Crockett County - April 2006 - a photo essay

I got up early and left San Antonio to meet up with Mike Price and some other herpers from around the state to do some rock flipping in Crockett County.

My goal for this trip was just to herp and get a few photos. Some of the others were particularly interested in seeing milksnakes from this locality.
We were herping along a dirt county road, flipping rocks on the right-of-way. This is private land so herping is restricted to the roadsides.
Compared to other more famous milksnake spots, the rocks here are quite small.
One of the first herps found was a Many-lined Skink (Eumeces multivirgatus.
This is one of the better spots in Texas to find these grassland skinks.
The most common snake seen was the Groundsnake (Sonora semiannulata). They came in many color phases, but this uniform tan color phase was the most common.
Some of the groundsnakes had banded patterns.
This was nicknamed the "alterna" phase by some of the group members.
Some of the groundsnakes had intermediate patterns between the banded and unicolored morphs.
We did find six milksnakes (Lampropeltis triangulum).
They were found under rocks like this.
The milksnakes were quite colorful.
They weren't as happy to see us as we were to see them.
This one is threatening to bite.
This one female was perfectly willing to demonstrate that she wasn't bluffing!

Poor Mike had to let the snake chew on him repeatedly while I got the shot.
We found a couple of Great Plains Ratsnakes (Pantherophis emoryi).
They were both quite small, being last year's babies.
Under some of the rocks where there was some moisture, we found Texas Blindsnakes (Leptotyphlops dulcis.
We also found two small Flatheaded Snakes (Tantilla gracilis).
We found several Ringnecked Snakes (Diadophis punctatus).
They may be gray above, but the underside is spectacular.
This big female was a record sized 20 inch snake.
The rocks also yielded some other treasures

This is a Green Toad (Bufo debilis).
The Collared Lizards were mostly under rocks on this cool, somewhat breezy day.
Several of this interesting spider were also seen under rocks.


The only other herps found were several young Western Coachwhips (Masticophis flagellum), a young Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox), and a few Short-lined Skinks (Eumeces tetragrammus).

We ended up the day with the standard herpers' photo shoot..


Overall, it was a fun day herping. We found 10 species of snakes, a toad, and 4 species of lizard. Not bad for a few hours work.

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