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Saint George, 2019

Saint George, 2019
  I accompanied a group of students on a herping trip to the area around Saint George, in the southwest corner of UT. We made a quick stop at Utah Lake on the drive down to look for Woodhouse's toads. We herped several different areas and saw some amazing wildlife, including a few lifers. A great trip!

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Reptiles and Amphibians from Utah Lake and the area around Saint George
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The scenery around Utah Lake
We located our target species, a Woodhouse's toad (Anaxyrus woodhousii), fairly quickly
This empty turtle shell, likely belonging to a red eared slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), was found on the banks of the lake
Ornate tree lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) were everywhere around the house of our gracious host, Marshall
Although we missed out seeing our target species, we did see a nice relative, this Great Basin Rattler (Crotalus oreganus lutosus)
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A nice red desert horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinos) was found in the sand dunes
This western whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris) was found under a rock in the morning
A bit later, I flipped this red-spotted toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
This collared lizard (Crotaphytus bicinctores) was also found under a rock high up on a hillside
The Utah agave is a cool plant
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This southwestern speckled rattlesnake (Crotalus pyrrhus) was a lifer for me!
The greys, subtle blues and browns make for a very nice looking snake
This species blends in with the landscape so well A closeup as this little snake crawls through a bush
Had to get a "wanker" shot with this one
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We found this little juvenile desert iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis) was found near the Littlefield, AZ cemetary Another desert iguana, a bit bigger than the first, but not a full-grown adult The invasive Baja CA tree frog (Pseudacris hypochondriaca) is found throughout the region We went to a spot above the airport and quickly located this desert horned lizard
We found a few Utah banded geckos (Coleonyx variegatus), a target species from this area
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Another whiptail was flipped. This one looked really nice
Such cool lizards! Look at those rear hind legs I found this banded gecko in a small hole in the rock. Not sure how it fit in there!
Very cool lizard, especially on the black lava rock This nice gopher snake (Pituophis catenifer) was a nice find to end the trip