Friday Night
May 26, 2006

Upon returning to the camp, we found several more campers setting up. Shortly before 6 pm, Jeff arrived at the camp, leading those who had assembled at the motel.

We were all anxious to get started herping, so after brief introductions and instructions, the group divided among the guides. We had five or six guides at this time. Win and Hope took a couple with them in their jeep. I took Joy and Ethan in the van with me. I pulled out trailing a couple of vehicles. I expected those in the lead would spot anything on the road so I did not drive my usual slow speed but tried to stay insight of the leading vehicles so I could turn off in a direction not taken. Too late to swerve, I spotted a small Rough Green Snake on the road directly in front of my tire. I stopped. We found the snake outwardly intact but obviously dieing from internal injuries. What a bummer! My first snake and I killed it. As it turned out, I was not the only guide to run over a herp during the weekend.
SC Reptiles and Amphibians: Hellhole 2006