Last year, we sporadically saw reptiles and amphibians. This year, hoh boy, they’re coming out of the brickwork.
We have a crumbling decrepit brick wall in our garden area. It’s perfect for sneaky snakes on the hunt for dragonflies or whatever little snakes like this eat. Tiny mice?
He always makes an appearance when the sun comes out.
But he moves fast on the hunt for cover. In this case, under some lilies I yanked out. (We have waaaaay too many lilies.)
Who wants a kiss?
Along with the snakes comes the toads and frogs. We’ve also got gazillions of ’em this year. They’re strangely not shy about being photographed:
You never notice these guys until you *almost* step on them. He’s an Eastern bull frog, and we found this one kind of far from the water. We also know we have gray tree frogs (their crazy trilling call forced us to look up the sound on the internet), but so far they’ve been to shy for a blog post photo. Their loss, right?
That’s just the garden-ish area. Let’s take a little drive over to the swamp for more slimy critters.
Nearby us is the fantastic flora and fauna of the Basha Kill wetlands. So many critters hidden deep in these plants….just waiting to surprise you.
Hatched turtles? Snakes? Who knows.
If garter snakes are common in gardens, Northern water snakes are easily found in bodies of water. We’ve seen these dudes in our creek, and easily spot them when we visit the Basha Kill.
For whatever reason, I’m always compelled to get a tongue shot. (And you better believe this guy disappeared as soon as he was approx 1/42nd of an inch below the surface.) Who wants to go kayaking?
This beautiful pickerel frog was about to hop into the water, but he stopped to pose for this photo. We’ll end on this pretty frog, in case you’re all totally creeped out now.