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by Jimi
February 1st, 2018, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake
Replies: 48
Views: 23771

Re: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake

I thought about grabbing it Ooooh, he wouldn't have thanked you for that! Grumpus! A Russell Viper bite is no joke. Understatement. How's emergency medical care in Kolkata? Surely there's a locally-produced AV for this species, but do all the hospitals stock it? Do many doctors there have successfu...
by Jimi
February 1st, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 15457

Re: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!

aarrgghh & i wont be doing it again Chris, its too damn long
sorry Chris, +1 here

"aaaaarrrrgggghhh, matey"

also - I gotta check w/ someone about the regs article request, I'm not blowing you off, nor innocently forgetting
by Jimi
January 31st, 2018, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 14800

Re: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post

Great post, nice to vicariously watch you grow up and enjoy life. It gets even better! Your own car, some time off, and some spending money - man, that all spells freedom . I like the way you stuck in the little interludes of non-herps, the little where's Waldo thing, landscapes etc in among the run...
by Jimi
January 30th, 2018, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).
Replies: 6
Views: 5648

Re: 2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).

Wow. I hope you have a vehicle with good fuel economy! Ha ha.

This is a nice antidote to the Cali-bashers of the world. It's a helluva place.

I like what you found on the east side, northern and middle latitudes.

cheers
by Jimi
January 4th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona & New Mexico - september 2017
Replies: 5
Views: 3246

Re: Arizona & New Mexico - september 2017

Sounds and looks like a great trip, Thor! My first ever rattlesnake found in the wild was a Crotalus pricei, and the second was C.lepidus. How many can say that ? Very few. Certainly nobody who lives in the SW! The common stuff would virtually prevent that! Ha ha ha. You guys must have made tracks s...
by Jimi
January 3rd, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Fishing in Morro Bay
Replies: 2
Views: 14470

Re: Fishing in Morro Bay

Hi Vic, hi Josh! Great advice (says the guy who pretty much doesn't fish, ha ha). That all sounds about right though, from my long experience on the NorCal coast, and the occasional unavoidable flat-spell fishing outings with good friends who were really into it. Think about a day trip up to Piedras...
by Jimi
January 2nd, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Images of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 6574

Re: Favorite Images of 2017

Oh My God. Careful man, you're gonna trick us into thinking snakes are easy to come by in the jungle! Ha ha ha. Thank you for sharing. You don't plan on retiring/relocating anytime soon do you? What would you say is the best time of year to come out there (I'm thinking peninsular Malaysia) for pitvi...
by Jimi
December 21st, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: catching up - 3 summer reports
Replies: 3
Views: 3998

Re: catching up - 3 summer reports

Hi Jeroen, good to hear from you!

Those sound like some pretty nice destinations. How far west in Spain did you get? That's an area I would love to explore in depth. Good food, good surf, gorgeous scenery, and some fun herps (including some vipers).

Any landscape and habitat or just "travel" pics?
by Jimi
December 14th, 2017, 9:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 recap
Replies: 18
Views: 8245

Re: 2017 recap

You really cleaned up on some traditionally "hard to find" species. Hey Chris, you're not still chasing Moby Alterna are you? Heh heh heh. Hope not. I like Frank's super dark one the best, myself. Same goes for the darkest common king - nice animal. Frank - just curious, (sorry if I asked this befo...
by Jimi
December 13th, 2017, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 recap
Replies: 18
Views: 8245

Re: 2017 recap

Stupendous. You got to some fun places and had some good times. Nice pics too BTW. I have a few impertinent questions burning holes in my brain, but will try to show a little restraint and leave you be. Ah, here's just one harmless one. Did you walk any of those early-season 'saugas? Thanks for the ...
by Jimi
December 7th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'
Replies: 5
Views: 4190

Re: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'

Steve (Stephen) MacKessy @ UNC-Greeley would be worth contacting. Try a phone call - he's smart, friendly, and utterly captivated by venoms...
by Jimi
December 7th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 65799

