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(photo by Gary Nafis of Californiaherps.com)
This is my newly decided upon study species for my masters program!
The Panamint alligator lizard (Elgaria panamintina) is a species much neglected by science… with less than 10 total publications (approximately 5-6) with all over 15 years old and most being incidental observations about the species (most of the papers are from the 50s/60s shortly after the species was discovered, and extremely difficult to get access to). Yet, this species is a state species of special concern and is considered sensitive by the federal agencies who have this lizard on their land. No one knows what the status is of this species, its abundance… or really anything about it. Just about everything I find will be new to science.
I had been planning on working with rattlesnakes… but there aren’t really any management questions about them that haven’t been addressed, and I wanted to do useful research which would directly benefit the species in question by helping land managers work to protect them… thus I switched gears to this awesome animal. Plus there’s someone in the lab working with Crotalus… so I’ll probably tag along and still get to help with some rattler work.
I’ll also be working with my local alligator lizards to test techniques and theories… (and get research on them… not much is out there about them either) so expect a whole lot of alligator lizard pictures to pop up on here soon!
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I realize I haven’t been that active lately (boo), but with the herping field season coming up I’ll be sharing a lot more and posting more pictures/reblogs/etc.
Also, I must admit I’ve been quite distracted as of late… I’ve started gardening to feed my lizards (and me, but mostly them) and I’m finalizing my time here at UC Davis and preparing for grad school.
I’ve started a new tumblr so I can track my gardening adventures:
You should follow it too, because its all about me being crazy trying to grow most of my own food, most of my animal’s food (other than the snakes and dog) while being as eco-conscious as possible. I have no experience with gardening so it’ll be quite the adventure.
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The first wild rattlesnake I ever encountered- on a field trip with my herpetology class several years ago. Completely changed my perspective on the world and sent me into the field of herpetology.
Speckled Rattlesnake ( C. mitchellii)
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2004, in Kuwait, photo by: Jeffery Davis
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I can’t believe I’m having a debate with a reptile “rescue” over the necessity of quarantine.
I also can’t believe that he’s willing to ignore quarantine just so he can breed a boa (that hes ‘fostering’, he wants the eggs before he has to return the girl) and risk IBD (he posted a picture of his snake stargazing and didn’t realize/care that that was what was happening).
Honestly- people like him are the reason why the reptile community needs to be regulated.
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Have you seen this snake? (South Florida rainbow snake (Farancia erytrogramma seminola))
If so there’s a $500 reward and herpetological fame in store for you.
“Many herpetologists think the snake is still out there, waiting to be rediscovered.
It might not be an easy task, says Cameron Young, founder and executive director of the Center for Snake Conservation. “Rainbow snakes are fully aquatic and active mostly at night,” he adds. “They’re not something people would just come across. You need to go out of your way to find them or just be extremely lucky.”
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