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by Jeff
December 11th, 2016, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 11010

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

an'allota milks at that!
by Jeff
December 11th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One Day in Seattle
Replies: 8
Views: 6596

Re: One Day in Seattle

The second garter is a Northwestern (blunt head, big eye, and one of the dozens of usual color morphs, also 17 scale rows).

Jeff
by Jeff
December 10th, 2016, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Calotes bachae
Replies: 5
Views: 4985

Re: Calotes bachae

by Jeff
December 9th, 2016, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Calotes bachae
Replies: 5
Views: 4985

Re: Calotes bachae

Evgeny

Those are spectacular male colors. They seem to be mirrored in North America by members of the Sceloporus formosus group - bright blue and green males and gray females with transverse markings, and I suppose also with African Agama agama.

Jeff
by Jeff
December 8th, 2016, 9:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4205

Re: Sulawesi snake ID help!

I'll stick with Rhabdophis chrysargoides.

Jeff
by Jeff
December 7th, 2016, 4:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vipera berus nikolskii
Replies: 5
Views: 3575

Re: Vipera berus nikolskii

Evgeny

The black morph really contrasts the red eyes.

Do you have a picture of the habitat?

Jeff
by Jeff
December 7th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4205

Re: Sulawesi snake ID help!

Guess #1 on snake is Rhabdophis chrysargoides
#2 Xenochrophis trianguligerus


But like Paul said - other shots?

Jeff
by Jeff
November 24th, 2016, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sierra Leone RFI
Replies: 2
Views: 3947

Re: Sierra Leone RFI

What to "be on the lookout for" is a question of many avenues.

Look out for house geckos, because they will defecate on you from the ceiling of your lodging. They will do this at night while you are sleeping on the "three seasons" mattress -- the one that lacks Springs.
by Jeff
November 18th, 2016, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamanders.
Replies: 8
Views: 5421

Re: Salamanders.

Indeed, a very nice selection of salamanders, all nicely presented.

I've seen almost half of the U.S. species, so maybe I could get beyond the 50-yard line with a trip north to my neighbor state.

Jeff
by Jeff
November 15th, 2016, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle
Replies: 12
Views: 4429

Re: Turtle

Looks like a Scorpion Mud Turtle (Kinosternon scorpioides).
by Jeff
November 10th, 2016, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)
Replies: 6
Views: 2986

Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

I second Paul's ID as L. rubricata.
by Jeff
October 1st, 2016, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Locality Bull Snake
Replies: 7
Views: 4217

Re: Locality Bull Snake

By strange coincidence I traveled through that country a month ago for the first time in my life, in a general trajectory from Louisiana to Oregon. Timing from Baton Rouge had me in Hartley County just after dark, with lightning flashes to the the west. I saw one snake, several miles to the east of ...
by Jeff
September 30th, 2016, 4:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes...
Replies: 3
Views: 3180

Re: Amphibians and Reptiles of Land Between the Lakes...

Looks like a stack of free copies...
by Jeff
September 29th, 2016, 6:56 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman
Replies: 8
Views: 12491

Re: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman

I have reviewed a number of books for Herp Review, and understand that the invited reviewer must have some knowledge of the topic, and provide a vicariant summary of the work for HR readers. The reviewer may have particular views that are objective (someone of Indian descent who is picky about Bangl...
by Jeff
September 24th, 2016, 2:29 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Rattlesnakes of Arizona
Replies: 3
Views: 9205

Re: Rattlesnakes of Arizona

It's a very big, heavy book in longitudinal format (wider than tall). Each species has a different author or assortment of authors, and each has some particular knowledge of the taxon about which they write. The accounts are pretty thorough, with the authors plugging in figures, tables and data from...
by Jeff
August 22nd, 2016, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "New" California rattlesnakes
Replies: 15
Views: 7510

"New" California rattlesnakes

A recent Ray Hoser piece describes two new California Rattlesnakes http://www.smuggled.com/issue-33-pages-34-41.pdf I have seen hundreds of oreganus in the central Coast Ranges, and his new species "funki", as defined, is subsumed in the normal range of variation in coastal oreganus by my recollecti...
by Jeff
August 17th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sad
Replies: 7
Views: 2765

Re: Sad

John You didn't mention why you thought it was an intentional hit. I have ridden with many people who wouldn't notice a roadkill sasquatch -- eyes all over the place, rarely on the road. The rattle is still intact, which leaves some ambiguity to your claim. Really, some people would run over a baby ...
by Jeff
August 8th, 2016, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation
Replies: 2
Views: 2299

Re: NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation

That is a very nice photo tour of a place that I have never been. Placing the scenery shots makes the post so much more informative. In fact, the second photo after the Ladder Snake find could be anywhere in coastal California. I enjoy your Denmark posts as well because you show what the place looks...
by Jeff
July 26th, 2016, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois
Replies: 7
Views: 3762

