NORCAL: the Year '09 in review... VERY PIC HVY! (DUW)

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This is my highlights reel for 09 herping.... upward and onward for 2010.
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Enjoy...
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Aneides flavipunctatus… sans punctatus

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Aneides flavipunctatus, Another individual.
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Aneides lugubris

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Aneides Lugubris<o>:p></o>:p>

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Aneides vagrans

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Ensatina oregonensis
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Ensatina xanthroptica... very striking bright orange individual with blue spots.


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Ensatina xanthroptica… I just like to say UNKEN…. Unken unken unken.. tee hee.
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2 Ensatina xanthroptica down a hole… the hole is about 2foot deep. I often check utility holes for hapless animals that have become stuck and can’t climb the steep walls…
I have found Ensatina, Taricha and Aneides lugubris this way as well as black widow spiders.
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after I saved his life, this guy gave me the unken reflex… that’s gratitude for ya..
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some baby Ensatinas… I see a lot of posts where people aren’t sure what these are…<o>:p></o>:p>
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A common site… multiple B. attenuatus.<o>:p></o>:p>
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B. attenuatus... a very pretty bluish gray individual...



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B. attenutaus. A typical “red” phase.
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A nice looking “yellow” phase from my parent’s backyard.<o>:p></o>:p>
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Batrachoseps. diabolicus




Dicamptodon ensatus, adult and larva


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Diamptdon ensatus
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Taricha torosa


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Some non-Caudates
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Pseudacris sierra
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This is the most unique and beautiful pacific tree frog I have ever seen… the photos don’t really do them justice… If I hadn’t been in a State Park I would have collected her for a breeding project. This one was found by my girlfriend… she was pretty pleased that she had found something that made me as excited as it did… and that hers was “better” than the all-green ones I kept finding.
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Western Toad


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Northern Red legged frog
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grabbed this to ID it and it turned out to be a red legged frog, which means I should have kept my hands off it… but you can see where they get the name from.<o>:p></o>:p>
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Western fence Lizard glamour posing. An underappreciated but interesting little lizard...
They do pushups to show off their blue bellies…
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Alligator lizards are also common<o>:p></o>:p>

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northern Pacific ringneck snake… a real Gem and also underappreciated animal because of how common they can be in some places… I am always happy to see one though finding one often means whatever salamanders I was looking for are probably in it’s stomach.

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Arthropods… OR…REASONS TO WHERE GLOVES WHEN YOU FLIP LOGS…
I always where a pair of rubber, palmed work glove… they are cheap and leave me dexterous enough still that I can use my camera… here are a few good reasons to where gloves.

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it was a good year for scorpions…

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I wasn’t kidding about the black widows… perhaps the best reason to where gloves…<o>:p></o>:p>
What I didn’t notice while I was taking this shot was that her millions of babies were swarming all over the rest of the piece of tin that I was holding in my hand..
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Some nice scenery here… makes any trip out worth it.

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this is an area that supposedly has Ambystoma californiense. There were some amphibians and the habitat WAS perfect but I was skunked again.. maybe 2010 will be my year
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This place is unbelievable… Pacific Giant salamanders, Torrent salamanders, Northwestern salamanders, Ensatina, Wandering salamanders, Tailed frogs, Redlegged frogs, Pacific treefrogs in every color, Western Toads, a number of snakes… not to mention I was able to get my beautiful better half to come along AND ACTUALLY HAVE FUN!!! Her favorites are the Pacific treefrogs.
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I do like a good waterfall also…

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part of the same waterfall as above during the late summer… I could get much closer to the top than in the winter… this is just the very top of the fall that is in the picture above… thought this pool would be good for Dicamps but upon inspection it was crawling with crayfish.<o>:p></o>:p>
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I have spent 3 days formatting all these photos and writing this post… ugh:crazy:

I need to get back outside<o>:p></o>:p>
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Enjoy Herping 2010…<o>:p></o>:p>
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Hmmph... not all the code is working correctlyand I'm not sure what all the smilies are about.. I'll fix it later...
 

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Nice gallery. Unfortunately, I only ever find black widows in utility holes.
 

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Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing. I wish I could get back to Northern CA to do a little hiking...
 

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Beautiful pictures, and excellent variety. I am from Sonoma county and used to regularly find a number of the species you posted, your trip really makes me miss home. Love the shot of the Dicamp. in the log; I found a large one while mushroom hunting a few years back crawling through a giant cluster of black chanterelles; wish i had had a camera for that one.
 

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Looks like 2009 was more than good to you! I especially like the pattern on the vagrans, much nicer than the trio I'm currently breeding.
 

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Stunning pics.
I wish we had that kind of variety of amphibians in this country.
 

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Thank you very much for sharing all those beautiful pictures with us.
 

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what park did you go to its beautiful?
 

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AMAZING! These pictures are very motivating and inspiring. Thank you for sharing! :eek:
 

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Thats awesome! Looks like you had a blast! I miss living in the Pacific North West. Phoenix is not ideal for amphibian hunting...grrr. Ill be back someday.
 

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Awesome finds, and pictures. I just moved to northern California from the south and I am being to enjoy the ease with which you can find most species. Admittedly I haven't found too many different species, but at least I have something to look foreword to during my time here.
 

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Awesome pictures! Having lived in Portland, and now Sacramento for most of my life, I have seen more than my fair share of P. regilla, and that one is definitely one of the most unique and beautifully patterned individuals I've ever seen.
 

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Awesome pictures! Having lived in Portland, and now Sacramento for most of my life, I have seen more than my fair share of P. regilla, and that one is definitely one of the most unique and beautifully patterned individuals I've ever seen.

Yes... I want to go back to that location and see if there is a population of that particular color phase... It was the only one found that wasn't bright green, and ironically, blended with the habitat far better than its green brethren.
 

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One of the most impressive specimens I've ever encountered was a few years back in my parent's backyard. A real interesting blend of gold, tan and lime green, and just as yours, the pics didn't really do him justice. I watched him for a good half hour, took a few snaps then let him be:
 

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Incredible Photos. Thanks for posting!!

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Very nice post! I love the aneides. they are my favorite! The scorpions you are finding are Uroctonus Mordax. They are harmless. I would be more concerned about Calisoga Longitarsus!

If you want to see really nice regilla like the one you found, come up to the Olympia area of Washington. They are very commonly colored like that up here. What time of year are you finding all the aneides?? I always get skunked every year when i look for vagrans and lugubris :( Anyhoo, thanks you for sharing and good luck this year!

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