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by craigb
May 27th, 2017, 5:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

But that was because you did not have the license. The thought here is that you should have been ticketed, because the officer was trying to fill his quota and entrap you. But you just proved my point. The officer did not ticket you even though you did not have the license. If you have the license, ...
by craigb
May 26th, 2017, 4:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

Really???? That makes me sad, that you think I am so frightening. Then please join in the discussion about Whitewater. By the way this is what was in the pm: "Kelly, Todd is a nice guy, I guess. I never actually met him. We talked at CALRIS, emailed, and on the phone a dozen or so times. We had simi...
by craigb
May 25th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

Kelly; This is a thread about Whitewater. Please, pm any questions about anything off topic. Metalpest; get that fishing license. Have you tried very early mornings? I have been tempted to. Tuesday night when I was there at 10 pm it was still 95 degrees. By 4-5 am it went down into the low 80s. It's...
by craigb
May 25th, 2017, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

Ernie: Your last three sentences are "gold". I couldn't agree more! The other stuff about the clowns getting paid to look for the guy selling two undersized turtles, I get it. But it doesn't bother me all that much. Many people are paid enormous sums of of money to do very simple and inane tasks, I ...
by craigb
May 25th, 2017, 7:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

rpecora: if you check the caherps site there is a small tear drop at the outskirts of T. hamonndii range. I always assumed that to be Whitewater. When the trout farm was still operating, there was quite a large population there. I haven't seen it recently, but panning the river for gold was popular ...
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 2:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

Pretty soon we can go catch Ball Pythons, Retics and Burms there...

Maybe not, if the fake snake folks are vigilant.
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

Re: whitewater

rpecora... I have seen Thamnophis hammondii on Whitewater twice, way up near the back. Aren't they a species of special concern also. I also saw a lone Crotalus enyo on WW once. If you do a search here on FHF it is all there and pictures. Ernie, if I saw a fake snake on the road, I would walk up tak...
by craigb
May 24th, 2017, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 29652

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: 8737

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: 56580

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: 1641

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: 1973

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: 12365

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: 2383

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: 2383

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: 192385

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: 1607

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: 3801

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: 3801

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: 4004

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: 3801

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: 10625

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: 9966

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: 3002

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: 9559

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: 1252

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: 48327

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: 48327

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: 19304

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: 8842

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: 1734

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: 4100

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: 2462

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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: 4714

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: 4714

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: 73
Views: 69401

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: 9966

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: 4100

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: 4100

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: 4100

Re: Phrynosoma in Kern Co

from CaliforniaHerps.com

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


When in doubt ..... :?