CaliforniaHerps.com

A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California


Frequently Asked Questions





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Can I use your pictures (or sounds, or videos) for free?

Maybe. Maybe not. Take a look at our Usage Guidelines.
What is this snake (lizard, frog, turtle, salamander) that I found?

I enjoy getting pictures of herps and identifying them for you, so you are welcome to do that until my inbox is too overloaded that I have to stop. So far, that hasn't happened. I have also put together some pages on Identifying California Herps - not herps from other states - so you can try there, too.
I have some pictures of herps I took. Do you want to use them on your site?

Maybe. I welcome contributions of interesting animals that I don't have illustrated here, especially pictures showing behavior such as feeding, breeding, fighting, and displaying. There is even a page of some of the things I need - but definitely not everything. But please don't send me a large number of huge image files. Email me to tell me what you have first.
I found a herp. What should I feed it and how do I take care of it?

This is not a pet care information site. I don't have enough experience to give out that kind of information. Check out the Caring for Captive Herps online resources page.
Can I collect and keep this animal?

Maybe. Take a look at the California Herping Regulations page. For other states you'll have to search elsewhere.
How can I attract herps to my property (or frogs to my backyard pond)?

Check out our Living With Herps page.
How can I keep herps (especially rattlesnakes) away from my property?

Check out the pertinent links on our Living With Rattlesnakes page.
I found a herp that is not a native herp where can I release it?

It's against the law to do that. It's bad for the herp you want to help and bad for the native herps. Try contacting a local pet organization, herp society or pet rescue organization to find out if they can find someone to adopt it.  Some veterinarians who work with exotic pets may also be a good source of information. Anapsid.org maintains a list of herp societies and rescue organizations.
How can I find out what herps are in my area?

Check out my regional guides to the Bay Area and Southern California. If you are not in those regions, look at all of the range maps.
Where can I find this animal in the wild?

Sorry, I don't give out information for finding herps in the wild nor do I have time to help you plan a general herping itinerary in the state.
How can I find out what pictures and videos and sounds you have recently added to this web site?

Check out the New Additions Page.
What is the best book or books about California's Reptiles and Amphibians?

Check out the Recommended Books page.
What does that fancy word mean?

Maybe the Glossary will explain it.
I don't care about taxonomy and scientific names, where can I just look at some pictures and videos?

Yeah, sorry about that. Try the Behavior pages.
How can I cite your website?   The information you need with some examples can be found here.
Why can't I get the sounds or videos to play?

The sounds are Quicktime mp3s and the videos are Quicktime videos. Make sure you have installed plug-ins in your browser that let you play these formats. I believe you need the Quicktime plug-in to play the videos on the Windows platform.
If you're on a mobile platform - I can't help you. My iPhone plays the sounds and videos with the Safari browser using a WiFi connection, but I haven't tried the Android platform yet or other methods.
Pardon me good sir, bit I do believe I have found a slight mistake on one of your web pages. Would you mind checking it and fixing it if necessary? Thank you ever so much.

Wow, I love how the Internet is such a polite place. Thank you for pointing out the mistake. I will investigate your observation and if necessary fix it as soon as I can.

I have fixed a lot of mistakes thanks to user email, and there are probably many more that need to be fixed, so please feel free to let me know.
("Hey Moron! You made a mistake!" makes an excellent subject title that will certainly get my attention.)
Who are you and what gives you the right to clog up the precious internet pipes with all those frogs?

Excellent question. Maybe you'll find the answer here.
I'm a herp exporter from (insert exotic country here) do you want my list of animals that I have to sell?

No.  I am not interested in buying selling or trading herps through this web site or in any other way.
Not because I'm against it if it is done legally, but because it's not something I do.
If you want to find out what you can legally buy and sell, I can't help you. Look somewhere else.
I want to buy some herps, can you help me buy some?

No.  I am not interested in buying selling or trading herps through this web site or in any other way.
Not because I'm against it if it is done legally, but because it's not something I do.
If you want to find out what you can legally buy and sell, I can't help you. Look somewhere else.
Can I send you a big bag full of money because your web site is so wonderful?  

Of course you can!  You can find my contact information here.

(Oddly enough, nobody has asked this question yet.)




















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