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 Post subject: Winter herping in socal?
PostPosted: December 9th, 2017, 4:56 am 

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Hey everyone,

In a few weeks I'll be moving to southern California for a couple months. I've never lived out west and don't really know the best places to go herping in the winter. Are snakes active enough in the winter months to make herping worthwhile? If it's worth it, where are some good places to go within a couple hours of the LA area? Pretty much anything out there will be a lifer for me so I'm not really targeting any species in particular yet. Thanks for the advice!


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 Post subject: Re: Winter herping in socal?
PostPosted: December 9th, 2017, 2:08 pm 
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AgkistrodonAndy wrote:
Hey everyone,

In a few weeks I'll be moving to southern California for a couple months. I've never lived out west and don't really know the best places to go herping in the winter. Are snakes active enough in the winter months to make herping worthwhile? If it's worth it, where are some good places to go within a couple hours of the LA area? Pretty much anything out there will be a lifer for me so I'm not really targeting any species in particular yet. Thanks for the advice!


Dump sites can be easy. I visited in January 2004 and found kings, gophers, and alligator lizards. Conditions weren't very good but it was sufficiently warm (50s? 60s?) for stuff to be under AC.


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 Post subject: Re: Winter herping in socal?
PostPosted: December 9th, 2017, 3:25 pm 
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Rain is key. Right now, conditions are dismal, as evidenced by the fires. Even in a dry year, some rain should come between Jan-March. You need some moisture and a bit of sun, but moisture is the most important factor in finding herps under cover in SoCal.

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