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Mojave Shovelnose Snake (Sonora occipitalis)

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mike_rochford

Date

April 23, 2022 03:03 PM PDT

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Rock Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma ditmarsi)

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zuritaaivan

Date

August 13, 2020 10:21 AM CDT

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Western Forest Scorpion (Uroctonus mordax)

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mouradgabriel

Date

June 2022

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Alabama Cavefish (Speoplatyrhinus poulsoni)

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cavemander17

Date

November 2018

Description

Photographed under authorization of USFWS

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coreyjlange

Date

September 7, 2021 09:57 PM PDT

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mateo_martin

Date

August 30, 2022

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Tiputinia (Tiputinia foetida)

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pbertner

Date

December 20, 2019 12:16 PM PST

Description

Presumably a parasitic plant since no leaves were observed and no plants nearby.

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San Luis Potosi Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis mexicana)

Date

June 13, 2008 01:06 PM UTC

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Mohave Ground Squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis)

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pkelly2021

Date

June 2019

Description

Say Hello to 'Bubba.' This magnificent, adult, male Mohave ground squirrel (MGS; Xerospermophilus mohavensis) was captured and released near Coso Junction, California, on June 6, 2019. It was a bit late in the year to capture an adult MGS, especially one so obviously well fed, above ground. That is because this species not only hibernates through the winter months, but it estivates through the hottest months of the summer; they hibernate or estivate for ~7 months of the year. Sadly, because of the pandemic, I could not return to my field site in 2020 and it does not look very promising either for 2021.

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Eastern Mudsnake (Farancia abacura ssp. abacura)

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helloimmax

Date

May 2022

Description

Found this lil one which I have never seen a color morph like this for a Mud snake. I determined it to be one based off the visual/physical features such as the “tail spine”, pattern, head/eye shape, as well as a divided anal plate.

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Speckled Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus)

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isaac_krone

Date

March 12, 2022 04:08 PM PST

Description

Juvenile Aneides flavipunctatus with no dark pigments, found with UC Berkeley Herpetology course.

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Aquatic Garter Snake (Thamnophis atratus)

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justingarwood

Date

August 21, 2018 03:06 PM PDT

Description

Trifecta!! Competing in tug-o-war with a common garter snake for adult female cascades frog prey. Amazing rare observation!
Published observation in Herpetological Review as a note:
Garwood, J., and N. Garwood. 2020. Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi (Valley Garter Snake) and Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus (Oregon Aquatic Garter Snake). Foraging Competition. Herpetological Review 51:881-881.

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Spix's Macaw (Cyanopsitta spixii)

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vkurtlo

Date

March 1992

Place

Bahia, BR (Google, OSM)

Description

Data aproximada

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alireza

Date

June 20, 2019 03:09 AM +0430

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Organ Pipe Shovelnose Snake (Sonora palarostris ssp. organica)

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brianhubbs

Date

May 1983

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Rattlesnakes (Genus Crotalus)

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colanegra

Date

August 2013

Description

Pretty sure this is a hybrid rattlesnake. I believe it is between Crotalus ornatus and Crotalus viridis as both occur in the area and this snake displays characteristics of both.

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Squids and Cuttlefishes (Superorder Decapodiformes)

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mbartick

Date

May 8, 2020 09:07 AM AWST

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ehbidault

Date

April 13, 2010 09:48 AM HST

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Monterey Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus ssp. vandenburgii)

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alice_abela

Date

July 2010

Description

Ringneck snake from Santa Barbara County, California.

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Isla Santa Catalina Kingsnake (Lampropeltis catalinensis)

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brianhubbs

Date

June 12, 1921 03:01 PM MST

Description

Found in 1921 by Van Denburgh and Slevin. Photos taken in 2007 at California Academy of Sciences for the book, "Common Kingsnakes".

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Desert Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus arizonensis)

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jonwoods

Date

September 11, 2021 10:27 PM PDT

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the_kaleu

Date

September 25, 2021 10:50 PM PDT

Description

I'm fairly certain that this scorpion is Smeringurus aridus. In appearance, this particular example was noticeably large, being by my approximation slightly larger than most adult male mesaensis I've encountered. When I first discovered this individual, it was extending its pedipalps from a shallow burrow. I carefully excavated the surrounding area and gently removed the scorpion from its burrow to examine in more detail.

