Red-spotted Toad

Red-spotted Toad                                                                                                           ©R.C. Clark: Dancing Snake Nature Photography                                                              All rights reserved

“don’t call me chicken!”

“don’t call me chicken!” – When I photographed this turtle at a pond in Tucson, I had no idea what species it was, so I sent the pic to a Herpetologist friend. He says this is called a Chicken Turtle (Deirochelys reticularia), which is a uncommon species of pond turtle found in Southeastern U.S. According to Wikipedia – The name “chicken” turtle refers to the taste of their meat, which used to be popular in southern markets. However, many Friends of the page say it’s a Yellow-bellied Slider. I think you are probably right, but I have my Herpetologist friend re-looking at this pic just to make sure.
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Mexican Hognose Snake

Mexican Hognose Snake – I love the attitude of this species! Hognose Snakes are mildly, rear-fanged venomous which they use to subdue their staple food source, frogs. Although they will repeatedly hiss and strike, they (at least in my experience) will rarely bite. So sit back and enjoy the show.
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Slevins Bunchgrass Lizard

Slevins bunchgrass lizard – This is a rare, pattern-less specimen which only accounts for about 10% of the population. I photographed this animal in a higher elevation, and in an area where bunchgrass was in abundance.
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Portal, AZ.