Tuesday, April 6, 2010
The Seasons First Expedition!
Friday April 2nd, 2010:
The temperature had reached nearly eighty degrees and The Reptile Enthusiast Gang set off into the wild to see what sort of scalies were out and about. Early on in the trip we happened upon a large Northern Water Snake. After a few still photographs and some good up close video footage, Coyote handed the camera over to Jasper so that he could make the catch. It was a wild one, this snake was incredibly ferocious, luckily Coyote wasn't bitten...but there were a few close calls!
As the afternoon wore on Coyote and Jasper explored some inlets of Alum Creek Lake, spotting several Painted Turtles...but no luck at finding the Elusive Common Snapping Turtle!
We finally made our way to an incredibly remote bog that was the perfect environment for Snapping Turtles. Thick mud, algae covered water top and dead logs strewn about everywhere...this place was certain to have the beast we trekked after.
Then it happened... in the far back corner of the bog we located a slumbering beast! He wasn't a very big specimen but he put up an incredible fight, snapping and clawing like mad as we lifted him from the murky depths and brought him ashore for some up close photography. It was an incredible end to a perfect adventure!
No Nets, No Traps, No PROBLEM! This...is THE REPTILE SHOW!
Here are some of Jasper Applewood's fantastic pics from the field!
The Beast was ANGRY!
Finally he calmed down and we got some great footage!
It was a great first expedition of the year...stay tuned for more incredible adventures!