The efforts to ban 9 species of constrictors is now well underway. The Senate Bill number is 373. This bill is unacceptable and founded upon faulty information pushed forward by Animal Rights Activist organizations. This legislation must be stopped. Please do your part immediately to stop this bill. Please visit http://www.kill-s373.com now and write your senators. It is very simple to do if you go to http://www.kill-s373.com you will get all of the information that you need in order to do this. The deadline on this is January 20th so please do this today!
There is currently a large push by various government officials and animal rights groups to try and ban many species of reptiles from being kept and traded in the United States. Please do your part to get educated and to defend your rights from these malicious individuals and organizations. Recently, an organization called USARK (The United Association of Reptile Keepers) has been very effective in stopping much of this dangerous legislation that is being pushed by animal rights activists. Please join now to stay informed and please donate the needed funds quickly! The issue is being decided on in the next several days. Please donate your support!
We got a chance to head out for one night in August searching for reptiles. We headed into the deserts to the North and East of Phoenix and had some decent luck. It was a great outing! We tried some of the prickly pear that was ripe on all of the cactus in the area as well. I can’t wait to do it again next year!
The first snake of the night was was this pretty little California Kingsnake:
As we climbed slightly in elevation, it began to get a little cooler and we then found this very cooperative Blacktailed Rattlesnake:
Here is a closer shot of this photogenic animal:
Shortly after finding the Blacktailed Rattlesnake, we started heading for lower ground where it was a bit warmer again and then we found this young Longnose Snake. When Longnose snakes are juveniles, they do not yet have any of their orange or red coloration. This is developed later in life. They look very similar to California Kingsnakes. Here is the one that we found. If you look very carefully, you can see the red beginning to creep in at the edge of some of the scales:
We eventually decided to take a side road that turned out to be a very long dirt road. We drove for many miles, not seeing any further animal life. After what seemed like an hour, we finally saw this large Gila monster waddling across the dirt road. Here is a picture of the beast:
It was a slow year for me for herping this past season. I didn’t get a chance to get out much. I did make a few trips to the White Mountains and here are a couple of photos. Not much but gartersnakes, although it was not really a herping trip, but a family fishing trip. Here are a few photos:
Wow. It has been a long time since my last post. I had no idea it was this long. In any case, I found a very good article that illustrates what animal rights groups are trying to do to the Reptile industry. They would like to have it shut down completely. They are well funded and my guess is that they are behind a large amount of the legislation that is being proposed and passed in various states across the country.
Yes….. if you can believe it, hunting for reptiles along public roadways has been outlawed. The way that it became outlawed was very underhanded and dishonest. There is a large effort underway to correct this ridiculous law. Please see this article about this issue and see what you can do to help fix this problem:
There has been some severe abuses of power by some in Texas recently and there has been some behind the scenes trickery that has resulted in the passing of a bill that effectively bans the observation and collection of reptiles from public roadways. Since public roadways are the only way for someone to view or collect reptiles and amphibians in the state of Texas (since the remaining land in Texas is all privately owned) this effectively has banned reptile hunting in Texas. I can’t believe that this nonsense has happened. There are now efforts underway to encourage the Governor of Texas to veto this bill and or to pass legislation during future sessions to make it legal again. Please visit this link in order to participate in stopping this bill from becoming effective! Every voice counts, you do NOT need to be a resident of Texas to voice your opinion. Please click the link below:
I have several pictures to post on the blog. I have had the chance to see several Chuckwallas up at South Mountain Park in the past few weeks. I found a patch nose snake yesterday morning, but it escaped before I could photograph it. Here is a photo of one of the Mohave Rattlesnakes that we found last Saturday.