Toad Stone

I found this little guy on the old abandoned road to Lone Star Geyser in Yellowstone National Park. This image was shot using a fairly wide-angle lens. How close this looks is how close I actually was. The toad didn’t seem too concerned with my being up in his face. I wasn’t totally sure he was…

Short-horned Lizard

This short-horned lizard is a tiny, little reptile. He is a youngster, yet to fully develop the trademark horns that give his species their name. Compare him to the blade of grass that is casting a shadow on his scaly face and you start to really realize how small he is. I just lucked out…

Unite or Die

A snake seems like a weird patriotic symbol to post on the eve of our country’s independence celebration… However, a snake’s image was used as one of the first political cartoons printed by Benjamin Franklin as a call to unite the colonies to fight against the French during the French and Indian War. Later the image was repurposed to unite…

Camouflaged Croc

I took this picture on the bank of the Zambezi River in Zambia, above Victoria Falls. The crocodile is the apex predator of the reptile family. They are ferocious and deadly hunters in water and on land. Their main diet consists of fish, but they are opportunistic creatures and will eat wildebeests and even humans if…

African Python

African pythons, like all pythons, aren’t poisonous. With that knowledge in mind, I laid flat on my stomach face-to-face with this baby python while on safari in Zimbabwe. Our local Trackers had a healthy fear of snakes and thought I was crazy. They kept telling me, “You shouldn’t get so close to snake. They dangerous!” Their fear…

Puerto Rican Iguana

Most of the Iguanas we saw while in Puerto Rico were camera shy, but this guy seemed to pose for the camera. He came running up to my wife and I in a small field just above the cliffs, and hung out with us for a while. He then proceeded to the cliffside and started…