Category Archives: Reptiles, etc.

Reptile-Amphibian #29 — Checkered Whiptail

cnemidophorus tesselatus Wednesday, May 30, 2018 — 9:25 am Cañon City, Colorado — Tunnel Drive Trail Nate and I found this lizard sunning on the paved trail just uphill from the parking lot, about 50 yards from the Arkansas River. … Continue reading

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Reptile-Amphibian #28 — (Western) Coachwhip

masticophis flagellum (testaceus) Monday, May 21, 2018 — 11:20 am Cheyenne County, Colorado — County Road 9 After seeing the Golden-crowned Warbler, Nate and I continued south on the dirt road. We’d gone just a couple miles when I spotted … Continue reading

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Birding Trip

I took two days off work and drove to Gunnison. Colorado to see the Gunnison Sage-Grouse (next post). I left home about 7:30 and headed to Cañon City. A Lewis’s Woodpecker has been hanging out in a residential neighborhood, but … Continue reading

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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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