endless forms most beautiful

Hi, I'm Zach. My primary focus is herpetology (the study of reptiles and amphibians), but my interests span many topics relating to the natural and unnatural world.

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Blister Beetles (Lytta magister) eating/mating. These insects are called blister beetles because they secrete the compound cantharidin, which causes blistering. Cantharidin is used medicinally for wart and tattoo removal, and may also have cancer-fighting properties.

Found two sparrow nests today while surveying - must be springtime in the desert.

Horned lizard just chillin!

Sinonatrix sp. (S. aequifasciata or S. percarinata?). Vietnam 2013.
©Zachary A. Cava
*Originally posted on the Field Herp Forum: Vietnam: Part 3

Sinonatrix sp. (S. aequifasciata or S. percarinata?). Vietnam 2013.

©Zachary A. Cava

*Originally posted on the Field Herp Forum: Vietnam: Part 3

Making friends in Vietnam. 2013.

©Zachary A. Cava

*Originally posted on the Field Herp Forum: Vietnam: Part 3