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by erik loza
May 1st, 2011, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. graciosus or S. occidentalis ??
Replies: 9
Views: 1538

Re: S. graciosus or S. occidentalis ??

Graciosus always look "smoother" to me than occidentalis, when eyeballing them from a distance.

This is totally non-scientific, just a gut reaction type of thing.
by erik loza
April 29th, 2011, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the past
Replies: 15
Views: 3229

Re: Herping the past

That is just awesome. Thanks for sharing.
by erik loza
April 29th, 2011, 10:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

Yes, must be horsehair.

I think there is one about "if you kill its mate, it will come for you", or something like that.
by erik loza
April 29th, 2011, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

Just remembered this one: Rattlesnakes will not cross a rope laid on the ground.

Not sure if it was already mentioned.
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

hocico de puerco

That is how the farmer whose pasture we were looking in, in Jalisco, referred to polystictus as.
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

Crotalus wrote:Everywhere I've been "alicante" is Pituophis.
Ditto...

Coachwhip is "Chirrionera" and Crotalus is always "Cascabel" or "Vibora de Cascabel"
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe
Replies: 21
Views: 3216

Re: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe

Thanks for the advice.
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe
Replies: 21
Views: 3216

Re: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe

Well, most of my time has been spent in Jalisco. I live closer to the border now, so the MX border states are within driving distance and have always thought it would be interesting to explore Tamaulipas, for example. But I am aware of all the cartel violence, so thought I'd ask another herper their...
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe
Replies: 21
Views: 3216

Re: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe

Out of curiosity, is it just NOT safe to go exploring in Mexico any longer due to cartel activities?
by erik loza
April 28th, 2011, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

Talusman wrote:Hot chicks have no interest in rattlesnakes.
Hahahahahaa....
by erik loza
April 27th, 2011, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myths
Replies: 57
Views: 10873

Re: Rattlesnake Myths

That the babies crawl into the mother's mouth for protection.

That it gets one button for every year of its life.

If it has a triangular head, it is a viper or rattlesnake.

They always rattle before they strike.

That the one he killed on his property was 7' long.
by erik loza
April 22nd, 2011, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH HERE!
Replies: 24
Views: 7678

Re: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH H

Great stuff, Rick.

I love the cactus garden.
by erik loza
April 22nd, 2011, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2011, LOTS OF PHOTOS, ID help requested on frogs
Replies: 36
Views: 7480

Re: Costa Rica 2011, LOTS OF PHOTOS, ID help requested on fr

What fantastic photos, thanks for sharing.

Are you sure your Oxybelis is not actually a Parrot Snake (Leptophis)?
by erik loza
April 20th, 2011, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malta
Replies: 14
Views: 2317

Re: Malta

Those wall lizards are out of this world.
by erik loza
April 17th, 2011, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cal King pic
Replies: 13
Views: 2487

Re: Cal King pic

...If people gave out that kinda information on the forum Hubbs would be starving cause no one would need to buy his books :lol: Ummm.... There was a time when you could count the number of people who had caught and bred Blackbellies on one hand, and one of those fingers was "me". In fact, if you o...
by erik loza
April 17th, 2011, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cal King pic
Replies: 13
Views: 2487

Re: Cal King pic

Mike Waters wrote:
erik loza wrote:Beautiful Cal Kings.

Where were these found?
central CA :roll:
What's with the eye-rolling thing?
by erik loza
April 17th, 2011, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cal King pic
Replies: 13
Views: 2487

Re: Cal King pic

Beautiful Cal Kings.

Where were these found?
by erik loza
April 15th, 2011, 7:46 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Invert forum?
Replies: 91
Views: 74948

Re: Invert forum?

Thank you! Now I can label that slide.
by erik loza
April 15th, 2011, 5:51 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Invert forum?
Replies: 91
Views: 74948

Re: Invert forum?

