Baja California #28 - Desert Reptiles

Discussion in 'Birds' started by bobhoge, Apr 22, 2007.

  1. While hiking on the uninhabited islands in the Sea of Cortes we saw several of the reptiles that live there.

    This Spiny-tailed Iguana is warming in the sunlight:
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    it sometimes eats the flowers on top of the cactus:
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    Nan saw this Chuckwalla during a long hike on Isla San Esteban while I was shooting on a shorter hike:
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    It was slow enough that someone was able to pick it up. One of their normal defenses is to go into a tight hole and then inflate their body with air so they can't be pulled out easily:
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    We also saw lots of small lizzards and Nan saw a rattlesnakes on one of the islands. (I went the other way :cool: )

    Bob & Nan
     
  2. Gale

    Gale

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    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    Very nice...
    Not sure how much I care for reptiles
    I am wigh you "go the other way" :>))))
     
  3. I love reptiles. That chuckwalla has some really pretty coloration. Hopefully Nan got some rattler pics...?
     
  4. rattlesnake huh? I'd be going in the other direction too! Nice job on the reptiles, didn't know you could pick up a chuckwalla? Don't think I'd do it, but nice photos anyway!
     
  5. Hi Jen,

    Since you asked, here is a photo that Nan took of the "famous" Rattle-less Rattlesnake that is found only on Isla Santa Catalina in the Sea of Cortes:
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    Bob & Nan
     
  6. Great series Bob. These are really interesting.
     
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