Cute In Their Own Way
For the past many weeks, about the time the ice began to leave, I have been shooting pictures mostly of birds with a few mammals thrown in every now and then. Today my photo subjects were reptiles and amphibians.
I went out in search of snakes – anything from garter snakes to smooth green snakes to rattlesnakes. Unfortunately, the only snake species I was able to find was the garter snake. Of the garter snakes, I saw only two and one had its head buried. That left me with one agitated garter snake to photograph. It should be no surprise that I shot only a few pictures of it.
Garter Snake in Dry Grass:
Then I moved on to search for amphibians. My location was an area where I have seen and photographed central newts in the past. (Please do not ask where.)
Central newts are threatened species in Iowa, so any observations of the small salamanders is remarkable. I found at least two and possibly three. The first image below shows the initial view in my search. Images that follow feature a clearer view of the unique amphibians. Aren’t central newts interesting…almost cute?