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by ratsnakehaven
August 18th, 2016, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Summary, June 18-25, 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 5844

Re: Trip Summary, June 18-25, 2016

Nice variety of herps. I really liked the canyon spotted whiptail.

TC
by ratsnakehaven
August 18th, 2016, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A California Boy's Trip to Southern Arizona
Replies: 4
Views: 2445

Re: A California Boy's Trip to Southern Arizona

Nice pics. Good to see some flowering s. AZ plants in there... :)

TC
by ratsnakehaven
July 24th, 2016, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fires in s. AZ.
Replies: 8
Views: 3467

Re: Fires in s. AZ.

Not a good month, very dry and hot. But next week should be better. There was another wildfire in Buenos Aires Nat. Grassland, but has been contained. Looking for a much friendlier end of the month for herping.
by ratsnakehaven
July 11th, 2016, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)
Replies: 4
Views: 2800

Re: More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)

Only to family members, Jeffrey... ;)
by ratsnakehaven
June 25th, 2016, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)
Replies: 4
Views: 2800

Re: More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)

Thanks, Robert. Glad you liked them. Haven't seen too much this year, so far, but is getting better with some recent rain.
by ratsnakehaven
June 21st, 2016, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fires in s. AZ.
Replies: 8
Views: 3467

Re: Fires in s. AZ.

http://inciweb.nwcg.gov Well I'll try this link. Currently, the Brown Fire (Baboquivari Mtns) is somewhat out of control. Firefighters are trying to save structures and keeping it from spreading south, but it's burning in Brown Canyon and spreading onto Reservation land and north in the higher alti...
by ratsnakehaven
June 20th, 2016, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)
Replies: 4
Views: 2800

More Backyard Herps...(6-20-16)

Saw a fair number of gilas in the front yard this spring... http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/259130-337884.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/259129-337883.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/259132-337882.jpg And a few snakes...night snake, gopher, longnose. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/259134-33788...
by ratsnakehaven
June 20th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard herping...
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

Re: Backyard herping...

Thanks, Robert. Good luck in FL.
by ratsnakehaven
June 6th, 2016, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard herping...
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

Re: Backyard herping...

Thank you. Lots of stuff on our little one acre. I'm trying to landscape for lizards and birds. The snakes just seem to follow the food, shelter, and moisture.
by ratsnakehaven
June 6th, 2016, 5:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard herping...
Replies: 4
Views: 2394

Backyard herping...

I'm curious as to whether we can post a video clip on this forum? Anyway, here's a few pics from our property. The first is a Western thread snake that I found hanging by a thread (spider silk) in a tree in the big wash out front. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/255054-332243.jpg As you can see, the ...
by ratsnakehaven
June 6th, 2016, 5:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fires in s. AZ.
Replies: 8
Views: 3467

Re: Fires in s. AZ.

Sure thing, Craig. Give me a holler when you're coming, so maybe we can meet up. .. :) I think the Mule Fire has gone just south of Ruby. It didn't go through the town. It did however pass through Sycamore Canyon, so we'll have to see what the damage there is going to be. I'm also hoping it doesn't ...
by ratsnakehaven
June 5th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fires in s. AZ.
Replies: 8
Views: 3467

Fires in s. AZ.

There's probably 4 or 5 significant wildfires burning in AZ right now, but the one I'm most concerned with is the Mule Fire partially in the Pajarito Mountains, west towards Ruby, and north towards the Tumacacoris. The temps are awefully high this weekend and it's very dry. Conditions aren't good fo...
by ratsnakehaven
April 9th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Rattlesnake ID Help
Replies: 21
Views: 8379

Re: Arizona Rattlesnake ID Help

My guess is atrox. No cerbs in GV. It's also a pretty young snake.
by ratsnakehaven
February 12th, 2016, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.
Replies: 4
Views: 2774

Re: Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.

Jeff. Sorry it took so long to get back. I don't ever find ground snakes in my area. That would be a real treat. I'm still looking for a good spot for them. I have "rarely" found an AZ glossy snake in my area, within shouting distance of the Santa Cruz River. Our area is very good for sand snakes, c...
by ratsnakehaven
February 12th, 2016, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 AZ Scorecard for Database Contest
Replies: 5
Views: 4048

Re: 2016 AZ Scorecard for Database Contest

Thanks, Ben.... :thumb:
by ratsnakehaven
February 1st, 2016, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Arizona 2015 (Same as Main Forum)
Replies: 5
Views: 3174

Re: Field Herping Arizona 2015 (Same as Main Forum)

Very nice. It'll take me a few days to fully digest though....LOL.
by ratsnakehaven
February 1st, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.
Replies: 4
Views: 2774

Re: Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.

