Category: herps

nanonaturalist: Every time I mow the lawn I e…

nanonaturalist:

Every time I mow the lawn I end up bothering somebody.

White-lined sphinx moth. They feed on nectar through a long proboscis while flying and hover in place like hummingbirds.

March 13, 2017. Been spring here for months already.

This was one of my first sphinx moths! And definitely not the last thing I scared out of the yard while mowing. In fact, while mowing recently, I scared up this poor baby:

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Gulf Coast Toad. I had to chase the poor thing into the neighbor’s driveway to be able to relocate him somewhere more comfortable (a nice shaded area under my flower bushes with lots of leaves hiding tasty bugs to eat).

Reposted July 14, 2019

nanonaturalist: Frogs at Lockhart State Park, …

nanonaturalist:

Frogs at Lockhart State Park, Feb 25, 2017, Lockhart TX

Two green tree frogs and a northern cricket frog

Look at these fine boys. ID Update: That’s a Blanchard’s Cricket Frog!

Reposted July 12, 2019

AHHHHH ANOLES!!! I love watching them around m…

AHHHHH ANOLES!!! I love watching them around my apartment complex! I'm so jealous you can get so close!

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shhhhhhh they’re sleeping

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oh! 

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look at this small child, who has grown up next to a giant finger used to gauge their size. But hmmmm what’s that dot on their head?

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That thing that looks like a hole on the baby’s head is a parietal eye [link to wikipedia article], a light-sensing organ that regulates circadian rhythms and hormone cycles. These organs are common in reptiles, amphibians, and some fish.

When I say my yard is full of anoles, I mean… I can go out in my yard any night from April through November and find at least three or four of them lounging in my trees. Sometimes I find cuddle piles of them.

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I love them.

July 3, 2019

nanonaturalist: I love this special anole liv…

nanonaturalist:

I love this special anole living her best life in my yard. She is beautiful. This is the second time I’ve seen her, or one who looks like her.

The last anole with fragmented leucisticism (I just made that term up, there’s probably a real name for this phenomenon in lizards) looked like she was wearing sunglasses. Maybe this is her! I have too many photos to go back and check, and my iNat backlog is almost a year long now (save me).

July 3, 2019

Lol duh thanks @snowysauropteryx, I looked closer and that’s exactly what she’s doing. It’s just hot and dry, and she’s being dark (they change colors!), so the white shed skin has a high contrast.

Some more shedding babes I’ve found in my yard (seriously, I should change my home’s name from Spider Haven to Anole Haven, these guys snooze all over and I can practically pick them up):

Tiny baby snoozing!

He didn’t like me trying to “help” him. So tempting!

Starting to peel on his head!

Anyways, ignore me, I’m an excited idiot and I wasn’t wearing my glasses.

June 3, 2019

EDIT She’s just shedding ignore me. Original p…

EDIT She’s just shedding ignore me. Original post intact for posterity and lulz

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I love this special anole living her best life in my yard. She is beautiful. This is the second time I’ve seen her, or one who looks like her.

The last anole with fragmented leucisticism (I just made that term up, there’s probably a real name for this phenomenon in lizards) looked like she was wearing sunglasses. Maybe this is her! I have too many photos to go back and check, and my iNat backlog is almost a year long now (save me).

July 3, 2019

Baby anoles are here! Every year, my yard fil…

Baby anoles are here!

Every year, my yard fills up with green anoles, doing pushups, unfurling their red neck-flaps, and snoozing in the trees and bushes at night. My yard may as well be a Green Anole Breeding Facility with how many I get every year.

Here’s a tiny baby from last night 🙂

June 26, 2019

nanofishology:Rescued a cute baby geck from th…

nanofishology:

Rescued a cute baby geck from the cats this morning. Stay outside little one! The house is full of murder machines!!

In my attempts to UNFLAG THE HUNDREDS OF FLAG POSTS FROM MY PERSONAL BLOG, hey I’m going to reblob all my early nature posts!

House Gecko from September 2016

My Rough Greensnake friend is getting BIG! Als…

My Rough Greensnake friend is getting BIG! Also, not as afraid of me as before. Very curious about my smell and/or the camera, lots of tongue flicks. Also, I got to give pets!! No snuggles yet…

October 4, 2018

Regular

lwhittie:

Inktober day 2: Stripes, Sonoran mountain kingsnake

Yes yes yes

A Lover Waiting on my Doorstep Lithobates som…

A Lover Waiting on my Doorstep

Lithobates something-or-other, what do I look like, a *herpetologist*??

October 1, 2018