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Rough Earthsnake Haldea striatula

Observer

toby

Date

March 31, 2013 04:14 PM CDT
Rough Earthsnake - Photo (c) Zack, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Rough Earthsnake (Haldea striatula)
Added on March 24, 2017. 1 person agrees, 1 disagrees
Added as part of a taxon swap

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Ornate Tree Lizard Urosaurus ornatus

Observer

ck2az

Date

March 17, 2017 10:25 AM MDT
Ornate Tree Lizard - Photo (c) Richard Droker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
Added on March 19, 2017. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Clark's Spiny Lizard Sceloporus clarkii

Observer

ck2az

Date

March 17, 2017 04:40 PM MDT
Clark's Spiny Lizard - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Clark's Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus clarkii)
Added on March 19, 2017. 1 person agrees, 1 disagrees

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Horned Lizards Genus Phrynosoma

Observer

nauhyacacoatl

Date

October 27, 2010

Description

El Bicho estaba recibiendo "la resolana" debajo de una formación rocosa; su avistamiento fue posterior a las 16:00hrs.

Sonoran Horned Lizard - Photo (c) danjleavitt, all rights reserved, uploaded by Dan Leavitt
danjleavitt's ID: Sonoran Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma goodei)
Added on March 19, 2017. 0 people agree, 3 disagree

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Human Homo sapiens

Observer

jnstuart

Date

October 4, 2009 12:37 PM MDT

Description

Brian K. Lang, former NM Department of Game & Fish wildlife biologist and invertebrate species specialist, checks the population of Socorro Isopod (Thermosphaeroma thermophilum) at a natural spring near Socorro, Socorro Co., New Mexico. Brian monitored the health of this population, an Endangered species, on a monthly basis for many years. He passed away on March 1, 2017 and is sorely missed by his many friends and colleagues.

Coordinates are for town of Socorro and not actual location.

See also: http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/5274530

Excerpt from his obituary (http://obituaries.newsandtribune.com/story/brian-lang-1958-2017-889122942):
"He was born January 29, 1958 to parents Irvin and Norma Lang of New Albany, Indiana. Brian had a deep passion for biology and zoology from an early age by collecting rocks, fossils, snakes and insects and spent much of his youth exploring the woods and stream life of a neighborhood city park. One prized possession was a perfectly fossilized trilobite that he found at summer scout camp. His extensive international travels took him to the Galapagos Island, Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Bolivia, western Europe and Alaska.
Brian received his undergraduate biology degree from Ball State University and a Master's degree in Wildlife Management from Frostburg State University in Maryland. Upon graduation he spent several years as a Research Coordinator studying marsupial mammals in the mountains of Chile and contributed reference samples to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois. During this Chilean field work he became fluent in oral and written Spanish. His next career path leads him to Rhode Island where he served as a Senior Wetlands Biologist performing environmental reviews of sensitive areas.
His natural affinity for the outdoors continued in New Mexico where he served as a Research Assistant for the University of New Mexico Museum of Southwestern Biology, evaluating native fishes in the Pecos and Rio Grande drainages. His 20 plus year career with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish began in 1992 with the Endangered Fishes Program as a Field Technician studying native fishes in the Pecos River system. He served as a Wildlife Zoologist for approximately ten years specializing in the stewardship of 27 listed terrestrial and aquatic invertebrates. This work included captive propagation and husbandry programs for the Socorro isopod and Texas hornshell mussel. One of his many career accomplishments in this position was the discovery of a new species of land snail in New Mexico. Brian was a highly published scientist and scholar with approximately 30 peer reviewed authored or co-authored journal articles. He provided peer review for a variety of fellow researchers. Brian was instrumental in the creation of New Mexico's Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plan and passage of the Aquatic Species Control Act in 2008-9. Brian was a key player in the creation of a statewide Aquatic Invasive Species program in New Mexico. He served as an Adjunct Curator for the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science from 2001-2014."

Human - Photo Unknown, no known copyright restrictions (public domain)
danjleavitt's ID: Human (Homo sapiens)
Added on March 11, 2017. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Human Homo sapiens

Observer

jnstuart

Date

August 16, 2008

Description

Charles W. Painter (1949-2015), herpetologist with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish in Santa Fe from 1985 to 2013.

