Southeast Iowa Herp Trip
Last weekend, I attended a wedding in Eastern Iowa with the girlfriend. As luck would have it, a couple of friends were planning to spend some time in Southeast Iowa looking for some of Iowa's rarest snakes. Copperheads and Western Worm Snakes were the main targets, along with Timber Rattlesnakes. While the habitat of the areas we hiked were ideal, we were unable to locate any of our main targets.
Fortunately, we didn't completely strike out. While they were not the primary targets, we did end up finding some snakes. Along with some other herps. I am hoping to return to the area in the near future, as we were definitely in the right area for finding Copperheads. Below are a few of the weekends finds.
Cricket frogs were abundant along the clear forest streams.
This was also perfect habitat for Northern Water Snakes. We counted almost a dozen in a short section of stream.
Josh grabbing a shot of a smaller specimen.
After spending most of the day hiking forested hills. Josh and I headed back north. Along the way, we stopped at a spot he and Ryan had scoped out the day prior. They had found a number of Garters and a Prairie Kingsnake. As luck would have it, the Prairie Kingsnake was still around. First one I have found in Iowa.
Further north, we stopped at the Eddyville Sand Prairie in hopes of finding some Box Turtles. No luck, but we did find some beautiful Western Ribbon Snakes.
Two other Iowa snakes I photographed, but did not find. A Smooth Green Snake and Bullsnake.
Finally, a few warm-blooded creatures from the day. A wild turkey chick that remained after the mother took flight a few feet from me while hiking and some bats cuddling on the roof of a small cave.