The New Jersey SOS team explores some seemingly deserted places. We seldom see another person hiking the same trails, and were definitely the only ones wading through salt marshes. When there is a pause, our footsteps slow, upon closer inspection these wild free places are teeming with life under the umbrella of Animalia. This post is a dump of the pictures of all the beautiful creatures that stood still long enough to snap a picture. Enjoy.
Terrapene carolina carolina
Eastern box turtle hiding in their shell. Found em munching down on some Opuntia humifusa fruit.
Monarch caterpillar doing their thang, munching down on Aslepias syriaca
Fiddler crab dabbin on ya.
Writing spiders were a common sight around wet tall grass prairie. Their striking colors and zigzag pattern made it easy to ovoid getting caught in their webs.
Majestic osprey soaring with a fish clasped in their talons.
I don’t know who this is, but dang. Keep rocking those primary colors dawg!
Red-spotted newts were crawling all over this mountain!
The most widespread and elegant bird encountered on the coast, the great egret.
Red milkweed beetles.
White-tail deer inhabit all ecosystems in New Jersey. Here’s a doe posing on the beach.
A diamondback terrapin mama laying her eggs! She covered the nest so well I couldn’t even tell where it was after she left.