Herpetology in Olema Valley

racer profile
A friend invited me out to check out Olema Valley with an ecologist familiar with the snakes, lizards, and amphibians of the area. Cool!

Here is a little VIDEO I made with the Vine app to give you a feeling for the day.

hand on snakes
Lifting the plywood early enough in the day before the snakes have warmed up too much means they are easier to handle. It goes without saying that this activity is best left to the experts.

A trio of Racers in hand.

Really beautiful creatures.

racer photo
Worthy of a photo or three.

patrick explains
The ecologist answers our many questions.

snake fist
He deftly handles the snakes with just the right amount of pressure.

racer full length
This gives a better sense of the length of these Racers.

The snakes began to warm up from the heat of our hands and became more and more active.

ring-necked baby
We also spotted a baby Ring-necked Snake.

And a few California Garter Snakes.


returning home
We were careful to return each snake to its favored dark, slowly warming environment under the boards.

12 responses

  1. Beautiful Creatures and some great photos. 🙂

    April 20, 2013 at 1:59 pm

  2. very nice photos! the baby snake is really special! z

    April 20, 2013 at 2:22 pm

  3. Wonderful images.

    April 20, 2013 at 7:04 pm

  4. Luisa

    Excellent! Beautiful photos, and the snakes treated so well. Jealous that I wasn’t there…

    April 20, 2013 at 8:19 pm

  5. Bird Light where’s a Bird .!
    I hate the Snikes

    April 21, 2013 at 12:00 am

    • It is my blog. I’ll post what I like. Thanks for the comment.

      April 21, 2013 at 9:52 am

  6. Totally cool! However did you find all those snakes?

    April 21, 2013 at 7:56 am

  7. Great photos of a fun experience. I really like that first photo.

    April 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

  8. Siobhan Ruck

    A unique experience and a beautiful record of it.

    April 22, 2013 at 5:23 am

  9. Such beautiful creatures!

    April 22, 2013 at 8:58 pm

  10. Great photos! Very pretty ring neck, one of my favorite ‘new world’ snakes.

    July 29, 2013 at 8:49 am

  11. Cool all those snakes!

    July 29, 2013 at 8:14 pm

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