Species of Spring Island

This June field trip was led by Tony Mills, host of SCETV’s “Coastal Kingdom” and one of the lead instructors for the LowCountry Master Naturalist program. During this eventful day on Spring Island, a sea island in Beaufort County, twenty participants learned about the flora and fauna along the wooded trails, in the creeks and in freshwater ponds. By the end of the experience, participants enjoyed discovering over thirty-five species including birds, reptiles, amphibians, fishes and mammals. In the classroom, they were able to examine and identify various reptiles and amphibians collected by Tony Mills. Here is a species list for the day:

In the field:

  • Meadow beauty (Rhexia sp.)
  • Anhinga (Anhinga anhinga)
  • Tree swallow (Tachycineta bicolor)
  • Tricolored heron (Egretta tricolor)
  • Wood stork (Mycteria americana)
  • Ladyfish (Elops saurus)
  • Menhaden (Brevoortia sp.)
  • Spot croaker (Leiostomus xanthurus)
  • White shrimp (Penaeus [Litopenaeus] setiferus)
  • Mud fiddler crab (Uca pugnax)
  • Red-jointed fiddler crab (Uca minax)
  • Sand fiddler crab (Uca pugilator)
  • Eastern grey squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis)
  • Fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)
  • Marsh periwinkle (Littoraria irrorata)
  • Common snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
  • Yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta)
  • Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina)
  • Banded watersnake (Nerodia fasciata)
  • Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

That is a 16 lb Snapping Turtle

In the classroom:

  • Dwarf salamander (Eurycea quadridigitata)
  • Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum)
  • Mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum)
  • Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum)
  • Tiger salamander (Ambystoma tigrinum)
  • Eastern [red-spotted] newt (Notophthalmus viridescens)
  • Diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin)
  • Yellow-bellied slider (Trachemys scripta scripta)
  • Eastern narrow-mouth toad (Gastrophryne carolinensis)
  • Southern toad (Bufo [Anaxyrus] terrestris)
  • Barking treefrog (Hyla gratiosa)
  • Green treefrog (Hyla cinerea)
  • Southern leopard frog (Rana [Lithobates] sphenocephala)
  • Eastern glass lizard (Ophisaurus ventralis)
  • Corn snake (Elaphe [Pantherophis] guttata)
  • Eastern kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula)
  • Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivus)
  • Scarlet kingsnake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
  • Yellow rat snake (Elaphe [Pantherophis] obsoleta quadrivittata)

KW and Corn Snake