Category Archives: Reptiles, Amphibians

Copperhead Snake Crossing

Like all pit vipers, the copperhead is an ambush predator: it takes up a promising position and waits for suitable prey to arrive. In the southern United States, they are nocturnal during the hot summer months, but are commonly active during the day during the spring and fall.

Prairie Kingsnake

I spotted this Prairie Kingsnake crossing a gravel road here in Arkansas and was able to grab a quick photo before it disappeared in the tall grass. Prairie Kingsnake Facts Prairie kingsnakes’ preferred habitat is open grassland with loose, dry soil, typically on the edge of a forested region, not far from a permanent source of water. Their… Read More »

Western Rat Snake

The Western Rat Snake eats a variety of warm-blooded prey, not just rats as the name implies. Any mammal or bird that is slow enough to catch and small enough to eat is fair game. Bird eggs are also a favorite. While this species usually hunts by actively seeking after prey, it is also opportunistic and is certain… Read More »

Turtle On The Road

The inner layer of a turtle’s shell is made up of about 60 bones that includes portions of the backbone and the ribs, meaning the turtle cannot crawl out of its shell.