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by Steve Bledsoe
November 30th, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting San Fran
Replies: 6
Views: 3105

Re: Visiting San Fran

I don't know anything about the SF area, but for certain, carrying snake hooks in National or State Parks or Monuments is not a good idea. It can be cause for ticketing or confiscation.
It's not a problem, however, in National Forests or on federally owned BLM land.
by Steve Bledsoe
November 17th, 2015, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4541

Re: HerpARTolgy

Yeah - color is one of my big challenges. Mixing colors is an intricate art in itself I'm learning. It's also difficult to get the proper finish on some of these things. The commercial flats are too flat and the satins are too shiny. Mother nature is difficult to replicate, but therein lies the art....
by Steve Bledsoe
November 17th, 2015, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4541

Re: HerpARTolgy

Porter, sometimes I can't tell if you're kidding or not! If you're not kidding, I have to tell you that all of the photos I posted above are not of live animals, but of hand painted resin castings. I've been making these things for about 2 years now for local nature centers and museums. I like to th...
by Steve Bledsoe
November 17th, 2015, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4541

Re: HerpARTolgy

Wow! Are those handmade or are they commercially-available (but unpainted)? I have a chuckwalla and two eastern collared lizards that are cast from real specimens. I need to paint them but first I need to remove the flashing from around the feet. Hey Chris - these are resin castings taken from mold...
by Steve Bledsoe
November 17th, 2015, 2:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4541

Re: HerpARTolgy

How about some hand painted full scale replicas? Reticulate Gila Monster http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/H.%20s.%20suspectum%20replica%2001%2033_zpszlwh3rwz.jpg http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/H.%20s.%20suspectum%20replica%2001%2031_zpsrootwnmp.jpg http:...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 26th, 2015, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First time in the SW US and got to do a little herping!
Replies: 3
Views: 2650

Re: First time in the SW US and got to do a little herping!

My guess would be Greater Short-horn, P. hernandesi, on your little horned lizard.
The only other species in that area, to my knowledge, is P. platyrhinos.
Yours looks like a juvenile short-horn to me.
by Steve Bledsoe
October 24th, 2015, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can Snakes Strike Up?
Replies: 20
Views: 8096

Re: Can Snakes Strike Up?

Many here have probably already seen this video. It's been around a few years. In this clip, an adult C. horridus tags a squirrel by striking at it with deadly accuracy at a distance longer than the snakes body length. The snake actually goes airborne in the process. I personally believe that snakes...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 23rd, 2015, 9:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short Film about Crotalid Research
Replies: 12
Views: 4584

Re: Short Film about Crotalid Research

Like those above, I never watch fishing or herping videos, but I was intrigued by the comments on this thread.

You, Sir, should be very proud of this one. Bravo!

I think maybe you're in the wrong profession. You should be making documentary films! :thumb:
by Steve Bledsoe
October 23rd, 2015, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can Snakes Strike Up?
Replies: 20
Views: 8096

Re: Can Snakes Strike Up?

I have had two events in the field when adult Southern Pacific Rattlesnakes (Crotalus o. helleri) have struck vertically at me. On both occasions the snakes entire bodies cleared the ground. I have no idea if "angle of attack" varies with species, but I do know that one can never trust a helleri!
by Steve Bledsoe
October 21st, 2015, 1:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not My Find, but I Wish...
Replies: 30
Views: 9643

Re: Not My Find, but I Wish...

Well, all I can say is, lucky for you (and lucky for your kids) that parents have a great influence on how their kids turn out. Most of us don't let the media, the state, sports idols or celebrities raise our kids. Parents who ignore their kids are losers, and their kids quite often turn out the sam...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 21st, 2015, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not My Find, but I Wish...
Replies: 30
Views: 9643

Re: Not My Find, but I Wish...

you lost me, Dude :?
by Steve Bledsoe
October 21st, 2015, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not My Find, but I Wish...
Replies: 30
Views: 9643

Re: Not My Find, but I Wish...

Hammerhead sharks, pelagic red crabs and sea turtles are all common sightings along our coast during strong El Nino events. I spent may years fishing offshore in SoCal waters and have witnessed these species many times. During the past two summers there have been a good number of wahoo caught on hoo...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 7th, 2015, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

The coincidental truth linking Porter's pun is remarkable! :crazyeyes: Here's what Emily told me in an email regarding the inspiration behind the invention of the product ...... "The alarm unit itself was invented by my boss after he was robbed through his restaurant receiving door on Easter Sunday....
by Steve Bledsoe
October 7th, 2015, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

These people have a very healthy sense of humor. Emily at Restaurant Security sent me this photo of the T-shirts they wear at trade shows. She thought we'd get a kick out of it! :thumb: How many would you like to order? http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/tradeshow-shirt_zpstzmpap...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 7th, 2015, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

hellihooks wrote:maybe hatchling monitors... so they'd be baby monitors... :)
LMAO :lol:
Good one, Helli
I was wondering yesterday if you had seen this thread yet, because I knew, of all people, you would really have some fun with it.
by Steve Bledsoe
October 6th, 2015, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

Thanks guys No, I didn't mention anything about mothering sallies. Actually, I know less than nothing about gummy lizards, so the mothering thing was all new to me. Everything I know about it I learned right here on this educational thread! :lol: I was really surprised to get a reply from my inquiry...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 5th, 2015, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

The answer is simple ....... Alcohol! I decided to have some fun this morning and email R. B. Enterprises / dba Security Products Inc, (Restaurant Security.com) and ask out of curiosity, why they chose to use the image of a salamander on their Monitor 4000 product. Here's the reply I received: "Stev...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 2nd, 2015, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 4864

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

it's a common salamonitor. :D
by Steve Bledsoe
October 2nd, 2015, 7:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened
Replies: 24
Views: 7575

Re: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened

Could the reference to "rings" be driven by some internal anatomy, maybe? A similar case that comes to mind is the Lyresnake. The common name is derived from the 'V' shaped marking on the top of the head that resembles an ancient Greek string instrument, but the scientific name " Trimorphodon " refe...
by Steve Bledsoe
October 1st, 2015, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 13143

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

I've tried in the past to make contact with someone at the Tohono O' Odham headquarters, but never could get anyone to respond to emails or letters. I took it as a message that they weren't interested in letting any outsiders on their property. My friend Lee and I were photographing a pair of nestin...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 29th, 2015, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes
Replies: 19
Views: 9342

Re: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes

Very enjoyable post.
Oddly, the thing that really caught my attention was the fossil.
I assume you know what species it is because it's a known artifact in the immediate area you were in?
by Steve Bledsoe
September 27th, 2015, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Re: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

On behalf of the VanSooy family, I'd like to thank everyone who attended Kent's Celebration of Life yesterday, and of course thank all those who have posted their well wishes and sentiments on the various threads here on FHF. We had 153 RSVPs for the gathering, but the actual attendance was probably...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 21st, 2015, 5:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 25
Views: 10040

Re: In Memory of Kent VanSooy

Of all the herpers I knew, Kent was the best person. Yes he was, Jonathan. Kent set a standard for decency, understanding and compassion that many of us (especially me) will never meet. Sometimes you don't realize how special some people are until you lose them. Like Fundad, I'm finding it very dif...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 15th, 2015, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Re: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

Thank you, Brian, for the generous offer, but I think we've got everything pretty well covered. Kent's co-workers at Isis Pharmaceuticals have been extremely helpful, and Jess at the SDRV Conservancy, and the River Park Rangers have been super supportive. Kent has a big bunch of very sincere friends...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 15th, 2015, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Re: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

Thank you, Brian.
Are you bringing anyone with you?
Just trying to keep up with a guest count for food purposes.

Steve
by Steve Bledsoe
September 15th, 2015, 4:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What are your favorite shots from this year?
Replies: 17
Views: 4889

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Bravo! :thumb:

Very well done, Nicholas.
by Steve Bledsoe
September 14th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 25
Views: 10040

Re: In Memory of Kent VanSooy

Welcome home, Jeff.
Sorry it had to be under such sad circumstances.
by Steve Bledsoe
September 13th, 2015, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 33768

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

California Kingsnake & mouse, L. g. californiae http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/Lgcaliforinae13721_zps7cbc3041.jpg Juvenile Southern Pacific Rattlesnake, C. o. helleri & adult Western Fence Lizard, S. o. longipes http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/C.%20o.%2...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 13th, 2015, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What are your favorite shots from this year?
Replies: 17
Views: 4889

Re: What are your favorite shots from this year?

Here are some of my favorite shots this year An in situ shot of a Northern Black-tailed Rattlesnake, C. m. molossus (one of a pair of adults observed by Kent VanSooy and I above ground in a bush) http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/C.%20m.%20molossus%20019%205_zpsqx1ema88.jpg A sh...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 13th, 2015, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 0
Views: 1769

A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... =6&t=22565
by Steve Bledsoe
September 13th, 2015, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 1
Views: 1752

A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... =6&t=22565
by Steve Bledsoe
September 13th, 2015, 8:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

A Celebration of the Life of Kent VanSooy

Please join family, friends and colleagues for a celebration of the life of Kent VanSooy. The casual, outdoor celebration will be Saturday, Sept 26 12:30pm at the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy Birdwing Open Air Classroom. After a few words from his closest friends and family, we will enjoy l...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 10th, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 25
Views: 10040

Re: In Memory of Kent VanSooy

Back in 2010, Kent initiated contact with, and began building a relationship with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, located in San Diego County. Over the years, Kent and friends conducted surveys to help the conservancy monitor its Arroyo Toad population, and set up study sites to record he...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 7th, 2015, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID Assist Please...
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Re: Quick ID Assist Please...

