Locked Out

A collection of photos of the things I love, my adventures, and interactions with wildlife.

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  Hello to all my followers, as you may or may not know I have a youtube channel dedicated to the awareness of wild animals as well as care of captive reptiles. I have just reached 200,000 views and have recently become a youtube partner. My goal is simple, I want to make a nature show, the kind that has been lost to us in the large media like Animal Planet and Discovery Channel. 

I plan on makinga web-show for the purpose of displaying the beauty and wonder of animals, not like the sensationalist scare tactics used by the media but back to what we grew up with as kids. The real, honest nature shows where a guy goes into the woods, holds up a lizard, and proceeds to turn into a nine year old at the fair gushing about his love for this animal. I am completely free of any ties to public sponsors and my only goal is simply getting you closer to animals and sharing them with people. 

   I am really just starting out but I love making these short films and with your support I will be able to make more. 

   Each view helps me fund more adventures and bring footage of wildlife closer to people around the world. 

Please subscribe and share if this is something you support.

thank you -Wes. 

Here is a link to the channel- https://www.youtube.com/user/spikedlizardman

Anonymous asked: Are you bisexual by any chance? Or is it strictly women for you?

I identify as queer. I lean towards women but I am very attracted to men. I just have very little experience with them so my identity is still very undefined. I hope that helps :]

  Taking a native tribesman out of their homeland and forcing them to live in a modern city is as cruel and immoral as taking city folk and dropping them unprepared into the wilderness.

  You can live in different lands but you can not change the homes built in your heart. We all have somewhere we belong to and it is our fundamental right to exist there. To all Christian missionaries, to all colonial modernists, to anyone who believes that a native lifestyle is “savage” or “primitive” I give a grand and sincere “Fuck You.” 

  The systematic destruction of cultures and peoples stains red the hands of those who force their ways upon them. The institutional racism that forces entire ways of life and languages into extinction is on you. They do not want our toys, laws, diseases, or religions. So the next time you want to “save” a people, ask yourself, who is the savage? The one who carries the spear in their hand, or that which carries a bible?

Some of our wildflowers (and a Hibiscus because they are everywhere)

Pine lily-(Lilium catesbaei)

Water Hyacinth-(Eichhornia crassipes)

Blue Flag Iris-(Iris versicolor)

White Hibiscus- (Hibiscus arnottianus)

bazookakitty asked: lol alright then here's a question for you. As someone who very obviously loves reptiles, how do you feel about the pet industry and the fact that so many invasive species have been introduced all over because of it? Pythons, Red eared sliders, Lion fish etc.. They may make great pets but a lot of people are really irresponsible, how do you determine who can/can not keep exotics?

Well, as someone who owns several exotics and lives in Florida this issue is an important one for me. For the pet industry entirely that is a broad one to answer, yes I support keeping pets but I am of the belief that certain pets should require proof of experience and others kept only by licensed personnel. As for the invasive species I think whoever does the rankings for constrictors as far as their environmental impact should be fired, out of a cannon, into the sun. Some I understand but the “size” of a constrictor does not delineate it’s impact on an ecosystem. Also, certain states it’s not really possible to cause ecological harm by releasing tropical animals. While cruel, releasing a python in Michigan would just result in a dead python come winter. When it comes to who can and can not keep them I think a lot of it should be on a state by state basis. I don’t believe in Federal band on anything non-dangerous but certain states, like florida, I get the python ban for specific species. I would also like to see a “general exotic” license in the work for others. Ultimately, allowing people to keep these wonderful animals, correctly, allows them to appreciate them and helps show the world that they are important. I know personally that I have changed many of my acquaintance’s opinions on snakes through them meeting my animals. 

It’s earth day and I have pneumonia

FINE I DIDN’T WANT TO PLAY OUTSIDE ANYWAY

Anonymous asked: What's the coolest animal you've ever played with?

