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Old 01-03-2009, 08:55 PM   #11
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Amazing photos, midwesternerr!
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:55 AM   #12
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Very nice skinks midwesternerr!

Finding the toad hiding in the rocky crevice was somewhat akin to finding Waldo but I finally saw him!
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:02 AM   #13
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Very nice skinks midwesternerr!

Finding the toad hiding in the rocky crevice was somewhat akin to finding Waldo but I finally saw him!
Yep sometimes those things are hard to see! I was in a cave a couple of months ago and 2 people looked right at a cave salamander in a crevice without seeing it. I couldn't help but wonder how many crevices I stared into that day and thought "nope, nothing there!" when there might have been a gem.
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:42 AM   #14
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Yep sometimes those things are hard to see! I was in a cave a couple of months ago and 2 people looked right at a cave salamander in a crevice without seeing it. I couldn't help but wonder how many crevices I stared into that day and thought "nope, nothing there!" when there might have been a gem.
Hi midwesternerr,

Great pictures! I noticed in one picture the dilemma faced by the salamander when she hit a culvert. Thought she looked like she'd be able to handle it. One group around here is working on making culverts near a vernal pool more salamander friendly. They even convinced their small NH city to conserve the land around the culvert. That was pretty amazing.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:50 PM   #15
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Diamond back and yellow belly water snakes living in rocks at a duck hunting reserve.
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Old 01-04-2009, 01:53 PM   #16
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Speckeled Kingsnake hiding in a tree cavity, a prairie ringneck snake (which are often in wooded areas, ironically), another of the kingsnake, and the last one could not be identified... what you see in the photo is all I could see.
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Old 01-04-2009, 06:45 PM   #17
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Very nice snakes midwesternerr. The Kingsnake in the tree cavity is awesome.
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Old 01-04-2009, 09:30 PM   #18
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Here are some Rough Skinned newts (Taricha granulosa) from the PNW - they have the same TTX toxin as Puffer fish. The rough-skinned newt possesses tetrodotoxin, which in this species was formerly called tarichatoxin. This toxin binds to sodium channels in nerve cells and interferes with the normal flow of sodium ions in and out of the cell. This has the effect of inducing paralysis and death.

The last image is a Red-legged Frog, taken near Mt. St. Helens.
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:50 PM   #19
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That rough-skinned newt is my favorite from above.
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Wow! Terrific shots! Very cute shot of the frog!
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