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 Post subject: Awesome herps from these last few months
PostPosted: March 20th, 2017, 6:05 pm 
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Hello guys! This post is about the herps that I have seen over the past months. Southern California has been getting a ton of rain, so the snakes are popping! Also, the salamanders have been out, so it has been an altogether great year so far!
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These beautiful Monterey ensatinas were all over the hills of Cambria during the winter. Here are a few habitat shots of the area:
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Anyway, it was a very wildlife rich area. I also managed to find some arboreal salamanders, with the help of Spencer Riffle.
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Earlier this year, during the summer, I was up in Marin County for a little while, and with a little help from Zach Lim I found a few beautiful garter snakes. The infernalis there were incredible
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I also found quite a few intergrade el diablo/santa cruz/oregon garters, such as this one
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Also, you couldn't go without a few coast garters
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In the Santa Monica mountains, the winter provided few snakes, but I managed to find a few kings, rings and gophers.
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Another juvenile king
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a habitat shot of the general area
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I only found like 6 gophers in the winter, such as this feisty one
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One thing that shocked me was the plethora of ringneck snakes this year produced. By mid-January, the San Bernadino rings were firing
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At the beginning of February, one unusual find for the Santa Monica Mountains was this rare San Diego night snake
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In the valley at this time, rings were producing incredibly plentifully. Thanks to my friend Jaden for taking me with him to these snake loaded tin lines in the valley.
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The Santa Monicas were producing multitudes of snakes in February.
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Very recently, my friends and I have been taking trips down to San Diego, and we have not been disappointed. A few weeks ago we found 30 snakes, one of them being this helleri
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Los Angeles was not doing so well for me at that time, but I managed to turn up some snakes
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This king was beautiful
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Very recently, rings have been slowing down a bit, but they are not out completely.
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Last week, a few friends and I were down in San Diego, and we managed to find 32 snakes. Of them, we found 11 kings, 9 of those being stripers. Here are a few pics:
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This is one of my favorite pictures of 2017. A helleri:
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Anyway, it has been great so far, so enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: Awesome herps from these last few months
PostPosted: March 21st, 2017, 4:24 pm 
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Good stuff! Love the helleri pic!


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 Post subject: Re: Awesome herps from these last few months
PostPosted: March 21st, 2017, 10:22 pm 
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LouB747 wrote:
Good stuff! Love the helleri pic!
Thanks Lou!


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PostPosted: March 22nd, 2017, 3:07 pm 

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Nice finds!! I enjoyed the pictures, we need more posts like this. I really like the first shot of the ensatina. Keep it up!

Nicholas


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 Post subject: Re: Awesome herps from these last few months
PostPosted: March 22nd, 2017, 9:10 pm 
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Nicholas wrote:
Nice finds!! I enjoyed the pictures, we need more posts like this. I really like the first shot of the ensatina. Keep it up!

Nicholas


Thanks Nicholas!


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