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by Kent VanSooy
July 25th, 2014, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 24
Views: 6869

Re: Rattlesnake ID

it's lannomi, those things are breeding like rabbits these days.
by Kent VanSooy
July 12th, 2014, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pattern variant C. oreganus
Replies: 22
Views: 8315

Re: Pattern variant C. oreganus

That critter's just plain old bitchin' !
by Kent VanSooy
June 24th, 2014, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers
Replies: 23
Views: 5740

Re: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers

And didn't they find a hammondii on Friday?
by Kent VanSooy
June 24th, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers
Replies: 23
Views: 5740

Re: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers

Sorry, I just now saw your question. I don't have the complete list, but I remember..

Garden slender salamander
Alligator lizard
Fence lizard
Skink
Southern Pacific rattlers
Nightsnake
Blindsnake
Red Diamond

The weather was less than ideal...and that's putting it generously!
by Kent VanSooy
June 17th, 2014, 4:47 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Western Fence Lizard Nest
Replies: 5
Views: 3474

Re: Western Fence Lizard Nest

Hi Connie, I found your message interesting, because something very similar happened to us (and we live in Oceanside, not too far from you): my wife was gardening and found a female fence lizard which had just laid eggs in one of our planters (dirt covered with mulch, and a rose bush nearby! But a c...
by Kent VanSooy
June 17th, 2014, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with HOT chicks
Replies: 15
Views: 4315

Re: Herping with HOT chicks

And this was in AZ just recently, so those chicks really were hot! The snake didn't seem to care much about them, seems like it just wanted a spot in the shade.

And York, you made me squirt my Coke out through my nose.....again....
by Kent VanSooy
June 15th, 2014, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wagler's Pit Viper (same as main forum)
Replies: 5
Views: 1381

Re: Wagler's Pit Viper (same as main forum)

SUPER cool Lou! That critter is absolutely gorgeous - congrats on a great find!
by Kent VanSooy
June 15th, 2014, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation Mag
Replies: 8
Views: 3194

Re: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation M

I (obviously!) lost some tissue, and felt horribly "poisoned" systemically, but the local pain was not that severe (and I expected it to be). After my bite I read quite a few stories/medical accounts of Crotalid envenomations, and was struck by the differences in individual's reactions to the venom.
by Kent VanSooy
June 13th, 2014, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation Mag
Replies: 8
Views: 3194

Re: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation M

Thanks York for being patient with my cryptic comment on your wonderful photolog from earlier in the year - I hope you enjoy the article! I was surprised at how quickly a bite to the finger could immobilize a full size adult Lawrence, me too - I would have never guessed that, and it's been a soberin...
by Kent VanSooy
June 11th, 2014, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species
Replies: 23
Views: 4382

Re: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species

Brian, yesterday was the only day I could attend - the presentations were GREAT! I wish I could listen to you and Laura today....good luck!
by Kent VanSooy
June 10th, 2014, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species
Replies: 23
Views: 4382

Re: Western Pond Turtles Now 2 Species

What is the current definition of "species"? Does anyone know?
There's obviously lots of them, but I just returned from the Southwest PARC meeting, and the "General Lineage Species Concept" was popular.

http://vertebrates.si.edu/herps/herps_p ... sForms.pdf
by Kent VanSooy
June 7th, 2014, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation Mag
Replies: 8
Views: 3194

Re: Rattlesnake Bite Account by Kent VanSooy - Herp Nation M

Thanks Scott! I was surprised by a number of aspects of this experience and want to share what I've learned, so please feel free to ask any questions.
by Kent VanSooy
June 6th, 2014, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with HOT chicks
Replies: 15
Views: 4315

Herping with HOT chicks

Ha! Made you look!

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by Kent VanSooy
May 31st, 2014, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New desert-phase Helleri locale?
Replies: 36
Views: 4839

Re: New desert-phase Helleri locale?

Back in the olden days, we'd routinely find helleri in the Cabazon area (but closer to the Casino than the windmills). I've seen a couple in JT (a little south of hiway 62) over the years.
by Kent VanSooy
May 21st, 2014, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albino Kings in Gran Canaria?
Replies: 19
Views: 2972

Re: Albino Kings in Gran Canaria?

Just listened to the first one - really nice, Brian! Hopefully they can be eradicated NOW.
by Kent VanSooy
April 15th, 2014, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Epic Road Trip/Herping Trip; Introduction!
Replies: 12
Views: 2076

Re: Epic Road Trip/Herping Trip; Introduction!

