Category Archives: Reptiles and Amphibians

Blog posts that describe behaviors or contain nature photographs of reptiles and amphibians.

High Bullfrog Activity

On my last kayak outing (about a week ago), it was very obvious that the frog activity was very high. As I sat in a small cove in my kayak, you could look over the water and see hundreds of frog heads sticking out of the water. And sometimes you could see frogs coming up, […]

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Ribbbbit!

  Yesterday morning, I did something I haven’t been able to do in a long time … a very long time. I loaded up my gear and headed out with the kayak (“Rubber Duckie”) for a wonderful morning of nature photography. I was able to get out a couple of times last summer, but the […]

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Beautifully Dangerous

  Caution Ophidiophobics: This post contains snake images!!! If you don’t like snakes, please steer away from this post; tomorrow’s post will be something a bit more to your liking!   On my early morning therapeutic hike yesterday, I ran upon a Copperhead snake (Agkistrodon contortrix) that was lying on the gravel road. It looked […]

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Unexpected Surprise

Yesterday was a very successful day in the field. While conducting another woodland wildflower, in-the-field workshop, I found a “life” wildflower … a few Jack-in-the-Pulpits, which I’ll share in an upcoming post. After the workshop ended, I decided to check out the nearby natural prairie for progress with wildflowers there. On my trek through the […]

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Testing the Limits

While editing some older images, I found a couple of images captured from the kayak, of a small frog “hiding” in a lily pad. Reviewing the image data, I realized these images were made by hand-holding the camera/macro lens combo. I used a very small aperture to throw the background out-of-focus. This also caused a […]

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My, What Big Claws You Have!

During my frequent kayak trips in my area, I almost always come across Red-eared Sliders (Chrysemys scripta elegans), either sunning on a downed log in the creek, or poking their heads out of the water to take a look at me. Normally, it is a bit difficult to approach them as they sun, but sitting […]

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Live and Learn (Snake Images)

From my archived images, I found some images that I have not previously posted. Not long after moving to my rural Missouri home, I began seeing Eastern Bluebirds on the property. Subsequently, I fabricated several bluebird houses and set them up all around my 9.5 acres. The next spring, as I walked the landscape, I […]

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A Little Bull For You!

I was quite surprised to find this half-grown Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus) sunning on the gravel road of Quivira NWR when I visited there in mid-November. After all, the temperatures were only about 50F and these are cold-blooded creatures. These reptiles can grow to about 6-feet long … this one was about 3-feet long. Bullsnakes are […]

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Don’t Mess With Me!

Back in May, I visited nearby Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, in eastern Kansas. As I drove around a large pool of water, I came upon a large Snapping Turtle that was crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and got out to capture a few images of this large reptile: These guys can get […]

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Turquoise Treasure

Another interesting inhabitant of the Wichita Mountains (southwest Oklahoma) is the Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). During my recent visit, I saw several male lizards, but no females. Makes me think the females may be busy nesting right now. These creatures are cold-blooded, staying in their dens on colder days. During my visit, it was […]

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