Death Valley Photographers Guide

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ISBN 978-0984641505
7" x 9"
114 pages
102 color photographs
5 maps
Over 60 locations

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Death Valley Photographers Guide

Death Valley wildlife

Reptiles and amphibians
The Death Valley National Park web site has complete checklists of reptiles and amphibians.
Follow the links below for photos of selected species.
Arizona elegans, Glossy snake
Arizona elegans
Glossy snake

Sandy or gravelly areas; nocturnal
Western toad, Bufo boreas
Bufo boreas
Western toad
(California toad)

Introduced; Furnace Creek area, Darwin Canyon
Zebra-tailed lizard, Callisaurus draconoides
Callisaurus draconoides
Zebra-tailed lizard

In washes and at the edge of dunes
Mojave shovel-nosed snake, Chionactis occipitalis
Chionactis occipitalis occipitalis
Mojave shovel-nosed snake

Washes, dunes, and other sandy areas in the southern half of Death Valley
Great Basin whiptail, Cnemidophorus tigris tigris
Cnemidophorus tigris tigris
Great Basin whiptail

Sandy or rocky areas, washes, mesquite thickets
Mojave desert sidewinder, Crotalus cerastes
Crotalus cerastes cerastes
Mojave desert sidewinder

Sand dunes, mesquite hummocks; nocturnal
Panamint Rattlesnake, Crotalus mitchellii stephensi
Crotalus mitchellii stephensi
Panamint rattlesnake

Rocky areas and canyons
Great Basin collared lizard, Crotaphytus insularis bicinctores
Crotaphytus bicinctores
Great Basin collared lizard

Rocky hillsides and washes
Desert iguana, Dipsosaurus dorsalis
Dipsosaurus dorsalis
Desert iguana

Washes and lower canyons with fine sandy soil
Eumeces skiltonianus skiltonianus, Western skink
Eumeces skiltonianus skiltonianus
Western (Skilton) skink

Pinyon-juniper woodlands
Leopard lizard, Gambelia wislizenii
Gambelia wislizenii
Leopard lizard

Alluvial fans, washes, and canyons with scattered vegetation
Desert tortoise,  Gopherus agassizii, Xerobates agassizii,
Gopherus agassizii
Desert tortoise

Areas with soft soil from 1500 to 3500 feet; lives in burrows

Hyla regilla
Pacific treefrog
(Pacific chorus frog)

In and around water at Scotty's Castle, Furnace Creek, Saratoga Springs, Johnson Canyon, and Hanaupah Canyon

Masticophis flagellum piceus
Coachwhip (red racer)

Rocky foothills, areas with sparse vegetation
Desert horned lizard, Phrynosoma platyrhinos
Phrynosoma platyrhinos
Desert horned lizard

Washes, areas of sandy soil or gravel, to about 5000 feet
Pituophis catenifer deserticola, Great Basin gopher snake
Pituophis catenifer deserticola
Great Basin gopher snake

Rocky areas in foothills and mountains
Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana
Rana catesbeiana

Introduced; Furnace Creek area
Mojave patch-nosed snake, Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis
Salvadora hexalepis mojavensis
Mojave patch-nosed snake

Washes, other rocky and sandy areas
Western chuckwalla, Sauromalus obesus obesus
Sauromalus obesus obesus
Western chuckwalla

Rocky hillsides and canyons, up to 5,000 feet
Sceloporus magister, Desert spiny lizard
Sceloporus magister
Desert spiny lizard

Rocky hillsides and canyons
Western fence lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis
Sceloporus occidentalis
Western fence lizard

Rocky hillsides and canyons, ruins of old buildings
Mojave fringe-toed lizard, Uma scoparia
Uma scoparia
Mojave fringe-toed lizard

Ibex Dunes

Urosaurus graciosus
Long-tailed brush lizard

Low elevations, in and around creosote bush and mesquite
Side-blotched lizard, Uta stansburiana
Uta stansburiana
Side-blotched lizard

Rocky and gravelly areas up to 5,000 feet
Common desert night lizard, Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Common desert night lizard

In and around Joshua trees
The official Death Valley bird list shows the relative abundance of each species in Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.
Follow these links for photos of selected species.

Actitis macularia, Spotted sandpiper
Anas platyrhynchos, Mallard
Aphelocoma californica, Western scrub jay
Ardea alba, Great egret
Ardea herodias, Great blue heron
Bubulcus ibis, Cattle egret
Butorides virescens, Green heron
Calidris minutilla, Least sandpiper
Callipepla californica, California quail
Callipepla gambelii, Gambel's quail
Calypte anna, Anna's hummingbird
Campylorhynchus brunneicapillus, Cactus wren
Cathartes aura, Turkey vulture
Catoptrophorus semipalmatus, Western willet
Charadrius vociferus, Killdeer
Columbina inca, Inca dove
Corvus corax, Common raven
Egretta caerulea, Little blue heron
Egretta thula, Snowy egret
Euphagus cyanocephalus, Brewer's blackbird
Falco mexicanus, Prairie falcon
Falco sparverius, Kestrel
Himantopus mexicanus, Black-necked stilt
Leucophoyx thula, Snowy egret
Pheucticus melanocephalus, Black-headed Grosbeak
Piranga ludoviciana, Western tanager
Quiscalus mexicanus, Great-tailed grackle
Wilsonia pusilla, Wilson's warbler
Zenaida asiatica, White-winged dove
Zonotrichia leucophrys, White-crowned sparrow