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by Jimi
January 3rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2443

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

Flip right, if you're gonna flip. Don't flip like a bear, don't flip like a hog, don't flip like a monkey. Flip like an ethical herper. Put the object - or the pile of objects - back so that you can't even tell it's been flipped or otherwise messed with. If it's a huge rock on a steep slope, and you...
by Jimi
January 2nd, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: NW Oregon in November

Thanks Richard! Way more info than I had any right to hope for. I'm missing something on the boa stench thing. Probably just normal issues with communicating humor with writing. I know boas best from coastal NorCal, where they really don't stink much. Not compared to garters anyway...yuck. Ha ha. Sa...
by Jimi
December 30th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2607

Re: NW Oregon in November

Hi Richard, There's a small crew of us that are headed that way in early April. General herping, not boa fixated, but we will be looking. Intend to be around Morro Bay around 4/8 or so. Re this: I would hope that someone will eventually collect a specimen from San Luis Obispo Co. and more specimens ...
by Jimi
December 19th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations
Replies: 5
Views: 2348

Re: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations

Hi Bart, Sorry I can't help directly with your question - I've only found them near the coast and on the east side of the Sierra. I really didn't herp the west slope too much when I lived there - all those nasty trees! Ha ha ha. But the reason I write is to suggest cold air drainage might be a facto...
by Jimi
December 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 EOY Recap
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Re: 2019 EOY Recap

I lost two dogs. My God. Sorry to hear that. I have a 16-year old GSD who's nearing his end. Hard times, very hard times. Life's a serial heartbreaker - get well soon. Regarding the fossorial taxa, they are reliably flipped under rocks during late March and early April, assuming moisture is decent....
by Jimi
December 16th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 EOY Recap
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Re: 2019 EOY Recap

Likewise, Frank - I always enjoy your excellent pics and stories. Sorry about the hard parts - did you lose two dogs, or one? It was nice to meet you at the OB Oasis in late May this year. Great trip. Hope to see you again. Curious, if you've got a sec - on the small fossorial csquamates like ground...
by Jimi
December 12th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 14
Views: 15188

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

I did manage to find 2 live ones at Anza Borrego in mid-November. The first one found at midnight, it was very cold. Second one in the morning. Also, I've seen tracks in other spots closer to the Arizona border, so there is definitely late-season activity of this species. Nice follow-up, thanks. An...
by Jimi
December 1st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

rouse me from my digital slumber ... Yo, what up JG? You guys just got a super soaker, huh? Nice. Especially on the heels of a failed monsoon. That was not helpful. beating this carboniferous equine into ...eerr.. complexcarbon chains ... Yeah. But I just can't let horseshit be the last word.
by Jimi
November 26th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2019 ▶ The ratchet mechanism of the Paris Agreement foresees strengthening of NDCs (nationally-determined contributions to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions) every five years. Parties to the Paris Agreement identified 2020 as a criti...
by Jimi
November 26th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

This is worth considering: https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2019 Here's an excerpt from the Executive Summary: This is the tenth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report. It provides the latest assessment of scientific studies on cur...
by Jimi
November 21st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How cold/high can snakes go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1440

Re: How cold/high can snakes go?

There are couple of records of Gloydius Ah, yes I forgot the old-world pitvipers. There are a few of those that are either very high-elevation, or pretty high latitude, too. I'm not sure who winds the record for "excels in the most awful climate". Maybe the Gloydius in North Korea and Manchuria? I ...
by Jimi
November 20th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How cold/high can snakes go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1440

Re: How cold/high can snakes go?

You've got a lot of questions. Too many to get into ATM. However - I think, if you don't already know it, that a good hard look at Geoff Hammerson's CO herps book would please you. You might wish to own it, if you don't yet. Stepping back a sec, living in a high cold state, and pushing the limits of...
by Jimi
November 19th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trail Cameras?
Replies: 4
Views: 1285

Re: Trail Cameras?

I have not deployed any personally but at my work we have lots of them installed in various places. We've got still images of just about every basic kind of wildlife you can imagine, including several snake species. Evidently, even rubber boas crawl fast enough to trigger a trail cam! Ha ha. Really ...
by Jimi
November 19th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 10 - Australia trip report
Replies: 2
Views: 1061

Re: 2019 10 - Australia trip report

That was insane!
Indeed. Wow, well done and congrats, Jeroen. Amazing fortune and success.

cheers
by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I also wonder if pines would simply just create a burrow in the very sandy soil. I think so. They've got that skull and face for a reason. From what I've read, pine snake burrowing & hibernation behavior varies around their range. I would think SC animals would exhibit some aspect of "northern-type...
by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test
Replies: 0
Views: 1489

