An absolutely beautiful Copperhead I came across last night between thunderstorms in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
Often misunderstood Copperheads more often then not want absolutely nothing to do with people and will go out of their way to avoid them. They are venomous but their venom is mainly used to hunt for prey instead of for defense against threats and predators. They are much more likely to rely on stealth and their excellent camouflage to avoid people then they are to try and bite someone.
This one was extremely calm and didn't seem to be bothered by me at all even as I used a pair of snake tongs to safely help it across the road. They have an underserved reputation for being aggressive and yes any animal if you bother it enough may become aggressive but their reputations mainly come from Northern Watersnakes that are commonly misidentified as Copperheads. Watersnakes have a much more aggressive attitude when found and can be just plain mean if they feel threatened.
In Pennsylvania due to a number of threats such as habitat loss, road mortality, forest fragmentation, illegal collecting, and poaching they are listed as a Species of Special Concern and have various restrictions placed on their possession.
This particular one that I came across last night also happens to be the first verified record of them in Northumber County!
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Posando con un juvenil de Garrobo o Iguana negra (Ctenosaura pectinata) en Chiapa de Corzo, Chiapas.
Los Garrobos poseen una coloración verde en estas etapas tempranas, siendo más notorio y uniforme en sus primeros meses de vida. En esta etapa, suelen ser confundidos con crías de Iguana Verde o de Ribera (Iguana iguana), de las cuales se diferencian, en el caso de las crías de Garrobo, por la ausencia de la hilera de escamas largas y puntiagudas del dorso, por la cola compuesta por series de escamas puntiagudas y la ausencia de una papada notable, característica presente en las crías de Iguana Verde; las cuales además, poseen un diseño de manchas y rayas cafés y ligeramente azuladas, cosa diferente en las crías de Garrobo, que poseen un color verde casi uniforme, solamente el vientre es más claro y amarillento, y la cola posee anillos color beige y cafés.
En fin, los Garrobos son reptiles muy comunes y de gran tamaño que habitan las regiones tropicales de Chiapas, donde son apreciados por su carne, la cual es consumida de forma tradicional. Prefieren habitar en zonas secarronas, pero cerca de fuentes de agua. Son omnívoras aunque en su etapa adulta tienen predilección por los vegetales y frutas.
Este Garrobo es uno de tantos que suelen caer en un tanque vacío de agua, por lo que, cada que visito la zona, acudo al tanque con el fin de liberar a los animales que ahí caigan para así evitar que fallezcan por insolación y falta de alimento y/o deshidratación.
#Ctenosaura#CtenosauraPectinata#Garrobo#Iguana#IguanaNegra#BlackIguana#ReptilesDeChiapas#ReptilesDeMéxico#NikonD3100#HerpingChiapas#Herping#Chiapas#Herpetology#ChiapaDeCorzo - Fotografía: Itzel Gómez (@itzelgoc )
Neonato de rana arboricola narizona (Scinax boulengeri).
La última noche de herping está rana era uno de mis objetivos, no logre ver un adulto, pero vi un neonato que es mucho más raro. Está en el proceso de transformación (metamorfosis) donde pasa de renacuajo a rana, a este le falta poco para ser una rana por completo, casi no se nota pero aún tenía cola.
Here is a wide angle macro of a Foothill yellow-legged frog (Rana boylii). These frogs are the only lentic obligate breeders in Northern California, meaning they need moving water to breed in and they cannot breed in any other type of body of water. While most frogs wait for the rainy season to breed, these frogs wait until the dry season. These frogs wait until the water levels of the large creeks and rivers they ovideposit in have dropped and then lay their eggs on the margin of these bodies of water. Because these frogs rely on the low water level they metamorphose within 3 to 4 months after they hatch. Due to the very long wet period that California experienced this past winter these frogs waited longer than usual to lay their eggs and this will subsequently result in a cohort of smaller than normal frogs because they spent a shorter length of time as a tadpole than normal. These are amazing little frogs! - #humboldtcounty , #california
After the kings latest rejection by our lovely Queen Lizzie he made the decision to give this little lady some space. Good choice mate you don't want to be in trouble with your Mrs so if she wants some me time sunbathing you just keep on going. What a man, what king , what a lady what a show.
Video of a #thornydevil (Moloch horridus) in the wild from northern Western #australia .
👇 A BIT ABOUT THE THORNY DEVIL👇
These lizards move quite slow compared to other dragons so fleeing isn’t their most effective defence against predators, however they do have other ways in which they can protect them selves. Their entire body is covered in thorn-like spins, making swallowing this guy almost impossible. You’ll also notice bulbous tissue on the back of the neck that has the appearance of a second head. When attacked the real head is lowered to the ground presenting the fake head to the aggressor. As you can see they also have an unusual rocking motion as they walk, combined with a very abrupt freeze mid stride. This method of movement sets them apart from other animals and may help confuse predators who have eyes trained for faster moving prey.
Enjoyed the footage!
For my 400th species posted to instagram, I couldn't think of a cooler frog. I finished up a trip to the Chocó and spent my last day birding with friends in the highlands making one last stop at a great lodge located near the airport. It just happened @luksth @deepgreenphotography @frank_pichardo were there with one of their amazing tours. Right before I had to leave to catch my plane, Lucas said he found something special. I didn't have the chance to look for my own but I was super happy to finally see this species and snap a couple of quick shots before heading home. Looks at those toe pads! 💅💅 #ribbittt#amphibians#ecuador#tropicalherping#herping#lifers#hyloscirtus#frogs#nailsdid#muchmoredesign