Monday, July 10, 2006

It's Good To Live Near Arizona


05/29/2004 @ 06:02:29 PM MDT
In May of 2004 we went to Cave Creek Canyon in the Chiricahua Mountains in the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona, one of the "sky islands" in the desert of the American Southwest and an area that supports a diverse array of herptofauna. First up was this pair of canyon tree frogs (Hyla arenicolor).

05/29/2004 @ 06:04:43 PM MDT


05/29/2004 @ 06:27:16 PM MDT
Next, my friend Megan came upon this baby female mottled rock rattlesnake (Crotalus lepidus lepidus.) Its strikingly beautiful markings were stunning against the backdrop of its habitat.

05/29/2004 @ 06:29:08 PM MDT


05/30/2004 @ 11:02:01 AM MDT
The following day we came upon this Yarrow's spiny lizard (Sceloporus jarrovii). We also heard a rock rattlesnake in some rocks on the trail (imagine that!), but we couldn't manage to pull him into daylight.


05/31/2004 @ 11:12:54 AM MDT
On the third day of the trip, my friend Jeff and I hiked further up Cave Creek. As we were exploring a sandstone outcropping next to the creek, we came upon this greenish mottled rock rattlesnake, the hue indicating its sex as male. It was sitting on the rock under a blanket of leaves, buzzing as we looked for it. We had a very difficult time determining exactly where it was as the rattling was bouncing around under the leaves off the irregular rock surfaces. As it turns out, I was standing right next to it wearing river sandals. Much of the time we were looking for it I was within striking range. Fortunately, it didn't strike and I learned to stay out of the leaves while wearing sandals when there are rattlesnakes afoot.


05/31/2004 @ 12:10:41 PM MDT
Another Yarrow's spiny lizard up the creek.


05/31/2004 @ 05:50:48 PM MDT
On the hike out we captured this striped plateau lizard (Sceloporus virgatus). These orange markings indicate this is a mature female in the middle of her breeding season.

05/31/2004 @ 05:52:53 PM MDT


06/01/2004 @ 11:49:58 AM MDT
On our last day in southeast Arizona we visited the Sonoran Desert National Monument outside of Tucson, Arizona. We arrived too late in the day to see anything other than this greater earless lizard (Cophosaurus texanus) taking refuge in the 100 degree-plus desert heat.

36 Comments:

At 11:00 AM, Blogger Jeff_Mills said...

I went to Arizona one time and I did't see any of that. I must have been doing it wrong. Are you supposed to look down while you're walking?

 
At 12:20 PM, Blogger Biff Humble said...

Great photos, but I didn't realize my ex-wife was vacationing out west recently. It must be her, the third and fourth photos are a spittin' image.

Need any Really Bad Advice?

 
At 12:58 PM, Blogger R2K said...

I always love to see a nature blog!

: )

Welcome to the blogger front page.

Come see my microscope blog if you want.

 
At 4:25 PM, Blogger jody said...

I must have been doing it wrong

You gotta walk the riparian zones. Where there's available water is where you'll see the wildlife.

 
At 4:26 PM, Blogger ZapperGirl! said...

Wonderful pictures!

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At 4:30 PM, Blogger ZapperGirl! said...

I forgot to mention I visited Arizona once in highschool. Lovely memories of Mesa, Nogales, and The Canyon!

 
At 4:31 PM, Blogger Jeff_Mills said...

Where there's available water is where you'll see the wildlife.

And the hippies...

 
At 4:39 PM, Blogger jody said...

And the hippies...

Not if you pick the spots which require an all-day hike to get to. That's the secret to seeing good nature, going where the humans don't.

 
At 4:49 PM, Anonymous Antonio said...

Muita coragem

 
At 4:56 PM, Blogger chumly said...

Pictures I can look at, live ones make me walk and sometimes run away.

 
At 5:08 PM, Blogger BionicBuddha said...

Great pictures...those snakes can be a handful!


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At 6:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a cool guy. Keep up the good work. Our poor little disappearing herps need all the friends they can get.

 
At 8:41 PM, Blogger Ben Myers said...

I have more in common with reptiles than most humans. http://honeyedmouth.blogspot.com

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very pretty, beautiful reptiles!

 
At 9:18 PM, Blogger Dolphinhugr said...

