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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!
Totally not sure what my opinion on this is… it seems kind of mean, but at the same time amusing enough that I want to try it out with my lizards to see what the reaction is among species (supplementing with real treats in between rounds). Although I don’t think its ideal to have lizard saliva all over your expensive electronic gadgets.
Chameleons are awesome.
Gekko gecko aka Tokay Gecko has a wide range that encompasses most of Asia
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I <3 bluey tongues
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And… the last of my group that arrived today:
Tokay Gecko (3/3) female
This gal refused to leave her empty food bowl while I took the picture, she’s since attached herself to the wall.
Also needs a name :)
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Tokay Gecko (2/3) female
She’s a little darker than the other female (stressed), but I got her positioned behind her plants so she could calm down… unfortunately that means I have a bad picture of her… I’ll need to get another one once she’s a better color. :)
She also doesn’t have a name yet.
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Tokay 1/3 (male)
This guy is feisty! barking and threatening to bite immediately out of the bag and exploring his 10 gallon quarantine cage immediately.
The whole trio needs names… food themed and with the same letter, a bit more challenging since they’re all blue and orange.
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