Hey, PaleoJohn. Don't feel too down about the herping. Right now in particular. I have lived here for the past two and a half years. This dry season/drought has made herping here rather difficult. Many of the animals have gone into hiding. When the rains get here (which they seem to have begun) animals will start showing up again. Roadkills are often a good indicator of this. The past several months DOR snakes have been hard to come by. I take occasional trips to the East coast where the rain has been more significant and I saw two DORs this morning. When things heat up over the summer, get out during or right after rains. In regards to the animals you are looking for...wish I could help. I have seen as many dead diamondback as I have live (3 & 3, 2 DOR, one deliberate kill in a nature park) coral...search me, I have yet to find it. Indigo, find places with lots of land. They need lots of space to thrive away from humans generally. Racers should start turning up with the rains. Rats here seem a bit more reclusive than the ones I remember from when I lived in Maryland (mostly Black Rats). I usually see a few yellows and reds a year. A tips I can give you...try WMA's (of course safer out of hunting season), and google earth to find habitat. Oh and of course as everywhere else herping is better in the spring and the fall. March-May and September-October are very productive. Aviod mid days in the summer unless it is raining, you usually just finds racers. Oh and in case of drought, go to water if you can find it! Hope these tips help. Good luck!