This is a male Guadalupe spiny softshell, a Texas endemic taxon and a pretty turtle. He came out of Sparkling Springs Lake, a shallow dammed up stretch of Cibolo Creek.
collected during the Wildlife Field Research week in May 2012. Photographed and released.
common species in Kendall County Texas
Basking on a rock in upper Cibolo Creek, Kendall County Texas.
Found on our porch on a rainy night. Didn't hear call, but in past have only heard versicolor at this locality.
A small male diamondback rattlesnake crossing the Meier ranch road in Val Verde County, Texas
Chordates are members of the phylum Chordata, deuterostome animals possessing a notochord, a hollow dorsal nerve cord, pharyngeal slits, an endostyle, and a post-anal tail for at least some period of their life cycles. Taxonomically, the phylum includes the subphyla Vertebrata, including mammals, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds; Tunicata, including salps and sea squirts; and Cephalochordata, comprising the lancelets.