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    Been to the Zoo Recently?

    Hello again!
    I mentioned in my "Reptiles of UNC" thread in that subforum that the herpetology class was planning a special trip to the Denver Zoo. However as I took a lot of pics I decided that making a separate thread here (it's not just reptiles) was a better idea. There will be several posts before this is over, feel free to share any pics you might have too!

    First shot of the trip, visited the cats and this snow leopard was hanging out on a swing
    snow leopard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Several hours later, and I think this was the same guy up there
    Snow leopard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Leopard #2
    snow leopard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    serval by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Serval by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Serval by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    amur leopard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Amur leopard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    The Siberian tiger was enjoying himself too
    Siberian tiger by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    These two pics a few hours later prove that animals have no shame...
    Siberian tiger by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Siberian tiger by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Addy by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Peacock by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Next post will start the special tour we got....
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    Important anywhere you have venomous snakes, this is the antivenom fridge
    Antivenom fridge by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Several animals in the back, not on display, often with additionals of the same species that were out to see:
    In back
    Trimeresurus insularis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    On display
    Trimeresurus insularis by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Unknown sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    In back
    Vietnamese pit viper by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    vs. on display
    vietnamese pit viper by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    In back
    McGregor's pit viper by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    vs. on display
    McGregor's pit viper by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Many-horned adder by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Cuban knight anole by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    In back
    Male Brazilian lancehead by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    vs. on display
    Brazilian lancehead, female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Slender hognose viper by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Giant anole sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    madagascan rainbow sand lizard by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Up next, turtles, fish and frogs...
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    Denver Zoo was one of the first places to successfully captive breed this turtle species. These guys are all in a habitat that is not viewable to the public
    Sulawesi forest turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sulawesi forest turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sulawesi forest turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Sulawesi forest turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    seahorse sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    This is another critically endangered turtle species, there were several of them around the facility
    blac breasted leaf turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    black breasted leaf turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Lots of little fish species
    unknown fish sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The two below are both extinct in the wild, kept alive currently via the pet trade
    crescent zoe by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Golden skiffia by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    unknown fish sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    green tree python by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Lots of pretty pythons
    green tree python by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And funky frogs
    mossy frog by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    dart frog sp. by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Dyeing poison dart frog by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Dyeing poison dart frog by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The Panamanian Golden Frog is critically endangered in the wild, under attack by chytrid and efforts are being made so that it doesn't go the way of the Golden Toad
    Panamanian golden frog by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    One of two frogfish, this one in back...
    frogfish by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And this one on display. They can't be kept together because, despite being nearly the same size, one might eat the other.
    frogfish by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Asian box turtles are endangered almost entirely thanks to the turtle meat trade in Aisa
    Asian box turtle female by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Asian box turtle male by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Spotted turtle by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    One of the lizards in back not on display.
    Water dragon by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    Up next, one of my favorite points of the trip....by the way, I know we have some aquarium people on here, any ID you might be able to give on some of the small fish is appreciated
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    Alright, the probable highlight of the trip....starting off, a tooth from one of the Komodo Dragons
    Komodo dragon tooth by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    And this is the first female, around 7 feet long and content to laze about on her platform
    Christica by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Christica by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Christica by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    The second female was also lazing about in the back
    Anika by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Anika by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Anika by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr

    And lastly, but most excitingly: the big male, Raja. He was I estimate 8-9 feet long, and according to the keeper has a thing for neck scratches. Take a wild guess what was actually separating us from him in these pics
    Raja by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Raja by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Raja by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
    Raja by Hawken Carlton, on Flickr
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    Quote Originally Posted by hcarlton View Post
    .by the way, I know we have some aquarium people on here, any ID you might be able to give on some of the small fish is appreciated
    Great pics, Hawkin! The first unknown fish looks like some type of rainbowfish (Melanotaeniidae) based on fin arrangement and mouth anatomy, but I've never seen any with those spotted patterns. The other unknown could a cyprinodont (killifish) of the genus Fundulus, Cyprinodon, or Pachypanchax, but it's hard to tell from the angle the large male in front is posed. Wish I could be of more help.

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    It's not a terrible concern if they don't get labeled, but thanks for the input! I do think the second unknown is a killifish (I recall that label on one of the tanks), but the first...well, with the pictures I pulled up for that group I wonder...

    Also, slightly unrelated, but there's no i in my name
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    Mmm...Dragon tooth and nails

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    The first unknown fish is a Goodeid of some kind. The pic is terrible in terms of making an id, but given the body shape, and the rest of the freshwater collection it's pretty obvious. Maybe Characodon lateralis?.The other two extirpated species are also Goodeids. Many Goodeied species are very recently extinct, extirpated and endangered. Likewise with the Pupfish, killies that largely live in the same geographic region as the Goodeids. Number two is a Pupfish. Again from an id standpoint the pic is terrible, but given the other extirpated fish species they maintain, Cyprinodon alvarezi would be my first guess.
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