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by jonathan
June 15th, 2017, 10:09 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: 55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten
Replies: 6
Views: 13189

Re: 55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten

I've tagged and taken home a road-killed deer. It was "very" fresh though (as in it the back of the pickup within minutes of it's last heartbeat). A family member was once driving down a highway and definitely didn't see a large road-killed elk there, then saw one on the way back. Knowing it couldn'...
by jonathan
June 15th, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper vs NAHERP vs iNaturalist
Replies: 21
Views: 11200

Re: HerpMapper vs NAHERP vs iNaturalist

I prefer NAHERP because I felt it was set up best to include the most collaborators and have the best community feel to the project. Some of that has been lost now, but I still see it as the best option of those available.
by jonathan
June 11th, 2017, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undercover DFG?
Replies: 6
Views: 4360

Re: Undercover DFG?

I would think border patrol, even a bit further north than usual.
by jonathan
June 11th, 2017, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herping Eugene/Portland area late june
Replies: 2
Views: 1783

Re: herping Eugene/Portland area late june

Turtles and frogs and garter snakes in lakes and marshes. Garter snakes and alligator lizards and racers in meadows/clearings/clearcuts. Stream salamanders and frogs in forested streams in the hills. In Portland, Google Earth will quickly lead you towards places where you can find stuff if you look ...
by jonathan
June 11th, 2017, 9:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Community Snake Workshop in Manila
Replies: 2
Views: 2479

Re: Community Snake Workshop in Manila

Quite late, I got a really nice follow-up message about the workshop. Hey, very very much overdue is this little HUGE Thank you! for the workshop on snakes you did with our crew in February. You are in best (and most memorable!) memory to them. "Jon approaches the forest differently", they told me. ...
by jonathan
April 25th, 2017, 10:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Doi Suthep from top to bottom
Replies: 2
Views: 3420

Re: Doi Suthep from top to bottom

Fieldnotes wrote:Amazing post, especially how creatively it is displayed. :thumb:
Thank you!

I had almost forgotten about this post, until I found out that one of my DOR ID's was wrong and fixed it right now.
by jonathan
April 25th, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A "my kid with a snake" shot that you haven't gotten
Replies: 3
Views: 2477

Re: A "my kid with a snake" shot that you haven't gotten

Woww. Its cool how clearly the snake is focused on going about its way and the photo has that same feel as the type you see with like, the ghosts of victorian twins superimposed in the background only its real, just a natural moment of an epic snake with human beings superimposed on its life and en...
by jonathan
April 24th, 2017, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A "my kid with a snake" shot that you haven't gotten
Replies: 3
Views: 2477

A "my kid with a snake" shot that you haven't gotten

https://s.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/midas/dd049f79e479bba15eba133a841f3b08/205114298/Screen+Shot+2017-03-31+at+10.37.50+AM.png When Bianca Dickinson's 2-year-old daughter was playing around in the driveway of their home on Monday, she thought she would snap a few cute photos of the child. Instead, she...
by jonathan
April 24th, 2017, 8:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Jumping for Joy: Rana draytonii/Red legged frog in L. A. Co,
Replies: 1
Views: 8737

Re: Jumping for Joy: Rana draytonii/Red legged frog in L. A.

That's awesome. I wonder if this is the population that many of us know of and have been to before, or if it's a different naturally established one, or a reintroduction locale. If it's the spot I've been to before, I would be pleasantly surprised because that locale looked very borderline for the c...
by jonathan
April 24th, 2017, 8:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Habit of wanting to own nature’s beauty needs to be broken
Replies: 1
Views: 9000

Re: Habit of wanting to own nature’s beauty needs to be brok

I thought this was going to be about private property and land ownership.

