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St. George, UT herping

Saint George, UT 2023

  The MPR Crew (Rob Stone, Eric Burke, Nipper Read, and Dustin Grahn) and I spent an epic week herping in eastern UT and SW UT. We also herped with Chris Jensen and Aspen Mahan. It was an incredible trip and we saw some amazing animals. After 15 years, I was able to find a gila monster! Check out the pictures below.
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. All photos Copyright Australian Addiction Reptiles.
Herps found in the Saint George, UT area
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We kicked off the trip with a Plateau fence lizard (Sceloporus tristichus) in Capitol Reef, NP.
Dustin hanging with his new buddy, a Desert spiny lizard (S. magister).
A striking red spotted toad (Anaxyrus punctatus) from Capitol Reef, NP.
Sideblotched lizard (Uta stansburiana) hanging on a rock.
The milk jug crew on the hunt.
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Desert spiny lizard cruising around after dark. Great Basin spadefoot toads (Spea intermontana) are very personable. MPR crew hiking on the Bell/Wildhorse loop. Another plateau fence lizard This plateau fence lizard was a beautiful example of the species!
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The scenery in the San Rafael Swell is unmatched.
Dustin was a master of canyoneering, keeping his feet dry in little wildhorse.
Eric was surprisingly strong, lifting this boulder for us to pass under.
Eric, don't put your head there!
Nipper, Eric and Rob making their way through little wildhorse.
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I did not manage to keep my feet dry through the canyon.
A Great Basin rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus lutosus) from Central Utah.
A common sagebrush lizard (S. graciosus) near where the rattlesnake was found.
While heading south, we spotted a pair of Great Basin collard lizards (Crotaphytus bicinctores).
A western fence lizard (S. occidentalis) found by some dinosaur tracks.
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Side-blotched lizards are beautiful and underrated species common in SW UT.
Always greeat to see a desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii)
This has to be my favorite morph of GB rattlesnake. A long-nosed snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei) found on the Beaver Dam Slope.
A nice red desert night snake (Hypsiglena chlorophaea) from SW UT.
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This large tarantula was found on the Beaver Dam Slope.
This lyre snake (Trimorphodon lambda) was found among the limestone outcrops on the beaver dam slope.
Another shot of my lifer UT lyre snake.
Dustin came up with a great find with this beautiful lyre snake.
This banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus) was found on the beaver dam slope.
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A gorgeous GB rattlesnake found under a sandstone overhang.
Nice red coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum) on the Chuckwalla trail.
A Pacific chorus frog (Pseudacris regilla)
Defensive posture for a GB spadefoot toad
Another banded gecko found near Saint George.
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Another big find of the trip was the speckled rattlesnake (C. pyrrhus).
This guy buzzed me in a spot I had just throught would be too steep for a rattlesnake.
A view of the guys climbing down from the speck spot.
Another coachwhip from the Beaver Dam Slope.
It had been a while since I had seen a desert night lizard (Xantusia vigilis)
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It is so cool to see California kingsnakes (Lampropeltis californiae) in the deserts of SW Utah.
Came across this ground snake (Sonora semiannulata) on the crawl.
We found Key again! This was the third time we found this big gila (Heloderma suspectum) over the last several years.
As everyone was photographing Key, I walked a bit further and found Peele. Two gilas in one day!
A nice pink UT sidewinder (C. cerastes cerastes) moving through the desert plants.

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Dustin spotted this juvenile CA kingsnake cruising on the side of the road.
Last snake of the trip was this desert glossy snake (Arizona elegans).