Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Along with the emergence of the frogs, tadpoles and fish from the ooze and slime of our ponds and lakes come the predators that feed on those delicacies.
One of these is the Northern Water Snake (N.erodia sipedon). These non-venomous snakes are often confused with the venomous Cottonmouth Water Moccasins but the shape of their body markings are very distinctive.While the N. Water Snake is found throughout Indiana the Cottonmouth is found only in the southern tip of Indiana. These snakes are live-bearers and mate from April thru June and give birth from July thru September.
|The coloration of this melanistic Northern Water Snake is nearly black but many have an obvious banding and splotchy pattern.|
Thanks to Dr. Bruce Kingsbury, IPFW Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Dir. of the Environmental Resources Center for his help with identifying this snake.
Photos: Fox Island Co. Park Nature Center Wetlands, 4-11-2014
Thursday, April 10, 2014
|"Jeez, yesterday it was the water snake, today it's YOU!!"|
|"Whoa, you're kinda cute close up!!"|
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The midland Chorus Frog (Pseudacris triseriata) is one of the first frogs to begin calling in the spring in Northern Indiana. The call sounds like someone running their thumb along the teeth of a plastic comb. This small frog (1.50" long) is nearly impossible to see as it calls for a mate in the ponds and wetlands where they live. It took me about 30 minutes to find this particular frog even though I knew I was within 6' of him and knew the exact area he was in. I finally spotted the frog by watching for the rippled water as he called. I was only able to get so close because the frog was facing away from me and I walked very softly as I searched the pond edge. Note the inflated throat and rippled water around this frog.