On Saturday, May 12, the Wildlife Center held an open house. I spent the day hanging with CJ Carmen as he demoed snakes for the folks who visited. Here he holds a snappy great plains skink (Eumeces obsoletus)
, a common yet not commonly seen lizard in northern New Mexico.
CJ's portable herpto-menangerie.
A striped whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus)
, the less common local cousin to the widespread coachwhip snake.
CJ pulls a prairie rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)
out of its box.
Visitors get up close to a western diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)
A close up of the western diamondback.