Meet the Common, But Beautiful Scarlet Kingsnake
by Richard Bartlett
The first time I ever saw a scarlet kingsnake, Lampropeltis (triangulum) elapsoides, I was in northern Georgia herping with Gordy Johnston.
On our way to Florida, we had stopped at a small patch of recently burned pine woodlands as much as for a break in the driving as for actually herping. We checked the environs of a small soot-edged pond, seeing only a southern leopard frog or two. Along the way we rolled a log now and again, finding first a slimy salamander and then absolutely nothing under the next several…
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photos by Richard Bartlett
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It’s so hard to properly photograph them - they are sooo beautiful…
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Sphaerodactylus nicholsi, from Puerto Rico,one of the smallest geckos in the planet. (x)
Bathyteuthis berryi is a deep sea squid that has been spotted carrying a gelatinous membrane full of 360 eggs in their tentacles.
Other squid attach their eggs to the sea floor and leave, never to see them again. Either that or they produce an overwhelmingly huge number of floating eggs and hope a few survive.
For a food-starved squid living far above the ocean floor, neither option is viable, so it’ll have to be the old “carry a big, mucusy net of children” strategy.
This is just the second squid to be seen carrying out any form of parental care, but it may be quite common in the deeps. You just have to be in the right place at the right time to see it!
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