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Naturalist Rudy Mancke, host of ETV's NatureScene, shares his knowledge of plants and wildlife each weekday on NatureNotes. These 1-minute snippets offer you a chance to find out about diverse topics having to do with the natural world. From the inner workings of our world's ecosystems, to plants & animals unique to South Carolina, to tips on beautiful sites to visit, you'll learn more about the world around you on NatureNotes.

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Amazing Transformation

Jul 14, 2017
This Cicada is in the last stages of molting.
Jodelet / Lépinay [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The last stage of development for a Cicada is from nymph to adult, when it sheds its shell.

House Centipede
Bruce Marlin via Wikimedia Commons

The House Centipede is common in South Carolina. As the name implies, it is often found in dwellings.

An Eastern Newt in the "red eft" stage.
Jason Quinn, via Wikimedia Commons

The Eastern Newt is a salamander which goes through a "land stage," leaving the water to live for a time on land.

The Brown Scorpion, or Carolina Scorpion, is most common in the Piedmont and Mountains of South Carolina. 

A melanistic Hognose snake.
Natalie McNear [CC BY-NC 2.0] via Flickr

Hognose snakes usually have a pattern of blotches on their skin. Some, however, are "melanistic," having a nearly solid color.