Sunday, October 28, 2012

New herp county records for Franklin County!

Dr Todd Fredericksen shares this exciting news:
The first recorded captures in Franklin County of the Eastern Spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii) and the Eastern Musk Turtle (Sternotherus odoratus) occurred at Ferrum College this past summer.  
Click image for larger view of the Spadefoot
The Eastern Spadefoot spends most of its time below ground and occurs mostly in the Coastal Plain with a few scattered locations in the Mountains.  It was captured in a pitfall trap in a hardwood forest following a heavy rain in July. 
Click image for larger view of the Must Turtle
The Eastern Musk Turtle, also called the “Stinkpot”, is rare in the upper Piedmont and Mountains and was captured with a net trap in a small pond in September.

Dr Todd Fredericken is a member of the Blue Ridge Foothills and Lakes Chapter of Virginia Master Naturalists. He is also one of our treasured instructors for the VMN Basic Training Program. The next training is scheduled for Fall 2013!

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