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Field Collecting/Observing Sightings of herps in the wild, where-tos and how-tos, as well as photos of herps in their native environment.

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Old 03-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #1
Rare Find in Central FL

Well I have found one alive!
Over the past few years a few DOR but this year got lucky.
One of the most majestic snakes in the area, very secretive for such a large animal. Nice 5 ft+ female released to hopefully breed this year.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
A beauty!
Old 03-03-2011, 05:12 PM   #3

I've seen a few pines up here in north Florida but they absolutely did NOT care for human beings at all. I saw a rather large one crossing the road near my house while I was driving home from work. Just saw the back end easing off the road into the bushes. I stopped the truck and as soon as I had opened the door, I heard it hissing to beat hell already. I just walked over to take a look at the big piney at the ready to defend itself to the death, then got back in the truck and continued on home.

The ones up here that I have seen seem to be darker colored than the one in your pic.
Old 03-03-2011, 10:49 PM   #4
Wow, nice find Mike.
Old 03-04-2011, 10:23 AM   #5
Wow, Great find
Old 03-06-2011, 01:18 PM   #6
Great find.. the last one I encountered was eating the chicks of a person whom I was petsitting for I took her home getting ready to relocate her to a State Park and she ended up laying 19 eggs for me! I ended up hatching out the eggs and all survived.. I released mom and the babies into the park and my backyard and still see a few occasionally but they sure don't like humans!
Old 03-10-2011, 10:47 AM   #7
thats really awesome to be able to do all that... congrats
Old 03-20-2011, 07:50 PM   #8
That has got to be one of the nicest finds I've seen in a long time. I was on my way to one of my fishing spots a few days ago and there was a nice E. g. guttata laying in the middle of the dirt road I was on. It had stopped and done the little 'I am a stick' freeze, which probably would have gotten either it's head or tail ran over if I hadn't been thinking about slowing down and doing a little road hunting in the early morning sun. It's about a 3-footer, and I am leaning towards a male, although I haven't probed it yet. At first, I was going to just put it off the road, but after I looked it over a bit and could not find a single flaw in it's pattern, I decided it was time to move my male D. c. corais out of his 55-gal and into a 75, and let this little corn snake have the 55. I usually don't get excited over corn snakes, but this little one ate a fresh-killed mouse out of my hand as soon as I got it home, and never offered to defend itself other than a little musk and tail shake now and then.
Old 03-21-2011, 12:05 AM   #9
nice find
Old 04-19-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
Awesome find, I love skating clermont btw best hill in FL

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