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California Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis)- Sonoma County, CA

California Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis)- Sonoma County, CA

California Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis)- Sonoma County, CA

California Red-sided Garter Snake (Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis)- Sonoma County, CA

Feral Pig Skull- Sonoma County, CA

Feral Pig Skull- Sonoma County, CA

Rocky Stream in the Mayacamas Mountain Range- Sonoma County, CA
This stream is prime habitat for the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog and the California Red-sided Garter Snake.

Rocky Stream in the Mayacamas Mountain Range- Sonoma County, CA

This stream is prime habitat for the Foothill Yellow-legged Frog and the California Red-sided Garter Snake.

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA
A heavily scarred sub-adult boa that I found in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Typically, wild boas tend to have scarring on their tail tips, as they use their blunt tails to distract and deter mother rodents as they raid nests. However, the scars on this particular boa seem to indicate a predation attempt- most likely a bird.

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA

A heavily scarred sub-adult boa that I found in the Santa Cruz Mountain Range. Typically, wild boas tend to have scarring on their tail tips, as they use their blunt tails to distract and deter mother rodents as they raid nests. However, the scars on this particular boa seem to indicate a predation attempt- most likely a bird.

New Spots in Northern California

I spent all of Sunday exploring new spots in Sonoma and Mendocino counties with Luke Talltree. In hopes of beating the heat, we left San Francisco early in the morning and made our way up into the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Sonoma/Napa County. We found many potential localities for the elusive St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake- a snake I will be targeting in the Spring, as well as quite the number of rattlesnake dens.

Taking a break from checking out rock outcroppings, we walked along a beautiful creek where we observed many Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs and a gorgeous California Red-sided Garter Snake. This was my first infernalis from Sonoma County.

We moved on up into Mendocino County to scout out some potential Oregon Garter Snake habitat. Although we came up short, it was great checking out the area.

Nothing beats 12+ hours of herping in new areas to hold you over till the weekend!

Hanging out with an adorable Rubber Boa that I found this morning.

Hanging out with an adorable Rubber Boa that I found this morning.

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA

Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)- San Mateo County, CA

California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii)- San Mateo County, CA

California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii)- San Mateo County, CA