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by Jimi
December 17th, 2018, 10:17 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 73416

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

I favor the dedicated herp room, located in a cool space. This facilitates in-cage brumation, a nightly temp drop, and security from hot-season electrical outages. Year-round goodness. Respiratory infections are a funny thing. They can occur with excessive moisture, or inadequate moisture. Most of a...
by Jimi
December 10th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central and Northern Thailand - august 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 4418

Re: Central and Northern Thailand - august 2018

What the hell, no hageni ? No venustus ? Ha ha, totally just kidding!!! Wow, you killed it with the vipers. Nice photos by the way. Super nice. Are you sure you can't try your hand at just a little writing? I'd love to hear anything about your searches, the habitat, elevations - whatever you're able...
by Jimi
December 4th, 2018, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9593

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

I have surmised there exists some minimum level of available moisture that is critical for its survival. I would add to, or complicate that statement with, timing and duration components. That is, the moisture needs to be available for long enough, and at the right time of year, for the animals to ...
by Jimi
December 4th, 2018, 1:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 5935

Re: Season's end - November Boston business trip

As for Lyme disease, it's all too common here in Denmark as well, the deer population having exploded over the past several decades (at the expense of the hares) Oh wow, I had no idea the disease was over there. Ticks are disgusting. Sooo many diseases. The deer/hare thing interests me - is it a di...
by Jimi
December 3rd, 2018, 3:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 5935

Re: Season's end - November Boston business trip

Good to hear from you again Kris, congrats on the successful social outing! What luck on the woodie, eh? Great find. Also, I was wondering about your level of awareness of / precautions for avoiding Lyme disease, a tick-borne illness. If you aren't up to speed and vigilant, look into it. It's really...
by Jimi
November 29th, 2018, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 9563

Re: Florida trip January 2019

I agree with Bill - walk (shine) 'em at night, cruise 'em in day. In January, it might be "cold", esp at night - so personally I'd lean toward cruising. Walking them in-habitat, in daytime, is far tougher for these guys - they're pretty darn cryptic. Just cruise some dirt roads in state Wildlife Man...
by Jimi
November 28th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Yucatan Peninsula
Replies: 8
Views: 9295

Re: trip report Yucatan Peninsula

You had me at Rhinophrynus! Seems a little bit tough time of year - post rainy - to get one of those. Still, you were taking your chances with hurricanes eh? Good prices, low crowds often reward such risk-taking!

Congrats on hopping the pond again. I thought you were done with that for a while?!?!?
by Jimi
November 26th, 2018, 4:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: WDFW Video Contest: Washington State Reptile Observations
Replies: 4
Views: 12436

Re: WDFW Video Contest: Washington State Reptile Observation

to my surprise I won Too humble by far. I'm not the least bit surprised. Congrats, man, huge congrats. Now, if they really wanted to get people interacting with herps, and they really wanted to crank up their citizen-science-derived occurrence observations, they'd loosen up those tight regs. IMO. Y...
by Jimi
November 26th, 2018, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 16
Views: 12686

Re: Costa Rica

I'd just reiterate the Lonely Planet suggestion. I've got several feet of shelf space filled with these things - several countries having multiple editions ( everywhere changes, constantly, and sometimes in huge ways). https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/costa-rica-travel-guide-13?via=Z2lkOi8vbG9...
by Jimi
November 15th, 2018, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 16
Views: 12686

Re: Costa Rica

I *highly* recommend getting a guide. But, I also *highly* recommend going on your own. Exactly. I consider doing some of both pretty crucial. For years and years I was a cheap-ass dumbass (and, in fairness, pretty damn poor), and refused to hire a guide. Guides cost money, yes. I've had one or two...
by Jimi
November 12th, 2018, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 16
Views: 12686

Re: Costa Rica

Hey Jeff, good on ya. Fun place, especially if you get it good. It can be good. It can also be tough. Part is planning, part is experience and judgement, part is pure luck. For snakes in the tropics, rainy season is best. The difference between dry and wet can be incredible, particularly for the are...
by Jimi
November 2nd, 2018, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grey Treefrog ?
Replies: 2
Views: 7923

Re: Grey Treefrog ?

