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by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

You call it harass, I call it simple contact. I have been stopped by wardens, rangers, Border Patrol, BLM, Highway Patrol, Sheriffs, city cops etc. All in all over 100 times in more than 40 years of herping and fishing in more than 20 states. Not one ever rooted through my stuff or wrote me a BS cit...
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

Scott Waters is the moderator, I met him briefly once. That part of the message was to him.

Done....
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

You must have personal experiences that I do not have. And I am none of those things.

My students are energized and intelligent.




Scott I apologize for my part in this mess. It went to far.
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

I am not trying to prove anything, but that my opinion is as good as yours or Lateralis.

I have a great deal of experience in the Whitewater area of California. I visited there regularly for over thirty years.

Have you?
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

It's very easy to point fingers, and call names. Assuming you can tell someones age and intelligence by what they post on a forum is just plain ignorant. There are 20-25 people that post here that have met me in person. I will take criticism from them, and give some back. But neither of the two you ...
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 5:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

Whatever..... I almost said the same thing though... I thought you sounded like one of my students. I am a teacher also. By the way the pm was meant to inform, not ridicule. It's a shame, you may have learned something. Back on topic though... I was on Whitewater last night. ... No snakes, just the ...
by craigb
May 23rd, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

I am 60 years old, you ignorant freak.

The speck was not planted.

I think you are just paranoid.

pm sent...
by craigb
May 23rd, 2017, 6:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

blah, blah, blah, ..... Do the right thing or don't. Worry about "the man", or be the man.... Make a choice. Definitely the "good" thing to do (save wildlife from getting hit) BUT, it would really depend upon the warden and the circumstances. Not to nitpick but being a "Good Samaritan" could very we...
by craigb
May 22nd, 2017, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28135

Re: whitewater

The problem would be there is no right answer other than no problem. It's part of being a "Good Samaritan". Removing animals threatened (by traffic) is not against any law. Now, civil law would permit a driver to sue you for any damage done to their car. I took a dead speck off the road in Anza Borr...
by craigb
May 9th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: vehicle light bars for road hunting
Replies: 23
Views: 8366

Re: vehicle light bars for road hunting

I saw these on a Toyota this morning. The owner is not a herper, but drives off road.

Image


Just another option...
by craigb
May 9th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Santa Rosalia Rat Snake (Baja Rat)
Replies: 49
Views: 54838

Re: Santa Rosalia Rat Snake (Baja Rat)

Are you folks ready to go?
I am extremely interested in this endeavor!
Any time you can set a record straight, or even just make a relevant attempt.

I am with all of you in spirit.

Give'm he//!

Craig Barnes
by craigb
May 8th, 2017, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help needed!
Replies: 3
Views: 1566

Re: ID Help needed!

Try looking up Uta stansburiana, Side blotched lizard.

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/ ... egans.html

The first one for sure has the markings.

Unknown cause of death.....
Frozen? The first one looks dehydrated. \

craig
by craigb
May 5th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First northern pinesnake
Replies: 3
Views: 1901

Re: First northern pinesnake

Excellent set, you must have been so hyper after seeing that. Eventually, I will make out there..... But I have seen my share of Pituophis. Here are a few from Ca. and Az. http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/1%20Other%20Reptiles/DSC02275_zps4e2815b9.jpg http://i198.photobucket.com/alb...
by craigb
May 4th, 2017, 6:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos of some recent sick herps
Replies: 20
Views: 11971

Re: Photos of some recent sick herps

Huck, you are right on ...
That purple tongue on the speck is really "sick"!

It probably took patience to get that shot.

Excellent stuff :D
by craigb
May 4th, 2017, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sawmill Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: Sawmill Fire

One of my sources said that the fire is completely out and that the burned areas are north of the two birding/herping areas. So it may look different from a distance, but the rains will wash away the charcoal and life will be renewed. If I get out that way I'll post any significant changes. :thumb: ...
by craigb
May 2nd, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sawmill Fire
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: Sawmill Fire

I was unaware of it.... I checked here.
https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/state/3/
By the given map it appears north of Madera Canyon.
I sent an email to Terry Cox aka ratsnakehaven, he lives near there.

It would be nice to know what has gone on there before the end of the year.

Craig
by craigb
May 1st, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182931

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

AZ.... Last year. Gila monster Heloderma suspectum http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/DSC09478s_zpsdhgzk5vu.jpg http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/DSC09480s_zps5xxemcqa.jpg http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/DSC09479s_zpsdc11bwro.jpg A little surprise ...
by craigb
April 25th, 2017, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: #2 on the year...
Replies: 3
Views: 1557

Re: #2 on the year...

