Category Archives: Reptiles

Zebra-tailed Lizard

The zebra-tailed lizard (Callisaurus draconoides) gets its common name from its long, flat tail with white and black crossbars. When alarmed this fast runner will often curl its tail upwards, exposing the black and white bars, and will also wag … Continue reading

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Snake Skin

Ecdysis is the shedding our molting of scales in reptiles. Snake scales are extensions of the epidermis or outer layer of skin. When a snake is ready to molt it stops eating and hides or moves to a safe place. … Continue reading

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Western Pond Turtle Eggs

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Even though I caught and kept a newt in a small terrarium for several years when I was growing up in Western Pennsylvania, I am not particularly interested in reptiles and amphibians and thus do not know much about them. … Continue reading

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Garter Snake Labials

I am not a big reptile person and usually ignore them. However a couple days ago Leonard and I were walking in Ash Creek Wildlife Area near Lookout CA (Modoc County) when we came upon this western terrestrial garter snake … Continue reading

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Northwestern Fence Lizard

For years, six subspecies of western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)  were recognized, mostly separated geographically. Currently, western fence lizards are being extensively studied. As a result of new DNA work it is expected that the taxonomy of S. occidentalis will … Continue reading

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