Blanding's Turtles are a rarity in Go Home but their bright yellow chins and high-domed shells make them easy to distinguish from our other turtles
The Brown Snake is abundant but hard to spot because of its small size and habits
Bullfrogs do not have skin ridges down their backs, only a short ridge from behind their eyes to their cheeks (see Green Frog for comparison).
Green Frogs have 'dorso-lateral folds' running from behind their eyes to their hind legs.
Foxsnakes swim a lot and float high in the water (as do Rattlers)
Foxsnakes are yellow with dark brown blotches and a copper-coloured head. If alarmed they will often vibrate their tails in leaf litter in an attempt to discourage harassment (they are mimicking rattlesnakes).
Northern Map Turtles are often seen basking on rocks and logs. They often appear brown with green limbs and have a serrated shell (like a snapping turtle)
Milksnakes have blotches that are edged in black. This one was being harassed by a dog so it was picked up and photographed.
A rare photo of two rattlers in a mating embrace.
Rattlesnakes are greyish with brown blotches and, no matter what the size, always appear "fat" compared to our other snakes.
The Redbelly Snake is very small and secretive but very abundant in Go Home
Eastern Smooth Green Snakes are abundant but are rarely seen because of their excellent camouflage.
Spotted Turtles are endangered! They like warm, shallow water with lots of vegetation.
Spring Peepers are very small treefrogs. They have a characterisic X-shape on their backs.
Northern Water Snakes are probably the most familiar of our snakes. They are the only snakes able to dive under water and are almost exclusively found within a few metres of the lakeshore. Young ones are brightly marked and as they age, the markings fade.
Eastern Hognose Snakes are very variable in their markings but always have an upturned snout and loose skin behing their head which they can expand (to make them look like a cobra). This photo is of a young hognose.
Go Home Moose 2014
Yogi on the prowl
Watersnake doing its part to clear out at least on dangerous, invasive Round Goby