Although it has been subject to much disturbance in the recent past, Los Peñasquitos Lagoon supports a variety of native vegetation communities that support a large number of plant and animal species that includes 35 sensitive plant species, 6 listed bird species, 5 listed reptile species and 1 insect species red-listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Please check some of them out below!

Habitat for wildlife is continually shrinking – I can at least provide a way station.

– Peter Coyote


Los Peñasquitos Lagoon and its adjacent upland areas are home to over twenty-one species of reptiles and amphibians that include the following California Special Concern Species: California legless lizard, Coronado skink, orange-throated whiptail, two-striped garter snake and red diamond rattle snake. Check out some the Lagoon’s reptiles and amphibians below:

Common Name: Belding’s orange-throated whiptail
Scientific Name: Cnemidophorus hyperythrus beldingi
Status: Endangered (State)
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Common Name: Western yellow-bellied racer
Scientific Name: Colubur constrictor
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Common Name: Coronado skink
Scientific Name: Eumeces skiltonianus interparietalis
Status: Species of Special Concern (State)
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Common Name: Red diamond rattlesnake
Scientific Name: Crotalus ruber
Status: Threatened (Federal), Species of Special Concern (State)
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Common Name: San Diego ring-necked snake
Scientific Name: Diadophis punctatus
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Common Name: Western toad
Scientific Name: Bufo boreas
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Common Name: California legless lizard
Scientific Name: Anniella pulchra
Status: Species of Special Concern (State)
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ico2Live conditions

As of 8:03 PM PDT,
April 27
Temp: 59.9 F (15.5 C)
Humidity: 85%
Wind: From the SSW
at 5.0 MPH Gusting
to 5.0 MPH
Pressure: 29.79″