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by craigb
December 1st, 2018, 9:18 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 72269

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

One controversy that I have discussed at length is whether or not rosy boas need available water during brumation. Some of folks with lots of experience have told me that in the wild they don't drink water during brumation. But, I offer mine a small amount of water throughout brumation. One thing I ...
by craigb
November 29th, 2018, 6:31 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 72269

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Holy Crap !!! Excellent, informative response. My thoughts are along the same lines. During down time (brumation) I clean some of the less accessed places like floors and shelves. This is done as needed throughout the year, but also at least once annually. I am finding white vinegar to be less destr...
by craigb
November 28th, 2018, 5:34 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 72269

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Kelly what do you know about using white vinegar for cleaning? I use it in laundry, and used it on about 25 plastic small dog sized water bowls yesterday. I used a weak dilution with water, but it melted the dried snake poop and urine overnight. Some look brand new. It is cheap and does not ruin thi...
by craigb
November 16th, 2018, 9:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72377

Re: change of forum format

Kelly I do like your spelling (Rosey) better than the standard Rosy boa.
I usually call my BTS's ... Blueys like the Aussies and the Kiwis call them.

I am going to the dark side this year also. I am going to try my hand at Ball Pythons (of all things).
Norm and Norma...hehe!
by craigb
November 16th, 2018, 6:25 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72377

Re: change of forum format

There ya go thinkin again Kelly..... And I agree. It's good to see ya back here. Being winter time it might be a while to get going strong.... I am going to try to start a thread this year in the "Herpetoculture section" and document my breeding activities. I would like input and also see and hear w...
by craigb
October 24th, 2018, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10955

Re: Bull Wars

Believe it or not Mike, there was a time when a video of this quality would have had over 500 hits in 3 hours.
Life here is a bit slower now....

Things change, but thanks again for the GREAT video....
by craigb
October 24th, 2018, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10955

Re: Bull Wars

The best video I have seen in a number of years..... Very cool..... Now I also have another reason to visit my brother in law in Phillips WI. This is nowhere near the quality of yours. But, it is just about 2 miles from my house. And it is just an article with some pics taken by birders. There is al...
by craigb
October 21st, 2018, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herping Southern California in October
Replies: 5
Views: 10997

Re: herping Southern California in October

Daytime temps in the low 80s, and they got rain last week....

Good time to "'Take a Hike"..... :arrow: :shock:
by craigb
October 19th, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herping Southern California in October
Replies: 5
Views: 10997

Re: herping Southern California in October

pm sent too.... two? also?
by craigb
September 22nd, 2018, 2:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 2 headed copperhead found in N. Virginia
Replies: 0
Views: 11420

2 headed copperhead found in N. Virginia

This looks to be a reasonably healthy wild caught 2 headed copperhead.
Interesting find and information...

https://abc7.com/pets-animals/two-heade ... d/4305513/
by craigb
September 9th, 2018, 6:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the storm)
Replies: 12
Views: 18845

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the stor

Great stuff....
You get around !
Outstanding scenery and animal shots....

Craig
by craigb
September 7th, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Well, thank you FHF.... I got my 1000 views. To quote "Fringe"; "Seriously though, if you could convince a few of the old timers/seasoned herpers to post a few trip reports in here, then announce they did that on their personal FB's and IG's, you might get some folks interested again. Plus, there's ...
by craigb
September 4th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Canebrake from the other day
Replies: 1
Views: 4878

Re: Canebrake from the other day

Excellent pics !!!
That nose does have a story. Looks healthy though.

I saw my first DOA timber in Oklahoma this past May. There isn't anything in California or Arizona that remotely resembles C. horridus. I want to see more ! :thumb:

Keep posting please !
Craig
by craigb
September 3rd, 2018, 7:47 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72377

Re: change of forum format

Kelly I have disagreed with you a few times.
But the threat of losing a pet is devastating. They are family.

My thoughts are with you and your cat.
by craigb
September 3rd, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

One of the odd things on this trip was the frequency of reptile activity. Days 1 & 3 were good. Day two was just slightly cooler and we saw nothing at all. This was even in the same areas. The last 4 hours of day three were outstanding. It was warmer and wetter. We saw more in this period than the t...
by craigb
August 31st, 2018, 4:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 7905

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Outstanding stuff !!!
That Willamette Garter is gorgeous.
Herping with family is the best...
It was a great story told well.

craigb
by craigb
August 29th, 2018, 8:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Thanks Daniel for the identifications. I will start with your information and confirm with others as well. Jimi, My son is working at a research station about 90 minutes outside of Bangkok in the sticks/jungle. He is at The Suranaree University of Technology. He is working with Cryptelytrops macrops...
by craigb
August 29th, 2018, 5:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Yep my notes are kinda boring. But I document all of my sightings and locations. Both my sons do the same, but they are young and much more full of description and opinion. My other son is starting his Ph.D in Thailand working with Green tree vipers and Big eyed vipers (Trimeresurus). They both keep...
by craigb
August 28th, 2018, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Thank you folks for the kind words. We really tried to fill every minute of our three day trip with the quest for knowledge and facts. We did an observatory tour, stopped and talked to bird researchers and insect researchers. We also covered a great deal of ground (freeway) and habitat (hiking and r...
by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26015

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

FYI ....
This is me a few weeks ago.
My 30 year old son took the picture...

I think if you Google "old fart" you might get this pic also.
August 2018 AZ.JPG
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by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26015

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Yeah but 30 years ago I still had bought my fishing license to herp in Ca. It was considerably cheaper, but I still bought it. I turned 18 in 1975, I have not missed a year. I also used to use a film camera (35mm) that was a lot more expensive to use. But like a dumb butt I didn't buy the lifelong l...
by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26015

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Fire Drake for me "user pays" means just that. When I board a fishing vessel they check to make sure I have a valid fishing license... Always. When I fish in Mexican waters I board with a passport and pay for a Mexican license. Every year in December when I renew my Ca. Native Propagation Permit, I ...
by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

There are some very cool birds there too ! Something to do while eating lunch... I have not keyed these out yet, so any help with ID would be great.... fhf2018a.JPG fhf2018b.JPG fhf2018c.JPG fhf2018d.JPG fhf2018e.JPG fhf2018f.JPG fhf2018g.JPG It has been a few decades since Ornithology class....
by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Yes their are some amazing animals there. We saw a Mountain Lion cross the road just in front of my headlights while returning to my car from photographing the C. atrox. I had never seen the Dung beetles rolling their ball across the road as a team. In years past I have seen Caracara, and coatimundi...
by craigb
August 24th, 2018, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26015

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

One thing mentioned above: User pays ....

I totally agree. I want that 1 in 100 option to take something that is incredible if I see it.
I buy a license to catch tuna, and the rare herp that I have not seen in the last 45 years.


:thumb:
by craigb
August 24th, 2018, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15044

Arizona 2018: Good times

Hello field herpers.... young and old. Here are some pics from a recent trip to Arizona. Please enjoy them. My skills with a camera are just average. But I had a GREAT time. The Genus and species are listed in the title of each pic. By the way I purchased my AZ combo, out of state, license online 2 ...
by craigb
August 20th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 26015

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

I agree with Lateralis... I have purchased a license every year, but I go fishing also. In reality Lou, you do catch the herps, photograph them and release them. I do the same thing with fish and a license is definitely required. It does very from state to state though. I just did three days in Ariz...
by craigb
August 11th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with Facebook Friends
Replies: 2
Views: 4712

Re: Herping with Facebook Friends

Thank you for "Keeping it Real" Lou.
Every one of your videos is a gem.
Craig Barnes aka alternatrivpets on You Tube.
by craigb
July 31st, 2018, 10:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 29304

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

No worries about the clothes, everything undigested would come out in the end.
Defecating buttons would be no worse than a child/human that swallows a penny or a nickel.

I am a old guy, I spend far to much time thinking about defecation....
by craigb
July 31st, 2018, 5:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 29304

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Yes, I agree... But seeing is believing. I am talking first hand experience. When I was in my 20's I saw a red racer in the Mohave, that looked like it had swallowed a football. The snake was maybe 4 feet long, and at the middle (fattest point) it was bigger than my bicep muscle. We watched it for q...
by craigb
July 30th, 2018, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Santa Barbara Road Cruising
Replies: 1
Views: 3310

Re: Santa Barbara Road Cruising

pm sent...
by craigb
July 19th, 2018, 5:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador
Replies: 3
Views: 4389

Re: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador

Never mind, I went to the link posted.
Great stuff..

Craig
by craigb
July 19th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador
Replies: 3
Views: 4389

Re: Shiripuno Amazon Lodge, Ecuador

Great Stuff !
Keep them coming !

Can you give a brief description of the camera and equipment used?
Excellent photos !

Thank you,
Craig Barnes
by craigb
June 24th, 2018, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early Summer Herping - Ontario, Appalachians, Illinois
Replies: 5
Views: 7727

Re: Early Summer Herping - Ontario, Appalachians, Illinois

All I can say is "Epic"...

Herping at its finest...

I cannot even fault the playlist....

Craig Barnes
by craigb
June 24th, 2018, 7:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some locality Cal king breeding in 2018
Replies: 2
Views: 16338

Re: Some locality Cal king breeding in 2018

Some great looking Kings....

They look like pretzels...
by craigb
June 24th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Somewhat attractive Akansas beetle
Replies: 2
Views: 15133

Re: Somewhat attractive Akansas beetle

Ya need to put a sparrow next to it for size comparison.
Y'all got some mighty big bugs in the Razorback state... :D
by craigb
June 21st, 2018, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside Co. California flipping the past few days
Replies: 14
Views: 16177

Re: Riverside Co. California flipping the past few days

That was a great post !!!
Never seen Thamnophis, or Rhinocheilus, there...
Let alone a cool king like that!

P.S. Much better pics than I take also !!

Great stuff :thumb:
by craigb
June 18th, 2018, 3:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Troll on Craigslist
Replies: 12
Views: 22936

Re: Troll on Craigslist

OU812..... Phonetically :thumb:
by craigb
June 17th, 2018, 6:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Happy Fathers Day ! Herp Dads....
Replies: 0
Views: 6521

Happy Fathers Day ! Herp Dads....

It's never a bad day to get out in the field.
Being a dad I'm using this excuse with the wife to spend the afternoon flipping.

Happy day to all dads :thumb:
by craigb
June 17th, 2018, 4:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 29304

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

I have to agree. Prior stories lacked credibility. This made the rounds yesterday and was picked up by several news agencies. It appears to be the most authentic evidence I have seen. I would like to hear others on this forum with more experience weigh in.
by craigb
June 9th, 2018, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Posting pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 5613

Re: Posting pictures

Another....
by craigb
June 9th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Posting pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 5613

Re: Posting pictures

Microsoft Picture manager, edit picture resize....
If you click on the picture it enlarges to a reasonable size.
by craigb
June 7th, 2018, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 39924

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

Both my adult sons belong to PARC, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. I have met several members in recent years while in the field. The ones I met were good folks. They have an annual meeting or conference here in the U.S. I believe it is an academic group of college students, teachers...
by craigb
June 2nd, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my
Replies: 3
Views: 5703

Re: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my

Ain't no Sasquatchs....

It's just Chewbacca and friends visiting. They like our big trees. :thumb: ;)
by craigb
May 24th, 2018, 2:37 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 27958

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

Tools that work for you, simple hide aways, and frequency. I use plastic salad tongs to pick up poo and aspen mixture. Sometimes for massive ones I use a plastic spatula. I use cereal boxes, yogurt containers, even take out food boxes as hides. If they get stinky or stained just toss them out. I spo...
by craigb
May 20th, 2018, 7:56 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Law Enforcement looking to catch herpers in Arizona
Replies: 10
Views: 14996

Re: Law Enforcement looking to catch herpers in Arizona

That is very true. I took a field Geology class in college many years ago, and those folks were just like herpers. I have also seen folks panning for gold in streams where I was herping. Kinda similar.... But I don't think they leave as many things as most herpers do. We photograph and leave our jew...
by craigb
May 20th, 2018, 5:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Law Enforcement looking to catch herpers in Arizona
Replies: 10
Views: 14996

Re: Law Enforcement looking to catch herpers in Arizona

On a positive note, in some ways captive breeding is working. Many rosy boa locales are being bred and offered for sale on common websites. I see L. pyromelana (AZ. mountain kingsnakes) frequently advertised as well. I personally breed rosy boas from two Az. locales. I purchased the adults from capt...
by craigb
May 17th, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A GOOD START TO 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 7744

Re: A GOOD START TO 2018

Good stuff... Great to see kids in on the action !!!! :thumb:
by craigb
May 17th, 2018, 5:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 13200

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

Well, I have a window of opportunity Tuesday next week. I'm still deciding where I will go play...
I never even got out in the field at all last year. I injured my knee and was on crutches for 5 weeks.
It's all good now. :D
by craigb
May 16th, 2018, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 13200

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

This is not as pretty as yours Porter. But it did impress me...