On July 25th and 26th I visited a friend’s cottage near Parry Sound. Brian Ford has had an excellent variety of reptiles and amphibians nearby including Eastern Hog-nosed Snake and Stinkpot Turtle. There weren’t quite as many herps as I’d hoped but there was one major highlight while we were walking the ridgetops and flipping rocks on the first day. Brian flipped over a very large rock to reveal this in a little depression.
A Five-lined Skink nest with three eggs! Mom was understandably agitated and crawled up on the rock and on Brian as he held the rock up.
After taking a few pictures we left her alone. Other herps seen included several Blanding’s Turtles (very poor views!)