I am considering adding some youtube videos for Desert Canyon Reptiles. I am experimenting to see if it is worth the trouble. Here is my first youtube video of a short clip of a sidewinder that we recorded in the spring of 2010. Hopefully there will be more and better videos to come!
We had a great trip to the southern Arizona sky islands this year. Our last trip to the area was in 2008 and we were glad to get back to the southern parts of our great State. It was very cool out for the time of year that we went, so temperatures got too cold very early at night, usually by 9 PM. Here are some of the photographs of the area, truly beautiful. We ran into Border Patrol and were only pulled over one time this year.
We had the chance to meet up with a few herpers from Phoenix and had an all around great time!
We went out fishing to Alamo Lake this past saturday. On the way there, we drove past a very speedy red coachwhip zipping across the highway! We also saw a nice desert iguana as it skirted past us at top speed while driving on the desert roads. After our unsuccessful fishing attempts, we started looking for critters at dusk. We did not see any reptile life until all of the light was gone from the skies. Temperatures began to drop quickly, going from the upper 80’s to about 70 degrees in about an hours worth of time and I began to doubt if we would see anything at all. Then, we came across our first snake of the evening, a very healthy small adult Mojave Rattlesnake:
I let my son pick it up with our large snake stick with much supervision. It was his first attempt and I think he really enjoyed it. He was very careful and aware and I helped him with both of my hands on the snake stick as well.
We continued on and it was a long time before coming across anything else. We eventually did come across a Giant Desert Hairy Scorpion, which my oldest daughter enjoyed finding. They really are quite large with the one we found probably measuring a total of 5 inches including tail.
I was really hoping that we would find a sidewinder and that I could show my kids this unique rattlesnake and its “sidewinding” motion of movement, as well as the horns that are above each of their eyes. Luckily for us, just before calling it quits, we did find a small adult:
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.