Charlie enjoyed doing conservation education workshops like this one at the Wind River Ranch (now part of the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge), along the Mora River in Mora County, New Mexico. Here he does a show & tell with a large snapping turtle captured that morning. He was a tireless advocate for amphibian and reptile conservation, an excellent field biologist, and a great friend to many.

You can read about some of his accomplishments here: http://amphibianandreptileconservancy.org/news/allison-haskell-award/charles-painter . Interestingly, the turtle in the photo there is probably the same one as shown here but captured in a different year!

He passed away today, 12 May 2015, in Albuquerque.

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Addendum: Here's a very good obituary by colleague and friend Lee Fitzgerald and published by the Center for North American Herpetology:

CNAH ANNOUNCEMENT
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 8:08:29 AM
The Center for North American Herpetology
Lawrence, Kansas
http://www.cnah.org

Charles Wilson Painter, Herpetologist, Naturalist, Mentor, Author, Blacksmith, Father, Husband, Friend, Artist, passed away on 12 May 2015. We will miss Charlie as a beloved member of our herpetological community and hold the fondest memories of his vast knowledge of natural history, humor, mastery of the camp kitchen, and the exquisite care and attention he gave to all his endeavors and friendships. It seems everyone who accompanied Charlie, whether for a day or a month, returned with stories they will tell for a lifetime.
Born 23 February 1949, Charlie grew up in rural Louisiana and Arkansas. One starting point of his professional career in herpetology could be his service in the US Army in South Korea, where he amassed a collection of about 1,500 specimens. While in graduate school at University of Louisiana at Monroe, Charlie completed his master’s thesis on the herpetofauna of Colima, Mexico. He relocated to Albuquerque in the late 1970s and spent the rest of his life in New Mexico.
Charlie continued graduate work at University of New Mexico and in the early 1980s worked on several interesting projects in the Southwest and Mexico focused on herps, fishes, and some feathered reptiles. Charlie landed the job of his dreams in 1985 when he became the first herpetologist for the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. The job title fit him perfectly, Endangered Species Biologist. Charlie likened his position to a show he and his brother Robert watched as kids, and said he never imagined he would “be so lucky to ride through the desert like the Lone Ranger, having one adventure after another.” Charlie spent 28 years in this position, not just sharing adventures, but initiating and completing countless studies that accumulated a vast body of critically important information on the natural history, distribution, and conservation status of amphibians and reptiles throughout New Mexico.
As Curatorial Associate at the Museum of Southwestern Biology, University of New Mexico, Charlie deposited thousands of specimens and was a central figure in the Division of Amphibians and Reptiles. Charlie lead the effort to create and publish Amphibians and Reptiles of New Mexico, which still stands as a fine example of a scholarly monograph of a regional herpetofauna. Other notable achievements include Charlie’s record of more than 80 scholarly publications, successfully pushing legislation to control wildlife trade in New Mexico, and a series of long-term studies on lizard communities in several locations, montane rattlesnakes, and the enigmatic decline of leopard frogs.Charlie’s work had direct impact on conservation of all the endemic and exploited amphibians and reptiles in New Mexico.
In the policy arena, he was a staunch defender of species and their habitats, guided by a deep conservation ethic backed by scientifically defensible arguments. In recognition of these career achievements Charlie received the Alison Haskell Award in Herpetofaunal Conservation from Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Gila Natural History Symposium.
Charlie built his career around a philosophy of embracing broad collaborations and fostering and implementing good research. In doing so, he became the hub of field-based herpetological research and conservation in New Mexico, forging new relationships, and mentoring more young biologists than we could name, including a corps of more than 20 professional field technicians who themselves have progressed in their careers at numerous universities, agencies, and private firms.
Charles W. Painter is survived by his loving wife and partner in herpetology, Lori King Painter, his daughter, Ashley Painter, stepdaughter Kelly Senyé, brother Robert Painter, and friends all over the world. We will profoundly miss him and remain thankful for legacies he left for us in herpetology and life.

