Of course I tried to look for milksnakes again. I had a few hours Sunday afternoon (temps falling from low 70s into the low 60s while I was out with a brief rain shower at the beginning followed by partly cloudy skies), so I drove out to the Wissahickon and tried yet another rocky hillside.
I looked under a lot of rocks and almost as many logs and pieces of bark. Redback salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) were out (or under, depending how you look at it) in force, and I saw about 25 in an hour of actual flipping.
One lucky chunk of concrete yielded two. Again I’m kicking myself for not trying to sex them, since now I’m wondering if they were a couple – a male hanging around a female for a few days while trying to knock her up.
- 25 redback salamanders
- 1 garter snake
- 2 brown snakes