San Mateo Creek and San Onofre State Beach is home to eleven endangered
species. We have provided a few links to other websites that have some good descriptions and excellent photos since
we don't have any photos of our own.
Pacific Pocket Mouse
|Rattlesnake -- click photo to enlarge
|Photo by Phil Culshaw
The rattlesnake in the photo above was found by a group of campers in San
Mateo Campground the weekend of June 28th/29th, 2008. This snake was by the bathrooms near camp spot #107. I believe
this is a "western" rattlesnake. Special thanks for the use of this photo!
In addition to endangered
species a number of other wildlife can be found here. Use caution, rattlesnakes are thoughout San Onofre. Ran
across one in San Mateo Creek Preserve on the paved path between Old Highway 101 and Trestles Beach just recently. Locals
say rattlesnakes often will lay on the paved path in the late afternoons, they like the heat from the pavement.
Deer can be found in San Mateo Creek preserve. Earlier this year I saw a Bald Eagle near San Mateo Campground.
Hawks, rabbits, squirrels, a number of birds, snakes, lizards and even mountain lions are known to be in this area.
Literally just about anything with the exception of bears are in the San Onofre State Beach and San Mateo Creek area. Many
photo opportunities here!