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by Jeff
October 5th, 2014, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Utah 2014-Wrapping it up
Replies: 11
Views: 2674

Re: Utah 2014-Wrapping it up

Rye What a fantastic portfolio. I made several visits to Utah in the 1970s and 1980s, and your pictures inspired long lost memories. Your first photo of the painted turtle with the snowy mountains in the background reminded me of my first spring as a FS employee in the White Mountains of Arizona. I ...
by Jeff
October 5th, 2014, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red-bellies in the South Bay area!
Replies: 10
Views: 3008

Re: Red-bellies in the South Bay area!

Stevens Creek was not a place that I frequented (maybe twice), though I had some friends that spent time up there during the 1970s. In those days Stevens Creek was too far to bother by bike, so my associates (including Owen and El Garia) operated the three watersheds to the southeast. We spent a lot...
by Jeff
October 4th, 2014, 10:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red-bellies in the South Bay area!
Replies: 10
Views: 3008

Red-bellies in the South Bay area!

After 20+ years of living around the Santa Clara Valley/Santa Cruz Mountains, I seem to have missed one species.... Red-bellied Newts (Taricha rivularis) - native breeding population in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Here are the title and a link... S. Reilly et al. Discovery of a new, disjunct populatio...
by Jeff
October 3rd, 2014, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Completed goals of 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4701

Re: Completed goals of 2014

The canthus rostralis is the angled slope anterior to the eye between the top and side of the snout - something both of those salamanders have. Both can have a dark, longitudinal mark on the canthus, and spring salamanders may have a pale line. The markings in both species tend to change with age, a...
by Jeff
October 2nd, 2014, 4:31 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: New Open Journal (and website) on Meso-American herps
Replies: 1
Views: 2856

Re: New Open Journal (and website) on Meso-American herps

Chris

Thanks for posting this. It seemed that the old Sociedad de Herpetologicos Mexicanos site had died.

Jeff
by Jeff
October 2nd, 2014, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Completed goals of 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4701

Re: Completed goals of 2014

and I am one hundred percent sure that the red salamander is not a spring salamander I was with a herpetologist when I found it and she was the one who ided it I'm also a herpetologist, and I've seen larvae of both Have a look at these photos http://www.paherps.com/herps/salamanders/spring_salamand...
by Jeff
October 1st, 2014, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Completed goals of 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4701

Re: Completed goals of 2014

Trip to Iowa: Goals achieved: Eastern Massassauga, Smooth Greensnake Goals missed: Fox Snake, Blanding's Turtle Down here: No Rainbow Snake yet, but it's still summer I had a very ambitious goal list for 2014 and I made a lot of progress Are you done for the year? Also, your Red Salamander looks a l...
by Jeff
September 21st, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5868

Re: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014

Tom

The mystery Dasypeltis looks like the orange form of D. atra, which occurs in the region from which you reported it.

Jeff
by Jeff
September 9th, 2014, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ and NM, 12 days including the NAFHA meeting
Replies: 20
Views: 6769

Re: AZ and NM, 12 days including the NAFHA meeting

Andy Wow, fantastic assortment for a single trip. I've seen all of the species that you've shown, but only after numerous trips and living there during the 1970s-1980s. I enjoyed seeing places that I have not been to in 35 years. My great envy is the Spotted Skunk! I've seen badgers, fishers, hognos...
by Jeff
September 8th, 2014, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2013, part 2
Replies: 13
Views: 4738

Re: South Africa 2013, part 2

Kevin What a very informative and entertaining shift from China! I spent a good half-hour absorbing it. The sausage that ChrisH noted first looked like the biggest Megatyphlops schlegelii ever recorded. Jeff [As an aside your sandveld skink Nucras caesicaudata is a Rainbow Skink (Trachylepis margari...
by Jeff
September 2nd, 2014, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Weller's Doom
Replies: 24
Views: 13381

Re: Weller's Doom

do you have the full citation to the Walker paper describing P. welleri?
I scanned a copy today for BS Brown, and can send the same via personal e-mail to PM.

