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Posted by bloomindaedalus on April 15, 2003 at 14:35:25:
In Reply to: Re: Collecting on Long Island NY posted by Carl_A on April 15, 2003 at 09:50:12:
Yeah, they are protected bu the state but they ARE there. Nasua county aslo has a population or red bellied turtles and there are spotties in both Suffolk and Nassau. Ther are lots of Diamonbacks on the south shore, but i have only once seen them ont he North Shore (in Suffolk). Lots of Thamnophis but rarely see anuy other snakes cept for occassional black rats. There box turtle population is sadly dwindling and what was once a haven for amazingly ornage speciemns of t.c.carolina is now becoming a harder and harder place to find them (except smashed on the roads or left over from hungry, successful racconns). LI does havea population of a lizard from Italy which lives int he west Hempstead area and there are occassionally red ears and wood turtles (yes, glyptemys) found in southern nassua but these are released captives. If you go very far east near river head you can see some spottie sites but you really need to know where you are looking. There are lots of snappers out east as well, some even in the brackish areas near the river headwaters. Tiger sallies are found in the spring (too late now probably) on the south fork. Fire island is also a good place to go if you are into toads and snakes. But Long Island is turning into a giant parkinglot and it won't be long, i don't think before all the wildlife is gone.