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First finds of 2017

Posted: January 8th, 2017, 11:41 am
by Jeremy Wright
I hope everyone has had a good holiday season!
Socal has been hit quite hard with rain in the past few weeks which has really helped to green the hills and bring out some amphibians and reptiles.
A couple friends and I started off the new year by going to San Diego county looking for striped kingsnakes. Although we struck out on those sadly we found many Southern Pacific rattlesnakes and more than a dozen San Diego Ring-Necked Snakes.

ImageSouthern Pacific Rattlesnake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageSan Diego Ring-necked Snake by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

Up closer to me in the San Gabriel Mountains amphibian activity has been plentiful with the recent rains. I have had 2 particularly good outings with many Ensatinas and Arboreals. I tried a new spot yesterday which had incredible scenery and it didn't take long to turn up some finds!

ImageLos Angeles Co. habitat by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageLos Angeles Co. habitat by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMonterey Ensatina by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMonterey Ensatina by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageArboreal Salamander by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageArboreal Salamander by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageArboreal Salamander by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMonterey Ensatina by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMonterey Ensatina by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageMonterey Ensatina by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

ImageCalifornia polypody (Polypodium californicum) by JeremyFWright, on Flickr

Thanks for reading and happy herping!
-Jeremy

Re: First finds of 2017

Posted: January 14th, 2017, 8:54 am
by Speckled Rosy
Nice pictures! Love the salamanders!

Re: First finds of 2017

Posted: January 14th, 2017, 5:52 pm
by Fieldnotes
Nice post Jeremy, looks like one of my old stomping grounds, however I never found an Arboreal that awesome. Looks like a nice start to 2017
:beer:

Re: First finds of 2017

Posted: January 15th, 2017, 2:51 pm
by Silence Dogood
It is a sign that 2017 is going to be good :thumb: :)
Nice Pics!

Re: First finds of 2017

Posted: January 16th, 2017, 9:29 pm
by Jeremy Wright
Speckled Rosy wrote:Nice pictures! Love the salamanders!
Thank you! Much appreciated.
Fieldnotes wrote:Nice post Jeremy, looks like one of my old stomping grounds, however I never found an Arboreal that awesome. Looks like a nice start to 2017
:beer:
Thank you Will! It's near a pretty well known and popular hiking spot but this particular canyon was one we had never been to. All this rain and good spots bode well!
Silence Dogood wrote:It is a sign that 2017 is going to be good :thumb: :)
Nice Pics!
Thank you! and yes it does! All this rain we are having is great - I hope it continues in moderation through spring.