I've been busy tweeting some of our activities, but need a place to show you some of the photos of the class at work and the animals we are finding. So here ya go.
A handsome Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosaurus texanus):
Dr. Carol Simon gives a seminar on the natural history of the Chiricahua Mountains:
My main man Dr. Steve Mullin describing the sexual differences between kingsnakes:
Here is a group of endangered Chiricahua Leopard Frogs (Lithobates chiricaheunsis):
Here is Matt Holding demonstrating to the field herpetology students and local residents how scientists safely transport and restrain venomous snakes:
Dr. Emily Taylor and Matt Holding implant a radio transmitter in a Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus):
My favorite rattlesnake: The Rock Rattlesnake (C. lepidus)!
A really nice find from night driving was a pair of Desert Kingsnakes (Lampropeltis splendida). She was no doubt cruising around looking for a nice rattlesnake meal.
One of our first field trips was to Granite Gap, an area in Arizona know for having both a beautiful community of cactus and a thriving population of Gila Monsters (Heloderma suspectum).
And here is the star of the show. Worth all of the heavy hiking, for sure.