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by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I also wonder if pines would simply just create a burrow in the very sandy soil. I think so. They've got that skull and face for a reason. From what I've read, pine snake burrowing & hibernation behavior varies around their range. I would think SC animals would exhibit some aspect of "northern-type...
by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test
Replies: 0
Views: 75

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by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I would also repeat what I said about my learnings in Florida - June was what I observed to be the peak month for surface activity. I'd put a lot of effort into June, if I was there trying to do what you are. The March-April stuff would really be more about chances at "fun bycatch" like hognose, pig...
by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I have some addition questions. My approach has been hiking around a spot walking moderately slowly looking around at the ground maybe 5-8ft infront of me, basically hoping that I walk up on a pine sunning itself or looking for food. I look inside any hibernaculum I find, and I frequently stop walk...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, it seems you're still having problems inserting links. Did you not attempt to follow my instructions to you on that topic? (I'm not sure why I ask, since there's no evidence you read anything I share with you. I'd love to see some evidence, e.g. a functioning link posted by you. Bette...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

You had me at turkey oak. Ha ha. Really though. Nothing says high and dry in SC like turkey oak. I clicked your pix link. That's a super-exciting place you found, just from a generic field-herping perspective. I especially like the adjacency of the xeric uplands with the forested wetlands - I have s...
by Jimi
October 29th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

In the last link, you will note Dr. Happs contains comments by a Tony Heller. So I wished to know just who is Tony Heller... I took a look too, and found this compendium of his "emissions": https://www.desmogblog.com/steven-goddard Just go the references, and dig in. It's better with popcorn, trust...
by Jimi
October 17th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

The only extant GT populations in SC, as I understand it, are right down by the GA border. A very narrow strip, with zealous private-property protections and not much in the way of public road access. Sure, you could definitely find a pine snake down there, but...you should also be able to find them...
by Jimi
October 10th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 13
Views: 5964

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I've never seen a pine in SC, but in peninsular North Florida I came to understand them as a June - mid mornings - dirt roads cruiser animal. (That's a pretty hot sunny time of year there.) Substrate was key, land cover less so. They're big and slow, so get hammered by traffic. You'll probably get s...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Bob. Yes, I'm eager to hear the results of your research. Particularly concerning MNP. This could possibly trip up some readers - I will try to clarify: regarding units of the National Park System (covers all parks, monuments, preserves, etc) Don't read this as "all monuments, preserves etc A...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Snakes in the City
Replies: 4
Views: 6545

Re: Finding Snakes in the City

His snake room was amazing!!! The collection was not bad, and pretty interesting. I've seen similar set-ups (nicely appointed sweater boxes - sounds oxymoronic but then you actually see it done and... huh, how bout that ) depicted from Taiwan I think it was. So - mostly we saw Asian stuff but I rec...
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chinese Cobras Spit?
Replies: 6
Views: 7842

Re: Chinese Cobras Spit?

Yeah Lou I always enjoy your stuff.

I thought just about any non-giant cobra you saw in Asia "might be a spitter". Like, just assume it is and don't dick around & get an eyeful. Just something I picked up osmotically I guess. Not the most reliable method, but certainly low-effort. Ha ha ha.

cheers
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Glad to help, Frank. One way to maybe understand better, and also suffer less heartburn over "all those dumb rules and contradictions and general messiness", is to think of the USA as somewhat akin to post-Schengen mainland western Europe. But you should also think of USA as more like, oh, Switzerla...
by Jimi
September 23rd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks for your reply More than happy to try and provide help. Time will tell if I succeeded! Ha ha ha. Hopefully when you get here, there are not too many unpleasant surprises. It's a casino with a pool for the kids so when i try my luck (not in the casino but road cruising :D ) they can swim. It ...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I think Jonathan said and meant "the Mojave", as in "that desert". But if I understand that you misunderstood - it all worked out better in the end. Sweet Jesus, Yermo is an armpit . I would not take my family there. I do not know the other place, it's in Arizona right? When I try to map it I'm show...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Jimi for your extensive response. It helps a lot. Sure thing. Price is free - you determine the actual value. Ultimately, it's an effort & numbers & luck game. We all have a personal collection of anecdotes, a few have made serious studies of it, and if we all just pooled our anecdotes and s...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Try this, it might be interesting: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/unfriendly-climate?utm_source=pocket-newtab Some excerpts: “A thermometer is not Democrat or Republican, and when we look around this world, it’s not about trusting what our thirty-year-old satellites say. It’s about looking at 26...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Researchers have identified telltale techniques of climate science denial, as illustrated in a graphic from the climate website, Skeptical Science, below. Source: SkepticalScience.com These were discussed in an article at CBC by John Cook, who does research on the topic of climate science denial at...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 13929

