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Recent Herping

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Posted by: fireside3 at Wed Jul 30 04:57:35 2008  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by fireside3 ]  
   

There's a great road I've been traveling for a couple of years in this area, which is close to the 400 acre private HL preserve which I maintain for a wealthy local person, and where I hunt to relocate Western Diamondbacks. I usually have very good luck finding snakes on this road. Day before yesterday, I had stopped to walk a "cut" area in the road and decided to try and vacuum up some ants at a colony I had recently discovered. I vacuumed for several minutes and then stooped over to adjust something on the Dyson vac, when I happened to glance over while bent low and saw this P. cornutum female just looking at me only 2-3 ft. away. She never moved, but kept watching me. Only 2-3 ft. down the ant trail from her, was a small male. It seems that in this area, unfortunately, HLs prefer land which is in use by livestock, which have a tendency to turn up the normally hard packed dirt into a loamy soft top layer of dirt for them.

The interesting note was that on this day, it had been the hottest to date, at 108F, and was actually 8:30pm when I found these two cornutum still dining on harvester ants. It was still light out, but the sun was pretty well down.

The next night down this same road, I ran across this 3 1/2ft. C. atrox atrox. He never even rattled.









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