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by Kent VanSooy
April 15th, 2015, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National meeting post - lots of photos
Replies: 24
Views: 7764

Re: NAFHA National meeting post - lots of photos

Here's a repost of my pics, as it looks like we need a dedicated picture post. We had a good-sized group... http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/2015%20NAFHA%20ntl%20meet/group%20shot.jpg We were privileged to be hosted in the morning by Dr. Fisher from the USGS, and he took us to a r...
by Kent VanSooy
April 12th, 2015, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updated
Replies: 157
Views: 41734

Re: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updat

I made the trek out yesterday - what a beautiful day! - and there was a fair amount of herp activity. We had a good-sized group... http://i449.photobucket.com/albums/qq217/lamprophil/2015%20NAFHA%20ntl%20meet/group%20shot.jpg We were privileged to be hosted in the morning by Dr. Fisher from the USGS...
by Kent VanSooy
April 10th, 2015, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: WTF is the matter with people?
Replies: 23
Views: 4483

Re: WTF is the matter with people?

Jer, that seems to be the theme this year - I know of three spots in SoCal where that was done - I feel like I spend about half my time in the field fixing lines rather than finding animals. I ran into a guy, and a friend ran into another, who had passing interests in snakes and said they had looked...
by Kent VanSooy
April 10th, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updated
Replies: 157
Views: 41734

Re: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updat

So, what are folks seeing so far? Inquiring minds want to know!

I'll be driving up the morning, see y'all then.
by Kent VanSooy
April 6th, 2015, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Handling YES or NO
Replies: 31
Views: 9124

Re: Rattlesnake Handling YES or NO

Even from a purely selfish perspective, you'll get better pictures if you don't manipulate the snakes, and years later when you look at your shots, they will bring back the memory of how you first saw the snake (which for many of us is the sweetest). Search for Brendan O'Connor and take a look at hi...
by Kent VanSooy
April 4th, 2015, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unusual Cal King colorization - at least for around here...
Replies: 4
Views: 2123

Re: Unusual Cal King colorization - at least for around here

Looks like one of my Carlsbad kings took a bus ride to your neighborhood! Pretty snake, and thanks for sharing!
by Kent VanSooy
April 3rd, 2015, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco
Replies: 4
Views: 2611

Re: New Frog Species from Colima and Jalisco

SWEET! Great story, and congrats on one of the ultimate zoological honors! The work Herp Mx is doing is remarkable and inspiring. Thanks Chris!
by Kent VanSooy
March 31st, 2015, 7:19 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: CB rosy bites vs WC rosy
Replies: 36
Views: 14897

Re: CB rosy bites vs WC rosy

Any thoughts as to the least bitey snakes youve worked with?
My longnose snakes are incredibly mellow - and I don't remember ever seeing a wild one attempt to bite. When a snake novice comes into my room and wants to hold something, the longnose are the first thing I reach for.
by Kent VanSooy
March 30th, 2015, 7:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Iggy or Lep?
Replies: 10
Views: 1919

Re: Iggy or Lep?

how big was that shriveled piece of jerky? if it was small, I'd say dipso as the juveniles tend to be more spotted, but if it was full-grown, I'm saying it's a cat lizard.
by Kent VanSooy
March 27th, 2015, 11:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: CB rosy bites vs WC rosy
Replies: 36
Views: 14897

Re: CB rosy bites vs WC rosy

I've heard that some folks move their CB rosys to a different enclosure prior to feeding them, to break the association that the hand coming into their primary enclosure might mean food. That said, it's not something that I do, and some of my CB rosys are terrible in that regard. To handle them, I u...
by Kent VanSooy
March 16th, 2015, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 20052

Re: How much does it cost?

For me and my San Diego County home, it's not even close - fishing is WAY more expensive. I've always thought herping was remarkably-wallet friendly, especially if you don't have far to drive to find good habitat and prefer to hike over roadcruising. Fishing on the other hand (I'm talking the ocean ...
by Kent VanSooy
March 2nd, 2015, 12:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ruber or Atrox?
Replies: 8
Views: 2069

Re: Ruber or Atrox?

ruber fo sho....the little ones tend to be darker like that.
by Kent VanSooy
February 28th, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your most significant find in 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 5471

Re: Your most significant find in 2015

Since Ryan is posting ( :thumb: ), he gets the credit for finding and photo'ing that crazy ruber. You're having a great year so far Ryan!
by Kent VanSooy
February 28th, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your most significant find in 2015
Replies: 51
Views: 17919

Re: Your most significant find in 2015

Since Ryan is posting ( :thumb: ), he gets the credit for finding and photo'ing that crazy ruber. You're having a great year so far Ryan!
by Kent VanSooy
February 27th, 2015, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your most significant find in 2015
Replies: 32
Views: 5471

Re: Your most significant in 2015

For me, it's been this....I didn't find it or photograph it, but I was there, does that count ?? :P Check out the tongue especially !

