I spent all of Sunday exploring new spots in Sonoma and Mendocino counties with Luke Talltree. In hopes of beating the heat, we left San Francisco early in the morning and made our way up into the Mayacamas Mountain Range in Sonoma/Napa County. We found many potential localities for the elusive St. Helena Mountain Kingsnake- a snake I will be targeting in the Spring, as well as quite the number of rattlesnake dens.
Taking a break from checking out rock outcroppings, we walked along a beautiful creek where we observed many Foothill Yellow-legged Frogs and a gorgeous California Red-sided Garter Snake. This was my first infernalis from Sonoma County.
We moved on up into Mendocino County to scout out some potential Oregon Garter Snake habitat. Although we came up short, it was great checking out the area.
Nothing beats 12+ hours of herping in new areas to hold you over till the weekend!