A few New Mexico reptiles (and one amphibian)


This page was started in June 2020 and will grow as I acquire additional images. Photos are organized by broad category (such as "lizards"), genus and species. In July 2020 I added my first (and so far, only) picture of an amphibian. 

Reptiles: Lizards


Whiptail Lizard (Aspidoscelis)


Collared Lizard (Crotaphytus collaris)


Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma)

For a YouTube video of one of these "Horny Toads," please click here.

Reptiles: Snakes


Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

Don't expect any close-ups of rattlesnakes, unless they're telephoto shots! But notice how this snake's color matches so well with its surroundings.



Red-Spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)

Red-Spotted Toad, Anaxyrus punctatus, New Mexico
Albuquerque, July 2020

According to the New Mexico Herpetological Society, "This is a toad of arroyos, desert streams, springs, tinajas, and cattle tanks, often in rocky areas, but can also be found on rivers and on the edges of agriculture. Occurs at or near permanent or temporary waters. Even in the driest desert mountain ranges, this toad can be found breeding in rain-filled tinajas." My own find fits that habitat description; I found this toad at the edge of a channelized, sometimes wet-bottomed arroyo in what is otherwise dryland.