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Reptiles, Amphibians, and Fish


Texas Tortoise; Laguna Atascosa NWR left, Falcon SP right

Texas Tortoise beating feet across the Bayside Drive (Laguna Atascosa NWR)

Red-eared Sliders, Sabal Palm Grove

Red-eared Slider family at Estero Llano Grande SP

Relaxing in the pond at Texan Guest Ranch!

Yellow Mud Turtle, Estero Llano Grande SP


Best guess is a Yellow Mud Turtle, but others have suggested Rio Grande River Cooter (Estero Llano Grande SP)


Spiny Softshell Turtle, Santa Ana NWR

Alligators are a popular sight at Estero Llano Grande SP!

This Pied-billed Grebe keeps an eye on a youngster close by!


Texas Horned Lizard, Puerto Rico Route


Texas Spiny Lizard, Quinta Mazatlan

Side view, same location


Blue Spiny Lizard, Mission


Blue Spiny Lizards like to hang out on the entrance wall at Bentsen Rio Grande SP


Eagle-eye Joyce spotted this Blue Spiny Lizard on the size of a house along the "dump road" between Salineño and Chapeño!


Female Keeled Earless Lizard along the La Sal Del Rey Trail (thanks, Mary!)

Texas Spotted Whiptail, Santa Ana NWR

Close-up, Estero Llano Grande SP


Another colorful Texas Spotted Whiptail, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands


Laredo Striped Whiptail, Estero Llano Grande SP


Rosebelly Lizard; Santa Ana NWR left, Estero Llano Grande SP right

Green Anole, Texan Guest Ranch


Another Green Anole at Estero Llano Grande SP shows off his gular flap!

Brown Anole in the process of shedding its skin, Estero Llano Grande SP

What they normally look like (Frontera Audubon Thicket)

Four-lined Skink, Valley Nature Center

Ribbon Snake, La Sal del Rey

Ribbon Snakes often hunt in the water, like this individual at Estero Llano Grande SP

Captive Black-striped Snake at Bentsen Rio Grande SP

Mexican Racer, Palo Alto Battlefield NM

Diamondback Water Snake, Edinburg Scenic Wetlands


Another Diamond-backed Water Snake comes ashore along Wallace Road

Water Snake Convention at Santa Ana NWR


Another pair of water snakes, same location


Closeup of the mass



Contented snake


Texas Rat Snake, Bentsen Rio Grande SP


Bull Snake, Cannon Road Loop

Indigo Snake, Laguna Atascosa NWR


Raul Garza Jr. shows off a captured Indigo Snake at Valley Nature Center

Another Indigo Snake making his getaway across the paved Chachalaca Trail at Santa Ana NWR!


This Coral Snake was trying to catch some rays on the trail and thankfully allowed for some photos before slinking off into the bush!


(The old rhyme is, "Red on black, friend of Jack; black on yellow, kill a fellow!")


Here you can see the whole snake.


Gulf Coast Toad; Valley Nature Center left, Texan Guest Ranch right

This Great Plains Narrowmouth Toad didn't want to stick around for pictures after we rescued him from the pool at Texan Guest Ranch!


The jury's still out on this little guy, but so far it's two votes for Gulf Coast Toad and two for Rio Grande Chirping Frog, with honorable mentions for Rio Grande Leopard Frog and Strecker's Chorus Frog!  Boy, they're tough when they're babies...(this was one of several on the trails at Frontera Audubon, and they weren't much bigger than the giant red ants!)


More baby frogs covered the roads at La Sal del Rey; one source insists that they are all Chirping Frogs.


Giant Toad; Texan Guest Ranch left, Bentsen Rio Grande State Park right

Enjoying the spa at Bentsen Rio Grande SP!

Spadefoot sp., Laguna Atascosa NWR

Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Monte Cristo Tract


Another Rio Grande Leopard Frog, Estero Llano Grande SP


Schools of small fish along the boardwalk at South Padre Island



Much larger fish (about a foot long each) were swimming in the bay





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