Third Eye - Herping Las Vegas 2010  
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Tim Spuckler
8213 Wyatt Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

On Wednesday I went to the Desert National Wildlife Refuge to check out Corn Creek and Hidden Forest. Corn Creek is an existing waterway that is maintained and improved for the benefit of wildlife. Hidden Forest is an obscure location. Early settlers tried unsuccessfully to set up a sawmill there, but lack of permanent water made it impossible to achieve that goal.


Desert National Wildlife Refuge
Corn Creek Corn Creek
It's a bit odd to see a creek and wooded area in the desert.
Creekdwelling Crawdad
This red crayfish was pretty neat.
Spiny Lizard Look Up
If there's enough water, Cottonwood Trees will grow - even in arid places. And where there's Cottonwood Trees in the desert, there are often Spiny Lizards hanging out in them.
Bullfrog Not From Here
American Bullfrogs are not native to the southwest, but they can be found at a surprisingly large number of locations.
Whiptail Whip It
Whiptails were the most commonly encountered reptile on the trip. They were often seen crossing roads.
Road Rough Road
The road to Hidden Forest is long and treacherous - I do not recommend driving it in a Toyota Yaris.
Sideblotch Little Lizard
Once you get to the end of the road, a four-mile uphill hike is required to get the the forest. The hike starts in a typical desert flatlands environment - a fair number of Side-blotched Lizards were present.
Collared Lizard Rockin' Reptile
As the terrain became rocky, Collared Lizards were seen.
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cactus Flower Power
A trailside cactus was one of the many cool non-reptile things to see.
Collared Lizard Cliff Climber
This male Collared Lizard was high up on a rock ledge. These lizards get their name from the markings around their necks.
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Hidden Forest Pine Tree Paradise
At least six species of conifers make their home in Hidden Forest.
Sagebrush Lizard Sagebrush Lizard
Despite their name, Sagebrush Lizards rarely climb shrubs. In the right environment they can be seen perched on rocks.
Great Basin Fence Great Lizard
This male Great Basin Fence Lizard had some cool coloration.
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Mojave Rattlesnake Last Call
I found this Mojave Rattlesnake crossing the road later that night.
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