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Holy crap, Frank, your timing is awful. For snakes anyway - lizards will be easy. - is it worth to stay 2 nights near Mohave desert for night cruising and early morning walks near kelso or will there be no activity ? Morning walks are always a pleasure. So yes, just from that perspective alone, it i...
by Jimi
September 9th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

People tend to repeat themselves when they feel they aren't being heard. I said this in April, I'll say it again: Post by Jimi » April 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm Richard, I sense that you have some heartburn with the UN and the IPCC. How about a domestic assessment, done here, by us, for us. Wuebbles, D.J....
by Jimi
September 3rd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A North Carolina Summer
Replies: 1
Views: 8466

Re: A North Carolina Summer

Sounds like a great newlyweds trip! Congrats on the luck you had in a rough time of year and under some not-helpful circumstances. North Carolina had been in drought, and due to that fact, when we tried to look for more traditional Plethodon in the woodlands, we had no luck. The leaf litter, even up...
by Jimi
August 28th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SF Bay Area Rubber boa Herping Advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 13041

Re: SF Bay Area Rubber boa Herping Advice?

My guess would be, your timing is awful. But I don't know that area very well, for herps anyway.

Good hunting.
by Jimi
August 27th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Charina bottae distribution
Replies: 12
Views: 18401

Re: Charina bottae distribution

I don't know boas from the Sierra Nevada - have seen a half-dozen there & in the Southern Cascades at most - but I got to know them reasonably well along the CA North Coast, in commercial timberlands (a matrix of all age classes through uncut second growth of ~80-90 years old). Casual boa encounters...
by Jimi
July 22nd, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Anything that challenges status quo allocations of costs and benefits, wins and losses is going to get "political". Even in an autocratic system, you're going to have cronies and sycophants jockeying for favor. In a republic, all that human drama is literally institutionalized. It's neither good nor...
by Jimi
July 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

It has not been getting warmer where I live. Sorry bud. Data say otherwise, for Boston this spring (I didn't look at more periods - have a look for yourself and come back & try to convince me the pattern falls apart? Or, change your beliefs based on the acquisition of additional knowledge?). Mean m...
by Jimi
July 15th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, your attempt to provide a link didn't work. See the toolbar icon that looks (to me...) like a pair of dice. Between the "picture" and the "drop of liquid" icons. You want to insert a URL. Here's a link: https://climatefeedback.org/claimreview/non-peer-reviewed-manuscript-falsely-claim...
by Jimi
July 13th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 3)
Replies: 1
Views: 7066

Re: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 3)

I think "Man, his hands must have stunk SO BAD!!!!" Ha ha ha. Question - "what are Baby Wipes good for?" Ha ha ha.

Looks like a blast. I think your kids look like they're maybe not so sure about those turtles.

Crazy water, wow. Whole lotta water.

Thanks for sharing!
by Jimi
July 10th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report
Replies: 6
Views: 12046

Re: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report

Looks like quite a satisfying trip.

Nice to see the Porthidium nasutum - they occupy a special place in my heart. Sweet little fatties.

cheers
by Jimi
July 3rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2019 trip report
Replies: 5
Views: 8574

Re: Costa Rica 2019 trip report

Congrats, and thanks. Looks like an exhausting but rewarding trip. The high country there is tough herping eh?

cheers!
by Jimi
July 1st, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89963

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

That's great, thanks for sharing the continuing story! This is similar to when I've started neonate tropical snakes on live frogs or lizards - that being all they want. There usually comes a time when they will readily accept a small mouse, with no extra prep (scenting or whatever). I find this appr...
by Jimi
June 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 7864

Re: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 1)

Agreed - the happy family is the best takeaway. Your kids are getting big!

Got any bootheel or Gila trips planned?

Hope all's very well, see you around.
by Jimi
June 12th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....
Replies: 10
Views: 17608

Re: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....

I didn't look very closely - do you think it's the same animal? Or are you just noting one of very similar appearance in the same general area? Within a 20-minute walk of a certain campground with a little pupfish pool by the toilets, over the years since about 1983 I've seen animals just like yours...
by Jimi
June 10th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....
Replies: 10
Views: 17608

Re: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....

That is a nice one. The phenotypic diversity of that taxon in that specific area is amazing - no "locality look" at all to them, unlike elsewhere. I love the salt & pepper, low-orange ones like yours.

cheers
by Jimi
June 6th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Western Pond Turtle survival study - drought-related
Replies: 1
Views: 4720

Western Pond Turtle survival study - drought-related

https://www.fwspubs.org/doi/abs/10.3996/012016-JFWM-005 Abstract (I broke it into "paragraphs" to improve readability, and added the bold+enlarged emphasis on something I found astonishing): Drought has the ability to affect the persistence of small animal populations, especially those tied to aqua...
by Jimi
June 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madison, WI
Replies: 2
Views: 4403

Re: Madison, WI

Hi Martti! Glad to hear you've got a USA visit coming right up. I'm sorry I can't meet up with you or otherwise be very much help, but perhaps one point of clarification might help you get some help. When you write 2-15.6, are we in USA to understand you mean you are (already) here June 2 - June 15?...
by Jimi
May 21st, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Island of St. Lucia
Replies: 6
Views: 7229

Re: Herping the Island of St. Lucia

Thank you for taking it as I meant it, Ackee - nothing twitchy or overheated, just a straightforward factual statement devoid of any hostility or anything.

