Pics from the last couple weekends....

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Pics from the last couple weekends....

Post by RenoBart » May 8th, 2011, 7:06 pm

Last weekend, I got a chance to hit a spot in Sonoma Co. in the morning before we left. It was a rather uneventful morning, typically this local produces more. In this case, I found all of 3 snakes, 2 baby gophers and a nice king. I only have pics of one of the gophers as the other escaped into a hole before I could nab it.

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After the first gopher, I stopped the car and hiked up to a spot I have never checked, where I saw a few scattered rocks that looked ripe. Sure enough, I flipped this pretty king.

In situ.
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And of course, about 30 of these under various cover.
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Yesterday, I hit one of my favorite snake spots in Eldorado Co. I was mainly looking for Mountain Kings, and the weather was perfect, so I thought I had a really good chance of finding one, but sadly, I failed in the mountain king dept. And just when I thought I wasn't going to find any snakes at all, I spotted a pattern so vivid there was no mistake. This is easily the smallest rattlesnake I have ever found.
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After I finished shooting the above baby, not 10 minutes later, another new born.
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And that was it. I must have lifted 100 rocks in 6 hours. Just these two babies, no adults, not even a gopher. It was strange. Lots of skinks and fence, but I didn't get my camera out for them. Maybe still a little too early.

Bart

PS - Gas is hurting me.

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Post by Ross Padilla » May 9th, 2011, 5:25 pm

Great finds, Bart. I love the colors on that little oreganus. :thumb:

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Post by brick911 » May 9th, 2011, 5:26 pm

Gorgeous pics and animals though!

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Post by Mike VanValen » May 9th, 2011, 6:40 pm

Awesome little buzztail! Never seen a neonate of that species. Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Pics from the last couple weekends....

Post by DaneConley » May 9th, 2011, 9:33 pm

Very cool,
Nice colored king as well.

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Re: Pics from the last couple weekends....

Post by Jason Mintzer » May 10th, 2011, 3:02 pm

Cool stuff Bart. Nice pics :beer:

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Re: Pics from the last couple weekends....

Post by RenoBart » May 10th, 2011, 3:16 pm

Thanks, everyone.

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Bart

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