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Reptiles – 2007 Checklist

I decided to split up my 2007 Nature Checklist into 5 different categories; Butterflies & Skippers, Amphibians, Reptiles, Mammals and Birds! Reptiles (6) are the next family in my series of species that I have kept track of within Western New York State.

Common Garter Snake
Common Garter Snake

I did not have as many Reptiles this year as in previous years. Not sure why but just wasn’t my year for Wood Turtles or Spiny Soft-shells. My first turtle for 2007 was a Painted Turtle on the 2nd of May 2007 along ASP Rt. 2. The most common snakes observed this year was the Common Garter Snakes where I had an up close look at one, pooped on by one and then saw one being eaten by the Broad-winged Hawk. I will let Nick show me what a Short-headed Garter Snake looks like so I am not overlooking these guys (and get a lifer mammal)!

Northern Water Snake
Northern Water Snake in the road.

Here is my list of reptiles which I have listed in taxonomic order by common name (I would be happy to send you their Latin name for any species in question):

1. Common Snapping Turtle 4. Red-bellied Snake
2. Eastern Painted Turtle 5. Eastern Garter Snake
3. Northern Water Snake 6. N. Ring-necked Snake

Painted Turtle
Painted Turtle on a log


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19 responses

  1. You saw more snakes than me this past year! Very cool, Tom!

    2 January 2008 at 7:31 pm

  2. Lisa at Greenbow

    Your pictures have inspired me to try to get pictures this year of all the turtles and snakes I see. This will be fun. There is a snake that is endangered here in IN that is in the southern part of our county. I am racking my brain (easy to do) to remember what it is called. Anyway I saw one last year. It was exciting at the time. I usually get too excited to take pictures when I see something new. I am easily awed by nature.

    2 January 2008 at 7:47 pm

  3. This is one I’m definitely not envious of. Thankfully, I’ve never seen a snake in my yard.

    2 January 2008 at 8:05 pm

  4. @ Pam – thanks but Reptiles could have been better!
    @ Lisa – thanks and I sure hope you are able to and would love to see your photos throughout the year! Is it one of the rattlesnakes?
    @ Robin – LOL, wasn’t expecting many to enjoy this post!

    2 January 2008 at 8:32 pm

  5. You KNOW me loves my reptiles, too :o) All of them. Snakes, whatever.

    2 January 2008 at 9:56 pm

  6. We found out this year we have copperheads and cottonmouths in the area (besides the more benign garters.) My next year’s hiking gear includes high top boots!

    2 January 2008 at 10:17 pm

  7. Michael Head

    Didn’t show this one to Noreen. I don’t need her looking over her shoulder at camp this year!! Well Done.

    2 January 2008 at 11:56 pm

  8. I thought I did a pretty good job of getting out and about in the natural world, but your lists and photos are beginning to make me feel like a couch potato.

    3 January 2008 at 1:52 am

  9. @ Mary – thanks – 🙂
    @ Lana – wow, never seen anyof those two species before! Thanks
    @ Mike – sounds like a great idea! Thanks
    @ Marvin – thanks but could have done better! Couch Potato?? I doubt that!

    3 January 2008 at 7:25 am

  10. You’re inspiring me to keep better track of what I see as well as to take more pictures. It’s too easy otherwise to get to the end of the year and forget how many species I encountered and animals I interacted with.

    3 January 2008 at 8:03 am

  11. Nice photos Tom, usually when I see a snake it’s the tail end as it heads off into the long grass!

    3 January 2008 at 11:18 am

  12. Great idea with breaking down the lists. Great photos too.

    3 January 2008 at 12:54 pm

  13. I’ll have to get pictures once things warm up again. I didn’t have a digicam this past Summer…

    3 January 2008 at 4:31 pm

  14. Wow, lots of great pictures and lists. Snakes don’t put me off. The best thing about hiking is all the wildlife one encounters. I’m so envious.

    3 January 2008 at 6:45 pm

  15. @ Wren – how wonderful and I sure hope you do take the pictures and keep the list!
    @ Sherri – thanks and many times that’s what I find!
    @ Patrick – thanks
    @ Lana – thanks and hope you have one now!
    @ Gloria – thanks and those are the best parts for sure!

    4 January 2008 at 12:22 pm

  16. lvn600

    That Garter Snake has the evil eye. cool photos!

    4 January 2008 at 8:31 pm

  17. TR

    Beautiful photos. The only way to shoot a reptile is with a camera! My lifer this year is the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake which I blogged about earlier in the year.

    4 January 2008 at 10:27 pm

  18. Lisa at Greenbow

    It isn’t a rattle snake. I am thinking it was a copper belly (not copperhead) or a ‘something’ belly. Gosh, this is one reason I don’t write too much about reptiles etc becasue I don’tknow what most things are. It is also why I am facinated about them too. They are mysterious.

    6 January 2008 at 8:28 pm

  19. @ Lvn600 – thanks
    @ TR – thanks and great Rattlesnake!
    @ Lisa – Could be and mysterious is a great way to keep it, right?

    6 January 2008 at 11:39 pm

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