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by Don Cascabel
May 23rd, 2016, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander
Replies: 8
Views: 5729

Re: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander

Awesome story Sam. You guys did a great job describing the Neotropical Salamanders. I have heard several interesting stories about the old MVZ collections... Including shipping bromeliads! Chris, both Montebello and where we were is extremely deforested... Maybe that's why these buggers were in a ca...
by Don Cascabel
December 26th, 2015, 1:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two new species of pitvipers from North America
Replies: 4
Views: 3705

Two new species of pitvipers from North America

Hello everyone. It's been a while since I've connected, but it is great to come back on here and see old friends. Today I would like to share with you our recent review of the genus Ophryacus, including the description of a new species and the revalidation of a third species formerly relegated to sy...
by Don Cascabel
April 4th, 2015, 1:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

Re: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco

Thanks for the kind words Kent... much more to come out of the Herp Mx team. We are just gearing up to publish all the data we have gathered over the last 10 years. Lots of interesting stuff, and we want to now take a more pro-active role in Conservation and Taxonomy than what we have done in the pa...
by Don Cascabel
April 4th, 2015, 1:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

Re: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco

That was a long time ago.... LOL. I miss you too man. Why don't you come down and visit one of these days... You'll hate the night driving down here (except Colima) but love the diversity not to mention shit snakes (lampros). Good seeing you are still around these here parts Shawn! Cheers, Don Casca...
by Don Cascabel
April 2nd, 2015, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco

Check it out... we discoverd a couple new frogs and they named one after me! Good stuff. Here's the blurb: On July 18th, 2005 a field party consisting of Jacobo Reyes-Velasco, Tim Burkhardt and Chris Grünwald set out to sample a locality in the Sierra Manantlán of Colima which had proved to be excep...
by Don Cascabel
February 8th, 2015, 7:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Guys I am not saying that there are Bipes in California... I just thought it was a fun and interesting read, buried deep in the Herp Review archives. Personally, it sounds to me like a story all too often told in southern Baja, and wive's tales and legends travelled as quickly through colonial Mexic...
by Don Cascabel
February 4th, 2015, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Just to stir the pot a bit.... I ran across this interesting read in the 1981 edition of Herp Review. Bipes IN ALTA CALIFORNIA The recent exchanges in Herpetological Review regarding the presence of Bipes in the United States (Campbell, 1980; Gans and Pappenfus, 1980; Dundee, 1980 and Smith and Holl...
by Don Cascabel
January 19th, 2015, 11:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

What amazes me about all of this discussion on rosaliae is the willingness to beat it to death on the internet but the fact that NO ONE, except Martly like 20 years ago, NO ONE has actually gone out to look for one. This is an hour east of San Diego people and only about 3 hours from Phoenix. Don't ...
by Don Cascabel
October 6th, 2014, 7:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

My guess is that it's Bufo mazatlanensis as Colin's post from earlier prophesized. Colin has seen mazatlanensis with me in Alamos so he would know what he was looking at. I guess someone went to Tubac and got them. Now they should take an extra careful look (or listen) around there for the Leptodact...
by Don Cascabel
September 9th, 2014, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New species of rattlesnakes: Crotalus tlaloci & C. campbelli
Replies: 11
Views: 5509

Re: New species of rattlesnakes: Crotalus tlaloci & C. campb

Yes we have. Photos are on Facebook I believe in the Herpetofauna Mexicana group.

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
March 20th, 2014, 8:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever looked for Acris in Arizona?
Replies: 5
Views: 2043

Re: Has anyone ever looked for Acris in Arizona?

Jeff: Where exactly did you collect R. blairi near Douglas? I am wanting to register that species for Sonora, which I almost guarantee, but there are apparently also R. yavapaiensis and R. chiricahuensis in the area. As for Acris, mid-day would NOT be the best time, but they pretty much call all the...
by Don Cascabel
March 18th, 2014, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever looked for Acris in Arizona?
Replies: 5
Views: 2043

Has anyone ever looked for Acris in Arizona?

Just curious if anyone has ever gone for them... you know with all the Herpers that are in Arizona and stuff...

