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by Kent VanSooy
December 29th, 2014, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 2389

Re: Wet and wonderful Arizona

Thanks gents! As for the critter on the tree, it's a low band count zonata, of course! :)
by Kent VanSooy
December 29th, 2014, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Re: Wet and wonderful Arizona

Thanks gents! As for the critter on the tree, it's a low band count zonata, of course! :)
by Kent VanSooy
December 28th, 2014, 3:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4526

Re: Wet and wonderful Arizona 2014

Thanks guys! The winter does seem dark and cold at the moment, but we're past the solstice, so things are looking up. York, all the montane rattlers were Santa Cruz county snakes. And while the first Gila did look reasonably well nourished, the other two looked like crap! They seem to be suffering d...
by Kent VanSooy
December 27th, 2014, 10:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping, 2014
Replies: 28
Views: 15647

Re: Hot Stove Herping, 2014

Yowsers! Loved the Thamnopalooza, the Peruvian anurans, and of course the AZ critters. I'm a huge fan of longnose snakes, and those Sonoran longnose are absolutely incredible! Thanks for taking the time, Mike! I'd look at your post again, but I'm heading out the door to go herping (sorry, had to thr...
by Kent VanSooy
December 27th, 2014, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4526

Wet and wonderful Arizona 2014

This year in SoCal, if you wanted water, you had to head to the beach....not that there was anything wrong with that, as the ocean was incredibly warm, and the fishing fantastic. But for green grass and flowing streams, AZ was the place to be. http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/2014...
by Kent VanSooy
December 27th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 2389

Wet and wonderful Arizona

This year in SoCal, if you wanted water, you had to head to the beach....not that there was anything wrong with that, as the ocean was incredibly warm, and the fishing fantastic. But for green grass and flowing streams, AZ was the place to be. http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/2014...
by Kent VanSooy
December 27th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wet and wonderful Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 1296

Wet and wonderful Arizona

This year in SoCal, if you wanted water, you had to head to the beach....not that there was anything wrong with that, as the ocean was incredibly warm, and the fishing fantastic. But for green grass and flowing streams, AZ was the place to be. http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/2014...
by Kent VanSooy
December 24th, 2014, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 22
Views: 16807

'Twas the night before herping

I trot this out every year – perhaps there are some who haven’t yet seen it, or will enjoy it again. I’ve lost the name of the former FHF member who penned this – if anyone can attach a name to this Christmas classic, please do so! --------------------------------------------------------------------...
by Kent VanSooy
December 17th, 2014, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California NAFHA accomplishments in 2014 - complete list!
Replies: 19
Views: 4257

Re: California NAFHA accomplishments in 2014 - looking for i

For education: Steve Bledsoe and I put together and presented a NAFHA-based presentation for the Escondido Creek Conservancy, which was followed by Kevin Erbas-White's presentation on SoCal rattlesnake habitat preferences which utilized NAFHA data. This was a month or so ago. Also, both Fundad and I...
by Kent VanSooy
December 12th, 2014, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds
Replies: 36
Views: 8643

Re: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds

In my SoCal experience, the beasties will move around depending on the season/conditions - south-facing slopes will be more productive early in the spring when it's not too hot and dry, but then we'll start finding animals later on the north-facing slopes. Sometimes the north slopes are the only one...
by Kent VanSooy
December 12th, 2014, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall/Winter Highlights
Replies: 7
Views: 1682

Re: Fall/Winter Highlights

Wow, tons of great stuff! I can't recall ever seen a picture of a Risso's like that - fantastic! And the final shot of the humpbacks is marvelous as well. Who needs herps? ;)
by Kent VanSooy
December 4th, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Arizona 2014

Ah, thanks - I think I can see that now. Tantilla (along with Batrachoseps and Aspidoscleis) drive me nuts! And yes, it's a short trip.... :P
by Kent VanSooy
December 4th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Arizona 2014

Because (and I'm certainly no expert here, but I'd love to know more!) it looked to me like the dark head patch of you hobartsmithii extended far enough to the point where it was a nigriceps . http://www.reptilesofaz.org/Snakes-Subpages/h-t-nigriceps.html I found what I thought was a nigriceps earli...
by Kent VanSooy
December 4th, 2014, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2752

Re: Arizona 2014

Wow, that's quite an array of species! Love the scenary shots at the end as well. Do you maybe have your black-headed snakes switched around?

