Backyard herping with the kids….

This year I had the opportunity to get some field herping done without going off into the swamp or woods. In Louisiana, some of the best herping can be done right in your own backyard. This year was no exception. In one day in a small yard, so many different herps can be found while cleaning up. On September 26, 2015, I was out my small backyard tidying up a few messes I had made weeks prior. Of course, I always have a deli cup ready to hold and relocate any herps I come across. This one day definitely held a bounty of critters and I probably spent more time looking at them than getting the yard work done. HA!!

Finding a few reptiles in the backyard also give me a wonderful chance to show my two daughters that reptiles are not scary and even teach them a little more in depth herpetology information. When my oldest was around 2-3 years old, one of her favorite activities was wondering her grandparents yard catching baby gulf coast toads. To properly educate my kids about their native Louisiana wildlife, I always get them involved. I often catch anoles with my oldest girl. On June 17, 2015, I just happened to see a female box turtle cruising the backyard at my parent’s home and she appeared to be digging for eggs. We watched her all evening and eventually dug a hole a laid eggs. My girls loved the experience.

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