Considering how much time we spent in the field, and that one of my field assistants was by natural inclination a herpetologist, we found surprisingly few herps (reptiles and amphibians) this summer.
Pacific treefrog (subspecies: Sierran treefrog)
This guy comes in brown or green. The two morphs look very different from each other:
One of the brown morphs hid in our tarp and accidentally came back with us to Berkeley, but we kept him alive and brought him back out on our next trip.
The green morphs were beautiful and variable. One was genuinely green, while another (the one in the photo above, on my finger) looked as though he was covered in gold leaf.
Western fence lizard
The alligator lizard that we caught last year bit us too. This guy was really hanging on, though.
No big gopher snakes this year, just this cute little guy.
I really like the last picture of the snake. Thanks for sharing the other animals that you run across in your research.
Those are great little creatures. That lizard looks like its biting for all its worth.
Enjoyed the post as well–the creatures look relatively non-blemished. Hoping for fewer 6–and 8–leg frogs. I am sure it is a wait and see game?
Hopefully these guys are relatively safe from the contaminants that mess up development, since they’re fairly high in elevation and get their water from clean snow-melt. I’m more worried about chytridiomycosis, the fungus that is wiping out amphibians all over, including in nearby high-elevation Yosemite. Finding a live healthy frog anywhere is a small miracle these days.
I also hope there are fewer extra-legged frogs in the future though – especially since they’re generally found near humans, which has disturbing implications for our health.
thanks for replying and the additional info
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