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Best picture I've ever gotten of one of these birds: a nothern flicker from this summer. I just happened to look up and take a quick picture before it flew off. Cool woodpeckers.

#flicker #flickers #woodpecker #woodpeckers #woodpeckersofinstagram #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #naturalist #naturephotography
The cold has set in for good, so my posts will probably be slowing down until the spring, but I hope to occasionally upload old photos.

This 5-6 foot American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) was encountered in Tate's Hell State Forest in the Florida panhandle back in the summer of 2015. I walked along a canal at night and found it, and it stood its ground and hissed at me. I snapped this quick picture and went on my way.

#alligator #alligators #alligatorsofinstagram #crocodilian #crocodilians #reptiles #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography
The cold has set in for good, so my posts will probably be slowing down until the spring, but I hope to occasionally upload old photos. This 5-6 foot American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) was encountered in Tate's Hell State Forest in the Florida panhandle back in the summer of 2015. I walked along a canal at night and found it, and it stood its ground and hissed at me. I snapped this quick picture and went on my way. #alligator  #alligators  #alligatorsofinstagram  #crocodilian  #crocodilians  #reptiles  #reptile  #reptilesofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography 
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. Here's a female hooded merganser on my grandparents' pond. No male out there yet, oddly. I'll check again come Christmas. Pardon the photo quality; she didn't let me get close, so I had to use digital zoom to get decent shots.

#duck #ducks #ducksofinstagram #bird #birds #birdsofinstagram #birding #merganser #mergansers #birdphotography #wildlifephotography #naturalist #NC #NorthCarolina #naturephotography #NCWildlife
Perhaps my favorite find of last night came on the ride home. As rain started, this wood frog (Rana sylvatica) was in the road, so we moved it to the side. This uniquely colored individual stayed perfectly still for photos. Love the mahogany color, and it even almost lacks the dark mask most wood frogs have.

#frog #frogs #frogsofinstagram #amphibians #amphibian #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Rana #Lithobates
Perhaps my favorite find of last night came on the ride home. As rain started, this wood frog (Rana sylvatica) was in the road, so we moved it to the side. This uniquely colored individual stayed perfectly still for photos. Love the mahogany color, and it even almost lacks the dark mask most wood frogs have. #frog  #frogs  #frogsofinstagram  #amphibians  #amphibian  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Rana  #Lithobates 
The only Plethodon species found last night was this one lone subadult southern gray-cheeked salamander (Plethodon metcalfi) that I happened to spot while checking holes for Plethodon teyahalee.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Plethodon
What a friend and I deduced to be a northern dusky salamander (Desmognathus fuscus) from last night. I hope one day the genus Desmognathus doesn't befuddle me as much when it comes to identification.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #desmognathus
A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) flipped last night in South Carolina while looking for Southern Appalachian salamanders (Plethodon teyahalee) for a grad student's thesis on fire ant effects on terrestrial salamanders. This salamander did not want to stay put for pictures.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Eurycea
A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) flipped last night in South Carolina while looking for Southern Appalachian salamanders (Plethodon teyahalee) for a grad student's thesis on fire ant effects on terrestrial salamanders. This salamander did not want to stay put for pictures. #salamander  #salamanders  #salamandersofinstagram  #amphibian  #amphibians  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #Eurycea 
A southern devil scorpion from this weekend in rural South Carolina. It was flipped under a log and sat perfectly still for pictures. They are essentially harmless. Scorpions are pretty awesome, and I'd love to see more of them.

#scorpion #scorpions #scorpionsofinstagram #arachnid #arachnids #arachnidsofinstagram
#invertebrate #invertebrates #invertebratesofinstagram #naturalist #naturephotography #wildlifephotography
This is Desmogzilla: the largest black-bellied salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus) I have ever seen. It was found under a large rock in a shallow stream in a deciduous bottomland in rural South Carolina, and there was a second black-bellied salamander under there with it that was just as big! A wedding band is in the third picture for size comparison. It had a wound above its left eye (fifth picture), and the port holes on its sides were big enough to be distinctively captured on camera (sixth picture). This salamander and its large friend must rule that section of stream.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #desmognathus
This is Desmogzilla: the largest black-bellied salamander (Desmognathus quadramaculatus) I have ever seen. It was found under a large rock in a shallow stream in a deciduous bottomland in rural South Carolina, and there was a second black-bellied salamander under there with it that was just as big! A wedding band is in the third picture for size comparison. It had a wound above its left eye (fifth picture), and the port holes on its sides were big enough to be distinctively captured on camera (sixth picture). This salamander and its large friend must rule that section of stream. #salamander  #salamanders  #salamandersofinstagram  #amphibian  #amphibians  #amphibiansofinstagram  #herp  #herps  #herping  #herpetology  #herpsofinstagram  #naturephotography  #naturalist  #wildlifephotography  #desmognathus 
Decided to be a tourist today, getting out to see the fall leaves and mountain views along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

#WaterrockKnob #blueridgeparkway #blueridgemountains #scenicphotography #NCMountains #NC #NorthCarolina #Appalachian #appalachianmountains
Got a nice surprise on my way back to my dorm today. This Dekay's brown snake (Storeria dekayi) was out basking on the steps, and I nearly stepped on it. We had a nice phone photo shoot on the sidewalk with everyone walking past looking at me like I was crazy. 👍

#snake #snakes #snakesofinstagram #reptiles #reptiles #reptilesofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Storeria
The last picture I'll (probably) post from my Sandhills trip is of this dwarf waterdog (Necturis punctatus) dipped from a creek and put in a plastic bag for photos. This was the only decent photo I got of it due to glare off the bag.

#salamander #salamanders #salamandersofinstagram #amphibian #amphibians #amphibiansofinstagram #herp #herps #herping #herpetology #herpsofinstagram #naturephotography #naturalist #wildlifephotography #Necturis #waterdog