I get that the desire to own animals is often misplaced, but the desire to own land is much more problematic for their welfare.
by jonathan
April 24th, 2017, 8:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 16779

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

The pilot project, being funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is also relatively cheap: just $68,888 for two tribesmen and two translators for two months. Armed only with tire irons to punch through dense burma reed and sharp limestone rock and trailed by biologists, the...
by jonathan
April 24th, 2017, 8:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 30-some reptiles died in Zoo Knoxville
Replies: 2
Views: 9443

Re: 30-some reptiles died in Zoo Knoxville

Something similar, on a much smaller scale, happened in my own room once when I was a kid. I had recently hatched a clutch of six corn snakes. Four of the babies were doing quite well, one was deformed and was pretty unlikely to make it, one was runted and I doubted it would make it either. I also h...
by jonathan
April 19th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50387

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

I guess my narrow focus was lost on you Kelly. I seriously doubt you have been approached to buy illegally obtained California Mountain Kingsnakes and told that they came from Oregon as a selling point. You are right though about some turtles, tortoises, and egg layers that produce large clutches. ...
by jonathan
April 3rd, 2017, 10:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 32895

Re: Man Eaters

Hunter–gatherers and other primates as prey, predators, and competitors of snakes Thomas N. Headlanda,1 and Harry W. Greeneb,1 25% of Philippine Agta Negritos men had been attacked by pythons. Snake attacks were a part of life for those people. Perhaps our fear and fascination with giant man eating...
by jonathan
April 3rd, 2017, 12:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 32895

Re: Man Eaters

I appreciate this discussion and the thorough documentation Jeremy provided. Summarizing the photos and accounts in one place is much appreciated. Ernie's predictable appearance and personal attacks on scientists aside, I thought we'd have more discussion of the Headland and Greene PNAS paper. 25% ...
by jonathan
March 21st, 2017, 8:45 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 47543

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Jonathan, do you know how far out in the Bay they were, and where they canoed out from, ie Santa Cruz, Monterey, or Moss Landing? My guess is the fin is the foreflipper of a California Sea Lion, and the spots are bits of water. I think the seal lion is doing a corkscrew dive, checking out the canoe...
by jonathan
March 15th, 2017, 9:26 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Please contribute to the H.E.R.P. database!
Replies: 35
Views: 36450

Re: Please contribute to the H.E.R.P. database!

Actually after several tries, did manage to get the lat long in, but the last straw was of all things humidity. Tried all kinds of combos, finally just gave up, it was a long day of herping, and just lost patience The humidity field is completely optional, and in my mind unnecessary. You can just l...
by jonathan
March 14th, 2017, 11:15 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Please contribute to the H.E.R.P. database!
Replies: 35
Views: 36450

Re: Please contribute to the H.E.R.P. database!

Unfortunately i tried to enter data, and it kept telling me to enter it in certain formats, i tried and it kept rejecting it, saying it wasn't entered right, after several tries i gave up frustrated. If data needs to be formatted, the program on the site should convert it automatically, a shame tha...
by jonathan
March 7th, 2017, 11:55 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 47543

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Nice insights! Perhaps we finally have a good candidate?
by jonathan
February 12th, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 329198

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Short trip to Manila produced Yellow-vented Bulbul, Spotted Wood Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, and a couple Red-crested Malkoha

Also saw a francolin/partridge of some sort and a nightjar of some sort that both would have been lifers if I’d been able to ID them.
by jonathan
February 12th, 2017, 11:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila
Replies: 5
Views: 3026

Re: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila

DanW wrote:You should contact Rafe Brown at KU, he has done extensive work in the Philippines. https://biodiversity.ku.edu/herpetology

Dan

Thanks a ton Dan. Rafe was in the field, but Luke Welton of KU provided the exact help that I needed.
by jonathan
February 12th, 2017, 11:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Community Snake Workshop in Manila
Replies: 2
Views: 2479

Community Snake Workshop in Manila

A few months ago someone got word that I'd be in Manila for a conference (my first time outside India in 1.5 years) and asked if I'd be willing to lead a community snake workshop in their area. The people extending the invitation were a small and quite young network of Christian organic farms and tr...
by jonathan
February 12th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still
Replies: 7
Views: 5504

Re: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still

Another is a spot in west Texas where you can sit for hours in the car watching the interactions of Racerunners. This includes foraging, territorial spats, and mating (which is more like rape in their world.) That was a good mention. I remember a similar experience of watching Cozumel Whiptails on ...
by jonathan
February 11th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still
Replies: 7
Views: 5504

Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still

I've had a number of people, I think Flaxington and Trageser specifically, recommend the seldom-practiced technique of simply sitting still and seeing what herps (or other denizens of nature) show up. And I nearly never have the patience for it, nor am I certain that they do. But every once in a whi...
by jonathan
January 23rd, 2017, 7:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila
Replies: 5
Views: 3026

Re: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila

Thank you both!

