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Some Reptiles (& friends)
Lens: FA 50 macro, FA 100 macro, Tokina 400 Camera: K-5 Photo Location: East Tennessee 
Posted By: mole, 11-03-2016, 05:35 PM

Many of our native East Tennessee reptiles (and some of our amphibians) thrive in the hot dry early autumn season. Here are a few recent views of these cold-blooded friends.

First a fine young Milk Snake. Named because they were said the steal milk from cows(!!!!), these little snakes hang around the barn in search of small rodents, not milk!





Here's a pair of much more reclusive snakes. I rarely encounter venomous snakes, but nearby Holston Mountain is my favorite spot to seek out our two native venomous species. These two Timber Rattlesnakes were enjoying a little sunbath on a cool sunny morning.





This Garter Snake was also enjoying - not a sunbath, but a snack, over at nearby Bays Mountain. That American Toad is quite a mouthful!





Red Eared Sliders are not native to Northeast Tennessee. But several of our lakes have healthy populations of these water turtles. - probably begun by people releasing petshop turtles.





Eastern Box Turtles are native here. Unfortunately, they are becoming scarcer, at least partly because of people removing them from the forest and trying to keep them as "pets." Not just illegal, but usually a sentence to slow death for the turtle. Notice that these are both males - you can tell by the bright red eyes.







Will close with two amphibians - a small American Toad who did NOT get eaten by the hungry garter snake…





...and a male Green Frog - you can tell it's a male by the yellow throat.






Hope you enjoyed these scaly and slippery friends. Thanks for any comments & critique!
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An excellent and informative series
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An excellent and informative series
Thanks for your kind words!
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Enjoyed the series. Was that toad still alive?

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I really enjoy these series of shots with descriptive narration.
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Wow. That first shot is a killer. The third shot is hard to look at and the second to the last is wonderful. Well done.
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A great series--A pleasure to view.--charliezap.
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Enjoyed the series. Was that toad still alive?
Yes he was. Garter snakes have no venom or constricting "skills." They kill by swallowing their prey. On the other hand, American Toads do excrete poison from those wart-like glands. But garter snakes are pretty much immune to toad poison.


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I really enjoy these series of shots with descriptive narration.
So glad you enjoyed these!


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Wow. That first shot is a killer. The third shot is hard to look at and the second to the last is wonderful. Well done.
Thanks for your kind words! Must agree that life & death scenes are sometimes painful to observe...


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A great series--A pleasure to view.--charliezap.
Thanks so much!

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