The mighty Argus Monitor! Perhaps better known these days as the Yellow-spotted or Floodplain Monitor, the Latin name; Varanus panoptes, is directly related to the common name Argus, for ‘Argus Panoptes’ the many-eyed Giant from Greek Mythology. The Giant, Argus Panoptes, was a servant of the goddess Hērā and after he was slain, Hērā commemorated him in the tail of the peacock, “the many eyes of Argus”. And so we also see The Eyes of Argus in the yellow spots of the Argus Monitor... These guys can also stand on their hind legs using their tail as a brace to scan their surroundings! What a cool lizard! I’d always wanted to see one, but sadly over the years they were decimated by Cane Toads. Hopefully they will make a comeback 🙏 near Windjana Gorge western Kimberley WA
Prickly Knob-tailed Gecko
Australia certainly has some unique geckos but not many are as unique as the Knob-tailed Geckos (Nephrurus). This Prickly Knob-tailed Gecko is one of the more common species of Nephrurs and can be found throughout the majority of Queensland, this particular animal was found on a recent tour in Central Queensland.
Little stunner of a River Cooter found today while fishing with the boys. The shell on this specimen is all cooter but the yellow along the jaw line and leg striping is reminiscent of a Yellow-Bellied Slider. The high ridge carapace is also rather unique for a cooter. Or maybe it isn’t. I’m by no means an expert. Would love to hear in comments if this brilliant yellow coloring is actually more of a common look among river cooters than I realize. Either way - a delightful little joker to photograph. ———————————————————————————
I was hoping to see a large adult Mexican Jumping Viper (Atropoides mexicanas) but this little juvie was pretty awesome. They are stocky vipers with huge heads. With @andresnovales_wildlife @intothemojave
This isn’t the snake we were searching for on this particular hike, but it was a pretty sweet consolation prize! A very large and beautiful Hognosed Pit Viper.
Porthidium nasutum. Guatemala 2018. With @devinbergquist and @andresnovales_wildlife
It’s a beautiful day here at South Table Mountain! Today we will be tracking 5 different Prairie Rattlesnakes, as well as searching for a few more to put transmitters in. If you see us out here, We are always happy to talk and answer questions!
So Friday I was digging back into some really old photos when I used a point and shoot camera. The fun thing about those cameras is you could take shots from all sorts of odd perspectives without much effort. In the last post it’s pretty obvious that Blacktail rattlesnakes like to climb and they do it well. This big guy was no different.