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"Only" for Ricky - Creature Post #2

2009.09.24
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Common Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
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Common Brown Bat
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I'm unable to identify this tree frog, but since our area only has Gray Tree Frogs, this must be one. They can vary in colour from green, to brown, and gray.
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Eastern Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum)

The Milksnake(Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum) is a beautifully marked snake that can grow to a length of one metre or more. Dorsal blotches are usually red with black borders, but colouration is quite variable and blotches may be brown or even green. It is the only snake in Ontario that is reddish.

This species is not venemous and captures small mammals, especially mice, and small ground-nesting birds with its teeth, then subdueing them by constriction. It lives in a wide range of habitats, especially old fields and farm buildings where rodents are common. It is more likely to be encountered at night when it is hunting, since during the day it is secretive and usually hides under objects. If surprised or threatened, it will take an aggressive posture: It raises its head in the air, vibrates its tail and may attempt to bite. It has sometimes been mistaken for a rattlesnake, as the vibrating tail can make a buzzing sound in dry leaves.
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I had to use two posts...
4 Comments
photodeclair very nice !
photodeclair · 2010-09-23: 15:16
stabeez Yep. It is a "grey" tree frog. The one that somehow made it into our house was just like a chameleon going from an almost pink colour of the plastic bag it landed upon to the brown colour of our floor before being put outside on the grass and becoming a greenish brown. They are our own little chameleons. Nice capture.
stabeez · 2010-09-23: 16:02
onlyricky i'm very impressed about the milksnake! looks amazing!
and the bat is truly beautiful! after hedgehogs, bats are my favorite animals! :)
onlyricky · 2010-09-25: 10:01
helys Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr !
helys · 2011-05-10: 13:23
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