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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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Coachwhip Snake hypnotizes man, takes wallet

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Coachwhips are startling snakes to encounter. They move wildly like a ribbon blowing in the wind. They have a sculpted, shiny appearance as if made from plastic. Their bright pink and orange coloration, though beautiful, seems synthetic. Their brow slants down, giving them an angry scowl, which is fitting of…

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Collared Lizards in Colorado, Reptile Photography

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While Colorado isn’t among the most herpetologically diverse states, it does harbor one of the most beautiful and behaviorally interesting lizards in the world, the Common Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris). Collared Lizards have a surprisingly vast range across the southern half of the United States from Missouri to California. Habitats…

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