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by chris_mcmartin
July 6th, 2010, 9:30 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

What I can imagine all too easily, though, is how such misbehavior by a herper here and there might negatively affect authorities' views toward herpers in general, especially if they're already predisposed to thinking of herpers as scofflaws. And that could have tangible repercussions for all of us...
by chris_mcmartin
July 4th, 2010, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bought vs Homemade
Replies: 40
Views: 11054

Re: Bought vs Homemade

There's often a lot of talk of Stump Rippers vs. other hooks. I've had several Stump Rippers in my hand and I have to say they are probably better suited for lifting AC, than my O'shea hook is. Having said that, I think the quality and sturdiness is as good in either case. And Midwest.com is easier...
by chris_mcmartin
July 4th, 2010, 8:28 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

I think he's right (it holds true for me as well as a number of forum members that I've met), but I think your way is far better. I sure wish KW was back, not because I agree with him (because on most matters, I don't), but I sorta want to meet him in person to see if he is as abrasive in real life...
by chris_mcmartin
July 4th, 2010, 6:01 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

If it gives you hope Gerry I would say that bad behavior is on the internet is less indicitave of bad behavior in everyday life. People in general seem to vent about petty things alot is on the internet, much more than in real life I would guess is. I hope you're right. I try to represent myself on...
by chris_mcmartin
July 1st, 2010, 9:16 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

I'm all for being a responsible person and taking care of our home (earth), but sometimes you guys get to splitting hairs that are just freaking retarded, legalistic BS. If that "freaking retarded, legalistic BS" is what enables me to 1) continue to herp in places where I've previously had success ...
by chris_mcmartin
July 1st, 2010, 4:10 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

Chris, honestly, that simply would not fly in most areas of Southern California, at least not in Ventura or Los Angeles Counties. Is your pessimism based on public land, or private land? For public land, I'm optimistic. Sure, I had an "in" with my most recent project which certainly helped get the ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 30th, 2010, 6:24 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

chris_mcmartin wrote: I think you were still on an FHF hiatus when I discussed my placing of AC on my local public land this spring. I had the permission of the natural resources manager (federal property); the AC was labeled letting people know it was part of a biological survey and had a contact ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 30th, 2010, 3:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your total list of herpspecies!
Replies: 20
Views: 7560

Re: Your total list of herpspecies!

So far the lists appear to be comparing apples to oranges, as some are listing subspecies and some are not. Chrish does not, and even so, he list is the most impressive. :thumb:
by chris_mcmartin
June 28th, 2010, 6:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Greed is sooooo ugly
Replies: 267
Views: 65475

Re: Greed is sooooo ugly

1) I don't know about the AC specifically mentioned so far in this post, but I do know that various folks have at various times in the past in this forum mentioned hauling out and setting up their own AC on public land in CA (and in the southeastern U.S., too, but that's not the topic at present). ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Worlds farthest northern most documented herp?
Replies: 13
Views: 2945

Re: Worlds farthest northern most documented herp?

The first herp that comes to mind is Lacerta vivipara (well, shoot, I just saw that they're now in the genus Zootoca); they have been found north of the Arctic Circle.

There might be an amphibian that'll give the lizard a run for its money, though.
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 1:49 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 45144

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

Got back into determined field herping in 2007, largely as a result of my state lawmakers trying to outlaw road cruising. YOUR state lawmakers? ;) Hey, speaking of staying under the radar, I emailed you a month ago re: my West TX extravaganza, but you never replied. Sort of a moot point, because af...
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake I.D.?
Replies: 15
Views: 3419

Re: Snake I.D.?

arf_herper wrote:i hate to be the outsider but, it looks like a rare lava corn snake
Somebody could conceivably catch a young milk snake and market it as a new corn snake morph. :shock:

I was in my local pet store recently, where they have a Sonoran Gopher Snake mislabeled as a "Samoan Gopher Snake." :|
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1948 in SoCal
Replies: 25
Views: 3896

Re: 1948 in SoCal

Also, are your books really that big, or just 'small hands? They're really that big. At least the Mountain Kings book is. If Hubbs ever read my posts, he'd know I purposely avoided him when he was out in KS this spring... 8-) But I need to get that Common Kings book soon...maybe even signed by the ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need ID on invasive softshell turtles
Replies: 19
Views: 3808

Re: Need ID on invasive softshell turtles

You really need a better, more focussed picture of the front of the shell, just behind the head, to see if they are spiny or smooth. Yeah - the only way that would have happened would have been if one of those last two were facing me. They were the only turtles the whole time that weren't on the op...
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 11:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 45144

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

I was there on Kingsnake in 1999, Wolverton was not (came online later like 2001?). ...Oh and Chris, Have you been drinking ;) Which Chris? :beer: . . . Holy smokes, Don Cascabel, I didn't realize you were Mr. Sonora till your post. I remember trying to meet up with you in SoCal in '03 or '04, but ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 27th, 2010, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia Snake ID
Replies: 18
Views: 4523

Re: Georgia Snake ID

I wouldn't necessarily say the head is THAT much smaller than the body; I hypothesize there is a degree of disortion of perspective due to the camera.

