5 October 2012 After set-up walkabout: Site 1




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Field Notes

Herpetology trip to Francis Marion NF, SC

4-7 October 2012
4 October 2012
Departure from Rankin Science Building 12:00 AM with 7 students and 5:45 PM with7 students (n=16).
Second group arrived at Honey Hill Campsite ca 12:00 M to find the rest of us in a mostly empty campground.
5 October 2012

After set-up walkabout:


Site 1:

SC: Berkeley Co.: Francis Marion National Forest (FMNF): Honey Hill Campground 33o 10’ 29.30” N ; 79o 33’ 46.89” W ; 25 ‘ elevation (Google Earth = GE)- area around campsites and adjacent swamp


Gastrophryne carolinensis – eastern narrow-mouth frog – several found along road and under
log in dry samp
Opheodrys aestivus – rough green snake – 1 in pine tree at edge of camp
After breakfast Chris Hope and C. L. “Ab” Abercrombie arrived to participate in the hunt. We all went to search for herps at:
Site 2:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF – McConnel’s Landing area – swamp edge and adjacent bluff – 10:00-2:00 PM:

near GE 33o 14’ 40” N ; 79o 31’ 14” W ; 18-25 ‘ elevation – swamp with quite a lot of water near parking lot and bluff to upland pine forests

Herps:

Acris gryllus – southern cricket frog – several beside swamp
Scaphiopus holbrooki – eastern spadefoot toad - many juveniles active on forest floor

Gastrophryne carolinensis – several juveniles on forest floor
Ambystoma opacum – marbled salamander – many under logs near swamp and at base of bluff
Eurycea cirrigera – southern two-lined salamander – 1 or 2 seen near seepage area

Eurycea guttolineata – three-lined salamander – several seen around dry swamp

Eurycea quadridigitata – dwarf salamander – 2-3 under logs

Plethodon variolatus – South Carolina slimy salamander - many seen under logs near swamp and
on bluff – several all black ones

Anolis carolinensis – Carolina anole – several seen

Scincella laterale – ground skink – several seen and 1 captured
Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus – eastern cottonmouth – 1 adult seen by swamp
Coluber constrictor priapus – southern black racer – one observed
Diadophis punctatus punctatus – 1 large adult under log beside swamp

Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata – yellow ratsnake – 1 in forest above bluff
Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides - scarlet kingsnake – 1 large animal under bark on dead
cypress tree

Kinosternon subrubrum – eastern mud turtle – 1 under debris near seep on slope of bluff

5 October 2012 (continued)

Site 2: (continued)

Fish:

Anguilla rostrata – American eel

Snails:

Mesodon thyroidus – several

Neohelix solemi – several

Ventridens intertextus – 2 shells

Mesomphix globosus - several

Patera perigrapta – several

Xolotrema caroliniense – several

Vertigo species – under palmetto leaves

Succineid species – under palmetto leaves



Strobilops aeneus – under palmetto leaves and bark
Philomycus carolinianus – common on trees and logs
Haplotrema concavum – several live ones seen
Site 3:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF FS 204 and FS 5032 (turnoff to Battery Warren): open pine flat with cypress pond depression (clear water): near GE 33°13'22.36"N; 79°32'4.07"W; 2:20-5:00 PM. Set 2 turtle traps.



Herps:

Acris gryllus –several beside swamp
Rana utricularia – southern leopard frog – several beside pond and in nearby depression
Bufo terrestris – southern toad – juvenile seen beside road
Ambystoma talpoideum – 1 adult under small rotten log ca. 50 m from pond

Plethodon variolatus – several seen

Anolis carolinensis – several seen

Cnemidophorus (Aspidoscelis) sexlineatus – 1 found along road
Sceloporus undulatus undulatus – eastern fence lizard – 3 found

Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix – southern copperhead – under log ca 50 m from pond

Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus – 1 juvenile with large meal inside
Trachemys scripta scripta – yellow-bellied pond slider – several seen
Snails: Triodopsis hopetonensis cf. – several under same log as A. talpoideum

Site 4:

SC: Francis Marion National Forest (FMNF): Charleston County line along SC 45 at Wambaw Creek: walkabout along creek, along road and in drier swampy area for about 1.5 hour at night: near GE

33o 09’ 01” N ; 79o 32’ 39” W ; 14 ‘ elevation

Herps:

