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NEW JERSEY
Pine Barrens
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NEW JERSEY
Pine Barrens
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The beautiful rivers of the Pine Barrens are another place to find turtles.   On a perfect day in early summer, kayaking with my family, we counted lots of Spotted Turtles basking on logs.  But the most unusual sight was this basking Mud Turtle . . . in a tree!   One of my favorite spots is a secluded pond, quiet and still and surrounded by green.  Quiet, that is, except for the rich k-chuck, k-chuck, k-chuck of Carpenter Frogs calling, the banjo twang of Green Frogs, or the rolling rumble of a lone Bullfrog.    And on certain special nights it becomes a magical place, when the bushes are adorned with jewels that take their name from this unique region of New Jersey. Also scattered throughout the Pine Barrens are shallow bogs sprinkled with sundews and pitcher plants, purple orchids, and the occasional snake.                And scattered beneath the pines  and cedars are blooms of mountain laurel, and the occasional snake.             
Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platyrhinos
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Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata
Eastern Mud Turtle Kinosternon subrubrum
Carpenter Frog Rana virgatipes
Green Frog Rana clemitans
Pine Barrens Tree Frog Hyla andersonii
Northern Water Snake Nerodia sipedon sipedon
Eastern Worm Snake Carphophis amoenus
Eastern Ribbon Snake Thamnophis sauritis sauritis