This trip consisted of three days of herping with the Salamander Man, the first day was spent in the Thousand Islands region of Ontario. In the Thousand Islands we went to a new spot where we have not herped previously, there we found a large population of Red-Backed Salamanders in their red backed phase which is unusual as many populations in the area are all lead backed phase. We also spotted a little Eastern Garter Snake before heading to the next location. The second spot in the Thousand Islands did not have nearly as many herptiles though we did find a blue raspberry phased Eastern Garter Snake unfortunately it had passed away due to being driven over. The unfortunate result of man's encroachment on the natural world.
The Second Day we headed to the province of Quebec, more specifically, we were in the Northern most point of the Appalachians. The Appalachians is a mountainous region that contains the majority of salamander species in North America. In this region the salamanders that can be found consist of Northern Dusky Salamanders, Mountain Dusky Salamanders and the Spring Salamander. While there we found two out of the three with the lots Northern Dusky Salamanders and a significant amount of Spring Salamanders. Spring Salamanders are the largest of the stream salamanders in Canada and even prey on smaller salamanders. Upon leaving the Quebec site we also stumbled upon a young Maritimes Garter Snake.
The last day we headed to the Frontenac Axis Region in Ontario for Grey Rat Snakes and Musk Turtles. We found neither of those species but in the first spot we checked we found that the pond had turned into a large puddle, a result of the large drought we have had this summer. The puddle was however thriving with life as we saw tons of Bull Frog tadpoles. Across the way was another pond where we hoped to see a Musk Turtle but instead I was delighted to find Pickerel Frogs and a Ribbon Snake (both lifers for me!!!). the last spot we checked had tons of salamanders such as Red-Backed Salamanders, Yellow-Spotted Salamanders, Blue-Spotted Salamanders and a Red-Spotted Newt. I also got to take home my new Corn Snake; Lemon Drop! This was a great herping trip with five lifers and a great end to the summer!!!!!