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
It was in the crevice of a tree.
In a vernal stream.
Living under a large sheet of wood. Also present, at the opposite end of the covered area, a Yellow-bellied Racer.
Novato, Marin County, living under a large sheet of wood with a very large gopher snake (at opposite ends of the sheet of wood). With Marin County's Open Space Naturalist.
Abbott's Lagoon, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
Another patio visitor.
Another patio observation.
On top of a tarp on my patio. Lizards and salamanders really like hiding under the tarps I use to cover things during rain.
Juvenile snake was on the blacktop in the parking lot at my complex. When I approached, to move it out of harm's way, it did a classic imitation rattlesnake defense! It struck at me and rattled its tail.