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by Zach_Lim
September 2nd, 2016, 12:27 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings)
Replies: 128
Views: 88149

Re: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings

Long time since I looked in this section of the forum. Kel- golden boy is looking great! What a fantastic animal. How long and thick is he? Zonata rarely get "that" big in the wild (multifasciata specific, although I have seen monster specimens in the wild a handful of times). He is confluent in all...
by Zach_Lim
August 30th, 2016, 9:29 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Request For Partially Exposed Zonata Pics
Replies: 4
Views: 4940

Re: Request For Partially Exposed Zonata Pics

Hey Kel,

I think the CA Chapter would be the best to post your question, but I'll throw in a photo that I found on the californiaherps.com website for you to check out.

San Mateo County animal

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by Zach_Lim
August 22nd, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advices for a California trip in September
Replies: 17
Views: 5676

Re: Advices for a California trip in September

Sounds like an excellent trip! I really hope you guys see some mazing wildlife! I do not have much advice for the desert or the Sierras, but for the San Francisco Bay Area (Santa Cruz Mountains, north into the Mayacamas, east bay, etc) September can be a bit tough. However, if we get some rain or mi...
by Zach_Lim
August 18th, 2016, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1/2 of the Year: California (and some Washington) herps
Replies: 0
Views: 2063

1/2 of the Year: California (and some Washington) herps

Hey everyone, The CA Chapter seems to be slowing down a bit, so I figured I will throw some photos together to share. Nothing too crazy, but just wanted to post something! I recently learned how to use Auto-focus with my lens (I know...I know...), having only used the Manual setting and praying that...
by Zach_Lim
August 18th, 2016, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a few finds from this year
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Just a few finds from this year

Hey everyone, The CA Chapter seems to be slowing down a bit, so I figured I will throw some photos together to share. Nothing too crazy, but just wanted to post something! I recently learned how to use Auto-focus with my lens (I know...I know...), having only used the Manual setting and praying that...
by Zach_Lim
August 13th, 2016, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Jimi- that is a great boa! And what a cool place to find one!

Jeff- thanks man! It was a beauty! Got many boards set up now in the presidio and at some "historic" (based on CAS records) in the city, so fingers crossed soon!
by Zach_Lim
August 9th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Another day, another boa- New boa at a new spot for me in Marin County, about 10 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge! Hoping to find one in San Francisco proper soon!

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by Zach_Lim
July 15th, 2016, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Another summer boa...

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by Zach_Lim
July 7th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping from San Fran southwards to LA!
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

Re: Herping from San Fran southwards to LA!

As Lawrence stated, focus near or around a water source. Garter Snakes, all species, including the San Francisco Garter, should be out and active early mornings.
by Zach_Lim
July 5th, 2016, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Some more Rubber Boas from June

June 9, 2016- San Mateo County, California

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June 28, 2016- San Mateo County, California

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by Zach_Lim
July 5th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

gbeck wrote:Here's one we found on the crawl in Utah in February-

ImageRubber Boa (Charina bottae) by Gavin Beck, on Flickr
That is a fine looking boa! And in the snow?! That is amazing!
by Zach_Lim
July 5th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: CA Chapter trip to Kennedy Meadows, June 2016
Replies: 14
Views: 5031

Re: CA Chapter trip to Kennedy Meadows, June 2016

Late to the party, but looks like an amazing time was had by all! Jeff, sorry to hear about your sons! Hope everything is ok!

Some great finds! Wish I was able to make it down.
by Zach_Lim
June 29th, 2016, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quest for the milk
Replies: 6
Views: 2851

Re: Quest for the milk

Congratulations! I loved there story and totally understand the feeling! Gotta love tricolors!
by Zach_Lim
June 20th, 2016, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know any Good Campsites along North Coast?
Replies: 4
Views: 1765

Re: Anyone know any Good Campsites along North Coast?

I second Van Damme.
by Zach_Lim
June 2nd, 2016, 9:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

That's a nice collection from this year, Zach! It's nice to see so much interest in this "classic" American snake. Thanks, Tim! They are indeed a "classic" snake, aren't they? Not a boa, but here is a "Boa by-catch" from the weekend- http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/255936-333459.jpg http://www.naher...
by Zach_Lim
May 24th, 2016, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thrace, Greece. May 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 4455

Re: Thrace, Greece. May 2016

Excellent field report, Thor!

The species diversity is great and I loved reading the stories! Great photography.
by Zach_Lim
May 24th, 2016, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick low desert outting
Replies: 11
Views: 4853

Re: Quick low desert outting

Great find, Lou!
by Zach_Lim
May 24th, 2016, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016: The Year of the Rubber Boa
Replies: 8
Views: 4314

Re: 2016: The Year of the Rubber Boa

My girlfriend and I flipped some roadside junk this morning after breakfast: new spot/junk that I've never flipped/found anything under before!

