A lot of cool animals live here. This is a tiny fraction.
Getting photographs for most of them is a real challenge.
Pacific Banana Slug
Monadenia infumata Redwood Sideband
Western black carpenter ants
Spotted pine sawyer
A bark beetle
One of the many Scarab beetles
California root borer
A parthenogenic doug-fir specialist that is said to be the smallest walking stick insect.
Western Banded Glowworm
Unidentified bug with a Piptoporus betulinus
MAYBE Lithobius forficatus
A Stone Centipede
An endemic genus of spiders
It is almost impossible to go out during mild weather and not pick up a tick in the forest or meadows around here.
This is the business end of one thing about the forest that really sucks, ticks.
These were abundant and especially active during May-June 2015. It has been almost impossible to go out during mild weather and not pick up a tick in the forest or meadows around here right now.
One of several scorpions that live here; species ID may or may not be right. This is an older picture of something that we only very rarely encounter.
California Slender Salamander
California Giant Salamander
Aneides flavipunctatus flavipunctatus
Some of these are solid black and some are speckled with yellow.
Pacific chorus frog
Diadophis punctatus occidentalis
Northwestern Ring-necked Snake
Lampropeltis getula californiae
Pituophis catenifer catenifer
Pacific gopher snake
The next individual was not seen here at home but was encountered while visiting the Shulgin farm.
Thamnophis atratus hydrophilus
Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis
California Red-sided Gartersnake
Plestiodon skiltonianus skiltonianus
Western fence lizard
This image was taken a few miles from home in Ukiah but these live and nest here on site.
This is a conservationist success story. This bird species nearly went extinct due to overhunting. Reintroduction activity (largely through redistribution of existing birds) lead to a huge rebound of the population including in many areas where it did not formerly exist. It is so common now that most people have no idea that it almost disappeared from the planet.
Mephitis mephitis (striped skunk) & Didelphis virginiana (Virginia Opossum)
Western Spotted skunk
Dusky-footed woodrat AKA Pack-rat
Western grey squirrel