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by Jimi
October 16th, 2011, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Survey
Replies: 7
Views: 1102

Re: Spring Survey

A Great Basin pyro hunt would be cool. If our head-count exceeds what Bryan can comfortably manage perhaps we could send a few search parties to nearby likely but unconfirmed (far as I know...) localities in UT or NV - Deep Creeks, Fortification Range, Mtn Home Range, White Rocks, Indian Peaks, etc....
by Jimi
October 13th, 2011, 9:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it really that hard to find an EDB?
Replies: 11
Views: 1771

Re: Is it really that hard to find an EDB?

Funny the diversity of responses, guess it goes to show "they're where you find them". Also "you find them where you go" - e.g. I lived at the beach, played at the beach, and often worked at the beach while in FL...so I found them near the beach. Tim does a lot of night-walking so that's how he find...
by Jimi
October 12th, 2011, 4:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My pet project...
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: My pet project...

I hear the new Mexican stuff works well, too, but it may still be too early to tell for that one. You mean Bioclon's antimypvin? (or whatever they call it - been a little while since I had to think about AV) If so, I think FDA is doing its usual foot-dragging on testing & approval (protecting our d...
by Jimi
October 12th, 2011, 4:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My pet project...
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: My pet project...

who would I talk to about that? Chris?
Rich - me too, pardon the hijack. You just can't resist showing off your animals though, you gotta understand the effect they have on people!

Thomas - Hmm. This is a hot topic - irresistible pun, but a double entendre for sure.

Check PM.

Best,
Jimi
by Jimi
October 12th, 2011, 12:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My pet project...
Replies: 19
Views: 2886

Re: My pet project...

I wish my state would let me keep those! Let 'em know. Start in your region (RAC) if you're serious. It's about time for the 5-year Rule re-write. Without some demand for it, the re-write might possibly get skipped. Molossus (or whatever we'll call them...) are a true pleasure, once they start eati...
by Jimi
October 11th, 2011, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it really that hard to find an EDB?
Replies: 11
Views: 1771

Re: Is it really that hard to find an EDB?

It can be - at first it is, and then it isn't so bad, and then it gets pretty easy. I found coastal situations much easier than inland, personally (well, except for flipping I guess - but I believe you're asking about just walking them ). Different sport entirely. Go to some undeveloped or not-too-d...
by Jimi
October 10th, 2011, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Basin Rattlesnake Eating Large Pack Rat
Replies: 10
Views: 3155

Re: Great Basin Rattlesnake Eating Large Pack Rat

Nice one Cameron! Way to help make a lasting memory for those students. They'll tell their grandkids about it, no doubt. You guys sure have a nice variety of lutosus down there. I'd have thought they'd be done feeding by now, especially with the weather we've been having. I guess you're a bit warmer...
by Jimi
October 10th, 2011, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlers no.56
Replies: 130
Views: 11551

Re: Rattlers no.56

I usually go out on moonless nights, whilst wearing a suit made of sheds I've collected, and the means of movement.. snakelike of course. I coil up near the den and take photos through the eye hole of my snake head mask. The only problem is it's so realistic I was once courted... if only I could fo...
by Jimi
September 30th, 2011, 11:25 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 514213

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Thanks for the kind words, guys. This is a great community. Life can be pretty alienating, it's nice to feel you've "found your people" once in a while. Aside - one thing I think drives people away, is when we indulge in long, nasty, rambling pissing matches. "Jeez, maybe those aren't my people afte...
by Jimi
September 29th, 2011, 3:49 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding Sistrurus m. streckeri
Replies: 4
Views: 1595

Re: Breeding Sistrurus m. streckeri

I wish you good luck with those. I used to have 2.2 long-term WC adults that I succeeded in getting several litters from. Huge litters (15-20) of very small (4-6") babies. Very little trouble with slugs and such. The adults were awesome - spring to fall they'd suck down full-size adult FT mice like ...
by Jimi
September 29th, 2011, 1:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 514213

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

We've got around 75K of FREE data records, available for the asking (which to me is an issue - why don't more folks ask?). Great question. Several possible explanations spring to my mind, which is currently pretty strongly filtered through a state-manager perspective. It's the pond I inhabit at the...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2011, 7:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 514213

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Clarification: I said this In my experience utilization is a minor impact that is no existential threat. I meant personal-use utilization. Commercial utilization, especially for consumption, can be an existential threat for animals with certain life histories. Basically it can be unsustainable no ma...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2011, 7:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 514213

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Hi guys, So...Chad made some statements, asked some questions, and requested participation. I've deleted the items that are extraneous to how I choose to respond. Chad et al.: please pardon the "excerptation" (is that a word? isn't English great? ha ha). ...In my time on several of the popular forum...
by Jimi
September 19th, 2011, 4:23 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Tip for Getting Your Snake to Soak More Often
Replies: 9
Views: 1894

Re: A Tip for Getting Your Snake to Soak More Often

I use large water bowls with airstones to maintain humidity in "humid tropical" cages when I'm out of town. Automatic misting systems are great if you're home (and check them...), but for long trips nothing gives peace of mind like uber-simple (retro, even) technology. Misting nozzles and hoses can ...
by Jimi
September 14th, 2011, 6:43 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: N. rhombifer care?
Replies: 15
Views: 3239

Re: N. rhombifer care?

