New Mexico


During the summer of 2008, Sterling and I went to a camp called Cottonwood Gulch in North-western New Mexico. It was a great place for herps, and we saw tons of species.

Possibly the most interesting find of the trip:

Western Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis viridis).

Found July 29, 2008.

“In-Situ” shot:

Me holding it:

Some other cool snakes that we found:

Black-necked Garter Snake (Thamnophis cyrtopsis)

Western Terrestrial Garter Snake (Thamnophis elegans)

I can’t quite tell the difference between these two similar Garter Snakes, so I’m not sure which is which species. Any help would be great.

Greater Short-horned Lizards (Phrynosoma hernandesi) were very common around camp.

Pigmy Short-horned Lizard (Phrynosoma douglassii)

One of the kids at camp found this Regal Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis), but was very protective of it and wouldn’t let me get close enough to get a good picture of it. :-(

Hummingbirds like this one were very common around camp:

Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus)

A GINORMOUS Woodhouse’s Toad (Bufo woodhousii)

A HUGE dead Gopher Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) found next to a road.

We found a huge Gopher Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) in a wood pile outside a house.

All in all, it was a great herping camp, even if the actual camp wasn’t that great (The camp didn’t let us touch any wildlife after we put toads and lizards in other peoples’ sleeping bags lol). We saw lots of cool snakes, and had a total of more than 100 animal species and about 30 herp species.