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by mark buck
February 23rd, 2020, 2:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Big Gartersnake Post
Replies: 7
Views: 3629

Re: The Big Gartersnake Post

Great thread. That last Giant garter in Elliot's post is insane! And that first Red-Sided of Owen's is nothing to poke a stick at either. I wish I had a bunch of gnarly Garter snake pics to contribute but really these two are the only ones that come to mind... This thick and healthy Mountain Garter ...
by mark buck
February 23rd, 2020, 1:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not my board line
Replies: 18
Views: 3212

Re: Not my board line

To put it simply... yes, its unethical to flip through someone's board-line. That's probably not the answer you wanted to hear but I'm just being honest. That said, almost nothing in field herping is black and white... hence all the long replies above, and the one your about to get haha. I'm not gon...
by mark buck
February 6th, 2020, 8:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 1600

Re: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon

Richard,

What kind of Garter snakes were you turning up?

Also I sent you an email regarding your trip down here in March.

-Mark
by mark buck
January 30th, 2020, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 1600

Re: Yearly winter report from NW Oregon

Glad to hear you've been having some success up there Richard, thanks for sharing. And congrats on hitting 50 consecutive years... I love your dedication! John Lauermann and I turned up a few Rosy Boas (aka the wrong boa LOL) earlier this week down in Southern Calif. Temperatures were much higher du...
by mark buck
January 30th, 2020, 9:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4344

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Gotta love the variability of those Northwestern garters... I have to disagree with your opinion of Valley garters (fitchi) though, they're actually my favorite! I did notice a minor mistake in your write-up, you have the latin names for Valley garters and CA red-sided swapped, fitchi = valley and i...
by mark buck
January 30th, 2020, 8:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations
Replies: 5
Views: 2444

Re: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations

Last spring while hunting Zonata in the central Sierra my dad turned up a Rubber at roughly 3,600'... I thought this seemed kinda low, but then again I am no expert on the range. There's others on this forum that could give you a much better answer... I would imagine they exist at lower elevations t...
by mark buck
December 19th, 2019, 3:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2705

Re: NW Oregon in November

Fantastic report Richard. Thanks for sharing.

Happy holidays, hope to do some hunting with you next year
by mark buck
December 19th, 2019, 3:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 14
Views: 15365

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

the first sidewinder I ever found was coiled up under a boulder mid day in CA's low desert...
cloudy days seem to work best

*tried to upload a pic but I guess my picture files are too large, and now TinyPic is belly up... that's nice...

also looks like you've gotten some great responses/pictures
by mark buck
December 19th, 2019, 3:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Yolo Bypass Survey
Replies: 27
Views: 10744

Re: 2016 Yolo Bypass Survey

@ blacktara I think 2017 was the last year Dave did this, floodwaters moved all his boards around and in a way destroyed the survey. I can't imagine how bad the floods were last winter, a spot I had been hunting in spring 2018 was 6 feet underwater this year... That said it really is a shame, Dave h...
by mark buck
December 19th, 2019, 3:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Giant Encounter - Battle for the Delta
Replies: 9
Views: 2677

Re: A Giant Encounter - Battle for the Delta

Outstanding.

I have a lot of respect for species that adapt to survive in disturbed/changing habitat, that's probably why I like Giant garters so much... living in nasty rice field canals and chowing down on invasive bullfrogs, they really are badass snakes...

great video :beer:
by mark buck
June 8th, 2019, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....
Replies: 10
Views: 22525

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

Nice one!
by mark buck
June 8th, 2019, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: [Video] Delta Morph California Kingsnake!
Replies: 4
Views: 5106

Re: [Video] Delta Morph California Kingsnake!

Thanks, one of my favorite finds of the year so far. Seems like luck definitely plays a part in finding kingsnake morphs. I only spent 3 days hunting within delta range this year and managed to find one so you just never know. Sounds like you have a nice sample size of kings from that area, I'm sure...
by mark buck
June 6th, 2019, 2:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: [Video] Delta Morph California Kingsnake!
Replies: 4
Views: 5106

Re: [Video] Delta Morph California Kingsnake!

Wow congrats, that's a beautiful snake :beer:

I found one this year as well...
Image

Image


Doesn't get much better than a nice black bellied king!
by mark buck
July 12th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Better late than never... Snake Highlights 2017 CA
Replies: 5
Views: 5609

Re: Better late than never... Snake Highlights 2017 CA

@ Brian Hubbs - Thanks Brian, it was a lot of fun haha

@ r.edwards - Thanks, glad you enjoyed it

@ SurfinHerp - Thanks Jeff! I really liked those finds too.