Longnose during the day?!? Blasphemy!

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by Kent VanSooy
April 15th, 2014, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers
Replies: 23
Views: 5740

Re: Lake Hodges Bio-blitz Apr 25-26 - need herpers

I'll be joining y'all on Saturday - looking forward to it!
by Kent VanSooy
April 8th, 2014, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Noob questions re: technique, safety, etc
Replies: 38
Views: 9361

Re: Noob questions re: technique, safety, etc

To gaiter or not to gaiter has a habitat component to it - here in SoCal, and especially right now, there's tall grass on the hillsides, and you simply can't herp effectively without walking through it, and potentially putting your foot next to a hidden snake. An alternative to gaiters are snake boo...
by Kent VanSooy
April 3rd, 2014, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ah, the good old days...
Replies: 13
Views: 2275

Re: Ah, the good old days...

Holy crap Will ! You're earning your name! The date is about a year later, sounds like he went back a couple times....
by Kent VanSooy
April 1st, 2014, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip Coloration
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Re: Coachwhip Coloration

A face only a mother could love?- Baja Coachwhip from SD county

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by Kent VanSooy
March 31st, 2014, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip Coloration
Replies: 17
Views: 4043

Re: Coachwhip Coloration

That's a beast, Lou! They have some variation in the color and amount of black, and tend to get darker as they get older and bigger. I found this one yesterday, note the differences in head color as compared to yours.

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by Kent VanSooy
March 31st, 2014, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ah, the good old days...
Replies: 13
Views: 2275

Re: Ah, the good old days...

Richard, that's exactly what my Dad did - I haven't sorted through all his stuff yet, but those two letters immediately jumped out at me. It's a fascinating look back at the way herpetological research was discussed 60 years ago.
by Kent VanSooy
March 30th, 2014, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ah, the good old days...
Replies: 13
Views: 2275

Ah, the good old days...

...when you could correspond with herpetological legends and receive signed replies! Check out these letters to my Dad...

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by Kent VanSooy
March 29th, 2014, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 27788

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

I would hope that after viewing some of the gruesome photos, most folks would think it unwise to be bitten. Very unwise! There are plenty of herpers on this forum who have been tagged but they have the good sense not to advertise their stupidity. I, on the other hand, am not that proud and would pr...
by Kent VanSooy
March 28th, 2014, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So Cal Rain this week?
Replies: 24
Views: 5466

Re: So Cal Rain this week?

Amateurs! REAL herpers flip 11 helleri in a single lift...

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by Kent VanSooy
March 26th, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 27788

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

Once again, it's the best post here since your last one. You immediately reeled me in with that ridiculous male klaub. I took particular note of the blacktail "french kiss", the atrox shadow, and the gophersnake at sunset. The shot of the ringtail is great, I'm still waiting to get a close look at o...
by Kent VanSooy
March 20th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kingsnake Survey Needs Your Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 2826

Re: Kingsnake Survey Needs Your Help!

Of course, the data might not support your hypothesis, and you'd have to reject it - but that's still science! Did they specifically want you to come up with something that would give a significant p value? If so (and in alignment with what Fundad said, as I've noted the same thing), you'd probably ...
by Kent VanSooy
February 28th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few photos from the Snowy Mountains (NSW, Australia)
Replies: 9
Views: 3672

Re: A few photos from the Snowy Mountains (NSW, Australia)

Fantastic David, I really appreciate the wide view on the area's natural history. Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
February 28th, 2014, 12:33 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Damsels in distress
Replies: 6
Views: 12541

Re: Damsels in distress

AWESOME footage, thanks GBin!
by Kent VanSooy
February 22nd, 2014, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?
Replies: 20
Views: 5309

Re: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?

Phew! It drove me nuts thinking there was a possibility I couldn't identify the species of snakes I was finding in good 'ol SD County. Having the transition zone farther south will also help those doing the herpetoculture thing under CDFW permit (the baja subspecies won't occur in the USA).
by Kent VanSooy
February 22nd, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?
Replies: 20
Views: 5309

Re: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?

I found the dispersal patterns postulated in the paper to be quite interesting! It's worth a careful read for that.
by Kent VanSooy
February 22nd, 2014, 8:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County on Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 3297

Re: Riverside County on Sunday

Very nice gents! Nicholas' photography just keeps getting better.