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by Kent VanSooy
February 27th, 2015, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your most significant find in 2015
Replies: 51
Views: 17919

Re: Your most significant in 2015

For me, it's been this....I didn't find it or photograph it, but I was there, does that count ?? :P Check out the tongue especially !

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by Kent VanSooy
February 23rd, 2015, 12:53 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid
Replies: 7
Views: 12829

Re: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid

Well, the weather was pretty lousy for a good chunk of the trip - windy, cool, and high seas. It gets a little old when the weather is bad, everything is hard - it's hard to fish, hard to eat (you don't have enough hands to hold everything down), and hard to sleep. I've slowly worked my way up to th...
by Kent VanSooy
February 19th, 2015, 8:43 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

Oh, one more thought: when an egg dies, I always cut it open to find out what went wrong (but obviously you want to be DARN sure that it's dead!). It's very typically one of the two things - it was infertile to begin with (which happens even when there are fertile eggs in the clutch), or it'll conta...
by Kent VanSooy
February 19th, 2015, 8:19 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

One thing to note is that sometimes the mold isnt what killed the egg (though of course it can) but that once an egg is dead opportunistic organisms quickly begin to break the egg down. The egg is lavish with resources for nations of mycologic and bacterial life - like all dead things Glad you stat...
by Kent VanSooy
February 18th, 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

I've always used vermiculate, you can get a ridiculously big bag at Home Depot for $20. I never measure the amount of water, but just add some to the container, mix it around with my fingers, and add more until it feels right. If you add to much, you can just pick up a glob of the wet vermiculate an...
by Kent VanSooy
February 15th, 2015, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "insitu" under AC
Replies: 20
Views: 5269

Re: "insitu" under AC

Thanks guys! There were actually 11 helleri under that single piece of tin, but two were to the side and out of the frame. I was propping the tin up with my snake stick in one hand, taking a picture with the other, and trying to watch all those snakes at once. Sadly, that tin is now gone. Re: the co...
by Kent VanSooy
February 15th, 2015, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "insitu" under AC
Replies: 22
Views: 6155

Re: "insitu" under AC

Thanks guys! There were actually 11 helleri under that single piece of tin, but two were to the side and out of the frame. I was propping the tin up with my snake stick in one hand, taking a picture with the other, and trying to watch all those snakes at once. Sadly, that tin is now gone. Re: the co...
by Kent VanSooy
February 15th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 11674

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

LOVE that family shot of orcutti !!

For boas, both cracks and looking under rocks can be productive - it depends on the time of year, moisture/temp levels, etc. We shine an awful lot of cracks to see what we do.
by Kent VanSooy
February 15th, 2015, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 6281

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

LOVE that family shot of orcutti !!

For boas, both cracks and looking under rocks can be productive - it depends on the time of year, moisture/temp levels, etc. We shine an awful lot of cracks to see what we do.
by Kent VanSooy
February 14th, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 11674

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

Alright, that's it! From now on I'm keeping on eye on you guys...

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This one will never win a beauty contest, check out the leg

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by Kent VanSooy
February 14th, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 6281

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

Alright, that's it! From now on I'm keeping on eye on you guys...

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This one will never win a beauty contest, check out the leg

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by Kent VanSooy
February 14th, 2015, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "insitu" under AC
Replies: 20
Views: 5269

Re: "insitu" under AC

Found a couple helleri once under a piece of tin....

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by Kent VanSooy
February 14th, 2015, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "insitu" under AC
Replies: 22
Views: 6155

Re: "insitu" under AC

Found a couple helleri once under a piece of tin....

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by Kent VanSooy
February 13th, 2015, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 11674

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

you might just graduate to photographing all the Granite Spiny lizards you can see
So tell me Prof. Hubbs, do I get my diploma? - from last weekend

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by Kent VanSooy
February 13th, 2015, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 6281

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

you might just graduate to photographing all the Granite Spiny lizards you can see
So tell me Prof. Hubbs, do I get my diploma? - from last weekend

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by Kent VanSooy
February 12th, 2015, 8:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 11674

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

I actually like looking at the rocks in the pictures to see what looks good. Exactly! And ask yourself, why that rock, which way is it facing, is it big/small, thick/thin, what's the surrounding vegetation like, and put it in the context of the time of season, the current weather, the preciptation ...
by Kent VanSooy
February 12th, 2015, 8:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 6281

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

I actually like looking at the rocks in the pictures to see what looks good. Exactly! And ask yourself, why that rock, which way is it facing, is it big/small, thick/thin, what's the surrounding vegetation like, and put it in the context of the time of season, the current weather, the preciptation ...
by Kent VanSooy
February 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 11674

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

Hey Lou, lots of boas are encountered visually - either crawling around, hanging partially out of a crack, having a bit of coil exposed under a bush, etc. Lyres are found under rocks occasionally, but more often seen in cracks. Ruber will be in cracks or under rocks early in the season, but will the...
by Kent VanSooy
February 11th, 2015, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Respect to all you boa hunters.
Replies: 50
Views: 6281

Re: Respect to all you boa hunters.