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Most definitely. IMO retail pet stores are - really - the last place to go for almost anything herp-related. I'll pop in for airline tubing or the like, if I'm close by. Or flake food to grow out a few WC tadpoles, or live food for a short-term captive. But for anything serious, or routine, I'm far ...
by Jimi
December 4th, 2017, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 10
Views: 4910

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

Probably worth pointing out - I'm coming at this from a professional/work standpoint of " under no circumstances are you to be guilty of trespassing!!!" Normal private citizens are more able to live by free will...realistically, you aren't likely to incite trouble by just looking at some lizards. St...
by Jimi
December 4th, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 10
Views: 4910

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

We are heading down from Michigan Thanks, sorry I passed too quickly over your "living in the Midwest" opener. I mis-focused on "yonkers". What are the Arizona trespassing laws like out in the desert? Hmm, that's pretty freighted. I'm not sure if the state is an open or closed one regarding signage...
by Jimi
December 1st, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 10
Views: 4910

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

Thank you for the input! I thought April and early May might be a little too cold for the target species to be on the move. No problem. No cost, and possibly equal value! Ha ha ha. Re: target species, perhaps I fixated too much on geckos, Gilas and torts. But if you think they need it very warm, yo...
by Jimi
November 29th, 2017, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?
Replies: 10
Views: 4910

Re: Best Month For Arizona and Lizards?

May or August would probably be my choice for time to herp Arizona. That'd work. April or July/September too. Depends on elevation and ecoregion. But the time you cite should be fine, unless there's hardly no rain and the spring heats up early (which is, sadly, the forecast: http://www.cpc.ncep.noa...
by Jimi
November 29th, 2017, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3004

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Dr. Gary Packard was (is???) a physiologist at Colorado State U whose main study organism was (is???) western painted turtle (he was pretty old when I was in grad school there, which has been about 15 years now). He did a ton of work on eggs & embryos, and also on overwintering questions ("how do th...
by Jimi
November 6th, 2017, 8:31 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: HERP Mobile App Not Working
Replies: 10
Views: 13232

Re: HERP Mobile App Not Working

Glad to hear you're getting back into collecting & uploading observation data, Rye. Also, your question will help me out too, since I did the iPhone software "extortion" but hadn't yet discovered the incompatibility "feature" w/ the old app. I will also install the new app. So thank you. See you at ...
by Jimi
November 1st, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservation
Replies: 11
Views: 14421

Re: Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservation

Why is it important for a term to be gentled a supposed notch so that we are not offended? Because if you gently kick El Mas Chingon in the balls, he's likely to break your jaw? Wild guess here. Not. Exactly who is "we" here? I don't think it's mostly us, I think it's mostly them. Seriously, the co...
by Jimi
November 1st, 2017, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Santa Rosalia Rat Snake (Baja Rat)
Replies: 49
Views: 54743

Re: Santa Rosalia Rat Snake (Baja Rat)

One JG to another: Again, personally I don't believe Bogertophis are there, but I think we can make a useful contribution by looking for them, and also by adding some bycatch records in an under-surveyed area. ... Slight aside - anybody know if CDFG or USGS is collecting negative data ("we looked, a...
by Jimi
October 12th, 2017, 12:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?
Replies: 17
Views: 25353

Re: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?

Hey there, I don't and never have bred any rear-fangs. Heck, come to think of it I guess I've never just kept any either. Well, except for eastern and southern hoggies; I doubt that's what you have in mind. I have helped care for captive Boiga irregularis . I imagine its congeners aren't too dissimi...
by Jimi
October 12th, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservation
Replies: 11
Views: 14421

