Kip’s Comments 8-18-17

Painted Turtle - Image 456801 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Flora and Fauna Along the Wapsipinicon River

While mowing the lawn at the cabin I saw something I had not seen for some time – an adult Graham’s crayfish snake. This may be the second or third year that I had not seen a crayfish snake and that has been disappointing.

Graham’s crayfish snakes are considered threatened or endangered in Iowa. The “Snakes of Iowa” book does not even show them being in Bremer County, yet I know of at least some along the Wapsipinicon River. When I had not seen any for a couple of years (at least), I was concerned our small, isolated population was gone. After today, I know at least one still lives in the area. Unfortunately, I was not able to photograph the snake.

Seeing the Graham’s crayfish snake prompted me to take a trip up the river in search of another crayfish snake or other reptiles/amphibians of various species. I saw no more Graham’s crayfish snakes, but did see (and photograph) other flora and fauna along the Wapsipinicon River.

Bullfrog:

Bullfrog - Image 456635 (© Kip Ladage)

Bullfrog – Image 456635 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Monkey Flower:

Monkey Flower - Image 456622 (© Kip Ladage)

Monkey Flower – Image 456622 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Cardinal Flower:

Cardinal Flower - Image 456652 (© Kip Ladage)

Cardinal Flower – Image 456652 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Obedient Plant:

Obedient Plant - Image 456733 (© Kip Ladage)

Obedient Plant – Image 456733 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Morning Glory:

Morning Glory - Image 456663 (© Kip Ladage)

Morning Glory – Image 456663 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Sunflower Species:

Sunflower Species - Image 456840 (© Kip Ladage)

Sunflower Species – Image 456840 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Painted Turtles:

Painted Turtles - Image 456748 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtles – Image 456748 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Painted Turtle - Image 456762 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtle – Image 456762 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Painted Turtle - Image 456801 (© Kip Ladage)

Painted Turtle – Image 456801 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtles:

Softshell Turtle - Image 456820 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle – Image 456820 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Softshell Turtle - Image 456822 (© Kip Ladage)

Softshell Turtle – Image 456822 (© Kip Ladage)

 

Video: Flora and Fauna Along the Wapsipinicon River

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