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Archive for December, 2016


   Dec 30

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! We abosulutely LOVE this albino Atrox (a.k.a. Western Diamondback) in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user krantz ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. It is our goal to […]

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   Dec 30

Gulf Hammock of Florida

Peninsula ribbons seem to outnumber the more northerly blue striped subspecies at Gulf Hammock. Kenny and I were on a very rural dirt road that is well within an area known as a stronghold for classic “Gulf Hammock” rat snakes the target of that nights search. The total rat snakes found, despite seemingly ideal field […]

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   Dec 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Rat Snake

This beautiful Trans-Pecos Rat Snake is holding on to her most valueable treasure in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user pecoskid ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: […]

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   Dec 29

Snappers and Brown Waters on the Santa Fe

This Suwannee alligator snapper had a 6″ carapace length. Ever get smacked in the headlamp on a dark night by a big water snake that you didn’t know was there? I’ll tell you, it can really catch your attention! The Santa Fe River was either at its all time lowest or darn close to it. […]

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   Dec 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Basilisk

This young green Basilisk in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user AirPirate is enjoying his morning swim! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (156) Tetra 29258 […]

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   Dec 28

Sanderson to Comstock—Memories

As in many other locales in Texas, rocky roadcuts between Sanderson and Comstock provide ideal habitat for many herps. Though rainy and dreary as we drove it in 2016, this stretch of highway holds many fond memories. Jake and I had been in West Texas (Comstock to Big Bend) for more than a week and […]

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   Dec 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Kingsnake

“You’re kingsnake.com, where are all the kingsnakes?” Right here in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user trevid ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (302) BYB […]

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   Dec 27

Alligators?—Ho Hum.

As hatchlings, alligators are prominently banded with yellow on black. Alligators are very much a fact of life in the deep south. And our area of Florida is certainly not exempt. We live between a fair-sized pond and a sizable wetland. Just beyond the wetland is Paynes Prairie State Biological Preserve. There is no shortage […]

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   Dec 26

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

This Irian Jaya Jag is just chilling like a villian in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user AJ01 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (1209) […]

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   Dec 26

Texas Alligator Lizard

Hatchling Texas alligator lizards are prominently marked. The family Anguidae comprises species from Europe, Africa, Mexico, Asia and the United States. Several of the species are limbless and others, such as the various alligator lizards, have short but fully functional limbs. All have functional eyelids, most have a lateral groove, and the broad tongue is […]

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   Dec 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

Santa’s gecko elves are prepping to load the sleigh in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Geckoranch ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (615) Tetra […]

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   Dec 23

A Mention of Bullfrogs

Big, loud, prolific, and predatory describe the adult bullfrog well. Besides the painted turtles mentioned in my last blog, the ponds in the one-time zoo in my hometown had a sizable (both in numbers and body size) and vocal population of bullfrogs, Rana catesbeiana. In itself this was not unusual. By definition bullfrogs are big, […]

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   Dec 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

Chondro Claus is getting in a quick nap before his big weekend in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user toshamc ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King […]

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   Dec 22

Painted Turtles: Midland, Eastern, or Intergrade?

Eastern painted turtles usually have an immaculate plastron. Midland, Eastern, or Intergrade? That is the question. As a kid I was either skipping school to watch a warbler migration or out bugging the local (Springfield, MA) herp populations. It seemed then that either of these pursuits was a whole lot better than sitting in a […]

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   Dec 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Chuckwalla

We have the proof Santa is a reptile right here in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user rosebuds! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (363) Simple […]

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   Dec 21

Reversed Ontogeny

Hatchling rusty whipsnakes are bright green. Most herpers are familiar with the ontogenetic changes (orange as neonates/hatchlings and green as adults) of emerald tree boas and green tree pythons. But fewer among us are familiar with the color changes of the rusty whipsnake, Chironius scurrulus. The rusty whipsnake is a hefty and often feisty Amazonian […]

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   Dec 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

