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Archive for March, 2017


   Mar 31

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

In celebration of all things venomous, ciccada is on the menu for this Copperhead in our herp photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user coolhl7 ! 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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   Mar 30

Indian Star Tortoise Nesting Dedication

Searching for just the right spot. Earlier in the day it rained just enough to dampen the ground. No matter the relatively insignificant rainfall, the moisture WAS significant to a female Indian star tortoise. She deemed it nesting time. She had begun coursing the entire enclosure at about the time the 3rd droplet had fallen. […]

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   Mar 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Boa

This Emerald Tree Boa shows it is a master of camouflage in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Mike H. ! 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: […]

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   Mar 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Lizard

Spring fever has hit! Loving this field herping shot of a fence lizard in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user JakeM ! 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 […]

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   Mar 28

New Year’s Spadefoots

The hours of daylight are spent securely hidden, usually in shallow burrows. It was actually the 3rd of January rather than New Year’s day of 2017 but as they say, that’s close enough for government work—or for mine in fact. Cloudy all morning, a gentle rain began at noon and continued for several hours. The […]

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   Mar 27

Cane Toads and Their Living Canteens

Cane Toad and Gulf Coast Toad co-inhabiting in the same burrowThe Deep South Texas terrain is quite interesting. It’s mostly a delta with none to very little elevation. Hence the features of the terrain are mostly thorn-scrub, at least what is still sort of intact. The rest has become ag-land for crops or urban sprawl. […]

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   Mar 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Garter

Garter Snakes hold such a special spot for so many herpers, we needed to share this gorgeous Garter in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user skyserpent ! 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 […]

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   Mar 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! This is such an amazing shot of an eyelash viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user beckherps ! 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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   Mar 23

The American Crocodile

American alligator, very dark, broad snout “Dick LOOK.” I was in the shotgun seat and my vision to the water on the driver’s side was obscured. Not realizing this Dan exclaimed again, but not as emphatically. “Look.” By then he had swung the car around and there on the boat launch ramp lay a 6 […]

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   Mar 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Kingsnake

Love this shot! You can feel the texture and see the amazing variety of colors on this kingsnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Tony D ! 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 […]

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   Mar 23

The Four Fs: The Struggle is Real!

Amplexed Gulf Coast ToadsIn evolutionary biology we always discuss animal’s basic needs and instinctual behaviors used to satisfy these needs. The Four F’s (fleeing, fighting, feeding, and well reproduction), are great drivers of some of the extreme or even awkward behaviors we sometimes see in nature. “Gotta do what you gotta do right?” One day […]

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   Mar 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Hognose

Let’s go Hog Wild for this Eddy County New Mexico Locality Hognose in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user nearhoofm ! 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: […]

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   Mar 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Collared Lizard

So much curiosity in this hatchling Baja black-collared lizard in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user wwwwwells ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (37) Exo Terra […]

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   Mar 21

The Variable Yellow Rat Snake

This pretty yellow rat snake is from southcentral Florida. Although the range of the yellow rat snake, Pantherophis obsoletus quadrivittatus, extends far north of FL, let’s just take a quick look at some of the color variations of this pretty constrictor in the Sunshine State. Generally speaking, the snake is least colorful (olive yellow) in […]

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   Mar 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

How precious and tiny is this! This wee Gargoyle Gecko is delicately perched on a finger in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user madisyn74 ! 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 […]

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   Mar 17

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! Love this field shot of a Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus) in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user SDeFriez ! 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 […]

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   Mar 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Garter

This garter snake strikes a defensive pose in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user clayemt ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (405) Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding […]

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   Mar 16

Beautiful Tree Viper

This is an adult female T. venustus. In a group often thought to consist of, or at least to be dominated by, green arboreals, the little Trimeresurus venustus is, indeed, a beautiful species with a difference. It is as often referred to by the common name of “brown spotted tree viper,” as by the more […]

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   Mar 15

Extreme conditions call for Extreme Adaptations

Gulf Coast Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis proximus orarius) mating ball in January (winter) displaying stage III courtship behaviorm In the previous blog we discussed how snakes’ breeding behavior is different in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV), and gave an example of the case of Leptodeira septentrionalis, Northern Cat-Eyed Snake, an attractive species unique to this […]

