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by Richard F. Hoyer
March 11th, 2012, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 31140

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I quickly read through the posts in this thread and I must say, I failed to see anyone examining this issue from an unbiased and impartial perspective. I would urge you approach such issues more dispassionately, try to think about all sides, and if possible, put your emotions aside. Now let me quick...
by Richard F. Hoyer
March 11th, 2012, 8:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to FHF, first time posting pics
Replies: 16
Views: 2689

Re: New to FHF, first time posting pics

Jim: North of San Francisco, the Forest Sharp-tailed Snake has yet to be documented from Marin County. When I surveyed all preserved specimens of Contia I could lay my hands on for the formal description of the new species, the furthest south where C. longicaudae was documented was near Fort Ross St...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 14th, 2012, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Februrary boas
Replies: 3
Views: 1860

Re: Februrary boas

Brian: That's 42 years without a miss. I recall coming close to missing a few years back when I finally found a boa on the last day of February. I'm certain this same scenario plays out for the boa and some other species as well, that is, finding snakes under cover object during winter months. But o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
February 11th, 2012, 10:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Februrary boas
Replies: 3
Views: 1860

Februrary boas

Today I found two adult Rubber Boa at one of my sites northwest of Corvallis. This is the 42nd year in which I have found the species during the month of February.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
January 18th, 2012, 9:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of 2012
Replies: 0
Views: 1137

First snake of 2012

I was helping flush rabbits for another falconer and his Goshawk along the railroad tracks south of Corvallis when on the way back to our vehicles, he noted a small adult male Red-spotted Garter Snake trying to edge its way under a railroad tie. Temperature was about 41 - 42 and the snake was very t...
by Richard F. Hoyer
December 18th, 2011, 8:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ventura County - lots more needed, recent database request
Replies: 20
Views: 2398

Re: Ventura County - lots more needed, recent database reque

Jonathan: Do not know if your data base accepts anecdotal sightings without some type of verification. For what they are worth, here as some of my past observations for Ventura County. Yellow-blotched Ensatina: Observed a number of specimens on Alamo Mt. while conducting searches for C. bottae. Cali...
by Richard F. Hoyer
October 25th, 2011, 9:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: tarantula vs coralsnake utube video
Replies: 9
Views: 3039

Re: tarantula vs coralsnake utube video

Brian: When I was involved with my study of the Common Sharp-tailed Snake, I once turned a rock in Central Point, Oregon (next to Medford) and found a black widow with a dead juvenile S. Alligator Lizard in its web. The same area had a good population of Sharptails and I theorized that since neonate...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 14th, 2011, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I herp for miles, along the highway...
Replies: 36
Views: 3418

Re: I herp for miles, along the highway...

Jim: In about 1999 - 2000, my youngest son Ryan and family lived in San Jose (now lives in Utah). On my way back from the San Bernardino Mts. where I was conducting a study of the Southern Rubber Boa, I stopped in San Jose for a visit. I got there about 3 hours before Ryan was due to get home from w...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 13th, 2011, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Introduction
Replies: 12
Views: 3043

Re: An Introduction

Super introduction!

I have only encounthered 4 - 5 all dark blue/black Northwestern Garter Snakes but did maintain such a female, found near Hubbard, Oregon, for 17 years.

Richard F. Hoyer (Corvallis, Oregon)
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 11th, 2011, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I herp for miles, along the highway...
Replies: 36
Views: 3418

Re: I herp for miles, along the highway...

Natalie: When I viewed your post, my first thought was how your experience with snakes near roads was at odds with a number of professional herpetologists that have claimed (and published articles in scientific journals) that road mortality produces negative impacts on snake populations. A fair numb...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 5th, 2011, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data

Jonathan:
Thanks for the clarification.

Richard F. Hoyer
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2011, 10:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data

Jonathan: I tried searching various sites in HerpNation but couldn't find exactly where it mentions the specifics about 'vouchers'. So all I have to go by is your mentioning that a photograph is required. I don't own a camera. So am I to understand that fact alone negates all sightings I have made o...
by Richard F. Hoyer
September 4th, 2011, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data
Replies: 6
Views: 1623

Re: Only 4 counties in Washington with no naherp.com data

Oregon still has eight counties without a vouchered entry, but that's 7 better than February: Crook County Grant County Klamath County Lake County Morrow County Sherman County Union County Yamhill County ==================================================================== Jonathan: Exactly what cons...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 29th, 2011, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae research
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

Re: C. bottae research

Mel: Thanks for responding. I have recorded information on 11 boas in the southern Greenhorn Mts. south of Alta Sierra. My sample from the northern Greenhorn Mts. along Rancheria Road west of Johsondale and south of Serra Way is 14 plus two boas found right along Sierra Way. Both samples are not lar...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 28th, 2011, 7:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae research
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

