The Origins of RASCals

In 2010, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County launched the Lost Lizards of Los Angeles (LLOLA) project. The goal of this project was to understand how urbanization has impacted the distribution of lizard species in the Greater L.A. Area. LLOLA had several major successes including documenting the first established Mediterranean House Gecko population in L.A. County and the first established Indo-Pacific Gecko populations in L.A. and Orange Counties. These latter two observations were also the first records for the state. LLOLA also demonstrated that citizen science can be a very effective tool for gathering observational records of lizards throughout the region. With these successes, we realized that LLOLA should be expanded to all reptiles and amphibians and also to all of southern California, hence RASCals – Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California.

RASCals was developed with two main scientific goals in mind: 1) to document modern day occurrences that ...more ↓

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What

Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

July 19, 2014 03:11 PM PDT

Description

"I was at the wildlands conservancy’s whitewater preserve in riverside county a few days ago and we saw several of these lizards stream side, i am pretty sure these were three individuals. they were quite small and i wondered if they were juveniles." - Clare MK

Observation and photos taken by Clare MK.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Uta stansburiana

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

nhm_nature

Date

July 17, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Re-posting photos from an earlier observation that Virginia Tucker sent in. This time, tagging the Western Fence Lizard as the animal observed.

Original post with Virginia's comments can be found here:
http://www.inaturalist.org/observations/797093

Observation and photos by Virginia Tucker, sent to rascals@nhm.org.

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Sceloporus occidentalis

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

kellygrrr

Date

July 27, 2014 11:24 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile

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Sceloporus occidentalis

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Western Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

Observer

mc_california

Date

July 27, 2014 10:15 AM PDT

gregpauly Project curator ID

Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

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Western Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

Observer

mc_california

Date

July 27, 2014 09:11 AM PDT

gregpauly Project curator ID

Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

mc_california

Date

July 27, 2014 09:11 AM PDT

Description

Baby Fence Lizard

gregpauly Project curator ID

Sceloporus occidentalis

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

mc_california

Date

July 27, 2014 09:10 AM PDT

gregpauly Project curator ID

Sceloporus occidentalis

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

steviekgold

Date

July 27, 2014 01:50 PM PDT

Description

About 4 inches long, basking in the sun in 73 degree weather. Spotted at a home that butts up against a wooded area. Three other fence lizards were spotted in the same area but were too skittish to photograph.

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Sceloporus occidentalis

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Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

Date

July 25, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

gregpauly Project curator ID

Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

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Great Basin Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes

Observer

gregpauly

Date

July 26, 2014 12:28 PM PDT

Description

There were at least five Western Fence Lizards along a 100m stretch of this trail. All were basking in partial shade. This is the third one that I photographed.

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Great Basin Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes

Observer

gregpauly

Date

July 26, 2014 12:27 PM PDT

Description

There were at least five Western Fence Lizards along a 100m stretch of this trail. All were basking in partial shade. This is the second of three that I photographed.

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What

Great Basin Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes

Observer

gregpauly

Date

July 26, 2014 12:26 PM PDT

Description

There were at least five Western Fence Lizards along a 100m stretch of this trail. All were basking in partial shade. The better of these two photos (with lizard in full sun) was taken after the lizard moved to another rock due to my approach.

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Great Basin Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes

Observer

gregpauly

Date

July 24, 2014 06:33 PM PDT

Description

Observed 50m west of the entrance booth for San Onofre State Beach.

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What

Rio Grande Leopard Frog Lithobates berlandieri

Observer

chrispherp

Date

July 17, 2014 09:15 PM PDT

Description

One of only a few seen this night and none on roads, only sitting in canals.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Lithobates berlandieri

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What

Coastal whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. stejnegeri

Observer

gordonshumway

Date

June 21, 2014

Description

Coastal whiptail lizard seen along the Strawberry Peak Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains while mountain biking.

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

mickeylong

Date

July 25, 2014

Description

One of three seen this morning here.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Sceloporus occidentalis

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What

Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Description

Juvenile found sunning itself. Very skittish.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Sceloporus occidentalis

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Western Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis

Observer

ajferrara

Date

July 25, 2014 09:58 AM PDT

Description

One of a lot of Western Fence Lizards out today. Nothing else seems to want to brave the heat.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Sceloporus occidentalis

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What

Coastal Whiptail Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. stejnegeri

Observer

chaparral

Date

July 25, 2014 08:55 AM PDT

Description

Whiptails?

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Western Side-blotched Lizard Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

Observer

mickeylong

Date

October 15, 2013

Description

Approx. 0.5 mi. up hill from lower trailhead.

gregpauly Project curator ID

Uta stansburiana ssp. elegans

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What

Coastal Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. stejnegeri) Aspidoscelis tigris ssp. stejnegeri

Observer

mickeylong

Date

July 24, 2014

Description

One seen under oaks in southwest side (Oak Grove portion) of Park.

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What

garden slender salamander Batrachoseps major

Observer

drewready

Date

May 10, 2014

gregpauly Project curator ID

Batrachoseps major

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What

Horned Lizards Genus Phrynosoma

Observer

tiwane

Date

April 13, 2014 10:15 PM PDT

Description

This was about 1 inch long before we smashed it. It's entirely full of ant carcasses. Horned Lizard?

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Baja California Coachwhip Coluber fuliginosus

Observer

chrispherp

Date

July 19, 2014 01:19 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Went to campo by border with Jeff, Nate and Daniel looking for Copes Leopard Lizards and Baja Coachwhips. Sun finally came out and we walked a field know for copes Leo's but did not find any once again. Instead I found a juvenile baja coachwhip under a bush, at first thought tail was a whiptail or Leo but then saw the tan and black body and head with big eyes. It was so deep in bush that I could not get any vouchers and it retreated down a burrow when I tried to scare it out in open. Oh well still counting it as my lifer. We also saw whiptails, fencies and utas but did not take any pics.

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What

Great Basin Fence Lizard Sceloporus occidentalis ssp. longipes

Observer

chrispherp

Date

July 19, 2014 03:23 PM PDT

Description

On way back from campo we stopped and walked the flume, found a few fence lizards in the tunnel, Nate vouchered one and I vouchered other, Nate also vouchered an alligator lizard in the tunnel and we saw a few side blotched running around but no pics, also saw one granite spiny but no pics.

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Observer

natcamp1

Date

July 23, 2014 01:50 PM MDT

Description

Found by Science of Pirates camp

xantusiahunter Project curator ID

Family Pelomedusidae

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What

African Side-necked Turtles Family Pelomedusidae

Observer

natcamp5

Date

July 23, 2014 02:08 PM PDT

Description

Coll: Alle, Elizabeth, Emerson, Sebastian, Molly, Evan, Rhett
2 swimming

xantusiahunter Project curator ID

Family Pelomedusidae

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What

Frogs and Toads Order Anura

Observer

lynnwatson

Date

May 11, 2014 12:01 PM PDT

Description

In a possible vernal pool - as shown in previous observation.

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What

Southern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

Date

July 22, 2014

Place

(Somewhere...)

gregpauly Project curator ID

Crotalus oreganus ssp. helleri

Photos / Sounds

What

Southern Alligator Lizard Elgaria multicarinata

Observer

hoganle92

Date

July 22, 2014 05:56 PM PDT
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About

Reptiles and Amphibians of Southern California (RASCals)—The goal of this project is to improve our knowledge of native and non-native reptiles and amphibians in southern California.

The RASCals project is a partnership between the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the San Diego Natural History Museum, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, and the La Kretz ...more ↓

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