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Jonathan P 08-18-2017 08:35 PM

1st time I've caught a herp in the wild
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Was out doing a little fishing in a small reservoir when this little fellow popped up on a tree by me. I was so excited I dropped my pole in the water, but got it back and got the picture with my phone camera. :)

snowgyre 08-18-2017 09:01 PM

Nice!! Depending on your location, this is either a common five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus or the southeastern five-lined skink (Plestiodon inexpectatus). The only reliable way to separate the two species where their ranges overlap is by the scales beneath the tail. If there is a single row of wide scales, it's the common five-lined skink. If the scales are all uniformly small, it's the southeastern five-lined skink.

If you'd like, you can commemorate your first herp photo by uploading it as a record to www.herpmapper.org/submit. It's a website used by biologists to keep track of reptile and amphibian sightings worldwide, but is also a fun way to keep track of your herpetofaunal "life list", or the species you encounter throughout your lifetime.

Jonathan P 08-19-2017 08:22 PM

Thank you for the info! I will definitely check out the site. :)

blueboost68 08-28-2017 12:46 AM

I hope you have many more first herping. Jr.

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