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Snakes, Torts, Toads, Lizards and Landscapes Part 1

Post by Will Wells » November 8th, 2011, 5:36 am

The herp season has slowed down and I have a few pics to share. I spent alot more time on foot this year wondering desert washes at night. I didn't have as many lizard encounters as in the past but did see alot of rattlesnakes. I'll post them in part 2 viewtopic.php?f=2&t=8985&p=106988#p106988

Alligator Lizards
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Banded Gecko
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Gilbert's Skinks
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Sideblotched Lizard
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Slender Salamanders
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Western Skink
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Mojave collared
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Eastern Collared hibernating
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Clark's Spiny
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Desert Horned Lizard
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Desert Iguana
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Gilbert's Skinks
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Side-blotch
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Tree Lizards
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Zebra-tail
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Pair of Eastern Collared Lizards
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Female collareds
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Greater Earless
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Regal Horned Lizard
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Female Mojave collared lizard in the shade
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Male Eastern collared lizard
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Pair of eastern collared lizards
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Clark's Spiny
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Desert Horned Lizards
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Zebra tail
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Chuckwalla
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Clark's Spiny
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Desert Spiny
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Elegant Earless
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Gila Spotted Whiptail
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Greater Earless
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Plateau Fence Lizard
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Regal Horned Lizard
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Short Horned Lizards
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Roundtailed Horned Lizards
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Slevin's Bunchgrass Lizard
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Striped Plateau Lizard
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Tree Lizards
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Zebra-tail
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Desert Collared Lizards
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I crossed paths with quite a few gila monsters this year. Instead of heading to SE Arizona, I went west this monsoon and night walked the washes.
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What could be under this board?
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Wow!
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Desert Tortoises
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Canyon Tree Frogs
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Couch's Spadefoots
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Great Plains
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Green Toad
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Sonoran Desert Toad
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Sonoran Green Toad
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Coastal Rosy Boas
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Gophersnakes
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Kingsnakes
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Patchnosed
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Two Striped Garter
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Ringnecks
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Striped Whipsnake
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In situ Rosy Boa
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Coral snake
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Gophersnake
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Longnose
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Lyresnakes
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Nightsnake
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Patchnose


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Leafnose
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Gopher
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Patchnose
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Ringneck without ring
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Desert Kingsnakes
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Leafnose
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Longnose
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Lyres
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Patchnosed
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Rosy Boas
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Desert Kingsnake
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Tailless Whip Scorpion
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Motero
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San Diego County
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California Desert
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Arizona Desert
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Crested Saguaros
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Rocky Landscapes
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Beavertail
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Crested Fruit Saguaro
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Sun and Clouds
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New Mexico
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Arrowhead
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Arizona
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Saguaro Bloom
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Curious Jack
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Turkey Vulture
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Spider
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Tarantula Hawk
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Wild Donkey
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Monsoon Action from my yard
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Grasshoppers
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Fox
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Bobcats
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Owl
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Sunset
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Post by Dave S » November 8th, 2011, 6:10 am

Epic!!!!! I think you just made Gila History!!!!!!! :thumb:
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Post by todd battey » November 8th, 2011, 6:19 am

WOW! Another one of your epic posts. I loved the various Phrynos, the Eastern Collared Lizards, the Rosy Boas, the Bobcats, the lightning shots, and many others. That was quite a crop of Gila Monsters. Thanks for sharing the many great shots.

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Post by Fundad » November 8th, 2011, 7:38 am

Ba Jeabas how many Gilas did you see?

Love the Gila- cave board flip, very nice.. :thumb: :beer: Two for one... How many times has that ever happened?

I have been in 15 to 20 of them darn things and have struck out every time,, LOL

Beautiful pics Will, as always
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Post by Cole Grover » November 8th, 2011, 7:56 am

Holy... Too much to bad-ass to even comment on. Phenomenal post, Will. How far north do you find the Paraphrynus, if you don't mind me asking?

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Post by joeysgreen » November 8th, 2011, 7:57 am

Excellent and outstanding, thank you :)

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Post by Norman D » November 8th, 2011, 8:13 am

Very very nice photos Will! Those bobcats were really cool - I still haven't seen one of those, but I did see 5 black bears this year.

