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Here is a very young American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) that I photographed yesterday. It was with a large group of 25 other "baby gators".

 

They were making their "yump" call with regularity - so I kept a sharp eye out for their mother!

 

~ @@offshorebirder

 

For those of us living far from South Carolina, what's a “yump” call?

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offshorebirder

Thanks for the kind words @@Tom Kellie.

 

The "yump" call is nothing like an official term - it was the best phonetic representation I could muster on short notice.

 

If one watches nature documentaries about young crocodilians, you will often hear the young making a brief little moaning call to summon their mother for help. That's the call these young alligators were making - hence my vigilance for their mother!

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offshorebirder

The first photo is a fairly large American Alligator I encountered today. I rounded the bend and there he was, crossing a grassy dike. It was about an 11 footer so it was a male - females top out at around 9 feet.

 

The next two photos are of a Carolina Anole - they can change their color to match the background. Males have pink throat sacs they inflate as part of their displays (accompanied by head-drumming).

 

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Treepol

Mountain Dragon, South Bruny NP, March 2015

 

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Blue-tongue Lizard, South Bruny NP, March 2015

 

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Saltwater Crocodile, Daintree River, Queensland. August 2015

 

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White-lipped tree frog, Cooktown, Queensland. August 2015

 

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Atdahl

@@Treepol nice shots. That Blue-tongue Lizard is cool!

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offshorebirder

Very nice @@Treepol - I am intrigued by Mountain Dragons - need to do some research and learn more about them.

 

Nice snoozing Salty as well.

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Tom Kellie

@@Treepol nice shots. That Blue-tongue Lizard is cool!

 

~ @@Atdahl

 

I completely agree with you.

The Blue-tongued Lizard posted by @@Treepol is indeed very cool!

Tom K.

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African Rock Python in Olare Motorogi Conservancy Ocotber 2015 - cool sighting!

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@@pault. Cool sighting indeed. And a great photo!

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I don't think herps much when I think of Madagasgar (besides the Chameleon), but that's obviously wrong. I've got to get to this great island someday.

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I need to start seriously looking at a trip for 2017. Need to cross this one off my bucket list :) .

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offshorebirder

Here are a couple of photos I shot this past weekend.

 

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Here is a large Corn Snake (Pantherophis guttatus) perched in a Live Oak tree on South Island, South Carolina.

 

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Here is a baby American Alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at Bear Island Wildlife Management Area:

 

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elefromoz

@@offshorebirder, that does indeed look "Large". Any more info...why "Corn Snake", venomous?, common? Beautiful photo

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offshorebirder

Happy to share more info @@elefromoz - in this case, "large" meant about 1.5 meters out of the potential 2-meter maximum size for this species.

 

There is disagreement on the origins of the name "Corn Snake". One school of thought says the name came from the snake's belly pattern, which is a black and white checkerboard pattern resembling "Indian Corn" - or multicolored dried corn. Another school of thought says that during colonial times, the snakes were most often seen around grain stores in pursuit of rodents.

 

Corn Snakes are non-venomous constrictors. Their range is the southeastern United States. They are not uncommon but like most (if not all) North American snake species, its population is declining. Though not rare, they are not commonly observed - they spend most of their time patrolling rodent burrows and lurking under logs, fallen palmetto fronds and other ground cover.

 

They come in a variety of patterns - most are a reddish pattern with darker red blotches but some are red with darker red stripes running down their bodies.

 

Like many constrictors, Corn Snakes emit musk if they feel threatened.

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Some more

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Viperine, Andujar, Andalucia Spain. Swam right past hunting fish

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Atdahl

@@elefromoz, very cool pic. I Love watching snakes move especially in the water.

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This morning at Herdsman Lake, a wetland lake about 5Kms from the Perth CBD, so really bang in the middle of suburbia. I was on a Birding walk at 8am, its about 35 degrees today so as expected, the snakes are out and about.

 

Tiger Snake, about 1.3 metres I guess, just slithering through the grass, its been swimming and picked up a few water weeds on its back. Tiger Snakes are very strong swimmers. You can see his lovely Yellow under-belly

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And because everyone loves babies.....a baby Tiger Snake, about half size of the adult

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Snapshots from the Galápagos Islands, June 2016. All taken with a Lumix DMC-ZS100

 

Land iguana, taken on North Seymour Island

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Hybrid Galápagos Tortoises, taken at Darwin Center in Puerto Ayora

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Found this, what I believe to have been, a fire salamander crossing our road in the night a few days back. So scooped him up in a bag and carried him across to let him go in the undergrowth - good chance he would have been squashed otherwise, his pace was slow and deliberate. First time we've seen one here...

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Isla Fernandina, Aug 2015... marine ignanas and lava lizard

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