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by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I would also repeat what I said about my learnings in Florida - June was what I observed to be the peak month for surface activity. I'd put a lot of effort into June, if I was there trying to do what you are. The March-April stuff would really be more about chances at "fun bycatch" like hognose, pig...
by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I have some addition questions. My approach has been hiking around a spot walking moderately slowly looking around at the ground maybe 5-8ft infront of me, basically hoping that I walk up on a pine sunning itself or looking for food. I look inside any hibernaculum I find, and I frequently stop walk...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, it seems you're still having problems inserting links. Did you not attempt to follow my instructions to you on that topic? (I'm not sure why I ask, since there's no evidence you read anything I share with you. I'd love to see some evidence, e.g. a functioning link posted by you. Bette...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

You had me at turkey oak. Ha ha. Really though. Nothing says high and dry in SC like turkey oak. I clicked your pix link. That's a super-exciting place you found, just from a generic field-herping perspective. I especially like the adjacency of the xeric uplands with the forested wetlands - I have s...
by Jimi
October 29th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

In the last link, you will note Dr. Happs contains comments by a Tony Heller. So I wished to know just who is Tony Heller... I took a look too, and found this compendium of his "emissions": https://www.desmogblog.com/steven-goddard Just go the references, and dig in. It's better with popcorn, trust...
by Jimi
October 17th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

The only extant GT populations in SC, as I understand it, are right down by the GA border. A very narrow strip, with zealous private-property protections and not much in the way of public road access. Sure, you could definitely find a pine snake down there, but...you should also be able to find them...
by Jimi
October 10th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12096

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I've never seen a pine in SC, but in peninsular North Florida I came to understand them as a June - mid mornings - dirt roads cruiser animal. (That's a pretty hot sunny time of year there.) Substrate was key, land cover less so. They're big and slow, so get hammered by traffic. You'll probably get s...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Bob. Yes, I'm eager to hear the results of your research. Particularly concerning MNP. This could possibly trip up some readers - I will try to clarify: regarding units of the National Park System (covers all parks, monuments, preserves, etc) Don't read this as "all monuments, preserves etc A...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Snakes in the City
Replies: 4
Views: 10263

Re: Finding Snakes in the City

His snake room was amazing!!! The collection was not bad, and pretty interesting. I've seen similar set-ups (nicely appointed sweater boxes - sounds oxymoronic but then you actually see it done and... huh, how bout that ) depicted from Taiwan I think it was. So - mostly we saw Asian stuff but I rec...
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chinese Cobras Spit?
Replies: 6
Views: 11589

Re: Chinese Cobras Spit?

Yeah Lou I always enjoy your stuff.

I thought just about any non-giant cobra you saw in Asia "might be a spitter". Like, just assume it is and don't dick around & get an eyeful. Just something I picked up osmotically I guess. Not the most reliable method, but certainly low-effort. Ha ha ha.

cheers
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Glad to help, Frank. One way to maybe understand better, and also suffer less heartburn over "all those dumb rules and contradictions and general messiness", is to think of the USA as somewhat akin to post-Schengen mainland western Europe. But you should also think of USA as more like, oh, Switzerla...
by Jimi
September 23rd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks for your reply More than happy to try and provide help. Time will tell if I succeeded! Ha ha ha. Hopefully when you get here, there are not too many unpleasant surprises. It's a casino with a pool for the kids so when i try my luck (not in the casino but road cruising :D ) they can swim. It ...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I think Jonathan said and meant "the Mojave", as in "that desert". But if I understand that you misunderstood - it all worked out better in the end. Sweet Jesus, Yermo is an armpit . I would not take my family there. I do not know the other place, it's in Arizona right? When I try to map it I'm show...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Jimi for your extensive response. It helps a lot. Sure thing. Price is free - you determine the actual value. Ultimately, it's an effort & numbers & luck game. We all have a personal collection of anecdotes, a few have made serious studies of it, and if we all just pooled our anecdotes and s...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

Try this, it might be interesting: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/unfriendly-climate?utm_source=pocket-newtab Some excerpts: “A thermometer is not Democrat or Republican, and when we look around this world, it’s not about trusting what our thirty-year-old satellites say. It’s about looking at 26...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

Researchers have identified telltale techniques of climate science denial, as illustrated in a graphic from the climate website, Skeptical Science, below. Source: SkepticalScience.com These were discussed in an article at CBC by John Cook, who does research on the topic of climate science denial at...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19680

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Holy crap, Frank, your timing is awful. For snakes anyway - lizards will be easy. - is it worth to stay 2 nights near Mohave desert for night cruising and early morning walks near kelso or will there be no activity ? Morning walks are always a pleasure. So yes, just from that perspective alone, it i...
by Jimi
September 9th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

People tend to repeat themselves when they feel they aren't being heard. I said this in April, I'll say it again: Post by Jimi » April 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm Richard, I sense that you have some heartburn with the UN and the IPCC. How about a domestic assessment, done here, by us, for us. Wuebbles, D.J....
by Jimi
September 3rd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A North Carolina Summer
Replies: 1
Views: 11823

Re: A North Carolina Summer

Sounds like a great newlyweds trip! Congrats on the luck you had in a rough time of year and under some not-helpful circumstances. North Carolina had been in drought, and due to that fact, when we tried to look for more traditional Plethodon in the woodlands, we had no luck. The leaf litter, even up...
by Jimi
August 28th, 2019, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SF Bay Area Rubber boa Herping Advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 16951

Re: SF Bay Area Rubber boa Herping Advice?