My guess is black rat.
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 7:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 45144

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

gbin wrote:Maybe we could set up some kind of a herper exchange program between east and west, or at least an arranged marriage or two?... ;)
Let us breed with their women, and after a few generations our differences will not seem as great.
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 3:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 45144

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

If it's been placed there with the help of a human, it's lame... Although technically speaking, it's only "lame" in the literal sense if it's introduced and CAN'T survive... if it takes hold and spreads, then it's an adaptable critter perhaps better referred to as a HITCH (Human-Introduced Turbo-Ca...
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 1:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.
Replies: 69
Views: 12273

Re: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.

chad ks wrote:Joe- I'm glad that I could contribute to enabling your future irresponsible uses of loan money, lol...
As a taxpayer, my thoughts exactly! :shock:

Are you still puttering around down there or are you back home?
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 9:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers
Replies: 164
Views: 45144

Re: The History of the term LECH... Looking for answers

That was the first place I found online for our community, in any event. Too bad his ego got the better of him and our community became divided as a result. There are still some great people that I really miss because they stayed with him out of personal loyalty when he was driving so many others a...
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What snake challenged you the most?
Replies: 67
Views: 14280

Re: What snake challenged you the most?

gbin wrote:Sorry to bother y'all with my off-topic reminiscences. I guess I've been suffering a bout of nostalgia, lately...
Old age will do that to you. :P
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2010, 5:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What snake challenged you the most?
Replies: 67
Views: 14280

Re: What snake challenged you the most?

If it were not for this forum, I wouldn't think the eastern coral snake existed. It's like a haunted long running joke that I can't find one. Not even a DOR!!!!!! Same here--although I don't target that species, I've been called out on "snake calls" where there is allegedly a coral in someone's yar...
by chris_mcmartin
June 25th, 2010, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone ever see WILD Albino Snake Food?
Replies: 17
Views: 4296

Re: Anyone ever see WILD Albino Snake Food?

psyon wrote:They tattoo the ears to mark what breeder/farm its from. Ferrets have them too as far as I know. Not sure what other rodents might.
The AZ-state-threatened Crips kangaroo rat, for one.
by chris_mcmartin
June 25th, 2010, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I need some Lithium: A "DOR's" catharsis...
Replies: 29
Views: 6138

Re: I need some Lithium: A "DOR's" catharsis...

I'd rather not see it. I'm not a scientist, I'm a hobbyist. And most DORs I've seen locally are rattlers and bull snakes with long-nose snakes thrown in during early spring. I know they occur, and I really really don't want to see them squished and dead on the road/shoulder :( Especially for the TX...
by chris_mcmartin
June 25th, 2010, 9:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: I never did stuff like this when I was a kid...
Replies: 41
Views: 14894

Re: I never did stuff like this when I was a kid...

My personal experience is that most snakes are killed not because of fear as much as an opportunity for someone to show off how macho they are. Notice most of the time the person is male? And usually the person portrays the act as dangerous or heroic, and the whole thing is just to boost ego. I fin...
by chris_mcmartin
June 25th, 2010, 4:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot off the press... COLD PYTHON PAPER
Replies: 19
Views: 3658

Re: Hot off the press... COLD PYTHON PAPER

again that you got to them before the scavengers-which I think is a big assumption. How many were consumed long before a human happened along? Sampling was extremely heavy during and immediately after the cold snap, and though carcasses were scavenged, vertebrae were still left. Also, the Everglade...
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.
Replies: 69
Views: 12273

Re: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.

chad ks wrote:Thank you all for the kind words and compliments! I had such a good trip that now I'm going back for the dark of the moon, who's coming with me?!
Holy nuts man, who has that kind of vacation time? I've resorted to planning NEXT year's trip already! :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 27987

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Also with a permit there is a level of accountability that doesn't exist within the general population. If I do something irresponsible and kill an animal, I have to report that. . . . Is the system perfect? Probably not. Are professionals capable of making mistakes also? Certainly. People can be c...
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Displaying Skins (a kind of "Herp Art"!)
Replies: 16
Views: 3586

Re: Displaying Skins (a kind of "Herp Art"!)