Re: C. bottae research

Besides the Rubber Boa being composed of two major clades, southern and northern, the northern clade was found to be composed of two reasonably distinct populations that split geographically into the Sierra Nevada subclade and Northwestern subclade as described in the 2001 mtDNA paper by Javier Rodr...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 27th, 2011, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae research
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

Re: C. bottae research

John L. If you could provide some locality information, that would be of considerable help. If you don't have GPS readings, just the name of the road or area, approximate distance from some known landmark, approximate elevation, habitat type, and any other circumstance (found on road or under rock),...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 25th, 2011, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Appeal for C. bottae tissue
Replies: 9
Views: 2655

Re: Appeal for C. bottae tissue

Bsumbdy: I reviewed my map of Nevada and eastern Calif. and it would seem that any of the routes you take from Las Vegas north on Hwy. 95 and then west to Hwy. 395 in Calif. then north to Carson City will be well north of the region I mentioned in my post. That being said, any of the routes you take...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 25th, 2011, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. bottae research
Replies: 10
Views: 1291

C. bottae research

The purpose of this post is to put out an appeal to all herpers that might find Rubber Boas along the eastern slopes of the Sierras south of Bishop. This issue came to light when I read Nightdriver's post dealing with finding snakes at high elevation. Tissue samples are needed from any live or dead ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 25th, 2011, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: High Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: High Snakes

Nightdriver: For 3 - 4 years in the early 2000's, I made searches for the boa along Lower Rock Creek Road in southern Mono County. I came up with a number of specimens both turning rocks and night driving on one occasion. So I have tissue samples from that area and tissue from two specimens about 5 ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 25th, 2011, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Appeal for C. bottae tissue
Replies: 9
Views: 2655

Appeal for C. bottae tissue

The purpose of this post is to put out an appeal to all herpers that might find Rubber Boas along the eastern slopes of the Sierras south of Bishop. This issue came to light when I read Nightdriver's post dealing with finding snakes at high elevation. Tissue samples are needed from any live or dead ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 24th, 2011, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: High Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 1311

Re: High Snakes

Nightdriver If your searches take place along the east side of the Sierras in Inyo County, have you ever encountered any Rubber Boas during your trips? In the future, should you find any boas, alive or dead, in the area between Nine-mile Canyon Road to opposite Bishop, please hang on to such specime...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 23rd, 2011, 9:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Channel Islands zonata?
Replies: 45
Views: 3550

Re: Channel Islands zonata?

There were two black / blotched salamander reported for the San Gabriels and vicinity in what is known as 'Bob's Gap' in which the Monterey form of Ensatina has only been documented between the Tejon pass area and eastern end of San Bernardino Mts. where black / blotch forms occur. As mentioned, one...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 21st, 2011, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Channel Islands zonata?
Replies: 45
Views: 3550

Re: Channel Islands zonata?

Correction: Next to last paragraph in my prior post should have read 'northwestern' Inyo Co. Kent: I know virtually nothing about the Calif. Mt. Kingsnake so can't add to that discussion. Your assessment seems reasonable. But this topic of species' distributions touches on something I mentioned in m...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 20th, 2011, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Channel Islands zonata?
Replies: 45
Views: 3550

Re: Channel Islands zonata?

William: I have to admit I am surprised that a seasoned field herper as yourself would make such a statement! Did someone spike your beverage at the time you wrote your post--he he. This is particularly the case since you once came across a Rubber Boa out in the arid, Great Basin scrub habitat east ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 17th, 2011, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July Creatures
Replies: 25
Views: 3775

Re: July Creatures

JM: During my study of Contia, I examined all vouchers I could lay my hands on. Not a single Common Sharp-tailed Snake (C. tenuis) from Santa Cruz County and all Forest Sharp-tailed Snakes (C. longicaudae). But it is my view that C. tenuis simply has to occur at the eastern edge / southeastern part ...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2011, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal endangered species herping, part 6
Replies: 30
Views: 31567

Re: SoCal endangered species herping, part 6

William: After the first slender salamander was found and identified by Mike White, not long afterwards I left for Oregon as I had come down with a bad chest cold. But one observation I made that was counter to my expectations is that in that region of the Tejon Ranch, there was only White Fir and n...
by Richard F. Hoyer
August 9th, 2011, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal endangered species herping, part 6
Replies: 30
Views: 31567

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: 1767

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: 1767

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: 3775

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: 961

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: 5246

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: 2535

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: 2535

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: 3351

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: 2857

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: 1174

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: 1917

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: 1917

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: 1917

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: 1917

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: 1177

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: 1177

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: 1193

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: 2323

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: 2323

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: 2323

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: 10798

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: 4716

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: 4716

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 ...