Spring in Tucson, AZ

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Tonia Graves
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Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by Tonia Graves » April 9th, 2013, 5:22 pm

Hi everyone, long time no post. I haven't made it out as much as I would like so far this year, but here are a few finds from the sonoran desert.

The first sightings of the season (that were photographed) were a couple Regal Horned Lizards from the same day and location
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R000504 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr
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R000496 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr

The next was a nice Yuma-phase kingsnake discovered crossing a dry wash
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R000520 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr
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R000524 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr

And finally a couple of common lizards
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R000526 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr
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R000527 by Tonia Graves, on Flickr

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Re: Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by SnakeDude » April 9th, 2013, 5:25 pm

Sweet shots! I would love to get a king one day. cool lizards too

Ian

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Re: Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by Ross Padilla » April 9th, 2013, 11:58 pm

Nice looking king!

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Re: Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by ahockenberry » April 10th, 2013, 5:21 am

Nicely done!

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Enjoyed this, Thanks

Post by Ameron » April 10th, 2013, 8:06 am

The Cal King was especially interesting to me. Experts like Brian Hobbs imply that a unique hybrid subspecies exists in the Tucson area, one having traits of both the Mexican Black and Cal King. (Maybe like a Yuma phase?)

Looking at the photos of your specimen, I see that it has very thin lines of a subdued Cal King pattern. It looks like the Mexican Black influence is less dominant, but noticeably present.

I visited Tucson in June 2007 to hike Aravaipa Canyon. Daytime temperatures reached 103 as we hiked. Temperatures inside our rental car reached 117 degrees! Sabino Canyon? Drive up the Catalina Highway to the mountains? Sonoran Desert Museum? So much to do there in the Sonoran thorn scrub wrongly called desert.

(The area actually gets about 12 inches of rain annually due to its dual rainy season. Thus, it is not officially a desert – having less than 10 inches annually. In contrast, the Alvord Desert in the southeast corner of Oregon, gets only 4-6 inches of rain )

I saw an abundance of wildlife, including the abundant Ring-necked Doves. I fell in love with Tucson, and envy those fortunate enough to live there.

1.0 Antaresia maculosa “Guardian”
0.1 Pantherophis guttatus (Carolina) “Amazing Grace”
1.0 Elaphe schrencki “Khan”

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Re: Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by Roki » April 10th, 2013, 11:29 am

Fun post. I miss working around Tucson.

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Re: Spring in Tucson, AZ

Post by Tonia Graves » April 10th, 2013, 5:04 pm

Thanks everyone! I've been told the king is a 'Yuma Phase' by some of the more knowledgeable folks here on the forum and elsewhere. I love Arizona as a whole and the diversity it has to offer.

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