USA Westcoast 2014

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USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Bobby Bok » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:10 pm

Laura and I had a splendid summer across the Atlantic and made some mileage along the westcoast of the USA. While conditions were indeed as unfavorable as predicted (dry! hot!), we managed to see a lot of species including many of our most wanted target species. With a trip so big I thought it would be nice to post an overview of all species observed. As always a tripreport can be found on my website:

http://www.herpsafari.nl/tripreports-ou ... westcoast/

I hope you enjoy!

Northwestern Salamander (Ambystoma gracile)
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Long-toed Salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum ssp. sigillatum)
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California Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus)
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Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus)
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Wandering Salamander (Aneides vagrans)
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Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus)
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Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii ssp. xanthoptica & platensis)
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Dunn's Salamander (Plethodon dunni)
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Del Norte Salamander (Plethodon elongatus)
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Western Redback Salamander (Plethodon vehiculum)
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California Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps attenuatus)
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Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps luciae)
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Garden Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps major)
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Rough-skinned Newt (Taricha granulosa)
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Coast Range Newt (Taricha torosa)
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Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas ssp. halophilus)
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Red-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus)
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Woodhouse's Toad (Anaxyrus woodhousi)
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Coastal Tailed Frog (Ascaphus truei)
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Northern Pacific Treefrog (Pseudacris regilla)
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Sierran Treefrog (Pseudacris sierra)
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Northern Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora)
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California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii)
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Foothill Yellow-legged Frog (Rana boylii)
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Relict Leopard Frog (Lithobates onca)
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American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) introduced species
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Western Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus)
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Desert Iguana (Dipsosaurus dorsalis)
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Common Chuckwalla (Sauromales ater)
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Baja California Collared Lizard (Crotaphytes vestigium)
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Zebra-tailed Lizard (Callisaurus draconoides)
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Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard (Uma scoparia)
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Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)
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Desert Spiny Lizard (Sceloporus magister)
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Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis)
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Common Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
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Coast Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvilii)
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Granite Night Lizard (Xantusia henshawi)
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Desert Night Lizard (Xantusia vigilis)
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Western Whiptail (Aspidoscelis tigris)
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Northern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria coerulea)
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Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata)
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Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)
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Western Shovel-nosed Snake (Chionactis occipitalis)
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Racer (Coluber constrictor ssp. mormon)
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Coachwhip (Coluber flagellum ssp. piceus)
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Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer ssp. annectens)
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Long-nosed Snake (Rhinocheilus lecontei)
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Aquatic Gartersnake (Thamnophis atratus ssp. hydrophilus)
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Sierra Gartersnake (Thamnophis couchii)
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Western Terrestrial gartersnake (Thamnophis elegans ssp. terrestris)
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Northwestern Gartersnake (Thamnophis ordinoides)
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Common Gartersnake (Thamnophis sirtalis ssp. fitchi)
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Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus)
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Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes)
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Spiny Softshell (Apalone spinifera) & Pond Slider (Trachemys scripta ssp. elegans) both introduced species
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Re: USA

Postby Laura Bok » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:17 pm

Not much to add here...except maybe a different view on things and some impressions of the scenery! For the complete selection, please visit my picasa-album:
https://picasaweb.google.com/tiemann.la ... tcoast2014

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Seattle skyline

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Pacific Giant Salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) in habitat

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Trinidad Bay

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Wandering Salamander (Aneides vagrans) juvenile

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Bowling Ball Beach at sunset

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Yellow-eyed Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica)

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Humpback Whale

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American Black Bear

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Sierra Nevada Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii platensis)

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Sidewinder (Crotalus cerastes)

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Granite Night Lizard (Xantusia henshawi)

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Fire Wave

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Chuckwalla (Sauromales ater) in habitat


Cheers and enjoy!
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Paul Lambourne » Fri Aug 15, 2014 9:34 pm

Team Euro chic does it again... it would appear the glamour couple of Euro herping have produced a report unlikely to be bettered this year :D stunning photography and some great species..

So many stunning salamanders..and you know I am a sucker for crotalus!

Too many cool species, but stand out for me were the picture of the Giant Pacific salamander in situ, the sidewinder( indecently yummy) the rubber boa and Woodhouses toad.. all have been on my want list since I was a small child..just after the extinction of the dinosaurs and betamax.

A fabulous post..

Paul
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Jürgen Gebhart » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:29 am

This is ... WOW!!! Great Report, Great Pictures, great collection of Herps!!! Big Congrats!!!
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Mario Schweiger » Sat Aug 16, 2014 6:47 am

nothing to add.
Great pictures of all these fantastic salamanders.
And these nice garters and a few poisonous too ;)

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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Andre Schmid » Sat Aug 16, 2014 7:03 am

Awesome - looks like you had a great time !
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Tomas Klacek » Sat Aug 16, 2014 9:27 am

Great collection! I really like the Phrynosoma.
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Peter Oefinger » Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:45 am

Great! impressive species collection and stunning artwork photography!
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Matthijs Hollanders » Sat Aug 16, 2014 11:54 am

Not bad guys! Laura, some great pics you added.
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Re: USA Westcoast 2014

Postby Matthieu Berroneau » Sat Aug 16, 2014 4:30 pm

Wow! So great!
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