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white horse-nettle Solanum elaeagnifolium

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

Observer

ryanubrown

Date

May 13, 2012

Description

Huge day today! This is the first of two rattlesnakes we found on our hike. We went out looking for snakes so it was a good thing, although somewhat startling still. Check out http://www.snakecount.org/
if you have a chance in the next couple of days! It started yesterday and will continue till the 20th.

The first picture is of the ground squirrel hole the snake was on, right on the trail!!! If we were just out for a stroll we would have walked over it, I even dismissed the idea of a snake being in this hole because just a few moments earlier there were a couple squirrels scurrying about. My girlfriend caught the edge of this rattlesnake as she approached. Great eyes!

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

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ryanubrown

Date

May 13, 2012

Description

This is the second rattlesnake of the day, also within 1 foot of the trail we were hiking on. He was curled up under the rocks. The first picture is his head sticking out slightly. We got to see it slither up into the rock pile a few moments later, it was ~2-3 inches thick. It was probably around 80 degrees. Very exciting day! Don't think I will be taking a break on any trailside rocks in the near future.

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redberry buckthorn Rhamnus crocea

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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Phrynosomatid lizards Family Phrynosomatidae

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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Milk Snail Otala lactea

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ryanubrown

Date

May 13, 2012

Description

These snails were all over the area, have no idea what species.

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Great Spangled Fritillary Speyeria cybele

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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Desert Cottontail Sylvilagus audubonii

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ryanubrown

Date

May 13, 2012

Description

It was pretty hot out.

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coast cholla Cylindropuntia prolifera

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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chaparral mallow Malacothamnus fasciculatus

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ryanubrown

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May 13, 2012

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california centaury Zeltnera venusta

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ryanubrown

Date

May 13, 2012
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