The weak scalloping of the fingers very closely resembled illustrations depicting S aridus. There appear to be 26 denticles in the sixth row of the fixed finger. I placed plastic wrap over the scorpion and took the included picture of its genital papillae. It's not quite as pronounced as I would have thought, but appears almost identical to the papillae of the Smeringurus vachoni immanis that I came across later in the night, and have also included a picture of. Although not particularly relevant, I also included a single image of the genital operculum of a Smeringurus mesaensis male just for comparison's sake. If you are not certain which one is which, I watermarked the lower left corner of those images with the species name being depicted.

I was feeling fairly fancy that night and decided to bust out my new-fangled mobile photo studio. If you knew what it was actually made of you'd probably have a good laugh at how ridiculous it is, but it was such a pain in the ass to set up that I took a lot of pictures to offset the effort. I hope you'll excuse me for it, lol. This was the only adult male I found that night, so that is why it received special treatment in particular. Now that I have reviewed the pictures produced from my mobile "photo studio" ($4 home depot drop cloth) and I'm happy with the results, I will now keep it set up in my trunk for future use.

I ended up in this particular area after being swarmed by some kind of cicada-like insect at the original spot. I'm obviously not afraid of bugs, but spending half an hour with hundreds of tiny insects constantly crawling all over my skin took its toll on me, not to mention I couldn't even take any photos because the scorpions were chased off by the horde constantly flying into them. I drove around for a while and took a wrong turn and got lost. I eventually ended up in this location where the aridus was found. I can confirm the location is accurate because because I had used GPS to pin where I parked my Jeep. An interesting fact about this locale in particular is that a majority of the surrounding hills are largely featureless and devoid of vegetation. There are little to no rocks or debris for the scorpions to hide amongst, and so the hillside was littered with active burrows. The soil was very soft, which likely accounted for the high density of these burrows. The visibility was amazing, and I found an absolute treasure-trove of other Smeringurus aridus of different sexes and instars, as well as a few Serradigitus joshuaensis hiding in the cracks and pits in the hillside. It is worth noting that although the initial trail which leads into Smoke Tree Wash can be driven on normally, it quickly becomes a very deeply sandy trail which is traversable only by a 4WD vehicle. It is however relatively close to the trailhead, so I imagine those of us without 4x4 could easily walk to this location. It would have added to the mystique if I had found aridus somewhere deep in the wilderness, but I think it's better this way, don't you think? If you're looking for aridus and found any of the info here to be useful, please leave a comment on this post, I would really appreciate it!

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ivanparr

Date

March 2015

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Bark Scorpions (Genus Centruroides)

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therealjuan

Date

September 12, 2021 08:22 PM PDT

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California Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinata ssp. multicarinata)

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catullus

Date

May 2020

Description

preying on a western fence lizard?

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California King Snake (Lampropeltis californiae)

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xanderzee

Date

June 4, 2008 12:27 AM PDT

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Desert Banded Gecko (Coleonyx variegatus ssp. variegatus)

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xanderzee

Date

March 8, 2008 02:19 PM PST

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kylegunther

Date

April 15, 2017 06:39 PM PDT

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emilychebul

Date

October 20, 2018 08:06 PM PDT

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docder

Date

September 21, 2019 08:44 PM PDT

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joshuaugalino

Date

March 16, 2019 08:29 PM PDT

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kylegunther

Date

January 21, 2017 01:02 AM PST

Description

Near the Zzyzx Desert Studies Center at the base of some hills/small mountains.

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Leopard Lizards (Genus Gambelia)

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jqrichmond

Date

May 2013

Description

This is a hybrid - G. sila X G. wislizenii, confirmed by genetic data.

