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Posted by Michael on October 10, 2001 at 00:04:55:
In Reply to: Re: nature center is ten minutes from me! posted by SKINNER on October 09, 2001 at 21:32:09:
I was glad to hear Skinner say that he isn't collecting at FWNC. The Nature Center is a great place, and it's worth repeating for anyone else reading the forum who might consider collecting there - please don't. It's against their regulations and it could be harmful to the refuge. The DFW Herp Society is working with the Nature Center, conducting a herp survey, and in our work there we don't collect either. However, we have a blast seeing, photographing, and taking data on the herps there. We are also careful not to alter the habitat by destroying logs or leaving rocks flipped.
We have seen some copperheads there this year, and they are a fairly common snake in the bottomland forest. The cottonmouth is pretty abundant as well and we've documented a number of them near the marsh boardwalk. We're also seeing lots of blotched water snakes, diamondback water snakes, brown snakes, Texas rat snake, etc., along with several species of turtles, lizards, frogs and toads. We'll get a list up on our website soon under the link for Conservation & Field Trip Committee.
Editor / Secretary, DFWHS
Chair, Conservation & Field Trip Committee