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Posts tagged “Rhinocheilus lecontei

Road Cruising

Went out for a quick road cruise last night with my friends John and James.  It was a decent night…1 snake and a toad.  But james hadn’t been cruising in far too long so really…anything was fine by us, as long as it was alive…

Western Longnose

Rhinocheilus lecontei

Great Basin Spadefoot Toad

Spea intermontana

The Spadefoot was actually quite the treat.  I have never seen one in the wild before last night, and frankly…they aren’t that common.  The fact that I spotted it hopping along the side of the road was amazing enough.  To actually locate it and get some photos…that was the bonus!

Thanks for looking!

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Backyard Macros

So…I’m in the process of moving out of my tiny-ass apartment, and in to a large house.  For the past 4 years, my daughter and I have shared a 2-bedroom apartment with a room mate, which means I have been sleeping on the couch for longer than I care to remember.  We are finally moving in to a large 4-bedroom, 2-bathroom house with my girlfriend and her daughter.  What a fantastic change!

However…this leaves me very little time to go out and shoot.  So…backyard “wilderness” will have to suffice…

Western Longnose-Rhinocheilus lecontei

Make A Wish

Looking at the world through a Fly's Eyes

The Nucleus

One more great aspect of our new house…PLENTY of open habitat to explore.  I haven’t walked around too much to explore the property in depth, but I know there are about 1,000 acres or so of public land surrounding us.  I also know that I received 3 different rattlesnake removal calls from this area last year, and all 3 were very nice Panamint Rattlers.  Rarely are removal calls actually for rattlesnakes.  Most of the time, they are big gophersnakes, occasionally a kingsnake, and even a few garter snakes.  But in this area, they have all been actual rattlers, and that makes me very happy, contrary to what one might think, considering there are 2 young girls running around.  But my daughter is well trained in identification, and my girlfriend’s daughter is quickly learning…

Thanks for taking the time to look!


Some Recent Finds

Found a couple of really nice snakes over the last couple nights, and thought I might share a photo or three…

Axanthic Western Longnose--Different from the Clarus Phase...VERY different...

Axanthic Western Longnose--Different from the Clarus Phase...VERY different...

Very Gravid Great Basin Gophersnake

Very Gravid Great Basin Gophersnake

Same Gophersnake

Same Gophersnake

This gophersnake was incredibly gravid.  Her belly was just chock full of developing eggs, and she was probably only a few days from laying.  In fact…in the second picture you can see she is just covered in dirt.  Just might have found her taking a break from digging a burrow to lay the eggs in…tough to say for certain.  But I know she was gravid.  You could see the egg shapes, and I let ehr crawl through my hand.  I counted 18 eggs, but that could be off…

Mojave Desert Sidewinder

Mojave Desert Sidewinder

Desert Hairy Scorpion

Desert Hairy Scorpion

Different Mojave Desert Sidewinder

Different Mojave Desert Sidewinder

Check out the skull-shaped head pattern.  It's upside down in the photo...

Check out the skull-shaped head pattern. It's upside down in the photo...

We found this sidewinder twice tonight, in roughly the same location, 45 minutes apart.  The only way I could positively ID it as the same ‘winder is by that very cool looking head pattern.

Anyhow…thanks again for checking out the blog and joining me on my adventures!