November 2014- A Review

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November 2014- A Review

Post by Zach_Lim » December 9th, 2014, 10:22 am

Hey everyone,

Sorry for the late monthly review- just got back from tour!

Long story short, I herped excessively (what's new) in November and despite the finicky weather, was able to have a decent month. We had days of sunlight and warmth, as well as cooler, wetter ones. This lead to some typical Fall finds for the Bay Area.

I also had the opportunity to herp with Robert and Nicholas Hess who were visiting from Southern CA. Great hanging out!

Fall/Winter in the Bay Area generally means wetter weather, which means Giant Salamanders, as evident of this beast found on the crawl on November 1st-

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Some SF Garters made an appearance-

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Despite the onset of cooler temperatures, I managed to rock flip this beautiful Western Yellow-bellied Racer in Santa Cruz-

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A new hobby of mine has been tide-pooling. Here are some finds while out with my buddies Aron and Jared Heald-

Pacific Red Octopus-

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In particular, Nudibranchs are my new favorite creatures to find in the wild. These tiny, living gems are just stunning-

Sea Cow-

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Sea Clown Nudibranch-

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Cockerell's Sea Slug-

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Triopha Sea Slug-

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Sea Lemon Nudibranch-

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Back to herping.

Yellow-eyed Ensatina-

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Pacific Gopher Snake

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Scouted some new spots with the Bay Area crew in Stanislaus County.

Sierran Tree Frog-

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American Bullfrog-

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California Alligator Lizard-

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Back in my neck of the woods, a tiny Crote made an appearance.

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake-

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During the rain, I stepped outside into my backyard and found tons of Slender Salamanders walking around.

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Up north, I found this Aquatic intergrade Garter Snake deep in shed.

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Arboreal Salamander-

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A much larger individual found with Robert and Nicholas-

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The largest Dicamp I have ever seen-

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My favorite find of the month came while checking cracks and rocks during a warm evening in hopes of some late season zonata.

Santa Cruz Black Salamander-

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A wet November would not be complete without Ring-necked Snakes.

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On another warm, post rain day, I checked some cracks and found a shed...

Coast Mountain Kingsnake shed-

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Red-bellied Newt from the isolated Santa Clara County population.

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While photographing rivularis, I stumbled upon a tiny Giant.

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That is it for November! I am really excited to share my December finds, as I managed many, many lifers!

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by JAMAUGHN » December 9th, 2014, 10:34 am

Excellent, as always, Zach. I love the Octopus and Nudibranches. We should do some tidepooling together.

JimM

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by shredsteban » December 9th, 2014, 10:43 am

Awesome post, Zach. Love seeing all of your monthly photos!

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by LouB747 » December 9th, 2014, 11:05 am

Yeah, nudibranchs are really cool. I didn't realize we had such colorful ones around here.

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by RobertH » December 9th, 2014, 8:49 pm

Zach,as I said on the main forum, we found the same tiny giant :) , at the same spot, probably also under the same old 3 foot long log that is very obvious. :lol:

ImageCalifornia Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) by NicholasHess, on Flickr
Above the left eye it is dark with 2 light patches and above that is a squiggle. Its the same guy.

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by Zach_Lim » December 11th, 2014, 11:44 am

Hey Nic!

Yup, it has got to be the same one!

Tiny little guy!

-Zach

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by Zach_Lim » December 12th, 2014, 1:42 pm

Thanks, Nick, Nic and Robert, Jim, and Lou!

Jim, once the tides get lower, let's do it!

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by gopher » December 12th, 2014, 1:49 pm

Great finds, love the Dicamp! I am surprised you didn't find a rubber boa this month ;)
Can't wait for next month!

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Re: November 2014- A Review

Post by El Garia » December 14th, 2014, 5:25 pm

Hey Zach,

Very nice month you had! As always, you have a nice diversity of herps.
Octopus was cool, too, but I'm really diggin' those nudibranchs!

-Derek

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