Below are links to specific webpages for each major group of wildlife found in Ventura County, California.   Selected photographs for each group are included below.
All photos copyrighted by David L. Magney 2005-2008.
This page was created in May 2005, and was updated 28 January 2008.
California Red-legged Frog (Rana aurora draytoni), near Camp Comfort, San Antonio Creek, Ojai.
Photo taken night of 11 April 2005.
Vince Semonsen led the nighttime field survey with David Magney and Bryce Breslin assisting.
Aquatic wildlife found near Rancho Royale and Old Creek Ranch Winery, San Antonio Creek, Ojai.
Photos taken day and night of 20 April 2005.
Vince Semonsen led the nighttime field survey with David Magney, Ken Niessen, Liz Chattin, and Bryce Breslin assisting.
Arroyo Toad (Bufo boreas)
Western Toad (Bufo boreas) and Pacific Treefrog (Hyla regilla)
Matilija Shoulderband Snail (Helminthoglypta willetti Berry)
The snail on the left was found in upper Fox Canyon Barranca in Ojai in December 2004. Snail on right and below was found on Sisar Creek below Topatopa Bluffs in April 2005.
California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
The California Ground Squirrel is one of the most common and ubiquitous small, ground-dwelling mammals in the state.   It burrows underground in small colonies.   The burrows are complex, usually with multiple entrances.   Numerous other species use these burrows, sometimes concurrently with the squirrels.
California Pocket Mouse (Chaetodipus californicus)
The California Pocket Mouse is a common herbivorous mouse ranging from southern through northern California.   It occurs in scrub and open woodland habitats.   The guard hairs on its honches, long, tufted tail, and pouched checks help identify this mouse from other species.
Western Harvest Mouse (Reithrodontomys megalotis)
The Western Harvest Mouse is a common herbivorous mouse ranging from southern through northern California.   It occurs in scrub and open woodland habitats.
Deer Mouse (Peromyscus maniculatus)
The Deer Mouse is the most common herbivorous mouse ranging from the Pacific Coast throughout the West.   It occurs in almost all habitats.   The Deer Mouse is the rodent that rarely caries the Hauntavirus, the virus that can kill humans (although this is very rare).