Thanks for sharing!
by Kent VanSooy
November 20th, 2014, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 47676

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

Ask permission enough times and eventually you'll run into the 'ol liability issue - the landowner will be afraid you'll get hurt on their property and proceed to sue the pants off them. Different types of cover offer different microenvironments throughout the year (thus providing more opportunity t...
by Kent VanSooy
November 12th, 2014, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more
Replies: 14
Views: 6371

Re: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more

Darn it! I just drooled all over my sandwich. Fantastic shots, I really dig the birds in action and the scenic pics. The light atrox is of course uber cool, but I also like that pale Massasauga - don't think I've ever seen on that light. Thanks !
by Kent VanSooy
October 30th, 2014, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Safety in the field
Replies: 18
Views: 4579

Re: Safety in the field

best defense is seeing them before they see you, and never put any part of your body where you can't see This is of course great advice, but doesn't help against the occasional viper that pops its head out of a hole after you've already inspected the area (ahem). That's why in addition to an abunda...
by Kent VanSooy
October 27th, 2014, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why entering data matters
Replies: 18
Views: 5725

Re: Why entering data matters

Having a species listed as an SSC is not without value to the species - some of the land managers we've worked with in the past when looking to acquire land wanted to know which parcels had SSC's and which didn't - those with SSC's were more valuable from a biodiversity perspective, and so the land ...
by Kent VanSooy
October 24th, 2014, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97902

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Thanks Marty. I guessed the rationale would be somewhere along that (all too common) line, but my guesses were tempered by what sounds like what may well be a fairly remote and difficult to access area of occurrence in the state of CA. One other question since we're on the topic - I believe I heard ...
by Kent VanSooy
October 24th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97902

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

NEVER been another find made public, at least.
I've heard rumors too, but what I don't understand is the reluctance to publish if that's indeed the case. What am I missing? Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
October 2nd, 2014, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming to SD in late Oct!
Replies: 4
Views: 1603

Re: Coming to SD in late Oct!

Cross your fingers for rain....there may not be many neos this fall, this year was so horribly dry (and SD had it better than alot of SoCal).
by Kent VanSooy
October 2nd, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: GPS Errors.. All Records with GPS errors will be excluded.
Replies: 12
Views: 2997

Re: GPS Errors.. All Records with GPS errors will be exclude

That's a great feature, turns out I have about a dozen that need fixin'. Regarding the county check on the GPS, it doesn't always work (unless I'm confused) - it's let me put in the wrong counties for some of my AZ records. I don't know how that algorithm works, but perhaps it's correct only most of...
by Kent VanSooy
October 1st, 2014, 4:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 3526

Re: What species of Sceloporus is this ??

Thank you Brian and Terry for all the great input! Sounds like we're all in agreement - it's bimaculosus. I'll enter it into the database as such. :beer:
by Kent VanSooy
October 1st, 2014, 4:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 1849

Re: What species of Sceloporus is this ??

Thank you Brian and Terry for all the great input! Sounds like we're all in agreement - it's bimaculosus. I'll enter it into the database as such. :beer:
by Kent VanSooy
September 26th, 2014, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 3526

Re: What species of Sceloporus is this ??

That's gotta be it! Thanks gents. For whatever reason, that taxon is not listed in my Holycross/Brennan AZ field guide.
by Kent VanSooy
September 26th, 2014, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 1849

Re: What species of Sceloporus is this ??

That's gotta be it! Thanks gents. For whatever reason, that taxon is not listed in my Holycross/Brennan AZ field guide.
by Kent VanSooy
September 25th, 2014, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 3526

What species of Sceloporus is this ??

Found in high grassland/sandy soil at around 4100', eastern AZ. If it was in the mountains I'd call it a young Yarrows and be done with it...but it wasn't in the mountains. Clark's perhaps? - but the collar looked too complete, and not much banding on the front legs. http://gallery.connectedbypets.c...
by Kent VanSooy
September 25th, 2014, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What species of Sceloporus is this ??
Replies: 11
Views: 1849

What species of Sceloporus is this ??

Found in high grassland/sandy soil at around 4100', eastern AZ. If it was in the mountains I'd call it a young Yarrows and be done with it...but it wasn't in the mountains. Clark's perhaps? - but the collar looked too complete, and not much banding on the front legs. http://gallery.connectedbypets.c...
by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2979

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

I'm confusing everyone (including myself, LOL) - I should have said other characteristics suggest chlorophaea. And Owen, I realized this morning that I had the county wrong in my NAHerp record - it was definitely in Santa Cruz county, not Pima.

Now, what say you??
by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

I'm confusing everyone (including myself, LOL) - I should have said other characteristics suggest chlorophaea. And Owen, I realized this morning that I had the county wrong in my NAHerp record - it was definitely in Santa Cruz county, not Pima.

Now, what say you??
by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2979

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

Thanks Paul - I ask because it was within the range of the (not yet described) Hooded night snake, and the nuchal blotches formed a hood posteriorly. Other characteristics though suggest ochrorhyncha.

Do those two species live sympatrically, or is there a zone of hybridization between them?
by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

Thanks Paul - I ask because it was within the range of the (not yet described) Hooded night snake, and the nuchal blotches formed a hood posteriorly. Other characteristics though suggest ochrorhyncha.