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Devil Scorpions (Family Vaejovidae)

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uncle_iroh

Date

March 13, 2021 11:36 AM MST

Description

~11mm

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Aquatic Garter Snake (Thamnophis atratus)

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pgeorgakakos

Date

June 2, 2017 12:57 AM UTC

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Northern Legless Lizard (Anniella pulchra)

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jtomoleoni

Date

April 2014

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Western Patch-nosed Snake (Salvadora hexalepis)

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katie255

Date

May 2021

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sirhikesalot

Date

March 19, 2021 02:49 PM PDT

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Baja California Night Snake (Hypsiglena slevini)

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ivbiol

Date

November 7, 2017 06:30 PM +07

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Pacific Ringneck Snake (Diadophis punctatus ssp. amabilis)

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azon_johnson

Date

March 3, 2021 01:32 PM UTC

Description

A beautiful and tiny ring neck snake with a orange belly and orange ringed neck

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cedric_lee

Date

January 30, 2021

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cedric_lee

Date

January 30, 2021

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braunj

Date

July 20, 2020 02:14 PM CDT

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California King Snake (Lampropeltis californiae)

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fundad

Date

March 2010

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ectothermist

Date

February 21, 2021 05:12 PM PST

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Western Spadefoot (Spea hammondii)

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naturenate

Date

May 2020

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Common Worm Salamander (Oedipina uniformis)

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hemispingus

Date

March 18, 2009 08:15 PM MDT

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Australasian Cat Snakes (Genus Boiga)

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karthik_83

Date

November 16, 2017 07:44 PM IST

Description

You typically don't see Boiga sp on the ground, especially in water. But here's one feeding on a large frog, at times even submerged in flowing shallow water.

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trickman

Date

May 10, 2015 12:58 PM PDT

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Sierra Newt (Taricha sierrae)

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sourcefilter

Date

July 28, 2012 05:27 PM HST

Description

Seen in Lost Soldier's Cave – visiting w/ So. Cal. Grotto, National Speliological Soc.

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

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sullivanribbit

Date

May 2007

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ivanparr

Date

December 24, 2020 07:33 PM PST

Description

No y on 5th metastomal.

Photographed on white and released.

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California Red-legged Frog (Rana draytonii)

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bmoribio

Date

October 2002

Description

Nature's curveball. Young-of-year in shallow pool with abundant cress. One other normal pigmented CRLF of same size class also present. Species is well documented in the watershed. For a split second, I thought I was in the tropics ;-)

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Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)

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wild-about-texas

Date

July 1998

Place

Private

Description

Pecos county, Texas
Month / Year Accurate; Date Estimated

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Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)

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gtsalmon

Date

June 4, 1994 10:20 PM CDT

Description

AOR large adult male (black phase alterna morph) on Hwy 118 at the north cut of the Christmas Mountains. GTS 55.

This specimen had only one red scale in the nuchal blotch and a few white flecks, otherwise was completely black. The image is a scan from a printed 35 mm image.

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Coast Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis multifasciata)

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gottscho

Date

April 2010

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Giant Pacific Octopus (Enteroctopus dofleini)

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maxbottomtime

Date

September 26, 2014 03:11 PM PDT

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Dune Devil Scorpion (Paravaejovis waeringi)

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finatic

Date

October 3, 2020 07:48 PM PDT

Place

Dixieland (Google, OSM)

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California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata)

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dancingoaktree

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California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata)

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wanderant

Date

June 2020

Description

My second encounter with an axanthic morph (lacking of any red/yellow pigmentation). This snake could easily be mistaken for the very similar L. getula, but when taking a closer look you will notice the black face/black nostril of this snake, something unique to L. zonata, whereas L. getula has a white face/white nostril. Spotted this snake not even 5ft off trail. Made for quite the easy handle, after only a few seconds of trying to slither away the snake got quite relaxed, laying still for minutes, allowing me to handle it for about 15 minutes in total before putting it back onto the granite boulder in which it was found. I’d say this was quite the healthy adult. About 2 1/2 to 3 ft in length, and seeming to have recently shed (the dorsal and ventral scales of the snake glistened dramatically in direct sunlight). So blessed to have come across yet another one of these more uncommon morphs for the species here in the Sierra.

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Borneo Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis)

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robertsprackland

Date

April 1971

Description

The first juvenile of this species known to science. Several have now been hatched in captivity.

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Desert Striped Whipsnake (Masticophis taeniatus ssp. taeniatus)

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petekleinhenz

Date

April 2015

Description

This was a snake I wanted to see more than any other in southwest Oregon. I was blown away by how beautiful it was.

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California Nightsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus ssp. nuchalata)

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cuervonm

Date

July 2, 2020 09:40 PM PDT

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Southern Rubber Boa (Charina umbratica)

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fundad

Date

April 2001

Description

All found together

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scorphunter

Date

March 12, 2017 08:50 PM PDT

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Indo-Pacific Blanket Octopus (Tremoctopus gracilis)

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mbartick

Date

February 27, 2019 08:40 AM AWST

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San Joaquin Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum ssp. ruddocki)

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mike_rochford

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Blainville's Horned Lizard (Phrynosoma blainvillii)

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jprbelli

Date

August 2018

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naturenate

Date

September 14, 2020 10:24 PM PDT

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Yellow Devil Scorpion (Paravaejovis confusus)

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naturenate

Date

September 14, 2020 09:50 PM PDT

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blackwarbler

Date

September 5, 2020 10:11 PM PDT

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Siberian Salamander (Salamandrella keyserlingii)

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valeriya_xoma

Date

June 21, 2019 07:32 AM +13

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Northern Rubber Boa (Charina bottae)

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happycow

Date

June 25, 2020 06:45 PM PDT

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California Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata)

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cjs041

Date

May 2020

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Sawfinger Scorpions (Genus Serradigitus)

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djhouse

Date

August 11, 2018 08:51 AM PDT

Description

Not confident on species. Found inside a house.

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Dune Devil Scorpion (Paravaejovis waeringi)

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jeremy03

Date

August 5, 2020 07:57 PM MDT

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Giant Hairy Scorpions (Family Hadruridae)

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peregrinetracy

Date

April 15, 2018 11:00 PM PDT

Description

Video: https://youtu.be/EejEnIU9bHI

Territorial fighting? Mating attempt? Not sure.

These were quite large. Possibly Hadrurus anzaborrego or Hadrurus arizonenris. First 2 photos under UV flashlight, third under white light. Found in campsite in Borrego Palm Canyon campground.

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mikaelromich

Date

August 2, 2020 09:52 PM PDT

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pwhyder

Date

August 1, 2020 10:56 PM PDT

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Giant Hairy Scorpions (Family Hadruridae)

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fowlivia

Date

July 17, 2020 10:13 PM PDT

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gaswift

Date

July 24, 2020 11:05 AM PDT

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Utah Mountain Kingsnake (Lampropeltis pyromelana ssp. infralabialis)

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tysonvenom

Date

May 2016

Place

Private

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mikaelromich

Date

July 11, 2020 08:57 PM PDT

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Colombian Leaf-toed Gecko (Phyllodactylus transversalis)

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juanda037

Date

March 10, 2017 09:52 AM -05

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Dotted Galliwasp (Diploglossus millepunctatus)

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juanda037

Date

March 10, 2017 08:15 AM -05

Description

Extremly dense population.

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Yellow Devil Scorpion (Paravaejovis confusus)

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newsom

Date

June 16, 2020 08:26 AM PDT

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California Swollenstinger Scorpion (Anuroctonus pococki)

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serpophaga

Date

April 16, 2016 12:16 PM PDT

Description

Bat detritus in old barn

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jmtobin6975

Date

June 3, 2020 11:56 AM PDT

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docprt

Date

January 4, 2014 09:30 AM PST

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Devil Scorpions (Family Vaejovidae)

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justinaceae

Date

June 30, 2020 02:34 PM PDT

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Beck's Desert Scorpion (Paruroctonus becki)

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spillane

Date

July 1, 2020 11:11 PM PDT

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California Common Scorpion (Paruroctonus silvestrii)

Date

May 25, 2014

Description

Don't know what kind of scorpion it was.

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Lowland Swamp Viper (Proatheris superciliaris)

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bartwursten

Date

April 4, 2016 08:17 AM CEST

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Gray-banded Kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna)

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troyhibbitts

Date

July 20, 2017 10:24 PM CDT

Description

Likely a hybrid with Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops ... tissues will be submitted for genetic analyses

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naturenate

Date

June 21, 2019 09:38 PM PDT

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Anza-Borrego Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus anzaborrego)

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naturenate

Date

May 25, 2020 09:57 PM PDT

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brandonh1

Date

October 11, 2014 03:10 PM EDT

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brandonh1

Date

October 11, 2014 03:09 PM EDT

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Black Hairy Scorpion (Hadrurus spadix)

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naturenate

Date

May 23, 2020 08:58 PM PDT

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Common Sagebrush Lizard (Sceloporus graciosus)

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natureali

Date

August 11, 2005 04:43 PM PDT