Reptile Roundup

We always look forward to our close encounters of the reptilian kind when we winter in the southwest. This was a particularly good year, with our first ever encounters with rattlesnakes – both a Prairie Rattler and a Western Diamondback Rattler. We also enjoyed our meet-ups with a variety of lizards. They often move so fast that we question whether we have seen anything at all as they dart across our trails. We count ourselves lucky when they  “freeze in place” on a rock or among vegetation, relying on their considerable lizard ninja camo skills… then at least we can get a picture. Or two. Or twenty.

So as we work our way north and leave the desert behind, here is this year’s “Reptile Roundup” of some of our best reptile pics from New Mexico and Arizona in 2015. Using “herpwiki” we took our best shot at identification, but please understand that we are only amateur naturalists – so feel free to leave a comment to help identify any reptiles if you have a better ID!  (We have posted links to two good photo resource sites at the end of this blog to help you in your own reptile research.)

Prairie Rattlesnake

Prairie Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis). Photographed at City of Rocks State Park.

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake – (Crotalus atrox). Full View – Looks Like She Just Had Lunch!

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Close-up of Pattern). Thank you Jesus for telephoto.

Western Diamonback Rattlesnake (Tail)

Western Diamonback Rattlesnake (Close-up of Tail). Photographed at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Arizona

Great Basin Fence Lizard

Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis longipes). Photographed at the Grand Canyon.

Southwestern Earless Lizard

Southwestern Earless Lizard. Photographed at Oliver Lee Memorial State Park in the Riparian zone. We just call you “Rainbow Lizard”

Schott's Tree Lizard

Schott’s Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus schotti). Photographed on the Dragonfly Trail in the Gila National Forest near Silver City.  First prize for camo.

Great Plains Earless Lizard

Great Plains Earless Lizard (Holbrookia maculata maculata). Taken at City of Rocks in Faywood, NM.


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One response to “Reptile Roundup

  1. “Thank you Jesus for telephoto.”

    OHMYGOSH! I about fell over in a fit of giggles! And I will add a very hearty AMEN! You’ll have to ask my hiking buddy about my reaction to snakes on the trail…

    She loves spotting them, I on the other hand…

    Well, let’s just say a startled “eek!” as I back away or edge around said snake is more of my reaction. She loves to stay and photograph them. I scoot up the trail in haste! She gets the great snake shots and I will hang over ledges while having her keep a grip on my legs so that I can get the wildflower shots! 😉

    On to the next entry!

    PS, Blame mom, I get my snake aversion from mom. Yep, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ tuit! *Grin*

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