Mike Mars

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About Mike Mars

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    I have been studying Herpetology for over 20 years. I have done field work in CT, NY, VT, PA, NJ, MD, DE, SC, NC, and FL. I specialize in turtles, crocodilians, snakes of the genus Lampropeltis, and the herpetofauna of the coastal plain of the mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States. Some of my favorite places to view wildlife are the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Florida Everglades, and the Delmarva Peninsula.

    I currently educate people on amphibians & reptiles through social media as well as in public programs.

    Please check out my facebook page :

    The largest education-based universal wild snake group on Facebook :

    Wild Snakes : Education & Discussion

    P.S. I am also interested in birds! I was heavily into birding for a few years when I was a teenager, and thanks to this forum, I am getting back into it.

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  1. Looks like the one you found is covered in dried mud. The stripes are under there, somewhere.
  2. Not a snapper, but a Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus). One of the smallest baby turtles in the Northeast.
  3. To be more specific, Broad-banded Watersnakes (Nerodia fasciata confluens). And yes, mating. The female is the big one.
  4. These are all Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei). Males develop crests during breeding season and for territorial display.
  5. Mink frogs can have ridges or no ridges at all in the same populations.
  6. That is a Dekay's Brownsnake. It's covered in dust and it probably just recently emerged from it's overwintering spot. Red-bellied Snakes do not have the distinct black markings on the face, which is a key mark for the Dekay's. Here's a typical red-bellied with the distinct white post-ocular marking.
  7. Mink frogs have very large, almost square, blotches on the hind leg. Green frogs have smaller spots or crossbands. Here's a Mink Frog
  8. yup
  9. 1. that's a rough call to make without seeing the hind legs. 2. Yes, Northern Leopard Frog. 3. Looks good for Green Frog
  10. That's a Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor).
  11. I don't think there's one book that covers everything, but there's a great website - http://www.southwesternherp.com/snakes/index.html and a very detailed website for California herps - http://californiaherps.com/ and the California guide - https://www.amazon.com/Amphibians-Reptiles-California-Natural-History/dp/0520270517/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1491999775&sr=1-1&keywords=reptiles+california
  12. Mojave Desert Sidewinder. A little further south, and the Colorado Desert Sidewinder takes it's place.
  13. These are Peninsula Cooters
  14. Dekay's Brownsnake
  15. Sierra Night Lizard, and they get just under 3 inches as adults.