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California Native Regs Change

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Posted by: Chris_McMartin at Thu Mar 21 21:58:40 2013  [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by Chris_McMartin ]  
   

More or less a cut-and-paste from another source; may not be all inclusive:

"...there were several changes made to the 2013-2014 amphibian and reptile regulations effective as of MARCH 1, 2013.

"Eight species of amphibian and three species of reptile have been removed from the list of species authorized for take with a sport fishing license. There are also several new county level and subspecies closures. Here is the break down:

AMPHIBIANS

As written in the 2013-2014 California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulation book, the following species are no longer authorized for take:

california giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus)
southern seep (torrent) salamander (Rhyacotriton variegatus)
California newt (Taricha torosa)
red bellied newt (Taricha rivularus)
long-toed salamander (Ambystoma macrodactylum)
relictual slender salamander (Batrachoseps relictus)
Couch's spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus (Spea) couchii)
northern leopard frog (Rana pipiens)

The following special closures have also been added:

No black salamanders (Aneides flavipunctatus) may be taken in San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz counties.

A note on Batrachoseps:

The current regulations list only B. attenuatus and B. pacificus as authorized for take; however, B. pacificus probably refers to the old taxonomy for the garden slender salamander which is currently recognized as B. major major.

REPTILES

As written in the 2013-2014 California Department of Fish and Wildlife regulation book, the following species are no longer authorized for take:

Colorado desert fringe-toed lizard (Uma notata)
Mojave fringe-toed lizard (Uma scoparia)
California legless lizard (Anniella pulchra)

The following subspecies also may no longer be taken:

San Diego banded gecko (Coleonyx variegatus abbotti)
Sierra night lizard (Xantusia vigilis sierrae)
regal ringneck snake (Diadophis punctatus regalis)
coast patch-nosed snake (Salvadora hexalepis virgultea)
California glossy snake (Arizona elegans occidentalis)
San Bernardino mountain kingsnake (Lampropeltis zonata parvirubra)

In order to protect subspecies previously not authorized for take, the following special closures have also been added:
(please note that these closures may also restrict the take of subspecies that are otherwise authorized for take with a sport fishing license.)

No geckos (Coleonyx variegatus) may be taken in san diego county south and west of highway 79 to its junction with county road s-2, and south and west of county road s-2 to the eastern San Diego county border.

No rubber boas (Charina bottae or Charina umbratica) may be taken in Kkern, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties.

No night lizards (Xantusia vigilis) may be taken in Kern county.

No ringneck snakes (Diadophis punctatus) may be taken in San Bernardino or Inyo counties.

No coachwhips (Masticophis (Coluber) flagellum) may be taken in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Stanislaus, Tulare.

No California whipsnakes (striped racer) (Masticophis (Coluber) lateralis) may be taken in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.

No western (desert) patch-nosed snakes (Salvadora hexalepis) may be taken in the following counties: Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura.

No glossy snakes (Arizona elegans) may be taken in the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Imperial (west of hwy 111), Kern, Los Angeles, Riverside (southwest of hwy 111 and i-10), San Bernardino (west of i-215 and hwy 138), San Diego, San Joaquin, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara and Tulare.

No mountain kingsnakes (Lampropeltis zonata) may be taken in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, and Ventura counties.

Other notable changes:

Sharp-tailed snakes are now listed as Contia spp. authorizing the take of all species of sharp-tailed snakes.
Lyre snakes are now listed as Trimorphodon spp. authorizing the take of all species of lyre snakes.
Night snakes are now listed as Hypsiglena spp. authorizing the take of all species of night snakes.

The regulations still state that "no sportfishing license is required for the sport take of any rattlesnake, but bag and possession limits do apply." however, all species of rattlesnake are now listed along with the other species of snake authorized for take, and the red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) now has a daily bag and possession limit of zero (0)."
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Chris McMartin
www.mcmartinville.com
I'm Not a Herpetologist, but I Play One on the Internet


   

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