About Danny...

Danny circa ~2007, Colorado.

I gained a deep appreciation for wildlife and native ecosystems while growing up in Kansas and traveling throughout the western states. I am a professional wildlife ecologist, now at Colorado State University completing a Ph.D. My dissertation research investigates the potential impacts of environmental change on reptiles in the Great Plains (see www.reptilemonitor.org). I have lived in Kansas, Colorado, Minnesota, and now Arizona.

I view photography as a way to share my experiences and perspectives of nature with others. In the past I have published photographic work and articles in 'Colorado Outdoors' magazine (including the 6 Annual Photography Issues, cover photo of the May/June 2015 issue, & back cover of the May/June 2018 issue), the 'Sonoran Herpetologist' newsletter-journal, and books (Koprowski & Krausman eds. 2019, Ojima et al. 2015, Hanser et al. 2011). I also regularly provide photos to non-profit conservation organizations, including the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and government wildlife agencies. Select the "Published" link below to see a complete list of my work in press.

If you would like to follow me on social media, select the icons below! Note that I usually post several photos daily on Instagram. The best way to reach me for collaborations, contract work, or purchases is through e-mail (click mail icon).

If you are interested in conservation of reptiles and amphibians, please consider joining and becoming active in the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC)! It is free to join! For more information go to PARC. For those who can contribute their observations of other wildlife, consider iNaturalist.

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- Danny Martin

Shooting free-tailed bats at the famous Congress Street bridge in Austin, Texas, 2017. Photo: R. Matlack.

Shooting free-tailed bats at the famous Congress Street bridge in Austin, Texas, 2017. Photo: R. Matlack.

Note for Publishers, NGOs & Public Educators

Shooting an agama guarding an ancient burial structure in southern India, June 2018. Photo: R. Warrier

Shooting an agama guarding an ancient burial structure in southern India, June 2018. Photo: R. Warrier

I am happy to arrange for use of my photos in digital format. Please contact me directly if you are a publisher, government representative, or public educator in need of digital copies.

Check my photo galleries for images that may suite your needs (you can use taxonomic categories in the search bar), or send a request if you are interested in specific species, diagnostic characters, behaviors, or habitat that doesn't currently appear on my site. I have many photos not yet edited or posted.

Thank you for considering my work!

Website Contributions

D. Martin's professional (wildlife ecology) website: www.reptilemonitor.org

Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC) website & Annual Reports: www.parcplace.org

Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC)

Novarro, J., P. Nanjappa, & J. Williams (eds.). PARC 2017 Annual Report: Back Cover (Biologist & Colorado Desert Sidewinder).  

Novarro, J., P. Nanjappa, & J. Williams (eds.). PARC 2016 Annual Report: Back Cover (Biologist measuring Ornate Box Turtle). 

L. L. C. Jones, K. J. Halama, & R. E. Lovich (eds.). 2016. Habitat Management Guidelines for Amphibians & Reptiles of the Southwestern United States. Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Technical Publication HMG-5, Birmingham, AL. 193 pp. Page: iii (Long-nosed Leopard Lizard), 2 (lizard road-crossing sign), 17 (river in NM, shrubs in UT, grassland in CO), 21 (snake road-crossing sign), 25 (cattle), 27 (wildfire), 31 (Flat-tailed Horned Lizard, biomonitor training), 52 (Flat-tailed Horned Lizard), 58 (Lesser Earless Lizard), 64 (cattle), 68 (shrubland), 69 (semi-desert shrubland), 70 (Eastern Collared Lizard, Sagebrush Lizard), 86 (mixed woodlands), 89 (canyonlands), 91 (Barred Tiger Salamander), 110 (Rosy Boa), 125 (Plains Gartersnake), 127 (Texas Horned Lizard), 128 (mountain stream), 132 (pond), 135 (windmill), 144 (Plains Gartersnake), 150 (soybean field), 152 (Woodhouse's Toad), 161 (Colorado Checkered Whiptail), Back Cover (Ornate Box Turtle).

Novarro, A. J., J. Williams, & P. Nanjappa (eds.). 2015 Annual Report. Partners in Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (PARC), Annual Report No. 6: 3 (habitat at Ptarmigan Lake, Chaffee County, CO), 22 (Texas Horned Lizard).

PARC 2014 Annual Report: Page 9 (Long-nosed Leopard Lizard) [http://www.parcplace.org/parcplace/images/stories/documents/2014_PARC_Annual_Report_Final.pdf].

Calender: Year of the Snake, 2013 calendar contest: 1st place (July, Colorado Desert Shovel-nosed Snake), 2nd place (February, Plains Hog-nosed Snake). [http://www.parcplace.org/parcplace/news-a-events/2013-year-of-the-snake.html]

PARC 2013 Annual Report: Front Cover (Prairie Rattlesnake) & Back Cover (Bullsnake, Terrestrial Gartersnake), 13 (Eastern Collared Lizard) *1 back cover photo inadvertently credited to ‘Mike Martin’. [http://www.parcplace.org/parcplace/images/stories/documents/2013_PARC_Annual_Report_LoRes.pdf]


Colorado Outdoors, 2019 Hunting Guide No. 28, 22-23 (Scaled Quail).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2019, 68(6): 38 (Eastern Collared Lizard).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2018, 67(6): 6 (Coachwhip eating a mouse), 14 (Greater Roadrunner).

Colorado Outdoors, May/Jun. 2018, 67(3): Back Cover (Bullsnake).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2017, 66(6): 6 (Plains Spadefoot).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2016, 65(6): 11 (Texas Horned Lizard), 40 (White-tailed Ptarmigan).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2015, 64(6): 7 (Short-horned Lizard), 34 (Plateau Fence Lizard).

Martin, D. 2015. Reptile Roundup: Studying reptile diversity on Colorado's Eastern Plains. Colorado Outdoors 64(3): 30–31 (Lesser Earless Lizard, landscape of Picture Canyon, Plateau Fence Lizard, Ornate Box Turtle, North American Racer) + Front Cover (Lesser Earless Lizard).

Colorado Outdoors, Annual Photography Issue, Nov./Dec. 2014, 63(6): 11 (Woodhouse’s Toad), 26 (Bullsnake).

Martin, D. 2014. Great Plains reptile monitoring project – request for volunteers and rangeland access. Colorado Outdoors 63(2):28–29 (Eastern Collared Lizard, Ornate Box Turtle, Colorado Checkered Whiptail, Plains Hog-nosed Snake, spiny lizard, Lesser Earless Lizard, Texas Horned Lizard).

Martin, D., and B. Holmes. 2007. Fit for Ferrets: Extensive Preparation Precedes the Release of Black-footed Ferrets into the Wild. Colorado Outdoors. 56(3):28–30 (Black-footed Ferret).

Martin, D. 2006. The Blood-Squirting Short-horned Lizard. Colorado Outdoors 55(2):35–37 (Short-horned Lizard).

Photograph in the Colorado Outdoors 2019 Annual Photography Issue!

Eastern Collared Lizard @ 5:50

Photograph in the Colorado Outdoors 2018 Annual Photography Issue!

Coachwhip consuming a mouse: video @ 0:27

Greater Roadrunner: video @ 2:07

Photograph in the Colorado Outdoors 2017 Annual Photography Issue!

Plains Spadefoot (toad): video @ 0:24

Photographs in the Colorado Outdoors 2016 Annual Photography Issue!

Texas Horned Lizard: video @ 1:32

White-tailed Ptarmigan: video @ 7:03

Photographs in the Colorado Outdoors 2015 Annual Photography Issue!

Short-horned Lizard: video @ 0:37

Plateau Fence Lizard: video @ 4:07


*Hummingbirds 2018: June (Broad-tailed Hummingbird perched), August (Broad-tailed Hummingbird in flight). Hummingbird Monitoring Network [http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/1372750]

*Taking Flight - Birds of Colorado 2016, Great Outdoors Colorado: inside cover (Greater Roadrunner with Prairie Lizard), August (Mallard drake), October (Wood Duck drake). Colorado Parks & Wildlife & the Colorado Lottery, Denver, Colorado.

Amphibians of Wyoming 2015: September (Bullfrog). Wyoming Natural Diversity Database & the Biodiversity Institute, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming.

*Denotes competitive submissions.

Books, Reports & Brochures/Pamphlets


Koprowski, J. L., & P. R. Krausman (eds). 2019. International Wildlife Management. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore, Maryland. Front Cover (Bengal Tiger).

Ojima, D.S., J. Steiner, S. McNeeley, K. Cozetto, A.N. Childress, et al. 2015. Great Plains Regional Technical Input Report. Island Press, Washington, DC. Front Cover (Prairie Snowball, Bison bull, wind turbines), p 1 (Black-tailed Prairie Dog), 2 (Hereford cattle), 40 (passing rainstorm on shortgrass prairie), 51 (Coyotes & Black-billed Magpies), 68 (Short-horned Lizard), 68 (wind turbines & oil truck), 114 (Bison bull).

S. E. Hanser, et al. (eds). 2011. Sagebrush Ecosystem Conservation and Management: Ecoregional Assessment Tools and Models for the Wyoming Basins. Allen Press, Lawrence, KS. Front Cover (Pronghorn).


Texas Horned Lizard Watch, Management and Monitoring Packet. 2011. Texas Parks and Wildlife p. 2 (Round-tailed Horned Lizard, Short-horned Lizard) [informational and monitoring program materials: http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0038.pdf]

Martin, D. 2006 (1st ed., design, text & photos), 2009 (2nd ed., text & photos). Guide to the Horned Lizards of Colorado. Colorado Division of Wildlife. [informational brochure: http://www.hornedlizards.org/brochure/CoHL2009.pdf].

Imagine Your Dream Job. Colorado Division of Wildlife [informational brochure & webpage] 2007 Illustrated Cover & Figure for USDA Feral Hog Management Plan for Fort Riley, Kansas 1999.

Technical ReportRiver Otter Survey of the Green River, Colorado, July 2010. Colorado Division of Wildlife Report by B. Holmes. (River Otter tracks)

Professional Journals / Newsletters

Sonoran Herpetologist Newsletter/Journal:

• Mar. 2015, 28(1):3 (Southwestern Fence Lizard on wooden post).

• Mar. 2015, 28(1):13 (Lesser Earless Lizard impaled on barbed-wire by shrike).

• Dec. 2014, 27(4):89 (Prairie Lizard in sandsage).

Danny taking a break to shoot a Coachwhip snake basking in the road, western Texas. Photo by K. Garten.

Shows & Openings

Independent Art Show, Mugs Coffee Lounge, Ft. Collins, Colorado (10% proceeds donated to PARC) 2013

Grand Opening of the North Central Climate Science Center, Colorado State University. (Pronghorn). 2013.


Calibrating a new lens for micro-adjustment with help from Levi Rummel of  <a href="http://www.levirummel.com">http://www.levirummel.com</a>

Calibrating a new lens for micro-adjustment with help from Levi Rummel of http://www.levirummel.com

I currently use Canon 7D II & 60D with an assortment of lenses:

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM

Tamron 90mm f/2.8 VC Macro USD

Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM

Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Canon EF 1.4x III Teleconverter

Canon EF 2.0x II Teleconverter

Danny shooting in Ireland, summer 2016 (Laura Rosen photo).

Shooting elk in alpine tundra in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, 2017 (Rekha Warrier photo).

Shooting Butterfly Milkweed in the tallgrass prairies of Kansas, 2017. Photo by Rekha Warrier.

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