Escondido Creek Conservancy


 In March of 2009, the SoCal NAFHA chapter began working with The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC).  TECC is a non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation, restoration and protection of the natural open space within the Escondido Creek watershed, located in San Diego County, California.

Our members surveyed two parcels of land, the first in March and the second in October, both of which are candidates to be purchased for use as a preserve or mitigation banks. From these first herp surveys, our NAFHA group was able to provide the Conservancy directors with an initial amphibian and reptile taxon list of animals discovered on the properties. These documented findings will aid the Conservancy in making the best use of their acquisition resources.

The following is a list of the species thus far recorded in the survey.

Batrachoseps major major - Garden Slender Salamander

Pseudacris hypochondriaca - Baja California Treefrog (adults and larvae)

Elgaria multicarinata webbi - Southern Alligator Lizard
Phrynosoma blainvillii - Coast Horned Lizard
Sceloporus occidentalis longipes - Western Fence Lizard
Uta stansburiana - Common Side-blotched Lizard
Eumeces gilberti rubricaudatus - Gilbert's Skink
Eumeces skiltonianus interparietalis - Western Skink
Aspidoscelis hyperythra beldingi - Belding's Orange-throated Whiptail
Aspidoscelis tigris stejnegeri - Coastal Tiger whiptail

Diadophis punctatus similis - San Diego Ring-necked Snake
Hypsiglena torquata ochrorhyncha - Spotted Night Snake
Masticophis lateralis lateralis - California Striped Whipsnake
Pituophis catenifer annectens - San Diego Gopher Snake
Crotalus o. helleri - Southern Pacific Rattlesnake
Crotalus ruber - Red-Diamond Rattlesnake

Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus – Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake


Pseudacris hypochondriaca - Baja California Treefrog                   Phrynosoma blainvillii - Coast Horned Lizard



Pituophis catenifer annectens - San Diego Gopher Snake          Crotalus mitchellii pyrrhus – Southwestern Speckled Rattlesnake

All photos in this article courtesy of Kent VanSooy