Red-Black Striped Snake
Photo credit: ©Konrad Mebert | Locality: Banalia-Longala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)
For refuge, gopher tortoises dig burrows which average 5 to 10 ft in depth and may be 10 to 20 feet—or more—in length. A number of other species may share gopher tortoise burrows, including the eastern indigo snake, the eastern diamondback rattlesnake, the black pine snake,and the gopher frog, as well as several small mammals.
The range of the gopher tortoise extends along the coastal plain from South Carolina through Florida to southeastern Louisiana.
The gopher tortoise most often lives on well-drained sandy soils in transitional (forest and grassy) areas. It is commonly associated with a pine overstory and an open understory with a grass and forb (non-woody) groundcover and sunny areas for nesting. Gopher tortoises can also sometimes be found in more marginal habitat such as roadsides, ditch banks, utility and pipeline rights-of-way, pastures, and even marginal wetland habitat, especially if their preferred habit at has been lost.
The gopher tortoise is Federally listed as threatened across the western portion of its range. This area extends west from the Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers in Alabama across Mississippi and into Southeastern Louisiana.
(via: Alabama Ecological Services Office - USFWS)
photos: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For full details and extensive discussion, see Schleip 2014 Journal of Herpetology 42:645–667.
Focal Length: 24mm
Western Pond Turtle Moves Toward Endangered Species Act Protection
Turtle Battling Steep Declines in California, Oregon, Washington
(read more: Center for Biological Diversity)
photograph by California department of water resources
photographs by Dick Bartlett
Strange-horned Chameleon - Kinyongia xenorhina
Photo credit: ©Emmanuel Van Heygen | Locality: Uganda (2005)
Malayan Green Whip Snake - Ahaetulla mycterizans
Photo credit: ©budak | Local ity: Singapore (2009)
Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis)
Image: George Chernilevsky
Asked by typhlonectes
3 months later I think to check my inbox and I find this message … super sorry Paxon! v_v
Varanus kingorum or King’s Rock Monitor at a few days old.
Bred and photographed by Rare Earth Inc
- ectothermy, controlling body temperature through external metabolic processes, such as by basking in the sun
- poikilothermy, the ability of an organism to function over a wide internal temperature range
- bradymetabolism, the ability to greatly alter metabolic rate in response to need; for example, animals that hibernate
“Patient Zero” Update:
There are quite a few eggs incubating at this time. It is most likely not recessive… unless the odds have been really awful. With crested geckos, Mendelian genetics are most likely not applicable…
I discussed this with Matt and we are both thinking that stacking alleles and hardening them over generations, will give the best odds at hitting a visual expression.
It looks like a great year of egg production, so… fingers crossed!