Southwestern Field Herpetology

Southwestern Field Herpetology


These are the most common questions I get from people that come across this site. If you have one, email me at

Q. Have you ever been bitten?
A. No, and I don’t plan on it.

Q. How close do you get?
A. Close enough, and no closer. Most of the pictures are taken well outside the strike range of the snake with a zoom lens, which is something I know from  years of experience with the snakes. Some snakes I am more comfortable with and will get much closer. I DO NOT recommend that you try to do this.

Q. Do you keep any captive rattlesnakes?
A. Yes. I have several that were legally obtained here in Arizona.

Q. Will you catch a rattlesnake and sell it to me?
A. Absolutely not, ever. Not only is this illegal, but not at all something I’d be interested in doing. If it is legal to have a rattlesnake wherever you live, just look online and get a cheap captive born animal.

Q. What kind of camera do you use?
A. Currently a Canon 5d Mark III with a few different lenses.

Q. Where did you find that [insert species]?
A. I won’t tell you. Don’t ask. I label my photos with the county they were found, and may give a little more information in the post itself, but I don’t give specifics for a reason.

Q. I’ll be in Arizona soon, want to hit the field?
A. Maybe! It depends on what I have going on at the time and what you’re looking for.

Q. Can I use one of your photos in my book/project/poster?
A. Most likely this won’t be a problem, HOWEVER, do not just take them off this site. I do get ripped off from time to time and it hasn’t worked out well for the people who’ve done it. If you want to use one of my photographs for one of your projects, email me about it and we can discuss the license. If you’re a publisher or educational outlet, it is quite unlikely I’ll charge anything at all other than given credit. Let me know and we’ll work it out.