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Saunders
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Trans Pecos Herping.

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Well, here is my report from my recent West Texas Trip.
Enjoy (in no particular order).
Couches Spadefoot #1
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Texas Horned Lizard #1
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Sonoran Gopher Snake
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Prairie Rattlesnake
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Trans pecos Spotted whiptail
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Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail
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Texas Spotted Whiptail
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Texas Horned Lizard #2
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Prairie Lizard #1
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Prairie Lizard #2
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Lesser Earless Lizard
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Ben photographing said Earless lizard.
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Mexican Hognose!
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Atrox #1
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Texas Nightsnake
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Blacktail Rattlesnake
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Texas toad
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Atrox #2
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Wild Baby Jabba the Hutt.
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Couches Spadefoot #2 (The ugly one!)
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Green Toad
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Love the hog.

Do you have any back shots of your whiptails/racerunners? Your first one looks like a Aspidoscelis inornata heptagramma (Trans-Pecos Striped Whiptail), but hard to tell. Your second is a Aspidoscelis exsanguis (Chihuahuan Spotted Whiptail). The 3rd one is not a checkered whiptail but I'm not sure what it is without a dorsal shot.

Glenn

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Yea you are right.
I copied this post from when I posted it on another forum a week ago.
I'll go back and change it.

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I have a dorsal and ventral shot of that third whiptail. It is a Texas Spotted Whiptail Aspidoscelis gularis gularis. I do not believe that Chihuahuans can have that dark purple/black blotch on their chest. Please correct me if I am wrong, I am no expert in the Apsidoscelis realm.

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3rd one does appear to be gularis.

For comparison purposes...
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I liked seeing the whips as well... and love Sonoran gophers! cool post... jim

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CTravis wrote:I have a dorsal and ventral shot of that third whiptail. It is a Texas Spotted Whiptail Aspidoscelis gularis gularis. I do not believe that Chihuahuans can have that dark purple/black blotch on their chest. Please correct me if I am wrong, I am no expert in the Apsidoscelis realm.

Yes the 3rd one does appear to be gularis based on the color on the gular area. I was wanting to see a dorsal shot to see some of the spots to be 100%. Yes, exsanguis does not have the darkened gular area. Not knowing locations, I was wanting to make sure that it was not neomexicana . I've seen a neomexicana with a birth defect that caused abnormal darkening on the ventral surface.

Glenn

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Gotta ask, what is that thing he's holding next to his camera?
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Great pics! Congratulations on the live kennerlyi! :thumb:
You did well, especially for such a dry year. Thanks for sharing your experience.

Casey

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monklet wrote:Gotta ask, what is that thing he's holding next to his camera?
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We incorporated dirt cheap butterfly nets from the dollar store to aid in catching whiptails.
They were semi effective.

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Great Atrox shots. Also, my favorites were all the beautiful toads and that darn awesome Hognose. Thanks man. sdm.

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Nicely done, Boys!

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Great shots guys! We certainly did better than expected on that trip, eh? Love the spadefoot pic.

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Thanks guys, and yea Brad, that rain saved our butts.

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pretty cool! mexi-hog, yeah!

-Mike

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