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:
Platyhelmintha (Flatworms)
Nematoda (Roundworms)
Mollusca (Snails, Clams, Mussels, Squids, Octopi, etc.)
Annelida (Segmented Worms)
Arthropoda (Insects, Arachnids, Crustaceans, etc.)

There are no naturally occurring fish in Ascot Hills Park.
Characteristics of Fish

Characteristics of amphibians
Species information and photos:
Black-Bellied Slender Salamander (Batrachoseps nigriventris)
Monterey Salamander (Ensatina eschscholzii eschscholzii)
California Newt (Taricha torosa)
Western Toad (Bufo boreas)
California Treefrog (Hyla cadaverina)

Characteristics of reptiles
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Species information and photos:
Great Basin Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis longipipes )
Side-blotched Lizard (Uta stansburiana)
Western Whiptail Lizard (Cnemidophorus tigris)
Southern Alligator Lizard (Elgaria multicarinatus)
California King Snake (Lampropeltis getulus)
Striped Racer (Masticophis lateralis)
Gopher Snake (Pituophis catenifer)
Two-striped Garter Snake (Thamnophis hammondii)
Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus viridis)

Characteristics of birds
Species information and photos

Species Information and photos:
Virginia Opossum (Didelphis virginiana)
Western Pipistrelle (Pipistrellus hesperus)
Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus)
Audubon’s Cottontail (Sylvilagus audubonii)
California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi)
Gray Tree Squirrel (Sciurus griseus)
Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) – Introduced species.
Botta’s Pocket Gopher (Thomomys bottae)
California Pocket Mouse (Perognathus californicus)
Agile Kangaroo Rat (Dipodomys agilis)
Coyote (Canis latrans)
Raccoon (Procyon lotor)
Striped Skunk (Mephitis mephitis)
Bobcat (Felis rufus)