A Texas Spiny Lizard and what I assume is his/her offspring enjoying the sunshine after the rain this afternoon. Looks like he/she has also been in our Crape Myrtle, based on the pink flower stuck in his/her spines. #lizard#herpatology#igtexas#inspire_texas_now
I miss my Crocodile Monitor " Ruthless"
I'll start my reptile collection again once my daughter gets old enough and can understand hero care!
I built this custom enclosure for Ruthless. The dimension was 10ft x 15 . I had it decorated very nicely but you know how monitor lizards are......They could careless! LOL
This monitor was very docile actually. I would take her to the park and EVERYTHING!!
(4/7) When I decided a few days ago to do this "7 posts in 7 days" thing (as opposed to my usual 2 posts in 3 months thing), the first challenge was to sit down and figure out how to keep the posts from just being 7 frogs. It's not that frogs are particularly easy to find in CR (although some are); but with CR boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratios on the planet, it's hard not to develop a soft spot for all these unique species of amphibians. So I limited myself to three frog photos, and it was harder than you might think to whittle them down-- even choosing between the Dendrobates was a challenge. But this individual, found last Spring in Isla Verde, has got to be among my favorites. She is not as wet as she should be-- her habitat is getting warmer and dryer and she is feeling the effects; the bromeliad pools that she used to deposit her tadpoles in for safety are evaporating one by one. @prispalavicini tells me stories of her college years spent walking around La Selva and dripping water on the Dendrobates she encountered there; "They were too dry," she says, "they needed water..." The outstanding maternal care that these frogs exhibit has earned them a place of prominence in our planet's web of life. Edited in the field w/ @lightroom .
Horned lizards are masters of disguise, effortlessly blending in with their environment. As its final defense, they are known to shoot blood from their eyes to frighten their predator and give them precious time to scurry away. On a recent backpacking trip inside @cuyamacaranchosp, we saw this little lizard on the way to Granite Springs Campground on the eastern edge of the park. Where have you seen a horned lizard in the county? #HikeSanDiego#HISD
A couple weeks ago Mia and I uncovered a hiding lizard and it dropped its tail in defense. The writhing tail is meant to distract the predator while the lizard runs away. The tail takes several weeks to regenerate... see next photo.
(2/7) Three nights ago at Geovanny's place just outside La Selva on the Atlantic lowland slope, we came across this mating pair of Red-eyed Leaf Frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) at around 7 or 8pm. I'd been looking for glass frogs or maybe a Splendid Leaf Frog-- I've seen a lot of red eyes over the years. On paper, they are not all that remarkable; phrases like "least concern," "widespread," and "abundant," fill the pages of field guides and natural history texts that describe them. But the discovery of this mating pair reminded me that common is not the same as unremarkable. Females of this species can lay up to five clutches of eggs in a single night (resulting in as many as 250 individuals), and intense competition between males has led to attempted disruption of amplexus and dual-fertilization; two eggs side by side could even have different paternity. The most fascinating aspect of the Red-eyed Leaf Frog's existence, however, is its survival instinct. Even while still inside the egg, tadpoles of this species are able to sense prospective threats and predators, and can respond accordingly, often observed to hatch and evacuate the clutch when environmental cues imply that danger is near. With this in mind, it is no surprise that A. callidryas is so common in disturbed habitats heavy with human impact. They are survivors.