Great idea for a topic. No expert on inverts, just enjoy photographing them... Centruroides margaretiferus : Tabasco, MX http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i315/erikloza/Inverts/Centruroidesmargeritiferus.jpg Pediodectes haldemani , devouring smaller katydid: Austin, TX http://i75.photobucket.com/alb...
by erik loza
April 14th, 2011, 7:10 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

HerpHail wrote:...Then you shouldn't have an old car that leaks oil or puts smog in the air. You shouldn't have a wood burning fireplace. You shouldn't have more than 1 kid...
Have I seen you on "Animal Hoarders"?
by erik loza
April 14th, 2011, 6:30 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

... True story, early 90's. A local guy kept and alligator in a pen in his back yard and there was a feral cat problem. There was a trapdoor over part of the pen and he would bait it with cans of tuna. He told me how he would hear a splash in the middle of the night, and then a bunch of commotion, ...
by erik loza
April 14th, 2011, 5:13 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

HerpHail wrote:...The 'ENORMOUS ecological damage' my 'murderous feline' does to native species is absolutely NOTHING in comparison to human destruction...
That's not the conversation we're having. We're talking about feral cats, not people.
by erik loza
April 13th, 2011, 7:22 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

I would never discharge a pistol, crossbow, or anything else in an urban neighborhood. The potential legal liability if your shot goes astray... Add on animal cruelty.... That seems to vary by municipality. In Texas, people would only care if you shot a dog or took a game species out of season. I'm...
by erik loza
April 13th, 2011, 12:06 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

He has only puffed up once, when he was tiny and I accidentally sucked him up in the gravel vacuum. Too unimpressed by anything we do to puff up these days.
by erik loza
April 13th, 2011, 11:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

C'mon now guys, cats CAN be useful - they hold down lightweight herping books!.. It is the cats who need to be careful in our house. I am waiting for the day that one of the kittens decides to jump up on the edge of the aquarium and paw at our 20" Mbu Puffer... http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i31...
by erik loza
April 13th, 2011, 5:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A good day out, my first NorCal lifer of the year.
Replies: 9
Views: 1926

Re: A good day out, my first NorCal lifer of the year.

That Legless is awesome.
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 6:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

I would never discharge a pistol, crossbow, or anything else in an urban neighborhood. The potential legal liability if your shot goes astray...
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 12:05 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

In my experience cats remember unpleasant experiences and learn from them. If you could catch it in a live animal trap and then subject it to some harmless unpleasantness (like hose it down with cold water) it might not ever come back. Of course, then the problem would just go somewhere else, but a...
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 11:48 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

It's interesting. I have fed about eleventy-billion rodents to snakes over the last 20 years but rarely a live one. Always dispatched them myself, first. I really don't like to see any animal, no matter what it is, suffer. It's not that you get a thrill out of dispatching a mouse but compared to the...
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 11:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

antifreeze--not very humane but effective That's a horrible way for an animal to die. Agreed but an option for someone who hates cats and what they do to wildlife. We were just listing options, right? No disagreement on that. My wife and I own pet cats by the way. They are strictly indoor animals, ...
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 11:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

cayrip wrote:antifreeze--not very humane but effective
That's a horrible way for an animal to die.
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 10:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Cats
Replies: 164
Views: 37202

Re: Cats

True story: I was visiting Bob Applegate's place sometime around the mid 90's. We were in the kitchen and out the window, this feral cat is out by the pool. He runs and get his .22 rifle. The rest of the story, you can figure out.
by erik loza
April 12th, 2011, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

All this back and forth reminded me of a blurb I heard on NPR, not too long ago. It was about some study linking child immunizations to autism. Apparently, there was (is?) a school of thought that vaccinations somehow caused this affliction in children. According to NPR, a medical school study debun...
by erik loza
April 11th, 2011, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

I just wanted to know what a NV boa looks like... what makes them different. Seems like an odd thing to want to keep private, but it is what it is. Thanks for sharing what you have. Pretty much how I feel. That place is out in the middle of nowhere. It would take a lot of motivation to go spend tim...
by erik loza
April 10th, 2011, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hill Country Small Town Herping.
Replies: 30
Views: 5509

Re: Hill Country Small Town Herping.

