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Herping the Gorge
The Gorge is a little pocket of remnant forest on the border of WA and OR along the Columbia River. This area supports a nice diversity of reptile life. We had fun herping this area for a day and cruised nearby roads that evening. The number of snakes was impressive, but was mostly Southern Pacific Rattlers (Crotalus oreganus helleri) and Pacific Gopher Snakes (Pituophis c. catenifer). It was fun to see so many snakes in one 24 hr period. What made the trip great was I was able to bring my son and get him out herping, which was fantastic. It was also great herping with Casey, Ryan, and Mike. We struck out on the mountain kingsnake, although I was sure I saw one disappearing down a burrow. Guess that's a good reason to come back someday!

Skink on eggs  Aligator Lizard Southern Pac Rattler  Me and Jake herping
One of my favorite finds: a western skink (Plestiodon s. skiltonianus) guarding eggs!
Another first for me: a Northwestern Alligator lizard (Elgaria coerulea principis)
Nice Sothern Pacific Rattler (Crotalus oreganus helleri)
My new favorite herping companion.
Gopher snake Southern Pac
                Rattler Southern Pac
                Rattler Southern Pac
A nice Pacific Gopher Snake (Pituophis c. catenifer)
Juvenile posing nicely
Hiding under a large rock
Such nice looking snakes! I love the dark patterned heads.