2020 is finally over. It has been a rough year for all of us. The one good thing about 2020 was more time to go herping. Not being able to travel forced me to focus on my local area more than I would have in a normal year. I was lucky enough to see some really amazing things.
This is not a comprehensive look at all the herps I saw this year (not by a long shot), but it does include photos of my most notable finds. Enjoy!
The first Ohio herp of the year was this big adult spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) found on a rainy night on February 4.
I travelled to southwestern Ohio on February 22 to meet with my friends Aaron Crank and Mike Wilhelm. We managed to turn up this large streamside salamander (Ambystoma barbouri) in a frozen creek under a rock.
Aaron flipped the rock where we had found the streamside salamander to reveal this. A clutch of two dozen or so eggs!
April 6, a Blanchard's cricket frog (Acris blanchardi) found near a large, open pond with Carl Brune and Aaron Crank.
May 24, my friend Sara Lennert texted me about a snake she found. It was this large, dark-colored eastern hog-nosed snake. I rushed over to see it for myself.
May 29, one of the best sights in the world when hiking rocky hillsides. Sadly, this large adult timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) had a bad case of snake fungal disease.
A Fowler's toad (Anaxyrus fowleri).
July 3, not a herp, but still one of the coolest things I got to see this year. My friend Aaron Crank knows a spot where wild gray foxes can be easily seen.
July 18, a large female ouachita map turtle (Graptemys ouachitensis).