Weekly Nature Question #8: What Species of Snake is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s plant question turned out to be Miner’s Lettuce and it is edible.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Miner’s Lettuce Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

It turned out to be a good thing that I missed a week of this series largely due to my trip to Sequoia.  I didn’t know what the species was until last night when I saw that Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel identified the species through my Hiking Angeles Forest Facebook Page.  Thanks Dianne!  It turns out my photos are from the dried out period of the plant cycle.  So, that probably made it more difficult to identify.  I plan on going back to the trail in a month or two when the plant is green and take photos and add them to the forest life page.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any articles using the search feature in the WordPress Reader.

If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on Miner’s Lettuce, send me a link and I will add a link to its forest page and create a reference page like the one for 1Year. 365 Species to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of snake is this?  I’m pretty sure it’s a gopher or garter snake but don’t know which species.

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

January 2013

January 2013

Above photo taken from the Lower Sam Merrill Trail

Weekly Nature Question #6: What Species Of Bird Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s butterfly question turned out to be a Cabbage White Butterfly.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Cabbage White Butterfly Forest Life Page where there are already links to more information.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Blogger Auntie Beak for identifying the butterfly and providing a link to further information on it.  Thanks also to Sue of the blog Backyard Biology for confirming Auntie Beak’s identification.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.  If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on the Cabbage White Butterfly, send me a link and I will add a link to this forest life page and create a reference page like this one to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of bird is this?

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail

March 2012

March 2012

Photo taken from the Upper Sunset Ridge Trail

Weekly Nature Question #5: What Species Of Butterfly Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a California Tree Frog.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the California Tree Frog Forest Life Page.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Sue of the blog Backyard Biology for identifying the frog and providing a link where I could learn more about it.  Thanks also to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for confirming that Sue’s identification is correct.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.  If you notice this post and have written (or decide to write) a post on this frog, send me a link and I will add a link to this forest life page and create a reference page like this one to your blog.

This Week’s Question:  What species of butterfly is this?

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

Weekly Nature Question #4: What Species Of Frog Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a  Great Basin Collared Lizard.  As more information is shared, it will appear on the Great Basin Collared Lizard Forest Life Page.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Alex Gurrola for being the first to correctly identify the species and providing a link to more information and to Eric Kuns (my brother) for confirming the identification and providing a more specific link.  I also want to say thanks to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for checking with his naturalist son to confirm the identification and to verify that the species was within its home range and therefore unlikely to be someone’s former pet.  Thanks also to everyone else who commented on this question.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.

This Week’s Question:  What species of frog is this?  I saw several dozen of these frogs on a hike through Shortcut Canyon on the Silver Moccasin Trail with my brother.  We shared the camera that day, so I’m sure some of the photos below were taken by him (I’m just not sure which ones).

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

August 2011

August 2011

Photo taken on the Silver Moccasin Trail

Weekly Nature Question #3: What Species of Lizard Is This?

My Weekly Nature Question is about my asking for help from the blogosphere (and other internet users) to learn about species living in Angeles Forest and to share that learning with others.  I’m really hoping that this turns out to be a viable and meaningful way to share knowledge.

The answer to last week’s tree question turned out to be a Limber Pine.  More information on this tree is now on it’s page in the Forest Life section of this blog and will be updated as new information is shared.

I’d like to extend thanks to:

Dave Bucholtz for being the first to correctly identify the species and to blogger Scott Turner of the blog 1000 miles for confirming the identification, providing a nice description and link to a photo.  As a side note, I assume Scott’s post with a link made it past the spam filter because he’s posted here before.  So, if you have a link to share and it doesn’t show up in the comments, please assume it went into spam and send me the link through my contact page.  I also want to say thanks to blogger Henry Mowry of the blog Mowry Journal for checking with his naturalist to confirm the identification and to everyone else who commented on this question.  Knowing what to look for led me to a page on the Encyclopedia of Life that also identified the Wally Waldron Tree as a Limber Pine.

This week nobody sent me any links to blog articles and I was unable to find any through the search feature in the WordPress reader.

This Week’s Question:  What species of lizard is this?  I’ve only seen this species of lizard one time in close to 1,600 miles of hiking in Angeles Forest.

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail

November 2011

November 2011

Above photo taken from the South Fork Trail