• Kevin Esser

Twin Falls

We left San Francisco very early in the morning. After 11 hours of driving, we arrived in Twin Falls, Idaho. My girlfriend and I took turns driving, but we were still exhausted when we finally made it to our new destination. Twin Falls is a nice town surrounded by beautiful nature and many waterfalls, including the huge Shoshone Falls on the Snake River. I like the river's name by the way... very promising.


Shoshone Falls
Shoshone Falls is 65 m (212 feet) high
...higher than Niagara Falls
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes - Great Basin Fence Lizard

We also liked the Perrine Coulee Falls, which you can view from the West Canyon Rim Trail.

Perrine Coulee Falls
Perrine Coulee Falls

We kept looking for reptiles in the rocky area around Snake River. After a little hiking we were succesfull.


Habitat around Snake River
Habitat around Snake River
Sceloporus g. graciosus - Northern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus g. graciosus - Northern Sagebrush Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes - Great Basin Fence Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes - Great Basin Fence Lizard

The highlight was the find of our first snake: a juvenile Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus).


Masticophis taeniatus - Striped Whipsnake
Masticophis taeniatus - Striped Whipsnake
Portrait of the same snake
Portrait of the same snake