Salvadora grahamiae (Patch-nosed Snake) found beneath surface rock on top of mesa/plateau, late morning. Mild temperature, high overcast skies. Habitat: plateau grassland/shrubland, shallow soil on limestone mesa top. Collector: Gerry Salmon (snake released after photos)
Adult porcupine, DOR, found in late afternoon. Habitat: semi-rural/exurban Ashe juniper/oak woodlands with some grasslands and improved pastures, limestone hills, slopes, and terraces. Specimen not salvaged
Adult Common Porcupine (Erethizon dorsatum) DOR, Tamaulipan Thornscrub habitat of shrubland with sparse grasslands, shrubs primarily ceniza (Leucophyllum), blackbrush acacia and other xeric shrubs representative of the northern portion of the Tamaulipan Thornscrub in the vicinity of Amistad Reservoir. Specimen found mid-evening. Not salvaged.
Lampropeltis calligaster (Prairie Kingsnake) - DOR, urban bay shoreline at wharves, along non-waterfront side is an area between a house and commercial establishment signed "Seadrift Native Habitat" but mostly lawn-like. No expanse of native grassland or much natural wildland noticed close by
Sonora semiannulata (Ground Snake) found under rock on grassy rocky slope with shallow soils. Toeslope of limestone hills, not far upslope of wooded valley floor. Mid-morning, partly cloudy with bright sun. Retained as voucher with tissues (UT-TNHC)
S. olivaceus found burrowing under rocks in a flower bed near the guest quarters at Independence Creek Nature Preserve. The specimen is female, and gravid (pic included), leading me to believe she might be constructing a burrow to lay her eggs. Specimen was preserved and added to the University of Texas herp collection.