This introduced snake, Brahminy Blind Snake or Flower Pot Snake, found on February 14, 2015 in an urban yard in Sierra Madre (by Kris Kaul), was photographed Feb. 17, 2015. Both the snake and it's habitat (photo: Chuck Haznedl) in mulch are shown. Thanks to Greg Pauly for the identification. To be watched for in Los Angeles County.
Bracken Fern is a vascular spore plant. When it produces spores it does so in sori on the underside of its leaves. Young stems, as the one in the photo, form as fiddle heads before uncurling.
Rough horetail is a spore plant with hollow segmented tubes for stems. When the plant readies to reproduce the tops of fertile stems have cones that hold the spores. At this time, only one stem still has this cone (middle left of the photo), since the cones on the rest of the stems have already fallen off.
Striped racer ? seen in the san gabriel mountains on the Bailey Canyon Trail
Garden Slender Salamander found when gardening under a stepping stone. I am holding it on my gloved hand in the photo.
A vibrantly yellow colored sun flower with a dark brown to black center. These flowers come from the Asteraceae family. It's leaves are of a lime green color and appear small in size with a pointed tip.
Also called California Bindweed, this vine plant is in the Convolvulaceae family. It was medium sized white flowers. The leaves are a pointy arrowhead shape and mildly wavy.
A millipede. I think it is Tachypodoiulus niger (White-legged snake millipede), but am not sure.
Also called Sticky Monkey Flower, this small shrub is in the Phrymaceae family. The leaves of this plant are long and thin and are covered in wrinkles. The leaves are sticky, which is how it got its name. A few Arroy Willow seeds can be seen stuck to this plant due to the sticky nature of its leaves. The Sticky Monkey Flower in the bottom left of the photo is in better focus than the one in the center.
Arroyo Willow is a small tree in the Salicaceae family. It has long, thin leaves that bulge out a bit before the tip of the leave. The flowers of the Arroy Willow are catkin form, as shown in the picture.