Reader’s wildlife photos

Today have a grab-bag of singletons (and one doubleton) sent by readers. (If you’re reading this, nobody is looking at the science posts; see here.)

From Diana MacPherson.

Just took the picture of an Eastern garter snake (Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) that was hiding along the base of a tomato plant pot. Poor snake. I put my camera right in its face for the picture because I was using a 24mm prime lens not a zoom lens.
A turtle and a dragonfly via reader Lorraine:
This photo was taken by Doug Hayes on August 18, 2018 at Forest Hill Park in Richmond, Virginia.   Doug has included the info about the turtle below.

“This morning in the park.  It is a common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina).  Pretty good size – about two feet across.”

Another two photos by Doug Hayes via Lorraine (her words):

 Two photographs of a dragonfly that my friend Doug Hayes photographed this past weekend. The dragonfly is a Beaverpond Baskettail (Epitheca canis). The photo was taken in Aylett, Virginia. 

I may have posted this already, but it’s a box turtle by reader Bob Felton, and I don’t have the ID or other information:

And an aposematic insect from reader Frank Williams:

Eastern Lubber grasshopper [Romalea microptera], Vienna, Lousiana: about 3″!


  1. Serendipitydawg
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I read the entirity of the Pipefish post – I didn’t click through… this is generally the case when there is no fold, since they don’t have anything I could possibly commment on.

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

      Me too!

  2. Bill Bass
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:00 am | Permalink

    I have several box turtles that live on my property. They love tomatoes and mushrooms.

  3. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:01 am | Permalink

    Some good photos today. Love those snakes and turtles.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 11:54 am | Permalink


  4. Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Diod everyone see the fossil Turtle?

    • busterggi
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:08 am | Permalink

      Very cool.

      • Diane G
        Posted August 26, 2018 at 2:41 am | Permalink

        + 1

        Thanks, Dom!

  5. Posted August 23, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    Also note that many of us read in the email notification… 🙂

    Plus, PCC[E] is more prolific in giving birth to posts than a male pipefish is to baby pipefish! 😉

    • Posted August 23, 2018 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

      And unlike with the pipefish babies, all his posts survive! Though they don’t reproduce as far as I know. 😉

  6. Christopher
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Living where I do, around the bellybutton of the country, species like the Eastern box turtle (T.c.carolina) seem quite exotic. I have ornate and three-toed box turtles who live in my scruffy yard that backs up to a cow pasture but I’ve never seen an eastern box turtle in person and they’re quite beautiful. I’ve also never seen a garter snake except our local red-sided garters, T.s.parietalis, also quite beautiful but again, other subspecies, who live on the other side of the state in this case, are fascinating. And that Eastern lubber…! Great photos, as always.

  7. Mark Shields
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 12:10 pm | Permalink

    The dragonfly is a male Great Blue Skimmer (Libellula vibrans). Note the white face, blue-green eyes, and blue thorax and abdomen. Beaverpond Baskettail is a northern species that is VERY rare in the mountains of Virginia.

    • scruffycookie
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for the correction–I’ll let Doug know. We made our best guess as to what dragonfly it was.

  8. Mark R.
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I like the grab-bag RWP’s. Snakes and turtles are a favorite subject of mine. Though I love damsel flies and aposematic critters too!

  9. Wayne Robinson
    Posted August 23, 2018 at 2:47 pm | Permalink

    I love the photographs of the dragonflies. I’ve asked before, but I’ve never received an answer; how can I submit my own photos for consideration?

    • Mark R.
      Posted August 23, 2018 at 7:21 pm | Permalink

      You can google Jerry Coyne and on his Wiki page, you can find his email address at the University of Chicago.

  10. Posted October 13, 2018 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    The science posts may enjoy quality of readers at the expense of quantity :-).

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