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by jonathan
October 16th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps
Replies: 12
Views: 25606

California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps

Back in May I put together an epic herping trip across eastern and central California. I've ended up going through David Steen's "Living Alongside Wildlife" blog to post the trip report. He had a host switch on his site that has affected the formatting on the oldest articles but the newer ones are f...
by jonathan
October 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 30175

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Do rivularis prefer warmer and deeper water like torosa or cooler shallow water like granulosa? IME the last 2 are more alike, than either is like rivularis. Its name says it all - flowing water . Which in its range, is naturally pretty cold. I've seen plenty in and around small creeks, but also in...
by jonathan
October 1st, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 16051

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

I wonder how many active (reproducing) populations of Chelhydra exist in California. I've always heard there are several populations, including some in the Bay area. Bart There was one in Beaverton, Oregon for some time though they tried to eradicate it and I believe have come close to being succes...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 16051

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Thank you Bill!

I'm looking for more input because at least one of more people have thought that one of those maps looks like a false map, and the softshell ID's have been all over the place with Florida, Smooth, and Spiny all getting into the mix.
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 16051

The East Coast Turtles of LA County

We all know that the Los Angeles area has a few turtle species... http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/22157-21034.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/17862-403708.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/43194-50047.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/102761-123314.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/27333-29634....
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner
Replies: 6
Views: 10294

Re: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner

Be careful, they are very cryptic and several herpers have been bitten by putting their hand in the wrong place in that type of habitat. Good advice. "Very cryptic" could be an understatement for specks. Besides sporting some pretty amazing background-matching they are also very disinclined to move...
by jonathan
September 1st, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 5882

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jonathan, Thank you so much for the help. What a small world it is! I love amphibians, especially photographing them. I'm excited to explore. I got to Tryon this morning before classes and it looked great, but it was dry. There was a bit of water by the few creeks, but once you got a few feet fr...
by jonathan
August 31st, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 7606

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Good post, Jonathan. That was a great welcome home bunch of outings!! Are you going to be back in the states now? Of course, the kid pics are always the best to me. This one was special because it was both a nice-sized adult and in an area I'd already searched hard twice but kept coming back becaus...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 7606

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Oh, species list for the trip: Oregon Slender Salamander - 7 Oregon Ensatina - 2 Western Red-backed Salamander - 12 Dunn's Salamander - ~25 Rough-skinned Newt - 6 Columbia Torrent Salamander - 2 Western Long-toed Salamander - 2 Coastal Giant Salamander - 14 Coastal Tailed Frog - 3 Oregon Spotted Fro...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 7606

Nice time back in Oregon

First time in America in three years and June/July didn't seem like the ideal time for herping. But Oregon is always good. My biggest find was due to the good graces of my family. My wife goes walking every day because there's a baby on the way and my dad goes walking every day because he's retired ...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 10221

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

This all sounds really mean, everyone deserves to be validated.
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 5882

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jeremy! I grew up near Portland and went to college in Claremont, so pretty much your inverse. :thumb: Salamandering is your world now. I love salamanders, you will not be a happy herper in Portland unless you love them too. The salamander diversity matches all the other herps combined. I've herp...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 26995

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here's a video showing a python that took on a huge meal relative to its size: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpXucm1LSyA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lGLRdOXCiA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VTGcqyimP8 It's much easier to fake a photo than it is to fake multiple videos with a backstory and ...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 26995

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

This pic from their study is a dramatic reference of size: Here's a more telling view of the same pic. Even with the forced perspective (the head out in front of the mans body).It is painfully obvious that it would be impossible for the snake to articulate it jaws past the wide shoulders once passi...
by jonathan
July 17th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 26995

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here is the incident from last year. Other than also being filmed with a cell phone and involving someone getting cut out of a python, I don't see how they're "nearly identical", or what the coincidence is at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgkDTJzCTok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKSQ2I95DJ...
by jonathan
June 30th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puget Sound Garter Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 22106

Re: Puget Sound Garter Snakes

So the garters I saw on a small island between Vancouver Island and the mainland are Puget Sounds? I was disappointed because they looked so typical for red-spotted in the yellow strip and red spots. I did only see two though, both in the same place.

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by jonathan
June 3rd, 2018, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!
Replies: 16
Views: 15946

Re: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!

Great post, I stayed much more engaged than I usually do on the herp tourism posts.
by jonathan
June 2nd, 2018, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14650

Re: S. Calif. trip

Yeah, slender salamanders seem to be our thing for sure. Besides the robustus we found a lot of campi (9), relictus (2), altasierrae (5), and wrightorum (8) on the same trip. But we could easily have been skunked in Kennedy Meadows, as we would have been if that one hadn't been under that one log. C...
by jonathan
May 26th, 2018, 9:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S. Calif. trip
Replies: 20
Views: 14650

Re: S. Calif. trip

Hi Richard! A couple of us (the others completely new to California herping) arrived in the area right after you had left, but we did manage to see Brian in the general store before he took off. Our main focus was salamanders, not boas, but it turned out that most of the roads into wetter habitat wh...
by jonathan
May 26th, 2018, 9:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 37606

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

I'm right on target. As is always the case. Perhaps it might not appear that way to those to distracted or to slow to follow. About the dopes that have tried for years to confront me (including "lat"). Really dumb people are confrontational and dismissive when they encounter really smart people. If...
by jonathan
May 10th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cuban field herping - Oct 6-15, 2018
Replies: 6
Views: 7860