Sorry to hear that! Did the cat bites go all nasty? Still kinda weird...water snakes are tough. Guess I'll keep my day job and not go into the prediction business, ha ha. Seriously though, the big water snakes are definitely something different (some folks here are probably thinking "Yeah - like an ...
by Jimi
September 14th, 2011, 2:57 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: N. rhombifer care?
Replies: 15
Views: 3239

Re: N. rhombifer care?

You're in for some fun. Watersnakes are cool - very under-rated. And yes, easy to keep.

I'd go with rodents. It's just less messy and stinky, during and after the feedings. And I think you'll have a little less cleaning.

I predict that animal is going to become your garbage disposal.
by Jimi
September 13th, 2011, 3:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Questions about force-feeding?
Replies: 16
Views: 4969

Re: Questions about force-feeding?

Great discussion and ideas, thanks guys. My main experience with PITA feeders is vipers (CB neonates and WC adults). Usually I've used natural prey items of small size, if necessary lubed w/ egg white. Tube-fed (tubed snake that is) using a lubed push stick to get the item into the mouth & down the ...
by Jimi
September 2nd, 2011, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any adventurous souls want to night-kayak the ANF?
Replies: 12
Views: 2617

Re: Any adventurous souls want to night-kayak the ANF?

Rock on. You got a Therma-cell? Ha ha... I am pretty sure there are some FWC employees in the PC regional office who would be down for some of that. Also, changing the topic a little - if you ever wanted to go "terping" down in the marshes or seagrass beds there's a lot of interest in those in that ...
by Jimi
August 30th, 2011, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Over what period of time have you herp hunted in AZ?
Replies: 27
Views: 3914

Re: Over what period of time have you herp hunted in AZ?

So, in what year did you first herp hunt in AZ? summer 1983 And in what year did you last herp hunt in AZ? summer 2011 I try not to skip more than a year or two. I did have a real bad stretch I missed 5-6 years in a row. Good years I get over/down there a couple-three times (spring in north & west, ...
by Jimi
August 29th, 2011, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nocturnal activity in Wandering Garters
Replies: 9
Views: 1630

Re: Nocturnal activity in Wandering Garters

I also have found many vagrans AOR at night, particularly in dry parts of eastern Utah. Like several posters already, I've also more-or-less regularly seen several congeners AOR at night - plains, checkered, cyrtopsis, eastern & western ribbons, nominate sirtalis spring to mind. And doing nocturnal ...
by Jimi
August 18th, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Utah Rattlesnake Quiz
Replies: 29
Views: 6483

Re: Utah Rattlesnake Quiz

Alright guys I'll play. Sorry for long absence, went rafting last week (Desolation/Gray's Cyns). Sweet trip but no buzztails (boo hoo; not that I tried much - kind of a booze cruise if you know what I mean). Anyway, here's my guesses (and seriously that's all they are). I'm not giving answers to tho...
by Jimi
August 8th, 2011, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Utah Rattlesnake Quiz
Replies: 29
Views: 6483

Re: Utah Rattlesnake Quiz

Brian, you've clearly been fibbing when implying that rattlesnakes are merely unwanted bycatch in your map-the-milksnakes-of-Utah quest! It's now obvious to us all that you have a soft spot for them, ha ha. That's great. I don't think I'll play the guess-my-identity game right now (wife's calling me...
by Jimi
August 6th, 2011, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fanning the flames
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: fanning the flames

Thought I'd give this old thing a bump in a nod to Thomas' buzztail quiz. Since the chapter has (thankfully) lightened up a little on the locality stuff, and folks are getting a real eyeful and brain-full of UT crote phenotypic diversity - this one is from the Flattops area. Across the highway from ...
by Jimi
August 6th, 2011, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Otherwise I probably wouldn't see them because miles of checking outcrops and walking has yet to produce much. My last backpack trip was 33 miles with three snakes found total. That's what I meant when I said it must have taken a lot of field time to walk all those CO Plateau rattlers. Surprized we...
by Jimi
August 6th, 2011, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping hazard (cautionary tale)
Replies: 25
Views: 2814

Re: Herping hazard (cautionary tale)

Welcome to the club, ha ha.

