More from the Tejon Ranch 4/17/11

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More from the Tejon Ranch 4/17/11

Post by HerperBrewer » April 18th, 2011, 6:26 am

I know that Jason already posted some shots from this trip, so I'll try not to put any repeats up.

We started out with a pair of mating Crote intergrades, and here is the male with everted hemipenes.
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The Uta lizards were very pretty in their mating colors.
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There were tons of poppies in bloom.
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We found Pronghorn at the beginning of the day, and then later we saw this group of wild pigs.
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and a fallen comrade...
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Finally, I found this Crote tucked into a rock crevice on a hillside - the colors are nice and light like you would expect from an oreganus but it would be unlikely to be anything but an intergrade.
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After finding that crote, I called some guys up to try and help me fish him out. Upon arrival, Todd goes and says "Watch out guys, there could be more of them in these - " Before finishing his sentence, he promptly showed us two more under a rock not more than five feet from this original guy's shelter.

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Post by todd battey » April 18th, 2011, 3:33 pm

Mark,

Nice shots. I hope you get a chance to enter those animals into the NAFHA HERP database, especially that last rattler that no one else photophraphed. I would enter as C. o. oreganus and you could mention in the comments section that some in the area looked like helleri intergrades. If you need a coordinate, drop me a PM.

It was a pretty good trip despite the wind.

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Post by hellihooks » April 18th, 2011, 3:44 pm

Just so we don't get doubled up... I'm entering the first pair... I did manage to get a couple crappy voucher shots before the papparazzi ensued... :lol: :lol: :lol: jim

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Post by HerperBrewer » April 18th, 2011, 4:26 pm

Yeah those first two are definitely yours. I will enter the data for the one that I pictured in that crevice, and I guess the other two were Todd's.

That paparazzi sure was something, wasn't it!

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Post by Judson » April 18th, 2011, 4:54 pm

Was a great outing, looking forward to the next one!

I'll enter in my boar's head and Scelops!

-Isaac

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Post by monklet » April 18th, 2011, 7:46 pm

This is one awesome pic but, glad mine doesn't look like that. btw, how the heck do they make that work anyway?
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That dark crown looks really oreganus to me ...is that a "mark"?

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Post by Jason Mintzer » April 18th, 2011, 11:04 pm

Great meeting you Mark and nice pics. :beer:

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Post by HerperBrewer » April 19th, 2011, 8:09 pm

This is one awesome pic but, glad mine doesn't look like that. btw, how the heck do they make that work anyway?
Thank you, and yeah I'm with you. I have read that when mating, snakes will only use one hemipenis at a time, so it is interesting that they are both everted. Pretty cool looking nonetheless.

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