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by Bryan Hamilton
July 15th, 2010, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: prettiest snake
Replies: 109
Views: 26521

Re: prettiest snake

Masticophis flagellum, Clark County Nevada

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by Bryan Hamilton
July 15th, 2010, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida Snapping Turtle Skull
Replies: 9
Views: 2385

Re: Florida Snapping Turtle Skull

That skull is awesome! I have a skull collection but no turtles yet.

Did you clean it up?
by Bryan Hamilton
July 15th, 2010, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where the snakes hide
Replies: 11
Views: 1889

Re: Where the snakes hide

Pretty cool find. I’ve used game cameras quite a bit for wildlife studies and can offer some advice. Most of the commercially available game cameras are activated by infrared and don’t work very well for snakes. The body temperatures of most ectotherms do not differ enough from the background temper...
by Bryan Hamilton
July 12th, 2010, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best looking Thamnophis elegans
Replies: 34
Views: 15219

Re: Best looking Thamnophis elegans

Melanistic Thamnophis elegans, Nevada

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More typical Nevada female:

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by Bryan Hamilton
July 2nd, 2010, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Utah Rattlesnake Poll - What do you think this is?
Replies: 20
Views: 4471

Re: Utah Rattlesnake Poll - What do you think this is?

I have no idea but this sounds like a challenge to me: The area I think may be rattlesnakeless or not populated by lutosus or concolor lies between boulder montains to the north the waterpocket fold on the east, lake powel on the south and fiftymile bench or the escalante river canyon on the west.
by Bryan Hamilton
June 28th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah 2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10172

Re: Southern Utah 2010

This is a great discussion. To me it shows the need to incorporate a real ecological component into systematic work. I've lost patience with every systematics paper that says "we need to consider ecological differences along contact zone but apparently the species occur in different habitats". Then ...
by Bryan Hamilton
June 24th, 2010, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: good nm roads?
Replies: 3
Views: 1359

Re: good nm roads?

Do you have access to The reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico?

It has dot localities which are a pretty indication of good roads to cruise.

BTH
by Bryan Hamilton
June 23rd, 2010, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah 2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10172

Re: Southern Utah 2010

Thanks Rich. I need to go back and re-read the Douglas paper. I've alsways had a problem with using only location and a haplotype to distinguish between species. I would rather there be some type of morphological feature, such as between stephensi and phyrrus. I also think the river as a boundary is...
by Bryan Hamilton
June 23rd, 2010, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Utah 2010
Replies: 30
Views: 10172

Re: Southern Utah 2010

What are you guys basing your identification on?

Location, pattern, scales?

Thanks
by Bryan Hamilton
June 22nd, 2010, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Humboldt County is now green
Replies: 9
Views: 2334

Re: Humboldt County is now green

Great find!

Stebbins describes Sonora from Humboldt County but I can’t find any supporting documentation.

Are guys going to write this up?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 21st, 2010, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What NON-SNAKE Herp Challenged You the Most?
Replies: 20
Views: 5509

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

Cryptobranchus. I still haven't seen one in the field but someday...
by Bryan Hamilton
June 19th, 2010, 3:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Pics
Replies: 18
Views: 3135

Re: Some Recent Pics

Wow. Great series.

Were those Pituophis mating?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 19th, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What snake challenged you the most?
Replies: 67
Views: 13950

Re: What snake challenged you the most?

Greg Theos wrote:Just pick one.
I reject your premise since I have a couple:

Sisturus catenatus edwardsi - It took me over 1000 miles of road cruising for a single DOR

Lampropeltis pyromelana - Over 100 search hours and three years between individuals
by Bryan Hamilton
June 19th, 2010, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My favorite Crotalus images
Replies: 26
Views: 6670

Re: My favorite Crotalus images

great post. Its nice to see stephensi and lutosus in the house.
by Bryan Hamilton
June 18th, 2010, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rocky Mountain Chapter Triangulum
Replies: 9
Views: 2878

Re: Rocky Mountain Chapter Triangulum

Northern Arizona

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by Bryan Hamilton
June 17th, 2010, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple finds on a chilly day:
Replies: 7
Views: 2563

Re: A couple finds on a chilly day:

Phrynosoma douglasii probably does not make it into Utah but if it does its in the extreme northwest corner. My guess is that they are juvenile hernandesi. A phylogeny of hernandesi and douglasi should be published within a year or two.

Great post. Do you have any habitat shots?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 16th, 2010, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: q about roadcruising
Replies: 20
Views: 4731

Re: q about roadcruising

You never know till you get out. Road cruising involves so much chance.

I would think a litte rain should help. When its actually raining I rarely see snakes but it should be good for amphibians.
by Bryan Hamilton
June 16th, 2010, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Cold June Weekend in Eastern Nevada
Replies: 11
Views: 3402

Re: A Cold June Weekend in Eastern Nevada

Personally I have had no luck cruising pyros in Nevada. I know its done a lot in Utah. Most of the roads are rough, rocky and narrow and only go through a short section of good habitat. I cruise a lot and stop for (almost) every dead snake I see and I've never seen a pyro on a road. During our surve...
by Bryan Hamilton
June 15th, 2010, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ohio herpers, please read.
Replies: 31
Views: 6824

Re: Ohio herpers, please read.

This is probably a hoax. Crotalus horridus does not occur in Miami county. Sisturus is a possibility but from their description is not likely.

What makes you think this is a legitimate report?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 14th, 2010, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the magdelenas this weekend
Replies: 6
Views: 2001

Re: Herping the magdelenas this weekend

Good luck. I've wanted to spend some time in that range but still haven't made it.

Will you be tapping a lot of talus?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 14th, 2010, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Cold June Weekend in Eastern Nevada
Replies: 11
Views: 3402

Re: A Cold June Weekend in Eastern Nevada

Wow. Congratulations. That's a great find. I know how hard pyromelana can be in Nevada.

That's a really interesting pattern. I like the two wide white bands on the black.

Do you have any habitat shots? Was there any water or riparian vegetation in the vicinity?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 14th, 2010, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Five Days in the Las Vegas Area (June 9-14)
Replies: 7
Views: 3784

Re: Five Days in the Las Vegas Area (June 9-14)

Cool post. Looks like you had a great time. I've still never seen in Mohave rattlesnake in the Mohave desert.

You should consider removing some of the locality information. IMHO its too specific.
by Bryan Hamilton
June 13th, 2010, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long sought after lifer...
Replies: 3
Views: 2125

Re: Long sought after lifer...

Cool find. A molossus from the Sandias is one of my goals too.
by Bryan Hamilton
June 12th, 2010, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!
Replies: 122
Views: 31319

Re: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!

A couple of my favorites from this spring, all Crotalus lutosus: http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff57/hamilton231/lutosus%20variation/lutosus_update/IMG_6103.jpg http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff57/hamilton231/lutosus%20variation/lutosus_update/IMG_6168.jpg http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/...
by Bryan Hamilton
June 11th, 2010, 4:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona May 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3752

Re: Arizona May 2010

pyros are tough even under ideal conditions. I just found one a few weeks ago and it had been 3 years and over 100 search hours since my last one.

A little luck doesn't hurt either ;)
by Bryan Hamilton
June 11th, 2010, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting elegans
Replies: 16
Views: 3927

Re: Interesting elegans

Thamnophis elegans is such a variable species. I wonder if anyone is tackling a phylogeny?

Here is a melanistic elegans from Nevada:

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