Today I had a rather productive herping trip to Trent University Campus. Before even getting to campus I managed to find some Midland Painted Turtles along with my first Northern Map Turtle of the year. Once on campus, I headed to my usual flip site where I managed to flip yet another Eastern Milk Snake. Many of my regular frog ponds were filled with tiny tadpoles which I can only presume to be Wood Frogs as those were the masses found earlier in that spot. Heading to my second flip spot, I had found the smallest Northern Red-Bellied Snake neonate and two small Eastern Garter Snakes. These species are rather common however all I have managed to find the past week or two had been Eastern Milk Snakes making this a pleasant surprise. Heading from my flip site, it was beginning to get dark and the frogs had begun to call. On the way back, I passed by some stormwater ponds where Spring Peepers were calling in full force. So much so, that they were easy to find as I found two calling among the reeds. One disappeared although the other was more inclined to be photographed. I had unfortunately missed the last bus so after a short stop at Tim's I found another stormwater filled with calling toads. Here, I tried to film as best as I could some Eastern American Toads calling for a film my friend and I are planning on making; The Ruby of the North, about the closely related Hudson Bay Toad.
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.