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Posted by Lester G. Milroy III on June 06, 2002 at 13:03:43:
In Reply to: Horned Lizards In Northern Cal? posted by Ken on June 06, 2002 at 10:17:26:
: Over the last month and a half I've seen at least 5 HL in a certain East Bay Regional Park while trail running. I've been going the park for nearly 30 years running/hiking/mt. biking and have never seen one. I very rarely see large ants. As a kid I used to catch snakes & lizards all the time here. I've never seen one in the wild here. Wondering if any one else has seen HL in No Cal. What are they eating? Are the protected? Last run I nearly swashed one sunning on the trail. No question it was a HL. Are they protected in California? Let a Park Ranger know what I saw and he never heard of any sighting here.
:They are protected. They are the California Coast Horned Lizard, Phrynosoma coronatum frontale. There are pocket populations in the East Bay Region. They have becaome very rare in that area. Their range in that area used to be greater, but development has taken its toll. They are eating ants, just like all HLs. The ants you see are just a small portion of the ants that are available in that area. If you were to go "off trail" you would see more variety. The HLs in the park are even more so protected because of their locality. Any species in parks, wildlife reserves and the like are protected. Not even with a permit are they allowed to be captured. Lester G. Milroy III