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October 22, 2015

Sea snakes, blind snakes, and the most extraordinary month of snake discoveries in Southern California’s history

Over the past month, Southern Californians have observed two species of snakes that will forever change our understanding of the region’s snake fauna. One of the species is already a media darling, a beautiful but venomous sea snake recently showcased in dozens of media outlets. The other is small, brown, and cryptic, but in many ways has an even more remarkable story to tell. Let’s meet the two players in this story.

The Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, Pelamis platura (often listed incorrectly as P. platurus)

The Yellow-bellied sea snake that washed up on Silver Strand Beach, Oxnard, Ventura County on Oct 15 and 16, 2015. Photographed shortly after it died by Ashley Spratt/USFWS.
This sea snake ranges from...

February 7, 2014

Hawk Attacks Snake and Epically Fails!

Guest Blog by our very own Dr. Greg Pauly:

For local wildlife, living in the big city can be rough. Encounters with people and their dogs, cats, and cars all present threats not experienced by critters living outside of urban areas. Plus, these city dwellers still have to contend with many of the usual threats like predators and weather extremes. Here are two photos celebrating the scrappiness it takes to be a city dwelling reptile, and also celebrating the incredible opportunities to observe urban nature in action.

"David A." sent this photo to theeastsiderla.com of an adult San Diego Gopher Snake, Pituophis catenifer, schooling a juvenile Red-tailed Hawk, Buteo jamaicensis, near Elysian Park.

There are so many cool things going on in this photo. Cool factoid 1: Elysian Park!...