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Saint George, UT 2015
  Mike Fredrickson and I headed out for a quick herp trip to Saint George, UT. We stayed in the Snow Canyon campground and herped that area fro a few days. We also did some herping on the beaver dam slope to find some animals that only occur in that small area of the southwest corner of UT. It was a great trip and we saw some cool animals. Need to get back there in the spring to look some more.

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. All photos Copyright Australian Addiction Reptiles.
Herps found in the Saint George, UT area
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Our old friend. Heidi and I had found this gimpy tortoise Gopherus agassizii a couple weeks before.
Nice side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana
All cozy for the evening. I heard this large male as his shell scratched against the rock
Another large tortoise. There were so many around. We saw around a dozen.
Night cruising yielded nothing more than this desert tarantula, Aphonpelma iodius
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This beautiful Great Basin Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) was found across the road from the campground This snake was very mellow and well behaved during the photo shoot. No striking or rattling at all. Looks great in the lava rock habitat, right? Another nice side-blotched lizard. These recently morphed red-spotted toads (Bufo punctatus) were everywhere areound three ponds.
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It was amazing watching these tiny toadlets make their way through the hot desert.
Nice arch around three ponds area.
This western fence lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) on a rock wall at the terminal pond.
I love the canyon tree frogs (Hyla arenicolor).
Beautiful countryside. This is on the three ponds trail after hiking Padre.
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Butterfly getting some moisture at welcome springs on the beaver dam slope.
Great horned owl hanging out in the cave. Scared it off before we could get some better pictures.
The owl flew as we got too close. Was neat to see such a large owl in the desert.
Although a larger individual eluded us, we caught and photographed this juvenile coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum).
We were lucky to find this Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus))
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Another shot of this beautiful animal. They have a limited range in the very southwest corner of UT.
Snow Canyon is an amazing place!
On the way down to look for some herps on the east side of Snow Canyone.
This tortoise nest had been predated by something, possibly a gila monster.
Close-up of the egg shells
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Male was out basking in front of his burrow. Such cool animals! This female was found across the wash from the basking male. This was one of the coolest finds of the trip. This hatchling tortoise was so cool! Another shot. Amazing how these little dudes can survive in such a harsh environment. Big male half-way up the hill. It is incredible how well they climb up the rocky slopes.