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Cyndi Carter 

Kyle already used all of the best pictures of us together in his post, so here’s a photo I took of him holding the largest female cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus) captured during my master’s research. ————
Kyle and I first met when we were twelve years old. Friendship somehow became something more while we were in high school, and we’ve been a pair ever since. Today is our tenth anniversary. I wish I were an eloquent writer, and I knew how to express exactly what he means to me. But, today at least, I’m not, so I’ll just say this: Kyle is the first person I want to share my most important (and also, more often, unimportant) news with. He’s the person I want to see new places and try new things with. But, he’s also the person whose company I crave most in quiet moments, especially at home. He is the person who occupies my thoughts most often, and whose thoughts I am most interested to know. He is the one person who can evoke (nearly) every emotion I think I am capable of experiencing. He is my best friend and favorite human. We have had a remarkable and adventurous life together so far, and I can’t wait to see what the next decade holds for us. Happy tenth anniversary Kyle. I love you more than I can possibly say.

Secret peacock. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: The brightly colored underside of a male ornate tree lizard (Urosaurus ornatus) from Hidalgo County, NM. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀





#urosaurusornatus #lizard #urosaurus #chiricahua #hidalgo #squamata #phrynosomatidae #newmexico

A slight change of scenery. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: Male long-nosed leopard lizard (Gambelia wislizenii), found near some small dunes outside of Parker, AZ last week. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀





#gambelia #mohavedesert #lizard #squamata #iguanidae #arizona #sonorandesert #lapazcounty #longnosedleopardlizard

Cootie pie. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: Juvenile river cooter (Pseudemys concinna) caught in a dip net during tadpole sampling last week. Please also note my attempt at reproducing the @groverbrown method of precarious turtle finger perching. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀





#Cooter #Pseudemys #pseudemysconcinna #emydidae #turtles #rivercooter

Charismatic minifauna. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: Adult male Plethodon from the hybrid zone of red-legged & southern Appalachian salamanders (P. shermani & P. teyahalee, respectively). This guy doesn’t appear to have any of the markings associated with P. shermani, but we can’t be certain that he isn’t a hybrid.
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#plethodon #coweeta #salamander #plethodontidae #plethodonshermani #caudata

Hiding out. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: Juvenile timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) found in a wood pile at Coweeta with @jamesd_hunt.
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#crotalushorridus #crotalus #coweeta #rattlesnake #timberrattlesnake

Credentialed nerdling. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: Newly minted UGA grad @ben_thesing tickling anemones in a tide pool on Jekyll Island, GA.

I just want it to be time for big bugs again. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: A royal walnut moth (Citheronia regalis) found on the side of a gas station in Newton County last July.
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#saturniidae #citheronia #moths

Just a lil chin rub. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: A precious baby and a patient eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) at “Day on the Lawn.”
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#terrapene #terrapenecarolina #boxturtle #turtle

I’ve still got Taiwanese birds on the brain. It was shocking to see these guys on the other side of the world last December; I had no idea their distribution was so broad. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: 1) Adult male black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) hanging out in a man-made pond in Taipei. 2) Grumpy looking immature BCNH in the same pond.
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#blackcrownednightheron #nycticoraxnycticorax

Watching birds in the marsh this weekend reminded me of the day @kyle.nelson0 and I trekked down to the southern coast of Taiwan to find black-faced spoonbills last December. Different hemisphere, but same marshy fart smell. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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📷Pictured: 1) Oyster racks at sunset in the Cigu salt-pan wetland in Tainan, Taiwan. 2) Out-of-focus black-faced spoonbills (Platalea minor) in flight above the wetland.
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#blackfacedspoonbill #plataleaminor

Big girl.
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📷Pictured: Large adult female diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin) caught as part of a long term mark-recapture effort on Jekyll Island.
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#malaclemys #terrapin #terrapin #jekyllisland #diamondbackterrapin #testudines #turtle

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