Re: Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservation

Oh, I think it explains or at least contextualizes a whole lot of what goes on around here. That, and normal intergenerational friction, I reckon. It's interesting seeing the 2 biggest generations in American history juxtaposed. As a leading-edge Gen X'er, I feel sort of caught in the middle, with s...
by Jimi
October 9th, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Another question from Richard: I noted the Sonoran Mt. Kingsnake and Milksnake were listed. So here are some questions to consider. With respect to the issue of ‘threats’, can you tell me what threats those two species face that are different from the threats faced in Utah by the Rubber Boa, Common ...
by Jimi
October 9th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Trying to answer some earlier stuff from Richard: I noted that for the Midget Faded Rattlesnake, roads and railroads are indicated as being a ‘threats’. Without speaking to the person or persons that consider roads and railroads as threats, I do not know their rational. Do you have any idea why road...
by Jimi
October 9th, 2017, 11:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

So the USF&WS indicates those species of snails do not qualify as being either threatened or endangered which is just the opposite of NatureServe’s position of “critically imperiled” = endangered. This is just one flaw in NatureServe’s reliance on the number of EOs (locality sighting information) i...
by Jimi
October 7th, 2017, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This Year in PA (and some AZ)
Replies: 5
Views: 3367

Re: This Year in PA (and some AZ)

Cool. Where'd you get that Ctenosaur? Grounds of the museum?

Did you stop at the great pond at Cienegas? The one with the interpretive signs? It's better after dark.

cheers
by Jimi
October 4th, 2017, 11:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Hi Richard, thanks for bearing with me here. I think this is an important conversation, I appreciate the time you're putting into it. Let me offer an example to answer some questions & statements you posed. First your material: One major flaw is that the Utah Wildlife Action Plan placed trust in Nat...
by Jimi
October 3rd, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: arizona weather
Replies: 4
Views: 2804

Re: arizona weather

This September was super dry around Tucson. It poured in July and the first part of August, then kind of quit. This September might have sucked. Usually, I like it just fine. Still lush and warm enough, but less likely to get rained out. Also, all the dumb babies are out. Ha ha. Well, the ones that ...
by Jimi
October 2nd, 2017, 11:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I used to collect baseball cards and stamps. That was more fun than this thread. Quite. Jeez. Richard, how about starting another thread? We've hijacked this one enough. I'll start you off with something you asked: then what factors (evidence) singled out those two species as to have them warranted...
by Jimi
September 30th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Richard, you're an interesting guy to talk with. We agree on a fair amount. We definitely disagree on some things. But some things you don't understand, and you think we disagree about them. If you knew more, perhaps you'd change your mind. And it comes to mind that perhaps you really believe that i...
by Jimi
September 29th, 2017, 8:44 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 102278

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

how cool it would be to build an adult enclosure for her future with for you to enjoy her utilizing her natural gifts i'm picturing something like an ant farm. A tall, wide, pretty flat enclosure with a full- or nearly-full width fake-rock wall up almost the entire back, with a flattish top ("big l...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2017, 8:22 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 102278

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Very cool, Chris. Congrats. That "double-stuff tea" is something I have done too - it gets the scent of the new (refused) item on the old (eagerly-accepted) one, and vice-versa. I think it works. Either it worked, or was completely unnecessary (great conclusion!), because she ate BOTH tonight--the q...
by Jimi
September 27th, 2017, 9:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Also, there seems to be some skepticism over the very concept of "threats". Perhaps the skepticism comes from unfamiliarity. Here's an excerpt from page 71 of our Wildlife Action Plan - this is part of the chapter intro. I had about 35 people contribute actual text to this document, but I wrote this...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2017, 12:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

So the question becomes, with having the exact same understanding of NH / NS methods, how on earth could two individuals with degrees in wildlife science arrive at completely opposite viewpoints? I suggest the answer must lie in the differences in our understanding of what represents legitimate sci...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

So Richard - do you get it yet? Have you yet contributed your life's work to "the permanent record"? It would be a great contribution to both science and management if you could get all your boa, Contia , and other herp observations into a museum collection somewhere. Specifically, in relation to th...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 13766

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

Wildlife enforcement tends to operate on directives from above about what agents should be looking for during a particular day, week, or season. When this new regulation takes effect, enforcement agents may be in warning mode (informing people that they encounter about the new rule [= grace period]...
by Jimi
September 25th, 2017, 12:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Richard, I said I'd get back to you if you had questions. You had some re: NatureServe. To save myself the time of composing it all again, I have dug up this old stuff I wrote here on FHF (2 threads; in one I was talking w/ you - I believe all the quotes below are yours). Recall, please, that the de...
by Jimi
September 24th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

