Blue Caboose

It’s hard to miss a lizard with a bright blue tail. This colorful little lizard is called the blue-tailed skink, also known as the western skink (Plestiodon Read More…

See you later, alligator

While checking our Oakdale rotary screw trap on the Stanislaus River, our field crew recently ran into an unexpected visitor in their catch. The California alligator lizard Read More…

More than one way to breathe

Breathing can take a variety of forms, but aquatic turtles have developed some of the more unusual strategies. The Eastern snapping turtle, Chelydra serpentina serpentina, is a Read More…

Mistaken identity

Spending as much time in the field as we do monitoring fish, we often encounter a variety of reptiles, insects, birds and mammals. Most of the time Read More…

Coldblooded surprise!

We never know what we are going to catch when we open the livebox on one of our rotary screw traps. This Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus) Read More…