I never get tired of seeing gila monsters. As always, your collared lizards makes me want to go find some to photograph.

Look forward to part 2.

Fundad, I also wonder how common a two gila flip is...
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Post by vincemartino » November 8th, 2011, 8:33 am

You just blew my mind. Thank you Will Wells.

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Post by KevColubrid » November 8th, 2011, 8:43 am

Amazing! I'd love to get some background story on the bobcat kittens. Thanks for sharing all around!

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Post by Bill Love » November 8th, 2011, 10:03 am

That was a truly epic post, Will! Surely there can't be much left for a 'Part 2', but I look forward to it nonetheless. You've certainly refined finding monsters to a true art form; I've managed to find one in the last nearly 6 months. :( Hopefully the year ahead will allow more search time after getting settled in now. I really liked the rosy boas shots, and the landscapes too. Your landscapes show the real Arizona, not just calendar shots of saguaros (which I don't get tired of looking at either).

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Post by Zach_Lim » November 8th, 2011, 10:28 am

Excellent post, Will! I really enjoyed all the pictures, especially the habitat shots...just look at all those rocks haha!

Also, your post makes me want a bobcat... :lol:

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Post by cayrip » November 8th, 2011, 10:43 am

Great post and I really appreciate the landscape shots. Thanks!

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Post by M.J.FRANETOVICH » November 8th, 2011, 2:10 pm

Will, great post :thumb: I really enjoyed the quality of the photos!! As well as the gilas :D awesome post :beer:



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Post by withalligators » November 8th, 2011, 2:13 pm

I will continue the trend by calling this EPIC! I also would love to hear about the bobby kits, how'd that happen?

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Post by fins72 » November 8th, 2011, 2:42 pm

Wow aweosme post. I love the all the Gilas and that interesting coral shot. What was it doing in that picture with its mouth open?

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Post by Carl Brune » November 8th, 2011, 4:56 pm

Great photos! Thank for posting.

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Post by JAMAUGHN » November 8th, 2011, 5:06 pm

We need an smily depicting picking one's jaw up off the ground after this post.

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Post by pete » November 8th, 2011, 6:34 pm

AMAZING!!!! Incredible diversity, fantastic photography!

Thanks for taking the time to put it together :thumb:

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Post by Mike Rochford » November 8th, 2011, 6:58 pm

Nice stuff as always. Looking forward to the rest. That Trimorph really stood out to me. And there were a lot of no-brainers in terms of nice animals. Can't wait to see the rest!

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Post by TNWJackson » November 9th, 2011, 1:19 pm

All these epic year-end SW US posts at the moment are making my head spin. Awesome stuff! :thumb:

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Post by rosy-man » November 10th, 2011, 3:22 am

good stuff will, i too love the bobcat pics and all the gilas and boas, you find 2 gilas under one board i found 2 all season lol somethings wrong their lol

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Post by Will Wells » November 10th, 2011, 3:56 am

Thanks for all the kind remarks. I set a goal last year to see 10 gila monsters and I would get a gila tattoo. I ended up seeing 12 so I started on this tattoo.
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This season I was feeling the gila karma and ended up seeing 46 different gilas. Yesterday, I got more ink and will post it once it's completed.

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Post by azatrox » November 10th, 2011, 4:55 am

Well done Will! Some of those scenery shots are absofreakinlutely fantastic!

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Post by Ross Padilla » November 10th, 2011, 9:42 am

Holy Crap, man!!!! What an amazing post! That last Desert king was amazing. Looks like an AZ intergrade. All those Horned and collared lizards were really cool too. Loved the Gilas. That is beyond amazing in its self. Great habitat shots as well. A few of them look very much like the Lake Elsinore area. Those Cal kings were pretty nice. Too bad they hadn't recently shed. The AZ boas are beautiful. I'm surprised you were able to find baby Bob cats. That is amazing. Great post and thanks for keeping this forum a place worth checking out. :thumb:

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Post by Dell Despain » November 10th, 2011, 10:05 am

