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Posted by Erik on November 02, 1997 at 05:00:50:
In Reply to: Re: Loss of a primo site. posted by Redman on November 01, 1997 at 19:45:12:
: : : Lost a concentration of species in Northern Va to the developers. Copperhead, hogsnose, watersnake, blacksnake, racer, ring-necked, worm, red-bellied, and dekay. Box, painted, snapper, and musk. Spotted newts, bullfrogs, green, pickerel, wood, and cricket, along with the toads. Gone .
: : This wasn't some fly by night encounter. I had encountered a string of habitats that supported just about everything you can find in the Mid-Atlantic deciduous succession/power line field environment. Granted, prime spots were on the south facing lies of the watersheds but what a concentration of critters. The only animal I removed was a yearling kingsnake (which stills thrives). Who thinks to relocate before its too late. Do I relocate the next 3 mile salvo of animals or just find the colonies and wait around until the carnage strikes again?? Word?
There was a site in north Texas near Denton Creek in Tarrant County that I used to visit nearly every day for the five years that ,depending on the time of year.It was the most copperhead infested place I have ever seen,one day me and a friend counted fourteen in a two hour period,five in one pile of boards!I found a few prairie kings,Great Plains Ratsnakes,Speckled Kings,Texas Ratsnakes,a Bullsnake,a coachwhip,several racers,ribbon snakes,numerous diamondback and blotched watersnakes,western and three-toed box turtles,ringneck snakes,lined snakes,spiny lizards,whiptails,anoles,treefrogs,and various other amphibians.I removed the bullsnake,a prairie king,two speckled kings,an emoryi,and a neat looking texas rat.Last time I talked to my buddy he said there is a subdivision there now.I'm glad I didn't have to see what it looked like when they got through with it.I could go on all night about the places here in Alabama,where I live now,that have been destroyed due to clear cutting,strip mining,or housing developments.I really hate to think what it'll all look like in a few more decades.