Posts Tagged ‘lepidosaurs’

Show Me Your Pits

13 June 2010

Totally over frogs.  Now we’re all about snakes.  Also, lizards.

See it? I'll give you a hint, it's a Teiid

What’s next?  Dinosaurs?  Turtles?

stay tuned…



It’s a California Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris munda)

LIFE, with reptiles

20 November 2008


Photo Tony Linck,  1948

Matt from HMNH recently posted some gems from the amazing LIFE photo collection that is going up on Google.

Here are some amazing images filed under “Reptiles.”  Each, warrants pages of minor musings, but of course each is worth volumes alone so I’ll spare you.  Keep your eye out for gliders in glight and stone, safety-conscious crocodilians, A. S. Romer in a jam, and of course various feats of snake handlin.    Happy Hunting!


Photo Ralph Crane, Los Angeles 1972

Third Eye Vision

13 October 2008

Many have pondered the reception of the steady stream of e-m message bottles we’ve been casting into the cosmic lagoon for a century or so.  What are the aliens making of The Honeymooners, The Brady Bunch, the numbers stations, That 70s Show?  Are they amused? perplexed? outraged?

The best, I suppose that we can hope for is that they might find some sense of aesthetic beauty in the radiation pouring off our planet–as we get from the flash of a lampyrid; a solar glint off the gorget of hummingbird or the belly of lizard.  Beautiful and stripped of meaning.

The worst is that they might eventually swing by and try to clean up the stain.

All of which is a silly way to try to direct you to one of the best blog posts that I have read in ages.