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Monday, October 18, 2010

Reptiles at Northlake

Charles and I went for a hike at Northlake Nature Center a little while back. We ran into quite a few reptiles. As usual, click for larger views (also as usual, colored text indicate a link to more information.)

Juvenile 5-lined skink.

Carolina anole.

Red-eared sliders. The 2nd from the left one seems to have survived a gator attack. His shell is badly damaged, not just cracked but with large sections just totally gone.

Coal skink.

Louisiana yard dog.

Here are a couple of non-reptilian bonus shots;

Olive-green swamp grasshopper.

Some kind of mushroom. (IDs always welcome!)

20 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

Now I know why they call you Gator Lana! ;)

ladyfi said...

Amazing shots. Those turtles are charming!

Wren said...

Interesting and attractive reptile series, including the "yard dog" - love that nickname!

Maalie said...

Wonderful pics Lana. I reember seeing terrapins (maybe you call them turtles) in the Chattahoochee River in Columbus Ga sie years ago.

Maalie said...

Sorry for the typos!

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Kelly said...

I zoomed in on the turtles picture and it does look like that one turtle was attacked by something bigger than him. It almost looks like he's missing a leg. Probably due to a gator -like you said.

Anyway, I enjoyed these wildlife photos. The wildlife you photographed are very different and specific than what most of us see every day. Great collection. And your photos are so clear and beautiful.

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Are you sure it's not my rough skin? *L*

ladyfi; Thank you!

Wren; I love that nickname, too. Thanks. :)

Maalie; Yes. So many turtles in our area. They make good gator meals, I guess. *L*

Multi Blogging; Thanks.

Kelly; I have a better shot of the injured turtle--he's got all of his legs, but his shell's really bad. I don't know if he's going to survive, in the end. Thanks so much for your kind comments!

Cloudia said...

VERRRY Cool!

Survivor turtle inspires this turtle gal.

Aloha from Hawaii

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Lana Gramlich said...

Cloudia; Thanks. I hope the turtle makes it...

Halcyon said...

Beautiful shots! I always enjoy your nature hikes. :)

Erik Donald France said...

Yes, indeed -- beautiful shots! I wonder why salamander type creatures seem cute and snakes nightmarish? Probably has to do with their little "paws" or "hands and feet."

The mushrooms look edible.

Lana Gramlich said...

Halcyon; Thanks, hon. :)

Erik; Thank you. I think the human brain retains the caveman part that screams SNAKES BAD, but I agree that the teensy "hands and feet" are pretty cute. ;)

Rico Swaff said...

Awesome pics! This may be a ridiculous question, but do turtle shells regenerate to an extent if damaged? If not, then it is impressive for an old-aged turtle to die with a mint condition shell considering their life expectancy.

Lana Gramlich said...

Rico; Thank you! I'm no turtle expert, but I don't think their shells regenerate. Good question...

Demon Hunter said...

Awesome pics. :-D If you're ever in my neck of the woods, you can find new species of all types in my yard. No kidding.

Larry said...

I like the names of those creatures that are unfamiliar to me.Some of them sound like something that would be ordered at a bar-I could just imagine someone walking in and saying-I'll have a Red-eared Slider and 2 Louisianna Yard Dogs.nice photos too.

Lana Gramlich said...

DH; Thanks & I'm sure! That'd be cool.

Larry; *LOL* I'd never thought of it that way but you're right! Thanks.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I haven't been around much, too busy with the crazies, but I still like to look at your nature photos. Also, I read your interview over at "Whopple". I cringed when I read that you were a carnival worker in your youth.

Lana Gramlich said...

JR; NP...we all have lives, afterall. I've been quite busy myself, too (which is why I had to check out a bunch of your posts at once the other day.) Yeah, working as a carny was no fun. Beyond no fun, to be honest. I can't even enjoy such things now--too many bad memories.

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