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Agama agama - Red-headed Agama

Agama agama - Red-headed Agama

These were pretty common around the bungalows at Meru National Park. It's not everyday you see a lizard with a red head and blue body.


Agkistrodon piscivorus - Cottonmouth

Agkistrodon piscivorus - Cottonmouth

There was a running debate that went on the entire time I was taking photos of this snake.
Friend: "Will, don't get so close, its a Cottonmouth" Me: "No it isn't, I'd know if it was a Cottomouth" This went on back and forth for about 10 minutes. Later, it was determined that my friends were right. I was 3 feet away from a Cottonmouth, bending down to get a better angle on it. Now, this might strike some as stupid, and I'd have to agree with them. Luckily I wasn't in too much danger, Cottomouths will make you sick, but they have none of the destructive charm of other vipers, such as the Rattlesnake.


Alligator mississippiensis - American Alligator

Alligator mississippiensis - American Alligator

This was about a 12 foot alligator, which is about as big as they get. He was sunning himself on the bank of a waterway


Anolis sagrei - Brown Anole

Anolis sagrei - Brown Anole

This species is a bit more robust than the Green Anole and has a very distinctive sort of crest starting on the back of its head and moving down its back. I managed to shoot this while it had its throat pouch extended.


Apalone sp - Soft-shelled Turtle

Apalone sp - Soft-shelled Turtle

Found this odd turtle at Big Cypress in southern Florida. The head shape and odd nose mark it as a soft-shell.


Aspidoscelis tigris munda - California Whiptail

Aspidoscelis tigris munda - California Whiptail

Sawe several of these large lizards (1'+ nose to tail) on Mount Diablo. This was the only one that stopped long enough for a quick photo shoot. It's a really pretty species


Batrachoseps attenulatus - California Slender Salamander

Batrachoseps attenulatus - California Slender Salamander

Salamanders are great, though this species is pretty plain. It's pretty easy to find them under moist logs.

Family Salamandridae


Bufo quercius - Oak Toad

Bufo quercius - Oak Toad

Found this tiny toad wandering across the path at Johnathan Dickinson State Park. It was pretty easy to identify with that thick stripe down the back.


Bufo terrestris - Southern Toad

Bufo terrestris - Southern Toad

Almost stepped on this large toad. It's much much larger than the tiny Oak Toads that were hopping around nearby


Chameleo jacksoni - Jackson's Chameleon

Chameleo jacksoni - Jackson's Chameleon

I was so excited to get to see a Chameleon when we went to Africa, and they are just as cool as I was hoping. This one didn't change color as it was crossing the dirt path, which would have been really cool, but it's cool enough for me.


Chelydra serpentina - Snapping Turtle

Chelydra serpentina - Snapping Turtle

I don't know what this monster of a snapping turtle was doing laying in the middle of the road, it must have been a foot and a half across, I dunno how much that would make it weigh, it's not as if I was going to try and pick it up. I enjoy my fingers and hand where they are, thank you very much.


Chrysemy picta belli - Western Painted Turtle

Chrysemy picta belli - Western Painted Turtle

This is the Western subspecies of the Painted Turtle.


Cnemidophorus sexilineatus sexilineatus - Six-lined Racerunner

Cnemidophorus sexilineatus sexilineatus - Six-lined Racerunner

This quick footed lizard stayed put just long enough to shoot one or two photos.


Crodylus nilotica - Nile Crocodile

Crodylus nilotica - Nile Crocodile

These are 100% pure predator. This Crocodile must have been over 16ft long and would've eaten me in one bite. We were 150 feet away and I was glad I wasn't closer!


Crotalus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

Here's a close-up of this feisty rattler. His eyes are eerie.


Crotalus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotalus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

This 3 foot rattlesnake was very unhappy with us, but still allowed some photos to be taken. Notice the 's' shape that it's coiled into. This means come closer and I'll bite you


Crotaulus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

Crotaulus viridis viridis - Prairie Rattlesnake

I nearly stepped on this rattle snake as I was birding at Middle Spring in Morton Co, KS. As you can see in this photo, it was ready to strike at any moment.

This was taken with a telephoto, btw.


Diadophis punctatus  - Ring-necked Snake

Diadophis punctatus - Ring-necked Snake

These small snakes can be found under rocks and logs, normally they move pretty quick when uncovered, but this one was sluggish from the cold.


Elaphe guttata emoryi - Great Plains Rat Snake

Elaphe guttata emoryi - Great Plains Rat Snake

I'm guessing that I took this picture of a harmless Corn Snake somewhere in Kansas, but I'm really not sure.


Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta - Black Rat Snake

Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta - Black Rat Snake

Found this 5' Rat Snale hanging out by the Bee Hives on campus.. I managed to take this before the point where I was stung on top of my head.


