On March 8th, I awoke to high winds battering the house. The wind did some minor damage to the roof shingles
and porch siding. Later, I learned that the same winds had lifted our small greenhouse and crashed it on the ground
several hundred feet away. That evening, my wife and I traveled to North Charleston where I spoke at the monthly meeting
of theCoastal Carolina Herpetocultural Society.
At the meeting the Society approved a name change to the
South Carolina Herpetocultural Society.
The next day we got our first view of the new Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River.
Back home, American Toads joined the auran sing-along at mid month, accompanying Upland Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers,
Southern Leopard Frogs, and Pickerel Frogs.
I found my first snake of the year, a large, stout Eastern Worm Snake, on March 14th. In the morning on March 15, I found a
female Five-lined Skink beneath a board. A couple of days earlier, I had found a small Eastern Narrowmouth Toad under the
In the late afternoon on the 15th, my wife, grandson Wolf, and I spent a couple of hours in the closet
sheltered from potential tornadoes. At last count I believe it was determined that 15 tornadoes had touched down in SC. Win, upon seeing
a funnel cloud while driving home from work, stopped at a stranger's home for shelter. The owners very graciously let him ride out the
storm. Luckily, we did not suffer damage from the storm, but areas to the south suffered major damage.