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Germany Herping: In search of the Emerald Lizard

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Auf Smaragdeidechsen Jagd My friend and fellow herper Markus Bühler told me about an rare population of Green Lizards that we should search for the next time I visit Germany. It’s an isolated population that was introduced in Wurmlingen, near the town of Tübingen. Markus is an accomplished amateur biologist…

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Arizona Herping: Carrot-tailed Chuckwallas in Phoenix

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While hiking in Phoenix’ South Mountain Park, I heard a terrified scream come from two jogger girls on the trail ahead. Normally girls scream at things that I love to photograph, so I ran up ahead, thinking perhaps it was a rattlesnake. I couldn’t help but laugh when I saw…

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The Vinegaroon: A Salad with Frankenstein

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The Giant Whip Scorpion is an Arachnid, but is only distantly related to true Scorpions. It has neither a venomous sting or bite. It has 4 sets of legs, but the front legs have developed into extremely long, rotating antennae. The Vinageroon hunts arthropods including Crickets, Cockroaches and smaller Scorpions….

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