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
January 11th, 2014, 10:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad!
Replies: 29
Views: 6639

Re: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad

Chad: You could help us a ton just by spreading the word! Even to neighbors and non-herp friends! Tomorrow we have an interview with a Costa Rican newspaper, and we've already been contacted by a person who thinks she saw a Golden Toad, so the project is already taking some interesting turns. Will p...
by Don Cascabel
January 8th, 2014, 10:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad!
Replies: 29
Views: 6639

Re: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad

Did you guys see this part? Our Team: Ginny Weatherman, Christoph Grünwald, Jacobo Reyes Velasco, Ivan Ahumada Carrillo, Nadia Pérez Rivera, Jason Jones Biography: We have spent the last 12 years researching the Reptiles and Amphibians of México, with special emphasis in the states of Baja Californi...
by Don Cascabel
January 7th, 2014, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad!
Replies: 29
Views: 6639

New Field Project aimed at rediscovering the Golden Toad!

Hello Forum mates: I wanted to introduce to you a new project that we are working on, something that strives to go a bit beyond Field Herping and onto rediscovering extinct herps around the world, which in many cases, the scientific community has given up hope on. This is kind of why I asked you all...
by Don Cascabel
December 6th, 2013, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 12805

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

You think Sonora semiannulata is isolated in the southern Mojave?
by Don Cascabel
December 5th, 2013, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 12805

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

You know... the "Central Arizona" Salamander rumors have been circulating on internet herp forums since I've been on them (circa 1998) and NOONE has ever bothered to look. This would be excusable if we were talking about Oaxaca or something... but with the amount of herpers either living in Arizona ...
by Don Cascabel
December 4th, 2013, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 12805

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

There's a reason to my question but I want to let this run a bit longer before I give more details. As a response to your comment Chris, the reason that rediscovering animals that are known from only one specimen is very important, is because all to quickly, and all to arbitrarily they end up in the...
by Don Cascabel
December 4th, 2013, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 12805

If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?

Sorry for not having posted in a while... I have been in the field most of the summer in Chiapas and Oaxaca and such... Anyhow, I am back with a question for all the seasoned field herpers on here. If you were to go out and try to rediscover a herp, which one would it be and why. I am talking about ...
by Don Cascabel
May 26th, 2013, 1:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best hour ever in SoCal makes for a very nice day
Replies: 20
Views: 6372

Re: Best hour ever in SoCal makes for a very nice day

Awesome... makes me miss Cali. Congrats on the Tantilla... not an easy thing to flip on the coast... that being said, judging by the skellies you were a bit inland anyways...

Cheers,

Chris
by Don Cascabel
May 26th, 2013, 1:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flippin' more rocks than a crack dealer: NorCal edition
Replies: 6
Views: 2309

Re: Flippin' more rocks than a crack dealer: NorCal edition

Screw those ugly kingsnakes... Awesome Masticophis and Garters!

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
April 8th, 2013, 6:51 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: C.ruber or C.atrox
Replies: 6
Views: 2652

Re: C.ruber or C.atrox

I've seen atrox in ruber country on the San Diego - Imperial border on the west side of Ocotillo.... just saying!
by Don Cascabel
March 24th, 2013, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New introduced species in Alabama
Replies: 19
Views: 4859

Re: New introduced species in Alabama

Welcome to the wonderful world of Syrrhophus!!!

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
March 21st, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wyoming advice for pygmy rattlesnakes
Replies: 12
Views: 4235

Re: Wyoming advice for pygmy rattlesnakes

What???? Wyoming? Pygmy Rattlers??? Is this a troll?
by Don Cascabel
March 21st, 2013, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: college summer job, AZ lizard project
Replies: 2
Views: 1458

Re: college summer job, AZ lizard project

LOL... I got this same e-mail back in 2004 before I moved to Colima... it was a consideration, but let me say that Colima was more fun! Interesting to see they are still doing it.

