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by craigb
May 16th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 13162

Re: What do you call this lilac salamander...?

Those are gorgeous ! There are degrees of amelism, and leucism in nature... But truly only a genetics expert could do a study and figure out how it relates to the others of the same species. Porter, I like your name "Lilac" phase though. Let's just hope "they" don't build housing tracts and strip ma...
by craigb
May 15th, 2018, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 13162

Re: What do you call this lilac salamander...?

Kelly is correct. I kept a leucistic Texas ratsnake for several years before donating it to a fellow teacher. It was entirely white bodied, pink tongue, but deep blue "normal" eyes...

I think the splotches make this something else.
by craigb
May 7th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 12037

Re: Licensing Question

Well Jimi, it's a complicated issue. You provided facts and observations. Dave is an old timer, but new herpers read this forum also. I hope they can learn from it.
by craigb
May 3rd, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 12037

Re: Licensing Question

Jimi...
Your brevity was refreshing.
Just the facts, and observations.

Thank you :thumb:
by craigb
April 22nd, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod options?
Replies: 5
Views: 10916

Re: Tripod options?

No I have not tried video... Yet.
My daughter has a go pro. I am going to borrow it this summer... Monsoooooooooooooooooonnnn !

We will see....
Are you in California ???
by craigb
April 21st, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elaphe conspicillata
Replies: 7
Views: 4952

Re: Elaphe conspicillata

Lou, the video was outstanding. I never get tired of your stuff.
The beginning and the end (with you head next to the snake) were extremely clever.
by craigb
April 21st, 2018, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern North Carolina Finds
Replies: 1
Views: 2899

Re: Eastern North Carolina Finds

Great pics on the link ! and you have some writing talent.
I didn't get through all of it yet, but I shall return.

I have had some dealings with watersnakes and they are pretty much all irascible. But, they can be colorful and interesting. They can swallow really large fish.

:thumb:
by craigb
April 20th, 2018, 5:33 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod options?
Replies: 5
Views: 10916

Re: Tripod options?

Joseph have you tried a monopod? I have used one for more than a decade. I have "shooting stick" I bought at Walmart, cheap. It comes with a plastic fork on the end (I guess for supporting a rifle). That is easily removed and the remaining bolt fits to any DSLR body. It is light and compact. For abo...
by craigb
April 17th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...
Replies: 19
Views: 15927

Re: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...

My only response from 15 years as an animal control officer/administrator in California would be whatever dog you get, take it with you every where. Show it what you want it to do, in simple repetitive ways. Show it that you care. It will return the affection. I started with local oil fields and boa...
by craigb
April 10th, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field trip destinations around Yuma AZ
Replies: 9
Views: 8556

Re: Field trip destinations around Yuma AZ

Roger this forum has been here a long time. Folks can't tell by a seemingly honest and sincere inquiry about where to get some good pics of interesting animals from a dirt bag commercial collector that takes all the animals they see. Those are the extremes. In reality most folks are just hobbyists t...
by craigb
April 9th, 2018, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some random NV shots.
Replies: 18
Views: 9507

Re: Some random NV shots.

Hey I resemble that remark.....
Jason, Fundad, Hubbs, Wild Jed, Porter.....

Have seen a lot of stuff through their decades in the field.

But as such, we all appreciate additions and pics from interesting areas.

Thanks for the update....

Craig Barnes
by craigb
April 3rd, 2018, 8:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: C. constrictor priapus photographs...
Replies: 2
Views: 2464

Re: C. constrictor priapus photographs...

The pics look fine to me....
Gotta love blue snakes.... :thumb: :crazyeyes:
by craigb
February 22nd, 2018, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Socal Skink ID Request
Replies: 11
Views: 9164

Re: Socal Skink ID Request

To me it looks like the Gilberts skink in Ca. Herps at: http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/images/egrubricstripe604.jpg The tail anyway.... This is a Skilton's from Anza in Riverside Co. same site: http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/images/psskiltonianusrivcc516.jpg Just my 2 cents.... :D
by craigb
February 8th, 2018, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where do you get your AC?
Replies: 9
Views: 7178

Re: Where do you get your AC?

Believe it or not in So. Cal. there are so many prime places that have board lines I have seldom placed my own. Also placing AC on public or private land that you don't own is littering. You could also be cited if caught in the act, or have your stuff picked up the day after you put it out. Before a...
by craigb
January 29th, 2018, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ruber day ( red diamond rattlesnakes)
Replies: 3
Views: 13847

Re: Ruber day ( red diamond rattlesnakes)

Hey GREAT !

I wanna see'm....

My favorite CA. Crote...

