Category Archive: herps

Summer Can Take a Toll

It’s not the heat OR the humidity — it’s the territorial disputes and the predators that can really wear you down!

The Rat Place at the Rat Time

Just a few days after I saw the Corn Snake, I saw a snake swimming across our pond.  One thing I’ve noticed is that some snakes swim with just their heads out of… Continue reading

Corn Snake. Maybe.

The other evening I had just settled down on our little dock, glass of wine in one hand and cell phone in the other.  I was enjoying a nice chat with our daughter… Continue reading

Ornate Box Turtle

Our dog Harper found a box turtle in the hay pasture this week, which was a very exciting find.  While we have dozens of pond turtles, (tons of Red-eared Sliders, and a few,… Continue reading

Curiosity Caught the Skink

During warm weather, I usually see a few skinks on my daily walk.  Mostly I just see a blur of motion, as something about the size and color of an earthworm whisks itself… Continue reading

Snakes So Far This Year

When my dog, Harper, was younger, she barked indiscriminately at every animal she found.  Then she figured out that if it was a snake, I would make her come away from it, and… Continue reading

The Emotional Life of Lizards

Here in the Houston area, we have these little anole lizards everywhere, basking on fence posts, leaping through rose bushes, surveying their lizardly kingdoms from tree trunks.   I have lived here for almost… Continue reading

Questions and Answers

A Target-Rich Environment

Walking down by the creek today, I hardly knew where to turn my camera. All kinds of creatures were buzzing and fluttering around, and the light was perfect.

December Highlights

All of these are from the last three days of warm and sunny weather.  A cold front is supposed to blow in this weekend, and I am curious to see what changes it… Continue reading