Sam Houston National Forest - Page 2

flooded forest floor

log in water

When I arrived at my traditional flipping spot, I found that the lake levels had risen enough to inundate some of my favorite logs. This seemed OK, as it would drive animals up to higher ground and some of the other logs and stumps.

carpet pile

Some slob must really have been doing a lot of redecorating at home, because I found another pile of carpet at this spot as well. I dug through it a little and found a lot of these little TX Carpet Lizards (Anolis carolinensis)-

Is there anything uglier than a cold Anole? That's why I made no effort to get a better picture of them. There were other creatures in the carpet as well, including some huge Wolf Spiders and this cute little amphibian -

Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toad

I love Eastern Narrow-mouthed Toads (Gastrophryne carolinensis). They are such adorable little pointy nosed frogs. It is also the only frog for which I can do a really good call impersonation! Unfortunately, this little tyke was not interested in calling, just being put back under her carpet. Notice that this little frog got the honor of being photographed on some pine needles and moss, as opposed to the stupid anoles!

I turned logs, dug through a few rotten logs, etc. for about another hour, only to be rewarded by this little piece of potential snake food -

Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis)

Little Brown Skinks (Scincella lateralis) are usually abundant in the area. I am not sure why I only found this one.

This spot is usually reliable for Dwarf Salamanders (Eurycea quadridigitta) but I was unable to find any of those either.


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Chris Harrison