October has been another dry month. During the month I observed very little herp activity. This year's lizard
hatchlings have increased size by about four-fold. Our deciduous trees have turned beautiful colors. The month
ended with freezing morning temperatures. Locally, we had a series of three days with minimum temperatures of 27,
26, and 28 F. The Kudzu has turned brown.
Early in October I noticed many Tiger Beetles hunting on one of our farm roads. I took some images. My friend
Joey Holmes, a Tiger Beetle expert, identified them as Cicindela tranquebarica (right).
Before cold weather entrenched itself, I tried to find some herp activity by cruising local roads. On October
14th I spent the day searching in Greenwood and McCormick Counties. In the morning I did find two adult
female Box Turtles on the road. I may have seen one DOR snake. Very disappointing.