Post some picks please....
by craigb
January 29th, 2018, 3:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sunday on the York Peninsula
Replies: 1
Views: 1951

Re: Sunday on the York Peninsula

Great post ! I enjoyed the pre hunt rituals and the history of the area.
I could also feel the enthusiasm when you found your target.
That rush when you find what you are looking for.
Keep them coming !
:thumb:
by craigb
January 27th, 2018, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Keelback (yellow) and others
Replies: 6
Views: 4871

Re: Spotted Keelback (yellow) and others

Lou, I would think for your wet areas of using like rubber "deck" boots. Their easy to slip on over bare feet and take off and throw in the trunk of the car on the way home. Where you walk reminds me a little of a fishing boat deck covered with fish blood, squashed baitfish, and squirming tuna and D...
by craigb
January 26th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Keelback (yellow) and others
Replies: 6
Views: 4871

Re: Spotted Keelback (yellow) and others

Lou, Thank you for all you do.
Excellent stuff...
Long time subscriber.

You really need to wear shoes though... :D

Craig Barnes
by craigb
December 31st, 2017, 6:44 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP AND OCD
Replies: 25
Views: 25961

Re: NAHERP AND OCD

I absolutely HATE the term "throwing someone under the bus".
In my past a real A-HOLE boss used the term 30-50 times daily.

So......NO SOUP FOR YOU !!!!
by craigb
December 30th, 2017, 1:05 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP AND OCD
Replies: 25
Views: 25961

Re: NAHERP AND OCD

Yes you are correct Sid, this is a support group for Herpetophiles.

But the other thing that remains static is that everyone here is not exactly what they appear to be.
Many have expertise, professional certificates, college degrees, and jobs that they just don't advertise.
by craigb
December 17th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SCDNR assists in federal case of protected reptile trafficki
Replies: 1
Views: 8250

Re: SCDNR assists in federal case of protected reptile traff

Thank you for posting this.
Arizona is not the poachers paradise anymore.

Why can people just shoot pictures, or buy a hunting license and legally collect a limit of those in the regulations?

I hope the fine is huge !!!
by craigb
July 19th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

While you both say this has gotten "bad". We never stopped talking or got into profanity and shouting. And Kelly we are both judgmental. I just try to get more opinions and discussion. But, I too have blown up and gone to far. Like Tamara said, I bet if we met we could talk and find a lot of common ...
by craigb
July 19th, 2017, 10:54 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Hobo Kelly, Sheriff John, and Diver Dan, they don't make em like that anymore.......
by craigb
July 19th, 2017, 12:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Never heard of him....
Don't care to learn....

I did a 10 second google search and nothing mentioned was remotely interesting to me.


What name will you call me next .... Hobo Kelly?

:crazyeyes:
by craigb
July 18th, 2017, 8:54 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

"By the way your posts don't upset me. My replies are a simple diversion I allow myself as entertainment.
This forum is very entertaining."

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by craigb
July 18th, 2017, 7:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I must really upset you...
You can't seem to make a post without calling me names...

Why don't we get back to the thread?
Or do you just want keep up the name calling?

By the way, "way" only has one "a".

:(
by craigb
July 18th, 2017, 7:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Well, I guess I am crazy. I have been called far worse names, by far more educated people than you. People just don't like it when I point out their faults, or have a more reasonable opinion. By the way your posts don't upset me. My replies are a simple diversion I allow myself as entertainment. Thi...
by craigb
July 15th, 2017, 11:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Really, Kelly ....
You have far more posts, and long winded responses than I.
Have a great summer anyway... :)
by craigb
July 15th, 2017, 10:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

How about….
But there's nothing "unscientific" seeing something really cool, taking some pics and leaving it to live out its life in it’s environment.
Rather than including your distaste for others with a contrary point of view.
by craigb
July 15th, 2017, 1:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

In the immortal words of Monty Python....
I came in here to have an argument .... :lol:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNkjDuSVXiE
by craigb
July 14th, 2017, 6:21 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Well...it is finally clear. And I don't like it. People that collect have no class and are inferior .... There are a whole lot of Masters and Ph.D. students that are with me. Because they do collect. Simply put most people that collect are learning and getting experience. Those of us that don't coll...
by craigb
July 14th, 2017, 6:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

"Literally" :thumb:
Brian is an open book....Hehehe
by craigb
July 13th, 2017, 3:38 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Another CA. snake on the loose....
Replies: 3
Views: 9860

Re: Another CA. snake on the loose....

Thanks folks... I was truly out of my league.
by craigb
July 13th, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Wow, nobody has been on the water?
Replies: 4
Views: 13516

Re: Wow, nobody has been on the water?