Jeff
by Jeff
September 2nd, 2014, 4:28 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8586

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

Sherbrooke has at least two horned lizard books. Correct. The newer one, 2003, has 160 pages, and is exceptional in detail and coverage.... http://books.google.com/books?id=sWe-cPzyviAC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Sherbrooke+Horned+Lizards&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gF8GVJ6MCsvloATsgoDIBg&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q...
by Jeff
September 2nd, 2014, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Weller's Doom
Replies: 24
Views: 13381

Re: Weller's Doom

I have a copy of the original "Proceedings of the Junior Society of Natural History" in which Plethodon welleri was formally described by Charles Walker (dated July 31, 1931). It also contains a brief Memorium about Weller that provides no additional information from what has has been presented on t...
by Jeff
August 29th, 2014, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Weller's Doom
Replies: 24
Views: 13381

Re: Weller's Doom

If you fall to your death, you probably found the same spot. In Adler's "Contributions to the History of Herpetology Volume 2" it is stated that "...Weller's body was found lodged among boulders of rain-swollen Stonestack Creek." Supposedly, this would be at an elevation high enough to have Plethodo...
by Jeff
August 25th, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Masterpost, Texas Herping (PIC HEAVY)
Replies: 3
Views: 1924

Re: Masterpost, Texas Herping (PIC HEAVY)

Very bizarre that the neonate cottonmouth lacks the yellow tail. That may be a first.

Horned Lizard disappearance in Texas seems linked to fire ants, not cats.

Jeff
by Jeff
August 25th, 2014, 1:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice sought: spring peepers Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas
Replies: 6
Views: 2575

Re: Advice sought: spring peepers Texas, Louisiana and Arkan

In the southern half of Louisiana peepers peak about mid January to early February, but all depends on rain events. I'm the state NAAMP coordinator, and can provide you with numerous localities with routine "Code 3" choruses.

Jeff
by Jeff
August 24th, 2014, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A find in S. TX last night
Replies: 8
Views: 2979

Re: A find in S. TX last night

Strange head shape -- nothing like East Texas/Louisiana corals. What county?

Jeff
by Jeff
August 21st, 2014, 8:29 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8586

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

RSM I listened to the crickets chirping for three days, so decided to offer a reply. Your inquiry is similar to this one... http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=18133 ...though directed more toward favorite books that are canonical (indespensible ?). I believed that I could provi...
by Jeff
August 21st, 2014, 7:27 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Die Anakondas
Replies: 1
Views: 2275

Re: Die Anakondas

I also have the book, and can vouch that it is very informative regarding the biology of Anacondas, not just another "pets" book. (I'm keeping mine, see Zarkus)

Jeff
by Jeff
August 18th, 2014, 2:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 4973

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

During the era in which she lived, and during the period of her performing activity, she could have been termed "innovative" and "ahead of her time" -- someone who researched the innate behavior of snakes that were armed and dangerous. Her observations could have been parallel to those of primatolog...
by Jeff
August 11th, 2014, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye
Replies: 23
Views: 6403

Re: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye

For those of us who don't do FaceBook....

Interpretation please?

Jeff
by Jeff
August 6th, 2014, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard ID, Flagstaff AZ
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Lizard ID, Flagstaff AZ

Relative size of dorsal scales, which is only obvious if one has many of both species in hand for comparison. There are other, subtle comparisons. And I must admit that #3 could be a tristichus as well.

Jeff
by Jeff
August 6th, 2014, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard ID, Flagstaff AZ
Replies: 4
Views: 1688

Re: Lizard ID, Flagstaff AZ

Sceloporus graciosus
Sceloporus tristichus
Sceloporus graciosus
Sceloporus tristichus
Urosaurus ornatus

Jeff
by Jeff
August 3rd, 2014, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: African (Chad) ID Help?
Replies: 6
Views: 1411

Re: African (Chad) ID Help?

looks like Telescopus variegatus

Jeff
by Jeff
August 1st, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little bit of ID help if you're bored...
Replies: 4
Views: 1668

Re: A little bit of ID help if you're bored...

#2 looks like a young burti, especially if it came from Santa Cruz County
#3 is exsanguis, though old flagellicaudus is a possibility, depends some on locality

Jeff
by Jeff
August 1st, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little bit of ID help if you're bored...
Replies: 4
Views: 727

Re: A little bit of ID help if you're bored...

