Reptiles get a bum rap, but this diverse group of #wildlife plays an important role in many habitat types by, for instance, eating pests such as insects and rodents. Snakes, lizards, and turtles are different types of #reptiles found across the United States. They are cold-blooded, meaning that reptiles require an external source of heat, like the sun, to warm themselves (unlike mammals and birds that maintain a constant internal body temperature). Reptiles also possess a backbone, as do mammals, fishes, birds, and amphibians. A main difference between reptiles and amphibians (like frogs or salamanders) is that amphibians begin life underwater and undergo metamorphosis into an adult form. Another difference is that reptiles tend to have dry, scaly skin whereas amphibians have thin and (generally) wet, slimy skin. Have you spotted any reptiles recently? Photos: Garter #snake near Kulm #wetland Management District in #northdakota by Krista Lundgren/#USFWS; Painted #turtle basking in the sun near J. Clark Salyer National #wildliferefuge in North Dakota by Gary Eslinger/USFWS; Great Basin collared #lizard in the Great Basin in #utah by Larry Crist/USFWS; Bull snake coiled up near Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge in #colorado by Shattil Rozinski/USFWS
Mixed Posts: Day 8 I believe that this cat was named "The Fisher Cat" and he's supposed to have webbed front feet to make swimming easier. I also believe he's still auditioning for a part in any upcoming "Alice in Wonderland" movies. #sonya7riii#wildlifephotography#zoophotograpny
Mixed Posts: Day 8 Although, committing it to paper makes me feel like I'm five years old, these three birds were very, very stinky. I also find myself thinking about the old movie, "The Dark Crystal" for some (obvious) reason. #sonya7riii#wildlifephotography#zoophotography
Setbacks are temporary . . . I spent the last three days home nursing acute pharyngitis and sinusitis. I’m feeling much better, almost have my voice back, and I’m heading to work. I’m on the cusp of completing the #52hikechallenge and was disappointed it was stalled (again), but this setback is temporary. I’m hoping the forecast will improve, and I can get in at least one hike this weekend. This photo is from four years ago, at Caleb Smith State Park. It reminds me of a beautiful, fun day, and always makes me smile.