4-21 thru 4/23/06

Trip Details

Location: Kiowa County 4/21-23, Ellis County evening of 4/23, Kansas

Conditions: Mid 90's for daytime highs.

Herpers: Kansas Herp Society, Chad Whitney, Jim Scharosch

This report is going to be necessarily short, because I am getting ready to go to Kentucky and don't have the time to put together a detailed report. Hopefully I will put a bit more time into fleshing this out in the future.

The trip started off with me joining up with the Kansas Herp Society for a weekend in Kiowa county. It was really hot for April, with temps in the mid-nineties. I personally didn't find a lot during this part of the trip. I flipped this Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer) under a railroad tie.

I spent quite a bit of time with Chad Whitney during the first weekend, and we found this Prairie Kingsnake and this Massasauga while driving during the weekend.

Prairie Kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster)

Massasauga (Sistrurus catenatus)

The rest these animals were found by other members of the KHS and I photographed them when we got back together.

Ground Snakes (Sonora semiannulata)

Plains Blackhead Snake (Tantilla nigriceps)

New Mexico Blind Snake (Leptotyphlops dissectus)

Lined Snake (Tropidoclonion lineatum)

Prairie Kingsnake


Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Chad and I roadcruised around in Ellis county and found this Prairie Rattlesnake.

After this, the temps fell drastically and we didn't see anything else.

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