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Recent content by RJP

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    SE Arizona lizard

    Yes, Chihuahuan, Sonoran, and Gila are all in range and difficult to tell apart. I believe that for sure this is not a Chihuahuan, as they have heavy spots and indistinct stripes, while the other two (and this lizard) are the reverse. But I can't honestly tell if it's Sonoran or Gila.
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    Snapping turtle in Georgia

    Don't live there but this species is all over the eastern U.S. Given the context of the objects around it, it looks fairly large but it is very common that they reach such sizes, and bigger. Up here in northern Indiana I saw one somewhat bigger than that out to lay eggs a week or two ago.
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    What kind of snake is this? Middle Tennessee

    Black Rat Snake is a species name from the older taxonomy (which some people want to keep). The snake looks like an adult to me - for one thing, juv gray rats are typically lighter/brighter in color.
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    What kind of snake is this? Middle Tennessee

    Gray Rat Snake (Pantherophis spiloides). Yes, a Corn Snake is a member of the Rat Snake genus as well, but they have limited range in TN. There is contention in the herpetological community about Rat Snake taxonomy in the U.S., so different people are playing by different rules, and some would...
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    Wide, oddly smooth grayish-blue lizard in SW Texas scrubland- any IDs?

    Looks to be a very well fed, or possibly gravid, Texas Greater Earless Lizard (Cophosauras texanus texanus).
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    I would call these two different species, the top being Common Side-blotched Lizard, Uta stansburiana. I'm fine with Western Fence for the bottom pic.
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    Lizard, Coastal Western Mexico

    I really only know and have books for lizards in the U.S., but these really look like some kind of Anole (family Dactyloidae) to me. Problem is, Mexico has over 50 species. This section of bird forum has low traffic, and you might not get an answer here to this one. If you are on Facebook...
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    snake above bird feeder in Austin Texas

    Harmless Western Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus). Beneficial rodent eater - but they will also take birds and eggs. Snake repellents do not work and are harmful to the environment. There is little you can do besides re-arranging how the feeder is hung to make it harder for a snake to get...
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    NEW TO Lizards and Reptiles

    Brown Anole (Anolis sagrei), male. Invasive. Out-competes our native Green Anoles in many places especially in Florida. Over the past 20 years, it has become hard to find Greens where they were once abundant because of the Browns. A basic reference is the Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and...
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    Tennessee USA snake ID

    This is a North American Racer (Coluber constrictor). The dorsal blotches still visible up near the head, and fading as they go down the body, indicate it was a late stage juvenile, hatched last year. There are two sub-species in Tennessee, with different ranges - Northern Black Racer and...
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    Snake ID - Ohio, US

    Yes. Under current taxonomy, it is called a DeKay's Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi).
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    Trying to Identify this Infant Hawk

    OK - I had narrowed it down to Mississippi Kite or Swainson's Hawk (both white headed as nestlings), but apparently Mississippi Kite is it.
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    Hawk, central Indiana

    Thanks for the independent verification, which should put the disagreement to rest.
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    Trying to Identify this Infant Hawk

    What was the location?
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    Hawk, central Indiana

    Not my pic, and I have an opinion, but looking to settle a disagreement. Taken central Indiana, USA, mid August.