Third Eye - Herping Las Vegas 2016  
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Tim Spuckler
8213 Wyatt Road
Broadview Heights, OH 44147

My 2016 trip was from May 30 - June 4. The trip started in the Cerbat Mountains (AZ). Daytime temperatures started out in the 90s and made it up into the 100s as the days went by.

There were many flowers in bloom and it appeared that more-than-usual rain had fallen in the previous weeks.
Desert Flowers

Plateau Fence Lizards (Sceloporus tristichus) were seen basking on the rocks.
Plateau Fence Lizard

Desert Cows.
Desert Cows

A Water Boatman in a cattle water trough.
Water Boatman

Hedgehog Cactus.
Hedgehog Cactus

Large Bee-flies (Bombylius major).
Large Bee-flies

Side-blotched Lizards (Uta stansburiana) were not as common as Fence Lizards, but there were some to be found.
Side-blotched Lizard

House Finch.
House Finch

My first Snake of the trip was a "lifer" - Arizona Black Rattlesnake (Crotalus cerberus).
Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Another photo of the same snake.
Arizona Black Rattlesnake

Common Thread-waisted Wasp (Ammophila procera).
Common Thread-waisted Wasp

A group of Ornate Tree Lizards (Urosaurus ornatus) were scampering about large rocks in the mountains.
Ornate Tree Lizard

I caught one for a closer look.
Ornate Tree Lizard

California Goldfields were in bloom at many of the places that I visited throughout the trip.
California Goldfield

I had my first-ever encounter with a Cactus Longhorn Beetle (Moneilema gigas).
Cactus Longhorn Beetle

Eventually it began to get dark.
Arizona Sunset

A young Arizona Glossy Snake (Arizona elegans).
Arizona Glossy Snake


Giant Carolina Wolf Spiders (Hogna carolinensis) patrolled the roads at night, you could see the reflection of the car's headlights in their eyes while driving.
Giant Carolina Wolf Spider

A juvenile Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox).
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake

And a juvenile Mojave Rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus) too.
Mojave Rattlesnake

A Desert Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus) that got quite fat from eating insects that were attracted to a light on a small cinder block building in the middle of nowhere. After I took a couple of photos, it retreated under the locked metal door of the building - a pretty nice living arrangement for the little lizard.
Desert Banded Gecko

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