Tule Ponds at Tyson

Western Pond turtle  
Clemmys marmorata
(Special status species protected)

 The western pond turtle Is a moderate size (120-210 cm) drab brown to yellow-olive turtle without prominent markings on its carapace.  In early spring females move to upland area to make a nest.  The  species has declined because of urbanization.

Pacific gopher snake
Family Colubridae
Pituophis melanoleucus catenifer

In the wild, their diet consists of small mammals, birds and eggs. While they are primarily ground dwellers and burrowers, many are semi-arboreal. The common, large, gopher snake is usually between 36 and 96 inches long. Gopher snakes range in color from cream-yellow to green-gray to tan, with large black, brown or reddish blotches on their back and smaller ones along their sides.

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