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Cabrillo National Monument protects a unique and diverse landscape thriving with life. Follow our science teams into the field and discover the stories of our park’s natural resources and beyond.
Albinism versus Leucism: In the Wild and at Our Parks
October 01, 2019
Meet Summer, an albino California Kingsnake and one of our ambassador snakes here at Cabrillo. In this field note, we’ll be observing the differences between albinism and leucism in organisms, specifically snakes and other reptiles.
We Brake for Snakes!
June 18, 2019
Cabrillo National Monument is home to six different snake species – one of these species, the San Diego Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer annectens), is an oft-misidentified and harmless backyard reptile that keeps our ecosystems healthy. Read on to learn more about this slithering species, and why it’s important to break for snakes!
Snakes, Lizards and Salamanders – Oh My!
July 18, 2018
Scientists with Cabrillo National Monument frequently monitor the native species of animals and plants that live here. Herpetofauna (reptiles and amphibians) monitoring is important to ensure that the Monument’s reptile and amphibian populations are healthy and thriving. Read on to learn about the herpetofauna species at CNM and the scientists that study them!
Creepy Crawlies and Slithering Serpents
October 30, 2017
It’s that time of year again... It seems like everyone is flocking to haunted houses and spooky corn mazes in search of a scare. For many, Halloween often elicits visions of masked figures with chainsaws and flesh-eating zombies, but are these the things we’re really afraid of?
Snake Encounters of the Third Kind
April 12, 2017
On May 21, 2016, our biologists made a rather unique observation within the Cabrillo snake population. Tune in as we investigate what this means for the park and how you can help.
Last updated: November 4, 2016