It's going to be an epic year for herps. A buddy of mine texted me a pic of a 4-5ft gopher in a busy intersection of Eastvale last Friday night. There were housing tracts on three sides, and some farm land on one corner. I'd post the pic but it has the street signs with the exact location. So TMI......
by craigb
April 4th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping mentor/buddy?
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

Re: Herping mentor/buddy?

One last secret to herping.....


Happy wife, Happy life ! :D :D :D :D :D :D
by craigb
April 4th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping mentor/buddy?
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

Re: Herping mentor/buddy?

SSSSHHHHHHhhhhhhhhuuuuusssshs...... it's a secret.... ;)
Now you can be the "lucky" herper. :thumb:
by craigb
April 4th, 2017, 7:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sensitive Wildlife Habitat Area - violated?
Replies: 12
Views: 3866

Re: Sensitive Wildlife Habitat Area - violated?

Another option is to contact both your local Sheriff's office and Ca. Fish and Game and just explain to them your concerns. Explain that your concern is about the wildlife and ask them to do a patrol check of the location to educate those not obeying the law. You are a concerned citizen, but not a f...
by craigb
April 4th, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping mentor/buddy?
Replies: 10
Views: 3639

Re: Herping mentor/buddy?

Another "trick" I learned from a buddy many years ago, is to start looking on east facing slopes. When hiking in the morning east facing slopes get the first and the most sunlight. Reptiles will come out of evening hiding to sit and bask in the first sunlight of the day for a few minutes to recharge...
by craigb
March 31st, 2017, 10:27 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Sometimes you just have to run. Happy black wolves.
Replies: 3
Views: 9814

Re: Sometimes you just have to run. Happy black wolves.

Well, I let the up beat music influence my opinion. You are probably correct.
I just assumed, they wanted to stretch their legs.
by craigb
March 31st, 2017, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?
Replies: 22
Views: 9337

Re: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?

Another simple but important point is that when removing animals from the road is to get off the road ASAP. It sounds stupid but a few years back, road cruising for the first time in Arkansas, I jumped out to grab a ratsnake off the road, and got too interested in the event. A semi came barreling ar...
by craigb
March 29th, 2017, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Labor Day Hatchling Craziness!
Replies: 4
Views: 2869

Re: Labor Day Hatchling Craziness!

Great post ! Thank you.

This is what this forum is about.
by craigb
March 29th, 2017, 12:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 30-some reptiles died in Zoo Knoxville
Replies: 2
Views: 8767

Re: 30-some reptiles died in Zoo Knoxville

No, this has not been posted here to my knowledge. It is extremely interesting that there is no obvious cause.
I really like this report. It is just the facts they know and what they are looking for.
The reporter posed no ignorant questions or made no bizarre claims (it's refreshing).
craig
by craigb
March 28th, 2017, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Planning a trip to Arizona in September
Replies: 1
Views: 1218

Re: Planning a trip to Arizona in September

PM sent
by craigb
March 24th, 2017, 8:24 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 42749

Re: Aquatic animal ID

So, yep it's a photographic enigma.... I agree the top flipper seems long, but the two blobs at the far end on the sides of the animal to me resemble the powerful tail flippers of a Harbor seal. I bet it did scare the folks that never knew it was there. I wish they had seen it, it was trying to wave...
by craigb
March 24th, 2017, 6:51 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 42749

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Well, Sea Lions are more like dogs and much more agile in the water. Harbor seals are much fatter and not as agile at turning in the water. Harbor Seals are also spotted, slower moving, and do more rolling in the water as opposed to turning their whole bodies at angles. Actually the tail flippers cl...
by craigb
March 23rd, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What is this aquatic mammal?
Replies: 18
Views: 17924

Re: What is this aquatic mammal?

I don't know what part of the country this is....
But I have seen Nutria in the South, and I was confused trying to ID them.

But the head doesn't look like Nutria. I think you are right with Mink.

craig
by craigb
March 23rd, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: Jumping for Joy: Rana draytonii/Red legged frog in L. A. Co,
Replies: 1
Views: 8179

Jumping for Joy: Rana draytonii/Red legged frog in L. A. Co,

Check out the article in the O.C. Register. It's been a good week for herps in the news.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/popu ... -frog.html

This wet year will be interesting....

craig
by craigb
March 22nd, 2017, 6:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle
Replies: 3
Views: 1671

Re: VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle

Very Cool... I bet it was a blast !
by craigb
March 21st, 2017, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

Well, a few of us really enjoy seeing them. It reminds us of younger and simpler days. Many of the coastal places covered in Hubbs "Common Kingsnakes" book overlap with Phrynosoma blandvillii. They were common in many of the oilfields in Long Beach and North Orange Co.. Most of those places are trac...
by craigb
March 20th, 2017, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Forum Newbie Here
Replies: 5
Views: 2331

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by craigb
March 20th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Male Combat in C. helleri at local Ca. wetlands...
Replies: 3
Views: 4597

Re: Male Combat in C. helleri at local Ca. wetlands...

