Happy #frogfriday, here is a video of an oak toad (Anaxyrus quercicus) - because all toads are frogs, but all frogs aren’t toads, right? This is an adult male, you can tell by its black throat patch. In the video I am gently rubbing his belly to get him to call, you can often make male anurans call when using this method. Why? - I don’t know, my guess is that it imitates amplexus. He is also inflating himself to appear larger, which felt like a tiny balloon in my fingers. This guy has the cutest little chirp, which is fitting since he is North America’s littlest toad!
371287:42 PM May 25, 2018
This is a rough green snake I found a few months ago. They are mainly arboreal and have a diet that consists of insects. When they are disturbed, they become stiff and sway back and forth mimicking a piece vegetation blowing in the wind. I haven’t found one in ages, hopefully I’ll come across one soon!
This #sassysaturday is brought to you by a very ornery eastern mud turtle (Kinosternon subrurum) hatchling.
The eastern mud turtle's genus name is Kinosternon. The Greek word Kineo means "move" and sternon translates to "chest," referring to their hinged plastron. This characteristic allows these turtles to hide themselves completely within their shell. The specific epithet of this species is subrurum. Sub is a Latin word for "below," and ruber means "red." This name was given to them because of their reddish orange plastron.
I always find scientific names to be fascinating and love when it describes an animal's characteristics. What’s your favorite scientific name or common name? Let me know in the comments section!
33215012:50 AM Oct 14, 2018
Here are some baby reptiles to help you through the rest of Monday.
1. Florida soft shell turtles
2. Green anole
3. Southern hognose snake
4. Gopher tortoise
5. Ribbon snake
6. Eastern mud turtle
7. Banded water snake
You’re welcome. 🐍🦎🐢 •
P.S. What’s your favorite baby reptile? Tell me in the comments section!
It’s #frogfriday, so here is a southern leopard frog (Lithobates sphenocephalus). The large tympanum (ear drum located behind the eye), enlarged thumbs, and paired, spherical vocal sacs are indicators that this individual is a male. I am softly rubbing his stomach to get a release call - this type of communication lets other males, attempting to perform amplexus, know that this individual is not a female and to leave him be. I learned this neat fact from @profepriscillagambale This is another species I found at the park by my home the other night - you can hear the narrow-mouth toads calling in the background.
Sorry, for the sniffles - A mosquito flew up my nose and one went in my eye. 😂
293177:16 PM Jun 22, 2018
Here is another eastern hognose (Heterodon platirhinos) I came across the other day. As soon as I picked this individual up, it immediately played dead. If you didn't see my other post about these reptiles, the eastern hognose snake will fake death when feeling threatened. They flip upside down, roll around with their tongue out, and musk everywhere - it can be pretty believable.
Another defensive behavior that this snake exhibits is the spreading of the ribs along its neck. In other words, it hoods up like a cobra. Because of this, the eastern hognose has a ton of common names that doesn't really help it out when it comes to fearful humans. A few examples being black adder, blowing viper, bastard rattlesnake, spread-head moccasin, and about over twenty more misleading names. They are declining in some areas because of people killing them out of fear.
After getting photos, I moved it away from the road into some vegetation.
The first upload shows this individual playing dead and the second upload shows another individual hooding up like a cobra.
8404212:06 PM Aug 22, 2018
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Добрый день друзья!❤️ ➡️смотрим карусель.
Вы когда-нибудь видели такое?
Не для кого не секрет, что торговля животными -очень развитый бизнес, зачастую приносящий заводчикам нехилую прибыль, а животным большие страдания.
На своей практике я видела многое: выломанные зубы, удаленные когти, нещадно купированные и сломаным хвосты.. Но такое впервые!😤Люди наклеивают известковые наклейки на черепах, чтоб привлечь внимание детей, которые в свою очередь будут просить купить такую необычную черепаху своих родителей. А родители скорее всего согласятся, ведь цена такого вот зверька сопоставима с ценой кружки кофе на вынос. Для многих 150-200 рублей это не много, но если призадуматься это цена короткой, несчастной жизни животинки.
Этот малыш с Августа месяца ходит с таким вот изображением на уже деформированном панцире. Кроме этого у него пневмония,не исключена инфекция (сальмонеллез) и глистная инвазия (оксиуратоз).. Обследует,лечим.. Что думаете по этому поводу?
This kind of skink(Sphenomorphus incognitus) is too shy to get close to them. After ten minutes of crawling, I finally took this beautiful photo but also got some cut on my knees. It’s worth it when you face to face with those wildlife. Getting the chances to take great photos that record the moment.
I picked up this absolute beauty of a snake yesterday from @dnaroyalpythons but after coming home to find 2 of my favourite snakes dead, I really wasn't in a good mood to share him. He's a banana, cinnamon, enchi, pinstripe and he's by far the most vibrant deep orange I've ever seen on any snake! 🔥 What a little powerhouse to add to my collection. All also picked up a female but she's in blue so I'll share her once she's shed! In regards to the 2 I sadly lost yesterday, I will be having both of their skeletons mounted in glass display cases and pray to God nothing like that ever happens again.
When your mom asks you to do the dishes 😂
Here’s a young eastern hognose snake playing dead. He eventually quit the act and let me walk him safely across the road.
Hognoses will always be my favorite - so dramatic.
Pastel bamboo fresh shed and almost up to weight to be paired!! 😁 I love the creamy and brown markings on the head of bamboos and even more so being on the BEL complex. Some super bamboo combos coming next year I think 🤔🔥
Starburst likes being involved when I'm working with the snakes 😂 He's a hypo, red, translucent, leatherback and this picture has no filter, he is that orange! 🔥😅
3523 days ago
Here's an idea of what a big influence the Desert ghost gene has, even in heterozygous form! These are both female fire's, the one on the right is a completely normal fire. The one on the left speaks for itself 🔥 She'll be going to her new home this weekend as I also have her sibling with the same genetics 👍
This animal in this video was a bearded dragon I stole from my teacher. As you may notice, his flanks were moving side to side and he had to heave his body across the floor to move. You also may notice he’s missing a good half of his tail. Believe me, this video was taken when he was at his healthiest. He was found in the worst conditions possible, and in the few months I had him we diagnosed him with tail necrosis, multiple parasites including pinworms, MBD (a classic among beardies) and dehydration. When I finally decided to put him down when his liver was failing him, it was a wake up call for me. Bearded dragons aren’t beginner animals, and you should never keep an animal you can’t take care of. Ever. They suffer too. Everyone makes posts about sick dogs and cats (and that’s amazing! Don’t stop!) but no one speaks about these guys. They need a voice, and I hope to be that voice.
935 days ago
Celebrating #throwbackthursday with this eastern mud snake (Farancia abacura abacura)
This individual was found foraging in the pine flatwoods early in the morning. Mud snakes are mostly aquatic and feed on fully aquatic salamanders such as sirens and amphiumas. Their teeth are even designed to keep a good grip on slimy amphibians when feeding.
Eastern mud snakes are also known as hoop snakes in some areas. This other name stems from a myth falsely claiming that this species will grab their tails with their mouths and roll after unsuspecting victims, like a bicycle wheel. Legend has it that they will spring open from the rolling position and launch themselves, tail first, towards their targeted prey. If the person is unlucky and doesn't dodge this attack, they will be impaled directly in the heart. The tail then releases potent toxins that can kill a grown human instantly - I can't make this stuff up, there are still people who believe this myth, which is mind boggling to me.
In reality, mud snakes are very secretive reptiles that rarely bite when handled. They are equipped with a pointed tail tip that they prod potential predators with - this individual poked me and I was more surprised than anything
The legend of the hoop snake is an intriguing one attached to one of the coolest snakes. Do you know of an interesting myth about any reptile or amphibian? Tell me about it in the comments section!