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January Herping

nvherpetology

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Hey all! I just joined this site about a month ago and am super excited to share my herping as well as see what everyone else is finding. Here is what I’ve been up to in the first week of 2022.

On January 3rd, a big front came through my area, dumping several inches of rain from around 11pm to 4am. The timing couldn’t have been better as I was just getting off work and decided to hit the roads around my neighborhood to look for Spotted Salamanders. The unseasonably warm temperatures combined with the rain brought out a decent number of them, including this aberrant individual with no spotting at all.

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At the end of the night, I had helped six males and one female off the road. Along with Spotted Salamanders, I also moved a Marbled Salamander, several American Toads, a juvenile Bullfrog, and the first Southern Leopard Frog I’ve seen in my home county. Having never targeted Spotteds during their migration before, I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

Two days later I made the two hour drive to the Sandhills region to see if I could turn up a few lifer species to ring in the new year. Upon arriving, I soon realized the heavy rain from previous days meant that the majority of the locations I had been looking to herp were flooded and submerged, leaving me with less options than I had originally planned. Luck was still on my side, however, as the only good looking leaf pack in an overflowing blackwater stream produced my lifer Dwarf Waterdog in only two scoops of the dipnet!

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A few more scoops produced one more waterdog, so I decided to head off to my next location for mud salamanders. The first two spots proved fruitless, as the higher waters had flooded the logs and moss I had hoped to search. With that, I cut my losses and headed off to my final spot with lowered expectations. After hiking habitat for a few hours, I came across a muddy seepage on a slight incline with a handful of smaller logs to flip. To my surprise, the first log I flipped had a stunning Northern Red Salamander underneath it; my second lifer of the day! Even though the conditions weren’t perfect, I was still more than happy with the outcomes of this day trip to a new ecoregion.

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To end the week, I met up with a PhD student I began volunteering for in 2021 to continue helping with his ongoing survey of the Neuse River Waterdog. With temperatures in the high forties, the conditions were right to see some. Out of the sixty traps we brought in, five of them contained waterdogs. Once captured, each animal was weighed, measured, marked with a visible implant elastomer, and then released. As of writing this, I have seen Neuse River Waterdogs in six counties in NC, and couldn't be happier to give my time to a project looking to learn more about and conserve this species.

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With such a busy week to kick off 2022, I can't wait to see what the rest of the year brings. Thanks for stopping by and giving my post a read!
 
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  • PvH:
    I've advertised my CB alpine newts for sale UK but no offers so far. I'm looking for a carer/enthusiast so I put a price to deter people who might not be serious about the responsibilities of the undertaking but how do I find a genuine enthusiast who will take over care? I'm not looking for money, just a good home for the newts.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Hey guys, its way too hot where I live right now. Temperatures 40 degree celcius outside, making it like 30 degrees inside. Ive got ice packs on my yellow spotted salamanders hidey rock, he acts like he hates it though. Am I keeping him too cold? I think my temp gauge might be messed up, or at least in the wrong spot. I put the tank temp gauge in the top left corner of his large tank, where it says its 80 degrees fahrenheit, which I am aware is too hot, which is what makes me put the ice packs on his rock at the bottom of the cage, but the bottom of his cage feels a lot cooler tha 80 degrees. Should I move my temp gauge down to the bottom corner where he hangs out the most? Should I get a soil temperature probe so I can tell what temperature the soil that hes laying on is?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Because his soil is certainly not 80 degrees fahrenheit, and I dont want to freeze the poor bugger with ice packs if he really doesnt need them. Hes been doing fine, but Im just so stressed because I cant get ANy information on how to handle this little guy. Theyre illegal to keep without a permit, but this one would not have survived without my intervention. So I cant call and ask anyone for help. If theres a betetr site than this one, I sure havent found it. But I never get any replies here. We are all just asking questions and getting none answered basically. Its really frustrating as I just want to help this little dude be happy and healthy. All I can get him to eat is potato bugs as well. I cant find anything else that he will eat. Is that even okay? :/ hes been eating strictly those since may first.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Does ANYONE know of a site more active than this where I can get my questions answered? My little bud needs help and Im just not getting it here.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Alright well I bought a bunch of stuff for his tank and hope it helps. Im getting extremelty frustrated that bI cant get an answer. Guess buddies just gonna have to die or some shit. like wtf why cant I get any help.
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  • Captive Bread:
    I'm afraid this is the largest and most active community for this kind of information, probably on the entire internet. That said, we are still small overall. We can't help you all of the time. We do offer you support and have answered your questions in the past so I feel it's very impolite to lose patience with us.
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  • Captive Bread:
    Second of all, was you who said you wild caught your salamander? And had Authorities threaten to retrieve it from you?
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  • Captive Bread:
    Third of all, assuming thats the case, no one seems to want to face the reality that these animals come from climates and microenvironments where they need to be kept cool. If you can't hack, then release it where you pulled it from.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    he was dying outside. SO SORRY i was nice enough to save him. can i even release him in wetaher thats 40 degree celcius? will he not just die outside because he cant dig through the hard ground?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    The ONLY reason I spent 500 dollars on this thing was to keep him alive. thats IT. He was completely dry with cracked skin and couldnt walk and I nursed him back to health. Now I should just throw him outside on the hard baked ground where I found him? in my driveway? Really dude?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    I am losing patienc ebecause I care. Because I cant get any answers in any length of time that will actually benefit him. He'll only eat potato bugs, I just want him to have good rest of his life. Thats IT. So dont act like I went out an dillegally trapped some poor salamander out of the wild for fun cuz I wanted one.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    I am very sure he was just trying to pass by, because he certainly cant dig ANYWHERE in the soil ANYWHERE near where I live. So I cannot just release him in 40 degree celcius on the super hard baked ground where theres no shelter and no food and now ater to be seen for miles. I dont see how that wioll help him at all.
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  • John:
    @FragileCorpse, Watch your language please.
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  • FragileCorpse:
    What did I say sorry? What word?
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Sorry youre going to have to explain to me john becaue Ive reread what I wrote here and Im not seeing it,
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  • FragileCorpse:
    Ill certainly apologize for using it, but to not use it I need to know what it is is all.
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    FragileCorpse: Ill certainly apologize for using it, but to not use it I need to know what it is is all. +1
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