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The following photo essay covers some of the reptiles and amphibians I've encountered while herping California. Most of my time in the field was spent in the Santa Cruz, Folsom and Monterey areas of the state. If you would like a little more information on the trips I went on in 2004, click here to read a summary of a talk I gave to the Northern Ohio Association of Herpetologists titled "Herping USA - 2004."

Lake Folsom
Folsom is best known for its prison, but there are a lot of interesting reptiles and amphibians here as well.
Fence Lizard
Fence Lizard
These lizards are very common. It it easily possible to see over 100 of them in a single day.
There were many different types of butterflies out.
rattlesnakebar.jpg Rattlesnake Bar
Ever wonder what venomous reptiles do during their free time?
California Rattler California Rattler
A Northern Pacific Rattlesnake found in situ hiding underneath this log.
Hairy Scorpion Hairy Scorpion
The largest scorpion native to the United States. It was pretty darn big.
Checkered Whiptail Checkered Whiptail
A colorful fast-moving reptile that favors open, sandy areas.
Frog and Toad Frog and Toad
Two California Toads and two Pacific Chorus Frogs were found under a log near the lake (one of each is pictured).
Alligator Lizard El Lagarto!
An Alligator Lizard. They are named because of their alligator-like scales. Although not aquatic, they are often found near water.
Sarah with Lizard A New Friend
Sarah Buttitta meets a scaly being.
Click here to see Part 2