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by Bryan Hamilton
June 20th, 2017, 3:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Basin whiptail ID confirmation
Replies: 5
Views: 2700

Re: Great Basin whiptail ID confirmation

Just curious, why are you still using outdated subspecies?
by Bryan Hamilton
June 10th, 2017, 7:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 23550

Re: whitewater

What the heck is Cali-Snowflake? Stay classy Ern.
by Bryan Hamilton
May 5th, 2017, 10:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 10412

Re: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA

I count timber rattlesnakes among the most gentle creatures on earth. It's disappointing to see fear and ignorance prevail over science, based conservation.
by Bryan Hamilton
April 19th, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 14177

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Yeah wishful thinking about Congress. Especially passing something as comprehensive as the Lacey act.... Not much movement but tons of activity at some of the lower elevations dens. I did see my first Great Basin Diadophis last week at a den. I'll try to send an e-mail with pictures or post on the f...
by Bryan Hamilton
April 19th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 14177

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

I wish we had better moderation too. I'm supposedly a moderator on the Rocky Mountain forum but I have no actual tools to moderate. The personal attacks from Ernie just aren't fun and don't add anything to the forum. I actually wonder if this decision will get congress to amend the Lacey Act? A lot ...
by Bryan Hamilton
April 9th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 30671

Re: Man Eaters

Hey Ernie, Nice job on a thoughtful, rational, documented post. Hope to see similar posts in the future.

Champagne to celebrate the python interstate commerce win?
by Bryan Hamilton
April 7th, 2017, 3:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 14177

Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments

Today, grammar got the best of the Fish and Wildlife Service. With a little help from "The Chicago Manual of Style," a federal appeals court found that the grammatical structure of the Lacey Act barred the service from prohibiting the interstate shipment of two dangerous species of snake. The ruling...
by Bryan Hamilton
April 3rd, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 30671

Re: Man Eaters

There were quite a few contrictions, some were fatal. I tend to agree that the paper is anecdotal and memories are imperfect. Headland is an anthropologist and cataloging flawed human memories is their currency.
by Bryan Hamilton
April 2nd, 2017, 8:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 30671

Re: Man Eaters

I appreciate this discussion and the thorough documentation Jeremy provided. Summarizing the photos and accounts in one place is much appreciated. Ernie's predictable appearance and personal attacks on scientists aside, I thought we'd have more discussion of the Headland and Greene PNAS paper. 25% o...
by Bryan Hamilton
March 31st, 2017, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vote to sequence the senome of the sexually-dimorphic Temple
Replies: 1
Views: 1607

Re: Vote to sequence the senome of the sexually-dimorphic Te

FYI the voting is really close. Let's give it that field herper bump!
by Bryan Hamilton
March 12th, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Habit of wanting to own nature’s beauty needs to be broken
Replies: 1
Views: 5090

Habit of wanting to own nature’s beauty needs to be broken

A lot of us do not share this opinion. I thought the article was well written and well referenced.

https://theconversation.com/why-the-hab ... oken-73879
by Bryan Hamilton
February 27th, 2017, 1:56 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...
Replies: 7
Views: 7093

Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0158397 Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting in a Difficult-to-Survey Species (Python reticulatus) Sustainability of wildlife harvests is critical but difficult to assess. Evaluations of sustainability typically combine mode...
by Bryan Hamilton
February 22nd, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nylon Mesh Snake Death Trap
Replies: 34
Views: 36693

Re: Nylon Mesh Snake Death Trap

I googled "snakes tangled in erosion netting" and this post was the top hit. That is awesome. These pictures do a great job of documenting the risk of the mesh to snakes. In case anyone needs peer reviewed references here are three: Stuart, J. N., M. L. Watson, T. L. Brown, and C. Eustice. 2001. Pla...
by Bryan Hamilton
February 11th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Clever Snake Mom?
Replies: 32
Views: 11523

Re: Clever Snake Mom

I have not seen that. Interesting but mildly creepy to me. I have a bit of tryophobia.
by Bryan Hamilton
January 28th, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images
Replies: 28
Views: 9483

Re: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images

Here a few of mine. Mostly Great Basin rattlesnakes and one Arizona Mountain Kingsnake as found by a fellow forum member Mark Hazel. http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff57/hamilton231/IMG_6362_zpsbguqvqyl.jpg http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff57/hamilton231/IMG_6394_zpsgjhwgm5o.jpg http://i240.p...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 24th, 2017, 1:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 30472

Re: Global Warming?

These debates seem to harden folks positions.

I wonder rpecora, what evidence would convince you that anthropogenic climate change is real?

