Another Macro of a Common Sharp-tailed Snake (Contia tenuis) in Northern California. Here you can see their elaborate underbelly and the pointed tail which gives them their name.
"ko-kee...ko-kee...ko-kee": this is the sound that can be heard every night in the El Yunque National Forest of Puerto Rico. It became a calming noise that would help me drift off to sleep. The animal behind this call the common coqui (Eleutherodactylus coqui) is one of seven different Eleutherodactylus (meaning "free-toes") frogs in the rainforest. This past spring break I was able to spend in Puerto Rico doing some amazing things: observing and getting hands on experience with wildlife I have never seen before while in the process becoming friends with a great group of students. I feel at home whenever I take trips like these that are immersive in nature. More frog angles coming soon... #rainforest#nature#frogsofpuertorico#adventure#puertorico#protectourwild#conservation#coqui#herping
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.
Joyas del Pacífico central. Caminar por densos bosques en horas de la madrugada tiene su recompensa, después de mucho rato de buscar la Bothriechis schelegelii logramos encontrarla cerca de una pequeña cascada llamada "el encanto" para nuestra suerte era una oropel llamada así por su coloración oro o fase amarillenta, estas especies son poco comunes en la zona pacífica del país lo cual lo hacia más interesante. Después de mucho tiempo tuve mi primera cita con una serpiente en su habitad natural y sin ningún control o manejo del ambiente en el que se encontraba cosa que realmente era emocionante para mí. Estas al igual que muchas especies más son importantes para los ecosistemas en el mundo entero y gracias a la conservación de zonas tan afectadas como lo es está, aún hoy en día tenemos la oportunidad de poder ver estas especies tan inigualables en lo más profundo de nuestros bosques. #choneteherping#choneteconservation#whereadventuresbegin 🍂
Saved this ornery little snapping turtle from certain death in the road. I passed him and had to turn around and pass him again before I could pull off. As I ran back to get him, a van came around the corner. I waved and pointed, but it was too late. Luckily the van missed him by about an inch and I was able to scoop him up before the next car. When I went to release him I did a little looking and snagged a black racer from the rocks. I've never seen an "aggressive" snake until today. #commonsnapper#chelydraserpentina#blackracer#coluberconstrictor#herping#brakeforturtles
New species of snake found! Not every day you come across something like this... we went out looking for snakes and found this fella, which is not in any of the snake books.... I just emailed Prof. Ana Prudente from the Goeldi Museum in Belem (lady in the group pic posted about a month ago with Anaconda specimen), and she has confirmed this snake is indeed a new species!! Ana is in the process of 'describing' the snake into the scientific record books and the DNA from this snake should help her do that... cool!! Only in the Amazon Jungle... imagine how many other new species are out there undiscovered. (Ps. For the snake enthusiasts out there, this is likely in Genus 'Oxyrhopus' a false coral snake) #expeditionanaconda#snakesofinstagram#newspecies#zoology#wildlifebiology#wildlifelover#biology#brazil 🇧🇷#herping#herpingtime#naturelovers#nature 🍃
I can't remember a time that I didn't get overly excited seeing wildlife in the natural environment. I've always had a huge interest in wildlife and nature, which has turned to an interest in "Herping"; the act of seeking out reptiles and amphibians in the wild. Including venomous snakes with a frisson of danger. Which are some of the most misunderstood animals on the planet. Not everyone is a fan of snakes and other "herps", however they are vital to a sustainable ecosystem, and are just as worthy to exist as any other animal, including people.
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.
First herp of the year! A good sized Spotted Salamander (Ambystoma maculatum). Last night's frolic in some wetlands turned up a couple different species of salamanders and I'm pretty freaking stoked. 😁 #naturelover#WildlifeWednesday#herping#salamanders
I got to spend Monday in the field showing off my gopher tortoise research to marine biologist, writer, and awesome photographer, @bethanyaugliere! Bethany has been hard at work photographing scientists in the field and featuring their work. Follow her to get a glimpse of what scientists, like myself, are up to! Also, check out her killer underwater photography! I can't get enough of her stunning photos!
I have a YouTube channel called tarantulacolin (https://youtu.be/tQK5bFm6hT0) in case anyone's curious. There's gonna be some epic herping vids coming this year and the first will be uploaded in a couple of weeks. #herp#herping#tarantula#youtube#subscribe#reptile
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