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By Cari Hachmann
Staff Writer 

Spring brings out snakes and lizards


Last updated 5/3/2019 at 10:33am

Courtesy photo

A Fallbrook man turned in this photo of a venomous Western diamondback rattlesnake, identified by its rattle, black and white-banded tail and dark diamond shaped patterns along its back. Diamondbacks and Pacific rattlesnakes are both found in the local area and are dangerous to humans.

Heavy rains this past winter may lead to the breeding of more baby snakes, according to Kurt Broz, wildlife biologist for the Pala Band of Mission Indians.

"Snakes will be breeding because there's more food," Broz said.

However, he said, "The actual number of adult snakes will probably be the same as any other year."

Broz explained that there is usually a two year lag following a big rainy season before a substantial increase in the number of adult snakes is seen.

While more babies are born because of the fertile laying grounds, a lot of them will be eaten or picked off by birds. It will...

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Reader Comments

tucalota writes:

Your lizard picture is not an Alligator lizard. It is a Horned Lizard.


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