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by Richard F. Hoyer
December 7th, 2018, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Found another example of the Rubber Boa occurring south of Carmel in the Coast Range. Burger, L.W. Herpetologica, Vol.8, Part 1, March 22,1952 "A Southern-most Coast Range Locality For CHARINA BOTTAE" The author states he found a large female in Bixby Canyon about 20 miles SE of Monterey. Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 4th, 2018, 10:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Jimi, Your points are understood. I have surmised (guessing) that both surface and subsurface humidity likely are important factors as well as condensation. I have found boas on cool mornings with tiny bead of water on their body due to condensation. And I have wondered if snakes (lizards) have some...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 4th, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

Correction: That should have been 1906 earthquake and fire in S.F.
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 3rd, 2018, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

FH, I concur with your views as they pretty much match my understanding. The environmental constraints that govern the distributions of species mostly go unknown. For the Rubber Boa, I have surmised there exists some minimum level of available moisture that is critical for its survival. As the speci...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 2nd, 2018, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Re: Rubber Boas in Monterey County

FH Am I correct that the DOR boa was found in about 1999 or 2000? I had barrowed all of the MVZ vouchered boas at around 2000 and that specimen wasn’t amongst them. So if found and donated in 1999 or 2000, the specimen had yet to be processed and placed with the other vouchered boas at the MVZ. Besi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 30th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas in Monterey County
Replies: 12
Views: 9101

Rubber Boas in Monterey County

In Lawrence Klauber’s 1943 paper where he described the new subspecies, Charina bottae umbratica, Southern Rubber Boa, he mentioned that the Rubber Boa had not been found in the Coast Range south of Carmel nor south of Sequoia Nat. Park in the Sierras. I have prepared a draft of some of my finding o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 41228

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Jeff, Back in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s, I was in contact with a high school student from Richmond (I believe), Alexander K. Johnson, who found a fair number of boas in the vicinity of San Pablo reservoir / Tilden Regional Park. I believe the elevations where Alexander found the species was at...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 31st, 2018, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 41228

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

That should have been, ‘one vouchered Rubber Boa from Mt. Hamilton’ in the collections I examined. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Fieldherper, I only visited the Mt. Hamilton area once when my father took me trout fishing along some creek in t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 29th, 2018, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 41228

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Owen, In around 2000, I examined all vouchered Rubber Boas from the major institutions in Calif. Just from memory, I believe there was one vouchered Rubber Boa in either the CAS or MVZ collections. A number of years ago, a herper on this forum either in a post or more like in a private message indic...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 26th, 2018, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 30241

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

In the early 2000’s, I examined all vouchered specimens from Marin Co. and all were the Common Sharp-tailed Snake, Contia tenuis. That species occurs on both the eastern and western sides Marin County. I once visited individuals that lived just outside of Bolinas on the coastal side who had the Comm...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 25th, 2018, 8:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 30241

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Another possibility is documenting the Forest Sharp-tailed Snake in the more shaded, forested areas in Marin County. The species occurs in Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Mateo Counties to the south and then north of Marin Co along the coast just above Fort Ross Park in Sonoma Co. Richard F. Hoyer ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 13th, 2018, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 20694

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

Gary, Without being able to view the length of the tail in relation to the snake's vent, that renders an opinion less than reliable. But it looks as if the tail is long in relation to where I believe the vent is located, the tip not a really sharp point, and with the tail partly coiled, my guess is ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2018, 8:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 67104

Re: change of forum format

Scott, I believe your forum has filled a very nice niche and has been a very positive entity in the herping community. When you changed the format and consolidate all forums into one international type forum, I was fearful that wasn’t the best of strategies. I was reminded of the old adage that ‘if ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 8th, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 67104

Re: change of forum format

Scott, You mentioned, “We have surprisingly strong numbers.”. I have no way of knowing what that means. Not having access to whatever you refer to as being ‘numbers’, I do suspect that both the membership and the number of individuals that view each post are higher than in the past. To me, that isn’...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 7th, 2018, 8:29 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 67104

Re: change of forum format

Bill McG., I believe your analysis likely is correct. I would hate to see this site befall the same decline that occurred on the "not allowed" site and many of that site’s forums when years ago, the leadership of that organization made major changes. I could be mistaken but now during the prime herp...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 5th, 2018, 8:47 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 67104

change of forum format

I was wondering if Scott has considered going back to his original forum format or some similar version with regional forums instead of the pressent single herping forum, "The Forum'?

