Herping definitely took a back burner on this trip, but I managed to get out a few days here and there in between visiting friends.
I spent my first morning hiking some mountains for speckled rattlesnakes. I had yet to see this species and it was high on my wish list. I was out early, and despite it being the end of March, it was already hot. I spent about four hours checking various rock piles without much luck.
Tiger Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris
Common Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana
Chuckwalla Sauromalus ater
When finally I noticed a the form of snake jump out in my peripheral vision. SCORE!
Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus mitchellii
That afternoon I tried hiking a different mountain range. I saw plenty of chuckwallas.
But no more snakes to be found. The next day, I drove south to the Tuscon area to spend the morning hiking a well known tourist location, Sabino Canyon, with an old friend Terry. We had a nice morning, even if we didn't see all that much.
Unknown young whiptail - possibilities include A. uniparens, A. sonorae, A. flagellicauda
Another of presumably the same species.
We turned up a Canyon Treefrog Hyla arenicolor near a small pool of water.
Greater Earless Lizards Cophosaurus texanus were common.
We also spotted a much larger whiptail compared to what we had been seeing. I believe this is a young Canyon Spotted Whiptail Aspidoscelis burti.
A couple Black-necked Garters Thamnophis cyrtopsis were exploring the creek.
On the way out we also spotted a Zebra-tailed Lizard Callisaurus draconoides.
Which pretty much concludes the Arizona portion of this trip. Short but sweet.