Daley Ranch is dominated by an ecosystem known as Coastal Sage Scub (Soft Chaparral). However, it has many different microhabitats, including oak woodlands, riparian, vernal pools and ponds. This combination of habitats that changes with the seasons offers many niches for that are perfect for different species of animals, including many different reptiles.
Most of the content in this web site consists of text, still photos, a few audio clips, and links to external sources. Just for fun, I thought I'd add a little Quicktime movie featuring photos of some of the reptiles that I'd managed to shoot in Daley Ranch. Click on the Slideshow link at right...
Pacific Tree Frog
Pseudacris regilla
Okay, yes, I know that this is SO not a reptile! Amphibia is a Class completely separate from the Class Reptilia under the Phylum of Chordata! I just wanted to tell folks that you actually can see (and hear) amphibians now and then, especially in the spring after a decent rainy season. I spotted a one-inch long Pacific Tree Frog just off the Boulder Loop trail in mid-July, so they're out there!
You often hear Bull Frogs in the ponds, too, well into the summertime.
By Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (9837_pacific_tree_frog_swingle_odfw) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
What's your favorite reference for the Reptiles of Southern California? Audubon? Peterson's? Any good iPod/iPhone/iPad or Android apps you want to share? Do you use a pocket guide? Please let me know what you use -- I'll add it to the list!