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: