August 2014- eh, it was ok...

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August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by Zach_Lim » September 2nd, 2014, 10:33 am

The title says it all. August, much like the last 5 or so months, was hot and dry. As flipping snakes has become pretty much useless here in the Bay Area, my weekly outings have been restricted to morning or evening trail walks. These walks have proved somewhat productive. Furthermore, I have splitting my time between fishing (far more productive) and herping.

On August 1st, while taking a morning stroll on my favorite San Mate county trail, I heard the faintest, tiniest rustle amongst the fallen leaves:

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A yearling Rubber Boa to start off August. This got my hopes up for August (it shouldn't have).

The next couple outings yielded the typical pond side residents.

SF Alligator

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Coast Garter

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Yellow-bellied Racer shed

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A very pretty SF Gator I found while fishing off a cliff with Jared

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A fairly red Coast Garter that I found underneath an old piece of cardboard on the way to a fishing spot

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A massive Santa Cruz Garter Snake that I found basking by a pond

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Another one taking flight as I approached it

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An evening trail hike during a warm night resulted in this sub-adult Gopher Snake

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Checking a dumpsite near the coast, I turned up two boas on a cool, foggy morning. Guess I was wrong about flipping?

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A large Coast Garter from along the coast

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I was able to check out a new spot in the Diablo Range with Owen.

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Foothill Yellow-legged Frog

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Tarantula

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As I have spent more time poke pole fishing than herping, here are some fish pics-

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Monkeyface Prickleback

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Wooly Sculpin

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Kelp Crab

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Cartilage from shark or skate

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That is it for now. Fingers crossed for a better September. If not, you will find me with a bag of squid and a fishing pole along the coast...

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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by LouB747 » September 2nd, 2014, 11:56 am

What, no SFGS? Really clean looking little boas.

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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by hellihooks » September 2nd, 2014, 4:40 pm

Your 'Ehhhhhh' Aug. probably beats the hell out of the Aug most of us had... I know it was way better than mine... saved up for months to go to the Nat Meet, and didn't make it out of Ca, due to a blown tranny (that don't sound right :lol: ) Sept's GOTTA be better... :roll: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by RobertH » September 2nd, 2014, 9:27 pm

Yeah, Zach, your "hot and dry" August doesn't look too bad to me, either, with three rubber boas :shock: and several very colorful, large coasties ... When you are ready for "hot and dry", come down here and flip a few objects in August. Your tears of despair will evaporate before they hit the ground :lol:

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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by JAMAUGHN » September 4th, 2014, 10:02 am

Heck, I live in the same general area as you, and that seems like a pretty good showing for August to me, too. Any month with more than one boa is a good month.

Your fish photos are great, too.
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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by gopher » September 5th, 2014, 10:30 am

That "eh" slapped me across the face when I saw your finds. Great job!
It was way better than my august...well in terms of herping at least lol.

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Re: August 2014- eh, it was ok...

Post by Fundad » September 5th, 2014, 11:26 am

I Love Tide Pools, I like the Monkeyface Prickleback Photo..

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