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This small northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is infected with a horrible case of snake fungal disease (SFD). It was probably completely blind, unable to eat, and would probably die soon, either by predation or starvation. A quick reminder to any herper to disinfect your gear after every trip to prevent spreading diseases like chytrid, ranavirus, SFD, and more to new sites.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Nerodia #northernwatersnake #snakefungaldisease #SFD #snakefungal
This small northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) is infected with a horrible case of snake fungal disease (SFD). It was probably completely blind, unable to eat, and would probably die soon, either by predation or starvation. A quick reminder to any herper to disinfect your gear after every trip to prevent spreading diseases like chytrid, ranavirus, SFD, and more to new sites. #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #reptiles  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Nerodia  #northernwatersnake  #snakefungaldisease  #SFD  #snakefungal 
From the summer of 2014, this female yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta) was making a nest in the middle of a sandy road I was driving down.  You can see where she was digging behind her in the first picture. I moved her from the road, hoping she would choose a safer nest spot.

#turtle #turtles #turtlesofinstagram #reptiles #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Trachemys #slider #yellowbelliedslider
From the summer of 2014, this female yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta) was making a nest in the middle of a sandy road I was driving down. You can see where she was digging behind her in the first picture. I moved her from the road, hoping she would choose a safer nest spot. #turtle  #turtles  #turtlesofinstagram  #reptiles  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Trachemys  #slider  #yellowbelliedslider 
From way back in 2012 when I first started herping and had no camera (only a poor phone camera), I walked up on this interaction; an eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) trying to eat a pickerel frog (Rana palustris), but only has it by one leg. My intrusion caused the snake to let go and both went on their way. 
#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Rana #Thamnophis  #gartersnake #pickerelfrog #predation
From way back in 2012 when I first started herping and had no camera (only a poor phone camera), I walked up on this interaction; an eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) trying to eat a pickerel frog (Rana palustris), but only has it by one leg. My intrusion caused the snake to let go and both went on their way. #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #reptiles  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #frog  #frogs  #frogsofinstagram  #amphibian  #amphibians  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Rana  #Thamnophis  #gartersnake  #pickerelfrog  #predation 
So this was something I never expected to happen: I got both southeastern members of the genus Pseudotriton together in southern South Carolina! In the first picture, on the left is the red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) and on the right is the mud salamander (Pseudotriton montanus). Quite possibly my favorite salamanders.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Pseudotriton #redsalamander #mudsalamander
So this was something I never expected to happen: I got both southeastern members of the genus Pseudotriton together in southern South Carolina! In the first picture, on the left is the red salamander (Pseudotriton ruber) and on the right is the mud salamander (Pseudotriton montanus). Quite possibly my favorite salamanders. #salamander  #salamanders  #salamandersofinstagram  #amphibians  #amphibian  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Pseudotriton  #redsalamander  #mudsalamander 
The last snake from the South Carolina trip was this big rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus) I shined in a tree late at night. This one was feisty at first, but calmed down not long after for some decent pictures.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Opheodrys #roughgreensnake
In my opinion, the best snake find of the trip to southern South Carolina was this Florida green water snake (Nerodia floridana) found by @christalynn94 in a pond at night. These snakes are gorgeous, and this one was very well-mannered.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Nerodia #greenwatersnake #floridagreenwatersnake
In my opinion, the best snake find of the trip to southern South Carolina was this Florida green water snake (Nerodia floridana) found by @christalynn94 in a pond at night. These snakes are gorgeous, and this one was very well-mannered. #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #reptile  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Nerodia  #greenwatersnake  #floridagreenwatersnake 
Probably my favorite species found that weekend: barking treefrogs (Hyla gratiosa). We were lucky to be in a pond where they were breeding. Such gorgeous frogs with a lot of charisma.

#frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #treefrog #treefrogs #treefrogsofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Hyla #barkingtreefrog
I caught this pig frog (Rana grylio) on a floating grass mat in a flooded meadow in southern South Carolina. Sadly I couldn't get any in-situ shots as we were standing in waist-deep water. The foot shot is to show a defining characteristic of this species: the webbing reaches to nearly the tip of each toe. The shot from above shows this species has no dorsolateral folds like bullfrogs or green frogs.

#frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Rana #pigfrog
I caught this pig frog (Rana grylio) on a floating grass mat in a flooded meadow in southern South Carolina. Sadly I couldn't get any in-situ shots as we were standing in waist-deep water. The foot shot is to show a defining characteristic of this species: the webbing reaches to nearly the tip of each toe. The shot from above shows this species has no dorsolateral folds like bullfrogs or green frogs. #frog  #frogs  #frogsofinstagram  #amphibians  #amphibian  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Rana  #pigfrog 
We got two cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorous) while in southern South Carolina, with the first four photos being one individual, and the last two being another larger snake. The first one I got with my tongs, and it sprayed me with musk like a sprinkler while I held it! 
#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #viper #vipers #vipersofinstagram #reptiles #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Agkistrodon #cottonmouth #venomous #venomoussnakes
We got two cottonmouths (Agkistrodon piscivorous) while in southern South Carolina, with the first four photos being one individual, and the last two being another larger snake. The first one I got with my tongs, and it sprayed me with musk like a sprinkler while I held it! #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #viper  #vipers  #vipersofinstagram  #reptiles  #reptile  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Agkistrodon  #cottonmouth  #venomous  #venomoussnakes 
This make eastern fence lizard (Sceloporus undulatus) stayed put as a whole group of students walked around it. It was a surprisingly easy catch of this species. It probably hadn't warmed up enough yet to escape.

#lizard #lizards #lizardsofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Sceloporus #fencelizard
Southeastern crowned snakes (Tantilla coronata) are primarily centipede eaters, but sometimes end up becoming the prey for larger centipedes. This one was found under tin in southern South Carolina.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Tantilla #southeasterncrownedsnake
A scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides) in shed from southern South Carolina. Many snakes this time of year are emerging from their hibernation and are going to shed not long after coming to the surface.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #lampropeltis #kingsnake #kingsnakes #kingsnakesofinstagram #scarletkingsnake
A scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis elapsoides) in shed from southern South Carolina. Many snakes this time of year are emerging from their hibernation and are going to shed not long after coming to the surface. #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #reptile  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #lampropeltis  #kingsnake  #kingsnakes  #kingsnakesofinstagram  #scarletkingsnake 
A juvenile banded water snake (Nerodia fasciata) found during our trip to southern South Carolina. @lcluttrell found it on the edge of a swamp not long after I found the red-bellied water snake I posted a few days ago.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Nerodia #bandedwatersnake
The first snake of last weekend was this red-bellied water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster) I found cruising the edge of a swamp at night. It was a bit chilly, so it didn't put up too much of a fight, and actually made for a great photo subject once it calmed down.

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #nerodia #redbelliedwatersnake
The first snake of last weekend was this red-bellied water snake (Nerodia erythrogaster) I found cruising the edge of a swamp at night. It was a bit chilly, so it didn't put up too much of a fight, and actually made for a great photo subject once it calmed down. #snake  #snakes  #snakesofinstagram  #reptile  #reptiles  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #nerodia  #redbelliedwatersnake 
One of the cooler finds this past weekend was this lesser siren (Siren intermedia) that was dipped from a shallow seep. Three individuals were dipped out, with this one being the biggest.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #siren #sirens #sirensofinstagram #lessersiren
I had a fantastic trip with Western Carolina University's herpetology class last weekend, so many pictures will be coming from that trip in the days to come.
This dwarf salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) was found in a swampy seep with many others. I couldn't get many good pictures of it, but I swear later pictures will be better.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Eurycea #dwarfsalamander
I had a fantastic trip with Western Carolina University's herpetology class last weekend, so many pictures will be coming from that trip in the days to come. This dwarf salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata) was found in a swampy seep with many others. I couldn't get many good pictures of it, but I swear later pictures will be better. #salamander  #salamanders  #salamandersofinstagram  #amphibians  #amphibian  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Eurycea  #dwarfsalamander 
Very surprised to find this six-lined racerunner (Cnemidophorus sexlineatus) under a rock today. I have never associated this species with the mountains (moreso sandy areas), but it's cool to know they're here.

#lizard #lizards #lizardsofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #reptile #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #wildlifephotography #racerunner #sixlinedracerunner