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by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2011, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal endangered species herping, part 6
Replies: 30
Views: 30263

Re: SoCal endangered species herping, part 6

" More generally, it is important to avoid having assumptions about habitat use become confirmed dogma because nobody bothered to look anywhere else." Your above statement Sam, likely applies to a large spectrum of herps with the Rubber Boa being one. Recently, in reviewing a document involving the ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2011, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coluber lateralis on Eastern Sierras (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1665

Re: Coluber lateralis on Eastern Sierras (?)

William: As for the new species of Sharp-tailed Snake, that project almost never got off the ground. When in the late 1990's I described the discovery of the new species, my first draft of a shorter communication was rejected by the associate editor and both reviewers. One reviewer was so incensed a...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 6th, 2011, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coluber lateralis on Eastern Sierras (?)
Replies: 14
Views: 1665

Re: Coluber lateralis on Eastern Sierras (?)

William: A few years ago when I was making searches for C. bottae in the rock outcrops a few hundred meters west of the S. Fork, Kern River at Kennedy Meadows, I came across 2 - 3 Striped Racers amongst the snakes I observed. I mentioned this to Robert Hansen and if my recollection is correct, he in...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 3rd, 2011, 9:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July Creatures
Replies: 25
Views: 3590

Re: July Creatures

JM:
Did you count the caudals on one side of the Contia in order to determine it was a Forest Sharp-tailed Snake rather than a Common Sharp-tailed Snake?

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
July 29th, 2011, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hey I recently moved to Bend, OR
Replies: 2
Views: 935

Re: Hey I recently moved to Bend, OR

Heloderma: One of my Rubber Boa study sites was southeast of Bend about 75 miles but I am no longer going there on a regular basis. The person to contact in your area is Alan St. John of Bend. Alan is a self made herpetologist and has published a book / field guide of the reptiles of the northwester...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 13th, 2011, 9:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very large meal-photos fixed
Replies: 20
Views: 5079

Re: A very large meal

Casey:
Juncos make their nests on the ground. I suspect that the garter snake preyed upon one or two nestling Juncos.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 22nd, 2011, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 550 miles
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

Re: 550 miles

Lyle: When I was doing my study of the Sharp-tailed Snake in Oregon, I traveled to both Washington and California to obtain data on specimens from those states as well. Bill Leonard of Olympia told me about the species occurring in the Cle Elum region. When I traveled to Cle Elum, the first species ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
May 19th, 2011, 9:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 550 miles
Replies: 9
Views: 2453

Re: 550 miles

Lyle: While night drving road during his thesis project on the Night Snake, Robert Weaver observed a fair number of Rubber Boa on the Vantage Hwy. east of Ellensberg. In exchanging messages with Robert, as I recall he described the habitat as sagebrush / grassland type but with not too much sagebrus...
by Richard F. Hoyer
March 11th, 2011, 10:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Getting a early start on the Snake season in Oregon
Replies: 9
Views: 3231

Re: Getting a early start on the Snake season in Oregon

I haven't visited the forums for some time so am behind on 'news'. I went out the same day here in Corvallis (Jan. 30th) and found two adult male Rubber Boas. I have only been out twice since, February 21st when I encountered 11 adult male boas and then March 9th when I found 8 more while releasing ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
March 11th, 2011, 10:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Member
Replies: 9
Views: 2737

Re: New Member

Van: I haven't visit the forums for some time so just saw your introduction. I too am retired. If you wish to see some of our native snakes / lizards on the west side of the Cascades and are willing to travel to the Corvallis area, I am available any time decent weather takes place which should occu...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 24th, 2010, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: one day i walked into my classroom and
Replies: 3
Views: 1146

Re: one day i walked into my classroom and

Bob: As retired secondary school science teacher, your post brings back memories. A Corn Snake I had barrowed got loose in my classroom and despite being 'reptile proof', could not be found. One of the nearby lab since like the one you show was without the screen and that is the only place the snake...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 24th, 2010, 9:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November herping
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

Re: November herping

Brian: I do not frequent the fieldherper forums all that often so just found your response. It is my view that the entire coastal regions of Calif. from perhaps Sonoma County south to San Diego are worthwhile for winter herping of not just amphibians, but reptiles as well when suitable weather condi...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 16th, 2010, 10:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November herping
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