Re: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illi

You mentioned Steve Karsen. I contracted him on a project close to 20 years ago that had him crawling through the steamy, bug-infested swamp margins around New Orleans. He was untiring in his efforts, and this while he had a family and was earning a Masters Degree. Once again, I really enjoyed the v...
by Jeff
July 23rd, 2016, 1:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12663

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Unfortunately NG seems to have adopted an activist role in issues pertaining to the environment and political events. They have coupled this activism with a writing style that has been crafted for the non-discerning majority. The present piece announces that Gila Monsters are in trouble due to clima...
by Jeff
July 20th, 2016, 4:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 22248

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Sweet mother of mercy, Brian, it's true, you've turned twitcher. You weren't lying. Next time I see you, it'll be a tweed jacket and a fake British accent.

"Snakes crawl forth twixt briar and trail
For mad herpetologist thy search doth fail"

Jeff
by Jeff
July 20th, 2016, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois
Replies: 7
Views: 3762

Re: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illi

That's all for now, folks.
Thank heaven! Snakegasm!

Jeff
by Jeff
July 20th, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 3625

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

That is a very nice historical background on an interesting snake.

Your website looks potentially interesting, but does not seem to consist of anything more than an announcement that it will amount to something.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 19th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Hubbs

You ruined it. See my post on cladists...

Jeff
by Jeff
July 19th, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Hubbs does just fine, and Hubbs can go wherever he wants, when he wants
Amen, Brian

In my various conversations and meetings with you over the years I would say that we are the luckiest and most satisfied herpetological enthusiasts out there.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 19th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Now, about that LSU problem... Burbrink -- Curator of Herpetology at the American Museum; giant stipend to go catch snakes in Brazil, Madagascar, etc. Ruane -- Professor at Rutgers University; here is money, go study snakes anywhere in the world. Boundy -- Louisiana state herpetologist; enough said...
by Jeff
July 19th, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cladists -- Bah!!!
Replies: 4
Views: 2646

Cladists -- Bah!!!

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by Jeff
July 19th, 2016, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Just out of curiosity, what kind of milk was that? My gut says annulata but there are a few possible issues with that guess. Where did you find the picture? Gene I gather you located the source. A friend of mine, R-man, took the picture last month in northern Yucatan. It is what Hubbs et al. would ...
by Jeff
July 18th, 2016, 2:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 9
Views: 3694

Re: Undescribed species

It could be this guy, described in 2000. http://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Bothriechis&species=thalassinus&search_param=%28%28taxon%3D%27Crotalinae%27%29%29 There is another species from Honduras described in 2013 (B. guifarroi), and a new one from Costa Rica described last week. ht...
by Jeff
July 17th, 2016, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

locations on a range map really are important to field identification. You are are correct! Geographic location is often a key aspect in field identification because of the aforementioned spatial lack of genetic manifestation. If I told you where that milk snake was found, you could easily apply a ...
by Jeff
July 17th, 2016, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

scottriv I am not avoiding your question. As you can see from your own post, there is some temporal overlap as we respond to each other. Jeff, I did not see your post when I submitted my post up above. The milk snake photo was a simple illustration of how morphological appearances may not tell us as...
by Jeff
July 17th, 2016, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

scottriv

A quick quiz: this snake was found in Mexico last month. What subspecies is it?

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by Jeff
July 17th, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

First, thanks Scott for providing, and having, a provocative view of argumentation in FHF. The purpose of this message is to provide some background as requested by scottriv. To answer an earlier question, Dr. Ruane's principal advisor was Frank Burbrink, who is a Curator of Herpetology at the Ameri...
by Jeff
July 12th, 2016, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

As you get older and read more about reptiles, you will learn the unfortunate fact that taxonomy and genetics are not related nearly as much as they should be. "Scientists" come along every day and decide to rename animals for reasons that are often self serving and have very little to do with soun...
by Jeff
July 11th, 2016, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green Sea Turtle in Monterey Bay
Replies: 4
Views: 2458

Re: Green Sea Turtle in Monterey Bay

It looks like an Olive Ridley based on carapace shape and small anterior costal. Ridleys are known from Monterey Bay, Greens not.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 11th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 13005

Re: Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition

I hadn't looked closely yet, but Joe Mitchell just informed me that all of the natural history paragraphs were deleted at the request of the publisher. He is correct, all are gone.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 10th, 2016, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Sistrurus
Replies: 8
Views: 3982

Re: Arizona Sistrurus

"a few of these guys"

Well that is fantastic. I found three on that road, all in late June. Most people hit it during the monsoons with no luck. Maybe the massasaugas have a different activity regime than the other rattlesnakes in that vicinity.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 7th, 2016, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46231

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

I bought a copy this morning from Bob Ashley at the JMIH meetings in New Orleans. Unlike other Ed Chimaira volumes, this one is a folio at 8.5 X 12 inches, so at 572 pages it has many pounds of data. The information and illustrations are more thorough than other Chimaira publications, with a lot of ...
by Jeff
April 14th, 2016, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arkansas herping oppurtunity
Replies: 1
Views: 2190

Re: Another Arkansas herping oppurtunity

I was interested until you said alligators. I want to go somewhere where there are NOT alligators!

