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Reptiles and Amphibians. Carrizo Plain National Monument


This checklist includes 24 species which currently occur within the Carrizo Plain National Monument. Also included are two species (indicated with a "?") which may occur in the Carrizo Plain National Monument, but have not yet been verified.

This checklist can best be used with a field guide to amphibians and reptiles that provides identification and natural history information. Species common and scientific names generally follow Laudenslayer and Grenfell (1983).

The Carrizo Plain National Monument encompasses a variety of habitat types. The major habitat types include Juniper,Mixed Scrubland, Alkali Desert Scrub and Annual Grassland. The habitat classification used in this checklist is generally based on A Guide to Wildlife Habitats of California (Mayer and Laudenslayer 1988) and Preliminary Descriptions of the Terrestrial Natural Communities of California (Holland 1986).

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 State or Federally listed species.

 

 Amphibians

Habitat

Occurrence

Salamanders - ORDER Caudata

 

 

Lungless Salamanders - Family Plethodontidae

 

 

  • Black-bellied Slender Salamander
     Batrachoseps nigraventris

JUN/MSC

Common

Frogs and Toads - ORDER Salientia

 

 

Spadefoot Toads - Family Pelobatidae

 

 

  • Western Spadefoot Toad
    Scaphiopus hammondi

MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

True Toads - Family Bufonidae

 

 

  • Western Toad
    Bufo boreas

MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

Treefrogs and Relatives - Family Hylidae

 

 

  • Pacific Treefrog
    Pseudacris (Hyla) regilla 

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

 

 Reptiles

Habitat

Occurrence

Lizards and Snakes - ORDER Squamata

 

 

Iguanids - Family Iguanidae

 

 

  • Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard 
    Gambelia sila

MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

  • Western Fence Lizard
    Sceloporus occidentalis

JUN/MSC

Common

  • Side-blotched Lizard
    Uta stansburiana

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

  • Coast Horned Lizard
    Phrynosoma coronatum

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Uncommon

Night Lizards - Family Xantusiidae

 

 

  • Desert Night Lizard
    Xantusia vigilis

JUN/MSC/ASC

Common

Skinks - Family Scincidae

 

 

  • Gilbert's Skink
    Eumeces gilberti

JUN/MSC/AGS

Uncommon

Whiptails and Relatives - Family Teiidae

 

 

  • Western Whiptail
    Cnemidophorus tigris

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

Alligator Lizards and Relatives - Family Anguidae

 

 

  • Southern Alligator Lizard
    Elgaria multicarinata

MSC/AGS

Uncommon

California Legless Lizards - Family Anniellidae

 

 

  • California Legless Lizard
    Anniella pulchra

JUN/MSC

Uncommon

Colubrids - Family Colubridae

 

 

  • Racer
    Coluber constrictor

MSC/ASC/AGS

Rare

  • Coachwhip
    Masticophis flagellum

MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

  • California Whipsnake
    Masticophis lateralis

JUN/MSC

Common

  • Western Patch-nosed Snake
    Salvadora hexalepis

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Rare

  • Glossy Snake
    Arizona elegans

MSC/ASC/AGS

Uncommon

  • Gopher Snake
    Pituophis melanoleucus

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

  • Common Kingsnake
    Lampropelts getula

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Uncommon

  • Long-nosed Snake
    Rhinocheilus lecontei

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Rare

  • Common Garter Snake
    Thamnophis sirtalis

JUN/MSC/AGS

Rare

  • California Black-headed Snake
    Tantilla planiceps

JUN/MSC/AGS

?

  • Southwestern Black-headed Snake
    Tantilla hobartsmithi

ASC

?

  • Night Snake
     Hypsiglena torquata

JUN/MSC

Common

  Vipers - Family Viperidae

 

 

  • Western Rattlesnake
    Crotalus viridis

JUN/MSC/ASC/AGS

Common

Habitat Types of the Carrizo Plain Natural Area

Juniper (JUN) - Includes Juniper Oak Cismontane Woodland (71430) and Cismontane Juniper Woodland and Scrub (72400).

A dense to open woodland characterized by scattered junipers, oaks, low shrubs, and non-native annual grasses. Higher elevations of the Temblor and Caliente Ranges.

Mixed Scrubland (MSC) - includes Upper Sonoran Subshrub Scrub (39000).

A low drought tolerant shrubland dominated by ephedra, golden bush and non-native annual grasses. Elkhorn Plain and lower elevations of the Caliente Range.

Alkali Desert Scrub (ASC) - includes Valley Sink Scrub (36210), Valley Saltbush Scrub (36220) and Interior Coast Range Saltbush Scrub (36320).

A low shrubland dominated by iodine bush or saltbush and non-native annual grasses. From the margins of Soda Lake to the foothills of the Temblor and Caliente Ranges.

Annual Grassland (AGS) - includes Non-native Grassland (42200).

Non-native annual grassland dominated by bromes, filaree and schismus. Found mainly in the central portion of the Carrizo Plain Natural Area.

Numbers in parentheses ( ) correspond to the element codes in Holland, 1986.

References

Holland, R.F. 1986. Preliminary descriptions of terrestrial natural communities of California. State of California, The Resources Agency, Department of Fish and Game. 156 pages.

Laudenslayer, W.F., Jr. and W.E. Grenfell, Jr. 1983. A list of amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals of California. Outdoor California 44:5-14.

Mayer, K.E., and W.F. Laudenslayer, Jr., editors. 1988. A guide to wildlife habitats in California. State of California, The Resources Agency, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. 166 pages. 

 


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