Rana catesbeana – bullfrog – several seen along the stream

Rana utricularia – southern leopard frog – several seen

Eurycea quadridigitata – dwarf salamander – 1 adult male with cirri under a log

Anolis carolinensis – green anole – quite a few seen on vegetation along the road

Carphophis amoenus – eastern worm snake – 1 hit on road while we were there

Alligator mississippiensis – 2 or 3 smallish (3-4 ft) individuals near bridge




5 October 2012 (continued)
Site 4: (continued)

Snails:

Euglandina rosea – rosy wolfsnail

Philomycus carolinianus – Carolina mantleslug
Euconulus species – under palmetto leaves
Site 1:
SC: Berkeley Co.: Francis Marion National Forest (FMNF): Honey Hill Campground near GE 25 ‘ elevation at 33o 10’ 29.30” N ; 79o 33’ 46.89” W : area around campsites and adjacent trail into swamp
Bufo terrestris – southern toad -several around campsite

Anolis carolinensis – several seen

Opheodrys aestivus – 1 seen on tree limb ca. 3’ off ground


6 October 2012
Up for breakfast before 8:00

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Site 5:

House of David Dix in Honey Hill for frozen snakes - GE 33o 11’ 27” N ; 79o 34’ 37” W ; 40‘ elevation (

Herps:

Nerodia fasciata – banded watersnake


Agkistrodon piscivorus
Crotalus horridus
– canebrake rattlesnake
Fish:

Anguilla rostrata – American eels
Site 3:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF FS 204 and FS 5032 (turnoff to Battery Warren): open pine flat with cypress pond depression (clear water): near GE 33°13'22.36"N; 79°32'4.07"W; returned to check turtle traps



Herps:

Trachemys scripta – 1 adult female in trap

Site 6:

SC: Berkeley Co.: SC 654 between Honey Hill and Round Pond near GE 33° 9'22.52"N; 79°36'52.78"W; 48’ elevation; open pine flatwoods



Ophisaurus attenuatus – eastern slender glass lizard Dead on road (DOR)
6 October 2012 (continued)
Site 7:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF – FS 159 (Yellowjacket) bridges near GE 33° 7'48.94"N; 79°48'15.20"W; 12’ elevation swampy forest along meandering streams



Herps:

Bufo terrestris - common along road edge

Ambystoma opacum- at least one found here

Plethodon variolatus – several seen

Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata - 1 found along stream
Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoidea – 2 shed skins found in rotten pine
Nerodia erythrogaster
– 1 chased into muck of one stream
Storeria
occipitomaculata – redbellied snake – 2 found crawling in woods
Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus
– one or more seen along stream

Terrapene carolina carolina – eastern box turtle – 2 found along stream

Snails:

Euglandina rosea

Ventridens intertextus
Patera perigrapta
Site 8:
SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF – Huger Picnic area near GE 33° 8'3.50"N; 79°48'42.10"W; 16’ elevation

Herps:

Anolis carolinensis

Storeria occipitomaculata - DOR

Fish:

Catfish


Largemouth bass

Snails:

Triodopsis small species
Site 9:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF woods along Turkey Creek and adjacent swampy areas, 2:30-5:00 PM: 19’ elevation near GE 33° 7'26.36"N; 79°46'20.34"W:



Herps:

Bufo terrestris – several seen along road and swamp

Ambystoma opacum

Eurycea quadridigitata

Plethodon variolatus

Diadophis punctatus punctatus- 1 under log in dry streambed

Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides – 1 in rotten log

Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus

Terrapene carolina – 2 females

Kinosternon subrubrum – shell found

Snails:

Euglandina rosea several, including one feeding on V. intertextus

Ventridens intertextus several

6 October 2012 (continued)

Site 10:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF, FS 251F (Irishtown Rd.) near GE 33° 7'35.88"N; 79°45'25.99"W, 20’ elev.



