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Posted by PeeBee on March 05, 2003 at 23:55:43:
In Reply to: Herping Hot Spots ? posted by elaphe4herps on March 03, 2003 at 21:44:46:
:Well, the herping season is on us. My father and I are planning a trip down through the southern East coast. We live in Raleigh North Carolina and want to hit the road down south towards Florida. I was wondering if anyone has any hots spots they might want to share. It doesn't have to be YOUR SECRET spot, but any generel vacinities would be much appreciated.
:We are willing to go ANYWHERE south of NC. We are most likely going to visit Jasper Co., SC (okeetee corn snake country). Does ANYONE have any suggestions on where to go? When to go? Preferably in Georgia, South/North Carolina or Florida?
:THANX IN ADVANCE...
No spots to recommend, but I'd also suggest avoiding the Okeetee area. Nice corns aren't limited to the hunting club, try other areas on the coast. Besides the majority of the corns I've seen from the Okeetee in recent years have been less than outstanding. Some have been downright ugly. I've wondered if over time the snakes in the gene pool have gotten uglier because the nicer ones are collected, and the uglier ones are left behind.
There are some good books on NC & FL herps. Once you learn an animals natural history & habitat preference it's a lot easier to find them.
The Reptiles of NC by Palmer & Braswell is an excellent herp book, with plenty of natural history info & general info about all of the herps found in NC.
I'd also recommend Tennant's & Bartlett's Florida herp books.