I hope you do well. Dorado are showing up now also.

craig

P.S. If you want to see some Yellowfin, Dorado, and other stuff take a look here...

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/anim ... en-sea-cam
by craigb
July 13th, 2017, 9:20 am
Forum: News
Topic: Another CA. snake on the loose....
Replies: 3
Views: 9860

Another CA. snake on the loose....

http://ktla.com/2017/07/13/snake-found-slithering-in-palmdale-familys-bathtub-may-have-entered-apartment-through-toilet/ I don't get it.... Can anyone else ID the snake? It doesn't look native to me..... I'll look for more information... https://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nhl/snake-found-in-palmdale-b...
by craigb
July 11th, 2017, 10:49 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 18868

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

Well, I couldn't agree more Bill. This is California for heavens sake. Maybe we should ban all snakes over two feet and label them as "dangerous"? Maybe no one should be allowed to keep more than ten reptiles?? After all, turtles can carry salmonella ! Unfortunately the knee jerk is never anything b...
by craigb
July 7th, 2017, 8:24 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Actually for me taking it as a pet was not an option. I had been given one more than two years ago (captive bred KVS). It was not a good pet, so I passed it along to another herper I have known for decades, that is really good with them. I was really pissed because I just wanted a good picture. It w...
by craigb
July 6th, 2017, 5:22 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

In my last post I was not saying that taking animals through field collecting was any better or worst than building new houses or business. I was just thinking about the road kill (carnage) I saw last year. My last night in AZ last year, I was road cruising a very popular road south of Tucson. Just ...
by craigb
July 6th, 2017, 4:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 18868

Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

I hope they stick it to this person. http://ktla.com/2017/07/06/8-alligators-multiple-venomous-snakes-seized-after-warrants-served-in-thousand-oaks-area/ But, I hope the herps are taken good care of and sent to responsible/legal institutions. It was a very hot day here today. I hope the authorities ...
by craigb
July 3rd, 2017, 8:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Well said Mr. Hubbs. Attitudes change with experience and knowledge.

You mentioned a housing tract in San Diego. What about all the building in the Tucson area?

Just agreeing with you that urbanization is killing far more herps than field herpers.
by craigb
June 23rd, 2017, 5:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 31729

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

I agree with both of you. But for me the subspecies is also important due to geographic location. Specifically in L. zonata.

craig
by craigb
June 14th, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Diego April 30-May 3
Replies: 9
Views: 4653

Re: San Diego April 30-May 3

Pat, the Threadsnakes are cool !!!
I have herped here more than four decades, and you have already seen the total number I have. :thumb:

Excellent pics also.


Craig
by craigb
June 12th, 2017, 8:25 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 513078

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I too, think you did the right thing. If it doesn't feel right in your gut, then you are correct. I am disappointed in your friend's behavior. He/She can always go and get their own, and make it personal. I have received many snakes through the years from folks that picked them up and kept them a ye...
by craigb
June 7th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

I have noticed a sign posted in years passed, but never thought about not stopping for something interesting. It's not like I go off the road though. The other thing about Whitewater is that it is centrally located. I can't remember a time I went out and spent the night only on Whitewater. There are...
by craigb
June 7th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

Yep... Zach, I am the same way. I was a fisherman before I was a herper. Long Beach and Seal Beach piers, and any jetty I could get on to, were just the best places to be .... And pretty much, I still fish as much as I herp. Weird thing, in Florida some of the piers are privately owned and no licens...
by craigb
June 7th, 2017, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

Well ... I think we have clearly stated our positions and given examples.

:thumb:
by craigb
June 7th, 2017, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

I SEE your point Ernie, if all you want to do is look at or shoot photos of wildlife. But truthfully, I "almost always" have to interact with that animal. The almost always means that I leave protected animals alone, I try not to interact with them. I try to photograph from about 20 feet away, and y...
by craigb
June 5th, 2017, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kern desert
Replies: 5
Views: 2915

Re: Kern desert

Outstanding! :thumb:

Good pics also!
by craigb
May 27th, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

Ernie in a lot of ways you are correct. I pay to license and register my car. I pay to park my car(in almost every place). I have a fast pass, so I pay more to get places faster. I pay the highest gasoline tax in the land. I pay to use our national parks and state parks. I pay sales tax (higher in L...
by craigb
May 27th, 2017, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29506

Re: whitewater

On a separate note: My blah, blah, blah , comment to Lateralis was my concern for the length of his response. It appeared to be filibustering to me. He could have made his point much more concisely. And now that I know he is a teacher, he should understand. I am sure papers have been submitted to hi...