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My son out at Johnston ( a suburb of Palmerston, NT ) has a pair of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins nesting in a gamba grass clump in his front driveway.... I was gunna pull a few clumps before they set seed, thats come to halt now we discovered the nesting birds.
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Silas_Sancona

A real glimmer of hope regarding a legendary beast which never should have been eliminated from the US portions of it's range due to willful ignorance/ intolerance. 

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/why-a-new-jaguar-sighting-near-the-arizona-mexico-border-gives-experts-hope/ar-BB1eT26d?ocid=hplocalnews&li=BBnb7Kz

Note in the article where -how close- to the AZ/Mexico border researchers believe they may be breeding now,  let alone the estimated number of Cats it is thought ideal habitat here and in New Mexico may support..  If true, and people respect their presence, it might not be too long before catching glimpses of this magnificent icon of the new world tropics while hiking through remote portions of Rim country, or the Sky islands further south isn't as rare as it is today, even if it is still a sight forever remembered. 

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sandgroper

Over the last couple of weeks we've had this little bloke visiting almost nightly, he's a quenda or southern brown bandicoot. These are little native marsupials and they really are nice little animals. They are omnivorous eating insects and plant matter. They are very friendly little animals that show almost no fear to people, you can get very close to them before they spook, within a few days of them seeing you regularly you can hand feed them. Very happy to have him set up home in my yard.

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Silas_Sancona

More good news.. Calif. Condors set to return to Redwood country/ grace the skies above gardens in far Northern California/ Southern Oregon:
https://www.thechronicleonline.com/news/making-a-comeback-missing-for-100-years-condors-returning-to-pacific-northwest/article_2e37445c-8bf4-11eb-8c20-4bd5e55a1813.html

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greysrigging

This guy we don't want to see in the garden.... he ( or she ) is a harbinger of doom in the Top End.....anecdotally, the appearance of dragonflies signifies the end of the 'wet' season and the start of the 'dry'. Bit of an old wives tale as there are several species that you see in the Top End all year around. Mind you, I am way below the monthly average for March with only 134.2mm here at home.  Average is 331.7mm.
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And my son's dog and I doing our best to keep the sweet potato patch alive during an unseasonal dry spell.....
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Butch
5 hours ago, greysrigging said:


 
And my son's dog and I doing our best to keep the sweet potato patch alive during an unseasonal dry spell.....
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Yea, but can you do it on one hind leg like the dog?:36_14_15[1]:

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tropicbreeze
On 3/23/2021 at 9:39 AM, greysrigging said:
My son out at Johnston ( a suburb of Palmerston, NT ) has a pair of Chestnut-breasted Mannikins nesting in a gamba grass clump in his front driveway.... I was gunna pull a few clumps before they set seed, thats come to halt now we discovered the nesting birds.
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You definitely want to get rid of that Gamba before it seeds. You could replace it with something like Tiger Grass (Thysanolaena maxima). The birds should still like that.

 

21 hours ago, greysrigging said:

This guy we don't want to see in the garden.... he ( or she ) is a harbinger of doom in the Top End.....anecdotally, the appearance of dragonflies signifies the end of the 'wet' season and the start of the 'dry'. Bit of an old wives tale as there are several species that you see in the Top End all year around. Mind you, I am way below the monthly average for March with only 134.2mm here at home.  Average is 331.7mm.
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That's the Pale-spotted Emperor, Anax guttatus. There's lots of Dragonflies around, it's only logical that as the season progresses more and more nymphs mature into adults, regardless how far away the dry season is. But, the Old Wive's Tale is trotted out regularly late each wet season.

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Tracy

I was trying to take photos of the garden and these photo bombers showed up.  Nesting Dove on the top of one of the pillars of my front fence using the Dypsis lutescens as a screen from any predators in the neighborhood.  I think they have become accustom to me walking by and talking to them.

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Butch

Fished this little guy out of the pool.. He's doing fine.., and ran off into the flowers...

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Silas_Sancona
11 minutes ago, Butch said:

Fished this little guy out of the pool.. He's doing fine.., and ran off into the flowers...

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:greenthumb:  'Gator Lizards were the first reptiles i'd handled / collected ( and would allow myself to be bitten by, repeatedly, lol ) as a kid..  Loved raw Hamburger / Crickets. 

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JohnAndSancho

I don't have a garden per sé, but here's a picture from a few months ago of a stray apartment cat sleeping under my palms. 

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amh

Who you callin' ugly?

Had these mammalian garbage disposals hanging out by the coop tonight, I've seen at least 10 generations congregate in this area. It looks like mom kicked them out about 4 days ago. Fortunately they do not like raw chicken.

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Silas_Sancona

..So a Hummingbird shows up in the yard for a daily chat ( and to buzz my head again ) before settling down in my dormant Bursera silviae...
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** Pretty sure it is an adolescent male Anna's Hummingbird, Calypte anna. ( blurry pic shows a bit of red developing in the Gorget )  Have a few other species here, but even the more common of them rarely show up in the yard, and tend to be a bit shy around people unless adjusted to a feeder )**
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...And decides to hangout / watch the Collared Doves squabbling with the Mourning Doves in the Mesquite above, and take a quick bird nap..  With this strange, humanoid looking thing less than a couple feet away.
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A 'lil scratchin' and stretchin' ( Show off, lol:rolleyes: :mrlooney: )
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Back to catching Gnats and Aphids.. See ya' tomorrow.. :)
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amh
2 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

..So a Hummingbird shows up in the yard for a daily chat ( and to buzz my head again ) before settling down in my dormant Bursera silviae...

They do remember and recognize faces.

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59 minutes ago, amh said:

They do remember and recognize faces.

Jays do as well. Used to have a Scrub Jay that would give you the " where's my peanuts " look if any weren't set out when it would show up i the afternoon back in California when i as younger. Can become tame enough that they'll eat out of hand.  Almost as good as my dog at keeping Cats out of the yard too. 

Oddly enough, he leaves all the birds that hang out in the yard alone, unless they get close enough, or are Collared Doves, lol.  Neighborhood Curve Billed Thrashers will sit up on the block wall and wait until he goes inside before settling in some part of the yard to forage for bugs. I usually end up shooing them off since they also like to dig through potted things, uprooting smaller stuff.

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Palmensammler

Sometimes I would like to have a dog too because of all the neigbours cats which poo into our garden. Some hidden cacti buried in the ground keep them away from critical areas.

As well blackbirds stole or mixed up a lot of the identification labels of my plants which makes it difficult to identify them nowadays. So had to switch to another way and cover them with lava gravel.

But a garden without resident animals isn't alive so you have to cope with these facts, except the cats.

 

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8 minutes ago, Palmensammler said:

Sometimes I would like to have a dog too because of all the neigbours cats which poo into our garden. Some hidden cacti buried in the ground keep them away from critical areas.

As well blackbirds stole or mixed up a lot of the identification labels of my plants which makes it difficult to identify them nowadays. So had to switch to another way and cover them with lava gravel.

But a garden without resident animals isn't alive so you have to cope with these facts, except the cats.

 

 Cats are absolutely banned from my house/ property, ( ...and this is coming from someone who cared for a few in the past ).. lol   Aside from using any area they see fit as their toilet box, which spreads parasites carried by cats, which can be transmitted to people, they also kill a a lot of beneficial wildlife, no matter how " innocent " / " ..My cat doesn't hunt " excuses some people try to use to justify allowing them to roam.

Unlike some countries, Australia esp., I wish we in the U.S. took a more realistic / less " living in Disneyland " approach to actual population control and sending not soon to be forgotten messages to anyone who'd keep more cats than they can properly care for / thwart laws forbidding feeding those that they don't own. Not sure how it is in Europe ( imagine laws might be similar ) but here.. your dog gets out and injures someone/ destroys property, you're in a world of hurt..  Same rues should to cats.  You own them, take care of them, which also means keeping them out of other people's yards/ not allowing them to escape yours in the first place.  No complaining when you suffer the consequences of not being responsible.

Birds take my tags / uproot seedlings every so often here as well. Serves as a quick reminder to always write down the names of things on pots w/ a white wax pencil so i won't forget when tags " magically disappear ", lol. 