Steve, I forgot to mention that night snakes, Hypsiglena, are very common in our yard and area, and they are predatory on the small fossorial snakes. The Santa Ritas also supports populations of the Yaqui and Chihuahuan black-heades snakes. I have seen black-headed snakes in the Willcox area too. Th...
by ratsnakehaven
January 25th, 2016, 10:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.
Replies: 4
Views: 2774

Some notes on fossorial snakes in s. AZ.

This is the time of year I start looking for the small fossorials. Last week I found a couple adult blackheaded snakes, Tantilla hobartsmithi, in my front yard. They were in a less than likely place, a pile of white rocks that I was moving to make pathways with in the yard. http://www.naherp.com/vou...
by ratsnakehaven
January 25th, 2016, 7:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 25
Views: 8574

Re: In Memory of Kent VanSooy

Steve, thanks for posting these photos. Kent truly was a beautiful person. He touched the heart of everyone he met, including me. I will never forget him and miss having him in our ranks, along with other herper friends we have lost.
by ratsnakehaven
June 10th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few good photos
Replies: 3
Views: 2503

Re: A few good photos

Robert, thanks for the post. It's been an unusual year, so far, very moist and cool. June is usually a great month for road cruising, but not much luck this year, so far. Hope the monsoon season is a good one this year. Looks like the toads are coming out early.

Terry
by ratsnakehaven
March 26th, 2015, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking in with some stuff from 2015
Replies: 4
Views: 2141

Re: Checking in with some stuff from 2015

Nice work, so far. Looks like a little head start in those nice warm areas of the state... :)
by ratsnakehaven
December 28th, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

Re: Wet and wonderful Arizona

Those are some really great shots, Kent... :)
by ratsnakehaven
December 28th, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 1064

Re: Wet and wonderful Arizona

Those are some really great shots, Kent... :)
by ratsnakehaven
December 25th, 2014, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for info
Replies: 16
Views: 4779

Re: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for in

Sounds like a great project, Ben.
by ratsnakehaven
December 20th, 2014, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Ben, you were right, and I did update the current member/officer list... ;)
by ratsnakehaven
December 20th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Hi, Ben. Might be a good time to start a new sticky for current officers and members. Also, second moderator should probably be an officer, if you care to work on that. Congratulations and hope you have a great year. :)
by ratsnakehaven
December 18th, 2014, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Ok. Elections over, as per the mandatory period of time. One of the moderators can post the new slate of officers for 2015.

Thanks... TC
by ratsnakehaven
December 18th, 2014, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Illinois Herpers
Replies: 6
Views: 2354

Re: Northern Illinois Herpers

You aren't that young. I started when I was five and by the time I was fifteen I had caught every snake possible within biking distance of our home. First I lived in the city and had to herp in city lots and behind shopping centers, etc, anywhere there was an open field. By the time I was fifteen I ...
by ratsnakehaven
December 18th, 2014, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for info
Replies: 16
Views: 4779

Re: Midwest NAFHA Accomplishments this year - looking for in

I used to add to the Herp Atlas in MI years ago when I lived there. Maybe the MI folks add records directly this way; but adding to the HERP database is so easy, why not do it this way? Now that I'm retired in AZ, I only get to MI for a couple weeks a year. However, in the last two years I've added ...
by ratsnakehaven
December 15th, 2014, 5:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Bump!

Elections will conclude on the 17th and I'll acknowledge the winners. Since I'm not a moderator I can't post the new officers at the top.
by ratsnakehaven
December 10th, 2014, 9:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014 (Same as Main Forum)
Replies: 4
Views: 2525

Re: Arizona 2014 (Same as Main Forum)

Awesome pics, Ben. You sure got out a lot.

Is the desert grassland whiptail eating another lizard?

The pic of the twin-spotted rattler is just super-licious. That is very publishable... ;)

Terry
by ratsnakehaven
December 10th, 2014, 9:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Bump.

Looks like this will be the slate as stated. No opposition, no comments. Hope it will be a great year... ;)
by ratsnakehaven
December 10th, 2014, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A fresh look at Tantilla.
Replies: 2
Views: 1691

Re: A fresh look at Tantilla.

Jonathan, I have not looked at Tantilla habitat in CA. It's possible there isn't any appropriate habitat for T. Yaquia in CA. It is a Mexican species, associated with the Madrean ecosystem, imo, and possibly desesrt grassland habitat. I used to think that hobartsmithi was also in the desert grasslan...
by ratsnakehaven
December 10th, 2014, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A fresh look at Tantilla.
Replies: 2
Views: 912

Re: A fresh look at Tantilla.

