Newt York City

In West Virginia, we found a city.  A city of newts. We named it…Newt York City. These are all juveniles of the Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens), so I must’ve stumbled on a nesting aggregation.  They larvae aggregate just prior to metamorphosis. Nonetheless, this is the largest number of newts I’ve ever seen in one place.  […]

The most dangerous animal in the Grand Canyon

The mammal list of Grand Canyon national park lists wolves and mountain lions.  The reptile list mentions six species of rattlesnakes with venomous bites.  The elk represent one of the largest ungulate species in the world, and can be deadly when aggressive. But the rangers will tell you that none of those are the most […]

Insects of the Grand Canyon

Admittedly, getting more difficult for me to identify to species, but on the bees, I can still reliably get you to at least genus, even thousands of miles from my area of expertise! In national parks, whenever someone spots wildlife, others immediately gather round to photograph it as well.  In my case, crouched next to […]

(Other) Vertebrate fauna of the Grand Canyon

Hope you’re not sick of the Grand Canyon posts!  ‘Cause I’m still going strong.  I’ve already posted about a couple of the hikes that I did there (1 and 2), as well as the birds that I saw while visiting.  Today, I wanted to share some of the other fascinating vertebrate fauna of the canyon […]