A small one going across the trail - it looked like a black shoelace with a red ring around its neck & moved very quickly. Too fast to get a photo.
At the very top of Mt. Burdell, several.
My first one - so beautiful! It was under a rock that a naturalist leading my hike turned over. Ran off too fast for a photo. Beautiful blue tail.
Lying on the trail sunning.
Right outside of my house in a concrete ditch that is used for water run-off. It was quite large, maybe 8". Looked to be in good health.
Feeding at my hummingbird feeder and chasing all the Anna's away! A number have been seen in Marin County the past two weeks - must be migration time.
Several of these observed crawling through leaf litter, seemingly headed towards a nearby creek.
Swimming, single otter.
Traveling through sloughs in fields, using pipes to go under the roads. Location is approximate.
Pumpkin Ridge Trail - very large nest hanging from a live oak - about 18" by 12".
Hanging out in my friend's garden, which is next to open space. She's had King and Gopher snakes for years.
Crawling across a dirt road.
Photo by Christiane Omer
Not sure if this is the same one I saw a few months ago living in my patio moat, if it is it has gotten a lot bigger! I'm hoping it doesn't eat the beautiful, tiny, Ring-necked Snake I found nearby today.
I lifted up the doormat on my patio, to check on the Arboreal Salamander that lives under a grate, in a moat, and found a beautiful little Ring-neck curled up under the mat! This was at 6 PM, PST. Very exciting and beautiful animal!
This morning I saw what looked like a worm drying out on the floor, inside my house, and picked it up and discovered this adorable Slender Salamander, covered in debris, seemingly dead. But I got some movement when I picked it up, so I cleaned it off with some rainwater and placed it back out on the patio, inside a little frog house. This is the second salamander this week that has gotten into my house. It's raining so much here in Marin County that it's even too wet for salamanders I guess!
Hiding under and outdoor mat that goes over a little moat around the edges of a brick patio.
It is living in a sort of moat that goes around the edge of a brick patio. Hiding under a mat outside the front door.
You cannot really tell by this photo, but this is the biggest one I've ever seen. It seemed at least a foot long. Very alligator-like!
Anzo-Borrego Desert State Park, Palm Canyon