My anxiety is very, very bad right now, so whether or not I’ll be online tomorrow is uncertain. If I decide not to be, I’ll load up a que for everyone.
Hoogstraal’s cat snake (Telescopus hoogstraali)
Endangered on the IUCN Red List.
Telescopus hoogstraali is found in Egypt, Israel, and Jordan. The banded pattern on each individual varies between localities, those in the north have fewer bands than those in the south. This type of snake is called a cat snake due to their cat-like eyes, and are sometimes called cat-eyed snakes. They mainly feed on small lizards, including the horn-scaled agama (Trapelus ruderatus).This species is oviparous, although nothing else is known about its reproductive biology.
T. hoogstraali is threatened by land development in some parts of its range. It is also at risk from livestock grazing and over collection, which is worsened by the fragmented distribution of this species.
There are no official conservation measures targeting T. hoogstraali, although it does occur in the Dana Wildlife Reserve in Jordan, and another reserve in Egypt.
It’s awfully cute. :)
Grizzly with the catch of the day
Photo by Tin Man Lee
Hindquarters of a Gray Bird Grasshopper: Schistocerca nitens
—Seen May 28, 2013, in downtown San Diego