Category Archives: Reptiles, etc.

Reptile-Amphibian #27 — Western Whiptail

aspidoscelis tigris Saturday, June 10, 2017 Colorado National Monument, Colorado We saw several of these lizards as we visited the canyon overlooks. In several cases, they actually seemed to be studying us as we looked at them. One small one … Continue reading

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Reptile-Amphibian #26 — Western Smooth Earthsnake

Virginia valeriae elegans Saturday, March 25, 2017 Devil’s Den State Park, Arkansas It was a damp, cool, drizzly morning. I hiked the Devil’s Den Trail with Joshua, Sarah, Keren, Caleb, Karen, and Olive. We climbed back up to our cabin … Continue reading

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Fish and Poptarts and a Snake

On a warm, sunny, still afternoon we could see a couple small fish in the creek by our campsite. I grabbed some Wildberry Poptarts and began feeding them. Several bluegill gathered and ate greedily, joined occasionally by a larger bass. … Continue reading

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Reptile-Amphibian #25 — Western Fence Lizard

sceloporus occidentalis Sunday, February 15, 2015 Santa Rosa Plateau Ecological Reserve in Murrieta, California I spotted the first Western Fence Lizard sunning on a large rock in a field. A while later, I saw another one on a log in … Continue reading

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Lost Frog

I happened upon this frog as I was walking through a residential area at least half a mile from the nearest water. It was in the street, and made several long, panicky leaps to get away from me. It finally … Continue reading

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Arkansas Alligator Farm

On the day after Christmas, Tim, Joshua, Sarah, Angela and I drove down to Hot Springs. We toured a bathhouse and walked the Grand Promenade and drove back and forth across town several times in search of a BBQ restaurant. … Continue reading

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Dallas World Aquarium

Generally when I’m on the road I like to visit places that are exclusive to the area. That’s why I was planning on visiting the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Saturday. But that, and most of the … Continue reading

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Leopard Frog

I  found this guy in a mowed hay field near Alfred, North Dakota.

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Reptile-Amphibian #24 — Western Hognose Snake

heterodon nasicus Saturday, August 31, 2013 Theodore Roosevelt National Park, North Dakota We were walking along the Ridgeline Nature Trail in the south unit of the park at about 10:00 a.m. Arlyn and Marcy Nies were walking in front of … Continue reading

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Reptile-Amphibian #23 — Florida Red-bellied Turtle

chrysemys nelsoni Saturday, January 19, 2013 Blue Spring Run — Blue Spring State Park, Florida Several of these large turtles were sunning themselves on fallen logs in the run near the St. Johns River. A couple large alligators were nearby, … Continue reading

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