Do those two species live sympatrically, or is there a zone of hybridization between them?
by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2979

what kind of night snake is this?

from Santa Cruz county

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by Kent VanSooy
September 17th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1600

what kind of night snake is this?

from Santa Cruz county

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by Kent VanSooy
September 15th, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 19
Views: 6566

Re: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

Greg, I was beginning to wonder if anyone noticed that old joke, thanks for paying attention! Thank you too Jim, I've enjoyed your posts and photography over the years - this is my chance for a little pay-back. Dan, it seemed to me rosys were one of the more drought-impacted species. We normally don...
by Kent VanSooy
September 11th, 2014, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 19
Views: 6566

Re: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

Thanks Steve and Jim! Will wasn't quite right about the scute....but close! He's good,LOL. We PM'd back and forth, and he found an old reference that showed they had been found in the general vicinity where I found mine (which was just outside of the Park).
by Kent VanSooy
September 10th, 2014, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 19
Views: 6566

Re: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

Thanks guys! Lou, you're the one with some great experiences in Singapore, those blue corals are incredible! Thanks. Brad, I really appreciate that comment, as I make an effort to take the reader along vicariously with me. To me, that little snake in my post is pure ruber (and there's not many speck...
by Kent VanSooy
September 10th, 2014, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 6
Views: 3930

Re: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

Thanks for the good words, gentlemen! Capn', in my area of North San Diego County, the striped morph of the CA Kingsnake is the most common - I'd say it's maybe 70/30 striped/banded. The relative percentage begans to tilt towards the banded morph further inland, where it eventually becomes 100% band...
by Kent VanSooy
September 9th, 2014, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 6
Views: 3930

So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

We began 2014 with our traditional New Year’s Day herping trip. In years past, Jan 1st weather has ranged from warm and sunny to cool and cloudy, but the hillsides have always been green. Not this year. Some of the chapparal appeared not just dry, but dead. No herps were encountered. http://i449.pho...
by Kent VanSooy
September 9th, 2014, 8:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire
Replies: 19
Views: 6566

So far in SoCal 2014 - a tale of drought and fire

We began 2014 with our traditional New Year’s Day herping trip. In years past, Jan 1st weather has ranged from warm and sunny to cool and cloudy, but the hillsides have always been green. Not this year. Some of the chapparal appeared not just dry, but dead. No herps were encountered. http://i449.pho...
by Kent VanSooy
September 8th, 2014, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hybrid speck×red !?
Replies: 57
Views: 19743

Re: hybrid speck×red !?

To me, it's speck x ruber - I feel like I can clearly "see" both those species in the pictures that were posted.
by Kent VanSooy
September 8th, 2014, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test
Replies: 0
Views: 822

test

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by Kent VanSooy
September 7th, 2014, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip to the 2014 NAFHA National Meeting in Rodeo, NM
Replies: 10
Views: 4744

Re: My Trip to the 2014 NAFHA National Meeting in Rodeo, NM

Nice story and pictures Jeff! Both the pyro and the regalis are most excellent - thanks for sharing!
by Kent VanSooy
August 18th, 2014, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grace Olive Wiley
Replies: 17
Views: 5253

Re: Grace Olive Wiley

Then there's this... http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/tamingcover.jpg To me, she sounded like some of the folks who've been portrayed on "fatal attractions", and thought the animals could sense they meant them no harm, and thus would stay safe. And perhaps she was right, just not ...
by Kent VanSooy
August 13th, 2014, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye
Replies: 23
Views: 6858

Re: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye

It's the kurtosis that catches me eye...
by Kent VanSooy
August 13th, 2014, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye
Replies: 23
Views: 6858

Re: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye

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by Kent VanSooy
August 12th, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye
Replies: 23
Views: 6858

Re: Kiss the Arroyos/WPT goodbye

I'm just glad to hear that CA's water supply is robust enough to support a new massive subdivision.... :x
by Kent VanSooy
August 6th, 2014, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Gnomes of the Night"
Replies: 16
Views: 3474

Re: "Gnomes of the Night"

I first discovered the allergy with Couch's in AZ, and then later had a reaction from a hammondii. I haven't experimented with any others...! My dad was allergic to them as well.
by Kent VanSooy
August 5th, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Gnomes of the Night"
Replies: 16
Views: 3474

Re: "Gnomes of the Night"

I like 'em too, but I'm terribly allergic to spadefoots (and I have very few allergies). If I were to touch one, and rub my eyes... :shock:
by Kent VanSooy
August 2nd, 2014, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?
Replies: 23
Views: 7172

Re: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?

I've got an answer other that A or B. Herping is like fishing, and bicyling, and hiking, and photography - all are fine excuses to get outside and see the world. Sure, it's fun to find or catch something, but just tromping around is #1 for me. And this way, I'm never disappointed...! ;)