Western Yellow-bellied Racer (Coluber constrictor mormon)- San Mateo County, CA
Cabezone (Scorpaenichthys marmoratus)- San Francisco, CA
Cabezone are a sculpin that are found along the Pacific coast. These fish reside in kelp beds where they feed on fish, crustaceans, and mollusks.
I hooked this particular fish using a piece of shrimp shell as bait.
California Toad (Anaxyrus boreas halophilus)- Alameda County, CA
Anaxyrus, like other toads, hunt based on vision. Note the toad’s large eyes. Upon detecting prey (usually invertebrates), the toad will lunge forward with its sticky tongue, capturing its meal.
San Francisco Pier Fishing
Spent all of yesterday fishing off a pier in The City with Jared Heald. Using lightweight poles with shrimp as bait, we managed quite a few different species of fish in vast numbers. As it was freezing and near raining, I kept the photographs short and quick.
2. Buffalo Sculpin
3. Rainbow Surf Perch
(Not pictured: Wooly Sculpin, One-spot Fringehead, Shiner Perch, Rock fish)
Variegated Skink (Plestiodon gilberti cancellosus)- Alameda County, CA
The Variegated Skink is a subspecies of the Gilbert’s Skink. Juveniles have a bright pink tail that fade with age. Adult Variegated Skinks, pictured below, are large bodied lizards with strikingly defined patterns.