Kip’s Comments 5-17-18

Central Newt - Image 505353 - (© Kip Ladage)

 
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:

Garter Snake in Dry Grass - Image 505347 (© Kip Ladage)

Garter Snake in Dry Grass – Image 505347 (© Kip Ladage)

       

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?    

Central Newt:     

Central Newt - Image 505348 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505348 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505353 - (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505353 – (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505373 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505373 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505392 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505392 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505418 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505418 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505444 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505444 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505483 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505483 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505493 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505493 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505494 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505494 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505500 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505500 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Central Newt - Image 505506 (© Kip Ladage)

Central Newt – Image 505506 (© Kip Ladage)

 

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