A Guide to the Amphibians
and Reptiles of California

New Additions in 2020


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These are some of the new pictures, sounds, and video that I have added to the site in 2020.
Most of these were generously contributed by photographers other than myself. I'm too lazy to list everything that I add myself. Pictures and video are listed under the month when I added them, not necessarily when they were taken or donated.

The links lead to pages which include thumbnails and other links to the new content. You will have to search the page to find them, but most of them are usually put at the bottom of the gallery of thumbnails of the featured animal.
The most recent additions to the site are on top of the list found below.
A list of additions to the site in 2019 can be seen here.


Dave D. contributed a picture of a Smith's Black-headed Snake he found in the foothills of Fresno County.

Aaron Wells contributed a picture of a Coast Patch-nosed Snake found in the San Fernando Valley.

John Buckman contributed pictures of an African Clawed Frog and a black Southern Pacific Rattlesnake with a bit of blue coloring.

Kenny Elliott contributed a picture of a Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake from Riverside County. I haven't seen many pictures of this species from California.

Dorothy Yerxa contributed a picture of a very unusual Rough-skinned Newt with a gray ground color and black bumps on its skin.


Steven Krause contributed pictures of Forest Alligator Lizards from Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. The specimen from Del Norte County is much farther west than the species' range is typically shown.

Alissa Nolan got permission for me to use Bebe Maag's pictures of a brilliant yellow leucistic Rough-skinned Newt found in Santa Cruz County.

Mike & Jon Thiede contributed pictures of two hypomelanistic (bright orange) Common Sharp-tailed Snakes they found in Chico.

Spencer Riffle contributed lots of pictures of several Lesser Slender Salamanders, including comparison shots with a Black-bellied Slender Salamander, along with pictures of San Simeon Slender Salamanders, and several Coastal Giant Salamanders, including paedomorphic adults from high altitude lakes.

Maren Pedersen contributed pictures of one of the Red-bellied Newts that are found out of range in Santa Clara County.

Ryan Sikola contributed pictures of another Lesser Slender Salamander and a Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander.

Wayne Crank Jr. is making me see red, with several pictures of Red Diamond Rattlesnakes, including a mating pair and one with a tail with more than the typical number of black bands. He also contributed pics of a very colorful male Granite Spiny Lizard, and a Monterey Ensatina.

Owen Holt contributed pictures of a rare find - a California Newt larva that spent the winter in its natal pond instead of transforming last summer.

Andre Giraldi contributed several pictures of herps from Marin County that I didn't have - California Newt, Rough-skinned Newt, neotenic California Siant Salamander, California Toad, Northern Pacific Rattlesnakes at a den site, a California Kingsnake, courting Ensatina, and a Yellow-eyed Ensatina from the intergrade area where they typically look like a blend of the two subspecies, and a juvenile Western Sagebrush Lizard from Mariposa County.

Joel Germond contributed pictures of Woodland Alligator Lizards and Skilton's Skinks and a black Coast Range Fence Lizard, all from San Luis Obispo County.

Patrick Briggs contributed pictures of a California Lyre Snake from the coastal part of San Diego County, along with a Red Racer and several San Diego Gophersnakes.

Noah Morales contributed pictures of a Lesser Slender Salamander from San Luis Obispo County.

I have updated the Herping Regulations page to show this year's fishing regulations information. The CDFW taxonomy has been changed again, but now it conforms mostly with this website and with most other standard names lists, with a few exceptions.


Ryan Sikola contributed more great slender salamander pictures: Lesser Slender Salamander, San Simeon Slender Salamander, and Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamander.

Yuval Helfman contributed a picture of a colorful male Western Side-blotched Lizard from Inyo County.

Dana Duncan sent me pictures of what I assume is a Great Basin Fence Lizard with rusty-orange coloration. I've seen other spiny lizards with similar coloring, but I don't know what causes it.

Julia Ggem sent in a picture of a Rubber Boa.

Joel Germond contributed a picture of a Valley Gartersnake from San Luis Obispo County.

Ryan Sikola contributed pictures of Kern Canyon Slender Salamanders, some oddly-pigmented Arboreal Salamanders found hiding together in San Luis Obispo County - one spotless, one leucistic, and a Coast Patch-nosed Snake all the way up in San Luis Obispo County.

Spencer Riffle contributed pictures of Arboreal Salamander adults and hatchlings from San Luis Obispo County.

Kevin Law contributed a picture and video of Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnakes in Orange County.

Noah Morales contributed pictures of a Desert Night Lizard from the northern part of their range in Central California.

An anonymous photographer contributed some pictures of a Sierran Trefrog using rainwater collected in old Native American bedrock mortars.

Ryan Sikola contributed pictures of a Common Sharp-tailed Snake from San Luis Obispo County and a Gregarious Slender Salamander with enough tail for two or three salamanders.


Bryce Anderson contributed some interesting rattlesnake pictures - a hypomelanistic Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, and one with unusual greenish coloring, and a Red Diamond Rattlesnake eating a young black-tailed Jackrabbit, which was documented in Herp Review as a new prey species for the snake.

Ryan Sikola contributed a picture of a pinkish Tehachapi Slender Salamander.

Noah Morales contributed pictures of a Temblor Legless Lizard with interesting peach coloration.

Andre Giraldi contributed pictures of a very pale Arboreal Salamander and a reference to a statement by Robert Stebbins in his first book on amphibians that Arboreal Salamanders are capable of changing color, which might be what has happened with this salamander.

Spencer Riffle contributed pictures of a San Simeon Slender Salamander, intergrade Oregon Enstinas, and Yellow-blotched Ensatinas.

Ivan Vershynin contributed pictures of a Variable Groundsnake from Baja California Sur.

Brad Murakami contributed pictures from Baja California - Couch's Spadefoot, and Cape Giant Whiptail.

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