Jeff, as in, Louisiana
by Jeff
April 14th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas field guides
Replies: 3
Views: 1786

Re: Texas field guides

Bryan

The Hibbitts's have recently produced excellent field guides to lizards and amphibians....

http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/boo ... as-lizards

http://utpress.utexas.edu/index.php/books/tiptep

relatively inexpensive and well done.

Jeff
by Jeff
April 14th, 2016, 6:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 5
Views: 2141

Re: Rattlesnake ID

I agree with John, I've seen similar Crotalus 'oreganus' in the Kern Plateau district, and parts between from the lower San Joaquin Valley and Kern Canyon region that are shades of tan or brown with very muted greens in the coloration.

Jeff
by Jeff
April 12th, 2016, 3:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Quarter 2016 Review
Replies: 6
Views: 3070

Re: First Quarter 2016 Review

Berkeley That is about how my first three months usually go - anoles (geckos), trip to ephemeral wetlands, salamanders, peepers, then skinks, first snake (usually a cottonmouth out and about or disgruntled rat snake exposed from its hibernaculum), increase in foliage, bugs, flowers, followed by the ...
by Jeff
April 11th, 2016, 6:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Underwater Wood Frog Eggscape
Replies: 2
Views: 1677

Re: Underwater Wood Frog Eggscape

Wow! That reminds me o the 1960s TV show "Fantastic Voyage", in which the crew and ship could be microscopically reduced at any scale to invade the smallest spaces, i.e., underwater Wood Frog egg clusters, each ovum of which is over 290 feet tall. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLzXlCPx49U "IN this...
by Jeff
April 10th, 2016, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First quarter of 2016
Replies: 12
Views: 3635

Re: First quarter of 2016

Nicholas That is a fantastic portrayal of springtime in southern California. First, your ability to get legless lizards to hold still in an attentive posture is an award-worthy achievement. Next, the first Tejon rattlesnake, with the poppy-lupine wash in the background is spectacular. I am greatly t...
by Jeff
March 31st, 2016, 2:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Almost every herp species of Karelia + extremely rare find!
Replies: 5
Views: 2253

Re: Almost every herp species of Karelia + extremely rare fi

Thank you for the thorough summary of Karelian herpetofauna. I thought Montana was poor with 16 species in my area. My brother lives nearby in Tampere, Finland, so he shares the few species, except for Natrix natrix, which he saw once. If you report to us again, please show what the habitat looks li...
by Jeff
March 30th, 2016, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your favorite Rattlesnake photo!
Replies: 34
Views: 13706

Re: Post your favorite Rattlesnake photo!

Yesterday (March 29th) I found this very large male Canebrake Rattlesnake in southern Louisiana. It is, at least, my favorite rattlesnake photo of the year....

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by Jeff
March 21st, 2016, 3:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with Cam Newton
Replies: 15
Views: 4756

Re: Herping with Cam Newton

Here's hoping.... This time last year I did a news piece about the annual emergence of snakes into the citizenry's flowerbeds and carports, how they are harmless, beneficial, etc. When I viewed the televised version I was chagrined to see that the news station had decided to show, as I talked, foota...
by Jeff
March 7th, 2016, 8:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

Re: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER

Spring of that year is equally as interesting...imo
Incorrect - "Jefferson Airplane Takes Off" was released in September.
by Jeff
March 7th, 2016, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

Re: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER

Also, Jeff, no, I have not read that paper! Is it available anywhere online? I am VERY interested in this.
Zach

The paper can be downloaded here... http://digitalcollections.usfca.edu/cdm ... 5129coll11

It's in the fall of 1966 issue.

Jeff
by Jeff
March 6th, 2016, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER
Replies: 30
Views: 6667

Re: Sharp-tailed Snake/Golden Gate Park/ATTN: HOYER

Zach Do you have the 1966 paper by Banta and Morafka on the herpetofauna of San Francisco? They report them from Mt. Davidson and from Ulloa at Rockaway. If I recall, the latter is near the park. I'm guessing that a check of the Cal Academy database will have more sharptail records from San Francisc...