I guess you're lucky to live in an area that doesn't happen too much? Further south it's pretty routine. You learn to be ready to run. Twenty must have been bad though, usually it's just one or two that hit you. When you run!

Glad you're OK.

Cheers,
Jimi
by Jimi
August 6th, 2011, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Rich - Thanks for the info, very cool. Looks like resolution of the northern-end "durissus" mess may be lapping resolution of our CO Plateau mess...wish we could get someone to publish on ours. Presumably all the specimens are available? Sorry your prime speaker cancelled. Hope the rest was good. I ...
by Jimi
August 5th, 2011, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Forest Closure Updates - Check back often for updates
Replies: 35
Views: 6640

Re: Forest Closure Updates - Check back often for updates

So while none of us really want to be the one that "spills the beans" on a honey hole for herping, the beans were spilt many, many years ago. Agreed, and well enough said. People are getting kind of nutty about the secrecy. Another issue I find quite troubling is the casual and growing use of the w...
by Jimi
August 5th, 2011, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Rich- In fact from what I understand recent DNA shows Az. snakes and basiliscus to be the same, Texas snakes come back as totonacus If the black abyssus was a mind-twister, this last quote explodes the head. Sure, the "weird zone" of apparent basiliscus/molossus hybridization is a well-known and eas...
by Jimi
August 4th, 2011, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

I don't know about thousands of hours... ;) Oh, when you add in all the driving I wouldn't doubt it. Lots of country out there, and some bad road. Some good, but plenty of bad. It sure eats gas and time. I'm thinking the Paria animal is an abyssus, and the Roost & Swell animals are all concolor. Ba...
by Jimi
August 4th, 2011, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

You've covered some ground and seen some beautiful animals. Hear hear. Most of these areas are very remote with little or no vehicle access and are difficult to herp in extreme semi-desert conditions so I am not giving away anything hush hush, especially since these are common species within their ...
by Jimi
August 3rd, 2011, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elevational records for viridis?.....
Replies: 18
Views: 3283

Re: Elevational records for viridis?.....

My recollection (I could look it up, but I trust my memory here) is that we night-cruised several (like, 6-7) around 6500' on the 4 corners trip, and I got at least 2 around 7000'. Also that one we day-walked (featured how many times in photos since then, ha ha) near the skink site was about 7000'. ...
by Jimi
August 2nd, 2011, 1:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Oh I didn't mean to imply that - just trying to be open and clear, within reason. Perhaps I read too literally sometimes. Thanks for you discretion and probity. I guess because I work for a state wildlife agency, and part of our mission is to ensure the people's access to their wildlife, I'm more di...
by Jimi
August 2nd, 2011, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

#4 was found between Monticello and Moab, from what I could tell it was a young red concolor but Jimi, Tim, or Jeremy will have to confirm that (it is the same snake as #24 in Jeremy's set of pics). Latitudinally speaking, an accurate statement, but possibly misleading if folks thought "US 191 corr...
by Jimi
July 31st, 2011, 5:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Hey, thanks for the pic of that dark animal. Very weird, very cool. I've never actually herped the bottom of the canyon, in the park. I'm not sure what I'd have done if I'd have found one of those blackies in there, before your photo. Prob would have thought a helleri got in there somehow, ha ha. Th...
by Jimi
July 29th, 2011, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: work and play: Random field pics for my Utah herp season
Replies: 18
Views: 4585

Re: work and play: Random field pics for my Utah herp season

I find it interesting that many only seem to have a hands off approach to hots With some folks here that may be the case. With me, unless it needs tossed off the road, or I see something about the animal I simply must investigate very closely ("is that a cactus spine in its face???") I don't pick u...
by Jimi
July 27th, 2011, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: work and play: Random field pics for my Utah herp season
Replies: 18
Views: 4585

Re: work and play: Random field pics for my Utah herp season

Uh, I guess this is where I ought to play "state-guy weenie" and remind folks that anything venomous (native or not) is "prohibited" in Utah - prohibited for possession, capture, import, whatever. Technically we can't even salvage DORs in this state (yet...I hope). Because we would be capturing them...
by Jimi
July 27th, 2011, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

Thanks Rich, "Unfortunately, I don't think the continued work by Douglas et. al will ever be published." Well crap. Next time I run into Mike or Marlis I'll ask what's up. Or perhaps the Peterson lab would take an interest? Or as you suggest, KW (this may not be popular, but I truly lament his recen...
by Jimi
July 26th, 2011, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexico
Replies: 18
Views: 5007