For those who don't know. This is already looks like a done deal. What is going on now is all for show. I posted the above quote last week. This outcome was never in doubt. The fix was in before the first meeting. Well I posted the quote below, the week before that : If a ban or other management re...
by Jimi
September 22nd, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

someone is paying you
That's where my thoughts have wandered too, Bryan.
little to nothing in terms of herpetological knowledge
More good laughs from Bert's sidekick.

Steve - Ernie makes it sound like he's been at these meetings. You have been. You know what he looks like. Has he been there?
by Jimi
September 22nd, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 102278

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Jimi was there a particular area of frog skin that was preferable to work with? Easier to manipulate or 'fit'? Im curious! Good question. Yes, definitely. So, you know how some little snakes get pretty excited on presentation of a potential food item? I mean, unstarted feeders will often just avoid...
by Jimi
September 21st, 2017, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice on an affordable rental for a herping trip
Replies: 12
Views: 9037

Re: Advice on an affordable rental for a herping trip

In the midst of all that grumbling, I think you hit a real winner here. Well, ya know. Practicing for when I'm actually an old guy. Ha ha ha. I just don't want to blow any sunshine up any damp dark holes... You can't believe how many Subaru wagons are on the roads of the Intermountain West. "Brazil...
by Jimi
September 21st, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 102278

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

used in small chips ... coating the head with ... Yes! I call it "the helmet". I have done similar things by skinning bullfrogs and wrapping a live or a FT (& washed) pink's head with the skin. These "helmet tricks" have worked quite well for tease-feeding arboreals, and also as left-in-cage items ...
by Jimi
September 21st, 2017, 8:34 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

In examining the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division, it mentions the following: “It has been the responsibility of the personnel in the Wildlife Diversity Division to compile division data on the abundance and distribution of many of the less well-known wildlife species of Nevada. The division has ta...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240339

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I believe that biologists that manage big game species undertake estimates of game species populations. So I ask, why don’t biologists of non-game species attempt to do the same thing? True to a point - usually they are not estimating abundance (unless stakeholders demand it) but something(s) else ...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2017, 11:52 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 77092

Re: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 20

thanks Markus, nice eye candy! and the wonderful pair together it's interesting how commonly the M/F base-color pattern crops up in the mostly-green Asian arboreal vipers, of grassy-green females and more emerald-green males - you see it in several of the Viridovipera , and of course in "TrimTrigs",...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice on an affordable rental for a herping trip
Replies: 12
Views: 9037

Re: Advice on an affordable rental for a herping trip

A problem with offering specific makes and models as worthwhile candidates, is the car-rental industry's penchant for "...or similar within this class" switcheroos. For example, about a month ago some friends and I were pretty sure we had rented a good-clearance, real 4WD (i.e., not an "AWD" with no...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2017, 10:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 11814

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

The general takeaway from that issue: "what's old is new again."
God help us, ain't it the truth?
by Jimi
September 15th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 11814

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

I found this (linked below) a very interesting read. Cover to cover. Partly entertaining, partly nostalgic, partly infuriating, partly uplifting. Some things change, for better or worse, while some things stay the same. Some prophets of doom are proven wrong, some wise people are ignored. Some assho...
by Jimi
September 14th, 2017, 12:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 77092

Re: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 20

I'll share some more of these awesome snakes, and a few more enclosures the next days ;)
Ready and frothing for it! Love those Parias...also any more Viridovipera or Protobothrops....images or narrative, whatever.

Thanks Markus!
by Jimi
September 13th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 102278

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

The interesting thing for me is how the liquified avian liver works for lizard specialists Exactly. Me too. Lepidosaurs & archosaurs may share some smellable attributes... a favor in blood chemistry that 'passes', or factors close enough to the mechanisms of scent interpretation to be accepted as a...