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.)