Russell Sage WMA

My wife and I had been exploring parts of the Russell Sage WMA last year. It is a very nice wooded area that reminds us very much of Tensas River NWR. The woodland is younger, but really nice quality and this is a great place for seeing fungi and birds. We have seen White-tailed deer here too and a variety of different species of turtles in Gourd Bayou from the concrete bridge.

When the bayou is full, you can see large Alligator Gar swimming up close and get good images.

One of the loveliest encounters we had was with Green Anole lizards (Anolis carolinensis) that were bromating in a thick snag that stands on a low promontory. The slightly warmer weather had awoken them, but they were still cozy in their holes in the rotten wood. Thus do these lizards depend upon woodpeckers for their wintering homes!

Posted by charlespaxton charlespaxton, October 11, 2019 17:28

Observations

Photos / Sounds

What

Lion's-mane Mushroom (Hericium erinaceus)

Observer

charlespaxton

Date

November 8, 2018 03:06 PM CST

Description

This specimen was growing on dead wood that was colonized by other fungi.

Photos / Sounds

What

Smooth Land Slugs (Genus Deroceras)

Observer

charlespaxton

Date

November 8, 2018 02:25 PM CST

Photos / Sounds

What

Little Brown Skink (Scincella lateralis)

Observer

charlespaxton

Date

November 8, 2018 02:07 PM CST

Description

This skink jumped into the water and swam to escape. It then climbed on to this log and remained still. This image is merged from 3 photos.

Photos / Sounds

What

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Observer

charlespaxton

Date

November 11, 2018 06:27 PM CST

Description

The two anoles were in separate holes and then the smaller one's eyelids turned yellowish and it joined the larger one. We were amazed by the fierce coloration of the larger anole. The white lines along the mouth appear to resemble teeth. Does this fearsome aspect deter molestation during brumation?

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