Perhaps a survey of participant's opinions on that issue might be informative.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 27th, 2018, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Jonathan, Nice find of a Kern Plateau Slender Salamander on May 13th with conditions as dry as they are up there. Indicates you know how to go about making searches for such critters. I also came across a DOR N. Pac. Rattlesnake a few miles east of the Kennedy Meadow Road. Wonder if it was the same ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 26th, 2018, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Paul, May 1, 2003 I believe was when we met at the 1000 Trails campground in the San Jacinto Mts. I had submitted an application for an MOU with the CDFG along with a detailed research proposal in order to initiate a companion study of the SRB in the San Jacinto Mts. similar to the one I had underta...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 25th, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fieldherper Herpetologists at colleges and universities vary in their individual interests. I doubt that searching for and documenting the distribution of species is not of high priority with most herpetologists. And they are limited in time and money. So this is where the herping community – citize...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 24th, 2018, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fire Drake,
A Rubber Boa on deposit at the LACM, #2141, was found in Newport Beach (Yacht Club), Orange Co., on 12/6/1933 by J.C. Von Blocker. I believe Dr. Glenn Stewart or someone else believes the boa was from the San Jacinto Mts. and had escaped (or was released).

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 23rd, 2018, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

FH, On the morning of this past May 12th. at the Flying ‘J’ truck stop parking lo off the I-5 Frazier Park exit, I believe I head one of the herpers present saying that I believe just this year, someone observed a Calif. Mt. Kingsnake on Mt. Pinos. But being 84, I could well be mistaken. Perhaps som...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 22nd, 2018, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Fire Drake, With the addition of the three boas found on May 13th, my sample size for the S. Kern Plateau now stands at 33. Thus far, the range of male and female lengths from the SKP boa population are very similar to the larger samples I have acquired on the dwarf morph populations that occur on M...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 20th, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

John, Off and on, I am reminded that we all have our strengths and weaknesses. Having gathered a decent amount of information on the Rubber Boa and the Common Sharp-tailed Snake, much of those efforts remain in my files. I lack the necessary skills to treat such data in a professional manner then pr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 20th, 2018, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Nicholas, Nice to hear that another boa was found on Mt. Pinos on May 12 so that you were able to get photos of the species from that area. And yes, I can add the locality information on the boa you observed to my Mt. Pinos file. The species just has to occur on the San Emigdio Ridge so it would be ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 19th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

Re: S. Calif. trip

Tony,
Yes, the trip south proved to be very rewarding. The icing on the cake was having the opportunity to record information on three more boas from the Southern Kern Plateau.

Richard FH
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 18th, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14670

S. Calif. trip

Each spring since 1993, I have traveled to S. Calif. with the goal of acquiring basic information on populations of the Rubber Boa. My first targeted population was the Southern Rubber Boa (subspecies?) found in the San Bernardino Mts. That effort took place from 1993 through 1997. That effort resul...
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 23rd, 2018, 10:23 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 17687

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, The 'Chat' is the newsletter for the Audubon Society of Corvallis. In the latest Dec. issue of the Chat, it mentions another Gyrfalcon having been observed a number of times in neighboring Linn County just east of where I live in Corvallis, Oregon. The observer is Jeff Fleischer who does rapto...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 27th, 2017, 12:41 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 17687

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, I have been to northeastern Oregon (Wallow County) but never have been to Troy which is very close to the border with Washington. For many years, falconers have reported observing Gyrfalcons in central and eastern Oregon. But of course, by and large, the birding elites have dismissed such sigh...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 26th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 17687

Re: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Brad, First, I was surprised that when I clicked on the link in my message in this forum, up came the photographs of birds BUT minus the numerous photos of the large falcon. When I now just went back to the original message I received from Hendrik and clicked on the link, again all photos of the fal...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 25th, 2017, 10:33 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast
Replies: 8
Views: 17687

Gyrfalcon on Oregon coast

Below I have copied a message received on Dec. 17th. with a link to birds observed during the CBC including a good number of photos of a large falcon. When I ‘copy’ the link to myself then click on the link, the photos will not come up. However, when I ‘forward’ the link to myself, I can then click ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 7th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Evolution of Venom and the 'Red Queen Hypothesis'
Replies: 5
Views: 4182

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

MCHerper. As for the issue of co-evolution of a predator and it prey in relation to toxins, although not involving snake venom, I suggest you might look in to the research published by Dr. Edmond (Butch) Brodie at Utah State U. involving the ‘venom’ produced by species of newts and their snake preda...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 29th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3000

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim,
I am not in any position to provide feedback on either species of turtle let alone the affects of those contaminates on aquatic wildlife including those turtles. Hope it all turns out well.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3000

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, More questions here. If you have researched all of the published literature on the two species, more than likely the information therein would be the best available. Can you divulge what was the contaminate or contaminates, where it occurred, and how large of an area is believed to have been co...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 27th, 2017, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northwest
Replies: 6
Views: 3000