If he can come and go at will, I'd trust the animal to be able to make decisions in his own best interests. 62 and raining outside, how low could RH be in the garage? When (not if) it gets too dry in there, he'll boogie. Plus, it doesn't seem like you're succeeding at keeping him out. Now, maybe if ...
by Jimi
October 30th, 2018, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 42148

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Despite being close to the Santa Cruz mountains, the Diablo range is a more harsh environment and gets very hot and dry in the Summer while getting less rainfall in the Winter months. It also does not benefit nearly as much from the coastal fog. Boas would have to find little pockets in which to su...
by Jimi
October 24th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help - New Jersey
Replies: 6
Views: 10564

Re: ID help - New Jersey

I'd also hasten to note - wild USA juvenile rat snakes (various/diverse species, subspecies, intergrades, and localized variants/phenotypes) tend to look a lot alike. OTOH among - not within - species, the adults can range from fairly uni-colored, to strongly blotched or saddled, to striped. With a ...
by Jimi
October 23rd, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help - New Jersey
Replies: 6
Views: 10564

Re: ID help - New Jersey

Rat snake. Harmless/nonven.

Juveniles of many harmless species (rat snakes included) will vigorously pretend to be able to defend themselves. They can't. Adult ratsnakes are also usually happy to offer to bite. There's a little more deterrence value there, but not much.

cheers
by Jimi
October 22nd, 2018, 9:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72767

Re: change of forum format

I had dozens of people tell me privately, and a number publicly, that they left due to that fighting and the trolls. Likewise. I personally think that an active, mindful choice was made to not really moderate these forums. I respect the right to make such a choice. I respect the fact that while we ...
by Jimi
October 18th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film
Replies: 40
Views: 32162

Re: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film

That was really well done. Lots of familiar, even universal themes & feelings & instincts & skills.

Do you have asps in Germany? Lucky!!! I didn't realize they went so far east; I think of them as basically a French/Italian critter.

I love a nice asp. Ha ha.

cheers
by Jimi
October 18th, 2018, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps
Replies: 12
Views: 26724

Re: California Waters

I'm a bit more aggressive when I'm in a place where I think the population is limited or isolated, and my killing might do some good. A few months ago I was in a tiny creek and was disappointed that I couldn't find any salamanders but was seeing invasive crayfish. As it was a small side creek, I we...
by Jimi
October 2nd, 2018, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 31646

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

on a phylogenetic tree, red-bellied are closer to rough-skinned than they are to california. That may well be the case. I was speaking of "upon presentation" however - of field encounters and gross characterization. The other 2 newts are just "harder to tell apart", phenotypically of course but als...
by Jimi
October 1st, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 16470

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Boy, turtles outside their native distribution are hard. The tendency to melanism doesn't help. 10 ???????? Could this be a juvenile Western pond turtle (Actinemys marmorata) I wondered that too, but also wondered if it could be one of the European/SW Asian/N African Emys . They're pretty variable, ...
by Jimi
October 1st, 2018, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 31646

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Do rivularis prefer warmer and deeper water like torosa or cooler shallow water like granulosa? IME the last 2 are more alike, than either is like rivularis. Its name says it all - flowing water . Which in its range, is naturally pretty cold. I've seen plenty in and around small creeks, but also in...
by Jimi
September 25th, 2018, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple Oaxaca IDs
Replies: 1
Views: 7893

Re: A couple Oaxaca IDs

Great surf area, good time to be there. I hope that's what you're there for! The lizard is definitely a ctenosaur; no idea which one. All the youngsters I've seen (various species, various countries, both coasts) have been green; they just turn grey or black or whatever they become, with age. No id...
by Jimi
September 24th, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador (Part 2)
Replies: 7
Views: 13666

Re: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador (Part 2)

Sweet! Thanks for sharing (I also enjoyed part 1). I sure gotta get down there some time. This toad is quite impressive (though I'm not sure what is on the ground to the right of it): That is indeed a nice toad. Gorgeous little animal. What would you say his total length was? The pile is just a worm...
by Jimi
September 20th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby rattlesnakes basking at their den (Video)
Replies: 5
Views: 8814

Re: Baby rattlesnakes basking at thier den (Video)

They seem to have fairly good vision, better then I would have expected. Indeed. That has been my experience also, emphatically. An interesting test - if you take a look from afar, go away for about just a few minutes, and come back for another look - see if they have moved. I have seen (when I'm t...
by Jimi
September 20th, 2018, 10:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby rattlesnakes basking at their den (Video)
Replies: 5
Views: 8814

Re: Baby rattlesnakes basking at thier den (Video)

Wow that sure looks like a lot of the country around here. Exactly like it. Good on ya for working through this puzzle. Feels good, eh? Now that you've found it you may find yourself wanting to re-visit at different times, to see how it gets used. Just take care not to scare the animals around their...
by Jimi
September 19th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner
Replies: 6
Views: 10511