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   Mar 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Kingsnake

We never post enough kingsnakes, so get a gander of this beautiful kingsnake in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user kasie ! When this photo was originally posted in 2006, Martha was over 30 years old! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at […]

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   Mar 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

Martha, a Reeve’s Turtle, is just chilling out in the sun in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user kasie ! When this photo was originally posted in 2006, Martha was over 30 years old! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and […]

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   Mar 14

Royal Diadem Snake

Not all royal diadem snakes are strongly patterned. For reasons still unbeknownst to me, the snakes of the genus Spalerosophis have never become overly popular with hobbyists. Big, hefty, easy to care for, attractive. and relatively inexpensive — even though they are a bit on the feisty side and an opisthoglyph, it seems to me […]

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   Mar 13

Is Brumation Necessary for Reproduction?

Northern-Cat Eyed Snake Leptodeira septentrionalis The southernmost region of the Lone Star State is a very interesting location. It harbors several unique species only found here, as this is their northernmost range from either Mexico or Central America. With its dry subtropical clime, most of the year is hot and winters are extremely mild. The […]

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   Mar 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Colubrid

There is so much to love about Colubrids, so why not celebrate them with a big ole pile of beauty in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user xtranch ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see […]

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   Mar 09

Herp Photo of the Day: Toad

There is nothing Common with this Toad in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Krallenfrosch ! 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  (248) Zoo Med […]

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   Mar 09

Island Night Lizard

Although a night lizard, this island taxon may be active diurnally. We were traveling to Santa Barbara Island in California’s Channel Island group specifically to see the large, mostly diurnal, Island night lizard, Xantusia riversiana reticulata. A dichotomy? Diurnal night lizard? Indeed it seemed so and we hoped that this taxon was as diurnal as […]

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   Mar 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

What a lovely field shot of a Northern Yellow-faced Turtle hatchling in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user frilly ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (405) […]

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   Mar 08

Citizen Science: How you can contribute

This Western Diamondback’s, Crotalus atrox, last meal was a Texas horned lizard, Phrynosoma cornutum If you’re a herper that wants to make an everlasting contribution to science. What better way than by providing information that end users such as yourself or researchers can turn into valuable scientific data. Collecting either tissues or whole vouchers from […]

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   Mar 07

Herp Photo of the Day: Lizard

What an awesome field shot of a Blue Spiny Lizard 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 and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (541) Zoo […]

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   Mar 07

Mountain Skink

Mountain skinks are one of the most beautiful members of the genus. At an adult length of 6 to 7 inches, the beautiful mountain skink, Plestiodon callicephalus, is a denizen of habitats that vary from rocky desert to wooded slopes. Those that I have seen have been along the rocky banks of seasonal creeks, and […]

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   Mar 06

Herp Photo of the Day: Boa

Always a fan favorite, this Rainboa Boa is watching you in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user chrissyk35 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (685) Zoo […]

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   Mar 06

Citizen Science: Herping with purpose

D.O.R. Bullsnake Pituophis catenifer sayiDriving down a dark county road seemingly in the middle of nowhere I stumbled upon a 7 ft Bullsnake (Pituophis catenifer sayi) that was dead on the road (DOR). I was with my friend Bernd Skubowius at the time and we were both astonished at the size of the snake. It […]

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   Mar 03

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! This beautiful pair of Copperheads are just things of beauty in our photo of the day uploaded by kingsnake.com user ShadowChaser ! 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 […]

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   Mar 02

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

What an adorable little tree frog in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user redjiboia ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (212) Repashy Crested Gecko MRP Diet […]

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   Mar 02

Definitely NOT a Stay-at-home, The Invasive Red-eared Slider

Albino red-eared sliders are now readily available in the pet trade. The beautiful and ever popular red-eared slider, Trachemys scripta elegans, may be the most successful reptilian invader known to the world. When I was a kid, red-eared slider hatchlings, then sold as “baby green turtles”, were available in just about every 5 and dime […]

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   Mar 01

Herp Photo of the Day: Chondro

Happy Hump Day from this stunning pair of Chondros in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user NYCMedic ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own and photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (405) Zilla Reptile […]

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