My guess would be, your timing is awful. But I don't know that area very well, for herps anyway.

Good hunting.
by Jimi
August 27th, 2019, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Charina bottae distribution
Replies: 12
Views: 23529

Re: Charina bottae distribution

I don't know boas from the Sierra Nevada - have seen a half-dozen there & in the Southern Cascades at most - but I got to know them reasonably well along the CA North Coast, in commercial timberlands (a matrix of all age classes through uncut second growth of ~80-90 years old). Casual boa encounters...
by Jimi
July 22nd, 2019, 3:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

Anything that challenges status quo allocations of costs and benefits, wins and losses is going to get "political". Even in an autocratic system, you're going to have cronies and sycophants jockeying for favor. In a republic, all that human drama is literally institutionalized. It's neither good nor...
by Jimi
July 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

It has not been getting warmer where I live. Sorry bud. Data say otherwise, for Boston this spring (I didn't look at more periods - have a look for yourself and come back & try to convince me the pattern falls apart? Or, change your beliefs based on the acquisition of additional knowledge?). Mean m...
by Jimi
July 15th, 2019, 9:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 172
Views: 121144

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, your attempt to provide a link didn't work. See the toolbar icon that looks (to me...) like a pair of dice. Between the "picture" and the "drop of liquid" icons. You want to insert a URL. Here's a link: https://climatefeedback.org/claimreview/non-peer-reviewed-manuscript-falsely-claim...
by Jimi
July 13th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 3)
Replies: 1
Views: 8293

Re: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 3)

I think "Man, his hands must have stunk SO BAD!!!!" Ha ha ha. Question - "what are Baby Wipes good for?" Ha ha ha.

Looks like a blast. I think your kids look like they're maybe not so sure about those turtles.

Crazy water, wow. Whole lotta water.

Thanks for sharing!
by Jimi
July 10th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report
Replies: 6
Views: 15914

Re: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report

Looks like quite a satisfying trip.

Nice to see the Porthidium nasutum - they occupy a special place in my heart. Sweet little fatties.

cheers
by Jimi
July 3rd, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2019 trip report
Replies: 5
Views: 9985

Re: Costa Rica 2019 trip report

Congrats, and thanks. Looks like an exhausting but rewarding trip. The high country there is tough herping eh?

cheers!
by Jimi
July 1st, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110404

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

That's great, thanks for sharing the continuing story! This is similar to when I've started neonate tropical snakes on live frogs or lizards - that being all they want. There usually comes a time when they will readily accept a small mouse, with no extra prep (scenting or whatever). I find this appr...
by Jimi
June 26th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 8973

Re: Recent Kansas Trip! (part 1)

Agreed - the happy family is the best takeaway. Your kids are getting big!

Got any bootheel or Gila trips planned?

Hope all's very well, see you around.
by Jimi
June 12th, 2019, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....
Replies: 10
Views: 22358

Re: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....

I didn't look very closely - do you think it's the same animal? Or are you just noting one of very similar appearance in the same general area? Within a 20-minute walk of a certain campground with a little pupfish pool by the toilets, over the years since about 1983 I've seen animals just like yours...
by Jimi
June 10th, 2019, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....
Replies: 10
Views: 22358

Re: The best 22 seconds of a C. mitchelli....

That is a nice one. The phenotypic diversity of that taxon in that specific area is amazing - no "locality look" at all to them, unlike elsewhere. I love the salt & pepper, low-orange ones like yours.

cheers
by Jimi
June 6th, 2019, 1:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Western Pond Turtle survival study - drought-related
Replies: 1
Views: 6672

Western Pond Turtle survival study - drought-related

https://www.fwspubs.org/doi/abs/10.3996/012016-JFWM-005 Abstract (I broke it into "paragraphs" to improve readability, and added the bold+enlarged emphasis on something I found astonishing): Drought has the ability to affect the persistence of small animal populations, especially those tied to aqua...
by Jimi
June 4th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madison, WI
Replies: 2
Views: 4834

Re: Madison, WI

Hi Martti! Glad to hear you've got a USA visit coming right up. I'm sorry I can't meet up with you or otherwise be very much help, but perhaps one point of clarification might help you get some help. When you write 2-15.6, are we in USA to understand you mean you are (already) here June 2 - June 15?...
by Jimi
May 21st, 2019, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Island of St. Lucia
Replies: 6
Views: 7749

Re: Herping the Island of St. Lucia

Thank you for taking it as I meant it, Ackee - nothing twitchy or overheated, just a straightforward factual statement devoid of any hostility or anything.

I envy your time in the Caribbean.

cheers