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by Jimi
September 9th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

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: 828

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: 2150

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: 5127

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 1688

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: 3069

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: 3089

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: 89
Views: 50140

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: 3862

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: 6134

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: 6134

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: 1351

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: 2402

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: 6267

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: 6267

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: 2987

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: 6855

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: 4701

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: 26918

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 5800

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: 79
Views: 30603

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: 5800

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...
by Jimi
April 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

Re: Climate change revisited

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., D.W. Fahey, K.A. Hibbard, B. DeAngelo, S. Doherty, K. Hayhoe, R. Horton, J.P. Kossin, P.C. Taylor, A.M. Waple, and C.P. Weaver, 2017: Executive summary. ...
by Jimi
April 11th, 2019, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Replies: 9
Views: 6617

Re: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Viva convergence
Yeah. And Laurasia! Ha ha.

Hey Jerry, do you know - where do the tree vipers brumate in Taiwan? In cliff cracks, hollow trees, stump holes?

cheers
by Jimi
April 9th, 2019, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Replies: 9
Views: 6617

Re: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

Thanks Jerry, I always enjoy your stuff! Other than tree vipers, pythons, monitors, and cobras - the herpetofauna is pretty ecologically similar to the SE USA. Ha ha ha, but really. Water snakes, tree frogs, rat snakes, skinks, newts etc...similar, but still exciting and different.

cheers
by Jimi
April 8th, 2019, 3:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, my bad, I meant Fleming not "Ferguson". One of those British F-surnames.... Anyway my point about the Fleming work you linked - if you rank-array the dates on his lit cited (in a publication dated 2018) the average date is 1998 and the median is 2001. Setting aside the content of most...
by Jimi
April 8th, 2019, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 13453

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Far enough south for mitchelli?
Mos' def

Could call it a target...

Got time?
by Jimi
April 6th, 2019, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 13453

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Thanks Bryan. I've never pulled in there for a look, though I drive by at least once a year. I like that ecotone as you run down the freeway through there into the desert. That seems pretty close to where the saguaros start / end. There's some super fun herping a little farther down the hill there. ...
by Jimi
April 6th, 2019, 11:40 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

Re: Climate change revisited

Richard, two of the arguments you apparently subscribe to (I infer this based on stuff you link), based on 1) the "missing" warm layer in the atmosphere and 2) the current declining limb of the solar (TSI) cycle, are discussed in the table I linked earlier. And do so again here for convenience (see ...
by Jimi
April 4th, 2019, 10:52 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Earth Colored UTH mats
Replies: 6
Views: 6151

Re: Earth Colored UTH mats

There's quite a lot of material online about radiant heating for human homes. We also like it in ceilings and walls, not just floors. Some of the available reading material is not just for marketing purposes, and it has lessons valuable for our practice. And of course, plenty of what's online is pur...
by Jimi
April 3rd, 2019, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 8211

Re: Sick

Thanks for the link on that Euphorbia. Hot damn: Resiniferatoxin has a score of 16 billion Scoville heat units So, a jalapeno pepper being about 3000 Scovilles...madre dios!!! Sixteen thousand...million. Over 5 million times stronger than a jalapeno. Whoa. Many of our vipers - particularly the lower...
by Jimi
April 3rd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

Re: Climate change revisited

Principia-scientific is a science skeptic group so fringe that even other skeptics are having to constantly debunk their false claims and lack of basic scientific understanding. Best and brightest, of all the best and brightest, man. Ha ha ha. Educated parents can either get their children out of h...
by Jimi
April 1st, 2019, 4:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 79
Views: 30603

Re: Climate change revisited

Kind of like 'cigarettes don't kill people, lies about cigarettes kill people". Detroit did it with car design and other safety features, Big Tobacco did it with smoking, and now we know that certain US actors in Big Oil did it with climate change - they all lied to protect their profits, and extern...
by Jimi
April 1st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 8211

Re: Sick

Sweet animals, nice trips. What's that under the blackberry vines, an Ottoman viper? Love those guys. I had a pair for a while, and got live babies from them one spring. Lovely creatures, just lovely. And in the dead cactus thing? I can't see anything but a little face. Some sort of racer or whipsna...
by Jimi
April 1st, 2019, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 8211

Re: Sick

Nice Kris, real nice. Love those adders, esp the blackies. Just curious - do you have any idea how old is that rock wall that the animals are using as a hibernaculum? There are of course many, many instances of wildlife taking advantage of human modifications of nature, but I'm sort of interested in...
by Jimi
April 1st, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 13453

Re: What's happening in this photo?

I'm with Hubbs. Ringer and a Sonora. That's a fun pic. I didn't go to the original source. In far NW AZ that is the only Sonora morph I've seen, but elsewhere they diversify.

Bryan - what county is the pic from?

Hubbs - what's shakin'?
by Jimi
March 29th, 2019, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: FL, March 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 6402

Re: Trip Report: FL, March 2019

Ah, compromise, AKA "everyone is somewhat disappointed". Still, sounds like a great little family trip - and who wants to "beat" their wife and kids anyway, right? Ha ha. Maybe the oldest one will remember some of it. Congrats on thawing out for a bit. No way could I live up there man. No way. The s...
by Jimi
March 28th, 2019, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Herping Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 4125

Re: Southeast Herping Tips

Sure thing man. Check out the Kisatchie, DeSoto, and Conecuh National Forests in LA, MS and AL respectively. Florida still has plenty of fun (dwindling rapidly...), and as I mentioned I love GA, esp their SE WMAs, but honestly the Carolinas have changed so much I hardly recognize them. I might do a ...
by Jimi
March 28th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Herping Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 4125

Re: Southeast Herping Tips

OK, I'll look at the bait. Now, not midsummer. Midsummer = yuck. You can cruise a bunch of watersnakes and copperheads and such in the summer, but...meh, I guess it depends what you're into. Early June is great for some things, e.g. pine snakes, but to me that's early summer. July (midsummer) isn't ...
by Jimi
February 19th, 2019, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 8049

Re: Florida trip January 2019

Looks like you had a pretty good trip, despite still being dogged by your 'White Whale". No shame man, we've all got one. I had a couple of follow-ups to share: this image I took with my compact camera. It proves the unbelievably confidingness of this bird, who didn't care about me at all Cool bird,...
by Jimi
February 13th, 2019, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders
Replies: 6
Views: 7085

Re: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders

Good times! Brrrr. It might be questionable (but also manageable...) from a biosecurity perspective, but if you want to keep doing that cold-water stuff you might explore the purchase of some neoprene gloves. You lose the tactile sensation, but...you don't feel much anyway when the hands go numb. Pl...