Three reptile and amphibian events over the week that must be acknowledged by the general world population.
Event one: A pond turtle has nested inconveniently close to the neighbor’s driveway. There is no news on what type of pond turtle it is. Feeling sorry for the turtle, the neighbor has placed a bit of plastic ribbon around the nest so that it might not get run over. It is unknown if this is a superior turtle nesting site to the standard location. Although trucks are a factor, there are presumably fewer raccoons. The standard location sees heavy raccoon induced turtle egg losses. Mammals are just no damn good.
Event two: The spotted salamander larva progresses towards being a properly terrestrial tetrapod. In the last week, it has started poking its nose above the water’s surface. Its legs have grown more robust. Most dramatic is the gill absorption. At one point, the gills were larger than the entire head. Now, not so much. It is still growing at fast rate and almost doesn’t fit into the small container used over its month and a half long life to photograph it.
Event three: The five lined skinks are breeding. There is no photo of this, but the damn things keep chasing each other all over the place and will occasionally fall on your head as you weed your moss. The males have striking orange heads and have lost their lines. So now they should be called five lines or orange headed skinks.
End of reptile and amphibian updates.