As the temperature had become colder we were fortunate enough to have some surprisingly warm days so I took full advantage of the heat and headed to my metamorph spot. It was a fantastic day for herps as, as soon as I got to the spot I found an Eastern Garter Snake crossing the path and managed to flip four Northern Red-Bellied Snakes of all different colours. The last two I flipped were neonates and some of the smallest snakes I had ever seen, they made a blade of grass appear thick and cumbersome to hold in comparison. Heading from my snake flip site to the salamander spot deeper in the woods I managed to find two Blue-Spotted Salamanders and later found an American Porcupine.
Visiting family in Toronto for yet another Thanksgiving dinner(s) I decided to go to my Ring-Necked Snake spot, I had not seen one there before but there are records of some in the area and with the high prey population I thought I would inevitably find one. This was not the day I would find one but did manage to find a Dekay's Brown Snake under my boards and flipped several Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders, the most common species in the area. Oh and I saw a mouse in Bloor subway station, he was a cute mouse.
For Thanksgiving I visited my Grandmother in Cameron and after a massive Thanksgiving dinner I decided to go on a little night walk to try and digest. My intention of the walk was of course to road cruise and with the high temperature and humidity I thought it would be inevitable to find some frogs. The fog was thick and I could barely see the road below me let along any amphibians. I made my way to the water where I found several Northern Green Frogs and American Bullfrogs sitting by the water's edge. One Bullfrog I picked up went limp, a behavior I had not previously observed in the species and made for some interesting selfies. Heading back to the house, I was still not able to differentiate anything on the ground but did notice movement which could only be a frog. In this case it was an Eastern American Toad, still a species of frog and a rather charismatic one at that.
Jordan had never seen an Eastern Musk Turtle in the wild so we headed to the spot one was sighted in the hopes of finding his lifer. We did not find an Eastern Musk Turtle but did notice a Common Snapping Turtle sticking its head rather high out of the water. While our attention was focused on the water we hardly noticed the massive Common Snapping Turtle sitting only a meter away from where I was standing. The large girl was likely trying to cross the road to lay her eggs as Snapping Turtles will lay their eggs well into the fall. Luckily there was a fence put up to stop turtles from crossing the road and stopping them from becoming hit by cars. Jordan had to head to class and me being off that day I decided to head to one of my snake spots. I flipped a few Eastern Garter Snakes but what really caught my eye was the Neonate Eastern Milk Snake I flipped. I had never seen a Milk Snake so small before and stood there marveling at how such a small intricate little animal could come into being. I eventually released the little bugger and continued flipping. My favorite rock (yes, I have a favorite rock) did not have any snakes under it but I did manage to flip a vole skull.
Again, between classes I walked out to my metamorph salamander spot and managed to find some rather chunky individuals. I then headed to another area where there have been reports of Eastern Musk Turtles, sadly I did not see any although I did see the heads of Common Snapping Turtles and Midland painted Turtles poking their heads out of the water which was a good sign that the area could easily support Musk Turtles.
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.