It's been very dry and unseasonably hot so far. I'm sure that has something to do with it. We need to get some rain.
by erik loza
April 7th, 2011, 12:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story
Replies: 34
Views: 3745

Re: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story

Cannon wrote:...FYI - I just phoned the Dept of Fish and Game. I am awaiting a return call to ask them about this. I will let you guys all know what I find out.
Thanks.
I lived/herped in CA for 30 years and am thinking the answer will be "no". Regardless, you did the right thing.
by erik loza
April 7th, 2011, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story
Replies: 34
Views: 3745

Re: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story

In my opinion, the issue of pathogens is more germaine to releasing animals that were in captivity for a while, where they could have exposed to exotic parasites via other pet snakes. When I lived in CA, there was a local "rattlesnake removal" guy who would relocate snakes miles away. What became of...
by erik loza
April 7th, 2011, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story
Replies: 34
Views: 3745

Re: Sidewinder Relocation! Success Story

I think that standing by and doing nothing is the bigger crime than acting.

There is no black-and-white in situations like this. It's all gray.
by erik loza
April 6th, 2011, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't let these pigs destroy your favorite herp site
Replies: 51
Views: 5662

Re: Don't let these pigs destroy your favorite herp site

Wouldn't work that way, I'm afraid. The big predators avoid humans while the pigs do not.
by erik loza
April 6th, 2011, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't let these pigs destroy your favorite herp site
Replies: 51
Views: 5662

Re: Don't let these pigs destroy your favorite herp site

For folks who have never seen what feral hogs can do to habitat, it is shocking. It honestly looks as if someone took a tractor tiller to the patch of land they decided to forage on that night. Not sure about other parts of the country but here in TX, most of this activity appears to be limited to b...
by erik loza
April 6th, 2011, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hill Country Small Town Herping.
Replies: 30
Views: 5509

Re: Hill Country Small Town Herping.

What a great post, thanks for sharing.

Can you comment on the county? Have always wanted to find a hognose around here.
by erik loza
April 3rd, 2011, 5:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Drymobius margaretiferus..
Replies: 26
Views: 5611

Re: Drymobius margaretiferus..

Great pics, thanks for sharing. My wife keeps bugging me to take her herping the Lower Valley. She will flip out when she sees a live Drymobius. They are like a flash of neon blue in the shadows. Photos don't do them justice. I am hit-or-miss with these guys. Been to the "usual place" several times....
by erik loza
March 31st, 2011, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RC Snakes & Tarantula
Replies: 6
Views: 1538

Re: RC Snakes & Tarantula

Those are awesome.
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Erik: I think it might be time for a meetup by that barn down the street from those projects you live in... Actually Erik, I would love to see pics of weird Cal Kings you didn't find...I love to learn... Brian, I always figured you for a "dumpster-behind-the-Sonic" kind of guy, but your call. I act...
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Brian Hubbs wrote:We'll take a small break right now, while Erik looks for more funny photos to post... :lol:..
Don't be scared, homie...

I'll go through my slides and of all the weird Cal Kings, post some up, and then you can tell me where I didn't catch them. :D
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

And while I'm sick and have an excuse...let's talk about attitudes...Loza, you have one of the worst reputations on this forum for replying like an "insert profanity here" sometimes, so get the stick out of your butt before you attack me for a little slip of the tongue. I've been very congenial for...
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Erik: Sorry, I didn't mean to be snippy. I have the flu...I just meant that triangulum have saddles, not rings...look at the white bands, they don't flare at the bottom... I figured YOU of all people would know that...Sorry... :o http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i315/erikloza/Smilies/at-first-i-wa...
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Brian, two things: 1.) If I flipped that thing in an area where z weren't supposed to be, the first thing that would cross my mind would be "triangulum" (unless the thing was huge, LOL). But I've never flipped any of those "low count" z's like z-z or the Diablo or Kern animals. So, my mental search ...
by erik loza
March 30th, 2011, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45490

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Ignore the head and you've got a triangulum.