Mike Mars

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About Mike Mars

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  • Birthday 09/29/77

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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. Yup, Sceloporus virgatus.
  2. There are two identical treefrogs in TN, the cope's gray and the gray treefrog. They can only be reliably separated by DNA and listening to their call. These are one of those.
  3. Yup, this is a young Mediterranean house gecko.
  4. Canyon Treefrog (Hyla arenicolor), which is the only treefrog in that area.
  5. anyone else think chipping sparrow?
  6. This is a male Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei).
  7. 1. Yes, greater earless. 2. Yes, desert spiny. 3. Tiger whiptail 4. Long-nosed snake 5. Western Coachwhip. Looks intentional, but these are hard to catch!
  8. Desert Spiny Lizard, female.
  9. Prairie Skink. Looks to be a pregnant female.
  10. Western Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus).
  11. Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis spiloides).
  12. It's a bit early for snappers to be hatching, so this is likely a baby from last year. Snappers are known to travel across land seeking a new water source. There are several reason this can happen, such as over crowding, and ponds drying up. I bet there are ponds in between the two rivers.
  13. Yes, all are Mink Frogs.
  14. The snake in the photo is a juvenile Cottonmouth (Agkistrodon conanti), which are boldly patterned and often mistaken for a Copperhead. The two snakes are closely related, but the cottonmouth has a more jagged pattern, often called "pixelated", compared to the more uniform markings of the copperhead. State people, even wildlife officers, are often clueless about native wildlife, especially snakes. Copperheads (Agkistrodon contortrix) have a very limited range in Florida. Here is a precise map.