Category Archives: reptiles

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a grab-bag this Friday. First, one photo from Stephen Barnard in Idaho; his caption is indented: Here’s a sunrise this morning, through the smoke of Sharps Fire burning 35,000 acres to the northeast. From James Blilie, who took his own photos this time instead of sending his son Jamie’s bird pictures. Captions indented (photos […]

Hangin’ on in the wind: Natural selection, hurricanes, and lizards

by Greg Mayer At the Anolis Symposium at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in March, one of the stars of the show was Colin Donihue of Harvard University, who gave a talk on the effect of last fall’s Hurricane Irma on Anolis scriptus, the endemic (and only native) anole of the Turks and Caicos. Colin and […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson continues his photographic perusal of Australian wildlife. His notes are indented: Following on my earlier submission of native mammals from Australian “wildlife parks” in Cairns and Sydney, here are some of the non-mammalian inhabitants of those same parks plus a reptile canter in Alice Springs.  New Zealand up next. First up is […]

World Snake Day 2018

by Greg Mayer World Snake Day was this past Monday, July 16, and I missed it! I didn’t find out till Tuesday, and so a little snake catch up today. I did in fact, have two snake encounters on Monday. First, with Vivian, my 20+ year old ball python (Python regius), whom I see almost […]

Root River turtles

by Greg Mayer A couple of Sundays ago, June 17, 2018, my wife and I took a paddle along the Root River, in Racine, WI. Starting out at the Root River Environmental Center (REC), we went upstream, around the island in Island Park, and back down to the REC. Along the way we saw quite […]

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have two photos today from Tara Tanaka (Vimeo page here, Flickr page here) in Florida, as well as a video she took a while back that I’ve never posted. First, the photos.  Meet Marshall the marsh rabbit. Note the small ears, the long legs, and the square face, almost like a capybara. Wikipedia says […]

Here’s the anole!

Did you spot the Anolis carolinensis in this morning’s pair of photos? Here’s the reveal (click to enlarge, click twice to make it REALLY BIG):  

Spot the anole!

Reader Barn Owl sent two phots of an Anolis lizard. These aren’t too hard, but can you spot them? Barn Owl’s notes: Attached are two “Spot the X, Suburban Backyard Edition” photos for your consideration.  Both photos include the same American anole (Anolis carolinensis), but are taken from different angles (and the animal moved in-between). Answer at […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson has sent in a last installment of photos of the Galápagos (photos of Australia to come). His notes are indented: The Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is, implausibly, found on the equator. Superficially similar, the Galapagos flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) has vestigial wings.  Flightless forms are, of course, common on islands. OK, cuteness […]

World Turtle Day + 1

by Greg Mayer I was not aware that yesterday was World Turtle Day. My only excuse is that I had spent the previous nine days in Costa Rica, and thus was largely out of touch with the Internet. (More on Costa Rica later.) So, a day late, here are my turtles. First, here’s Slidey, a […]