We are three days through the 2013 Field Herpetology course at the Southwest Research Station. Whew, what a whirlwind this course is for the second year in a row. We have students from all over the country: college students, retired doctors, government contractors, and environmental consultants.
I’ve been busy tweeting some of our activities, but need a place to show you some of the photos of the class at work and the animals we are finding. So here ya go.
A handsome Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus):
Here is a group of endangered Chiricahua Leopard Frogs (Lithobates chiricaheunsis):
Here is Matt Holding demonstrating to the field herpetology students and local residents how scientists safely transport and restrain venomous snakes:
My favorite rattlesnake: The Rock Rattlesnake (C. lepidus)!
One of our first field trips was to Granite Gap, an area in Arizona know for having both a beautiful community of cactus and a thriving population of Gila Monsters (Heloderma suspectum).
And here is the star of the show. Worth all of the heavy hiking, for sure.