Lee A. Fitzgerald, Texas A&M University

Human - Photo Unknown, no known copyright restrictions (public domain)
danjleavitt's ID: Human (Homo sapiens)
Added on March 11, 2017. 5 people agree, 0 disagree

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desert lily Hesperocallis undulata

Observer

wcrumbo

Date

March 7, 2017 05:44 PM MST
desert lily - Photo (c) marlin harms, some rights reserved (CC BY)
danjleavitt's ID: desert lily (Hesperocallis undulata)
Added on March 10, 2017. 2 people agree, 0 disagree

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Flat-tailed Horned Lizard Phrynosoma mcallii

Observer

wcrumbo

Date

March 1, 2017 02:20 PM MST
Flat-tailed Horned Lizard - Photo (c) Pacific Southwest Region U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, some rights reserved (CC BY)
danjleavitt's ID: Flat-tailed Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma mcallii)
Added on March 10, 2017. 2 people agree, 0 disagree

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Small Indian Mongoose Herpestes auropunctatus

Observer

davidr

Date

January 2, 2012

Place

Puako, HI (Google, OSM)
Small Indian Mongoose - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Small Indian Mongoose (Herpestes auropunctatus)
Added on March 10, 2017. 1 person agrees, 1 disagrees
Added as part of a taxon split

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Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard Uma scoparia

Observer

lonnyholmes

Date

September 16, 2016 10:03 AM PDT

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Eastern Black-tailed Rattlesnake Crotalus ornatus

Observer

croelke

Date

August 4, 2013 11:20 PM CDT
Eastern Black-tailed Rattlesnake - Photo (c) Liliana Tobar, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
danjleavitt's ID: Eastern Black-tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus ornatus)
Added on February 26, 2017. 3 people agree, 1 disagrees
Added as part of a taxon split

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Western Black-Tailed Rattlesnake Crotalus molossus

Observer

ronsavage

Date

April 30, 2006 11:06 AM EDT

Description

Specimen observed sunning itself amongst boulders in mixed conifer forest, at approx. 2,800 meters elevation. Temperature was in the 60 F degree range. Specimen was extremely difficult to see. Location is approximate. This was the earliest that a large C. molussus was observed at such a high elevation in Central mexico

Western Black-Tailed Rattlesnake - Photo (c) Gary Nored, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
danjleavitt's ID: Western Black-Tailed Rattlesnake (Crotalus molossus)
Added on February 26, 2017. 3 people agree, 3 disagree
Added as part of a taxon split

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Prairie Massasauga Sistrurus tergeminus ssp. tergeminus

Date

November 1, 1986

Place

Texas, US (Google, OSM)
Prairie Massasauga - Photo (c) johnwilliams, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
danjleavitt's ID: Prairie Massasauga (Sistrurus tergeminus ssp. tergeminus)
Added on February 22, 2017. 3 people agree, 4 disagree
Added as part of a taxon swap

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Whiptail Lizards Genus Aspidoscelis

Observer

john91

Date

August 20, 2016 01:50 PM MDT
Plateau Striped Whiptail - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Plateau Striped Whiptail (Aspidoscelis velox)
Added on September 13, 2016. 0 people agree, 2 disagree

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Plateau Fence Lizard Sceloporus tristichus

Observer

ctracey

Date

September 22, 2011 11:45 AM EDT
Plateau Fence Lizard - Photo (c) Bryant Olsen, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
danjleavitt's ID: Plateau Fence Lizard (Sceloporus tristichus)
Added on June 29, 2016. 2 people agree, 2 disagree

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Common Chuckwalla Sauromalus ater

Observer

cwbarrows

Date

March 15, 2015
Common Chuckwalla - Photo (c) Erin and Lance Willett, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Common Chuckwalla (Sauromalus ater)
Added on June 05, 2016. 2 people agree, 0 disagree

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Squirrels and Allies Family Sciuridae

Observer

joanne11

Date

February 4, 2016

Description

Abert's squirrel came out of a garbage can with a sandwich for his breakfast!