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
March 19th, 2013, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for you south Texans
Replies: 5
Views: 1472

Re: Question for you south Texans

Here is a map of the Coati range in Texas: http://www.nsrl.ttu.edu/tmot1/images/dmap235.jpg Coatis like undisturbed thornscrub and thorn forest, but will also occupy desert ranges where there are wooded and rocky canyons. They are probably widespread in the mountains of n. Coahuila, and from there e...
by Don Cascabel
March 19th, 2013, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for you south Texans
Replies: 5
Views: 1472

Re: Question for you south Texans

I'd have to agree with the others that Mexican herps waititng to be discovered on the Tx side of the border is unlikely, however the opposite is quite likely, and something that has been of interest to me for some time. I came up with a list of like 18 or 20 species that occur in Tx, just across the...
by Don Cascabel
June 20th, 2012, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Extreme Southern Arizona Coleonyx... has anyone found one?
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Extreme Southern Arizona Coleonyx... has anyone found one?

OK guys... I have heard of records, but I am not aware of any... Has anyone ever found a Coleonyx in any of the following places: Nogales Rio Rico Arivaca Patagonia Harshaw or any of the areas in between in s. Arizona... supposedly there are records out there, possibly they are intergrades with C. f...
by Don Cascabel
June 14th, 2012, 10:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize ID request?
Replies: 16
Views: 2863

Re: Belize ID request?

PS - both of your house geckos look to be frenatus to me.
by Don Cascabel
June 14th, 2012, 10:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize ID request?
Replies: 16
Views: 2863

Re: Belize ID request?

I think most of the stuff has been correctly IDed at this point, let us know what's missing... the juvie toad looks like a juvie marinus to me, I see them often here with that pattern.

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
June 12th, 2012, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OAXACA
Replies: 22
Views: 4747

Re: OAXACA

Eli: Exiliboa I think is rather easy to turn up... I have only found one personally but that was in two attempts, with probably only about 8 hours of total searching time invested, if that... they turned up pretty quickly, and so did Cryophis. Contact me on Facebook if you want more info. Cheers, Do...
by Don Cascabel
June 7th, 2012, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: CHIAPAS 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 6798

Re: CHIAPAS 2011

That's awesome Eli... a truly enviable trip. Did you look for any tzotzilorum??? I looked for those in 2009 and struck out totally...

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
June 4th, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: check out this strange rattler
Replies: 9
Views: 2178

Re: check out this strange rattler

Nice snake!!!! Get a better photo....

I can't even think of a camera that would take a photo that bad... not even my phone!

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
May 15th, 2012, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicaragua snake ID
Replies: 10
Views: 2643

Re: Nicaragua snake ID

In w. Mexico (can't speak for the whole country, as they look different in the south) the head and nuchal pattern would suggest Leptodeira splendida or Leptodeira "septentrionalis" polysticta... NOT L. annulata. However, last I checked, they decided that polysticta and septentrionalis were different...
by Don Cascabel
May 13th, 2012, 3:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: your "I wish" finds by State
Replies: 68
Views: 10750

Re: your "I wish" finds by State

OK here goes.... Sinaloa: Crotalus tigris (state record, and southernmost specimen) Nayarit: Coleonyx fasciatus (Would love to see these further south) Jalisco: Crotalus willardi (I know these guys are here.. .just gotta find one) Colima: Rhinophrynus dorsalis (Would be the coolest frog in Colima......
by Don Cascabel
May 7th, 2012, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can you identify this?
Replies: 14
Views: 2893

Re: Can you identify this?

I have worked with this genus extensively in the field (usually as a by product of other targets), and I believe I have a rather extensive understanding of what is going on with them in general. I don't feel that the paper in mention hit the nail on the head, so to speak, as to the correct breaks in...
by Don Cascabel
May 7th, 2012, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicaragua snake ID
Replies: 10
Views: 2643

Re: Nicaragua snake ID

If it were México, I would call it a Leptodeira septentrionalis polysticta or something related. Not L. annulata... that being said, the two are confusing and I am not sure about C. A.

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
May 3rd, 2012, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can you identify this?
Replies: 14
Views: 2893

Re: Can you identify this?

Because several of the conclusions and subsequent taxonomical changes done in that paper for Mexico make no sense, neither biogeographically nor from what we have seen in the field. It is obvious that the conclusions were done without any actual field work put in and little knowledge of the subjects...
by Don Cascabel
May 2nd, 2012, 9:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can you identify this?
Replies: 14
Views: 2893

Re: Can you identify this?