What a festive Tokay in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user bloodpython_MA ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (541) Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome […]

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   Dec 20

Shovel-nosed Snakes, Fossorial Beauties

Once common, today the Tucson shovel nosed snake, C. o. klauberi, can be difficult to find. The insectivorous (some arachnids are also eaten) genus Chionactis, the shovel-nosed snakes, contains 2 fossorial species, palarostris and occipitalis. The former, the Sonoran shovel-nose, Chionactis palarostris, contains 2 subspecies (palarostris and organica) while the western shovelnose, C. occipitalis, contains […]

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   Dec 19

Chihuahuan Lyre Snake—A Lament

Habitat of the Chihuahuan Lyre Snake in West Texas That Trimorphodon vilkinsonii are out there, there is no doubt—no doubt at all. There is also not the least bit of doubt that I can’t find them. Others find them, sometimes mere minutes before I arrive or after I have left. I know this for a […]

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   Dec 19

Herp Photo of the Day: Iguana

Kismet thinks Iguanas are better to lead Santa’s Sliegh in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user 1Sun ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own re …read more Read more here: King Snake  (248) Zoo Med Aspen Snake Bedding, 24 Quarts by Zoo Med (248) Buy […]

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   Dec 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! What a gorgeous shot of a Russel’s Viper in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user reptilehq ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. It is our goal to help […]

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   Dec 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Chameleon

Think this Cham in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user 1Sun a little hangry?! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (302) BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic […]

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   Dec 15

Pink Coachwhips

The question–will ontogenetic changes turn this little western coachwhip pink? One of the most noteworthy snake features of the Big Bend region is to be found on adult western coachwhips, Masticophis (you are free to call them Coluber if you choose!) flagellum testaceus. The adults assume a bright (some call it “screaming”) pink coloration. The […]

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   Dec 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Snake

Neotropical Bird snakes Phrynonax poecilonotus may not be common, but as you can see in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user SoLA they are amazingly colored and incredibly beautiful! They are also insane eaters. This one just finished a meal of eggs! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! […]

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   Dec 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Whip Snake

When it gets too cold, we remember field herping. Awesome moments like this Alameda Whipsnake trying to catch a meal in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user trevid has just the right amount of memberberries! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at […]

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   Dec 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Iguana

When you have a serious case of the Mondays, a hatching iguana will help. This little Ctenosaura palearis in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user ilovemonitorliza is just the cure for the blues! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and […]

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   Dec 09

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! We hopped into the way back machince to find this field shot of Cerastes cerastes in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user shahar ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the […]

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   Dec 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

Two for Thursday here at kingsnake.com! Usually the animal is the focal point, but today a pair of turtles, one rare and one common, grace our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Wu-Gwei ! Can you see both the Blandings and the Snapper? Be sure to tell them you liked it here! […]

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   Dec 07

Herp Photo of the Day: Bullsnake

That’s a whole lotta bull. Bullsnake that is! Loving the colors on the one here in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user orchidspider has never missed a meal! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured […]

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   Dec 06

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

What a chunker! I’m just gonna go out on a limb and say that the Barking Tree Frog in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user saltycity has never missed a meal! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could […]

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   Dec 05

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

How small are Viper Geckos when they are born? As you can see in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user JohnRobinson VERY small! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read […]

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   Dec 02

Fire destroys reptile rescue – they need your help now!

photo courtesy of Maxmax Reptiles Rescue from CNY Kids’ Expo. Late this morning, a fire broke in the home of Scott Dombrowski and Diana Sleiertin, the founder of Maxman Reptile Rescue. Their home sheltered many of the rescue’s animals as well as the family’s personal pets. The only one home at the time was Scott, […]

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   Dec 02

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! Loving this field find in Tenneessee! Awesome shot of a Crotalus horridus in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user mbwright82 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. It is […]

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   Dec 01

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

Ain’t nothing common about this Reed frog in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user arkherps ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (360) Fluker's Buffet […]

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