A really awesome ornate wood turtle (Rhinoclemmys pulcherrima rogerbarbouri) from a wooded slope in Sonora, Mexico. We turned up a total of six of these largely terrestrial turtles on our Sonora trip last fall.
macu-spot-um i flipped in macon county, al on a fairly productive salamandering day. i didn't get my primary target (montanus) but i can't complain much about finding: 7 eurycea hillisi, 5 ambystoma opacum, 1 e. guttolineata, 1 desmognathus conanti, 1 plethodon grobmani, and 1 a. maculatum.
A Cuban white-fanned anole, many anoles in Cuba look almost identical due to their similar shape and size and their ability to change colour. Usually the only way to tell the exact species is by looking at the colour of its dewlap which is only present in males. This white dewlap made it easy to identify this anole as a Cuban white-fanned anole
Just took this about 30 mins ago. It's the same female from several photos back. I call her Gray girl and have been watching her since 2011 for sure but maybe longer. Today she was in the perfect spot for the first rays of filtered sun for the day. She had been sitting a foot away in the other direction for 3-4 days after she left the rock in the photo I posted last week.
I took the day off of work for what has become a birthday week tradition - hiking with our kids' nature group. We went to Chantry Flats and one of the girls found this awesome Pacific Ring-Necked Snake. I've been trying to find one for about three years now, so this was a treat.
Technically these guys are semi-venomous, but they're rear fanged so they're not too dangerous to handle. This one was pretty big - most of the ones that I've seen pictures of are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.