Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

The first adult timber of the 2012 Pennsylvania trip

A long hike in good habitat, although colder than we’d have liked, produced one more rattlesnake before night fell. This small adult wedged in a rock, soon to join the others we could hear elsewhere rattling under rocks we had checked.

Crotalus horridus

Along the way, and throughout the entire trip, we saw what was probably over 100 of these eft-stage newts out clumsily crawling over the wet ground. It’s hard not to step on them.


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