Wednesday, May 10, 2006
No native rat snakes but...
Sorry I haven't posted in a month folks. Things have been busy with finishing another semester, etc. But I've got one silver about to do her second post-hibernation shed, so I am hoping for some fireworks in the snake room soon...I'll keep y'all posted with that!
Last week I went with my herpetology professor, other herpetologists and about 15 of my herpetology classmates to the Mojave desert about 45 mins. from St. George, Utah very near the Nevada border. There are no native Elaphe, Senticolis or Bogertophis there but plenty of other neat stuff. We were there for 4 days, and it was a blast!
For me the coolest find was a neonate sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes). The baby rattler was whitish pink in coloration and had only 3 segments including the button. It really matched the dried up river wash in color ( the dirt there is red and it mixed with the white river washbed to create a light pink color) that it was found on. We photographed it the next morning on a dirt road.
We also found these other critters including a large, quite docile 5 and a half ft beautiful orange and yellow gopher snake, four Phrynosoma platyrhinos (very cool!), Crotaphytus colaris, Gembelia wislizenii, a nice greenish/yellow Crotalus scutulatus, a very placid Crotalus viridis lutosus, many Sceloporus spiny lizards (including the graciosus, undulatus, virgatus, magister and occidentalis species), Thamnophis elegans, and even a Gopherus agassizii!!
We saw a few other critters, but these were the most noteworthy. Happy herpin' guys and gals!