the other day I went to a number of different herping spots throughout Peterborough and managed to find and photograph 11 different species of reptile and amphibian. I started out with a spot not far from my apartment where I had been previously to see the Map Turtles. Low and behold on the same log was one lonely female basking in the afternoon sun. The spot also had a Painted Turtle and I saw the top part of a Snapping Turtle’s shell sticking out of the water. The next spot I went to is my favourite snake spot where I am almost guaranteed to see a snake. The first rock I flipped, I found a Garter which quickly disappeared into the rocks while another Garter from another rock disappeared into a hole in the ground. The next snake I found was under a very small rock I didn’t think was large enough to have a snake but underneath was a tiny neonate Eastern Milksnake. This was a great find as it shows that these snakes are breeding in the area. I then flipped a slightly larger Milksnake followed by a rather large one which was under my favourite rock with two Garter Snakes. Afterwards I headed to my next spot where I often see frogs and sometimes turtles. As soon as I got there I flipped the first piece of wood I can find on the off chance there was something under it. Camouflaged in the browned grass underneath was a massive Red-Bellied Snake which was clearly gravid with young. The tail also had been broken off and a piece of spine was sticking out. It was clear that this old girl had been through a lot. After only seeing a couple of frogs I headed to my last day time spot in the area. Often in the fall the spot has large amounts of Blue-Spotted Salamanders and snakes although the migration is over and the area was all in the shade at that point which discouraged most snakes from using the cover there l, that being said I still managed to find two Garter Snakes in shed. I did however manage to hear some Chorus Frogs call but they were too deep in a wetland for me to find. As it got dark I walked over to my final herping spot, a large wetland known to have a large population of breeding frogs. As I got there I could hear a plethora of Spring Peepers and Grey Treefrogs calling along with one Loepard Frog and one or two American Toads calling. There were Spring Peepers all around me but I couldn’t see any until I moved some blades of grass and one small Peeper was sitting there unaware I could see them. I tried to catch it but it disappeared into the grass. Walking along the edge of the pond I found another, this time a calling male and behind him wa a large Grey a Treefrog, my first of the year. I’ve heard the species calling all over the place but only now have I seen one this year. I got my photos and left, disturbing as little wildlife as possible. Before I headed home I checked out some close by buildings to see if any frogs were attracted to the lights. While I didn’t see any frogs I did see a large quantity of moth species.
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.