Humboldt County Herping

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I took 6 kids with me over two days. Ages ranged from 9 years old to 4 years old. All kids enjoyed view nature up close, especially since 3 of the kids were from Las Vegas.

OF course I found Ensatina, but I know I found E.e.picta and some other type. Looks to be a hybrid intergrade of E.e.oregonesis X E.e.platenus. This sepcimen fit the description in my Field Guide, but I don't know if the range is right.

I found larval D. tenebrosus every time I popped down into a stream. My kids especially like catching them. I found some that were approx. 2 inches long and ones that were approximately 5 inches long. In some cases they were co-inhabiting the same slow moving pooled section of the stream.

I have a fuzzy picture of what I believe to be larval R. variegatus. This is a possible find since there has been documented accounts in the area I found them in. I found two in the same area. They were considerably smaller than the D. tenebrosus larva.

I also found a B. attenuatus but the little 4 year old girl that whose turn it was to hold the camera did not get there quick enough to take a picture.

I had a blast teaching the kids about nature. I was also able to use my information for a BIOLOGY project about ecosystems. SO it was a win win situation.
 

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Your first photo is actually a species/genus you didn't mention...Aneides vagrans.

Great finds, California salamanders are awesome.
-Tim
 

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So they put this one back up? I am really confused now.


Anyways...

go to The Amateur Biologist for more pictures for the two day field herping event!


Also I am going back at the end of the month. Look for more field herping accounts from the pacific northwest salamander motherlode!
 
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