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Herping and our Beach Buddy!!!!

For all you who aren’t quite familiar with the term “Herping” it basically is the act of photographing or catching reptiles and amphibians. Today’s herping excursion started off with hopes of photographing or even possibly catching a Lesser Antillean Iguana (Iguana delicatissima), which was spotted in the canopy at this location by Tirzah the previous day. Clayton and I decide to wait until mid-day when the sun was at its highest, assuming they would be out to bask. We started walking around underneath the canopy keeping our heads facing up hoping to catch a glimpse of one, but we were easily distracted by all the Ameivas scurrying around us. After many misses Clayton and I finally caught a baby ameiva who was just adorable as can be.


Baby Ameiva (Ameiva fuscata)

After a couple of hours of searching we came across an abandoned building. While trying once again to catch a huge Ameiva we came across this huge land crab!!!


Huge land Crab!

After searching for so long we called it quits. We decided to go hike along the beach where we were approached by a very nice local by the name of Julius. He ever so nicely offered Clayton and I to smoke some weed (marijuana). Clayton and I have never smoked weed before and were definitely not about to start now. Once he realized that we were not interested he offered us some very nice looking necklaces that were very cheap. I personally was not able to decline the offer and I then told Tirzah, Nicole, and Karen about them and we all purchased one. He was so nice he even agreed to take a picture with all of us. This country has the nicest people I have ever met!!!!



Karen, Nicole, Julius and I!!!

We got back to ITME and just when we thought our herping fun was over it wasn’t!!!! Lisa called to Clayton and I and pointed out what looked like to be a little skink, but actually wasn’t. It was actually a Worm lizard(Gymnophthalmus pleii)!!! That was our sixth herp species for the trip and still 3 whole days to go!!!!


Worm Lizard!


3 Responses

  1. HI Mark, loved the pictures and Im soooooo glad you all turned down the weed !!!!!! I guess its not illegal there ?
    Will you be doing more snorkeling soon and doing more underewater research ? I know Tirzah was hoping to see a Grouper fish.
    Take care and keep up the good work.
    MOM in Pa.

  2. Hi Mark,

    It looks like you guys are having a great time! Really enjoyed your herping story and all of the great pictures everyone has posted. I still hope that you will be able to get that iguana pic, but as we know, herps never appear on cue!
    Take care and enjoy the rest of your trip,
    Kristin and Trevor

  3. Hi Mark,

    Awesome pics I know you are in Paradise, just where you always wanted to be. I love seeing and hearing all about your beautiful experience. Enjoy mark and take care.

    Love mom

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