I envy your time in the Caribbean.

cheers
by Jimi
May 20th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Island of St. Lucia
Replies: 6
Views: 7229

Re: Herping the Island of St. Lucia

These venomous snakes were imported and released in large numbers during the slavery period in order to deter African people from escaping into the interior. That is a falsehood. Often repeated, "sounds sort of plausible" (until you think about it for a second...), but never true. The St Lucia lanc...
by Jimi
May 8th, 2019, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milk Snakes and 'Manders-Virginia Springtime 2019
Replies: 1
Views: 3563

Re: Milk Snakes and 'Manders-Virginia Springtime 2019

Lovely account, I always enjoy herping vicariously with you two. One question, leading to a suggestion - Q: did you really just post on The Innerwebs, an account of your going into a National Park and flipping (hunting / taking) for an ESA-listed sally? And - to make it slightly worse - actually get...
by Jimi
May 3rd, 2019, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The year of exploration. 2018 review.
Replies: 8
Views: 8694

Re: The year of exploration. 2018 review.

Wow that represents a lot of work , several times over. Thanks for sharing. You're an artist, as well as an accomplished herper. Great depictions of the subjects. I like how much habitat you include in your portraits. I was glad to see (after a lot of scrolling) that you were able to get outside of ...
by Jimi
May 2nd, 2019, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 04 - Eurotour III trip report
Replies: 4
Views: 5622

Re: 2019 04 - Eurotour III trip report

That was most enjoyable, Jeroen. Thanks very much. I wasn't aware there were quite so many salamanders in Europe.

Was that whole thing basically a big circular road trip?
by Jimi
April 30th, 2019, 12:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 36150

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species

Just a follow up to this thread - Utah is about to take a wholesale herp-regs revision through its Board process. The proposal is complicated but VASTLY simplified relative to the current regs. In the context of Chris' original question - the proposed new regs would allow sale of CB (progeny of eith...
by Jimi
April 26th, 2019, 1:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Below are abstracts of two current research papers contained in the journal ‘Nature Climate Change’. Note that one author claims Antarctic sea ice is declining while the other author mentions Antarctic sea ice is increasing. Such conflicting positions in published research leaves me with not knowin...
by Jimi
April 25th, 2019, 4:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

My only thoughts are that much of the research out there is done for publicity. Many of those in academia must publish research to justify their positions. There is the "hitch". Some is good honest research and some is not. Some of it may be true until another researcher disproves it. Hence a never...
by Jimi
April 24th, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

When I Googled “Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Manipulation”, there were a good number of links that pertained to that particular situation. One of the better links I believe is as follows: Investigators: USGS lab worker in Colorado faked test results Richard, your links aren't...
by Jimi
April 22nd, 2019, 4:30 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Thanks Bryan, that was interesting.
by Jimi
April 22nd, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Richard, I simply can't agree with this characterization you make: “The ponderous response of the climate system also means that we don’t need to instantaneously reduce GHG amounts.” The above quote by James Hansen is completely counter to the (alarmist) positions he has taken in the past since his ...
by Jimi
April 17th, 2019, 12:14 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Two recent posts are supportive of the NCA4 document’s results. Well, it isn't just me, or us. The National Academy of Science, the National Academy of Engineering, and the National Academy of Medicine all participated in a special committee to review (and recommend edits to) an earlier draft of th...
by Jimi
April 16th, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Las Vegas area from June-December
Replies: 6
Views: 6934

Re: Herping Las Vegas area from June-December

Would that be a good place to check out different elevations? Either the mainstem Colorado or either of its nearby tributaries - the Virgin and the Muddy rivers- offer good opportunities, within 60 to 90 minutes of town, for low-elevation walking and cruising. They all also offer nearby mountain ra...
by Jimi
April 16th, 2019, 12:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84389

Re: Climate change revisited

Yeah. 80 miles out and 6 feet under is too close for some guys! Ha ha ha. So anyway, that 4th assessment (NCA4) makes for some interesting reading. Here's a summary: A Summary of Advances Since NCA3 Advances in scientific understanding and scientific approach, as well as developments in global polic...
by Jimi
April 15th, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Las Vegas area from June-December
Replies: 6
Views: 6934

Re: Herping Las Vegas area from June-December

My answer would be a lot like Bryan's, "of your 4 options 2 are hopeless, 1 pretty much sucks unless you can stay up REAL late at night, and 1 isn't really that bad". Winter, August, and early June, respectively. August depends if there's clouds and humidity - if so, it isn't always awful. If it's h...