@ ricrabt - Thanks John. That Boa was so orange...
by mark buck
July 11th, 2018, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Better late than never... Snake Highlights 2017 CA
Replies: 5
Views: 5609

Better late than never... Snake Highlights 2017 CA

Been a while since I last posted but figured I should put up some highlights from an awesome year. The 2016/2017 winter in California was one of the wettest on record, surpassing the 1982/1983 El Nino rain totals in many parts of the state. All this precipitation made 2017 an epic year for snake hun...
by mark buck
April 29th, 2018, 11:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A gigas sized thanks...
Replies: 9
Views: 6450

Re: A gigas sized thanks...

Nice work dudes

:thumb:
by mark buck
April 29th, 2018, 11:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza
Replies: 5
Views: 5735

Re: The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza

Great post dude!

Oreganus are definitely my favorite species of rattlesnake,
so variable in pattern/color and they hang out in some awesome habitat
by mark buck
April 29th, 2018, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside Co. California flipping the past few days
Replies: 14
Views: 16237

Re: Riverside Co. California flipping the past few days

Posts like this are why I joined this forum...

Awesome stuff :thumb:
by mark buck
April 29th, 2018, 11:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 15791

Re: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post

Amazing finds and photographs!

Glad to see you made the most of the epic conditions we had in 2017.

That 2nd Sidewinder shot really stood out to me, should definitely be published
by mark buck
June 8th, 2017, 12:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kern desert
Replies: 5
Views: 2946

Re: Kern desert

Love those faded looking desert boas, great post.
by mark buck
June 8th, 2017, 12:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 30134

Re: whitewater

There's nothing to see at WW anyway, don't bother cruising there.

:)
by mark buck
June 8th, 2017, 12:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 30134

Re: whitewater

Was there monday and the fire closure is now in effect.
by mark buck
June 8th, 2017, 12:01 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 34634

Re: FHF has moved chapter threads.....

If chapters are going to exist on FHF now, they should be FHF Chapters so I can support them properly. I think this route may be the best way to go. I really like the idea of NAFHA and it's advocation for citizen science/conservation, and would hate to see it disolve... That being said, it's future...
by mark buck
May 16th, 2017, 11:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Collared Lizard Swarm at Joshua Tree
Replies: 19
Views: 8883

Re: Collared Lizard Swarm at Joshua Tree

Thanks for the info and additional pic Porter 8-)


Went digging to find a shot from the last time I had a Collared in hand,
sure enough you can see a small cluster of orange mites in the middle of his collar...

Image
by mark buck
May 16th, 2017, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 30134

Re: whitewater

Yep I'm with rpecora on this one. After taking a better look at your picture, it looks like a patternless Red Spotted Toad. They also are somewhat variable in appearance and sometimes lack the bright red spots. From what I've read there were 1 or 2 historical records of Arroyos at Whitewater but the...
by mark buck
May 16th, 2017, 12:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer King Cobra
Replies: 23
Views: 14908

Re: Lifer King Cobra

Wow, you've outdone yourself with this one Lou!

Fantastic video and amazing find.
by mark buck
May 15th, 2017, 11:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 30134

Re: whitewater

Nice finds.


I think your Toad is actually just a Western Toad (Anaxyrus boreas),
they can vary quite a bit in coloration/pattern.

Hopefully someones corrects me if I'm wrong about the Toad,
if that is in fact an Arroyo, that would be a very good find for that area.
by mark buck
May 15th, 2017, 11:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017
Replies: 10
Views: 4719

Re: Southern California - Winter / Spring 2017

Wow great pictures man.


The first Glossy shot is my favorite, also the habitat pics are really nice too
by mark buck
May 15th, 2017, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Antonio Valley Reserve Herp Survey
Replies: 22
Views: 8707

Re: San Antonio Valley Reserve Herp Survey

Looks like a nice day

:beer:
by mark buck
May 15th, 2017, 11:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos of some recent sick herps
Replies: 20
Views: 12424

Re: Photos of some recent sick herps

SICCCKKKK finds....

