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This page will be used to show photos and to provide information concerning some of the wildlife species that may be encountered on the Pacific Crest Trail between the Mexican and Canadian borders.
These photos and the accompanying text have been made available to us by the folks at eNature.com. Their consideration and generosity in sharing their beautiful photos is greatly appreciated.
Going from the world of locked doors, closed windows and 911 to the outdoor world can be intimidating. Also, some nights are just longer than others. For the most part, though, the animals just want to be left alone. If you properly secure your food and use common sense while on the trail, your chances of confrontation and injury from wild animals are very low. However, if you are hiking the desert portion of the trail in southern California, expect to encounter rattlesnakes. Some will coil, rattle, and stand their ground. The most vicious animals you are likely to encounter will be domestic dogs brought to the trail by other hikers, or the domestic dogs of folks who live close to the trail.
If there is an additional species that you would like included here, or if you have comments or suggestions concerning this page, please contact me at:
To see the photos and accompanying text, click on the names of the species and the appropriate photo with accompanying text should pop up in a corner of your screen. To see additional information, including range and habitat, click on the photo and a new screen will appear. For some animals, you can even listen to the sounds that they make. To return to this page, close out the new screen.
Please Note - If you are having difficuly getting the photos to open (error messages received saying photos are not available), try this: Right click the name of the species, then click on the "Open" tab. Repeat a few times if necessary, and the photo will usually open.
Big Brown Bat
Botta's Pocket Gopher
California Ground Squirrel
California Leaf-nosed Bat
Common Gray Fox
Western Gray Squirrel
Snakes / Scorpions / Spiders
Mojave Rattlesnake - Venomous
Western Diamondback Rattlesnake - Venomous
Speckled Rattlesnake - Venomous
Sidewinder - Venomous
Western Coral Snake - Venomous
Vaejovid Scorpions - Venomous
Giant Hairy Scorpion - Venomous
Northern Scorpion - Venomous
Tarantula - Venomous
Western Black Widow - Venomous
Western Terrestrial Garter Snake
California Mountain Kingsnake
Common Garter Snake
Toads / Lizards / Frogs / Turtles
Desert Spiny Lizard
Northern Alligator Lizard
Western Banded Gecko
California Slender Salamander
Desert Horned Lizard
Desert Night Lizard
Western Fence Lizard
Coast Horned Lizard
Southern Alligator Lizard