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Silas_Sancona
41 minutes ago, Hillizard said:

And let's not even talk about the garden damage in California from squirrels, esp. the introduced species! https://baynature.org/2019/05/28/are-fox-squirrels-replacing-gray-squirrels-in-california/

But!, but! don't hurt the Squirrels.. they're cute and furry... :rolleyes: 

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22 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

Jays do as well. Used to have a Scrub Jay that would give you the " where's my peanuts " look if any weren't set out when it would show up i the afternoon back in California when i as younger. Can become tame enough that they'll eat out of hand.  Almost as good as my dog at keeping Cats out of the yard too. 

I had a blue jay that would return the empty peanut shells, I dont know what the exact message was.:bemused:

3 hours ago, Palmensammler said:

Sometimes I would like to have a dog too because of all the neigbours cats which poo into our garden. Some hidden cacti buried in the ground keep them away from critical areas.

As well blackbirds stole or mixed up a lot of the identification labels of my plants which makes it difficult to identify them nowadays. So had to switch to another way and cover them with lava gravel.

But a garden without resident animals isn't alive so you have to cope with these facts, except the cats.

 

I allow the TNR ferals to stay because they eat the roof rats that live on an adjacent property, unfortunately the poop everywhere and eat the small wildlife. Its a toss up on weather the rats or cats are more damaging ecologically here. Having a dog is becoming more attractive.

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1 hour ago, Hillizard said:

And let's not even talk about the garden damage in California from squirrels, esp. the introduced species! https://baynature.org/2019/05/28/are-fox-squirrels-replacing-gray-squirrels-in-california/

If you cant beat them, eat them. I'm sure proper marketing would get the trendy types to embrace fried eastern squirrel. Ultra local, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

57 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

But!, but! don't hurt the Squirrels.. they're cute and furry... :rolleyes: 

That's how people feel about deer, and that is why central and south Texas are over run with the varmints.

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2 minutes ago, amh said:

If you cant beat them, eat them. I'm sure proper marketing would get the trendy types to embrace fried eastern squirrel. Ultra local, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.

That's how people feel about deer, and that is why central and south Texas are over run with the varmints.

People are turning on to the idea of eating insects, which are supposedly quite healthy.. and eat things like Snails/Shellfish < cringes, lol > So while i might not indulge, don't see the harm in someone consuming other wildlife, as long as it is healthy / free of disease.

Part of the issues w/ deer is definitely the Bambi factor, and the villainization of those animals that keep deer populations in check..  Need to teach more appreciation of / respect for how nature balances itself and less of " Oh that poor animal "  /  " Vultures, Coyotes, etc are disgusting " Cat or Rat, just their version of McDonald's drive thru to a Hawk or Owl.

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19 minutes ago, Silas_Sancona said:

People are turning on to the idea of eating insects, which are supposedly quite healthy.. and eat things like Snails/Shellfish < cringes, lol > So while i might not indulge, don't see the harm in someone consuming other wildlife, as long as it is healthy / free of disease.

Part of the issues w/ deer is definitely the Bambi factor, and the villainization of those animals that keep deer populations in check..  Need to teach more appreciation of / respect for how nature balances itself and less of " Oh that poor animal "  /  " Vultures, Coyotes, etc are disgusting " Cat or Rat, just their version of McDonald's drive thru to a Hawk or Owl.

I'd also like to see jaguar, wolf and mountain lion populations increase, which is easy for me to advocate since I live in the suburbs and don't raise cattle or sheep!

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Silas_Sancona
5 minutes ago, Hillizard said:

I'd also like to see jaguar, wolf and mountain lion populations increase, which is easy for me to advocate since I live in the suburbs and don't raise cattle or sheep!

I think the lesson with that situation is you learn to live with with knowing you'll loose a few, while doing everything possible to minimalize any losses / deter any easy pickins.  In Mexico, they pay ranchers for X amount of losses they might experience in helping to preserve / not killing Jaguars.

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1 hour ago, Silas_Sancona said:

People are turning on to the idea of eating insects, which are supposedly quite healthy.. and eat things like Snails/Shellfish < cringes, lol > So while i might not indulge, don't see the harm in someone consuming other wildlife, as long as it is healthy / free of disease.

Part of the issues w/ deer is definitely the Bambi factor, and the villainization of those animals that keep deer populations in check..  Need to teach more appreciation of / respect for how nature balances itself and less of " Oh that poor animal "  /  " Vultures, Coyotes, etc are disgusting " Cat or Rat, just their version of McDonald's drive thru to a Hawk or Owl.

I wont be eating the bugs, I've had to raise them and they are just too unclean. Now if someone else want to eat them, I have no problem with that.

Like the fox and eastern grey squirrels, deer are not averse to humans and can live in any human environment The Bambi factor is a big problem, people only see the cute wild animals, but if you venture to the suburbs or rural areas, you'll deal with the damage they cause and the dead bodies because they have run out of food. There are not enough hunters, available hunting lands or predators to control the population, so it appears that the automobile is the only real means of population control at this time. I personally like having native predators around because they do help balance things out.

47 minutes ago, Hillizard said:

I'd also like to see jaguar, wolf and mountain lion populations increase, which is easy for me to advocate since I live in the suburbs and don't raise cattle or sheep!

My formally rural area has become suburbs, but the local mountain lions, bobcat, fox, and coyotes combined kill far fewer pets and livestock than loose dogs. I'm in favor the return of any native species.

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I still like cats, but too many is a problem.

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Palmensammler
9 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

 Cats are absolutely banned from my house/ property, ( ...and this is coming from someone who cared for a few in the past ).. lol   Aside from using any area they see fit as their toilet box, which spreads parasites carried by cats, which can be transmitted to people, they also kill a a lot of beneficial wildlife, no matter how " innocent " / " ..My cat doesn't hunt " excuses some people try to use to justify allowing them to roam.

Unlike some countries, Australia esp., I wish we in the U.S. took a more realistic / less " living in Disneyland " approach to actual population control and sending not soon to be forgotten messages to anyone who'd keep more cats than they can properly care for / thwart laws forbidding feeding those that they don't own. Not sure how it is in Europe ( imagine laws might be similar ) but here.. your dog gets out and injures someone/ destroys property, you're in a world of hurt..  Same rues should to cats.  You own them, take care of them, which also means keeping them out of other people's yards/ not allowing them to escape yours in the first place.  No complaining when you suffer the consequences of not being responsible.

Birds take my tags / uproot seedlings every so often here as well. Serves as a quick reminder to always write down the names of things on pots w/ a white wax pencil so i won't forget when tags " magically disappear ", lol. 

In Germany the law is quite similar. If you have a dog you have to pay a special tax and you're responsible for damages caused by your dog. For cats.... nothing. Neither a tax nor responsibility. That's why lots of people do have more than one cat.

 

7 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

But!, but! don't hurt the Squirrels.. they're cute and furry... :rolleyes: 

There's a red squirrel living in my area which loves to hide walnuts in my pots even if this requires to scrap the plant. Same procedure every autumn.

 

4 hours ago, amh said:

I still like cats, but too many is a problem.

I too like cats, if they stay out of my garden....

Eckhard

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Darold Petty
14 hours ago, Silas_Sancona said:

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Part of the issues w/ deer is definitely the Bambi factor, and the villainization of those animals that keep deer populations in check.  

I was a deer hunter during my childhood and adolescence.  In California only male deer (bucks) are allowed to be shot, even though one buck can inseminate many does.

There is a great article in this month's Smithsonian magazine about the conflict between livestock ranchers and the grey wolves now beginning to re-populate rural northern California where they had been extirpated from their original, natural habitat. 

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12 minutes ago, Darold Petty said:

I was a deer hunter during my childhood and adolescence.  In California only male deer (bucks) are allowed to be shot, even though one buck can inseminate many does.

There is a great article in this month's Smithsonian magazine about the conflict between livestock ranchers and the grey wolves now beginning to re-populate rural northern California where they had been extirpated from their original, natural habitat. 

I'd seen a similar article discussing that challenge..  I'd think ( maybe i missed seeing it in what i'd read ) there would be a similar idea proposed around compensating ranchers for any losses incurred while allowing Wolves to continue re-populating former territory in the state as mentioned in reference to the approach to Jaguar conservation in Northern Mexico / Mex. Grey Wolves here in AZ, and other areas of the southwest where they're being reintroduced to their former range. 

