of Eaton Canyon
The Animals of Eaton Canyon
Remember when visiting Eaton Canyon or any other natural area, take your camera or binoculars with you into the canyon, but please LOOK ONLY – touching or even trying to touch the wildlife can stress them and cause illness or death, upsetting the balance of nature.
We have divided our local wildlife into six major categories. The first is the invertebrates, whose numbers far exceed all the others combined. The last five – fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals – are vertebrates and are listed in the order in which it is believed that they evolved. Just click on a name to find photos and information about the animals in that group.
Invertebrates by Phylum:
Cnidaria (Jellyfish, Coral, Sea Anemones, etc.)
Mollusca (Snails, Clams, Mussels, Squids, Octopi, etc.) Not all are present in Eaton Canyon.
Annelida (Segmented Worms)
Arthropoda (Insects, Arachnids, Crustaceans, etc.)
Echinoderma (Sea Urchins, Starfish, etc.)
Characteristics of Fish
There are no naturally occurring fish in Eaton Canyon. However, the pond near the Nature Center is stocked with mosquito fish to eliminate mosquitoes from breeding.
Black-Bellied Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps nigriventris)
(Ensatina eschscholzii eschscholzii)
(Anaxyrus boreas boreas)
Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis longipipes )
Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
Western Whiptail Lizard
Southern Alligator Lizard
California King Snake
Two-striped Garter Snake
California Pocket Mouse (Perognathus californicus)
Agile Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys agilis)
Dusky-footed Woodrat (Neotoma fuscipes)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Gray Fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus)
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Ringtail (Bassariscus astutus)
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
Long-tailed Weasel (Mustela frenata)
Bobcat (Felis rufus)
Mountain Lion (Puma concolor)
Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)