Turtle! Flathead snake! Frogs! Lizard over here! TIMBER RATTLESNAKE!
Each time a species was called out, I quickly ran over to see what was spotted.
I was so anxious to find any species that I had never seen before in person.
However, I didn't have much luck two weeks ago, especially in comparison to
the Wildlife Department wildlife diversity biologists with me. I am a very
competitive person, so I wanted to find as many species as I could in our
allotted time for the first evening of the reptile and amphibian survey we were
conducting on Cross Timbers Wildlife Management Area. Unfortunately, that
I knew there were
many species at my
fingertips, right under
my nose. But why
wasn't I seeing
anything that they
Obviously they have
more experience than
I do, but that's not a
good enough excuse.
I wanted to find some
kind of snake, a
Often, as a wise
mentor once noted to
me, we tend to only
see what we know.
So is that it? I don't know every species that could potentially be seen on Cross
Timbers, so I don't know what to look for during the survey? In a way, it makes
sense because each species has behaviors, sounds, and habitats that make it
that much easier to find if you know some simple characteristics.
Timber rattlesnake spotted at Cross Timbers WMA during a reptile and amphibian
survey in July. Photo by Darrin Hill
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