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    Hi everybody,

    My name is Matthias and I am living in Europe but I will have the opportunity to visit the US for the first time in July and August this year. I will arrive in San Francisco and have to weeks to travel around. Afterwards I will attend a course in Santa Barbara for 5 weeks. Of course I hope to see some reptiles and amphibians during the two weeks of holidays but also during some trips over the weekends when I am in Santa Barbara.
    It would be great if you could give me some advice about where I can find good places to go herping. What time of the day would you suggest to go out to find some lizards and snakes, maybe rattlesnakes?

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    Matthias
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    If you are looking for rattlers, you should go from earlier in the morning and late dusk. Rattlers, like most snakes, need to bask to stay warm in the day, so any time, most likely in the mid-parts of the day to dusk (not necessarily night because it can get a bit too cold) are the best times, I would say.
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    Fence Swift (blue belly lizards) along the coast. In the L A area Fence Swifts, ground uta (side blotch lizards), alligator lizards (around homes with ground cover, vegetation) and whiptail lizards. Further south around Palm Springs there will be Desert iguanas.

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    Thank you guys!
    Drillman: Are you living in that region?

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    No, I live just north of Las Vegas. I've been to Los Angeles a few times. Seen the Fence Swift along the coast in a few areas around Monterey. A long time ago I did a lot of herping around Los Angles and once near Palm Springs. I did see three Diamondback rattle snakes in Los Angeles.

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