Category Archives: reptiles

Gecko butt dials many people from seal hospital

From Snopes we get some non-fake news (click on screenshot).  I’ve been butt-dialed by people a few times, but never by a gecko. But in an animal hospital in Hawaii that cares for monk seals, an intruder gecko butt-dialed many, many times with its little sticky feet. Click on the screenshot to see the story: An […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have the penultimate set of photos from reader Joe Dickinson’s trip to Africa in 2012. His notes are indented: It is pretty common to see a warthog (Phacochoerus africanus) kneeling to graze.  You can tell from the hose in the background that this one is on the grounds of one of our hotels. The […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Stephen Barnard has some photos of the local elk: This morning I was sneaking up on a herd of at least sixty elk (Cervus canadensis), with several bulls bugling away, when this mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) and her fawn turned the corner at close range. They stared at me for quite awhile, not knowing what to […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

We have a potpourri today. First, photos from Margaret Shofner, who says this about the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana): The whole world loves cat food. We get possums and raccoons when I forget to bring in the porch kitties’ food. We live in a small town in north-central Texas. I’m rarely without a lap cat, […]

Reader’s wildlife photos

Today have a grab-bag of singletons (and one doubleton) sent by readers. (If you’re reading this, nobody is looking at the science posts; see here.) From Diana MacPherson. Just took the picture of an Eastern garter snake (Eastern Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) that was hiding along the base of a tomato plant pot. Poor […]

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 […]