Elgaria multicarinita - Southern Alligator-Lizard

Elgaria multicarinita - Southern Alligator-Lizard

These are a special kind of lizard known as Alligator Lizards, due to their sort-of-kind-of-a-little-bit similarity to Alligators. They are in the Family Anguidae.


Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica - Yellow-eyed Ensatina

Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica - Yellow-eyed Ensatina

Here's a neat little salamander, though it might have been elevated to its own species now.


Gopherus polyphemus - Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus - Gopher Tortoise

I interrupted him during lunch


Gopherus polyphemus - Gopher Tortoise

Gopherus polyphemus - Gopher Tortoise

A Florida endemic in pinewood flatlands. It's one of two species of Tortoise in the US, the second one lives in Texas. Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes often make use of their burrows, so if you see the one, be on the lookout for the other.


Hemidactylus turcius - Mediterranean Gekko

Hemidactylus turcius - Mediterranean Gekko

Gekkos are pretty cool, and until I saw this one I didn't know they even lived in the Mediterranean area.


Hyla femoralis - Pinewoods Treefrog

Hyla femoralis - Pinewoods Treefrog

Found under some park in pine forest next to cypress forest, exactly the right habitat. Markings also match well to Petersons's Reptiles


Hyla regilla - Pacific Treefrog

Hyla regilla - Pacific Treefrog

I actually was looking for bugs when I turned over this rock and found a diminutive treefrog staring back at me. These seem to be pretty common around where I live.


Hyla squirella - Squirell Tree Frog

Hyla squirella - Squirell Tree Frog

This is a very cute little frog, with a green and a gray color morph. This one is of the gray variety and was sitting on a plametto next to a swamp in Osceola National Forest


Hyla versicolor complex - 'Grey Treefrog'

Hyla versicolor complex - 'Grey Treefrog'

This is a member of a species complex only separable by voice. The color ranges from plain gray to bright green. They are tiny and adorable, this wasn't much bigger than an inch and a half!


Lampropeltis getula holbrooki - Speckled Kingsnake

Lampropeltis getula holbrooki - Speckled Kingsnake

Like most "kingsnakes" this is actually a subspecies of the Eastern Kingsnake. This is one of the most distinguished subspecies with its beautiful spotting. Found this at the Kansas-Oklahoma border while looking for birds.


Notopthalmus viridescens - Red Eft

Notopthalmus viridescens - Red Eft

These remain my all-time favorite species of salamander. Found this out in the woods where we were surveying trees for one of my classes.


Plethodon cinereus - Red-backed Salamander

Plethodon cinereus - Red-backed Salamander

With the rather large variety of salamanders around Ithaca, this was by far the most common that I would find.


Pseudemys floridana penninsularis - Penninsular Cooter

Pseudemys floridana penninsularis - Penninsular Cooter

This large turtle is the penninsularis subspecies of the Pseudemys floridana


Rana catesbelana - Bullfrog

Rana catesbelana - Bullfrog

The classic Bullfrog. Don't really know what else to say.

Family Ranidae


Sceloporus occidentali - Western Fence-Lizard

Sceloporus occidentali - Western Fence-Lizard

These are the most common lizards you'll see in the area of California where I live. They're almost everywhere, though usually more skittish than this one was.


Taricha ganulosa granulosa - Rough-skinned Newt

Taricha ganulosa granulosa - Rough-skinned Newt

This is the fattest salamander I've ever seen, though I suppose that's not saying too much.


Terrapene carolina triunguis - Three-toed Box Turtle

Terrapene carolina triunguis - Three-toed Box Turtle

This is a subspecies of Eastern Box Turtle that is found in my neck of the woods here in Kansas.


Terrapene ornata ornata - Ornate Box Turtle

Terrapene ornata ornata - Ornate Box Turtle

This is the state reptile of Kansas


Thamnophis sauritus sackenii - Penisula Ribbon Snake

Thamnophis sauritus sackenii - Penisula Ribbon Snake

This is a cute little ribbon snake that is found on the Florida Peninsula. This individual was in a tree in some xeric scrub north of Lake Okechobee


Thamnophis sirtalis - Eastern Garter Snake

Thamnophis sirtalis - Eastern Garter Snake

Most commonly run-across snake in the Eastern US is this, the Garter Snake.


Trachemys scripta - Red-eared Slider

Trachemys scripta - Red-eared Slider

This turtle was not just below the surface, in face, it was four feet or so underwater. It was found in a freshwater spring in Ocala National Forest, and had the clearest water I have ever seen. My camera was able to auto-focus through it, which is nothing short of amazing. The turtle itself is a very common species in the South, but still cute.


Varanus niloticus - Nile Monitor Lizard

Varanus niloticus - Nile Monitor Lizard

This is a member of the family of lizards containing the giagantic Kamodo Dragon, the largest lizard on Earth, and the second biggest reptile in general next to Nile and Saltwater Crocodiles. This Nile Monitor was no tiny creature either. It must have been about 3.5-4 feet or more.