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This is a young snake. The pattern becomes less distinct as they get older. The hognose has a strange behavior pattern. When threatened, it first spreads it's head to appear to be a poinsonous snake and, if that doesn't work, he will often pretend to be dead.
Marbled Orb Weaver
I found this beauty on a cool October morning.
Black and Yellow Argiope
This orb weaver was found in Florida. It's pattern is very similar to the Marbled Orb Weaver above, but far less brilliant.
This frog is not usually found in the water, but water is not far away.
The Eft is a non-aquatic phase of the red-spotted newt.
Newts are found in the water.This guy was among about 50 that were swimming near the surface of a small pond near Mendham, NJ.
I found this guy under a log in the Rockaway River WMA, NJ.
Leadback phase of the Redbacked Salamander
Northern 2 Lined Salamander
Northern Red Salamander
This is the prettiest of the Salamanders, in my opinion. I found this guy hiding under a log.
Northern Slimy Salamander
This guy oozes a slimy, noxious substance when alarmed, so does the Jefferson Salamander. That stuff is very difficult to was off after it dries.
Northern Dusky Salamander
I turned this guy up under some leaves in a spring.
The spotted salamander is one of the species that only lays eggs in vernal pools. I find lots of their eggs when I'm doing my work for the Engangered and Non-game Species Program for the NJ Fish and Wildlife Department.
I found this tiny crab in Florida, on the bank of the Indian River in Florida.
Garter Snakes Mating
If you will look closely, you'll see that there are 2 snakes in this photo.The female is much larger than the male. The male's head is a few inches back from the female's head.
The spotted turtle is fairly rare in New Jersey and is being considered for inclusion on the "threatened species" list.
A very pretty and common butterfly in New Jersey.
I think this is a bullfrog tadpole, but I'm not sure. It was quite large.
A very pretty bird. This one was nesting in a blue bird box.
Northern Water Snake - juvenile
It's amazing how alike the juveniles of different snakes are in appearance.
I find a lot of wood frog eggs in vernal pools, also.