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SOUTH CAROLINA
March 2016
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SOUTH CAROLINA
March 2016
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Considering that all the EDBs in previous years were discovered in April (see South Carolina 2013, 2014, & 2015), in 2016 I decided to schedule my trip several weeks later than usual.  But this year the project crew started to find Diamondbacks early, even before I  arrived, so I was hoping for a chance to find one of my own. Happily, I did.   In fact, it turned out to be a big year for our top targets, including multiple EDBs from different areas.      These new findings were of critical importance, helping us to connect the dots, pointing in a clear direction for conservation management.  It was a turning point for the project, and hopefully, for the survival of this threatened population. The usual miscellany were also out and about.  Didn’t take a lot of pictures this time, but here’s a handful of those I did.         
Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus
Corn Snake Pantherophis guttatus
Timber (Canebrake) Rattlesnake Crotalus horridus
Carolina Pygmy Rattlesnake Sistrurus miliarius miliarius
Eastern Box Turtle Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern Kingsnake Lampropeltis getula
Broadhead Skink Plestiodon laticeps
Eastern Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis
Spotted Turtle Clemmys guttata