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Posts tagged “Collared Lizard

Leapin’ Lizards!

Went for a walk in The Volcanic Tablelands of Inyo National Forest this morning…

Northern Desert Horned Lizard--Phrynosoma platyrhinos platyrhinos

Western Sagebrush--Sceloporus graciosus gracilis

Great Basin Collared Lizard--Crotophytus bicinctores

Great Basin Whiptail--Aspidoscelis tigris tigris

This last shot, of the Whiptail, is one I have been trying to get for a looooooong time now.  These lizards are so fast and so alert, I can rarely get within 100 feet before they are gone like a shot.  Today I got lucky, and my friend John and I had this one trapped under a bush.  Finally got a decent shot of one, but I am still hoping for better…

Thanks for looking!


A Herping I will Go…

Jesus, it seems like a long time between posts, recently.  I’ve gone out shooting, I just haven’t gotten anything worth sharing.  The weather has not been cooperative, being too cold for road cruising, and too bright and clear with blown light during the day, which makes even macro work difficult.  But, John and I wanted to go scout the location of the next Eastern Sierra Herpetology Club Field Trip, and see if the big lizards were up. 

We got there and found a great variety of wildflowers, though many were still closed, waiting for the warming rays of the New Day’s sun.  We got some good shots of the few that were open, though… 



Scalebud and...Afid? In the desert?


Scalebud Butterfly


I'm stumped. How about you?


There was plenty of Wooly Daisey, Paintbrush, White Tidy Tips, Fiddleneck and Showy Gilia around, but this trip wasn’t really about the flowers.  It was all about the lizards… 

Great Basin Fence Lizard--Sceloperus occidentalis longipes


Same Fence Lizard

Another Fence Lizard

Barred Spiny Lizard--Sceloperus magister transversus

Western Sagebrush--Sceloperus graciosus gracilis--Female showing breeding coloration

Graet Basin Collared Lizard--Crotophystu bicinctores--Male

Same Collared Lizard in defensive posture

You wouldn’t believe how close we were able to get to these lizards today.  They happily deemed us non-threatening and posed for pictures, a couple of them allowing me to get my lens less than a foot away!!  It was really awesome! 

Thanks for coming along!!

Lifer Patchnose

Went for a drive with my friend John this evening…again…

Anyhow…tha plan was to leave a little earlier than normal, and hit a road I had seen DOR patchnose on, and see if we could find us one that was still breathing.  As luck would have it…we were succesful.  This is a “Lifer” snake for me.  That means one I have been actively looking for and never found.  Truth be known, I have seen 5 or 6 dead ones, and one live one before tonight.  DOR snakes don’t count as “lifers” in my book, and neither does a snake that I couldn’t interact with at least on some level, either via photographing, hooking, holding…something…  Tonight is the first time I actually had my hands on a living NMojave Patchnose snake…So here it is!!

Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis--Mojave Patchnose

Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis--Mojave Patchnose

As luck would have it…I got my hands on my first Great Basin Collared Lizard, as well.  Now…I don’t really keep track of all the lizards I find, because of two reasons…Number one…I see them everywhere and don’t know much about them, and number two…they simply don’t excite me.  There are a few exceptions, however, and Collard Lizards are one of them…

So here is the first Great Basin Collared Lizard I have ever interacted with:

Croaphytus bicinctores--Great Basin Collared Lizard

Croaphytus bicinctores--Great Basin Collared Lizard

Now…these are the only living reptiles we saw all night.  But anytime you can score 2 lifers in one night…it’s a good night.

Thanks for coming along!