Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have some herp photos sent by a new contributor. Let’s have a warm welcome for—Peter Uimonen! His notes are attached:

Here are two photos I took in Big Bend National Park in the summer of 2014. The first is of a Trans-Pecos Rat Snake (Bogertophis subocularis). They are not often seen because they are nocturnal. However, I came across this one out and about on a warm summer night.

The second is of a Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus). They are diurnal and quite common in the lowland desert of Big Bend, particularly along the Mule Ears Spring trail (one of my favorite hikes down there). This beautiful male specimen is in an aggressive posture.

Here are two photos from the Osa Peninsula [Costa Rica]; my wife and I are going back down there in June. The first is the helmeted iguana (Corytophanes cristatus). This was a lucky shot in two ways. First, it’s a gorgeous specimen (see the yellow and blue scaling along with the green). Second, they’re cryptic and hard to spot. I was the lucky one to spot it. As I recall even our local guide was impressed.

The second is of two green and black poison dart frogs (Dendrobates auratus) along with a Golfo Dulce poison dart frog (Phyllobates vittatus) below the root buttress. All three were competing for territory along this buttress.


  1. Debbie Coplan
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 8:20 am | Permalink

    Bravo! Great detail on these photos. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Posted February 17, 2018 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    Very nice. Thanks.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    Nice set!

    The bar has lowered to Costa Rica then…

  4. DTaylor
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 9:36 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the great pictures. I tried to pick a favorite, but could not. It’s a tie between the iguana and the glow-in-the dark, poison dart frogs.

  5. Mark Joseph
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    Wow. Awesome pictures. Thank you!

  6. Posted February 17, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    Very interesting pictures. I would love to go to any of those places to see what you have seen.
    Plus the bugs.

  7. rickflick
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Those are all beauties! Well done Peter.

  8. jaxkayaker
    Posted February 17, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Excellent photos and finds. I have been to Big Bend twice.

  9. Posted February 17, 2018 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    These are wonderful! Thanks, Peter.

  10. Posted February 18, 2018 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    They’re all so cute.

  11. Lars
    Posted February 18, 2018 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the herp pictures. Particularly nice to see the earless lizard – I’ve been doing some work on them.

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