Gadzooks! That was awesome, you are the Gila man...46!!! :shock:

I love this photo, and I believe it's the first shot I've ever seen of a Coral w/ it's mouth open in "threat display"/"strike mode", very cool.
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Post by hellihooks » November 10th, 2011, 1:29 pm

Wow. Always look forward to your posts Will, and now I remember why... :D
Those ain't 'Mojave Collards'... these are:
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Gladly trade their locality info for the info to see one of those AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, SPECTACULAR.... earless lizards. :crazyeyes: (whatya think I was gonna ask for...Gilas? :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: )

Can't wait for part 2... :thumb: jim

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Post by ChrisNM » November 10th, 2011, 3:26 pm

I don't think you saw enough halloween geckos.

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Post by Will Wells » November 11th, 2011, 8:16 am

hellihooks wrote:Wow. Always look forward to your posts Will, and now I remember why... :D
Those ain't 'Mojave Collards'... these are:
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Gladly trade their locality info for the info to see one of those AWESOME, BEAUTIFUL, SPECTACULAR.... earless lizards. :crazyeyes: (whatya think I was gonna ask for...Gilas? :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol: )

Can't wait for part 2... :thumb: jim

Those are nice looking desert collareds! The ones around where I live have been mixed with C. collaris genes over the past few million years. The ones on your side of the Colorado River are pure C. bicinctores.

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Post by Will Wells » November 11th, 2011, 8:18 am

Dell Despain wrote:Gadzooks! That was awesome, you are the Gila man...46!!! :shock:

I love this photo, and I believe it's the first shot I've ever seen of a Coral w/ it's mouth open in "threat display"/"strike mode", very cool.
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I'm not sure what the coral snake was doing. I looked down and saw the mouth open, I think it may have just yawned. I free handed it over to let it go so I don't think it felt threatened.

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Post by hellihooks » November 11th, 2011, 8:51 am

Seeing a collaris is also a goal of mine for next year... would you know if the petrified forest collies would be pure collaris or X's?
Not quite a coral... but here's a yoy lyre post-yawn, from this year...
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:beer:

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Post by Jackson Shedd » November 13th, 2011, 12:28 pm

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Look at the tail on that thing! It's like a Urosaurus!

Impressive Heloderma action! I was expecting a number like 14 or something. 46 is outrageous!

As always, great post. I really liked all the landscape and monsoon storm shots. I love AZ.

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Post by Will Wells » November 15th, 2011, 6:05 am

Jackson Shedd wrote:
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Look at the tail on that thing! It's like a Urosaurus!

Impressive Heloderma action! I was expecting a number like 14 or something. 46 is outrageous!

As always, great post. I really liked all the landscape and monsoon storm shots. I love AZ.
Jackson,
Thanks for pointing out that side blotch tail, I didn't notice it before but it does look longer than usual.

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Post by Speckled Rosy » November 16th, 2011, 7:03 pm

So many beautiful photos and neat finds, I don't know where to start. You have a great eye for photography... I guess I liked the rain shots the best. Great job bro!

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Post by Brian Eagar » November 17th, 2011, 8:07 pm

Amazing post Will and wonderful photography.
Congrats on becoming one with the gilas. That is an amazing number of animals.

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Post by Fundad » November 18th, 2011, 5:58 am

46 is way more than I have seen in my lifetime.. :lol:

And a Ridiculous number of Gilas, congrats on your success..

Fundad

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Post by Mike Pingleton » November 18th, 2011, 9:23 am

Dang! Gila-palooza!

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Post by desertwalker » November 19th, 2011, 9:56 am

Fantastic post!!! The lightning and bobcats wow! Truly on the running for best post of the year

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Post by DaveR » November 19th, 2011, 1:01 pm

Holy Moly. All that (and more) in a year ? Incredible. Thanks Will.

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Post by Y.Morgan » November 20th, 2011, 9:33 pm

Man-O-Man, you really get out and enjoy yourself! I dig all the Gila shots (46 different gilas in 1 year? Sick) but it's hard to beat the tarantula hawk and the baby bobcats. More than anything, I'm just happy to see that you are still making critter posts.
Thanks!
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