Jonathan, I have not looked at Tantilla habitat in CA. It's possible there isn't any appropriate habitat for T. Yaquia in CA. It is a Mexican species, associated with the Madrean ecosystem, imo, and possibly desesrt grassland habitat. I used to think that hobartsmithi was also in the desert grasslan...
by ratsnakehaven
December 7th, 2014, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A fresh look at Tantilla.
Replies: 2
Views: 1691

A fresh look at Tantilla.

When I first came to AZ, over six years ago, I found several Tantilla hobartsmithi in the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. I also found a couple in the foothills of the Santa Ritas, and I called these Mexican blackheaded snakes at first. I never found any in the desert habitats between the river ...
by ratsnakehaven
December 7th, 2014, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A fresh look at Tantilla.
Replies: 2
Views: 912

A fresh look at Tantilla.

When I first came to AZ, over six years ago, I found several Tantilla hobartsmithi in the floodplain of the Santa Cruz River. I also found a couple in the foothills of the Santa Ritas, and I called these Mexican blackheaded snakes at first. I never found any in the desert habitats between the river ...
by ratsnakehaven
December 7th, 2014, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 5493

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Changed that Tantilla to yaquia. I've compared several finds from the lower elevations of the Santa Ritas and now think they are all Yaqui blackheads, rather than Smith's. I got a lot of help with i.d.'s from Tim Cotta.
by ratsnakehaven
December 7th, 2014, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 2301

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Changed that Tantilla to yaquia. I've compared several finds from the lower elevations of the Santa Ritas and now think they are all Yaqui blackheads, rather than Smith's. I got a lot of help with i.d.'s from Tim Cotta.
by ratsnakehaven
December 3rd, 2014, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

Re: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Let me be the first to vote. Since all candidates are running unopposed I will vote yes for the full slate of candidates. I think they all are very appropriate for officers in our chapter and wish them all the best of luck. Since Ben is already a moderator on this forum, no change will be need to be...
by ratsnakehaven
December 3rd, 2014, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 9
Views: 3116

ELECTIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Nominations are over, so let the elections begin today, Dec 3, 2014. Elections will end Dec 17, 2014. Since all candidates are running unopposed, all you can do is cast a vote for the candidate if you like the nomination. Only AZ Chapter members can vote. Thanks everyone, and may I say it's nice to ...
by ratsnakehaven
December 3rd, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

NOMINATIONS ARE OVER....

Nominated for President: Ben Jones

Nominated for Vice-president: Brian Hubbs

Nominated for Conservation Officer: Janine McCabe

Nominated for International Board: Brian Hubbs

Thanks to all who participated.... :) :)
by ratsnakehaven
December 3rd, 2014, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Ok, all positions seconded and accepted. On to the voting... :) :)
by ratsnakehaven
November 22nd, 2014, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014 pics review...
Replies: 2
Views: 1954

Re: Arizona 2014 pics review...

Dang, that's an awesome post. Love the lizard pics in there. Best to ya.....

Terry :beer:
by ratsnakehaven
November 22nd, 2014, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014 pics review...
Replies: 2
Views: 1022

Re: Arizona 2014 pics review...

Dang, that's an awesome post. Love the lizard pics in there. Best to ya.....

Terry :beer:
by ratsnakehaven
November 22nd, 2014, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Sounds like a good idea, Brian... ;)
by ratsnakehaven
November 22nd, 2014, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Galapagos 2014 - Isla Santa Cruz
Replies: 5
Views: 3643

Re: Galapagos 2014 - Isla Santa Cruz

Thanks. It's a pretty cool place. The only thing is that most of the Galapagos is like a National Park and the country protects the habitat not allowing people to go into most of these areas. So you're restricted to the coast for the most part.

Terry 8-)
by ratsnakehaven
November 21st, 2014, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Galapagos 2014 - Isla Santa Cruz
Replies: 5
Views: 3643

Re: Galapagos 2014 - Isla Santa Cruz

Thanks, Jeff. Do you know anything about the saddleback tortoise named, Diego, supposedly from the San Diego Zoo? I just loved this giant prickly pear cactus from Santa Cruz Island....biggest I've ever seen, and grows like a tree... https://scontent-b-dfw.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/10624765_...
by ratsnakehaven
November 18th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Brian, I take that as a "yes" for International Board. Do we have a 2nd on that nomination?
by ratsnakehaven
November 17th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS
Replies: 20
Views: 5997

Re: NOMINATIONS FOR 2015 CHAPTER OFFICERS

Brian Hubbs has been nominated for Vice-president and I second that nomination. Brian, I have also nominated you for International Board. How say you?

Thanks...Terry