Collecting Sperm during Python Challenge

Collecting Sperm during Python Challenge

Unfortunately, there has been so little research done on freezing reptile sperm that there are no guidelines in the scientific literature. So, we have to develop the protocols for ourselves, which requires a great deal of research and a lot of sperm samples.   read more

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move.   read more

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Once we located individuals of interest, we set about stalking them. A number of our team members then attempted to catch iguanas of interest with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the lizards were just too fast and would elude our attempts with ease!   read more

The World for a Desert Tortoise

The World for a Desert Tortoise

Suddenly, one fierce reptile charged out! She scampered all the way from the back of the burrow, legs swimming through dirt and pebbles. She ran at me as if she wanted to fight! All I could think of was Al Pacino, as Tony Montana in the movie “Scarface,” confronting me.   read more

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

Wild Tortoises Gear Up

The desert tortoises we have been tracking via radio telemetry since May 2013 at a site just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada, have started emerging from hibernaculum.   read more