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The Corn Snake eats small birds and mammals.

The Corn Snake is also known as a Red Rat snake.

Mystery Vertebra

Mar 6, 2017

A listener finds a bone by the lake. A vertebra? If so, from what animal?

It's a Lichen

Mar 3, 2017
A foliate (leafy) lichen on a branch with dark green mosses.
Norbert Nagel, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A listener walking near Callahan Mountain finds what looks like a strange looking little plant.

Mystery Feather

Mar 2, 2017
A Downy Woodpecker
Eric Bégin via Flickr

This listener found a feather that was most likely from a Downy Woodpecker,

Japanese Honeysuckle

Mar 1, 2017
Japanese Honeysuckle
Famartin, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

This vine is an invasive species, wide spread in South Carolina.

A Bone in the Woods

Feb 28, 2017

A Scout finds a leg bone of a cow in the woods.


Feb 27, 2017
NatureNotes is a production of South Carolina Public Radio.
Wknight94 [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons

These birds swim in the water with only their head and neck exposed. They are common on the coastal plain.

Leafy Oak Galls

Feb 24, 2017

These galls live only on Live Oaks.

A black rat snake.
Mark Moran/

Black Rat Snakes aren't always "black."

Carolina Laurel Cherry

Feb 22, 2017
Carolina Cherry Laurel
Homer Edward Price, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The Carolina Cherry Laurel is fruiting about now, across the state. Many people plant this native species as an ornamental because of the beautiful flowers and because it is evergreen.

Great Blue Heron
Alan D. Wilson,, via Wikimedia Commons

A skeleton is found in the woods...

Flowers Are Blooming

Feb 20, 2017

As the weather warms, blooms are opening around the state, beginning with the coast.

The Beaver, once common in North America, were hunted to near extiprated in the Carolinas. However, they are coming back.
Bering Land Bridge Natural Preserve via Flickr

A strange object found in the driveway...

A listener was forced to take down an old Holly Tree. In the process, she found some "strange marks" on the bark.

A Beech Drop
Tom Potterfield via Flickr

Beech Drops, which contain no chlorophyll, are parasites that live on the roots of Beech Trees.

"The Dewy Morn"

Feb 14, 2017

Rudy shares a quote from Richard Jeffries' novel, The Dewy Morn.

Skeleton Shrimp

Feb 13, 2017
A Skeleton Shrimp
© Hans Hillewaert, via Wikimedia Commons

Given its look, Pariambus typicus have an appropriate name in "Skeleton Shrimp."

Rainbow Snakes

Feb 10, 2017
A Rainbow Snake
J. D. Wilson, Davidson Herpatology Lab, via

This snake on the Coastal Plains of South Carolina. It's usually not in plain sight.

The Putty Rood Orchid

Feb 9, 2017
Putty Root Orchids
Tony Ernst via Flickr

When it's not flowering, you may encounter the Putty Root Orchid as a single leave among the dead leaves on the forest floor.

An Oil Beetle
Stemonitis via Wikimedia Commons

The Oil Beetle gets its common name because it secretes oil from its leg joints.

What is the Fungus?

Feb 7, 2017
Columned (Columnar) Stinkhorn Mushrooms.

It's a Columnar Stink Horn Mushroom. Its unpleasant smell attracts insects who then spread its spores.

The Rufous is one of the Hummingbird species that might show up at your feeder.
ArtBrom on Flickr

It's a good idea to keep your Hummingbird feeder full through Fall and Winter.

Gulf Fritillary butterfly
Bob Peterson via Wikimedia Commons

The Gulf Fritillary flies in South Carolina on just about any warm month, no matter what the season.

It's Ground Hog Day!

Feb 2, 2017
A groundhog.
Cephas, via Wikimedia Commons

The Ground Hog can actually climb trees.

Rudy reads from Emerson's Beauty.

The Mediterranean Gecko

Jan 31, 2017
A Mediterranean Gecko.
Nathan Vaughn/Flickr

The Mediterranean Gecko, as the name implies, was introduced to South Carolina. They are now quite common.

Bearded Hedgehog Fungus

Jan 30, 2017
Bearded Hedgehog Fungus
Lebrac, via Wikimedia Commons

The Bearded Hedgehog fungus can cause Heart Rot Disease in Oak trees.

A Jelly Ear Fungus
Lairich Rig,, CC 2.0

The Brown Ear, or Jelly Ear, fungus looks sort of like a human ear. And if you touch it, you'll find it feels like one, too!

Horsehair Worms

Jan 26, 2017
A Horsehair Worm and its former host.
Alastair Rae/Flickr

Because of its appearance, people once thought that these parasites spontaneously generated when a horse hair fell into water.

Ring Billed Gull
Wikimedia Commons

Ring Billed Gulls are common in the Piedmont this time of year.