Abert's Squirrel - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Abert's Squirrel (Sciurus aberti)
Added on June 05, 2016. 0 people agree, 1 disagrees

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Regal Horned Lizard Phrynosoma solare

Observer

foreverorange

Date

June 24, 2015 08:04 AM MDT
Regal Horned Lizard - Photo (c) Lon&Queta, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Regal Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma solare)
Added on May 24, 2016. 2 people agree, 0 disagree

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Common Hog-nosed Skunk Conepatus leuconotus

Observer

toby

Date

May 5, 2016 11:53 AM CDT
Common Hog-nosed Skunk - Photo (c) Saguaro National Park, some rights reserved (CC BY)
danjleavitt's ID: Common Hog-nosed Skunk (Conepatus leuconotus)
Added on May 09, 2016. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Ornate Tree Lizard Urosaurus ornatus

Observer

masonperkes

Date

May 5, 2016 05:55 PM MDT
Ornate Tree Lizard - Photo (c) Richard Droker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Ornate Tree Lizard (Urosaurus ornatus)
Added on May 09, 2016. 2 people agree, 1 disagrees

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Sonoran Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer ssp. affinis

Observer

tecpatl

Date

October 11, 2015 10:56 AM MDT

Description

6 1/2 feet +- , just fed. Temp 85*F. Very docile. Released after.

Sonoran Gopher Snake - Photo (c) tom spinker, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Sonoran Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer ssp. affinis)
Added on October 30, 2015. 4 people agree, 2 disagree

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Gopher Tortoises Genus Gopherus

Observer

zenb

Date

September 24, 2015

Description

The tortoises are on the move, following late summer rains 2 days ago. This little one was wandering down the middle of the river crossing. The back of his shell near his tail was chipped off, and I couldn't see a tail.

Morafka’s Desert Tortoise - Photo (c) John Hudson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Morafka’s Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 2 disagree

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Western Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus atrox

Observer

brianjones

Date

September 25, 2015 02:17 PM MDT

Description

Along base of bank protection of Pantano Wash

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Speckled Rattlesnake Crotalus mitchellii

Observer

belinda

Date

September 19, 2015

Description

Some kind of rattlesnake?

Speckled Rattlesnake - Photo (c) Kerry Matz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Speckled Rattlesnake (Crotalus mitchellii)
Added on October 29, 2015. 3 people agree, 2 disagree

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Arizona Alligator Lizard Elgaria kingii

Observer

hayduke

Date

March 24, 2015 03:08 PM MST

Description

Found dead unfortunately. Pinched between door and door jamb of building.

Arizona Alligator Lizard - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
danjleavitt's ID: Arizona Alligator Lizard (Elgaria kingii)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Morafka’s Desert Tortoise Gopherus morafkai

Date

October 10, 2015

Description

This large desert tortoise was found on the trail I was hiking within the Baboquivari wilderness.

Morafka’s Desert Tortoise - Photo (c) John Hudson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Morafka’s Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Morafka’s Desert Tortoise Gopherus morafkai

Observer

atdahl

Date

August 22, 2014
Morafka’s Desert Tortoise - Photo (c) John Hudson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Morafka’s Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)
Added on October 29, 2015. 2 people agree, 1 disagrees

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Long-nosed Leopard Lizard Gambelia wislizenii

Observer

entomo-logic

Date

May 30, 2015

Description

Female

Long-nosed Leopard Lizard - Photo (c) Jeremy Yoder, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
danjleavitt's ID: Long-nosed Leopard Lizard (Gambelia wislizenii)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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Gopher Tortoises Genus Gopherus

Observer

kevingibson0

Date

October 25, 2015 10:37 AM MDT

Description

She'll scute

Morafka’s Desert Tortoise - Photo (c) John Hudson, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Morafka’s Desert Tortoise (Gopherus morafkai)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 1 disagrees

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Gopher Snake Pituophis catenifer

Observer

kevingibson0

Date

May 13, 2015 05:34 PM MDT
Gopher Snake - Photo (c) J. N. Stuart, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
danjleavitt's ID: Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Added on October 29, 2015. 1 person agrees, 0 disagree

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