Sheds don't work too well. I had a skin and a shed mounted like this (both crotalus) and besides thickness and texture it was hard to tell which was which. They were both from a guy in Florida who used DOR's and sheds off his captives. In the "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" sense--it would be som...
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 27987

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Chris - I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here. Good stuff, but rather than being a devil's advocate viewpoint, seems to support what I'm saying to an extent...just because an individual has a PERMIT to handle, doesn't mean they HAVE to handle. If such handling is bad for the animal, it doesn't ma...
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 4:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 27987

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Well, I guess the Legal Forum isn't back (yet)? It is to make the enforcement black and white. I understand why LE appreciates regulations written that way, but I think in some cases it unnecessarily hampers efforts by honest amateurs to contribute information. The reason to permit a limited number ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 24th, 2010, 4:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 27987

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Given more time, I could probably come up with more reasons, but I think most people can understand why regs are in place. I'm happy to answer any additional questions on the subject, but may I suggest that this tangent is put into its own thread in the legal forum?? I understand the intent behind ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 23rd, 2010, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake hook question
Replies: 25
Views: 6950

Re: snake hook question

kansascrote wrote:All fun intended Dan; do you need a permit to carry your snake hook as a weapon?
Dan needs a permit to carry ME as a weapon.




Wait...I'm not exactly sure what that's supposed to mean.
by chris_mcmartin
June 23rd, 2010, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!
Replies: 124
Views: 27987

Re: Show your pics of some of your rarest finds!

Caveat: If you do not hold a federal or state permit to specifically handle listed species or are not accompanied by someone with such a permit, posing or handling a listed species is considered take by harassment, violation of the Endangered Species Act and a felony. Little bit of a tangent/thread...
by chris_mcmartin
June 23rd, 2010, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake hook question
Replies: 25
Views: 6950

Re: snake hook question

I like my Midwest stuff. I'm not a shill for the company, but I will say I do tend to favor them because they're local, and they support my local herp society with donations of equipment etc. for our annual fundraising auction.
by chris_mcmartin
June 22nd, 2010, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hiking Boots/Shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 7464

Re: Hiking Boots/Shoes

I bought some Blundstones (Australian--well, Tasmanian) in EnZed 10 years ago and still have/use them. The ones I have are basically just leather coverings for your feet with soles on them. I think I paid around $100 for them at the time. The closest ones I can find on their web site are these . The...
by chris_mcmartin
June 22nd, 2010, 7:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?
Replies: 20
Views: 5661

Re: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?

Big Bend Geckos have eluded me on the few occasions I have tried to look for them. I haven't tried too hard, but I have herped in their range. Wait, aren't you the guy who put me onto my only BB Gecko so far? I'd confirm, but with the data dump all those PMs I was saving for various species are now...
by chris_mcmartin
June 21st, 2010, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?
Replies: 20
Views: 5661

What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?

I'd like to expand the previous topic regarding snakes to discuss non-snake herps, for those of us who also pursue lizards, turtles, crocodilians, amphisbaenids, frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, caecilians... (did I leave any out?). For me, embarrassingly enough it was the lowly Texas banded gecko,...
by chris_mcmartin
June 21st, 2010, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top 3 dream trips?
Replies: 23
Views: 4651

Re: Top 3 dream trips?

1. Decide to write an article for a magazine. 2. Ask target audience what they want to read about and have them submit suggestions. 3. Take suggestions and wordsmith/flesh out to article length. 4. Profit. :thumb: I hope you get more specific than "Texas..." since so many other states could fit insi...
by chris_mcmartin
June 17th, 2010, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Parts of AZ closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 3245

Re: Parts of AZ closed?

Just found this on Buenos Aires NWR's webpage: http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/buenosaires/PDFs/USFWS%20MediaAdvisory%20BorderRefugeRemainsOpen%206%2016%202010.pdf No date on the release itself, but judging from the file name it came out yesterday. From Organ Pipe Cactus NM's web site:...
by chris_mcmartin
June 11th, 2010, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Topic: herpers herping.
Replies: 135
Views: 41991

Re: Topic: herpers herping.

I have some pictures of the Herp Ninja finding herps, but they all contain partial nudity ("plumber's crack"). Dan apparently likes the hip-huggers.

:lol: