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by craigb
September 3rd, 2018, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 14437

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: 7620

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: 14437

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: 14437

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: 14437

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: 24757

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.
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by craigb
August 27th, 2018, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 24757

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: 24757

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: 14437

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: 14437

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: 24757

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: 14437

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 23rd, 2018, 6:32 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38962

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

Comments on your second and third points: - hardly anybody walks tigers off-road, so VERY little of the population is actually hunted. Most of the people I know, photograph them and walk them off the road. This particular night was the exception to me. So I thought it note worthy. - there really are...
by craigb
August 22nd, 2018, 5:15 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38962

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

Just some observational input Dave. Recently while road cruising near Green Valley (several locations), I ran into three different people taking Crotalus tigris, and C. molossus. They were all from out of state. I spoke to them and they are familiar with this forum and several of the folks here. In ...
by craigb
August 20th, 2018, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 24757

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: 4528

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: 27077

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: 27077

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: 3269

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: 4274

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: 4274

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: 7375

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: 14929

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: 13950

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: 15423

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: 21668

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: 6384

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: 27077

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: 5555

Re: Posting pictures

Another....
by craigb
June 9th, 2018, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Posting pictures
Replies: 3
Views: 5555

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: 37849

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: 5579

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: 25592

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: 13747

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: 13747

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: 7509

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: 12628

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: 12628

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

This is not as pretty as yours Porter. But it did impress me...
by craigb
May 16th, 2018, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you call this lilac salamander...?
Replies: 19
Views: 12628

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: 12628

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: 11483

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: 11483

Re: Licensing Question

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

Thank you :thumb:
by craigb
April 27th, 2018, 6:30 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38962

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

I have to agree Don. I was always concerned when herpers would bag protected species to take and photograph in a separate location then return and release. I don't need to model wild animals to enjoy the photographs. I know that there are some folks with far more skills than I, but I would rather ta...
by craigb
April 22nd, 2018, 8:57 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod options?
Replies: 5
Views: 10025

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: 4741

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: 2755

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: 10025

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, 8:14 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38962

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

Chris, I have to agree with the BAN everything statement. Being in California, for my own peace of mind I have never kept L.z. pulchra or L.z. parvaruba. I have photographed them and left them though. But I have kept and bred L. p. pyromelana, and currently keep and breed L. z. agalma, obviously (I ...
by craigb
April 17th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...
Replies: 19
Views: 15397

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 12th, 2018, 5:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38962

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

Well, I am an old guy. I herped with Kent VanSooy and his father in the very early 70s. I met Kent in elementary school and we fished together at the local lake. Prior to 1975-76 there were virtually no regs on herps in Ca. We caught local kings (what are now called Long Beach greasers) as well as a...