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Places within 1 hr 30 mins of Orange County, CA to go herping?

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by Vinegaroonie, Jun 18, 2014.

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    Would love some tips on spots within an hour and a half's drive to go herping/bug hunting in the day time. Some things I would like to search for;

    California Mountain Kingsnake
    Longnosed Snakes
    Legless Lizards
    Patch-nosed Snakes
    Red Tailed Skinks
    Horned Lizards
    Desert Tortoises
    Ringneck Snakes

    I need it kind of soon too, I waited too long and planned this trip last minute. You can pm me with exact locations and such, thanks in advance,

    Vinegaroonie
     
  2. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    By red tailed skinks I assume you mean skilton's skinks.

    These lizards like higher elevation areas, big bear is one place I know they inhabit.

    Gopher tortoises are protected. Check the fish and wildlife regulations.
    Anaheim hills is a good area for whiptails.

    South/west facing cliffs in chaparral with undisturbed soil is good for scorpions and tarantulas, as we'll as bothriocyrtum.

    Many of these species are from different habitat types.

    Patch nosed snakes are more common in desert habitats
     
  3. The Snark

    The Snark هرج و مرج مهندس Old Timer

    I wish you luck. I've put maybe 3000 miles on my boots from Tehachapi to Anza over the years and casually spotted maybe 200-300 of the critters you listed. The big rule of thumb is go where you don't see .22 shells all over. That rules out your time frame from word go. The rugged slopes both N and S of Big Bear are a good bet as Mt. San Jacinto on down the north side (extremely rugged terrain) or head SE from Idylwild. Out on the flats at lower elevations, forget it. Weekend critter butchers abound. It would be dumb luck to spot anything.

    Be aware, taking ANY animal from the national forests around there (Angeles et al) is a criminal offense. It's okay to blast lizards with your new 12 gauge but get caught with a live tortoise or even collecting firewood will slam you with a hefty fine.
     
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  4. Smokehound714

    Smokehound714 Arachnoking Active Member

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    True state/national forest land is totally legal to collect around. It's state and national PARK land you cannot collect from.
     
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  5. 8legsloth

    8legsloth Arachnopeon

    Blackstar Canyon always has a nice variety of species