Herp Roundup 2019

I was fortunate enough to observe a ton of different reptile and amphibian species in 2019. I was able to contribute a good amount of observation data to Ontario Nature/NHIC/iNat to help better understand the distribution and ranges of various species. I was able to extend the range maps for the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum), blue-spotted salamander (Ambystoma laterale), northern ribbonsnake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis), eastern newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), and the northern ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus edwardsii). None of these species had ever been observed in the area I found them in, except for T. s. septentrionalis, which was last observed in the particular area in 1990.

Also, I was able to observe a few species that I had never been able to see before. These include the dusky pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus milarius barbouri), american alligator (Alligator mississippienis), brown anole (Anolis sagrei), southern black racer (Coluber constrictor priapus), and the red rat/corn snake (Pantherophis guttatus), to name a few.

I try to photograph as many species as I can in-order to contribute to range and distribution maps. In total, I submitted 591 observations of 63 different species (199 reptiles, 358 amphibians, 34 other). Below are some of my favourite photos I was able to snap.

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