---Hadas' Edible Plants---

  Herpetopages (all things scaly and slimy)

Desert Horned Toad (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)

San Cristobal alley, BMG Range, Mar 18, 2010




Captive Agassiz's desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) now split from the Sonoran Morafka's desert tortoise (Gopherus morafkai).  That one kept at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, California was fond of flowers of Chilopsis linearis (who wouldn't?).


Question: If a tortoise was born before a species was split, is that tortoise entitled to keep the old name as long it lives?




In a pond at the Desert Discovery Center in Barstow, CA (June 2011)



Western pond turtle, Actinemys marmorata

adult above and juvenile below, thanks to Tom Duchak for confirming the ID




Barry M. Goldwater Range Bend, Arizona, near study site, September 26, 2011




Climbs and jumps with gracility (see scientific name) through the Larrea braches:

 Long-tailed Brush Lizard (Urosaurus  graciosus)




Barry M. Goldwater Range Bend, Arizona, night walk near Black Gap, September 27, 2011




The cutest night critter our there: Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)



Gila Bend, Arizona, night walk behind the Jucca Motel, September 28, 2011


Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)



Mean ol' ratller: Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)






Gila Bend, Arizona, night walk behind the Jucca Motel, September 29, 2011


Kirk's first rattler that refused to rattle:

Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)


        Tom's delight: Couch's Spadefoot (Scaphiopus couchii)



          Another species? Erik's Spadefoot (Scaphiopus cartmanii),

 there is subspecies in Colorado that has a red cap.




Barry M. Goldwater Range, Arizona, September 30, 2011


   Sidewinder (Crotales cerastes): the ratter that Andres found



Desert Horned Toad (Phrynosoma platyrhinos)

adult above (Oct. 6, 2011 - BMG range, study site)

and baby below (Sept. 30, 2011 - BMG range, study site)




Painted Rocks, Arizona, September 30, 2011



Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)  and Roadrunner




Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)



Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Arizona:  October 1, 2011


Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)




 Sidewinder (Crotales cerastes): Crater area at BMG, Oct. 1, 2011



 Phoenix, Arizona: Desert Botanical Garden, October 2, 2011, 104oF


                            Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)



Tiger Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris)


Tom: there were a some smaller blue-tailed ones (no good photo)


Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)



Barry Goldwater Range, burned area near gate 14, October 6, 2011


Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) - very shy; just a bad  record shot.

Sorry Tom, there was also a very fast and shy Leopard Lizard


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