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The following photo essay covers some of the reptiles and amphibians I encountered while herping California. Most of my time in the field was spent in the Los Gatos area, from June 29 thru July 7, 2006. The temperatures were in the 70s, although there are environmental niches in certain spots, where it can be warmer or cooler than the surrounding climate.

Rocks On The Rocks
Areas like this provide basking spots as well as a place to hide. This is an ideal habitat to be herping in.
Even when you're not finding herps, California is full of beautiful sights.
Rattlesnake Hiding in Plain Sight
Can you spot the rattlesnake in this photo?
Peaceful Pit Viper Peaceful Pit Viper
This Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis oreganus) darted off into the rocks just seconds after this photo was taken.
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Rock Lizard Rock Lizard
Western Fence Lizards (Sceloporus occidentalis), are the most commonly seen reptile in the state. There were several in this rocky terrain.
Rock Gopher Between a Rock and a Hard Place
This Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer catenifer) has found a place to stay warm as well as having access to an escape route.
Rock Gopher Ol' Blue Eyes
The Pacific Gopher was in shed, as evidenced by its bluish-white eyes and dull skin.
Garter Snake Habitat Garter Snake Habitat
Although I have yet to see my first California Garter Snake, each time I go to this spot, I see the shed skins of these snakes. Just about every small rock in this area has at least one scorpion underneath it.
Slender Salamander Skinny Mini
A baby California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus). These amphibians can be quite abundant.
Scorpion Sting Thing
Remember those scorpions I was telling you about?
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