Re: November herping

More November serpents:
My wife and I were helping another falconer hunt her male Harris's Hawk this past Sunday (11/14) when two male Red-spotted Garter Snakes were observed active on the surface. It was totally overcast with the high for the day at about 56 - 57 degrees F.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 6th, 2010, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November herping
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

Re: November herping

Natalie: I suspect that this particular female likely had a chance to produce her litter sometime during the first 4 days of this month as it got quite warm locally. I do not consider that it is very likely that young could be produce alive after a 5 - 6 month brumation period. More likely, young th...
by Richard F. Hoyer
November 4th, 2010, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November herping
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

November herping

Two additional notes regarding the Rubber Boa. On October 5th, a gravid female Rubber Boa was found by a gentleman south of Salem, Oregon on Liberty Road. I barrowed the snake on Oct. 8th. By Oct. 12, she had not produced her litter so I placed the heat source in the cage on a continuous 24 hour cyc...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 14th, 2010, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some flipped boas from this morning 10/11/2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1112

Re: Some flipped boas from this morning 10/11/2010

Zach: Tissue is always taken on the right dorsal side of the tail an inch so below the snake's vent. The scar on the female boa shown in your photo appears to be somewhere along mid body. Scars that large indicate the original wound was fairly large which in turn suggests an attack by a large rodent...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 12th, 2010, 9:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some flipped boas from this morning 10/11/2010
Replies: 4
Views: 1112

Re: Some flipped boas from this morning 10/11/2010

Zach: The species can be found every month of the year given suitable conditions of temperature / sunshine and sometime even without the sunshine. That includes here in northwestern Oregon which on the average, has much cooler weather conditions than what occurs in the Santa Cruz Mts. (San Mateo Cou...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 3rd, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zorak, Zorette, and the Mama Spider
Replies: 7
Views: 1132

Re: Zorak, Zorette, and the Mama Spider

Nice sequence Dan.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 24th, 2010, 9:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae size
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: C. bottae size

All three gravid boas from near Scappoose, Oregon have produced their litters and the two smallest adults and the neonates from all three litters were released today near where the adult females had been found. The large 33 inch female was the last to produce her litter on 9/21. She passed one ova a...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 14th, 2010, 10:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae size
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

Re: C. bottae size

Lyle: In the early 1970's, a Mr. Don Walker and his son captured a large female Rubber Boa somewhere in the vicinity of Beaverton, Oregon. He donated the specimen to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry that at the time, was across the way from the Washington Park Zoo. I was informed of the fin...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 13th, 2010, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae size
Replies: 8
Views: 2243

C. bottae size

On the 10th, I was contacted by a woman that lives a couple miles outside of Scappoose, Oregon northwest of Portland about 30 miles. Her neighbor had found three boas on his back lawn and she wondered if I might like to examine them as I had done two years before with a boa she had found on her prop...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 13th, 2010, 9:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Whiptails in Washington?
Replies: 49
Views: 10477

Re: Western Whiptails in Washington?

Dawnsnow: I don't frequent the herp forum but once in a while and tonight was one of those times. Hope you don't mind but I copied your photographs of the whiptails to Alan St. John of Bend who is the local authority of reptiles in Northwestern U.S. Whether your finds represent a natural occurrence ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 9th, 2010, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skiltons in Beaverton?
Replies: 14
Views: 4526

Re: Skiltons in Beaverton?

I sent Al St. John a message last night about the skink being observed in Washington County and within the city limits of Beaverton. Below is part of his reply. Richard F. Hoyer ---------------------------------------- Yeah, as far as I know, that's indeed the first report for skinks in Washington C...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 8th, 2010, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skiltons in Beaverton?
Replies: 14
Views: 4526

Re: Skiltons in Beaverton?

The distribution map of the species in the field guide by Bill Leonard indicates the species occurs in the very southeast corner of Washington County. That would be some distance from Beaverton so it is likely you have found a range extension of the species. I will contact Alan St. John of Bend and ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
June 7th, 2010, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This and that
Replies: 2
Views: 3252

This and that

I thought I would enter a post just to kick-off this Northwest site. First off, it should be just a matter of time before the professional community will recognize the new species of snake in the genus Contia which occurs in Calif. and Oregon. Back in 2001, I described the discovery of this new spec...