Here in NW Oregon, November is usually gloomy, cold, and wet so seldom are there opportunities to search for reptiles at this time of year. But yesterday was an exception. On my way to an 11 AM doctor’s appointment, I noted is was balmy outside, 60 degrees, and with clear, sunny skies. So around 2 PM, I headed out and made quick searches at 5 sites giving my two beagle hunting partners a chance to do so sniffing as well.
Encountered the following species (all under artificial cover objects):
Near Airlie: One adult male Sharp-tailed Snake
Near Kings Valley: One adult Gopher Snake
Site along Kings Valley Hwy.: One juv. NW Garter Snake, one adult male Red Spotted Garter Snake, one juv. S. All. Lizard
Priest Road: One adult and two sub adult S. All. Lizards
Near Philomath: One adult male Rubber Boa, a pair of NW Garter Snakes in courtship
Note that this area of Oregon is at the same latitude as parts of southern Minn., Maine, and Toronto, Canada.
Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
Dedicated exclusively to field herping.
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