#2 looks like a young burti, especially if it came from Santa Cruz County
#3 is exsanguis, though old flagellicaudus is a possibility, depends some on locality

Jeff
by Jeff
July 28th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud and Musk Turtles
Replies: 6
Views: 3230

Re: Mud and Musk Turtles

Here is a Stripe-necked Musk Turtle (Sternotherus minor peltifer), from the only stream in which it occurs in Louisiana. I caught this young male in a crab trap placed in a small, clear stream.


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by Jeff
July 14th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mertensian mimicry
Replies: 5
Views: 2765

Re: Mertensian mimicry

Zach The Mertensian model was discussed in a 1966 German paper by Robert Mertens. It was also discussed in the 1970s by Emsley, a zoologist in Trinidad (working with Coral Snakes and mimic Erythrolamprus). The model are Coral Snakes (dangerously venomous) and the mimics are various tricolor Colubrid...
by Jeff
June 28th, 2014, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best product to use as a field journal?
Replies: 16
Views: 4031

Re: Best product to use as a field journal?

Or am I just overthinking this? Maybe. If I'm just taking notes afield for the day, or on a trip of a few days, I just fold up an 81/2 X 11 piece of scratch paper into a 3X4 form that slips into my shirt pocket, and carry a ball-point pen. I record a shorthand of everything, then transcribe it at h...
by Jeff
June 13th, 2014, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: how can you estimate box turtle age?
Replies: 8
Views: 1346

Re: how can you estimate box turtle age?

The costal scute annuli (sides of the shell) can be counted with relative ease until the turtle matures, usually at about 6-8 years of age. After maturity, the turtle grows more slowly, and the annuli tend to pack together as narrow ridges. There can be secondary depressions or grooves to confuse ma...
by Jeff
June 9th, 2014, 5:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species
Replies: 23
Views: 4000

Re: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species

Is there a copy of this paper floating around the internet
www.cnah.org has a pdf.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 8th, 2014, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 4934

Re: June Species Counts

That would be the same stretch of interstate, Jeff
Something fun was happening the 4th and 5th. I wish I knew what triggered them to move like that.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 8th, 2014, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 4934

Re: June Species Counts

Friday morning I drove down to St. Charles Parish to check on a rattlesnake (gone). The only thing noteworthy was that I counted 15 dead mudnakes on I-10 between Sorrento and the bridge west of Laplace (about 22 miles). They were fairly fresh, probably from last night and the night before. All were ...
by Jeff
June 1st, 2014, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica herping report, Osa
Replies: 27
Views: 15618

Re: Costa Rica herping report, Osa

I agree with Chris -- the Liophis is Ninia maculata,

and the juvenile Dendrophidion is a Mastigodryas melanolomus

These are noted for purposes of records only --- the photography and variety are spectacular.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 31st, 2014, 3:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Union County, IL and ID Help
Replies: 11
Views: 1914

Re: Union County, IL and ID Help

My only differences of opinion from those of Mike are
12 does look like S. dekayi minus the sometimes crossbars of wrightorum, similar to wrightorum here in Louisiana
27 looks like Ambystoma texanum


Jeff
by Jeff
May 26th, 2014, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1 day = 4/5 venomous for sabine parish (dead or alive)
Replies: 7
Views: 2073

Re: 1 day = 4/5 venomous for sabine parish (dead or alive)

Fro

Fantastic! Sabine Parish needs a lot of survey work. I've logged about 0.5 days there. Good work...

Jeff
by Jeff
May 26th, 2014, 2:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014
Replies: 19
Views: 4861

Re: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014

Jeyroen The New Mexico Urosaurus is a typical U. ornatus. The intercalation of granular or small imbricate scales among the larger series exhibits some geographic variation, and was the primary basis for the ten or so subspecies that were formerly recognized in U. onatus. Sorry, not a U. graciosus. ...
by Jeff
May 22nd, 2014, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014
Replies: 19
Views: 4861

Re: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014

Jeroen

All of your (?) Aspidoscelis whiptails are correct species as you presumed. One change is your first snake, which is Pantherophis spiloides, being east of the Mississippi River.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 20th, 2014, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Garter sp.
Replies: 14
Views: 2240

Re: Melanistic Garter sp.

