Solstice Canyon Rising Sun Trail
A adult gopher snake that we had found out in the open during a very cool and slightly damp afternoon, along the hillside. The specimen was a male, with slightly pink ventral scales over most of his belly, and had a peculiar wound shortly past his vent.
An adult Crotalus helleri that we found in a small, rocky creekbed on a cool and slightly damp afternoon. The specimen was an adult female, measuring approximately 70 cm in length. She was carefully and successfully tubed by Greg Pauly for further examination, before being released and slithering into a small burrow under some nearby rocks.
One of several small spiders, perched in their funnel-like webs over the entrances of small burrows on the ground.
A large, mature female Southern Alligator Lizard that was caught among the grass near a Live Oak tree, during a cool and slightly damp day. Notable pathologies include a tick on the right side of her neck, and the last third of her tail is a regenerated tail.
During the herp finding hikes, we turned over several small boulders and had many encounters with small scorpions, ranging from 1 cm long juveniles (the specimen posed on the ground) to ~3 cm long adults (the two specimens in the hat).
The only live specimen of an Uta that we found during what turned out to be a very cool and slightly damp day. It was spotted near the entrance of a ground squirrel burrow, but darted into the surrounding grasses and evaded capture.
A 1 to 2 year old juvenile Crotalus helleri that we discovered under a small strip of bark near the town. It was carefully successuly tubed by Greg Pauly, who can also provide a scale reference of this specimen.
A cold centipede that we discovered under a small boulder, while searching for any herps that we could hope to find during a very cool and slightly moist day.
A gravid female Western Fence Lizard that had been discovered under a rock, on what turned out to be a very cool and slightly moist day.
Hooded Oriole family: male, female and chicks in nest
Sunny day, 78 degrees
Sunny day, 78 degrees
a little washed ashore, but it looked fresh. there were some small paddies floating in the surf.