I am heading back through CA at the tail end of April to finish up the final data gathering for the year. I will be on my way to AZ (made a post requesting similar help in the AZ chapter section), but I still wanted to stop in a few places in CA so as to pick up data on some species I did not get to see on the trip in March. I am especially keen on getting data on the following species:
- CA Giant Salamander
- Coastal Giant Salamander
- Black Salamander
- Shasta Salamander
- CA Tiger salamander
- Foothills yellow-legged frog
- CA Treefrog
- Western Spadefoot
- Blunt-nosed leopard lizard
- Long-nosed leopard lizard
- Mearn's rock lizard
- Southern desert horned lizard
- Mojave desert fringe-toed lizard
- Gilbert's skink
- Long-tailed brush lizard
- Northern Rubber Boa
- Mojave/Colorado Shovel-nosed snake
- California Striped Racer
- Western Yellow-bellied Racer
- Spotted leaf-nosed snake
- Long-nosed snake
- CA red-sided gartersnake
- Desert/SW Threadsnake
- Pacific Pond Turtle
The Herp Tracking book is coming along wonderfully, and a significant amount of the data gathered was due to the help of experienced field herpers like many of you here. I am hoping to get some more help, especially with certain species I still really need data for. Some of my most important species are:
- the Shasta Salamander (Hydromantes sp. have really unique rear feet, hence, unique tracks).
- Northern Rubber Boa (heavy bodied, slow moving and likely leave fairly distinct tracks)
- CA/Coastal Giant Salamanders (Potentially huge, leave distinct tracks)
- Black Salamanders (can be large, relatively distinct feet for salamander of that size)
- CA Tiger Salamander (distinct feet, large size)
- Gilbert's skink (the largest skink in the region, distinct feet from most other lizards)
- Shovel-nosed snake (semi-fossorial)
- Threadsnake (fossorial, no enlarged ventral scales)
- Blunt-nosed/Long-nosed leopard lizard (a large lizard, with distinct feet, relatively common in appropriate habitat/range)
- Mojave fringe-toed lizards (feet distinct to the Uma genus, the most wide-ranging Uma sp.)
If you have recommendations for good locations to find these species, especially if you have boardlines or other reliable areas please share them with me via PM. I have expressed this many time, and will likely do so many times in the near future... all location info will be kept strictly confidential and not shared nor published. Same goes for any other information that is shared that you do not wish for me to share. The animals will not be harmed in any way, nor unnecessarily detained.
I respect and understand the need for privacy, secrecy and protection of locations and species. This is for a scientific work that is meant to benefit herps in general, so know that if you help you are contributing to valuable knowledge.
I may try to spend a couple of days in NorCal, and would love to get out with anyone who is willing to help.
Please let me know what is possible and PM with details you wish to keep private.
If you have any of these animals in captivity and are willing to bring them out into the field, I can also use them for data gathering purposes. They need not be brought to the site of original capture or even within their native habitat/range, as this will not significantly change the tracks or trails themselves. The animals need only be allowed to move using their baseline (comfortable, "normal") movement patterns/methods.
Thanks again all!