Reptiles and Amphibians

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Reptiles and Amphibians

These are the principal Reptiles and Amphibians
that might have interacted with our Western ancestors.
As you will note, some were beneficial, others represented somewhat of a hazard.

Bull Snake - Reptiles and AmphibiansBull Snake (Pituophis catenifer sayi): No hazard here; this is the Indian, settler and farmer’s friend; next best thing to a cat for keeping down the rodentia. A valuable critter to have around the teepee or cabin for sure! In Colorado they might get up to six feet long. Photo: U.S. PD, Psyon, 05/2008  {001}
(I have to stop and shoo these guys off the warm road in the summertime. – Doc)


Chuckwalla - Reptiles and AmphibiansChuckwalla (Sauromalus, several): Anyone who spends much time in the desert will come to know these hardy lizards. Photo: U.S. PD, Azhikerdude  {001}
(I’m pretty sure hungry Indians and more than a few pilgrims tried this iguana relative. Tastes like chicken… yum! – Doc)


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