Re: Turtle Overwintering Habitat Needs in the Pacific Northw

Kim, One of the more knowledgeable individuals on the W. Pond Turtle would Dr. Bruce Bury. retired USGS biologist of Corvallis. I suspect you many have already been in touch with Dr. Bury. Am I correct in assuming any of the remedial actions you mention would take place when the river is at its lowe...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 1st, 2017, 4:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

I have been away for awhile due to having hip replacement surgery on 10/24. I have a correction to make. I erred in my second post of 10/18/17 when I indicated that all three authors of the paper I cited (abstract given) as being NatureServe personnel. The two subordinate authors are affiliated with...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 20th, 2017, 5:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

EE, My strengths lie elsewhere than with the use of the English language. I likely took undue liberty in my use of the term ‘bias’. Perhaps it would have been better had I mentioned that after researching NatureServe's 'methods' and 'conservation status results', I then formed an ‘unfavorable’ view....
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 19th, 2017, 9:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Ernie E., As I have mentioned before, sometimes your ‘colorful’ (caustic) language has become the focus by others rather than the substance of what is contained in your messages. The same thing has happened to me in various threads on these forums. So it is to be expected when one tries to inform. B...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 18th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

As mentioned in my prior post, state wildlife agencies have relied on NatureServe’s conservation status accounts as if such results were science based. Sadly, nothing could be further from the truth! In reviewing NatureServe’s methodology, there are multiple problems I could identify. However, that ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 18th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Before identifying what I consider as shortcomings in the Utah Wildlife Action Plan (WAP), in order to create a broader understanding, some additional factors need to be reviewed. First, the reason wildlife agencies hire leadership and biologists with degrees in wildlife science or related fields is...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 17th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Jimi, I had to interrupt my involvement in this ‘discussion’ as a number of other matters have taken my time. But I have continued to review the Utah Wildlife Action Plan (WAP) that identified a large number of non-game species, including some invertebrates, as ‘Species of Greatest Conservation Need...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 8th, 2017, 8:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Jimi, From within your 10/4/17 post, there are lots of ‘items’ upon which I could comment but will mention one. I noted the following irony and perhaps something to consider. NatureServe’s has the 14 species of springsnails ranked at G-1, N-1 and S-1. “Critically imperiled (typically having 5 or few...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 7th, 2017, 9:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

In the proposal, there was a ZERO QUOTA on five common species of lizards.

Incompetence is exhibited by the state wildlife agency employees that proposed a zero take on species whose populations in Nevada must number in the hundreds of thousand to millions.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 5th, 2017, 8:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Thank EE for the information. As I mentioned somewhere along the line, how important is leadership. It seem clear that neither the head of the NDOW Wildlife Diversity Division nor Jason Jones have any real understanding of the basics that involve wildlife populations. And I thought they were so conc...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Jimi, The Utah WAP is an imperfect document as I believe you have mentioned or inferred. Below are what may be some of those ‘imperfections’. The issue of both tri-colored kingsnakes comes to mind. Of course, I suspect it is unlikely there exist any published scientific research that relates to rari...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 6:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Ernie, How on earth did you come across the proposal you say was submitted by Jason Jones to the Nevada Wildlife commission? Are you certain of your information? What you mention is so bizarre, I if find it hard to believe! If the Rubber Boa was on the Jones proposal, what limits did he indicate for...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 4th, 2017, 7:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

On Oct. 1st., I took a peek at the Utah Wildlife Action Plan. Since then as time has allowed, I have been scanning some of the information in that plan. It constitutes an extremely comprehensive and complex undertaking that must be applauded in its scope and details. The document has 374 pages and y...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 1st, 2017, 8:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Jimi, As for what you mention about ‘some things I don’t understand’, I am well aware that by just looking from the outside in, I could very well have a somewhat different view than if it was the other way around. That is why I sometimes mentioned the ‘disclaimer’ that I could be in error. Late last...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 1st, 2017, 10:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Jonathan, At the end, you ask, “Can you answer those four specific questions?” No problem. Question #1) The answer would vary depending on whether or not you include invertebrates as representing non-game species. But if you are interested in knowing the number of non-game vertebrate species, go to ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Post 9/30 G If I could wave a magic wand to effect changes in wildlife agencies, I would transfer all biologists in the Wildlife Diversity (non-game) Divisions into the Game Divisions and replace them with the biologists in the Game Divisions. In that manner, the former biologists could gain an unde...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 30th, 2017, 3:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240240

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

Post 9/30 F Quote: “The Rank Calculator has an extensive user interface in its "threats" module. If one has quantitative info one can use it. That is rarely the case. Qualitative info is better than no info. No info ("unknown") is an input option, however. You can also enter ranges - narrow or wide,...