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The Year of the Boa has been very generous to us haha.
by Zach_Lim
May 24th, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Another day, a new spot, another boa! Had breakfast with my girlfriend this morning up in the mountains and while driving home, spotted some junk on the side of the road. Lilly flipped some junk wood and I spotted this big boa trying to bolt down a hole! http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/255425-332778....
by Zach_Lim
May 24th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

The second boa is from a grassland but the first couple are from mid altitude from stumps and talus at the ecotone between pine and fir. That site used to be extremely productive, but homes and traffic appear to have reduced numbers. Such cool species hope to see some this summer. Best, Nick That s...
by Zach_Lim
May 18th, 2016, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

The Mateo girl was indeed HUGE. I wonder how many generations of boas on that hillside call her mom! might very well be my lifer rubber... when Chad took me there... biggest boa he'd ever seen... and (of course) left right there... 8-) That would be awesome! Never been before- just wanted To explor...
by Zach_Lim
May 18th, 2016, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Re: Rubber Boas!

Thanks for the replies, everyone! awesome stuff Zack... hope you can make it to the Ca meet... where the rubber(s) meet the road... :crazyeyes: I'll try to make it down! I went out last week with Rich Hoyer down in Corvalis Oregon and learned more about boas (and herping) than I ever thought I would...
by Zach_Lim
May 17th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with Cam Newton
Replies: 15
Views: 4126

Re: Herping with Cam Newton

Sorry to hear about this dilemma, Lou. Hopefully it will be resolved easily
by Zach_Lim
May 17th, 2016, 12:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas!
Replies: 30
Views: 12386

Rubber Boas!

Hey everyone, Haven't made a post in awhile so I figured I would start one about everyone's favorite under appreciated worm- the Rubber Boa. 2016 with its rain and fairly mild weather (well, being in the Bay Area, who knows what the weather will be tomorrow!) has proved to be quite favorable for Cha...
by Zach_Lim
May 17th, 2016, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016: The Year of the Rubber Boa
Replies: 8
Views: 4314

2016: The Year of the Rubber Boa

Hey everyone, Haven't made a post in awhile so I figured I would start one about everyone's favorite under appreciated worm- the Rubber Boa. 2016 with its rain and fairly mild weather (well, being in the Bay Area, who knows what the weather will be tomorrow!) has proved to be quite favorable for Cha...
by Zach_Lim
May 13th, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SUCCESS WITH ZONATA!
Replies: 9
Views: 3932

Re: SUCCESS WITH ZONATA!

Congratulations!
by Zach_Lim
May 9th, 2016, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mangrove Snakes in CA?
Replies: 5
Views: 2261

Re: Mangrove Snakes in CA?

I have seen many Bioga sold at herp shows, with LLL Reptile having quite a few mangroves.
by Zach_Lim
May 4th, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My California Kingsnake segment on Discovery Digital Network
Replies: 36
Views: 8490

Re: My California Kingsnake segment on Discovery Digital Net

Thanks for the pep talk (I think?), Porter, but you might want to tone it down with the personal stories of yourself, as this is a public space that anyone can read. Also, it would be more Productive if there was no reiteration (especially if it may not be the most accurate) of another person's expe...
by Zach_Lim
May 4th, 2016, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: White blotch Ensatina????
Replies: 15
Views: 4040

Re: White blotch Ensatina????

Very interesting looking Ensatina, Jim!

Edit: don't know why the thread posted so fast. Wasn't even done with my post yet!

Very interesting to see such variation in that one population. Color morphs in amphibians are always so interesting, as they are not as common as in reptiles.
by Zach_Lim
May 4th, 2016, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NorCal summer herp jobs - no degree needed
Replies: 1
Views: 1249

Re: NorCal summer herp jobs - no degree needed

Very exciting opportunity!
by Zach_Lim
May 2nd, 2016, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 23652

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

There's a raccoon with no tail that Ive seen during the day walking through my back yard and I live in the avenues. In the east bay I have seen raccoons in the Hayward hills during the day. So, now that slug eggs have been rendered void we've moved on to what kind of predator. Or are we still takin...
by Zach_Lim
May 2nd, 2016, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 23652

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

Could the salamander have gotten predated by a skunk or raccoon in the early morning before day light ? And then the body found a tad later on? Or during the middle of the night then found later the next day?
by Zach_Lim
May 2nd, 2016, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 23652

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

internal connective tissues like ligaments would not allow complete cleavage... while soft outside... tough on the inside... you know... like me... :lol: :lol: :lol: Agreed. I have seen many newts crushed by mountain bikes in Northern California. All were smushed into the ground and "smeared"- no c...
by Zach_Lim
May 2nd, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 23652

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

This looks like a Dicamp was predated by a skunk or raccoon. Simple as that. I don't think a bike would severe a head so clean and "bite-like" like that. Bikes tend to squish- judging my the body condition (how firm it is), it was most likely alive then killed, rather than dead then decapitated. Pro...
by Zach_Lim
April 28th, 2016, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.
Replies: 18
Views: 5313

Re: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.

