Trip Details

Location: Los Cabos area, Baja California Sur, Mexico

Weather: High of 96

Herpers: Dāv Kaufman, Jeff LeClere and Jim Scharosch

Account by: Jim Scharosch

Photos by: Jim Scharosch

We headed out to a river valley up in the mountains where we could find the garter snake which is endemic to this area. It is a beautiful area, with the boulder strewn river valley and cooler temperatures from high elevation. The area was crowded with a lot of locals hanging out and enjoying the cool water.

It didn't take long to turn up a couple of juvenile Cape Garter Snakes (Thamnophis validus)

They were all this year's babies. We saw a larger one, but were unable to get any photos. The large snakes get very wary when there are a lot of people there. I didn't take many scenery photos this year, thus the lack of additional photos.

My other favorite thing about being in Mexico is eating tacos. My favorite are the tacos al pastor, and we found a little shop near the Wal-Mart in San Jose Del Cabo that made great ones.

After dinner we headed out to cruise the roads again.

We found this really nice adult Baja California Rattlesnake (Crotalus enyo)

Yeah, that was it. An entire night of cruising and we found one snake. I was at a total loss as to what was going on. I hoped this was an outlier, and not the start of a trend.

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