The WooFDriver was out on the farm taking the WooFPAK on a Free Ranging run when they happened around an Eastern Snapping Turtle(Chelydra serpentina) by the pond! They can be found in any permanent body of fresh water and are more often found in bodies of water with soft, muddy bottoms where they can bury their eggs.
Virginia Herpetological Society Website to learn more about this turtle
Here are photos the WooFDriver has taken of a couple different Snapping Turtles!
Here are videos of Eastern Snapping Turtles that the WooFDriver captured on a mushing adventures!
On April 10, 2014 the WooFPAK went for a Free Ranging adventure in the woods and through the stream where the WooFDriver found this Garter Snake(Thamnophis) on the trail. Garter Snakes are closely related to water snakes, with some species moving back and forth between genera. This is a harmless snake that populate a variety of habitats including woodlands, fields and lawns. But they also stay close to some form of water like a wetland, stream, or pond.
Cool Tree Frog!! I was surprised to see this guy I thought we were too far north but apparently they are found as far north as Maryland. We spotted him in The Shenandoah at our cabin with The WooFPAK. This picture is from the summer of 2005. read more about this Tree Frog at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_green_tree_frog
This is Black Rat Snake. I was surprised to find him in the tree. I usually see these snakes on the ground. We saw spotted this guy in The Shenandoah region. I photographed this in the early Fall of 2005. Read more about this Snake at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pantherophis_obsoletus
Enjoy video footage and the photo album below of Black Rat Snakes found on WooFDriving adventures!
These colorful Box Turtles the WooFDriver got to see while the WooFPAK were Free Ranging on a couple different occasions. Do you know the average box turtle’s life expectancy is 50 years? Many live over 100 years!!
Read about these Turtles here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_turtle