4/18/04 Pandapas Pond, Montgomery County Virginia, Just west of Blacksburg
We went out this morning
from about 11 am until 2 or so. To our dismay, we were unable to
find any snakes. Oh well...we spotted a bunch of salamanders and turtles, as well as numerous
birds and insects. I believe the aquatic salamanders we saw are all red spotted newts (Notophthalmus viridescens viridescens ), and I think the others are Red-backed Salamanders (Plethodon cinereus ).
I think the turtles are Northern Red-bellied Cooters (Pseudemys rubriventris ) and Red-eared Sliders
(Trachemys scripta elegans ). Enjoy the pics. Let me know if you think I've misidentified something!
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