California 2016

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California 2016

Postby Sebastian Holzki » Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:37 pm

Hello.

In June we made a roundtrip through California.
We started in San Francisco. After San Francisco we were going to the Yosemite Nationalpark. Beautiful landscape but no reptiles :)
Then we went to Death Valley and the surrounding. It was hot but nevertheless we saw a few lizards.
Here a few pictures of the landscape.

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The Landscape

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During the daytime I saw one Cnemidophorus tigris tigris and one Uta stansburiana elegans. But with Uta stansburiana I am not completely sure.

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A not very shy coyote stood beside the street.

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Under wood and stones near Olancha I saw scorpions (maybe Hadrurus arizonensis).

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At night I was cruising a street up and down. I saw many rabbits. I Had luck and also saw Crotalus cerastes cerastes.

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The next day we were going to Los Angeles.
In the Griffith Park I also saw a few lizards. I am not sure but I think it was Sceloporus occidentalis longipes. Maybe one of you can confirm it.

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Here a photo from the park.

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I saw often warning signs because of rattlesnakes.

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Arround Los Angeles have been fires.

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Our next destination was San Diego. On the way we stayed one night in San Clemente. In the evening I was going to Caspers Wilderness Park on my own.

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In the Park were many squirrels (Otospermophilus beecheyi).

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I also saw Uta stansburiana elegans...

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...and I think Sceloporus occidentalis longipes.

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Here I am not sure. Is this also Uta stansburiana elegans?

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Beside the way it rustled. I looked what there is but didn´t see anything. So I thought the unknown animal disappeared in a mouse hole. I went back to the way an there I saw a huge Pituophis catenifer annectens.

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Next day we went to San Diego and then to the Hoover Dam. Her I saw two lizards I can´t identify. Maybe someone can help me.

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Next and last stop was Las Vegas. It was a nice holiday trip.
If I identified something wrong I would be happy if you tell me.

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Re: California 2016

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Mon Jul 18, 2016 10:51 am

Ah, the Wild West...!

Remarkably (or maybe not?), had an unshy coyote like that in Death Valley too in 2014.
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That trip => http://www.hylawerkgroep.be/jeroen/index.php?id=75

The lizard IDs. My US lizard knowledge is a bit rusty, I'll admit, but here we go.

* First "Uta?" is Uta indeed, I'd say.

* "Here I am not sure. Is this also Uta stansburiana elegans?" - Sceloporus, I think.

* The first of the Hoover dam lizzies reminded me of Holbrookia for a second, but those don't occur there. It's not Urosaurus, so that brings us to Uta again, I'm afraid (as it's definitely in the same family, and Uma, Callisaurus(?), Cophosaurus, ... are also all off the table). It's such a variable species...

* I'd never bet on none of those Sceloporus not being S. graciosus, but given the places your photos stem from, probably not. I actually found mine in Yosemite, together with occidentalis, at a random parking stop.
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That trip => https://plus.google.com/photos/10956940 ... 4241?hl=en

* P.S.: Cnemidophorus => Aspidosceles
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Re: California 2016

Postby Mario Schweiger » Mon Jul 18, 2016 11:25 am

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Ah, the Wild West...!

* "Here I am not sure. Is this also Uta stansburiana elegans?" - Sceloporus, I think.


although not the slightest experience with WWW (wild wild west) I agree with Jeroen
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Re: California 2016

Postby Sebastian Holzki » Mon Jul 18, 2016 4:56 pm

Hello Jeroen and Mario. Thanks for your help.
The Uta is really very variable.

Jeroen, your trip report is great. You´ve seen so much :shock:
Your coyote is also nice :D

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Re: California 2016

Postby Carl Corbidge » Tue Jul 19, 2016 10:29 pm

Those spiny lizards caused me some headaches especially the sub-adults, but I think yours are all either side blotched (least spiny) or western fence (most spiny) what I noticed about sagebrush which isn't as spiny as western fence is a black zigzag in front of the foreleg, seen in Jeroen's pic although not that black. Pics below western first (coastal California) and 3 different sagebrush from Yosemite and Utah.

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Re: California 2016

Postby Sebastian Holzki » Thu Jul 21, 2016 7:43 pm

Carl, thanks for your comments.
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Re: California 2016

Postby Martin Ertner » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:47 am

One of the most atractive places for me. Nice report!
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Re: California 2016

Postby Sebastian Holzki » Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:16 pm

Thank you Martin.
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