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Under a Low Country Moon - South Carolina

Under a Low Country Moon - South Carolina

The Project Noah platform allows ULCM to interface and begin to amass information regarding animal and plant communities in the Francis Marion National Forest/Hell Hole Wilderness area of coastal South Carolina, which from a herpetological standpoint has long been thought to be one of the most interestingly bio-diverse areas in North America. We seek to document species encountered, with emphasis on reptiles and amphibians but including birds, plants, mammals and invertebrates. ULCM members are also encouraged to document species spotted outside of the immediate FMNF/Hell Hole Wilderness area. Our mission has always been to document species and share with others, and now we can share with the world through our photos and GPS pins. Sign in to join mission

Under a Low Country Moon - South Carolina
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Under a Low Country Moon is comprised of a group of South Carolina naturalists that meet on Memorial Day weekend annually since 2001 to document species in the Francis Marion National Forest Hell Hole wilderness area. While our focus is on herpetology, we are not limited to reptiles and amphibians. We include birders and entomology experts as well as nature photographers. We note changes in the plant communities which are vulnerable to meteorological events such as hurricanes and drought. We also note that fire enhances these communities. The area includes Carolina bays, upland long-leaf pine savanna, hardwood forests, cypress swamps and associated waterways. There are unique plant communities, including the carnivorous pitcher plants. Reptile and amphibian populations are extremely diverse, as are mammals. The area is teeming with white-tailed deer and supports associated predators. Our participants have sighted bobcats and coyotes as well as black bear. Unfortunately, we also see feral hogs and one participant noted a Patagonian cavy. Birding is often exceptional. In addition to woodland songbirds, the area usually supports wading birds and our event's signature birds, the swallow-tailed and Mississippi kites. It is important to note that NO ANIMALS OR PLANTS ARE COLLECTED during these events. Our participants understand that the wanton collecting of reptiles for the pet trade has damaged populations in the lowland and coastal South, and we do report suspected collectors to authorities. While our focus is on the Francis Marion National Forest herpetofauna, we are actually based in Laurens County, South Carolina, which is in the Piedmont, which may well represent the fertile crescent of exceptional modern-day "snake hunters."

Under a Low Country Moon - South Carolina

Lat: 33.18 Long: -79.77

Recent Spottings

Banded Water Snake TeresaBurke 1 0 Banded Water Snake
Eastern Indigo Snake TeresaBurke 2 9 Eastern Indigo Snake
Yellow-bellied Slider TeresaBurke 3 0 Yellow-bellied Slider
Spotting JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Spotting
Spotted salamander JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Spotted salamander
Eastern Box turtle TeresaBurke 1 0 Eastern Box turtle
Southern Copperhead TeresaBurke 6 4 Southern Copperhead
Yellow Trout-Lily JackieHolmesBurns 2 2 Yellow Trout-Lily
Five-Lined Skink ConnorSharpe 1 0 Five-Lined Skink
Gila monster JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Gila monster
Western diamondback rattlesnake JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Western diamondback rattlesnake
Carolina sphinx moth JackieHolmesBurns 1 1 Carolina sphinx moth
Spotting ConnorSharpe 0 1 Spotting
Mud snake JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Mud snake
Banded water snake JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Banded water snake
Mud turtle JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Mud turtle
Redbellied water snake JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Redbellied water snake
Eastern Cottonmouth JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Eastern Cottonmouth
Anole JackieHolmesBurns 2 1 Anole
Spotted salamander JackieHolmesBurns 3 2 Spotted salamander
Elk JackieHolmesBurns 2 2 Elk
Eastern Garter Snake ConnorSharpe 1 0 Eastern Garter Snake
Glossy crayfish snake JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Glossy crayfish snake
Pileated Woodpecker PaulKalbach 1 2 Pileated Woodpecker
Narrowmouth toad JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Narrowmouth toad
Carolina Anole CrosbyMorrow 3 2 Carolina Anole
Northern Water Snake ConnorSharpe 0 1 Northern Water Snake
Fowler's toad JackieHolmesBurns 1 0 Fowler's toad
Butterfly Pea PaulKalbach 2 3 Butterfly Pea
Calico Pennant PaulKalbach 0 1 Calico Pennant
Eastern Tiger Swallowtails JackieHolmesBurns 0 2 Eastern Tiger Swallowtails
Banded Pennant PaulKalbach 0 0 Banded Pennant
Anhinga JackieHolmesBurns 2 0 Anhinga
Spotting PaulKalbach 0 1 Spotting
Sea Robin CrosbyMorrow 0 1 Sea Robin
Swamp mallow, Swamp rose mallow JackieHolmesBurns 0 1 Swamp mallow, Swamp rose mallow
Spotting PaulKalbach 0 1 Spotting
Spotting JackieHolmesBurns 0 0 Spotting
Cope's Gray Treefrog JackieHolmesBurns 1 1 Cope's Gray Treefrog
Brittle star CrosbyMorrow 0 0 Brittle star
Painted bunting JackieHolmesBurns 0 1 Painted bunting
Copperhead JackieHolmesBurns 2 2 Copperhead
Spotted Salamander JackieHolmesBurns 3 1 Spotted Salamander
Great Egret JackieHolmesBurns 1 1 Great Egret
Spotting PaulKalbach 1 0 Spotting
Copperhead JackieHolmesBurns 4 1 Copperhead
White-marked Tussock Moth PaulKalbach 1 2 White-marked Tussock Moth
Eastern kingsnake JackieHolmesBurns 2 1 Eastern kingsnake
Mud Snake PaulKalbach 5 3 Mud Snake
Eastern cottonmouth JackieHolmesBurns 4 6 Eastern cottonmouth

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