Northern Red-bellied Snake - Storeria occipitomaculata
Five-lined Skink - Plestiodon fasciatus
American Toad - Bufo americanus
Later on, I moved to a strectch of river that has some nice mature woodlands along the banks. The area is ideal habitat for state threatened Wood Turtle. Along the way, we made a stop at drying vernal pond that serves as a breeding site for some salamanders, and flipped this nice looking sal.
Spotted Salamander - Ambystoma maculatum
I then decided to walk along the streamside to see if anything was out basking on logs or wandering about the woodlands. The temperature was in the mid 70s and perfect conditions for things to be out along the river.
As I was walking along this particular bank, I noticed a sound ahead of me which sounded like something moving around in the bushes, as I came around the bend in the river I looked ahead of me to see this.
A very attractive male Wood Turtle. My first one from the river system surrounding campus, I was quite excited to find this old fella. He was content to sit in his spot and allow me to spend a few monutes taking some photos of him.
Wood Turtle - Glyptemys insculpta
Eventually the old fella had decided he didn't want to be photographed anymore. He wandered on his way back towards the river, and I watched him as he went. I noticed the beautiful bright yellow tint to this individual's carapace, I have not seen another Wood Turtle with this bright of coloration. It was nice to be able to encounter this species as it is one of my favorites, and I look forward to seeing them in the wild next season.