Re: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner

Be careful, they are very cryptic and several herpers have been bitten by putting their hand in the wrong place in that type of habitat. Good advice. "Very cryptic" could be an understatement for specks. Besides sporting some pretty amazing background-matching they are also very disinclined to move...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner
Replies: 6
Views: 10511

Re: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner

Hi there Will, Welcome. Really, I mean that. And, I think most folks would be more comfortable with a little "getting to know you" before dishing up. Also, the terms of service here preclude public sharing at the level of detail you seek. Not that people aren't free to talk about whatever they like ...
by Jimi
September 10th, 2018, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduction, and my favorite finds from 2017-Current
Replies: 11
Views: 14390

Re: Introduction, and my favorite finds from 2017-Current

I'll chime in - nice pics! Blanding's turtle would be cool to see - I haven't ever seen one of those. I have only been up that way a few times, never seriously herping. It's fun to see that your N leopard frogs also have a green morph and a brown one. That's how they are here in Utah too. convince m...
by Jimi
September 10th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cruising advice for NorPacs, Gophers, and Rubber Boas
Replies: 13
Views: 13438

Re: Cruising advice for NorPacs, Gophers, and Rubber Boas

I’ve gone from never having seen a rattlesnake, to now having found 18 in the field since I first posted at the end of May. Fantastic, well done! I wonder if you will live to see rattlesnakes expand their range northward. Heck, maybe they already are - plenty of other animals are (e.g., mule deer i...
by Jimi
September 7th, 2018, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: UPDATE - Sometimes the field herping comes to you...
Replies: 5
Views: 6913

Re: UPDATE - Sometimes the field herping comes to you...

One more idea - you could offer them your video, as an Outreach tool. Are you in an area of OR where rattlesnakes have been almost wiped out? Or are they still fairly abundant there? Looking at your habitat, I can see it both ways, it just depends on your general location. Anyway ODFW might like to ...
by Jimi
September 7th, 2018, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: UPDATE - Sometimes the field herping comes to you...
Replies: 5
Views: 6913

Re: UPDATE - Sometimes the field herping comes to you...

Ugh. Sorry, it's how I suspected. So sorry. Who comes up with this stuff? I know, right? People, just people. It didn't come on tablets off some tall mountain. ODFW staff (one person, or a small team) would have drafted it. State lawyers (probably "embeds" from the state AG's office) would have revi...
by Jimi
September 5th, 2018, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Corsica 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 15065

Re: trip report Corsica 2018

Ah, thanks Jeroen. That overflow thing, we call a spillway. Or just an overflow channel. Spillways with tall dams are often highly engineered and concrete-lined, but for dams that are just low dirt berms (like those for "stock tanks" - cattle watering ponds) they are normally a dirt-bottomed scratch...
by Jimi
September 4th, 2018, 11:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Corsica 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 15065

Re: trip report Corsica 2018

Oh that was sublime, Jeroen - thank you very much for the vicarious travel. What a crazy melange of landscapes, kind of a blend of inland SoCal and coastal Oregon, to an American. I'd sure like to make it there some day. Do you think their spoken French would be at all intelligible to a pathetic non...
by Jimi
September 4th, 2018, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: UPDATE - Sometimes the field herping comes to you...
Replies: 5
Views: 6913

Re: Sometimes the field herping comes to you...

Awesome little vignettes, I really like the grill-frog, and the time span of your being neighbors. Though I suspect that, as long as you're not applying direct flame to the frog, that it will move itself out of harm's way ASAP upon ignition! I think it would take a little while for the heat to condu...
by Jimi
August 29th, 2018, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent finds: California + Arizona
Replies: 10
Views: 10831

Re: Recent finds: California + Arizona

Aces :thumb: :thumb: Especially like the octopi & green SC garter
Me too! Except for me it's the 'pus and the flies. Also the "squinting" gator lizard.