I've emailed Rafe - hopefully he can get back to me quickly.
by jonathan
January 21st, 2017, 6:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila
Replies: 5
Views: 3026

Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila

I happen to be passing through Manila briefly soon, and a friend has asked me if I could give a little workshop/presentation on snakes in a local community. Apparently, the community is made up of many people who were relocated to this forest/farming area from the city, and they’re not particularly ...
by jonathan
December 21st, 2016, 12:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some washington county herps
Replies: 4
Views: 2442

Re: Some washington county herps

Nice post
by jonathan
December 20th, 2016, 11:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID this salamander larvae
Replies: 2
Views: 2073

ID this salamander larvae

Picture from my dad. I have my guess, but I want to get other opinions before I put it in the database.

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by jonathan
October 7th, 2016, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35371

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

I had a lot of professors who would have probably joined a suicide cult if Feynman led it. He was legendary in physics circles, and for good reason. A major issue I had with him, though, is that he frequently degraded the "philosophy of science", even though he (unintentionally?) spoke out on princi...
by jonathan
October 6th, 2016, 10:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short southern Rajasthan trip: mammals>herps, stories>pics
Replies: 0
Views: 5158

Short southern Rajasthan trip: mammals>herps, stories>pics

My first stop was Jaipur where my wife had a workshop to attend. Though I didn't get the chance to herp, even our short excursion to the city lake resulted in a chance encounter with this fantastic softshell turtle: http://i240.photobucket.com/albums/ff45/Jonathan_Daehnke/India/P1010436_zpsjrzonw6k....
by jonathan
October 6th, 2016, 9:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

I've had a few good ones and heard quite a few better. You definitely win. Glad you came out of it with just the story and no injury. Haha - thanks. That being said, my dad (who spent 30 years working in zoos) had this interesting note: "I'd worry more about the bears than the leopard. Although cer...
by jonathan
October 4th, 2016, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Thanks, all of you have been really helpful!
by jonathan
October 4th, 2016, 6:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Long talks with Yellowstone back country guides and rangers made me a believer of its effectiveness. http://www.backcountry.com/counter-assault-bear-deterrent-with-belt-holster-10.2oz?rr=t https://www.amazon.com/Udap-12HP-UDAP-Bear-Spray/dp/B001QGYH7Y http://www.bearspray.com/specification-chart/ b...
by jonathan
October 4th, 2016, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Great story, jonathan. One you can hold for years and years. I do wonder if you met Shere Khan instead, if it would have turned out differently? No tigers in this area. In the one place I've dealt with that's tiger-heavy, which happens to contain probably the most consistently man-eating tigers on ...
by jonathan
October 3rd, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 34
Views: 66979

Re: North American big cats

Not a great shot? That's a fantastic cougar shot.
by jonathan
October 3rd, 2016, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Chaitanya wrote:Personally for me place where I herp on outskirts of my city, striped hyenas and leopards are threat and I have to watch out for those two animals constantly.

