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My last 3 post are some the things we (my husband, granddaughter (16) and myself) saw on a recent adventure to the panhandle of Florida. Where we toured a cave, saw the tallest waterfall in Florida. Saw a few sink holes. Took a boat ride into the Gulf. Swam in a couple Springs. Took our first ever canoe trip 6.8 miles self guided. Sadly, no photos of the canoe trip. I was too afraid I would ruin my camera as it rained off and on most of the day. So there was no way to keep it dry. Thanks again to @Seanbirds for helping me id these herps. Gray Ratsnake, Three-lined Salamander and a Common-Five lined Skink. Bringing my herp life list to 61.

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15 minutes ago, Clip said:

My last 3 post are some the things we (my husband, granddaughter (16) and myself) saw on a recent adventure to the panhandle of Florida. Where we toured a cave, saw the tallest waterfall in Florida. Saw a few sink holes. Took a boat ride into the Gulf. Swam in a couple Springs. Took our first ever canoe trip 6.8 miles self guided. Sadly, no photos of the canoe trip. I was too afraid I would ruin my camera as it rained off and on most of the day. So there was no way to keep it dry. Thanks again to @Seanbirds for helping me id these herps. Gray Ratsnake, Three-lined Salamander and a Common-Five lined Skink. Bringing my herp life list to 61.

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Whoops @Clip I just made a huge mistake!! Your lizard is a juvenile Broad-headed Skink, not Five-lined. Sorry!

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2 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Whoops @Clip I just made a huge mistake!! Your lizard is a juvenile Broad-headed Skink, not Five-lined. Sorry!

Dang it! That means I have to reduce my life list by one. I already had Broad-headed Skink.

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5 minutes ago, Seanbirds said:

You'll get the Five-lined, don't worry. They're quite common, as their name implies.

Probably so. One I really want to see are one of the Glass Lizards. They look cool!

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15 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

No, but one of my big targets. I just haven't been able to actively look for them in their habitat much.

I don't actively look for any of the herps I have seen. They have all been while out birding or in this case sightseeing. Love finding them though.

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On 6/27/2021 at 8:18 PM, Seanbirds said:

They're very common, but you hardly ever see them unless you flip cover (boards, sheet metal, rocks, etc) to find them.

You will never guess what I found under some boards last week.😉

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Eastern Snapping Turtles mating. In the first photo they are on the bank with the male on top. In the second the male has gone in the water leaving the female on the bank. The 3rd the male is climbing back onto the female and submerging her. In the last only the male is visible presumably on top of her again. He kept her down there along time. We left in case he was keeping her down there due to our presents.

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41 minutes ago, Seattle said:

You gotta hand it to the DNR pilots.  It was blowing about 40 mph and they can still dump these buckets with amazing accuracy.  

Rotor 2 (1 of 1)

 

When they're through there, send 'um to Calif!!! 😟

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12 hours ago, Seanbirds said:

Yup. Cute little guy!

You would probably love this time of the year here at our house. My husband goes to mow and probably a hundred babies start jumping into the hedges to avoid the mower. The adults are all over and make you jump often as you only see movement out of the corner of your eye. Then it's oh just another lizard. We see way more Brown Anole than Green. Which should not be the case of course as the Brown are invasive.

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On 7/23/2021 at 10:07 AM, Clip said:

My last 3 post are some the things we (my husband, granddaughter (16) and myself) saw on a recent adventure to the panhandle of Florida. Where we toured a cave, saw the tallest waterfall in Florida. Saw a few sink holes. Took a boat ride into the Gulf. Swam in a couple Springs. Took our first ever canoe trip 6.8 miles self guided. Sadly, no photos of the canoe trip. I was too afraid I would ruin my camera as it rained off and on most of the day. So there was no way to keep it dry. Thanks again to @Seanbirds for helping me id these herps. Gray Ratsnake, Three-lined Salamander and a Common-Five lined Skink. Bringing my herp life list to 61.

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On 7/23/2021 at 10:07 AM, Clip said:

My last 3 post are some the things we (my husband, granddaughter (16) and myself) saw on a recent adventure to the panhandle of Florida. Where we toured a cave, saw the tallest waterfall in Florida. Saw a few sink holes. Took a boat ride into the Gulf. Swam in a couple Springs. Took our first ever canoe trip 6.8 miles self guided. Sadly, no photos of the canoe trip. I was too afraid I would ruin my camera as it rained off and on most of the day. So there was no way to keep it dry. Thanks again to @Seanbirds for helping me id these herps. Gray Ratsnake, Three-lined Salamander and a Common-Five lined Skink. Bringing my herp life list to 61.

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Bringing your granddaughter up right!  ❤️ 

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