When I returned home from our May herp holiday in the east Mojave, I thought about writing a post to showcase the gang's incredible finds.
But there were so many, I couldn't figure out where to start.
17 herp species - 16 reptiles and an amphib - in 3 days. 10 of the species first timers for me, and a few of those total lifelisters.
But, as I've now learned this year - go to the Mojave with a bunch of plant geeks, and you see more amazing flora than you'd ever think could exist in a desert.
Go to the Mojave with a bunch of herpers, and...
Well - you be the judge.
Here's what we saw...
Our main camp was in the Granite Mountains
The beautiful Kelso Dunes was also a hot spot (argh - sorry)
Desert lawnmower with creosote-stained lips
We admired 3 of these gentle souls from telephoto distance. As a threatened species,
it's a must to give them that respect
The Prey - Fringe-toed Lizard, Uma scoparia
The Predator - Leopard Lizard, Gambelia wislizenii
Chuckwalla, Sauromalus obesus, a handsome herbivore
Another grazer - Desert Iguana, Dipsosaurus dorsalis
Beauty Desert Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos
Tiny Desert Night Lizard, Xantusia vigilis
Yellow-backed Spiny Lizard, Sceloporus uniformis, just before he ravaged my finger
Mr. Attitude: Western Banded Gecko, Coleonyx variegatus
Gilbert's Skink, Plestiodon gilberti, in full mating cheekiness
The five slithers...
Glossy Snake, Arizona elegans
Lovely Long-nosed Snake, Rhinocheilus lecontei
Shovel-nosed Snakes, Chionactis occipitalis - 2 color morphs (white is uncommon)
Mojave Green Rattlesnake, Crotalus scutulatus
Sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes
And, the too cute phib we were quite surprised to find...
Red-spotted Toad, Bufo punctatus
Thanks again Jake, John, Sean and Dave - that was a tour worth far more than the cost.
Can I book a seat on next year's trip yet?
Here's the full set of 162 photos, with many more of each species, and all the wildflowers.