I took the opportunity to visit a tract that we recently acquired, as a part of the EOA Preserve, in an attempt to locate some of the seldom seen reptiles of the Edge. The weather has been cool and damp so I expected that these guys might be holed up under some cover, waiting for some sunshine and warm temperatures to get their systems going. While the day was overcast with sometimes steady rain and temperatures in the 50's, I discovered several species content to provide a photo opportunity.
|Ring-necked snake, Diadophis punctatus|
|Red-bellied snake, Storeria occipitomaculata|
|Eastern Wormsnake, Carphophis amoenus|
|Eastern Milksnake, Lampropeltis triangulum|
|North American or Black Racer, Coluber constrictor|
|Northern Copperhead, Agkistrodon contortrix|
Searching for reptiles can be challenging, even in "good" weather, finding this many species in these cool conditions was pretty satisfying. We are still searching for a Timber Rattlesnake within the bounds of the Edge preserve. We will keep searching for and discovering what we have protected within the Edge of Appalachia Preserve.
Posted by: Rich McCarty