Do you herp alone at night in any bear/leopard territory? If not, what do you consider a minimum? What precautions do you take?
by jonathan
September 30th, 2016, 3:26 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman
Replies: 8
Views: 13349

Re: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman

The technical "keeper" info is also pretty exceptional. It's pure Euro-style (big cages, naturalistic set-ups, natural feeding, close approximation of home-area temp & moisture cycles etc etc), not every American's cup of tea and certainly not the only way to succeed, but it accords closely with my...
by jonathan
September 30th, 2016, 3:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 4375

Re: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard

I used to keep a good-sized adult leopard lizard and a good-sized adult desert iguana together in a large enclosure...I'm glad they never had these kind of issues with each other! Although when I tried to add my mojave fringe-toed lizard to the mix, the leopard lizard ran around with it like a dog w...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2016, 5:13 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 34
Views: 66979

Re: North American big cats

Cat sightings are few and far between for most people, I think. Mine are: Yeah, I can't imagine the luck of anyone who sees cats "a lot". (Though full-time field researchers doing their work at night probably get more chances than anyone.) Mine are: 4 bobcats. First was crossing a logging road at n...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2016, 4:55 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What do you think made this wound? (Latest Updates).
Replies: 30
Views: 38168

Re: What do you think made this wound?

Pigs can be pretty nasty to each other, all right. That's a weird looking wound, though. If it were done by another animal I'd expect it to be some kind of slash, but that just looks like a big, open and spreading sore. Maybe it started as a much smaller wound from daily life but then got infected?...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2016, 4:46 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: The 10 pictures you most regret not getting
Replies: 2
Views: 9499

Re: The 10 pictures you most regret not getting

Your leopard cat with kittens story is awesome. The saddle-backed tamarin is great too. I like how we had so many overlaps. Bobcat, small-clawed otter, stink badger, and multiple tropical porcupine species on both of our lists. Quite coincidentally, within 2 weeks of posting this list I have to comp...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35371

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

I just got far enough in the article to get to this quote: Consider the question “Are genetically modified crops more productive than conventional crops?” Some researchers prefer to answer this question by looking at field trials that allow variables like weather and soil type to be carefully contro...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to herp in India?
Replies: 9
Views: 4569

Re: Where to herp in India?

I have yet to reach India, but I imagine the street markets have some interesting creatures for sale. Street herp'n, in addition to the above suggested wild locations. Not in any place I've ever been. That's SE Asia and China where you'll find that stuff. In India the predominantly Hindu/Muslim pop...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Great story, glad you are OK. Sounds like weird mix of mega fauna and dense human habitation. I have heard many old school stories of sloth bears as dangerous, looks like they are pretty common in that area. How do you find their temperament compared to North American black bears or grizzlies (if y...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to herp in India?
Replies: 9
Views: 4569

Re: Where to herp in India?

I can tell you where not to go. :lol: As you've already figured out, somewhere in that Western Ghats stretch between Mumbai and Tamil Nadu is by far your best bet. There are great things I've heard about certain spots in the Northeast too, but I think you'd almost certainly have to go on an organize...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35371

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

At the same time, protected from both the logic of the marketplace and the capriciousness of politics by the imperative of national defense This is a good point from the article. A problem is that in order to really "solve problems", science needs to be protected from the marketplace AND from burea...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 4:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

note – I omitted a detail because I wanted the appearance of the leopard to be as sudden and surprising as it had been to me. But the night before, on a night-hike on a different trail about 4km from this spot, I had heard what sounded like a leopard roar from over 100m away. I stopped for a bit to ...
by jonathan
September 28th, 2016, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 11319

About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

I head out at 8:15pm to herp a trail which I’d already scouted/herped from 4-7:30pm earlier in the day. Though the trailhead starts right on the edge of the mountain town I’d been exploring for two days, it gives a feeling of remoteness almost immediately. The next day I will hear that a foreign tou...
by jonathan
September 12th, 2016, 12:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?
Replies: 5
Views: 3089

Re: Highest elevation herp in Oregon?

Fieldnotes wrote:Pretty neat observation—habitat shot looks cool too. Great place to explore during the summer. Herps include amphibians and they reach much higher than reptiles.

Yeah, I thought of that, but that habitat doesn't exactly look amphibian-friendly.
by jonathan
September 11th, 2016, 11:59 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 47543

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Fieldnotes wrote:hmmm, Mola mola comes to mind.


Yes, that immediately came to mind for me too, simply because I know they're in Monterey Bay and I know they're funny-looking. I don't actually know what their profile above the water looks like though.