My assignment to T. elegans was initially based on the intrusion of the dorsolateral dark blotches onto the vertebral stripe seen on the neck. That characteristic is typical of T. e. vagrans vs. T. ordinoides. Also, enlarging the photo shows 11 scale rows from lowermost scale row to vertebral stripe...
by Jeff
May 19th, 2014, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Garter sp.
Replies: 14
Views: 2240

Re: Melanistic Garter sp.

That's Thamnophis elegans nigrescens, a subspecies no longer recognized, that are now considered very dark Wandering Garters, Thamnophis e. vagrans.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 18th, 2014, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This is not what I expected Coluber constrictor to look like
Replies: 7
Views: 2183

Re: This is not what I expected Coluber constrictor to look

It is typical of Mississippi Valley Coluber constrictor latrunculus intergrades with C. c. priapus. Snakes of that color pattern occur from southern Louisiana to the lower Ohio River Valley.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 16th, 2014, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Validity of T.sirtalis infernalis / intergrade in San Mateo
Replies: 7
Views: 1422

Re: Validity of T.sirtalis infernalis / intergrade in San Ma

Elliot Sorry, incomplete wording -- I was referring to sirtalis being gone from southeastern San Mateo County, and that based on me not knowing of any post-1960s specimens. The Lagunita is the lagoon on Stanford University, next to Lagunitas Creek that separates San Mateo Co from Santa Clara Co. I'm...
by Jeff
May 14th, 2014, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Validity of T.sirtalis infernalis / intergrade in San Mateo
Replies: 7
Views: 1422

Re: Validity of T.sirtalis infernalis / intergrade in San Ma

There are intergrades, plus typical infernalis at Lagunitas and Lagunitas Creek. Their appearance is one of discontinuous red lateral stripes with downward-projecting red bars. One characteristic of typical tetrataenia is the alternating black and red squares on the sides of the tail. In infernalis ...
by Jeff
April 30th, 2014, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake: Diablo, Coast or Both? (update)
Replies: 40
Views: 9330

Re: Gartersnake: Diablo, Coast or Both? (update)

Lampropeltis nigra / Lampropeltis holbrooki....
He explained the split to me and it actually sounds logical
....forever etched in electrons


But back to garter snakes... I was provoked into a renewed sense that Owen gets it when it comes to inner Coast Range garters. The torch has been passed.
by Jeff
April 30th, 2014, 4:40 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snakes of Borneo
Replies: 5
Views: 3760

Re: Snakes of Borneo

Does it have full accounts for all species (unlike the first version)?

Jeff
by Jeff
April 29th, 2014, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too early for neonate garter snakes?
Replies: 5
Views: 1555

Re: Too early for neonate garter snakes?

I don't have pictures, nor does this have anything to do with CA, but I have found "neonates" of three species of water snakes in Louisiana during the past several weeks. The appearance of neonates does not happen until at least late May down here. My speculative 'toss it in the air' guess is that t...
by Jeff
April 28th, 2014, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Corallus annulatus blombergi
Replies: 5
Views: 1468

Re: Corallus annulatus blombergi

My guide Ale found it climbing up his cabin when we were checking in. Ale is guiding me as I write. But seriously, the guy that has logged in 863 hours with a torch in second growth Choco forest has yet to see one, but the chambermaid whacks one while dusting the drapes in his cottage. The crossban...
by Jeff
April 27th, 2014, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Corallus annulatus blombergi
Replies: 5
Views: 1468

Re: Corallus annulatus blombergi

Very nice find and portrait. They are supposed to be truly rare.

Jeff
by Jeff
April 22nd, 2014, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Species Counts
Replies: 22
Views: 4701

Re: April Species Counts

with Gerold S. today in a Baton Rouge Swamp area: 1 Gulf coast toad 1 mega Bullfrog, left a wake like a capybara a little over 100 Bronze frogs, mostly metamorphs 1 common snapper skeleton/shell 1 mud turtle 2 Gulf Coast box turtles, including a young debutante 7 redears 4 anoles 37 Broad-banded wat...
by Jeff
April 20th, 2014, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 22453

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

I have tried to be careful in regard to replacing cover, and usually move any animal beneath until I can safely replace the object. Sad Example: about 20 years ago I rolled back a long log, under which was a Marbled Salamander. The salamander never moved, and I carefully laid the log back in place, ...