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BenVizi
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PostSubject: Herping Week 1   Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:58 am

I'm going to start a weekly post on the things I've found herping each week.
Week 1 totaled 4 northern watersnakes, 1 brown snake, and a hen mallard lol







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PostSubject: Re: Herping Week 1   Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:22 am

Very cool, I don't get to go out and do much herping.

I need to make it out and do some camping trips and such.  Just seems like almost all my spare time is eaten away lately
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PostSubject: Re: Herping Week 1   Thu Apr 09, 2015 2:23 pm

I'll be doing some camping in South Georgia next month when I go back! Don't wait until the summer to go or you won't be doing any sleeping lol
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PostSubject: Re: Herping Week 1   Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:08 pm

Nice finds!
You're not bleeding enough for four watersnakes. Smile
How did you catch the mallard?

When my oldest daughter was 6 we were canoeing in a swampy area with several mud islands. The islands were covered in grass and shrubs. The water level in this area was about 6-7 inches deep. My daughter saw several Canada geese on one of the islands. The island was about at long as a basketball court and about half as wide. I paddled us over for a closer look. As we reached the island my daughter turned around and asked, "If I catch one, can I keep it as a pet?" Sure, I said knowing that there was no way a little 6 year old wearing rubber boots could catch a wild goose. So I sat back, open a cool soda and let her run off some energy. As I relaxed in the warm sun enjoying the tranquil sounds of nature, I could hear her running and splashing after the poor island creatures. All the sudden I hear, "Got ya!" and a goose honking like something was killing it. Through the shrubs and grass comes my 6 year old with an adult goose, one hand holding the goose's body the other holding it's neck just below the head. With the goose going ballistic, my daughter was trying to shout over it, "Dad, can I keep it!? His name is Meanie and he can stay in my room....."  After our talk about the goose not being a suitable indoor pet, she let it go. My daughter was covered from head to toe with mud and goose poop and as she got back into the canoe I noticed her boots were missing. I asked her about her boots and she said, "They were slowing me down. Also, they got stuck in the mud and came off my feet." We searched the island, but didn't find the boots.
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PostSubject: Re: Herping Week 1   Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:55 pm

The watersnakes were pretty cold but were striking wildly! The mallard couldn't fly, either it was injured or someone let it go so I just grabbed her.
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