I feel your pain, Jim. I was a hundred percent set on this, but it looks like some forgotten plans tomorrow night is getting in the way- figured survey done by 3 or 4 and wouldn't get back to SF till 6, when I need to be in Oakland at 630/7.

Ugh
by Zach_Lim
April 26th, 2016, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: White Spotted Slug Snake
Replies: 8
Views: 2962

Re: White Spotted Slug Snake

Such a great video, Lou! Love the slug snake- gorgeous animal. Nice viper lifer too!
by Zach_Lim
April 26th, 2016, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Week in Norcal - April 8-16
Replies: 9
Views: 4306

Re: A Week in Norcal - April 8-16

Great herping with you, Tim! A yearly tradition it is!

Great pics, especially of the red coast garter! Lovely sonata- so jealous!
by Zach_Lim
April 7th, 2016, 11:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 11963

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

Brian Hubbs wrote:That was explained in detail in my Common Kingsnake book. Boards vs. carpet and tin...and when each works best...
i'm so out of the loop- sorry Brian!
by Zach_Lim
April 7th, 2016, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 11963

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

It's a spot where zonata have been found. I've only been there once, and I don't know who set it up, but a few herpers know about it. Damn, I knew I should have gone there last month when I was in the area to record species for the database....sometimes park rangers are a little too paranoid. The o...
by Zach_Lim
April 7th, 2016, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 11963

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

Pretty sure that people are not suppose to construct board lines anywhere, except on their own or permitted properties. Otherwise, it might constitute littering. This is true. Without permission from parks or open spaces, it is illegal dumping and littering. That's why I don't get it when people ge...
by Zach_Lim
April 7th, 2016, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 11963

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

Oh wow.

"...check them on a hot day and there's a good chance you'll find snakes."
by Zach_Lim
April 6th, 2016, 3:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My trip to the Mohave
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

Re: My trip to the Mohave

Thank you for all the kind words, guys! It is reassuring to hear that its okay to share and teach kids about herping (as opposed to those views that doing so is "spot burning" or the death of the hobby).

Fieldnotes- thanks for the ID!
by Zach_Lim
April 1st, 2016, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My trip to the Mohave
Replies: 17
Views: 5174

My trip to the Mohave

Hey everyone, I just got back from a wonderful desert camping trip down in the Mohave! I work at Tree Frog Treks, a science education organization based out of San Francisco. I am the Director of Animal Care and Operations at work, so I usually stay inside to make sure all the Animal Ambassadors (he...
by Zach_Lim
March 31st, 2016, 8:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My California Kingsnake segment on Discovery Digital Network
Replies: 36
Views: 8490

Re: My California Kingsnake segment on Discovery Digital Net

In the Mohave desert now so sporadic reception. Thanks for he information porter. I will email him when I get back home tonight about Herp health/field protocol as I believe it is important and crucial as well. Furthermore, I was not present when he touched eggs (off lookin for critters or something...
by Zach_Lim
March 25th, 2016, 6:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a few shots of some current finds
Replies: 14
Views: 3820

Re: Just a few shots of some current finds

Thank you Robert and Owen for the editing tips! I post my images on Instagram where I have an editing tool, but for FHF, I just post as is from NAHERP haha. However, your edits are great! I really gotta train my eye in what looks good! Here are some more herps from yesterday evening: "Flame-phase" C...
by Zach_Lim
March 25th, 2016, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.
Replies: 18
Views: 5313

Re: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.

Haha, sorry about that! I'll be there!
by Zach_Lim
March 24th, 2016, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.
Replies: 18
Views: 5313

Re: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.

Wait this Friday? Hmm...ill be in the Mohave :( darn!
by Zach_Lim
March 24th, 2016, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.
Replies: 18
Views: 5313

Re: Mount Hamilton - South Valley survey April 29th.

Sign me up for sure!
by Zach_Lim
March 24th, 2016, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a few shots of some current finds
Replies: 14
Views: 3820

Re: Just a few shots of some current finds

Due to the extended daylight after work, I've been able t trek out further and hike/herp in the evenings. Guess I'll keep posting more photos! Rubber Boa - Santa Cruz County, California http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/250154-325286.jpg San Francisco Alligator Lizard - Marin County, California http://...