Before meeting up with some friends I went for an impromptu hike in a park in Toronto hoping to see some herptiles and I was far from disipointed. I soon flipped a little Eastern Red-Backed Salamander and collected new observations of frogs in a nearby pond. Next I managed to move a baby snapping turtle from the path to the water he was heading towards. Not five minutes after I saw what I first thought was a Midland Painted Turtle but zoomed in with my camera and saw that it was in fact a Map Turtle. Only after did I realize that it was a lifer; False Map Turtle, a species endemic to the United States and likely a released pet. I found other turtles out basking as well including some Midland Painted Turtles, adult Snapping Turtles and some invasive Red-Eared Sliders. There was a surprising amount of herptiles were out basking in the sun even though it was thirty one degrees Celsius.
While working at Pawsitively Pets we went on a field trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area where the kids got to see the raptor centre, some of the farm animals they have there and even got to catch some frogs in a small pond there. I was also told of a massive Northern Water Snake that often basks by the side of the pond. Sure enough as we got there, there were screams as some of the kids had found the snake and it had started heading towards the water. I tried to catch the snake but it dove too fast for me. Other staff were horrified that I was trying to catch it (they need to get out more). As we were heading back from the pond one of the kids said they had found a pink frog. Hoping to see a Northern Green Frog with an unusual colour pattern I went to see and instead saw a beautiful Wood Frog.
The family went up one day to visit cousin Chuck who lives in the Caledon Hills area. His property has a large amount of wildlife as my little cousin and I soon found. As soon as we entered the forests there we found many small Wood Frogs and I even flipped a Red-Spotted Newt which was missing an eye. I later found a neonate Eastern Garter Snake and as I was going to show my little cousin out of nowhere a frog jumped by followed by a much larger garter snake. The snake caught and swallowed the frog within seconds, before my camera was able to focus properly. We later caught some Northern Green Frogs along with some tadpoles which likely belonged to the Green Frogs and some different salamander species.
After work I met up with my friend Micaeli and went looking for snakes. We found an Eastern Garter Snake on the first flip along with an Eastern American Toad just beside the rock. We soon flipped another Eastern Garter Snake and a Dekay’s Brown Snakes under some of my boards. Heading to my salamander spot we found another Dekay’s Brown Snake crossing the path and soon flipped an Eastern Red-Backed Salamander and saw another Eastern American Toad.
Over the August long weekend I managed to get my friend Christian to come up and visit Peterborough. He visited my campus and I even took him fishing which he had not done prior. At the fishing spot I managed to catch a turtle and found many others while Christian caught his first fish. We saw lots of wildlife (something he’s not used to) including a melanistic Mallard Duck (a first for me) along with butterflies and many different turtles.
With Clinton, I went to a spot in the Muskokas where we had gone prior and saw Massasuaga Rattlesnakes and Spotted Turtles. The area was filled with Horse Flies and the hot weather seemed to have sent most wildlife into hiding. We did manage to see a distant Midland Painted Turtle and some Northern Green Frogs. The second spot we headed to yielded better results as we managed to flip an Eastern American Toad and a Dekay’s Brown Snake. At the spot we also flipped a female Northern Black Widow with young. For the rest of the day I was finding baby Black Widows all over me.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.