Re: Mexico

I'm far from being an old Mexico hand, but I'm willing to offer some first-hand response to your questions. I've looked for both those animals, in both those regions. First off - yeah, sure, both places offer miles and miles of quiet paved roads through great-looking habitat. And you can zero in on ...
by Jimi
July 26th, 2011, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz
Replies: 66
Views: 26202

Re: Southern Utah Buzztail Quiz

A very interesting discussion, a topic close to my heart. Stepping back a little though, the unsatisfying current reality is pretty obvious - people who want to know a) what they're looking at, or b) what they are tasked with managing, are reduced to playing "guess this" games on the internet. When ...
by Jimi
July 16th, 2011, 10:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SLC Herping?
Replies: 7
Views: 2104

Re: SLC Herping?

Hi Mike! Sorry to miss you - I'll be out of town next week and weekend. Hopefully someone will respond helpfully. I'm really still getting to know Utah but from my experience July is probably the worst single non-frozen month to come here. On the other hand, we got so much snow this year that it's s...
by Jimi
July 13th, 2011, 4:13 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: paludarium
Replies: 29
Views: 7835

Re: paludarium

I love this stuff too. Here's a link to a frog forum with lots of resources for getting started with naturalistic vivaria: http://www.dendroboard.com/forum/parts-construction/ If you delete the parts-construction/ bit of the URL you can see other pages on plants, classifieds, care sheets, etc. Peopl...
by Jimi
June 23rd, 2011, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I guess it's back to Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 1543

Re: I guess it's back to Costa Rica

I'm going to answer like everyone else, with a twist. We Americans are - reflexively - going to say you need a car. But...as a whole, we don't really have any experience doing it another way. Not since getting our drivers licenses, and leaving our moms and dads alone! Ha ha. I will also say our rura...
by Jimi
June 23rd, 2011, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming up to Utah this weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 1082

Re: Coming up to Utah this weekend

Rob - well, rain - it's this rare and precious substance that FALLS OUT OF THE SKY...if you've been living right...obviously you unworthies over the hill have been very, very naughty. Hence your rain is being withheld. REPENT! We here on the favored side of the hill - who so evidently live right - g...
by Jimi
June 22nd, 2011, 12:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming up to Utah this weekend
Replies: 8
Views: 1082

Re: Coming up to Utah this weekend

Sweet! Congrats on some nice herping, hopefully the family side of things was equally good! Would you be willing to share your data from the greens and the boa? Our state Natural Heritage Program tracks those species (and not the others you found). I could send you a spreadsheet. Alternatively, I co...
by Jimi
June 17th, 2011, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sw new Mex/se Arizona trip
Replies: 13
Views: 3283

Re: Sw new Mex/se Arizona trip

Chill out D'Artagnan. "BP cubed" said he's never been to the region, he's coming w/ brother and mom (so I'm just guessing he's a minor??? so the mom has some serious moral and legal responsibility here...and probably a little stress with all the BS in the "news"), and by the way he never mentioned a...
by Jimi
June 16th, 2011, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sw new Mex/se Arizona trip
Replies: 13
Views: 3283

Re: Sw new Mex/se Arizona trip

I think most people here would tell you SE AZ is just easier than SW NM from several perspectives: - a lot of species just seem more abundant in AZ, therefore a) you're more likely to actually encounter them and b) it won't require as much of your precious trip time to do so - you can rack up a bigg...
by Jimi
June 15th, 2011, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central Mississippi and some American Alligators
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Central Mississippi and some American Alligators

Steve, welcome to the forum. I lived in MS as a kid for a couple years - 5th and 6th grades. That was before all the casinos etc - the coast was still sweet. Lots of great herping memories. But not many from the heat of summer! Sorry. If you're planning to stick around in/near MS and really want to ...
by Jimi
June 9th, 2011, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Watch the crotch...
Replies: 7
Views: 1350

Re: Watch the crotch...

That was good luck, in a few senses (to see a cool animal, to have no accidents, etc). Sounds like a really nice time out w/ the boys, and - importantly - something they'll remember their whole lives. As well as how you handled it ("wow, isn't this neat, lemme get a picture!" as opposed to "quick bo...
by Jimi
June 8th, 2011, 1:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fanning the flames
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: fanning the flames

Oh yeah, dinner is an Ord's k-rat.
by Jimi
June 8th, 2011, 1:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fanning the flames
Replies: 9
Views: 2176

Re: fanning the flames

Thanks. So what's the procedure? What doesn't work is hitting the Img button in the toolbar above, hitting "Share" and then selecting "Img" in photobucket, and then hitting ctrl-V so the image link gets inserted between the |img| thingies. My settings are img on and url on. Why I give a shit today I...