Stunning, all your pics. I love to see people get better, and to enjoy themselves. You're rockin' it both ways.
by Jimi
August 29th, 2018, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15102

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

My other son is starting his Ph.D in Thailand working with Green tree vipers and Big eyed vipers (Trimeresurus). Very cool, I'm a bit jealous (except for that "more school" part, ha ha - No Thanks!!!"). Do you know which "green"? Albolabris maybe? Are these urban, suburban/rural, or truly wildland ...
by Jimi
August 28th, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Hopefully I did not come off too off-putting, but I too am passionate and sometimes the RPM gets up there a bit. No sweat, me too. And you nailed me on "defensive", I can be like that. I also think part of this is somewhat of a learning gap in that, I remember talking to some older wildlife folks w...
by Jimi
August 27th, 2018, 4:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Alright Drake, I'm going to try and de-escalate some here. Quote: So, uh - what games are you talking about? It's disrespectful and will absolutely get you a different kind of response from me. I think you know this and did so out of spite. I didn't mean it that way. I started writing without the "s...
by Jimi
August 27th, 2018, 3:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: August Road cruising in SoCal
Replies: 4
Views: 6006

Re: August Road cruising in SoCal

Monsoons in California's deserts are nothing compared to what a person will see in Arizona. My experience is similar. Sometimes you can see something come out for a quick drink, I've heard of Gilas (Mojave, outside of CA) and torts doing this, I've seen it myself with specks and rubers. You certain...
by Jimi
August 24th, 2018, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

While I do see some legitimacy in a portion if what I feel Jimi is trying to say, you sir are basically speaking the gospel. (...) Trying to play some of these games just doesn't make sense in the end and can be an enormous waste of your time, energy, and money. I think maybe I've been misinterpret...
by Jimi
August 23rd, 2018, 12:42 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72767

Re: change of forum format

Nice positive contribution, thanks.
Plus, there's a whole new crop of kick-butt herpers just waiting to tell the world what they found.
Definitely what I am seeing where I live. Some lurk around here I think, others must be elsewhere. It'd be nice to hear from them.

cheers
by Jimi
August 23rd, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact...means your violations in one state, might influence your violations or even requests for licenses and permits in another! Ah, thank you Bill. Excellent item to mention . (Why didn't I? Does a fish perceive the water? Ha ha.) Also, I really appreciate Bill's st...
by Jimi
August 22nd, 2018, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

I’d be pleasantly surprised to see them not want to search once you have tipped your hand. Well, try it, I can virtually guarantee you're gonna be pleasantly surprised at least once in a while. But when you aren't - that's where you pleasantly say "No PC? No warrant? You wanna touch my stuff? Thank...
by Jimi
August 21st, 2018, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26187

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

I told him I just make videos and that he was welcome to check our car if he wanted I would not do that! If they have probable cause (like, because you have a hook, and an animal "in possession", yet have no license ...) they can legally search it anyway. If they do not have PC, they cannot just se...
by Jimi
August 17th, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping around Tokyo / Japan July/August 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 3834

Re: Herping around Tokyo / Japan July/August 2018

Awesome. That might have been the best "normal" post (I mean not one of Lou's great movies ...) here from Japan, ever. Certainly among the best. You made going to Japan and doing some herping look pretty decent! And at what must be a pretty crappy time of year - imagine if you'd gone in (I assume?.....
by Jimi
August 9th, 2018, 12:24 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72767

Re: change of forum format

Thanks Scott for the "community service" of operating FHF. FWIW I liked having the regionals too, but beggars can't be choosers! Ha ha ha.

I will NEVER go to Facebook. I'd rather just go without the whole damn internet, than go to Facebook.

cheers
by Jimi
August 1st, 2018, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching
Replies: 9
Views: 8108

Re: Back to Borneo, part 1: Around Kuching

I am such a fan of your reports....! The fact that they are full of tasty herps helps of course, but the narrative is always such a pleasure to read. Thanks!
That states my thoughts & feelings so well that I will just recycle it.

Thank you!
by Jimi
August 1st, 2018, 9:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 5
Views: 5074

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

Oh that's funny, someone (or some Russian troll-bot! ha ha ha) recycled your post. Which I had answered at some length. As had Derek. I wonder what the implications of that might be... Anyway, do your most fervent hoping for a decent winter. I think a La Nina is setting up, which is not helpful. Goo...
by Jimi
July 31st, 2018, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cruising advice for NorPacs, Gophers, and Rubber Boas
Replies: 13
Views: 13438

Re: Cruising advice for NorPacs, Gophers, and Rubber Boas

cruised a Valley garter snake There aren't many opportunities for that here, just due to their small, localized distribution and who owns the land where they live. So, those typically get walked here. Other garters however, I have found plenty after dark cruising. Especially the various elegans sub...
by Jimi
July 29th, 2018, 8:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 5
Views: 5074

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

I might back it up a few weeks. Depends on the elevation and latitude you want to hit. But based on your targets (all of which I consider quite cold-tolerant) it would do you no harm to go earlier than you are thinking. My reasoning is, you're playing around with it getting real hot, which will driv...