You're very welcome.

Yes, your shelter is the proper place for it. Certainly don't let anyone release it into the wild.
If the owner doesn't come looking for it, someone might want to adopt it. They're good low maintenance pets.
by Steve Bledsoe
September 7th, 2015, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID Assist Please...
Replies: 4
Views: 1255

Re: Quick ID Assist Please...

Albino striped California Kingsnake.
Someone's escaped pet no doubt. They're very common in the pet trade.
by Steve Bledsoe
September 5th, 2015, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 1
Views: 2488

In Memory of Kent VanSooy

by Steve Bledsoe
September 5th, 2015, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 2
Views: 1583

In Memory of Kent VanSooy

by Steve Bledsoe
September 5th, 2015, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Memory of Kent VanSooy
Replies: 25
Views: 10040

In Memory of Kent VanSooy

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/Kent/kent_zpsabbh21aj.jpg Kent VanSooy June 23, 1957 - September 4, 2015 Many visitors to these forums, even if they were here for only a short while, were treated to Kent VanSooy’s humor, knowledge, and of course, his beautiful photography. He...
by Steve Bledsoe
September 5th, 2015, 3:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For Kent
Replies: 8
Views: 4064

Re: For Kent

We have lost a truly wonderful friend.
He will be missed by many.
by Steve Bledsoe
September 1st, 2015, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Our prayers are with you
Replies: 12
Views: 2959

Re: Our prayers are with you

On behalf of Kent and Anne Marie, I thank you guys, and will relay to them your heart-felt sentiments and sincere show of support. I'm in contact with Anne Marie daily. I can only tell you that Kent has been in a drug induced coma since he entered the hospital last Thursday. He's not responding to e...
by Steve Bledsoe
August 25th, 2015, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Night road-cruising in AZ
Replies: 9
Views: 4495

Re: Night road-cruising in AZ

We here in California can only wish that our CADFW was as understanding as the AZGFD. I think they're trying, but haven't arrived there yet! As far as I know, Joshua Tree National Park in CA is under Federal jurisdiction, and plays by an entirely different set of rules than State owned and operated ...
by Steve Bledsoe
July 26th, 2015, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Field Photography 1
Replies: 4
Views: 1171

Re: 2015 Field Photography 1

Very, very nice. :thumb:
by Steve Bledsoe
May 26th, 2015, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20882

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

If they are using Coast Horned Lizards in this ill-conceived event, then there should be a lot of tickets issued by the DFW, and for sure some heads should roll! I agree with Robert - wild caught or not, this sort of thing should be strongly discouraged and protested, if not declared totally illegal.
by Steve Bledsoe
May 19th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

Jimi said, " What I suspect happened is that the administrative unit that changed the form did not - for whatever reason - successfully communicate that change with the field enforcement staffer you encountered. The latter is enforcing what he knows to be in effect (even if he's actually not up to s...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 19th, 2015, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

But my question was not really for hobbiests or the breeders, per se... but rather for the average Joe who finds a gopher or king or rosy, and decides to keep it (or even 'some') as a pet(s), whether or not he/she happened to have a license that year the snake was collected. If LE has occassion to ...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 18th, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

Being a mechanical engineer by trade, logic is a big part of my being, and my Vulcan ancestry! LOL. I can assure you that my comments are not intended to be insulting to the CDFG or law enforcement in general. I apologize if it sounds that way, as I think that the CDFG has come a long way in recent ...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 18th, 2015, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

Kent - You're probably correct in your understanding of the written law, and I agree with you that it's the way it works with fish, but my fear is that these things always contain an element of 'subjectivity' on the part of a law enforcement officer. There is nothing to prevent an overzealous office...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 16th, 2015, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

I do know that Chang is one of the more logical LE officers in the department, and understands herp keepers. It's the young guns who want to be hard-asses that are the problem. It's like not having a license and moving a live snake off a roadway so that it doesn't get killed. Many LE officers unders...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 16th, 2015, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: regulations question
Replies: 24
Views: 6564

Re: regulations question

If it's in your home, it's in your possession. You must have a current CA fishing license, or state issued Scientific Collection Permit to keep the animals. The bag limits also apply. If the bag limit is 2, you can only have 2 in your possession in your home at any time. This is a point that I perso...
by Steve Bledsoe
May 14th, 2015, 7:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Speckled rattlesnake range?
Replies: 11
Views: 4748

Re: Speckled rattlesnake range?

Here's a photo of a Bagdad spec that was taken by a friend of mine. I don't know exactly how close to the center of town he found this snake, but it was definitely found in the Bagdad area. Awesome looking animal IMO. http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee226/Steve_Bledsoe/SW%20Speckled%20Rattlesnake...