Archive / September, 2013

Green Lizard and Treefrog

Green Lizard Stalking Green Treefrog

The green lizard below the Green Treefrog apparently thinks the frog might be dinner. That can’t happen since the frog is much too large. The green lizard, which usually eats fly-sized meals and occasionally grasshopper sized ones, is a Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis) sometimes known as the American chameleon. This is our most common lizard. […]

Ameca Splendens Pair

Your First Goodeids

I recently got an email from Dustin Holschuh that gave me the idea for this blog. Actually, under pressure from our web-wizard (Susan Harkey in Austin), I decided to kill two birds with one stone by combining my answer to Dustin with this blog. Dustin wrote, “I’ve been reading your articles in TFH for about […]

Black Widow

Black Widow

A common spider on the farm is the Black Widow (probably Latrodectus hesperus, the Western Black Widow). The pictured spider has been paralyzed by a Spider Wasp and is upside down. In the normal course of events it would have been dragged to a burrow where the wasp would have laid an egg on it. […]

Green Treefrog

Green Treefrog

That is a Green Treefrog peering from an old chain-link fence post in our yard. The frog likes it because it holds water making a nice damp home. We have four species of tree frogs on the farm. The Green Treefrog (Hyla cinerea) is the most common. The other three are Squirrel Treefrog (H. squirella) […]

Dragon Blood Peacock

Dragon Blood Peacock

Today we processed our single vat of Dragon Blood Peacocks. The photo is one of our three breeding males. We got our starting breeders of this fish from Live Fish Direct the end of November last year. After growing up the juveniles, we found the fish to be more than advertised. They are spectacular fish. […]