Sunday, February 10, 2008

Yawn!


Ah, February is a strange month. It is a somewhat boring month, because it's still too cold for herps to be out in force. But it is also an exciting month, because March is on the horizon! Ah, how I love almighty March, when the oak trees are covered in sleepy lizards and the rock outcrops are full of amorous rattlesnakes.

February hasn't been all bad, especially for amphibians. This is why my yawn was followed by an exclamation point! We've had a lot of rain lately followed by a few days of warm weather. So there have been some signs of ectothermic life. Check out what Marty has found, mainly under logs, in our yard in the past few days:

California newt

California kingsnake


Ensatina


Slender salamander


Western fence lizard basking


Here are a few photos from a recent trip to Tucson to visit da Rev.

Hiking in Pima Canyon


A cardinal (which is a reptile. Ask me why.)


After the Gem and Mineral show:


In other news: revenge of the ticks! I came home recently to find Marty sporting a mild case of Conjoined Twin Myselexia.



Normally the twin is big, grey, and stinky (our old doggie Darwin, who never willingly lets Marty out of his sight), but that day it was one of my good old Ixodes buddies. I tried to talk Marty into letting the tick feed to repletion so I could get its offspring, but he was having none of that!

5 comments:

Jim Di Bartolo said...

Hey is this THE Emily Taylor that I read about on SanLuisObispo.com?? ;)

Hey, great blog post here and great article! So cool that they mentioned and then linked to your blog!

I hope Marty's healing up well :)

Ciao!
Jim

Anonymous said...

poor marty a/k/a test subject.
you weirdo.
i was stopping by to nag about the post and look what i find?! cool pics. miss you.
da rev.
p.s. rodrigo and gabriela ROCKED my socks off! :)

Alexandra S said...

The red cardinal is a reptile? Why is that??? Did you know that the Twinkie is really a member of the vegetable family? It is. Emily, can you believe that you are going to be an aunt TWICE this year? Congrats! And keep up this cool blog!

Generic Viagra said...

I don't know you but that's the most beautiful salamander, that makes me thing how many species of salamanders might exist, the orange color is amazing lovely, in fact this is the first salamander of that color I've seen.

Moreninha76 said...

I really love your blog, keep up the good work.
That's a beatiful California kingsnake