Category Archives: herps

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Divy F sent some photos from Puerto Rico; her notes are indented: Hi! You posted some pics I submitted a few months ago, of the fauna my husband saw on his trip through the Indonesian isles. We recently visited our island home of Puerto Rico with a couple of friends who had never been. […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Tom Gula sent some photos converted from Kodachrome slides (back in my own photo days, when I had three Nikon bodies, about seven lenses, and a Leitz-Minolta CL, I shot with Kodachrome 64. Now I have over 10,000 slides that are virtually useless–unless I scan them). Tom’s notes are indented: This is a retro […]

Snakes on a plane!

by Grania Perhaps it lacks the gravitas of Matthew’s post, and it wasn’t narrated by David Attenborough, but it is in its own class of terror. According to KTLA yesterday Aeromexico made this unwelcome discovery on a Sunday flight to Mexico. No-one was hurt and animal control took the snake into care once they reached their […]

National Reptile Awareness Day

by Greg Mayer It’s a bit late in the day, but I must announce that today is, at least in the USA, National Reptile Awareness Day. Happy Reptile Day to all! I must admit, as a herpetologist who joined all the major American herpetological societies while still in high school (1975), I had never heard […]

Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today’s photos are by a father-and-son team, reader James Blilie and his 12-year-old son Jamie. The first batch is from Jamie, and James’s photos are at bottom. Their notes are indented: These [first batch below] were all taken this summer by my 12-year old son Jamie.  All were taken in Oregon and (mostly) Washington state, in June and July […]

Toad rescue

by Greg Mayer I’ve mentioned in previous posts how I periodically engage in turtle or frog and toad “rescues”, taking animals that had fallen into human made traps, such as window wells and stairwells, and releasing them, sometimes after feeding them for a while in captivity to fatten them up prior to release. A couple […]

Spot the toad!

There are a lot of things to write about today, including a cool new paper on frigatebirds, birds that can stay aloft (without landing) for over two months. We’ll see how many we get to, as I have other work to do. In the meantime, here’s a “spot the ___” post, with the series initiated long […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

As I’m traveling, I’ll post pictures that have arrived in the last several days. And, of course, those come from our prolific and talented contributor Stephen Barnard of Idaho: I believe this is an Alligator Snapping Turtle (Macrochelys temminckii). I could be wrong, but it looks different from the common snappers I’ve seen. Photographed in Florida. […]

Frog defense: hiding, fighting, or both

JAC: Instead of “Readers’ Wildlife” today, we’ll have a report on frogs by Greg Mayer, who’s just visited Costa Rica. by Greg Mayer Although quite cryptic on the forest floors it calls home, the smoky jungle frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus) in the photo below is too obvious to be a candidate for “spot the frog”. This […]

Here’s the iguana!

Stephen Knight spotted an iguana when checking into his hotel in Tulum, Mexico. I put up the quiz earlier, and now here’s the reveal. Did you find it? This appears to be a black spiny-tailed iguana, or Ctenosaura similis. Readers can correct me if I’m wrong, as it may be a green iguana.