Hey, It's about time I came across another herp lover! I'm a 16 year old living in Washington state, envying your good reptile location. I like taking pictures of wildlife myself and I (being a novice) was just wondering what kind of camera you use? And was this camera expensive?
~Courtney

 
At 10:30 PM, Blogger jody said...

I (being a novice) was just wondering what kind of camera you use?

The bulk of these photographs were taken with a 5 megapixel Canon PowerShot G5. A few were taken with an 8 megapixel Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH. I'm now using a Canon PowerShot S3 IS. It cost me about $425 from one of the online retailers. I use a 2 gigabyte memory card that cost about $100.

The great thing about my new Canon is it's got a swiveling screen, making it much easier to frame the shot without having to stand behind the camera. I can swivel the viewscreen up and shoot from the hip, etc. Another great feature is the intervalometer, which allows me to make time lapse movies of the weather, another hobby of mine.

 
At 2:09 AM, Blogger Hussaini said...

Cool...

 
At 2:42 AM, Anonymous wys said...

I found you on blogs of note. It takes a really good nature blog for me to add it to my side bar favorites. I hope you don't mind, I added you to my favs today and made reference in a post. You're the 4th link I've added in a year's time (if that gives you an idea of how worthy I think your blog is.) I'm in eastern NC in the woods. The great outdoors is my life! I've done some small scale rehab before (no snakes though, but I love snakes). One of my best friends works for NC Wildlife Commission doing rehab for this area -beavers, raptors, deer, coons, osprey, otters, fox (the usual for this area.)

Come and take a look sometime if you'd like. Just bypass the occasional policital rants. I hope to set up a new blog soon without any mention of politics. The beauty of the outdoors and politicians do not mix.

Happy trails.

 
At 2:59 AM, Blogger clippsguy1 said...

This is interesting. I loved the photo!
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At 3:11 AM, Blogger Diaadia said...

Guaaau!! Very nice photos!!!!!

 
At 4:43 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

i love animals all of them when i grow up i what to study all diff animals

 
At 6:06 AM, Blogger Yasamin said...

I live in AZ and you wouldnt believe how many people out here take advantage (take for granted) the nature stuff out here. it really is a beautiful state. just not when its 115 degrees outside.

and screw anyone who says "well at least its a dry heat" uhh once its passes 110... its just damned hot.

 
At 9:09 AM, Anonymous Meat is to eat said...

I have three frogs living in the window well to my basement. They are so cute.

 
At 1:43 PM, Blogger clayton said...

I just stumbled across this blog and wanted to say kudos on the photos and info... very neat.

take care

 
At 12:49 AM, Blogger Heidi on Vashon said...

So cool! These are great photos and great creatures you wouldn't catch (some, maybe) on rocks here in Seattle. Thx for sharing. -hw

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger pieguy05 said...

um...........yea! Snakes

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger R2K said...

I would love to see more!

New post!

 
At 6:35 PM, Blogger Emm said...

nice photos i love them really beautiful. Good job and keep workin' that hard ;)

 
At 9:59 PM, Blogger jody said...

Thanks to all who've come and have offered words of encouragement.

 
At 6:52 PM, Blogger Jeff_Mills said...

Stop one-upping me, Jody!!! Hippies are everywhere. They invented Arizona as a means to promote their new age cults and such. I have the satellite hippie culture images to support my claim. Hues of drab green mixed with pink and purple are visible along the lower extremities of Sedona.

 
At 3:13 PM, Blogger NMY said...

I came to your blog thinking I would be reading about your struggles with herpes. I was even more intrigued by what I did find.

I adore reptiles and commend your good PR. They need all they can get.

 
At 11:34 PM, Blogger Karalista said...

Very cool frogs!! I live in ABQ, but used to live in Bisbee, and I miss seeing all the cute horny toads and "blue racer" snakes, as my grandpa called them... do you know what the scientific terminology is for blue racers?

 
At 5:05 PM, Blogger Orhan Kahn said...

Awesome pictures!

 
At 1:35 AM, Blogger dominic ryan said...

this is so good.

 
At 8:08 AM, Blogger Danni Russian said...

Excellent shots! I love it out west! I need to get back out there. The canyon tree frogs were no where to be found on my last trip, and we looked and looked. My greatest find there was a grand canyon pink rattler about 3/4 way down the canyon. Neat stuff, keep up the good work

 
At 11:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

nmherps rocks! pics are great and the nails on the hands are even better. < g>
i own a eleven year old 4 ft ball python named Spot.

janmagic

 

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