On the other side of the coin, what would convince you monarchzman, that the climate is not changing or that its part of a natural cycle?
by Bryan Hamilton
January 17th, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 8834

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Invasive species is a legal term "Invasive species" means an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." When you say introduced, the legal synonym is alien "Alien species" means, with respect to a particular ecosystem, any spe...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 11th, 2017, 2:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 21456

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Has there ever been a study conducted to specifically prove or disprove the hypothesis of field collection as a cause of the decline in a specific snake population? I think there is some literature on this for rattlesnake round-ups in Texas and New Mexico. More specific to field collection, I've se...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 11th, 2017, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise

Furnace Creek would be a good place to camp. Its below sea level and has some mesquite and dunes. There are other folks there that might spot snakes for you. The other dunes I was thinking of are the Mesquite Flat dunes. Lots of photographers in that area. I always thought it would be cool to find s...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 11th, 2017, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise

Sidewinders are probably one of the more common snake species in Death Valley. You might also see gophers, glossy's, leaf-nosed, patch nosed, shovel nosed, and Panamint rattlers. It can be a tricky place to find snakes but they are there. Some interesting amphibian diversity around Furnace Creek as ...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 11th, 2017, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise
Replies: 5
Views: 1636

Re: Death Valley Herping end of February 2017: Please advise

February can be hit or miss, depending on the weather. If its warm and sunny you should see lizards out and possibly snakes. Keep mind that in the National Park, there is a strict hands off policy, so its good you're going to follow that. Try to stay as low in Death Valley as possible. The elevation...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 10th, 2017, 8:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 21456

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Ernie, your grasp of population biology is as tenuous as your grasp on reality.
by Bryan Hamilton
January 10th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 21456

Re: Poaching in Arizona

I don't have access to my reference software now so I can't give any snake specific examples.But I'll update this post in the morning with some snake references. Animals reacting negatively to capture and disturbance is a general phenomenon and has been modeled since at least the 1950s. Its similar ...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 10th, 2017, 4:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 21456

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Interacting and disturbing the snakes can have an effect. But we account for that when we model population dynamics and demography such that trends are not related to disturbance. Can we know that with 100% absolute certainty? Of course not, but to the absolute best of our abilities in the field and...
by Bryan Hamilton
January 10th, 2017, 12:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 21456

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Ernie, I try to tolerate your rants and ignore most of your posts but I have to speak up. Since we don't have any moderation of these forums, it would show some class to edit your post to remove the personal attacks. Dave Privall and Bill Brown are NOT creeps or liars. They have dedicated their live...
by Bryan Hamilton
December 20th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Lifetime Reproduction in a Northern Metapopulation of Timber
Replies: 1
Views: 4719

Lifetime Reproduction in a Northern Metapopulation of Timber

Some incredible detective work over 36 years! Open access: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-16-00019.1 Brown, W. S. 2016. Lifetime Reproduction in a Northern Metapopulation of Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus). Herpetologica 72:331-342. Lifetime reproduction is a fundament...
by Bryan Hamilton
December 20th, 2016, 9:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 81206

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Some new science relative to the vulnerability of northern populations of timber rattlesnakes to collection: http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1655/Herpetologica-D-16-00019.1 Brown, W. S. 2016. Lifetime Reproduction in a Northern Metapopulation of Timber Rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus). Herpetologic...
by Bryan Hamilton
December 1st, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Review Part 1
Replies: 13
Views: 4199

Re: 2016 Review Part 1

Very nice! Those melanistic garters are really cool. I've seen a few melanistic elgans but they have all been completely black. I love the blindsnake. Someday I'll see one in the wild.

More rattlesnakes to come I hope?
by Bryan Hamilton
December 1st, 2016, 10:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hibernacula Fidelity of C. horridus in Mtns/Coastal Plain?
Replies: 3
Views: 2975

Re: Hibernacula Fidelity of C. horridus in Mtns/Coastal Plai

Hi MC, There is literature out there to support the hypothesis that timber rattlesnakes in the coastal plain tend to hibernate in smaller groups and have lower site fidelity than in mountainous or higher elevation portions of their range. Just because fidelity is probably lower than some area doesn'...
by Bryan Hamilton
November 25th, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Will ESA be on the chopping block again?
Replies: 2
Views: 4832

Re: Will ESA be on the chopping block again?

Time will tell. Republicans have been strongly advocating eliminating or altering aspects of the ESA for decades. Forcing relisting every five years is a shell game. Listing decisions take a long time for a variety of reasons but if the agency is revisiting every species every five years things woul...
by Bryan Hamilton
November 25th, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Planning on a trip to herp Costa Rica Help...
Replies: 3
Views: 3928

Re: Planning on a trip to herp Costa Rica Help...

