Critters of the Elms

A photo essay of the various plants and animals encountered by students at Elms Environmental Education Center.

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Redbellied Snake Oct. 2013

This is a redbellied snake found by enthusiastic 3rd grades while hiking to our vernal pools at Elms. They are most common in or around the margins of wetlands.

They can be 4 - 10 in (10 - 25 cm) long and their color is variable but you will know one when you see one because of the diagnostic orange to red underbelly.

They feed nearly exclusively on slugs.

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  1. Large Male Bull Frog March 2013
  2. Bluebird eggs 2012
  3. Spotted Salamander
  4. Rhinoceros Beetles 2012
  5. Smooth Earth Snake Oct. 2012
  6. Imperial Moth Caterpillar 2012
  7. American Shieldback 2012
  8. Eastern Cottontails 2012
  9. Ground Hog: 2012
  10. Double-crested Cormorant rescued
  11. Little Brown Skink
  12. Common Buckeye Caterpillar
  13. Luna Moth Caterpillar: Actias luna
  14. railroad worm
  15. Garden Hose or Rat Snake?
  16. Common Snapping Turtle
  17. Leopard Gecko: Eublepharis macularius
  18. American Mink specimen
  19. Small American Bullfrog: Feb. 2012
  20. Rock Doves: April 2010
  21. Unknown Caterpillar -Cutworm Maybe: October 2011
  22. Baby Northern Water Snake April 2011
  23. Southern Leopard Frog: Oct. 2011
  24. Bull Frog: May 2011
  25. Green Tree Frog:Oct. 2011
  26. Fowlers Toad: Aug. 2011
  27. Northern Cricket Frog May 2011
  28. Eastern Mud Turtle June 2011
  29. Eastern Box Turtle May 2011
  30. The Chinese mantis September 2011
  31. The Old Man of the Woods September 2011
  32. Autumn Olive
  33. English Ivy November 2011
  34. The Periwinkle Plant (Vinca major) October 2011
  35. Eastern Ribbon Snake September 2011
  36. Diamondback Terrapin October 2011
  37. Wheel Bug (Arilus cristatus) October 2011
  38. Marbled Salamander: October 2011
  39. Rough Green Snake October 2011
  40. Atlantic Needlefish: September 2011
  41. The Eastern Box Turtle: June 2011
  42. Luna Moth Male vs. Female: May 2011
  43. Luna Moth: May 2011
  44. Green Stink Bug: May 2011
  45. Leaf Beetle Larvae: May 2011
  46. Worm Snake: May 2011
  47. Painted Turtle: May 2011
  48. Fiddler Crab: May 2011
  49. Arrow Arum: May 2011
  50. Eastern Tent Caterpillar: May 2011
  51. Shark Tooth Fossil: May 2011
  52. Northern water Snake: May 2011
  53. Female Cardinal: April 2011
  54. Ruby-Crowned Kinglet: April 2011
  55. 5-Lined Skink: April 2011
  56. Yellow Spotted Salamander Eggs: March 2011
  57. Loblolly Pine: Mach 2011
  58. Buck Moth: Feb 2011
  59. Spotted Salamander: Feb 2011
  60. Green Tree Frog: Feb 2011
  61. Male Blue Crab: Feb 2011
  62. Naked Goby: October 2010
  63. White Perch: October 2010
  64. Blood (polychaete) Worm: October 2010
  65. Bay Anchovy: October 2010
  66. Atlantic Silverside: October 2010
  67. Skilletfish: October 2010
  68. Spot: October 2010
  69. Black Drum: October 2010
  70. Blennies: September 2010
  71. Hogchoker: September 2010
  72. Mud Crab: September 2010
  73. Oyster Flatworm: September 2010
  74. Tiger Swallowtail: June 2010
  75. Diamondback Terrapin Eggs: June 2010
  76. American Toad Toadlet: May 2010
  77. Green Frog: May 2010
  78. Canada Geese: May 2010
  79. Land Snail: May 2010
  80. Red Admiral: May 2010
  81. Periwinkle Snail: May 2010
  82. Ladybug: May 2010
  83. Watersnake: May 2010
  84. Pipefish: April 2010
  85. Amphipod: April 2010
  86. Fowlers Toad: April 2010
  87. Racoon: April 2010
  88. Spring Peeper: April 2010
  89. Click Beetle: April 2010
  90. Six Spotted Tiger Beetle: April 2010
  91. Spotted Turtle: April 2010
  92. Eastern Mud Turtle: April 2010

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