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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!
E-mail us if you want to comment on the pictures or you have any questions!  Thanks!