 

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Found this little fellow wandering around last night, juvenile Children's Python, Antaresia childreni, only around a metre long. It's one of four species of python I find on my place.

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4 hours ago, tropicbreeze said:

Found this little fellow wandering around last night, juvenile Children's Python, Antaresia childreni, only around a metre long. It's one of four species of python I find on my place.

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Beautiful little snakes.

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Talking about pythons, this fellow was hanging around a week ago. Darwin Carpet Python, Morelia spilota variegata, also a juvenile. Although the most common python here, you don't see them moving around all that much. They mainly seem to pick a spot to hang in and stay there for the day, sometimes two days.

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On 4/13/2021 at 4:08 AM, Palmensammler said:

There's a red squirrel living in my area which loves to hide walnuts in my pots even if this requires to scrap the plant. Same procedure every autumn.

The fox squirrels plant many pecans throughout my yard, I just wish they would do it in locations that would allow the trees to grow unobstructed.

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On 4/13/2021 at 12:14 PM, Darold Petty said:

I was a deer hunter during my childhood and adolescence.  In California only male deer (bucks) are allowed to be shot, even though one buck can inseminate many does.

There is a great article in this month's Smithsonian magazine about the conflict between livestock ranchers and the grey wolves now beginning to re-populate rural northern California where they had been extirpated from their original, natural habitat. 

Every state is different, in Texas you can take up to 5 does, but are limited to 2 to 3 bucks depending on region.

Grey wolves and other predators can be deterred from attacking live stock by harassment, but California probably doesn't allow that.

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On 4/13/2021 at 4:24 PM, tropicbreeze said:

Found this little fellow wandering around last night, juvenile Children's Python, Antaresia childreni, only around a metre long. It's one of four species of python I find on my place.

 

18 hours ago, tropicbreeze said:

Talking about pythons, this fellow was hanging around a week ago. Darwin Carpet Python, Morelia spilota variegata, also a juvenile. Although the most common python here, you don't see them moving around all that much. They mainly seem to pick a spot to hang in and stay there for the day, sometimes two days.

Hows the temperament of these two species?

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tropicbreeze
11 hours ago, amh said:

 

Hows the temperament of these two species?

I've never kept either species but the Darwin Carpets in the wild seem pretty placid, not disturbed by the presence of people. I understand they're fairly popular in captivity and I've never heard of problems with them.

The Childrens seem very defensive in the wild, and very tempermental. The only time I've been really bitten by a snake was one of these I got out of an airconditioning unit. But it was small enough to not cause any real damage. I know people who have kept them and they say provided you handle them regularly they are really good natured.

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steve99

Just spotted this wallaby in my backyard.  I reckon there is a joey in there!

 

 

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Looking Glass
27 minutes ago, steve99 said:

Just spotted this wallaby in my backyard.  I reckon there is a joey in there!

 

 

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This thing has the look of a serial killer....  do not try to pet it!  

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Palmensammler
8 hours ago, steve99 said:

Just spotted this wallaby in my backyard.  I reckon there is a joey in there!

 

 

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Reminds me of "High Noon", it's waiting.....

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Silas_Sancona

A couple more of our local Lizards seen up at Boyce Thompson yesterday.  1st species is more common than the second and sometimes shows up in gardens around the valley. Specimen is a dominant male ( More Orange in the Throat / head, more territorial )

Common Side Blotched Lizard, Uta stansburiana:
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While the 2nd sp. isn't as common on the valley floor, it is quite common just beyond the heart of suburbia where ever there are lots of rocks. Range extends almost to California, and well east thru Texas, and into Mexico. It is also one of the region's most colorful 4 legged reptiles and is one i have wanted to photograph for some time. Luckily, since they both cooperated, lol, i was able to capture pictures of both a Male ( Pictures 1-2. More colorful back, obvious black / dark blue " Stripes " on the underside/ Belly ) and Female specimen ( Pictures 3-5. Stripes on the side / belly nearly absent, less overall color ). Pretty good shots for my first go photographing the species. Eventually plan on keeping a couple pairs.

Greater Earless Lizard, Cophosaurus texanus:

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