At 8:41 a.m., I lifted a mid-sized rock in a grassy meadow about 0.2 by 0.4 m and found my first snake (ever). Hypsiglena torquata under rock. It had vertical pupils and brown blotches around neck. The patterning on the back matched down the lateral line at times but mismatched at times also. When I picked it up, it was coiled underneath the rock, but in my hand, splayed out at first. As a moments passed, it became increasingly more coiled. In the few minutes that I head it, it didn’t move all that much, most likely due to the cold temperature, but began to move more as it warmed up in my hand. Batrachoceps attenuatus (3) were found also found nearby under rocks in a wetter area beneath a tree.
I believe this is a photo of what it looks like in it's afterlife.
Growing in a sand bar of Alameda Creek , downstream from park HQ. The plant had soft hairs and no obvious scent . Maybe 10 to 12 inches tall .
Found in Alameda Creek downstream from park HQ. P.nodosus perhaps ?
Found along edge of Alameda Creek downstream from park HQ.
Found at Sunol Regional Park on Alameda Creek
Alameda Creek, Sunol Regional Park.
Downstream from park HQ. Saw only 2 plants , both in bloom but very short in stature . This is along the banks of Alameda Creek .
Growing at edge of Alameda Creek downstream from park HQ. Most of the flowers were spent .
Growing near Alameda Creek on sand bar , downstream from HQ. Most flowers were spent .
Growing on very edge of Alameda Creek , downstream from park HQ. Cohorts were Equisetum arvense and Azolla sp.
This was at Alameda Creek , This individual was only about an inch or inch and a half long .