I'm on my annual migration to take the kid to visit his grandparents on Vancouver Island. Part of that tradition is tight timelines and me and me trying to locate a few herps within them. We're going to be taking the I-90 through Washington and Idaho back to Saskatchewan. We'll only have a couple days to do it so I was hoping to look for something plentiful but novel. Because of that I was thinking Phrynosoma douglasii. It's a species I've never seen and from what I can figure out they are present along the I-90 corridor. Does anyone have any specific advice for this species in Washington?
I find P. hernandesi regularly (in good habitat usually about 1 an hour) in Saskie and this time of year they are particularly common with all the neonates (though I heard the reproductive output is lower for P. douglasii). From what I've read they seem pretty similar in their preferences. I usually find them on the edges of open substrate (usually flaked shale) and around alluvial fans. They tend to be associated with umbrella plant (Eriogonum), rabbibrush (Ericameria) and other pedastled plants. Are these the type of habitat you guys usually see P. douglasii in?
Any advice would be most helpful. If you have suggestions for other Washington and Idaho species I'd love to hear them at well. Whatever I find will make it into my trip report.
Thanks in advance,
Here's a nice big female P. hernandesi.Phrynosoma hernandesi
by N Cairns
, on Flickr