Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Arizona Epic Part 3

We made a serious haul today on trips to Antelope Pass, NM and North Fork, Chiricahhus Mtns, AZ. Check out all the critters.

Find of the trip so far: a big, beautiful, yellowish green rat snake (Senticolis triaspis) found by our wonderful Chef Chip:


Matt showing a mean western hognose snake (Heterodon nasicus) to the class:



We found a teeny little night snake (Hypsiglena torquata) on Portal Rd.:



Alicia checking out a big male Yarrow's spiny lizard (Sceloporus jarrovi):



Check out this incredibly cute neonate short-horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi):



We found lots of these round-tailed horned lizards (P. modestum) in Antelope Pass:



Look at this gorgeous female collared lizard (Crotaphytus collaris), about to pop out eggs any second:


The students caught a big male:


Steve showing the students a big two-striped whipsnake (Masticophis bilineatus):



Steve noosing a gray-checkered whiptail lizard (Aspidoscelis dixoni):



Jay Cole then introduced us to this all-female species, which is highly endangered (populations only in Antelope Pass, NM and Big Bend, TX):



I stumbled upon this pretty little female banded rock rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus) in North Fork:



Here she is out on a rock:



Then a student found this big male:



And here he is in a tube:



A group of students later found another female out cruising:



Yearling (or two?) black-tailed rattlesnake (C. molossus) with a large food bulge:
The inverts didn't disappoint either. Huge vinegaroon:



Scorpions are good mamas: