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by craigb
March 14th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anza-borrego advise?
Replies: 3
Views: 2231

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: 1672

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: 48072

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: 1672

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: 50592

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: 6044

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: 2343

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:
by craigb
February 23rd, 2017, 6:28 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

Yep Ernie.... And in reality a car theft has twice the value of these snakes. Someone steals a new Range Rover and LE doesn't say "it's just the tip of the iceberg, hundreds are stolen everyday". They play it down and say they are getting a handle on crime and that people don't need to worry; becaus...
by craigb
February 21st, 2017, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Travels in New Mexico - Part 1
Replies: 3
Views: 3183

Re: Travels in New Mexico - Part 1

Man ... I want to get back to New Mexico. I was there a few years ago for two weeks near Artesia.
Your pictures take my breath away.

Thanks for posting...
by craigb
February 17th, 2017, 11:46 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

If it helps you at all, the reason they were convicted was due to the stricter laws pertaining to the Ca. Mtn. Kingsnakes in Oregon. Northern Pine snakes and the others are protected only in New Jersey, yet are quite common in other states. As I read the paperwork the term "idiot" is appropriate. Sh...
by craigb
February 17th, 2017, 7:37 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

I don't remember the names, but the fools who raided The City of Hope research labs to save the bunnies from studies on Leukemia, and childhood cancer come to mind. The idiots that spiked trees so that loggers would be maimed belong in the same cell. Kelly just google the terms "Eco terrorism" and "...
by craigb
February 15th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

I guess my concern is with the facts, rather than speculation. If the article listed the people charged, their crime, and how many animals were directly involved, I would shut the heck up. But to justify their existence they conclude their interview/article with broad exaggerated statements (and the...
by craigb
February 15th, 2017, 12:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

I guess my narrow focus was lost on you Kelly. I seriously doubt you have been approached to buy illegally obtained California Mountain Kingsnakes and told that they came from Oregon as a selling point. You are right though about some turtles, tortoises, and egg layers that produce large clutches. S...
by craigb
February 14th, 2017, 9:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50592

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

I agree with Mr. Hubbs... Brevity is our friend. I also agree with Ernie. There simply isn't a market for "hundreds" of poached animals (as if three guys could have that much effect in their spare time). It's all about the Public Relations of the department involved. Brian if you did a "Birds of ins...
by craigb
February 2nd, 2017, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes Of Inner Tucson?
Replies: 3
Views: 1713

Re: Snakes Of Inner Tucson?

Through the three decades I have herped that area I have seen many of the herps on the az website in vacant lots, and on the outskirts of town. By herps, I mean several different species of rattlesnakes, blacknecked garters, Lyres, gophersnakes, and lizards. Many good roads extend outward from Tucso...
by craigb
January 31st, 2017, 9:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: .
Replies: 8
Views: 15651

Re: .

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by craigb
January 31st, 2017, 8:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

That is so weird..... :oops:
I guess nonsense is amusing to some. :crazyeyes: :crazyeyes:
by craigb
January 30th, 2017, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: '
Replies: 5
Views: 2006

Re: '

Brevity Rocks !
by craigb
January 22nd, 2017, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes Of Inner Tucson?
Replies: 3
Views: 1713

Re: Snakes Of Inner Tucson?

I have spent days trying to memorize this information;
To me this is the most comprehensive site of Arizona reptiles:

http://www.reptilesofaz.org/
by craigb
January 17th, 2017, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 10569

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

In my response I listed my thoughts.
After more thought, I realized that I was speaking about animals (non natives) abandoned in areas without thought or consideration.

Your plan may be no more "invasive" than a person putting in a Koi pond instead keeping native fish.

craigb
by craigb
January 12th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 10569

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

I am on board with lateralis. I went to local oil fields in Long Beach, Ca and caught a few Sceloporus and Elgaria and released them in my yard. I have tons of wild crickets. I keep desert tortoises in pens with native plants for them to eat. I have many native species of birds and mammals that come...
by craigb
January 11th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Sany 10000th Small Excavator Rollout
Replies: 1
Views: 8480

Re: Sany 10000th Small Excavator Rollout

SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, SPAM, WONDERFUL SPAM !
by craigb
December 23rd, 2016, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Yep.... But those are our perceptions. The animal might actually feel better if it was underground in a burrow, without the light cycle enforced upon it. You are right about Petco. But I don't hold the employees at the store solely responsible. Management in offices purchase the cheapest reptiles po...
by craigb
December 23rd, 2016, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

John I agree with your conclusion about feeling a little sorry for all of them but, I don't think the animal in Rodeo is any happier because it is kept in a really pretty box. I don't believe that reptiles crave human contact. That critter in the pretty box is no happier than the one kept at my loca...
by craigb
December 22nd, 2016, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

No
by craigb
December 21st, 2016, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Kelly, maybe I understand what you meant by "wing man". On my drive to work I had a thought that might be relevant. I do have a different respect for a few of the folks that post here. It is because I have met them personally. Brian Hubbs is one of those unfortunate souls that has met me in person s...
by craigb
December 21st, 2016, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Yes Brian, I did like your cartoon. It was meant to be funny and not spiteful or hateful. And yes Kelly, thank you for your permission for me to be myself; And my eyes are fine. I was born in 1957 so your comment about me being an adult is lost on me. Because I have different views from you I must b...
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 9:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Yes Kelly I could careless about you pointing to the cinder in my eye without seeing the plank in your own. But that is between you and your God. As my beliefs are my own. This forum is basically to entertain and educate. My sarcasm is not that difficult to understand. I do have fun, when I see opin...
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Yes Kelly, I realized that.... And did you know that Jesus drove a Honda.... Says right there in the New Testament that all of his disciples were in Accord.... That makes just as much sense. It's a book you can interpret many ways. The Old Testament not so much... And in reality the Obama poster was...
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Very easy to toss this aside and blame past presidents....

In your own words "Show Me"

Show me the national debt before Obama and after.
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Well, there is no shortage of this kind of material either....

I think this guy nailed many people's feelings as well...

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by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Thank you, some levity was needed.

You know Mr. Trump likes the Newt....

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom, gloom and doom,gloom and doom. Wow, I can be a smart guy too. Let's just bash the crap out of someone with lies, a month before they even start the job. I am so tired of fake news.... This...
by craigb
December 20th, 2016, 6:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

No one knows what tomorrow holds. I have to agree with you on getting out there. It is never a bad idea to get out in wild places.

A simpler message: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMmTkKz60W8
craig
by craigb
December 19th, 2016, 10:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Well Brian I think you are wrong. But, only time will tell. In four years lets look at this post again. I am just an angry white guy and this is how I have felt for the last eight years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHzU-9iozmo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGcsIdGOuZY I'm sorry if having my ow...
by craigb
December 14th, 2016, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Spread & Field Herping
Replies: 6
Views: 4511

Re: Snake Fungal Spread & Field Herping

Just a thought.... Would microwaving for 20-30 seconds (or longer) have any effect? On shoes, or porous, non metallic equipment ? I used to micro, bedding material to get rid of book lice that thrived in bed o cob. I also micro, vermiculite prior to use as egg laying strata in my kingsnake and milks...
by craigb
December 13th, 2016, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Review Part 1
Replies: 3
Views: 4294

Re: 2016 Review Part 1

Birds, Bugs, Spiders, Lizards, and Snakes at their best.

Out Freak'n standing...
by craigb
December 9th, 2016, 10:42 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

Well it's been about a month since the original post and reply. I wonder if Teddy Bruy will grace us with a 3rd post thanking us for the valuable information. I hope so, but I am also the person that admits to being a cynic. On a happier note: Happy holidays to all, and good clutches to all next yea...
by craigb
December 9th, 2016, 11:35 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: breeding loans
Replies: 5
Views: 12534

Re: breeding loans

One of the things I worked out was splitting the litter, but if you get the first pick the other owner gets the extra odd animal if you get an odd number of offspring. I have had a good experience each time. But get it in writing if you feel you need to. Make a contract that you both sign. Communica...
by craigb
December 7th, 2016, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104347

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Back to "Why I don't collect".... I am older, and don't have any more space in my herp room. I have "been there, and done that" so there is not much desire to repeat it. Taking pictures/videos is a lot more fun and doesn't require daily care. I buy my appropriate licenses though because technically ...
by craigb
December 7th, 2016, 5:14 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

Thanks Jeff !
Excellent, concise care information.

craig
by craigb
December 6th, 2016, 5:12 pm
Forum: News
Topic: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy
Replies: 15
Views: 8813

Re: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy

One of my issues with the article is "clamping down on the rampant turtle trade" Say what???? I am sure that is just simply garbage. There are more desert tortoises in suburban back yards than in the wild. Contact any of the countless tortoise rescues, they are always looking to rehome them. If you ...
by craigb
December 6th, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

It was very suspicious how someone in France could get a night snake from the western United States. But also like you said they are not even remotely common on the commercial market. It may be a junior high school kid here in the states somewhere. So I sought to educate rather than intimidate. I al...
by craigb
December 6th, 2016, 12:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

I actually thought the guy was a troll... I too have never heard of anyone keeping Hypsiglena (especially since he spelled it wrong). I keep Trimorphodon lambda ... AZ. Lyre snakes and have bred them (but I am just weird like that). I have another friend that does AZ Longnosed snakes Rhinocheilus le...
by craigb
December 2nd, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 1
Views: 2495

Re: In Memory of Kent VanSooy

Thanks for the help Steve.

And thanks for the memories KVS...
by craigb
December 1st, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Twas the night before....
Replies: 1
Views: 2886

Twas the night before....

I will continue Kent VanSooy's tradition of posting this for as long as I am able. Craig Barnes Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the rack not a serpent was stirring, they'd all hit the sack. A snake bag was hung by my bedside with care In case an escapee I happened to snare. The pin...
by craigb
December 1st, 2016, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Twas the night before....
Replies: 0
Views: 3291

Twas the night before....

I will continue Kent VanSooy's tradition of posting this for as long as I am able. Craig Barnes Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the rack not a serpent was stirring, they'd all hit the sack. A snake bag was hung by my bedside with care In case an escapee I happened to snare. The pin...
by craigb
November 18th, 2016, 11:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge September 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 7229

Re: Kofa National Wildlife Refuge September 2016

Hold on to that last picture in a special place. It is priceless. With age you will find that you can never return past experiences.

I like all of your other pics too, but you can see the friendship in your faces in the last one.


Herp On !!!
by craigb
November 14th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata
Replies: 10
Views: 17063

Re: Advice breeding Hyspiglena torquata

A lot of information is here: http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/h.c.deserticola.html http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/h.o.nuchalata.html Anything California: http://www.californiaherps.com/index.html Anything Arizona: http://www.reptilesofaz.org/ I have seen countless Hypsiglena...
by craigb
November 10th, 2016, 9:41 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A quick little piece of Science---- Fiction
Replies: 0
Views: 11266

A quick little piece of Science---- Fiction

Dinosaur-Man by Rhys Thomas The Creationists rejoiced: the theory of Evolution was dead. Buried in sediments seventy million years deep--the time of the dinosaurs--the unmistakable fossil of a human being. Studied, tested, corroborated, error-corrected, it was confirmed by fifty-four renowned academ...