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Phrynosoma cornutum, the famous "Texas horned lizard", in Jim Hogg County, Texas.






Crotalus atrox, the "western diamondback rattlesnake"; a resident of the Lophophora regrowth study site in Jim Hogg County, Texas. 
This individual was around 7 feet long and 3 inches at maximum diameter, not an unusually large size for this species in South Texas.








A couple of Xerobates (Gopherus) berlandieri, the "Texas tortoise"; encountered in Starr County, Texas.






Grasshopper with Lophophora williamsii population in Starr County, Texas.






Grasshopper with Lophophora williamsii var. echinata population in West Texas.






Argiope argentata (silver garden spider) above a Lophophora williamsii population in Jim Hogg County, Texas.






Amblyoma cajennense
, the "cayenne tick", from the study site in Jim Hogg County Texas

 

Nymphs found in 2011

Increments on the scale bars below 1 = 0.05 mm.

nymphs


Adults found in 2012
Adults
compared



We also encountered several dead animals that seemed to be worth sharing




Taxidea taxus, the "American badger", from Starr County, Texas.






Odocoileus virginianus, the "white-tail deer", from Starr County, Texas compared to Axis (Cervus) axis, the imported "Axis deer".





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