The past few days I was visiting my old friends; Matt and Clinton in the Thousand Islands area. On the first full day we headed to Quebec in search of Dusky Salamanders. Arriving at the undisclosed location we soon noticed snow in the higher elevation but luckily the streams were free of snow or ice. Checking by the road we soon found some Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders and the streams yielded larval Northern Two-Lined Salamanders, easy to differentiate from the Dusky Salamander Larva by the uniformly coloured gills, Dusky Salamanders have contrasting white gills. Further along where ground water was pouring and where the soil was rather muddy we managed to flip three Northern Dusky Salamanders. Along the side of the stream we were fallowing we managed to flip some adult Northern Two-Lined Salamanders. The Northern Two-Lined Salamanders in Quebec have much more vibrant colours than their Ontario counterparts making them quite the find. We could not stay long as bad weather was forcing us out. On the way back to Prescott we had gotten a flat tire in the middle of the highway which caused some complications. On the second day we headed to some more local spots, one of which was in range for Five-Lined Skinks but sadly we did not find any, instead we found a plethora of Eastern Red-Backed Salamanders although in this population they lack the red colouration and are thus referred to as Lead-Backed Salamanders. Next, we headed to a new location filled with American Bullfrogs, Midland Painted Turtles, some sort of Catfish and a melanistic Eastern American Toad. We headed back to the house and Matt had to leave so I spent the rest of the time with Clinton. With Clint, we headed to a spot that usually has Blue-Spotted Salamanders among other species although the mosquitoes were so bad we were unable to stay long but I did manage to photograph some mushrooms. Heading back from the spot, I noticed a turtle on the side of the road, we stopped only to find a Blanding's Turtle that it had already been killed with half of it missing and insides eaten out. It was a sad find but we now know Blanding's Turtles can be found in that area. The following day, I headed back to Peterborough as Clinton was kind enough to drive me. We stopped at a spot in search of the Five-Lined Skinks but before even getting there we road cruised a live Blanding's Turtle and helped him/her across the busy highway. We found no skinks but were swarmed by both Black Flies and mosquitoes, heading back we managed to find a Common Snapping Turtle crossing the road and helped the little bugger across.
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.