Category Archives: Reptiles and Amphibians

Blog posts that describe behaviors or contain nature photographs of reptiles and amphibians.

My, What Big Claws You Have!




During my frequent kayak trips in my area, I almost always come across Red-eared Sliders (Chrysemys scripta elegans), either sunning on a downed log in the creek, or poking their heads out of the water to take a look at me. Normally, it is a bit difficult to approach them as they sun, but sitting […]

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Live and Learn (Snake Images)




From my archived images, I found some images that I have not previously posted. Not long after moving to my rural Missouri home, I began seeing Eastern Bluebirds on the property. Subsequently, I fabricated several bluebird houses and set them up all around my 9.5 acres. The next spring, as I walked the landscape, I […]

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A Little Bull For You!




I was quite surprised to find this half-grown Bullsnake (Pituophis melanoleucus) sunning on the gravel road of Quivira NWR when I visited there in mid-November. After all, the temperatures were only about 50F and these are cold-blooded creatures. These reptiles can grow to about 6-feet long … this one was about 3-feet long. Bullsnakes are […]

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Don’t Mess With Me!




Back in May, I visited nearby Marais des Cygnes Wildlife Area, in eastern Kansas. As I drove around a large pool of water, I came upon a large Snapping Turtle that was crossing the road. I quickly pulled over and got out to capture a few images of this large reptile: These guys can get […]

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Turquoise Treasure




Another interesting inhabitant of the Wichita Mountains (southwest Oklahoma) is the Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). During my recent visit, I saw several male lizards, but no females. Makes me think the females may be busy nesting right now. These creatures are cold-blooded, staying in their dens on colder days. During my visit, it was […]

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Just a Bit Shy




During my recent visit to the Wichita Mountains NWR in southwest Oklahoma, I was driving one of the refuge roads when a Greater Roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus) ran across the road in front of me. As I stopped the vehicle to grab some images, the bird made a dashing run into the brush. Fortunately, I rolled […]

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A Snapping Personality




First, I’d like to thank everyone for the kind mentions, comments and “Follows” on Twitter and Facebook during my recent absence. I have just returned from an art show in Springfield, Missouri. Had lots of fun, but it got awfully hot … temperatures on Sunday reached 94F, with full sun … gee, I’m not really […]

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Whoa, Watch Your Step!




While in Florida, we had a unique opportunity to attend a “Raptorfest” at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, a local nature preserve in St. Petersburg. It was a wonderful experience to see some awesome raptors, up close and personal, as well as some flight demonstrations. I was especially awed in watching a Peregrine Falcon speed demonstration […]

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Fun Friday: Ribbitt




On warmer days, I’m beginning to hear a chorus of frogs from our pond behind the house. Reminds me of the time I kayaked up to a large lily pad with a frog hidden inside: Patiently awaiting when I can once again kayak among the lily pads and experience some more wonderful surprises! By the […]

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“Daddy Sing Bass …”




… Mama sing tenor”. I think that’s how an old Johnny Cash/June Carter-Cash song started out. What does that have to do with this post? Really nothing, except for the deep, bass-like sound of the bull alligator! While photographing in the Myakka River State Park area one evening, I was photographing from the north side […]

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