I was there just after Christmas shooting this nice pair... http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/3_zpsxxs27bry.jpg http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/4_zps8tjxa6so.jpg I started birding and herping there in the 1980s. I have seen C. helleri and most other common snakes ...
by craigb
March 19th, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Male Combat in C. helleri at local Ca. wetlands...
Replies: 3
Views: 4597

Male Combat in C. helleri at local Ca. wetlands...

Cool :thumb: :thumb:

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/snak ... snake.html

The place is Very popular already....
Craig
by craigb
March 17th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Defining Naturalistic
Replies: 72
Views: 64858

Re: Defining Naturalistic

WOW.... what a load. I am a human being and not as "visually oriented" in the same way as any other human being. What I see as beautiful others walk past, or see as ugliness. All we can do as keepers is to try keep our animals as healthy as possible. Maybe I am a minimalist or too simplistic but try...
by craigb
March 16th, 2017, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?
Replies: 22
Views: 9337

Re: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?

Brian, I agree with much of what you said and also think that more restrictions are coming. I was an Animal Control Officer in Ca. for 15 years and I have special insight regarding Coyotes and Cougars. I think they will be next in regulation reform. I take quick, crappy pics on the road and walk the...
by craigb
March 16th, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

But on a positive note. I bet the reptiles are still there, and always will be. To everything there is a season..... I have twin sons in their twenties. Maybe in twenty years the windmills will be replaced with some other technology. Hell, I should still be mobile. That area was a really cool place ...
by craigb
March 15th, 2017, 6:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

I used to see coasties in Cabazon/Banning (Riverside Co.) where there are now 50-100 windmills. It was all creosote and sandy washes. They made it close to Palm Springs. They were up near the base of the mountains. We also photographed Petrosaurus mearnsi in the rocks there.

craig
by craigb
March 14th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phrynosoma in Kern Co
Replies: 11
Views: 3927

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

from CaliforniaHerps.com

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/ ... iimap2.jpg


When in doubt ..... :?
by craigb
March 14th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anza-borrego advise?
Replies: 3
Views: 2148

Re: Anza-borrego advise?

I have found the rangers in Anza Borrego to be professional and concerned. I was stopped on a road and standing in the middle photographing a DOA Speckled Rattlesnake with a hook leaning on my leg. As the truck approached I hooked the DOA to the side of the road and started walking back to my car. M...
by craigb
March 7th, 2017, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping In the valley
Replies: 3
Views: 1638

Re: Herping In the valley

Keep looking..... You will find stuff that is interesting. Start looking at animal tracks, and other stuff. Look for birds of prey. They will be on the highest perch available. Look for lizards out, on east facing slopes, look under rocks/material on west facing slopes. They thermo-regulate accordin...
by craigb
March 7th, 2017, 7:36 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 42749

Re: Aquatic animal ID

I agree with Harbor Seal, swimming towards the camera. Not much else is that "chunky", and they are playful around people. It was probably checking them out for fishing bait. Lots of folks in kayaks fish the bay there. There are plenty of otters there also.

craigb 8-)
by craigb
March 2nd, 2017, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping In the valley
Replies: 3
Views: 1638

Re: Herping In the valley

I was kinda waiting for someone from AZ to chime in. I'm a California man, but have spent more than two decades herping in AZ. Spring time is great. When morning temperatures reach 60 degrees and afternoons stay in the low 80s. Basically, March to June are good, July is to hot in most desert areas. ...
by craigb
March 2nd, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 47332

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

That's why this got moved to the "Bored line" . Not meaning to sound derogatory, because there were some good issues discussed and information exchanged. But... We talked about the foolish behavior of those convicted. We talked about the animals, and herp poaching. We talked about Law Enforcement ag...
by craigb
February 27th, 2017, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 5710

Re: Mystery Snake

That dorsal pattern looks L. pyromelana to me. I have heard of albinos and hets that have been bred. It looks like a mutant/mutt to me. It's worth holding on to and finding out. How big is it?

"Never suspect a conspiracy when stupidity is an adequate explanation." B. Franklin

craig
by craigb
February 26th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Travels in New Mexico - Part 2
Replies: 3
Views: 2228

Re: Travels in New Mexico - Part 2

Cool stuff ... I really like the dragonflys.

But really, Badgers!
We don't need no stinkin Badgers!!!!

Just a very small amount of humor.. :lol: