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by erik loza
December 19th, 2011, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 25390

Re: introducing a king snake population...

TS, one thing to remember is that if kingsnakes are found in your area, they probably already ARE there and you have just not seen them. And, for all we know, could already be dining on these other snakes all the time. You've just never seen it because you are only there a few hours a year. Point be...
by erik loza
December 19th, 2011, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 25390

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Relocating the rattlesnakes and copperheads carries roughly the same results as introducing the kingsnakes would--you may feel good about what you're doing, but it really doesn't achieve the desired effect. Yes, kingsnakes are known to eat venomous snakes; however, those snakes do not make up their...
by erik loza
December 16th, 2011, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: why you should like Europe
Replies: 38
Views: 12992

Re: why you should like Europe

The sand boas are awesome. Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
December 15th, 2011, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: BREAKTHROUGH! Lizard Playing Video Games!
Replies: 18
Views: 2817

Re: BREAKTHROUGH! Lizard Playing Video Games!

Awesome!
by erik loza
December 13th, 2011, 1:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The five stages of herper development
Replies: 20
Views: 6265

Re: The five stages of herper development

1.) Catch and keep everything. 2.) Spend just as much time afield, but get choosier/more selective about what you keep. 3.) Go out less/don't keep anything. 4.) Get out of it altogether. 5.) Get back into it, but less intensely, and regret... a.) collecting as many as you did. b.) not hanging onto ...
by erik loza
December 13th, 2011, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The five stages of herper development
Replies: 20
Views: 6265

Re: The five stages of herper development

1.) Catch and keep everything. 2.) Spend just as much time afield, but get choosier/more selective about what you keep. 3.) Go out less/don't keep anything. 4.) Get out of it altogether. 5.) Get back into it, but less intensely, and regret... a.) collecting as many as you did. b.) not hanging onto o...
by erik loza
December 9th, 2011, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Basiliscus Family Values
Replies: 33
Views: 9000

Re: Basiliscus Family Values

I love posts like this, where you get a story.

Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
December 7th, 2011, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #18: The Snakes of Beach Seafood Cafe
Replies: 14
Views: 5097

Re: Borneo Dispatches #18: The Snakes of Beach Seafood Cafe

I rarely post but always enjoy your posts so much. Thanks again for sharing.
by erik loza
December 5th, 2011, 7:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short movie. Zonatas/Boas
Replies: 20
Views: 2615

Re: Short movie. Zonatas/Boas

I really enjoyed the video, makes me miss CA. Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
November 15th, 2011, 11:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: 8yo boy bitten by Rattlesnake at school
Replies: 12
Views: 4278

Re: 8yo boy bitten by Rattlesnake at school

Was the child actually envenomated? Sorry if I missed that.
by erik loza
November 15th, 2011, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID needed
Replies: 5
Views: 1738

Re: Sulawesi snake ID needed

Candoia carinata, I believe.
by erik loza
November 14th, 2011, 9:57 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Your oldest pet?
Replies: 22
Views: 4376

Re: Your oldest pet?

Rosy Boa I collected as young-of-the year in 2001, so that would make him almost 12, now.
by erik loza
November 14th, 2011, 7:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is there a safe way to ask?
Replies: 27
Views: 4640

Re: Is there a safe way to ask?

I kinda read this post as sarcastic... It has some seriously valid advice.... LOL, not sarcastic at all. I think the "just be there" part is the most important of all. I saw a cell phone pic, several years back, of a DOR pigmy rattler from the road which leads to my Mother-in-Law's house in East Te...
by erik loza
November 14th, 2011, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is there a safe way to ask?
Replies: 27
Views: 4640

Re: Is there a safe way to ask?

1.) A general locale reference ("such-and-such" county or "Near the town of so-and-so", for example...) 2.) One good habitat shot. 3.) Google Earth. I am pretty confident that I could put myself in the correct habitat for any North American species with the above three things. Not saying I could fin...
by erik loza
November 11th, 2011, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kenya Safari 2011: Token herps, many mammals...
Replies: 9
Views: 2247

Kenya Safari 2011: Token herps, many mammals...

Last July, my wife and I participated in a 10-day safari to the country of Kenya, in East Africa. We were accompanied by my mother-in-law (still a world traveler at age 70...) and a friend of my wife's, who has done lots of traveling with her. To give a brief background, this trip was quite a divers...
by erik loza
November 9th, 2011, 12:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Hey guys, Just want to apologize. In the future my posts will include gps coords with every pic. Sorry for being arrogant. Mike Gonna' go out on a limb and say that nobody (at least not in FHF) is asking for GPS coordinates and, in fact, most of us agree that we shouldn't do something like that. I ...
by erik loza
November 9th, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Field Herp forum. Give that a little thought... I had pretty much that same thought: If there is little or no info shared in regards to the "field" aspect of all this, then what you really have is just a photography or a "trophy" picture forum. Not that there is anything wrong with either of those ...
by erik loza
November 8th, 2011, 7:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Paul White wrote:...expecting a one size fits all solution to be required/desirable...
This is a really good point. Why does it need to be,"You must choose a side and and you are either with or against"?
by erik loza
November 8th, 2011, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

^^^ Great summation.
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Devil Advocate's Question : If one breeds and sells, for example, rosy boas or kingsnakes which are identified by and more importantly, priced according to , their localities, and that person takes a position that locality info is only for VIP's, does that make your position more one of capitalism ...
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: True or False? Atrox question...
Replies: 12
Views: 1439

Re: True or False? Atrox question...

I have seen hundreds of both oreganus and atrox and have a tough time believing that atrox ever occurred that far north.

When I lived in CA and was active in the NCHS, the default description for any rattler seen on a trail or in someone's yard was always "Diamondback".
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

...if you get it you get it, if not oh well. Like was said,why not just enjoy the perdy pics? So, it's an automatic concession that you are anti-conservation if you are interested in more than just the photo, itself? For example, these recent Borneo posts by Twoton and China posts by Kevin Messenge...
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

To be fair, there are probably a lot of California people in this forum and there, the "people-to-habitat" ratio is much more skewed than in many other parts of the country. If there were as many people in West Texas as there are in Los Angeles, I am sure that Highway 277 would be just as much of a ...
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

To go one step further, how many of us have ever gotten a lifer or knockout specimen from someone else's spot, rather than from our own?
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpin' music?
Replies: 40
Views: 4226

Re: Herpin' music?

Audio books. They keep me mentally engaged.
by erik loza
November 7th, 2011, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 27140

Re: Really, has it come to this?

LOL, Gerry. I know you better than probably anyone in this thread and am still trying to figure out if you are being facetious or not. Ha! I agree with the TS in principle. Part of the fantasy, going back to when I was a little kid, was to read a book (which I guess the web has replaced, nowadays......
by erik loza
September 8th, 2011, 8:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID??
Replies: 22
Views: 2576

Re: Snake ID??

It's an Epicrates. Possibly the Cuban Boa.
by erik loza
August 5th, 2011, 3:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard ID help
Replies: 3
Views: 661

Re: Lizard ID help

LOL, Mediterranean Gecko.
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

.....given the growing pressure on herp locations and resources I believe it is better to error on the safe side, there being no compelling reason to offer the world potentially sensitive information which might be abused by the few, or maybe not so few, who's actions lead to degradation... Monklet...
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

Mike Waters wrote:....it is against the forum rules....
What is the definition of a "locality", as it pertains to this forum, then? Because there sure a ton of specific locations mentioned in the General Forum.
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

Fundad, lease do not try to frame my position as "humans or reptiles". That's not the case. Nobody will be able to find a post where I have ever suggested suggested any illegal activities, exploitation of wildlife, or given locality data that was not already commonly available (and in much more spec...
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

Since 1977, its pretty safe to say that I have seen a ton of favorite king spots disappear to the bulldozer. Do you think everyone that reads these forums is a respectful herper? Fundad Does it make someone "right", that they have had more favorite spots trashed than the next guy? Not really seeing...
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A pretty good week, featuring Louis Zukofsky
Replies: 18
Views: 2037

Re: A pretty good week, featuring Louis Zukofsky

Great looking z and other animals. Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
July 1st, 2011, 5:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?

That's an interesting find. Know nothing about Adenovirus but was thinking back on it and this thing acts in ways like Shingles, which is Herpes virus. It's significant that PL apparently caught multiples in the same rockpile that all were symptomatic. What's the vector? A food item? Another snake t...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

...Seriously you need one of your favorite little places in earth, trashed and overcollected. Than maybe you'll see the light.. Fundad, I left CA in 2004. A few years ago, traveling back to visit family with my wife, I told her all about my favorite Cal King spots. Well, we went for a drive and the...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 8:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any hikes in Laguna area? PM me
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: Any hikes in Laguna area? PM me

LOL, I just realized the TS is referring to Laguna Beach, not the Laguna Mountains. The hike I suggested is a great one, but not quite in the same area.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 8:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any hikes in Laguna area? PM me
Replies: 3
Views: 669

Re: Any hikes in Laguna area? PM me

The Big Meadow hike is a very scenic one. Don't have the photo scanned but I found some old Native American morteros there, once.
Make sure to stop in the little store and buy one of those wilderness pass-thingies for the windshield. It's a beautiful area, good luck with your hike.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 8:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

You could not effectively flip enough rocks to do anything to the habitat/wildlife in either of the spots I mentioned or in the areas the OP mentioned (which included road-cruising, a zero-impact ativity...). If we were talking, for example, about zonata north of the Bay Area, it would be a whole di...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

...That is different than saying,, GO here... (ie its productive)... I agree, if we were talking about board lines or, for example, some areas where there are only a few rock piles. But that's not the case in this dicussion. All you can do in the preserve I mentioned is walk the boardwalks and few ...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

...How the hell can you have a field report without saying (in general at least) where the field is... That is the silly part of this all. Go onto "not allowed" or any number of captive breeders' sites. Will you see, "Secret Locale-X" Rosy Boa? Of course not. Locality names (LOL, isn't there even s...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?

Interesting observations, Paul. Thanks for sharing.

The next question is, "What is unique about zonata biology that allows only them to become symptomatic?".

It is puzzling because Lampropeltis is so genetically plastic, you would think whatever this is could jump ship easily, so to speak.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

...the forum rules do not allow you to post localities. Thats just the bottom line... If that truly is the case, then about a third of the posts in the general forum have to be deleted. Yet, there they remain and everyone (myself included...) applauds and comments in them. If that's the rule, then ...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

:beer:

It is a funny world we live in when a nature preserve invties you to view their native reptiles but herpers tell you not to mention it.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

and substitute 'Gorgonio Pass' area.... Sure, I'll be happy to do that in the future. My personal opinion is that there is room for judgment in mentioning locations on the web. For example, I have been to that "Location P that has the ghost town" (LOL) probably a dozen times during the last 20 year...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

I am going to request this post be pulled.. Fundad I assume you are referring to my post. If that is the case, what is there to report? A nature preserve that I encouraged someone to go and do some wildlife sightseeing, not collecting or keeping, and which gives a list of reptiles directly on their...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?

Sounds like a virus, then. Once the immune system comes back up, the snake goes asymptomatic.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?
Replies: 43
Views: 5702

Re: Goin' out to the high desert tonight..suggestions?

...temps were at 70 degrees by 8pm....! That's boa weather, by the way. I have seen more boas on nights that were (by T-shirt standards...) cool and windy than warm and calm. Just my experience, of course. If I were in Palm Springs and wanted to see things, I would pack a picnic supper and head to ...
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cerastes 06-27-11
Replies: 11
Views: 1933

Re: Cerastes 06-27-11

That one coming out of the K-Rat burrow is a nice shot. Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
June 30th, 2011, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?
Replies: 37
Views: 5856

Re: Illness and disease, (sick Zonata) questions?

Anyone out there have a long-term captive z. that got this disease, had it clear up, and been symptom-free for some time? I've lost touch with all my old zonata buddies.