I can walk, but I will crawl there

San Francisco Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea coerulea)- San Francisco, CA

The Oakland Zoo plans to expand into sensitive, native habitat in order to feature native animals lost to habitat destruction. The zoo plans to develop into Knowland Park, a well known locality for the endangered Alameda Striped Racer (Coluber lateralis euryxanthus) and the California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii).

My photos:

Alameda Striped Racer [Whipsnake]

California Red-legged Frog 

Excerpts from the article:

"Activists have long pointed out the irony of the Zoological Society destroying sensitive natural habitat in order to build an artificial exhibit that would feature animals that have disappeared from the East Bay because of habitat loss."

"The zoo will never, ever live this down," said John Taylor, a UC Berkeley professor of plant and microbial biology who has analyzed some of the unique features of the park. "If we build something on top of the most interesting habitat, we can’t get it back. … That would be one of those really sad events, where to celebrate something — native plants and animals — you destroy them."

"It’s outrageous. The project is going to destroy what we know is good whipsnake habitat [for the actual zoo expansion] … and substitute it with much poorer habitat that whipsnakes don’t use and never will use."

 

Snake Identification Correction

Submitted by fishmostly

http://killerkyojin.tumblr.com/post/97303939522/we-found-the-cutest-feistiest-little-garter

is that really a garter snake? Do you know what species or anything?

Also I hope you’ve been doing well :)

My reply:

Hello! Thank you for the submission! The snake is actually a Northern Brown Snake (Storeria dekayi dekayi), also known as the Northern Dekay’s Snake.

Although they superficially resemble Garter Snakes (Genus: Thamnophis), Dekay’s are actually small colubrids in the Storeria genus. They range from eastern Canada, down throughout most of the eastern United States, and into some parts of central America.

Here is a photograph of a Northern Brown Snake found in New Jersey by Bob Ferguson.

Image source: http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=147228

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What an amazing little snake! Killerkyojin, if you have any questions, please shoot me a message!

Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica)- Santa Clara County, CA

Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica)- Santa Clara County, CA

Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides flavipuntatus niger)- Santa Clara County, CA

Santa Cruz Black Salamander (Aneides flavipuntatus niger)- Santa Clara County, CA

Coast Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata multifasciata)- Santa Cruz County, CA

Coast Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata multifasciata)- Santa Cruz County, CA

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)- San Mateo County, CA

Shed from a large adult Rattlesnake.

European Mantis (Mantis religiosa)- San Mateo County, CA

European Mantis (Mantis religiosa)- San Mateo County, CA

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)- San Mateo County, CA

Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus oreganus)- San Mateo County, CA

"By-the-wind-sailor" Jellyfish (Velella velella)- San Francisco, CA

"By-the-wind-sailor" Jellyfish (Velella velella)- San Francisco, CA