Belmead BioBlitz Summary
On Saturday, May 18th, the Virginia Herpetological Society joined may other societies to survey Belmead, the 2265 acre conservation easement of FrancisEmma, Inc. Belmead is a beautiful tract of land in the rolling hills along the James River, with two miles of riverfront and many streams and marshes. The VHS joined other groups surveying the birds, fish, insects, and plants to complete a comprehensive analysis to give FrancisEmma a look at the biota on their property.
Although the weather did not cooperate, with cooler temperatures and cloudy skies, the VHS had 14 volunteers come out to catalogue turtles, snakes, lizards, frogs and salamanders. We thank Sister Jean for organizing this large BioBlitz, and Dave Van Gelder for organizing the Herpetology section.
|An Eastern Box Turtle with a millipede meal.|
|An Eastern Painted Turtle auditioning for the role of "Superman".|
|A leech with an Eastern Painted Turtle on it.|
|Dave playing Duck, Duck, Goose.|
|Northen Ring-necked Snake|
|Mitchell with a good size Northern Black Racer|
|Mitchell with a "hand hickie" from a good size Northern Black Racer|
|So, why are they called "Slimy" Salamanders ?|
|Never mind, we got it!|
|A pair of Marbled Salamanders. Females have gray markings, males have whitish markings.|
|Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly Caterpillar|
|Jason tickling an eastern snapping turtle in order to extract information.|
|Jason's "tickle test" posed more questions than it answered -|