|I got up early and left San Antonio to meet up with Mike Price and some other herpers from around the state to do some rock flipping in Crockett County.|
My goal for this trip was just to herp and get a few photos. Some of the others were particularly interested in seeing milksnakes from this locality.
|We were herping along a dirt county road, flipping rocks on the right-of-way. This is private land so herping is restricted to the roadsides.
Compared to other more famous milksnake spots, the rocks here are quite small.
|One of the first herps found was a Many-lined Skink (Eumeces multivirgatus.
This is one of the better spots in Texas to find these grassland skinks.
|The most common snake seen was the Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata). They came in many color phases, but this uniform tan color phase was the most common.|
|Some of the groundsnakes had banded patterns.
This was nicknamed the "alterna" phase by some of the group members.
|Some of the groundsnakes had intermediate patterns between the banded and unicolored morphs.|
|We did find six milksnakes (Lampropeltis triangulum).
They were found under rocks like this.
|The milksnakes were quite colorful.|
|They weren't as happy to see us as we were to see them.
This one is threatening to bite.
|This one female was perfectly willing to demonstrate that she wasn't bluffing!
Poor Mike had to let the snake chew on him repeatedly while I got the shot.
|We found a couple of Great Plains Ratsnakes (Pantherophis emoryi).|
|They were both quite small, being last year's babies.|
|Under some of the rocks where there was some moisture, we found Texas Blindsnakes (Leptotyphlops dulcis.|
|We also found two small Flatheaded Snakes (Tantilla gracilis).|
|We found several Ringnecked Snakes (Diadophis punctatus).|
|They may be gray above, but the underside is spectacular.|
|This big female was a record sized 20 inch snake.|
|The rocks also yielded some other treasures
This is a Green Toad (Bufo debilis).
|The Collared Lizards were mostly under rocks on this cool, somewhat breezy day.|
|Several of this interesting spider were also seen under rocks.|
The only other herps found were several young Western Coachwhips (Masticophis flagellum), a young Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), and a few Short-lined Skinks (Eumeces tetragrammus).
|We ended up the day with the standard herpers' photo shoot..|
|Overall, it was a fun day herping. We found 10 species of snakes, a toad, and 4 species of lizard. Not bad for a few hours work.|