Hey Lou, lots of boas are encountered visually - either crawling around, hanging partially out of a crack, having a bit of coil exposed under a bush, etc. Lyres are found under rocks occasionally, but more often seen in cracks. Ruber will be in cracks or under rocks early in the season, but will the...
by Kent VanSooy
February 11th, 2015, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97910

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

During the public comment period for a possible revision of the CDFW regs for reptiles and amphibians, I sent in the following comments (not that anything happened with them). What do you all think? Bogertophis rosaliae – as stated in the public input section, it’s unclear whether a viable populatio...
by Kent VanSooy
February 3rd, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid
Replies: 7
Views: 12829

Re: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid

Thanks guys! Vic, check your email. You're right about the engines - we lost one of the way home with blown rings, and it smoked like crazy on its way out. We were able to limp back to port on a single engine. The boat had to cancel the following trip (which no doubt was hard on the anglers who had ...
by Kent VanSooy
January 29th, 2015, 5:24 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid
Replies: 7
Views: 12829

14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid

Returned last week from the Intrepid’s latest venture. The weather was a challenge, but I did end up with a new personal best – a 191# yellowfin tuna. The biggest fish of the trip was a “supercow”, and weighed in at 305#. A tropical cyclone (which until this year was unheard of in January) chased us...
by Kent VanSooy
January 29th, 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 EOY report...KS, MO, OK, TX...
Replies: 20
Views: 10117

Re: 2014 EOY report...KS, MO, OK, TX...

Great post - loved the variety, loved the color, loved those graybands! And one of those syspila could have almost passed for a grayband. I dig seeing the ringneck piles too.
by Kent VanSooy
January 8th, 2015, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 and 2014 review. Slow years. CA, AZ, and a little St. L
Replies: 8
Views: 2880

Re: 2013 and 2014 review. Slow years. CA, AZ, and a little S

Beautiful ! That coastal sunset picture is just stunning.
by Kent VanSooy
January 8th, 2015, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 and 2014 review. Slow years. CA, AZ, and a little St. L
Replies: 9
Views: 2913

Re: 2013 and 2014 review. Slow years. CA, AZ, and a little S

Beautiful ! That coastal sunset picture is just stunning.
by Kent VanSooy
January 8th, 2015, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 2
Replies: 7
Views: 2345

Re: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 2

Your new camera is better... :) Great color saturation, love the greater earless and the story that goes with them!
by Kent VanSooy
January 8th, 2015, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1389

Re: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 1

Great stuff, I really dig the longnose - it's such a special treat seeing one of those in other contexts than night-driving. Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
January 8th, 2015, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 1
Replies: 5
Views: 1115

Re: 2014 was pretty keen... Pt 1

Great stuff, I really dig the longnose - it's such a special treat seeing one of those in other contexts than night-driving. Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
January 3rd, 2015, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2014 Year in Review
Replies: 10
Views: 3292

Re: My 2014 Year in Review

Lots of great shots, and familiar faces there! Those coastal zonata are just breath-taking....and I really dig the regal ringnecks as well. Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
January 3rd, 2015, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2014 Year in Review
Replies: 10
Views: 1969

Re: My 2014 Year in Review

Lots of great shots, and familiar faces there! Those coastal zonata are just breath-taking....and I really dig the regal ringnecks as well. Thanks!
by Kent VanSooy
January 3rd, 2015, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping New Mexico, 2014 end of year report
Replies: 10
Views: 4985

Re: Herping New Mexico, 2014 end of year report

Super cool ! That atrox is just stunning....New Mexican splendida are indeed the best...and I think those glossy snakes are just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!
by Kent VanSooy
January 1st, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everything that happened with NAFHA in 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2597

Re: Everything that happened with NAFHA in 2014

Fantastic Jonathan - it's really impressive to see it all assembled in one list - there's a LOT of good coming out of this still-fledgling organization!
by Kent VanSooy
January 1st, 2015, 1:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Golden State as I saw it 2014
Replies: 8
Views: 2296

Re: The Golden State as I saw it 2014

Great stuff CalNeva! I feel like I've seen a couple of those snakes before.... :) . I really dig that Ensantina, and the NorCal lut crossing the road is WAY cool. Nice shots all the way around! I think that YOY whiptail might be an orangethroat? - the neos have blue tails like that.
by Kent VanSooy
December 31st, 2014, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year coming to an end
Replies: 9
Views: 2009

Re: Year coming to an end

Wow, great! There's a lovely, diffuse lighting on many of your shots - I really dig that first ruber pic.
by Kent VanSooy
December 30th, 2014, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 22
Views: 16807

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

Ah, John! There you are! I remember when you shared with me that bit of rat-snakerry a few years ago. You won't be A. Nonymouse any longer!