Field Herping 2010
March 17, 2010 My first day out herping produced several
rough earth snakes and this baby western diamondback
rattler, found just like this under a board. Two days after I
found it, we got 3 to 5 inches of snow throughout the
area. Hopefully this little guy found some better cover!
April 4, 2010 Here's another rattler in the position we
found it. I had walked right by this three footer, but
fortunately my wife saw it sitting out getting some sun.
The rattlers have come out of hibernation and are
becoming active. We've found a few  of them out in the
open on the move.
And here's the other, who was huge at around 5 feet in
length, one of the biggest rattlers I've seen in the area.
These were found in Dallas County.
April 6, 2010 Here are a pair of rattlers found together
under a piece of tin at an abandoned farm. Here's the
first one, who was a three footer.
April 11, 2010 I lifted up an old door to find 5
copperheads under it. This same door produces every
time I check it. The first time I lifted it there were two
copperheads and a large adult Texas rat snake under it
together. The one at the top is amazing looking!
Here's the tin pile that produced the pair of western
diamondbacks above. Tin is always great in the spring
since it absorbs heat and warms the snakes up. But in
summer, it is rare for to me to find snakes under it since
it gets too hot.
In addition to the coral snake, I saw this big adult
eastern hognose in the middle of the street in a
residential neighborhood while driving from one
herping spot to another. We also saw two rattlers, a 3
footer and a 4 footer, plus a very nicely colored adult
Great Plains rat snake.
April 12, 2010 This was one of the best days of herping
I've ever had! I found this 2 1/2 foot adult Texas coral
snake under a small board near where I found the one
last year. This was a great thrill to find since they are
becoming quite rare in this area due mainly to urban
development.
I've already been out herping a few  times this year. The season has barely just begun, yet I've already seen some amazing
animals. The snakes below are only a few of the many snakes I've seen, in addition to numerous tarantulas, scorpions and
even a black widow spider! You can click on any of the pictures to make them bigger. I'll add more photos on this page as I
continue to find snakes in their natural habitat.
After getting back from the zoo, I took this poor quality
photo of a juvenile speckled king snake under a piece
of carpet near my house. Coincidentally, my very first
speckled king was found under this same piece of
carpet a few years prior.
April 14, 2010 Here's a four foot bull snake we found
under a fallen sign on our way to the Fort Worth Zoo. It
was curled up with an adult Great Plains rat snake. The
rat snake bit me when I tried to put them both back
under the sign. I disturbed their nap!
April 22, 2010 Here's a cool looking 5 foot western
coachwhip I found under a small board in the same spot
where I've found a few bull snakes and Great Plains rat
snakes. This guy was not friendly!
April 20, 2010 This is my first Texas garter snake, one
of a few species I've been looking for. They look very
similar to western ribbon snakes which are very
common, but Texas garters are rare in this area. This
one was in a pile of dry leaves at the end of a dead end
street. A great find!
Here's a juvenile yellow bellied racer. The babies are
heavily patterned  but become completely patternless as
adults. They look like two completely different species of
snakes. This one is losing its pattern and has a cool
bluish color on its sides. Nice looking, but racers are
very unfriendly snakes!
April 28, 2010 I found several large snake skins in a
large pile of boards, so I figured I would hit the jackpot
when I got to the bottom. I didn't find any snakes, but I
did disturb a very large possum! He's probably the
reason there weren't any more snakes in there!
April 29, 2010 This is my very first ringneck snake. This
one is a prairie ringneck which was found crossing a
dirt road at night in Montague County.
The coolest part of the ringneck is the belly. They curl
up their tail, showing off the red when threatened. They
even play dead like hognose snakes.
This one was about 15 or 16 inches long and just a baby
since it only had one button on its rattle.
May 4, 2010 Another snake I've never seen in the wild,
the timber rattlesnake.
I found this one crawling up a rocky hillside in
southern Oklahoma. It was around 12 to 14
inches long and full of attitude!
May 23, 2010 I finally found the snake I've been most
wanting to see, the western pygmy rattlesnake!
The heat of summer can be a difficult time to find snakes here in Texas. The snakes become fairly inactive and often
escape the heat by retreating underground. I didn't even bother going out during the summer. I still had plenty to do,
though, with all of the snakes we hatched. But as the days become shorter and the weather cools down in the fall, the
snakes become pretty active once again. The majority of my autumn herping was spent in southern Oklahoma.
May 30, 2010 A tiny western massasauga rattlesnake
found in the middle of the road in cattle country.
I have seen an amazing amount of variation in the
coloring of these fast, unfriendly snakes. This one was
no exception!
September 29, 2010 At first glance I thought this was a
black rat snake, but it turned out to be a solid black
colored coachwhip.
Here's another one that came out onto the road shortly
after dark.
And I found what I was looking for in Oklahoma, the
western pygmy rattlesnake. This one was found during
the day on the side of the trail.
A large, chunky pygmy rattler. They are similar in
appearance to the timber rattlers. This is the largest
one I've seen but was still only around 18 inches long.
October 7, 2010 A baby timber rattler which came out
onto the road while it was still light out. As a newborn
baby, they're already the size of an adult pygmy rattler.
I ended up seeing four adult pygmies on this evening,
in addition to the timber rattler and three copperheads.
I'd have to say that it was worth the drive!