Ziphen Central

Seeking Wisdom and Sublimity

Bullfrog in the Stock Tank

During the summer of 2010, there was a bullfrog living in our stock tank, the largest we had ever seen on our property (in Parker County, Texas):

Posted on 1 November 2011 by Mashkioya
Filed under: herpetology,photography

Miscellaneous Photos

A bat on the side of the Old Main building at Freed-Hardeman University

Following two photos: Fossilized dinosaur tracks at Dinosaur Valley State Park, Glen Rose, Texas.

Posted on 6 July 2010 by Mashkioya
Filed under: herpetology,nature,photography

Watch your tail!

Ziphen Central – Seeking Wisdom and Sublimity

We found this fine and unusually large specimen of a Mediterranean gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) in our attic yesterday. Unfortunately, as I was releasing him our cat Gator suddenly appeared and pursued the poor lizard, chasing him through a fence. He made it out with his life, but the cat got ahold of his elegant tail, which she proceeded to eat. I know geckos are made to release their tails to distract predators, but I felt sorry for him all the same. But he will grow another one eventually, though perhaps not as perfect as the first.

Posted on 30 June 2009 by Mashkioya
Filed under: herpetology,photography