Mmm, hard to say really there have been so many but probably any time I have to deal with a wild alligator. They end up in all sorts of places here and sometimes you have to tell em to shoo lol

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A particularly nice looking red-eared terrapin (Trachemys scripta elegans) found in my pond. Most of them are normally covered in too much algae to see their pattern but this one is pristine. 

biologicalmarginalia:

So according to Thomas et al. (2014), there are actually three Alligator Snapping Turtle species. Previous molecular phylogeny analyses have found three groups of Macrochelys, however, Thomas et al. are the first to take morphology (including fossils) into account and revise the taxonomy.

The western lineage (“A.” in the images; Macrochelys temminckii; Alligator Snapping Turtle) was the first described and occurs in the Mississippi, Mobile Bay and Neches River drainages. The squamosal angle is intermediate between the other two lineages. The caudal notch is the narrowest compared to the other two lineages, is typically triangular (sometimes ‘U’-shaped) and there is no pygal suture.

The central lineage (“B.” above; M. apalachicolae; Apalachicola Alligator Snapping Turtle) is from the Apalachicola, Choctawhatchee, Econfina Creek, and Ochlockonee drainages. It is estimated to have diverged from the western lineage 5.9 million years ago. The caudal notch is narrow and triangular or ‘U’-shaped caudal notch and a pygal suture is present. It has the most obtuse squamosal angle.

The eastern linage (Macrochelys suwanniensis) is from the Suwanee drainage. It is estimated to have diverged from the western and central lineages 9.6 million years ago. The caudal notch is wider than those of the other two lineages, lunate, and a pygal suture is present. The squamosal angle is the most acute of the lineages.

Thomas, T. et al. (2014) Taxonomic assessment of Alligator Snapping Turtles (Chelydridae: Macrochelys), with the description of two new species from the southeastern United States. Zootaxa 3786 (2): 141–165. http://dx.doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3786.2.4

[I’m curious if there are some as-yet-undocumented soft tissue differences between these lineages since at present, the caudal notch of the Suwanee turtles is the only trait that seems like it can be distinguished in the field. There’s a good chance these will get busted down to subspecies, but it seems for conservation purposes, it’s very important to treat these lineages as separate entities]

This is really fascinating. I’ve noticed some physiological differences between locals of common snapping turtles as well. Does anyone know of evidence that they also have different subspecies? 

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Anonymous asked: How many tattoos do you have? What are they of?

Only one, it’s an ouroboros on my chest but I’d like to have more :]

dumbluck-and-pneumonia:

wesleylock:

Moral of the story, snapping turtles are not cuddly and prefer to be in the water where they can take off your toes in secret without you ever seeing them. 

They’re also endangered so do NOT kill them!

Well, actually this is a Common Snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina) they are pretty, well…common here. Alligator snapping turtles (Macrochelys temminckii) is only in the most north-west tip of Florida and mostly in Alabama, Louisiana,  and Mississippi. One way to tell is the shell.  An alligator snapper has raised scales on it’s back appearing similar to it’s name-sake the American alligator, while a common has a smooth shell. The other is that the common’s have significantly smaller heads than gator snappers, as seen in the image below. 

Alligator snappers are indeed very endangered and if you see or catch a snapper in an area that they are known to live it’s important to seek proper identification. 

Either way I don’t harm any turtles because they are all my friends and this guy eats out of my hand at our pond. (I have given him the super original name of Bowser) Also my motto is that if it has a spine and I kill it, I eat it, and freshwater turtles taste terrrrrrrrrible.

Attention Herp and Animal Friends!

wesleylock:

Hey guys, Wes here. This time next year I plan on spending some time in Costa Rica filming and looking for reptiles. I would like to know stories and advice of anyone who has traveled to or near there both with the wildlife and people. I want to get as many species as I can on film and would love to learn of any interactions you have had. Leave a comment in my ask or PM me if you have an experience to share. Thank you! 

Also, if you would please share this in case some of your followers have been there. Thank you and I look forward to hearing your stories! 

Anonymous asked: You remind me of Steve Irwin :3

haha this is my favorite compliment <3