Really cool that you saw 5 Coast Horned lizards in JT,
I heard that the drought was tough on the populations out there.
by mark buck
May 15th, 2017, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Collared Lizard Swarm at Joshua Tree
Replies: 19
Views: 8883

Re: Collared Lizard Swarm at Joshua Tree

Porter wrote:Man, I am looking at those bright orange mites on the back legs of those collards
Mites?
Hmm, I figured those were just orange specks of coloration, similar to the markings near the collar.

Either way beautiful lizards and photographs!
by mark buck
April 18th, 2017, 11:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15
Replies: 27
Views: 10533

Re: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15

That's a bummer about the cover boards Dave.
Also sad to hear this might have been the last survey at the Bypass.

The last Kingsnake with the golden bands is sweet!

Looks like a nice day, wish I could have made it.
by mark buck
April 13th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long time no post, some shots
Replies: 16
Views: 7575

Re: Long time no post, some shots

Great post Zach!

Gotta love the red coach...
by mark buck
April 13th, 2017, 10:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Post with pictures
Replies: 6
Views: 3628

Re: First Post with pictures

Very nice...

cool lyre snake!
by mark buck
April 13th, 2017, 10:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Orange County Herp BioBlitz on limited access lands
Replies: 8
Views: 5687

Re: Orange County Herp BioBlitz on limited access lands

This is cool.

I'll definitely try to make a few dates
by mark buck
April 13th, 2017, 10:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15
Replies: 27
Views: 10533

Re: Yolo Bypass Survey - April 15

Hey Dave,

Unfortunately I won't be able to make it up this year due to work and the Easter holiday.

Looks like the conditions should be pretty good for you guys, best of luck!

I'll keep an eye out for the highlights...
by mark buck
March 15th, 2017, 10:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 4165

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

Also it must have been awesome to herp there before the windmills...

What a shame
by mark buck
March 15th, 2017, 10:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 4165

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

Craig That's cool about Coasties near Cabazon, never thought to look for them there. Then again that whole transition area is really interesting, I've always wondered about how far certain desert species make it west toward Banning and how far certain coastal species make it east toward Palm Springs.
by mark buck
March 15th, 2017, 10:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders
Replies: 5
Views: 3156

Re: Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders

Hey Dave

Haha yeah I was wondering why I didn't see your name in the article.
I must have got Ellicott Slough confused with Elkhorn Slough...
You're still working at Elkhorn right?

Also glad to hear about the Yolo survey, really hope to make it again this year!

Mark
by mark buck
March 14th, 2017, 11:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders
Replies: 5
Views: 3156

Re: Return of the Rescue-Reared Salamanders

Nice work Dave :thumb:
by mark buck
March 14th, 2017, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 4165

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

From what I know the Coasties that make it into the desert are associated with sagebrush,

I don't think they occur in creosote habitats.

Maybe just a big female...
by mark buck
March 14th, 2017, 10:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Time for a February in Review Post
Replies: 8
Views: 4021

Re: Time for a February in Review Post

Boa fever!

Dig the spadefoots too
by mark buck
March 14th, 2017, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tejon Ranch Trips for 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 10368

Re: Tejon Ranch Trips for 2017

Chrispherp wrote: Let's hope no one damages their vehicles
Image

hahaha
by mark buck
March 9th, 2017, 12:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More SoCal action
Replies: 7
Views: 5558

Re: More SoCal action

Cool video Lou.

Nice brown bellied King
by mark buck
March 9th, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?
Replies: 22
Views: 10060

Re: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?

I don't recall ever finding a herp I moved off the road to be DOR later on. This happened to me last summer with a large(at least 8") adult Sonoran Desert toad. I definitely try to move herps a little further now if possible. *General rule of thumb: the cooler the herp, the further off the road I m...
by mark buck
March 8th, 2017, 11:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very late January in Review post
Replies: 11
Views: 5603

Re: A very late January in Review post

That shot with the transparent Ensatina is really cool.

Well done!
by mark buck
March 8th, 2017, 11:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tejon Ranch Trips for 2017
Replies: 23
Views: 10368

Re: Tejon Ranch Trips for 2017

Looks like I'll definitely be able to make it Mar 18 and Apr 9.

The 22nd is a maybe at this point, depends on my work schedule.

Looking forward to peeking under the AC laid out last year
by mark buck
March 7th, 2017, 3:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: As Flipped Thread
Replies: 2
Views: 1782

Re: As Flipped Thread

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