Sistrurus miliarius – AOR – plus a bite
Returned to camp for dinner
Site 11:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF FS 204 between Chicken Creek Road and Battery Warren turnoff



Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix – shot in road and left for dead

Crotalus horridus – AOR
Site 2:

SC: Berkeley Co.: FMNF – McConnel’s Landing area – swamp edge and adjacent bluff – 8:00-11:00 PM:

near GE 33o 14’ 40” N ; 79o 31’ 14” W ; 18-25 ‘ elevation – swamp

Herps:

Rana catesbeiana – bullfrog – several seen & captured
Rana clamitans clamitans – bronze frog – several seen and 2 captured

Rana utricularia – southern leopard frog – several seen and captured

Scaphiopus holbrookii – 2 adults seen
Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus – 1-2 seen in same area but different times

Snails:


Megapallifera mutabilis – 1 seen and photogrhed

Philomycus carolinianus – several seen

7 October 2012
Site 3:

Checked turtle traps



Herps:

Bufo terrestris

Acris gryllus
SC: IH 26

Farancia abacura abacura – eastern mud snake - DOR

Proceeded to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia for visit with Sean Foley and Nick Bottini. 12:15-4:35 PM.
Returned to Boone at 8:15 PM (Van 2) and 9:00 (Van 1)

Took Ridge Graham to Emergency Room for treatment of snake bite.



Species Encountered
Amphibia

Anura – frogs and toads species #

Family Bufonidae - taods



Bufo terrestris – southern toad 1

Family Hylidae – treefrogs and allies



Acris gryllus – southern cricket frog 2

Family Pelobatidae – spade-foot frogs



Scaphiopus holbrookii – eastern spade-foot frog 3

Ranidae – true frogs



Rana catesbeana – bullfrog 4

Rana clamitans clamitans – bronze frog 5

Rana utricularia – southern leopard frog 6
Caudata – salamanders

Family Ambystomatidae – mole salamanders



Ambystoma opacum – marbled salamanders 7
Ambystoma talpoideum – mole salamander 8

Family Plethodontidae – lungless salamanders



Eurycea cirrigera – southern two-lined salamander 9
Eurycea guttolineata
– three-lined salamander 10

Eurycea quadridigitata – dwarf salamander 11 Plethodon variolatus – South Carolina slimy salamander 12

Reptilia

Crocodilia – crocodilians

Family Alligatoridae – alligators and caimans



Alligator mississippiensis – American alligator 13
Squamata – Suborder Sauria – lizards

Family Anguidae – alligator and glass lizards



Ophisaurus attenuatus – eastern slender glass lizard 14
Family Polychrotidae (or Iguanidae)

Anolis carolinensis – green anole 15
Sceloporus undulatus undulatus – eastern fence lizard 16

Family Scincidae – skinks



Scincella lateralis – ground skink 17

Family Teidae



Cnemidophorus (Aspidoscelis) sexlineatus – 6 lined racerunner 18
Squamata – Suborder Ophidia – snakes

Family Colubridae – harmless snakes



Carphophis amoenus – eastern worm snake 19 Dadophis punctatus punctatus – southern ringneck snake 20 Elaphe obsoleta quadrivittata – yellow ratsnake 21
Farancia abacura – mud snake 22 Lampropeltis triangulum elapsoides – scarlet kingsnake 23

Nerodia erythrogaster erythrogaster – red-bellied watersnake 24

Nerodia fasciata – banded watersnake (David Dix) 25

Storeria occipitomaculata – red-belly snake 26

Family Viperidae – vipers



Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix – southern copperhead 27

Agkistrodon piscivorus piscivorus – eastern cottonmouth 28

Crotalus horridus – canebrake rattlesnake 29

Sistrurus miliarius miliarius – Carolina pygmy rattlesnake 30
Testudines – turtles

Family Emydidae – common turtles



Trachemys scripta scripta – yellow-belied slider 31

Family Kinosternidae – mud and musk turtles



Kinosternon subrubrum subrubrum – eastern mud turtle 32 Sternotherus odoratus – stinkpot or common musk turtle 33

SNAILS:

Family Haplotrematidae Haplotrema concavum

Family Helminthoglyptidae Euconulus species

Family Limacidae Deroceras leave


Family Philomycidae Megapallifera mutabilis

Philomycus caroliniensis

Family Polygyridae Mesodon thyroidus



Neohelix solemi

Triodopsis hopetonensis
Triodopsis palustris
cf

Triodopsis species

Xolotrema carolinense

Family Pupillidae Vertigo species

Family Streptaxidae Euglandina rosea

Family Succinaeidae Catinella? Species



Family Zonitidae Ventridens intertextus

Mesomphix globosus


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