Third Eye - Vegas Vacation 2004  
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Tim Spuckler
8213 Wyatt Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

From April 8 thru April 13, 2004 I vacationed in Las Vegas, Nevada. The weather was in the 70's and many reptiles were just coming out of their winter resting period. We found eight different types of lizards: chuckwallas, night lizards, zebra-tails, desert spiny lizards, side blotched lizards, horned lizards and a desert iguana. Two snakes were also found on this trip. Most lizards were captured using the "noose" method, which involves slipping a lasso made of string over the reptile's head and pulling. This method of capture does not harm the animal. All animals were photographed and released at their point of capture. This section of the website contains digital photographs taken by Ken Gerard. If you would like a little more information on the trips I went on in 2004, click here to read a summary of a talk I gave to the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists titled "Herping USA - 2004."

The Adventure Begins
I show a lizard to Max Johnson, age 8, with his dad, Scott and his grandfather, Larry.
Side Blotched Lizard
Side Blotched Lizard
The side blotched lizard (Uta stansburiana) is the smallest and most common lizard found in the daytime. They only grow to about 4 inches, but are extremely variable in color and pattern. This was the most frequently seen reptile on the trip.
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Prickly Pear
Prickly Pear Cactus
There were many of these in bloom.
Ground Snake Secretive Snake
A Southwestern black-headed snake (Tantilla hobartsmithi), the first snake I found in 2004. These small snakes are rear-fanged and feed mainly on centipedes. They are rarely seen and spend most of their life underground.
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Mountain Climb Mountain Climb
Max and I decide to climb this mountain.
Petroglyphs Ancient Drawings
Petroglyphs created by native Americans hundreds of years ago.
Snake Petroglyph Snake Petroglyph
The next best thing to finding a snake?
Horned Lizard Horned Lizard
One of the many highlights of the trip was finding this horned lizard (Phrynosoma platyrhinis). Pretty nice camoflauge on this guy.
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Horned Lizard Close-Up Horned Lizard Close-Up
They really do look like tiny dinosaurs.
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Cars Land Rovers
Here's what our vechicles looked like when we reached the top of the mountain.
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