Our weekend was remarkably similar. I kinda dig seeing rosys like that.


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by Kent VanSooy
February 22nd, 2014, 8:38 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Personal Best (PB)
Replies: 41
Views: 41059

Re: Personal Best (PB)

Thanks! Baited a live squid, circle hook and 90# flouro leader.
by Kent VanSooy
February 20th, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Personal Best (PB)
Replies: 41
Views: 41059

Re: Personal Best (PB)

Gotta a new PB! From a couple weeks ago, aboard the Journeyman from Puerto Vallarta. Yellowfin tuna, estimated 180-190#.

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by Kent VanSooy
January 24th, 2014, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: rattlesnake bite - at night - in January!
Replies: 3
Views: 1100

Re: rattlesnake bite - at night - in January!

Nasty Southern Pacifics, always biting first and asking questions later. I too have seen them sitting out in the sun on cold (40 degree) days. With the unusual weather, we'll probably also see increased unusual activity patterns from the animals.
by Kent VanSooy
January 23rd, 2014, 12:47 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Lets see your homemade cages!
Replies: 15
Views: 7891

Re: Lets see your homemade cages!

Love the outdoor enclosure! I've dreamed about something like that many times. I'm guessing the top has to be screened, otherwise cats and raptors would have their way with the inhabitants?
by Kent VanSooy
January 23rd, 2014, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping San Diego
Replies: 10
Views: 2412

Re: Herping San Diego

The increase in humidity may help a little...some runner friends saw a helleri on the crawl a couple days ago. But I've got to echo the others, this is the worst January I can remember.
by Kent VanSooy
January 15th, 2014, 12:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Light or "hypo" Borregos out there?
Replies: 7
Views: 4404

Re: Light or "hypo" Borregos out there?

Matt, I agree that calling one "hypo" is highly subjective. There are neos that will knock your socks off, but quite often they will lose that look as they age. They may stay light, but will become a silvery-gray. If I was looking for a "hypo", I'd want to see the parents!
by Kent VanSooy
January 4th, 2014, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: YEAR OF ATROX PART 2 WRAP UP
Replies: 6
Views: 1808

Re: YEAR OF ATROX PART 2 WRAP UP

Great story-telling Marc! You definitely put in the effort in 2013, and it paid off. Now, do the rain dance.....
by Kent VanSooy
January 1st, 2014, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post
Replies: 41
Views: 21895

Re: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post

That's a lot of life, and a lot of fine shootin'! The goblin frog is quite amazing! Thanks Mike.
by Kent VanSooy
December 28th, 2013, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tejon Ranch
Replies: 0
Views: 858

Tejon Ranch

I wanted to share this letter from Tejon Ranch. I'm not suggesting you donate (but there are worse ways to spend money!). They acknowledge the work of Citizen Scientists, and have set aside TONS of land - take a look!

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by Kent VanSooy
December 24th, 2013, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before....herping
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

'Twas the night before....herping

Like a good Christmas classic, I trot this out every year. I managed to lose the name of the author somewhere along the way - if anyone can give credit, please do so! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Twas the night before Christmas, ...
by Kent VanSooy
December 20th, 2013, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion too
Replies: 30
Views: 8357

Re: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion to

I snapped this shot off Guadalupe Island on a fishing trip....the pangeros didn't seem overly concerned.

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by Kent VanSooy
December 19th, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens
Replies: 29
Views: 11322

Re: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens

Wow, that critter is gorgeous! And in CA they're legal to breed with a permit, just sayin'.
by Kent VanSooy
December 18th, 2013, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madness?
Replies: 10
Views: 2201

Re: Madness?

A late-breaking report for you: I was out yesterday, and saw a couple Southern Pacific rattlesnakes. While that may sound encouraging, typically December is pretty good (more like half a dozen snakes per outing). It's still dry, and the snakes are mostly down. I'd save the gas money for a little lat...
by Kent VanSooy
December 17th, 2013, 12:42 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Update on my gray banded kingsnake
Replies: 5
Views: 3231

Re: Update on my gray banded kingsnake

I have it on good authority they can get big - males especially. Beautiful alterna you have there!

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by Kent VanSooy
December 13th, 2013, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madness?
Replies: 10
Views: 2201

Re: Madness?

It's still slower than typical here in sunny SD - despite the rain, the crunch remains.