success of the herp trip by the number of smiles you get.. (sorry for quality  was losing light and camera skills..lol)
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Thanks for all the smiles guys! Great to meet you all, and I am not the least bit sore and ready to rock again! big_smile

I'm about to have an abruptly.

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Nice pics! I wish we could have gotten more of that 1st ground snake. LOL
Had a great time hanging with old friends and making a few new ones!

Ever wonder why conservatives are called the right and liberals are called the left?

Ecclesiates 10:2

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AWESOME pics!!!-
I guess you were about the only person that got anything good of the big ground snake...sure glad yours turned out so clear. One if mine is blurred and the other was overexposed...but, at least it will put to rest any "are you SURE it was a ground snake..." talk!

Big thanks to Tobin for gettin this one organized,  and to Marc for making the ground snake happen. 

And, it was good to see YOU in the field for a change, hopefully you'll come out more often. We'll try to find a timber densite we can drive to.. big_smile

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I'm envious of everyone that was able to make this trip. You guys killed it up there. Thank you for posting pics so I could live vicariously through you guys.       Thomas.

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wish you could have been there man!

Ever wonder why conservatives are called the right and liberals are called the left?

Ecclesiates 10:2

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First thing Cash says when we got in the car to leave, "Mom, why haven't you and dad bought me a snake hook yet?" LOL!!! I think he's "hooked", pun intended. We had such an amazing time and everyone was so friendly and welcoming. Thank you all so much. Baby boxie is doing great, though still a little panicky. We can't wait to go on our next field trip and Cash will definitely be getting his first snake hook for Christmas.... and maybe his first snake if we can talk dad into it!

Spreading the love of turtles to everyone!!!

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We made it home, in spite of the drunk driver I almost had to run off the road! Lol. Kim and I had a great time. It was nice to meet the new folks, and great to see most of the regulars. I was glad my campground worked out good. I am grateful to everyone that came and made the trip fun. I have to say thanks to Eric for the HOT habanero peppers. They made Kim's chili extra tasty. I'm glad we were productive in spite of the dry conditions. I will post the species totals later this week.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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Man I wish I would have been able to make it! You guys killed it. No hots the whole weekend though??

Long story short, it rained the entire time I was in CA (at least AZ was nice) and my plans messed up and I didn't even get back 'til today.

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mikemike wrote:

Man I wish I would have been able to make it! You guys killed it. No hots the whole weekend though??

Long story short, it rained the entire time I was in CA (at least AZ was nice) and my plans messed up and I didn't even get back 'til today.

What are hots?

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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frogman wrote:
mikemike wrote:

Man I wish I would have been able to make it! You guys killed it. No hots the whole weekend though??

Long story short, it rained the entire time I was in CA (at least AZ was nice) and my plans messed up and I didn't even get back 'til today.

What are hots?

Venomous...

Ever wonder why conservatives are called the right and liberals are called the left?

Ecclesiates 10:2

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Oh ok. Kim and I found a copperhead and a cottonmouth. I'm surprised we didn't find any pygs.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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frogman wrote:

Oh ok. Kim and I found a copperhead and a cottonmouth. I'm surprised we didn't find any pygs.

So no cool hots? Hahah

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No it was cold. Lol

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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Sad.

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It is. I can't remember the last time I have seen a timber or Pygmy rattler. And it's so dry in south Arkansas, my target mudsnake continues to elude me.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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Seriously. I'm still at one pygmy and 4 timbers I think and nothing from the past couple months over here.

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Yeah I don't know what's going on. I used to see a lot of timbers in the Ouachita bottomlands around Arkadelphia, but it has been a few years since my last sighting.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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Strange. I'm hopefully gonna herp some spots on Thursday. I have to get as much in as possible before winter gets here. Winter's gonna be rough.

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Haven't been out herping for Pygmies, they loved that hot dry weather we had back in July/Aug

I'm about to have an abruptly.

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Tobin,
I should've gone with y'all! I really want to see a copperhead.... and maybe a cottonmouth, just to say I did. But I think copperheads are so beautiful, I'd like to see one in real life!

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jodimc wrote:

Tobin,
I should've gone with y'all! I really want to see a copperhead.... and maybe a cottonmouth, just to say I did. But I think copperheads are so beautiful, I'd like to see one in real life!

I wish we had gotten a picture of the copperhead. He was in some leaves by a creek and I almost stepped on him.

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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I have yet to see a copper in the open. I've only cruised 'em and flipped 'em.

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I almost didn't see him. He was camouflaged so well in the leaves, I did not see him until I was about three feet away. Good thing I didn't step on him. It could have been painful for both of us! Lol

"Conservation is a state of harmony between men and land".-Aldo Leopold

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YEAH! That's the only downfall to Copperheads, they won't move out of the way!!! lol

I'm about to have an abruptly.

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Eh. It's a weak bite. Hahaha