April 27, 2012
Lizards, Snakes, and Frogs Oh My!
This last Saturday we held the second annual Lizard Hunt at Malibu Creek State Park! Dr. Greg Pauly, Museum Herpetologist, and Dr. Bobby Espinoza, CSUN Herpetologist, took a group of 25 lucky people out to observe, catch, and identify local herps.
Are you looking at me?
Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentatlis
Here is a list of all the herps we encountered:
Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis
Common Side-blotched Lizard, Uta stansburiana
Tiger Whiptail, Aspidoscelis tigris
Western Skink, Plestiodon skiltonianus
Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, Crotalus oreganus helleri
Gophersnake, Pituophis catenifer
Striped Racer, Masticophis lateralis
Pacific Treefrog, Pseudacris regilla (heard calling)
American Bullfrog, Rana catesbeiana (heard calling)
Dr. Greg Pauly lets an aspiring herpetologist
touch a Western Fence Lizard
Dr. Bobby Espinoza shows off a striped racer,
One of the primary goals of this field trip is to increase participation in our Lost Lizards of Los Angeles (LLOLA) project. Currently we have about 250 submissions, but for us to be able to do anything interesting with the data, we need at least 2,000 submissions. Hopefully we were able to inspire at least 25 more people to participate at this field trip. Are you inspired?
One last thing for all you ultra herp-nerds—you can now get your daily herp dose by visiting the Museum's new herpetology section facebook page. Go get 'em Tiger Whiptail!
Posted by: Lila Higgins