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Recent AZ trip with some ID requests

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This year we finally took our southeastern AZ trip. We have had one planned several times but something always came up, ie lack of funds, death in the family etc. We finally made it!

Our first day we drove down partway to one of our spots in NM to cruise for subocs and trimorphodon. All we turned up was a few of these:
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Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

We hit our hotel and woke up around 3:00am and hit the road. We actually cruised an atrox at 4:00am in NM, but I can't find a picture of it, pretty sure I took one, no idea what happened to it...We stopped in Lordsburg for gas and breakfast and then headed towards Rodeo. We found this on the way there:
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Desert Box Turtle (Terrapene ornata luteola)

We headed into the Chiris and it was too cold for anything to be out, so we headed over to the Chiricahua Desert Museum to check it out:
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We had to pose the kids on this statue. Charlie Painter helped to make this and we felt we needed to visit it to honor his memory as he was a good friend to us and herps alike :thumb:

We took a walk through the museum and through the gardens:
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Desert Tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)

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Eastern Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)

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Wandering Gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans vagrans)

After the museum we decided to head to Tucson, we will need to hit the Chiris another time, the one thing I regret about this tip was trying to do too much! We stopped at a rest area along I-10 and I found this whiptail:
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Desert Grassland Whiptail (Aspidoscelis uniparens)

We arrived at our hotel and went swimming and then headed out to see Terry Cox's yard. He had a very beautiful and well taken care of yard. We were very impressed! It was still quite warm, so we only saw a few lizards, this was the only one I got a photo of:
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Eastern Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides ventralis)

We then commenced our first night of SE AZ road cruising! All we found was this beauty:
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Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
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The next morning we got up and met with a friend who wishes to remain anonymous to do some hiking. On the road to meet our friend, we found these:
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bird - anyone have an ID? Flicker?

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Sonoran Desert Toad (Ollotis alvaria)

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Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
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We arrived at our destination and began our search:

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Zebratail? Earless?

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Butterfly

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Canyon Treefrog (Hyla arenicolor)

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Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus)
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Stripe-tailed Scorpion

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Another whiptail, looks like uniparens

We were headed back to the car and found this stock pond and saw three turtles out basking, two dove before I got this shot and then it dove as well after a bit:
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Sonoran Mud Turtle (Kinosternon sonoriense)

Found this lizard at the parking area:
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Schott's Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus schottii)

We met went back to the hotel and showered and beat the over 100 degree heat by going to see the Minions movie and made Chloe really happy. We grabbed a bite to eat and then met up with another friend for some cruising. We got a dor atrox and a Desert toad that got off the road by the time we turned around and saw a Banded Gecko jet off the road, but otherwise, got skunked. When we dropped our friend off at his house we searched his yard and found these:
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Turkish House Gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus turcicus)
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Purple-backed Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister magister)

We got up early the next morning and met him again to look for some lizards:
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Regal Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma solare)
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We went to church and found this tree lizard in front of the church:
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After church we went back to the hotel and checked out and head up to Chandler to visit some friends. Saw this biggun' on the way:
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We left there and drove up through the mountains to the Thatcher area and cruised that night and turned up this atrox:
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We called it a night and headed to bed. We got up in the morning and walked up a couple lizards:
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ID?
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Southwestern Fence Lizard (Sceloporus cowlesi)

We then began our drive back home. We stopped at a picnic area after crossing the state line to change diapers and found this uniparens crawling around:
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We pressed on and stopped at a fish hatchery and saw these:
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American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus)
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Tree Lizard

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Wandering Garter

We headed out again and I spotted this from the road:
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Fence Lizard

Well, that's it! We thoroughly enjoyed our trip and will definitely make more trips out there! Thanks for looking!

Josh

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Re: Recent AZ trip with some ID requests

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Looks like a good trip. I'll agree one of the biggest mistakes you make on a trip like that is trying to do too much. Was that first atrox as found? Chris Anderson and I found one coiled in ambush on the shoulder of that same road many years back and had one of the best nights road cruising I've ever had. We didn't find any other snakes, but had a blast acquiring and feeding K-rats to the diamondback.
The next morning we got up and met with a friend who wishes to remain anonymous to do some hiking. On the road to meet our friend, we found these:
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Nominate this photo for Picture of the Week

bird - anyone have an ID? Flicker?
Yes, flicker.
We called it a night and headed to bed. We got up in the morning and walked up a couple lizards:
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Nominate this photo for Picture of the Week

ID?
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Aspidoscelis tigris
We arrived at our destination and began our search:

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Nominate this photo for Picture of the Week

Zebratail? Earless?
Its hard to tell from the picture and you didn't say where you were, but based on the habitat in the picture I would say this is Holbrookia elegans. It is definitely not Callisaurus.

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Re: Recent AZ trip with some ID requests

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Cool stuff! The woodpecker actually isn't a flicker, it is a Gila Woodpecker.

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Re: Recent AZ trip with some ID requests

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Cool trip! The bird is a Gila Woodpecker, and the butterfly is a Pipevine Swallowtail.

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