I can't speak to the taxonomy but these books are pretty bomber: Savage, J. M. 2002. The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press. 934 p. Ray, J. M., and J. L. Knight. The Venomous Snakes and their Mimics...
by Bryan Hamilton
November 18th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Firefighter bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake's head
Replies: 6
Views: 7465

Firefighter bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake's head

http://www.timesunion.com/news/nation-world/article/Firefighter-bitten-by-rattlesnake-s-severed-head-10606017.php WILDLIFE Snake bites man — after decapitation Published: Friday, November 11, 2016 A Tennessee firefighter received a rattlesnake bite after chopping off the reptile's head. Kyle Watson ...
by Bryan Hamilton
November 7th, 2016, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Victoria brides and other flesh ads
Replies: 10
Views: 5038

Re: Victoria brides and other flesh ads

I have election ads at the top of my screen. Love me some Jeff Goldblum.

by Bryan Hamilton
October 25th, 2016, 8:57 am
Forum: News
Topic: Relict Leopard Frog Not Listed
Replies: 1
Views: 3901

Relict Leopard Frog Not Listed

http://www.prescottenews.com/index.php/news/current-news/item/28633-frogs-determined-not-to-need-protection-under-endangered-species-act USFWS determines populations are stable or increasing thanks to proactive conservation efforts PHOENIX — A frog species in Arizona and southern Nevada does not nee...
by Bryan Hamilton
October 25th, 2016, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reporting Sick or Dying Amphibians and Reptiles
Replies: 1
Views: 2157

Reporting Sick or Dying Amphibians and Reptiles

PARC Friends and Colleagues: The PARC Disease Task Team has created a system for people in the U.S. and Canada to report an incident of sick, dying, or multiple dead amphibians or reptiles. Simply send an email to: [email protected].org IMPORTANT: Include in your email: Your name and e-m...
by Bryan Hamilton
October 3rd, 2016, 10:46 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman
Replies: 8
Views: 8854

Re: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman

Hey Ernie,

That book is over $200 on amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/The-Invisible-Ar ... 0978541111

I haven't put enough snakes in jars to afford it at that price. Any alternative places to buy it?
by Bryan Hamilton
September 26th, 2016, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 23192

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Academic Research in the 21st Century: Maintaining Scientific Integrity in a Climate of Perverse Incentives and Hypercompetition

http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/10.1089/ees.2016.0223
by Bryan Hamilton
September 14th, 2016, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Videos of salamanders eating in the rain
Replies: 9
Views: 3170

Re: Videos of salamanders eating in the rain

That is some cool footage! Thanks for sharing.

I've been doing a lot of work with bats lately. They really hate the light and squint and close their eyes. Maybe it is an intensity issue?
by Bryan Hamilton
September 12th, 2016, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 23192

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Filled with possibly, maybe , could be, probably must be etc. To me, that is the definition of science's place in society. Pushing the bounds of possibility, maybe and could be. That's what its all about. Great folks doing great science. Watch out for the sharp end Ernie. I hear those things can ma...
by Bryan Hamilton
September 7th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 23192

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Do you have a citation for that abstract? I'd like to read it.

Like it or not, the open source journals are here to stay. Whether they completely replace the society journals, complement them, or something different I don't know.
by Bryan Hamilton
September 6th, 2016, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 18148

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

Recent paper: Johnson, B. D., J. P. Gibbs, T. A. Bell, and K. T. Shoemaker. 2016. Manipulation of basking sites for endangered eastern massasauga rattlesnakes. The Journal of Wildlife Management 80:803-811. Generating open-canopy basking sites via manipulation of vegetative cover has been proposed a...
by Bryan Hamilton
September 6th, 2016, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 23192

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Yeah, the people problems I consider scientifically "easy" but technically very hard. That's why we've been passed the baton and will probably pass the baton to our successors on many of these issues. I keep coming back to bighorn sheep but that was my conservation wake up call. I thought it was a s...
by Bryan Hamilton
September 5th, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 3134

Re: New Mexico Questions

Well best of luck. If you get rain the snakes all seem like possibilities. I found a Gyalopion several years ago, highlight of my trip. It did the cloacal popping.

New Mexico is a whiptail paradise (or nightmare) depending on good you are with keys.
by Bryan Hamilton
September 5th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 3134

Re: New Mexico Questions

Any species in particular you are interested in?
by Bryan Hamilton
September 5th, 2016, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 23192

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Using enclosures and exclosures can be a great tools to understand mechanism. The part about why changes are happening. Sometimes using the enclosures impacts the study organisms and the project results. Sometimes not. A lot of time and effort goes into the experimental design to minimize the effect...
by Bryan Hamilton
September 5th, 2016, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 3134

Re: New Mexico Questions

A couple vital tools I recommend. A big atlas/gazateer of New Mexico, like the Delorme Reptiles and amphibians of New Mexico book You can find a lot of good stuff with these and find some nice areas to road cruise. I don't have any good recommendations for camping. I usually just find a place that I...