Judging by the paper that elevated it... IT WILL BE SUNK.

Nice T. biscutatus though... congrats!

Cheers,

Don Cascabel.
by Don Cascabel
April 5th, 2012, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Spring" in SoFla.
Replies: 18
Views: 8325

Re: "Spring" in SoFla.

Yeah the pin got me as well... also is that a crawfish leg hanging out of the mouth or are they frog toes???
by Don Cascabel
March 25th, 2012, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Justin: Thamnophis errans in the SMOCC is replaced by Thamnophis elegans in the states. It is relatively restricted to high elevations, and I don't think it could really range into the US anywhere, with the possible exception of the Animas. I have never been in the Animas myself, but they do seem ki...
by Don Cascabel
March 24th, 2012, 8:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 42731

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

Holy shit! Did Jaffo really pop back up out of the woodwork after like 10 years just for a LECH post?!?!?!? Unbelievable.

Hey Jaffo! Welcome back!

Cheers,

Don Cascabel (Mr. Sonora back in those days)
by Don Cascabel
March 24th, 2012, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year End Review - Mexico Galore! DUW
Replies: 38
Views: 12557

Re: Year End Review - Mexico Galore! DUW

Awesome post and great photography. We need more herpers like you man, hitting some of the lesser known spots. Like Isla Raza! Really? What made you go there? Man does this post bring back some memories for me! Awesome... I love Sonora. Haven't been since 2010 though... maybe I will make it up there...
by Don Cascabel
March 24th, 2012, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

On the Texas border region: I think the general Texas border area is more likely to produce about a dozen country records for Mexico than vice versa, although there area still some possibilities.... Sceloporus edbelli and Sceloporus parvus get pretty damn close to the Texas border in Mx, so an isola...
by Don Cascabel
March 24th, 2012, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

On milks: Cole: I believe Williams was confusing ruthveni for arcifera... or am I confusing authors. Anyway, in my opinion, sinaloa, nelsoni and arcifera are different color extremes of the same thing. Real arcifera tend to have complete black crossovers, sometimes you can barely see red on them. No...
by Don Cascabel
March 11th, 2012, 11:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

ReD anD pink is Northern Boa Range... pretty exactly! http://imageshack.us/f/242/vegetaciondemxicohz1.jpg/ It can get interesting in the Sonoran barrancas though because unlike Tamaulipas the geographic ups and downs can cause quite a dramatic difference in temps from one basin to the next. Cheers, ...
by Don Cascabel
March 11th, 2012, 11:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87532

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

BUMP!!! This was a great Discussion last year. Bumping it to see if we can get any US herpers to look for the "unlookeD for" this year! Some really gooD insight was in this post. I really think there are some species left to be DiscovereD in the US, especially sc. Arizona anD sw. New Mexico. Also Bo...
by Don Cascabel
March 8th, 2012, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Best Season in Baja del Sur?
Replies: 10
Views: 2335

Re: RFI: Best Season in Baja del Sur?

I agree with Paul... although you can have a good trip in spring too if you get lucky and get some moisture. For a sure fire Baja adventure... go Sept. or Oct. preferably shorty after a hurricane (first one if possible) or tropical storms goes through.

Cheers,

Don Cascabel
by Don Cascabel
March 8th, 2012, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is Baja Safe?
Replies: 9
Views: 2392

Re: Is Baja Safe?

Baja Sur is one of the Mexican states with the least amount of organized crime and violent crime in general. It is significantly safer IMHO than anywhere in Arizona or New Mexico... also less armed to the teeth meth-heads down there. La Paz is a great city... just a bit isolated from the rest of the...
by Don Cascabel
March 8th, 2012, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How Many of you think this Day Gecko is REALLY extinct?
Replies: 8
Views: 1752

Re: How Many of you think this Day Gecko is REALLY extinct?

I have my doubts about a lot of "extinct" reptiles... they are just hard to wipe out sometimes. I also have my doubts about "thorough searches", LOL, that can be so hit or miss in the tropics it's not even funny. A thorough search better be one conducted every few days over a couple of different rai...