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)!


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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