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We've had over 7" of rain in the past few days thanks to Tropical Storm Cindy, and the frogs have been loving it! This is a male Spadefoot Toad. Spadefoots spend most of the year buried underground. Once or twice a year, following very heavy rain they burrow up to the surface, hop to a newly-flooded pond, and males call to attract mates. After they lay eggs, the adults then leave the pond to return to the uplands and bury in, waiting for the next heavy rain. Tadpoles develop very quickly and metamorphose into tiny toadlets in a few weeks. Spadefoots have a unique vertically elliptical pupil and yellow lyre-shaped mark on their brown dorsal coloration. ... See MoreSee Less

Nokuse Plantation's 50,000 acres supports a great diversity of plants and animals

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Why did the turtle cross the . . . well, you know the rest. We found this Box Turtle crossing the highway right near our office. Luckily there's not a lot of traffic on the road and we watched him safely get to the other side. As he walked he was finishing his meal of a large millipede, which you can see sticking out of his mouth on the left! We've had lots of rain lately which gets plenty of frogs, turtles, and snakes moving around and crossing roads. ... See MoreSee Less

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Nokuse Plantation added 5 new photos to the album: Visiting Researchers — with Nick Moore and Nokuse Plantation10158820387780641" style="color: #;" target="_blank">Marina McCampbell at Nokuse Plantation. ... See MoreSee Less

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One more . . . World Turtle Day at Nokuse could never be complete without a Gopher Tortoise! ... See MoreSee Less

Happy birthday little guy! It's hatching time for 28 gopher tortoise eggs from one of our tortoise relocation sites in Rock Springs Ridge, Orange County. These hatchlings (along with the 199 adult tortoises from the same site) will live out their lives at Nokuse Plantation.

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Happy World Turtle Day! Nokuse Director Matt Aresco with an Alligator Snapping Turtle. Despite their aggressive appearance, these animals really are gentle giants, rarely leaving their murky river habitats. Nokuse is home to Alligator Snapping Turtles in the Choctawhatchee River and its tributaries. ... See MoreSee Less

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