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Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes
Jan
17th
2018

Alligators!

Even though they are very common where they are found, an alligator was big on my list for my trips to Florida in 2016. I’d already seen a couple of American Crocodiles in Costa Rica earlier in May, so this was looking to be a great year for crocodilians. My first trip to the panhandle in August produced only a single, baby alligator. My trip later, in October, however, I got my fill (and saw a couple of crocs too).

Jan
11th
2018

Green Eyelash Viper in Costa Rica

Jan
9th
2018

Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake from the Florida Panhandle

Jan
7th
2018

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake

This is one of the more under-rated rattlesnakes that’s out there. They’re very common in Southern California, and considered pests by even people who love snakes in the area. I personally think they’re amazing and one of the most adaptable rattlesnakes, able to exist in good numbers in even long-developed areas better than any rattlesnake I can think of.

Jan
5th
2018

Timber Rattlesnakes from PA

Jan
3rd
2018

Red-Eyed Treefrog in Costa Rica

These guys were very common in the flowers near the hotel we were staying at.

Jan
1st
2018

Trans-Pecos Copperhead from West Texas

This is the first copperhead I ever photographed … and actually, the first non-rattlesnake pit viper. 

Dec
30th
2017

Golden Eyelash Vipers near Arenal in Costa Rica

Although about anyone with a camera that sets foot in Costa Rica gets a photo of these guys, I really enjoyed finding them in my time there.

These bright yellow snakes moving through the low brush were so bright, it’s amazing they don’t just stand out in the leaves as one would expect. Instead, it’s almost as if the bright color doesn’t quite fit, and the mind just discards it. It’s a very different scenario and very far away, but I feel the same about some of the brightly colored Speckled Rattlesnakes here in Arizona, when sitting in ambush at the base of bushes where the blue, white, and orange tones stand out like a flag.

Dec
30th
2017

Animas Mountains, New Mexico

The backside of a mountain range I’ll probably never be able to hike in … conserved to death.

Dec
29th
2017

Hieroglyphic Mountains, Arizona

Apr
17th
2017

Teenie Tiny Mini Molossus

This little tiny guy was out crossing a road and, in exchange for being saved from road-burgerdom, it endured a photo session on nearby rocks before going on its way.

Apr
15th
2017

Dorsal Stripe on a Dusky Pygmy Rattlesnake

I saw this interesting guy in Northern Florida last October. I’ll post more photos of it later, but the dorsal stripe started with this strong rust color, and faded to a flat black. They’re very common snakes in the area, but I didn’t get sick of them in my time in Florida last year.