Monday, August 1, 2011

Arizona Epic Part 4

The past few days have been so herp-ful that I have not had to time to blog! Here are the cool critters we have unearthed so far on our Arizona Epic (one day left).

We spent a day setting traps for Sonoran mud turles (Kinosternon sonoriense) in Tex Canyon with Justin Congdon.



Caught one! In total, we trapped 10 or so.



Here's a nice one up close:



A wee hatchling:



Here's Justin using a portable X-ray to image the adult females for eggs:

We have been steadily chipping away at the rest of the snakes left on our list. Here's a gorgeous mountain patch-nosed snake (Salvadora grahamiae):



We saw lots of stinky checkered garter snakes (Thamnophis marcianus):



Ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus):



Sonoran Desert kingsnake (Lampropeltis getula splendida):



Sonoran mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana):



Best snakey find of the trip, Chihuahuan hook-nosed snake (Gyalopion canum). These are super rare!!



The hook-nosed snake is not to be confused with this glossy snake (Arizona elegans):



A very wary looking female crevice spiny lizard (Sceloporus poinsetti):



Great Plains skink (Plestiodon obsoletus) out of a junkpile:



Elegant earless lizard (Holbrookia elegans):



A closer look:



Canyon treefrog (Hyla arenicolor) calling next to the SWRS pool:



And finally, for those of you still with me, the best find of the whole trip so far, an amelanistic male Plains spadefoot (Spea bombifrons)!



5 comments:

reptilist said...

Fantastic finds! Where was the Crevice Spiny found?

Snakeymama said...

East of Antelope Pass in NM. Cool lizards!

Amber said...

i am just green with envy... the sonoran mountain kingsnake is AWESOME. and the amelanistic toad.

Tume Luukkanen said...

Thank you for the interresting blog and greetings from Finland :)

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