RASCals - Resources | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Southern California’s diverse habitats provide an ideal breeding ground for all kinds of life, like this Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana). Photo by TKnoxB; courtesy Creative Commons.
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RASCals Contact Information

General Inquiries
email: rascals@nhm.org
telephone: 213.763.3535

Richard Smart
Citizen Science Coordinator
telephone: 213.763.3535

Greg Pauly
Assistant Curator, Herpetology

You can also follow Herpetology Section happenings on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LACMherps.

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For Identification:

California Herps website: Great website with information and images of all native California reptiles and amphibians.

San Diego Natural History Museum's reptile and amphibian field guide

USGS A Field Guide to the Reptiles and Amphibians of Coastal Southern California

SoCal Herps iPhone App electronic field guide

Museum Web Sites

Museum's Section of Herpetology

Museum's Live Animal Program

Museum's Live Animal Program Resource page

More Reptile and Amphibian Fun

Museum's Reptile and Amphibian Appreciation Day: One weekend day each October thousands of reptile and amphibian fans descend on the museum for collection tours, live animal displays, reptile and amphibian art exhibits, and chances to meet with local herpetological societies and professional herpetologists.

Museum's Section of Herpetology Facebook page

San Diego Natural History Museum's Department of Herpetology Facebook page

Field Herp Forum; An nationwide association of "field herpers" (people interested in field work with reptiles and amphibians) where interested parties share stories, headlines and photos.

Recommended Reading

A Field Guide to Western Reptiles and Amphibians - Peterson field guide by Robert C. Stebbins

Lizards of the American Southwest - photographic field guide by Lawrence L.C. Jones and Robert E. Lovich

Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of California, Revised edition by Robert C. Stebbins and Samuel C. McGinnis.

Field Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of the San Diego Region by Jeffrey M. Lemm

Domestic Cat Predation on Birds and Other Wildlife - from the American Bird Conservancy (115K PDF)

Many Thanks

In addition to Museum staff, sincere thanks for support in the creation of RASCals goes to:

Dr. Robert Espinoza Ph.D. California State University Northridge

Gary Nafis, Creator of Californiaherps.com

Ian Recchio, Curator of Reptiles at the Los Angeles Zoo

And a special thanks to Leslie Gordon, Manager of the Vertebrate Live Animal Program and Dr. Brian Brown, Curator of Entomology who developed the LLOLA program. RASCals is an expansion of LLOLA and was created because of LLOLA’s tremendous success.