Re: Cuban field herping - Oct 6-15, 2018

Ernie, why do you even care? This is a field herping site, yet you never, ever post about field herping. So why do you think you can be a gatekeeper over what other people post about? Why do you even care? Your response here is very much a replica of an attack you started against a project I was inv...
by jonathan
May 9th, 2018, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So many teeth in the river
Replies: 7
Views: 7409

Re: So many teeth in the river

The Chambal River is a great place! That is a huge male Gharial! I was there in '09 and my Mom and brother went a couple years ago, everyone had a great trip. I would have loved to have seen the Hedgehog and Blackbuck. I think it has to be one of the most untouched wildlife spots in Uttar Pradesh.
by jonathan
May 1st, 2018, 10:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Troll on Craigslist
Replies: 12
Views: 21621

Re: Troll on Craigslist

When someone responds seriously to a troll post in order to inform him not to respond seriously to a troll post. :lol:
by jonathan
April 30th, 2018, 12:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 14768

Re: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post

Thank you for bumping this! Went back through and gave it even more attention than I did the first time. You photographed the coast-side collareds! I assume the same population I've mentioned before? Where did you see bighorn? Still think that bobcat series is incredible I think your #45 toad is Woo...
by jonathan
April 29th, 2018, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Day of Spotteds
Replies: 2
Views: 3469

Re: A Day of Spotteds

You need to do something about that youtube url - it's not working for me.
by jonathan
April 29th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with friends and family
Replies: 2
Views: 3926

Re: Herping with friends and family

Cool video Lou. I've never found a Yellow bellied Racer. I only remember seeing them posted by Fundad from the SD mountains. I've heard of them from a couple other spots, but I think they are kind of rare when it comes down to it, or rarely found. :thumb: They're kinda rare in SoCal where it is mos...
by jonathan
April 27th, 2018, 11:41 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp Photography Gear Reviews - links
Replies: 16
Views: 52098

Re: Herp Photography Gear Reviews - links

What happened to Scott? His profile says that he hasn't been online since the 3rd.
by jonathan
April 26th, 2018, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A gigas sized thanks...
Replies: 9
Views: 6160

Re: A gigas sized thanks...

Herpers helping herpers. :)
by jonathan
April 26th, 2018, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northwest, Lacey, Olympia Washington and surrounding areas
Replies: 19
Views: 21727

Re: Northwest, Lacey, Olympia Washington and surrounding are

Hi Techno, Thank you for all the info. It helps tremendously. I am searching for laws on the WDFW site and cannot find much. So is Washington a no hold state for reptiles? Pictures ok ? I am also wondering if you can have non native species such as Cal Kings and Rosy Boas.. ??? I'm not from Washing...
by jonathan
April 23rd, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3895

Re: That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Interesting topic Jonathan. I second what Bill M. alluded to: try flipping at night. Night flipping can work here in So. Cal. during hot weather in May and June. I've also had a little luck night flipping in AZ during the monsoons. The only other idea that comes to mind is to try larger, thicker co...
by jonathan
April 22nd, 2018, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3895

Re: That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Wow, still fascinating and curious. Also I forgot about Enhydris plumbea . Seems like you could find them day or night, rain or shine in creeks and rice paddies, like most NA watersnakes. Looking at your coolest high temps for flipping (lowest 22C / almost 72F), and comparing to central Florida, on...
by jonathan
April 22nd, 2018, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3895

Re: That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Johnathan, Interesting observations. What are the average month temps where you are? Here's a chart I found, which also lists the average monthly days of rain: Month High / Low(°C) Rain January 22° / 8° 1 day February 26° / 11° 1 day March 33° / 15° 1 day April 39° / 21° 0 days May 40° / 25° 1 day ...
by jonathan
April 22nd, 2018, 3:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3895

That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Of the many many annoying things regarding trying to herp here, this one is at least interesting. As far as I can tell, I can pretty much only meaningfully flip snakes one day a year. And in only one place in the whole city, at that. I don't mean that 100%. I can flip Indotyphlops braminus (and once...
by jonathan
April 20th, 2018, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about the Mojave rattlesnake and W. Diamondback
Replies: 17
Views: 7050

Re: Question about the Mojave rattlesnake and W. Diamondback

If none of this works sometimes they fess up if proper interview techniques are used. I dispute that a little - usually the crot just holds out until it can't anymore and then it just tells the interviewer whatever they want to hear, usually self-identifying to give them the lifer/locality they wer...
by jonathan
April 19th, 2018, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First record for Placer county Spea Hammondii
Replies: 6
Views: 5706

Re: First record for Placer county Spea Hammondii

Great record Porter!
by jonathan
April 19th, 2018, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hitting the Slopes in SoCal
Replies: 9
Views: 6354

Re: Hitting the Slopes in SoCal

Thanks for posting the videos Lou!

Only dating yourself slightly. Even us 1980s babies are at least aware of Men At Work.

Though when I see day/night, this is what I think of immediately:

by jonathan
April 17th, 2018, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 13824

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Best thing to do is not get bit. I have hiked a 1000 miles of SC, never worried about snakebite. I worry about mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks and horseflies, in that order. I worry about the yellow jackets when they are swarming at me. It is easy to not get snakebit, use good judgement and keep your e...
by jonathan
April 17th, 2018, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My close call with a venomous snake (let's hear your stories
Replies: 28
Views: 13592

Re: My close call with a venomous snake (let's hear your sto

I feel lucky, thank God that I haven't had any strikes at all yet that I can remember. The closest I can think of, an Australian friend of mine begged me to take him out to see his first rattlesnake. I took him to one of my favorite little herping spots in the world - it was hot and dry for most spe...
by jonathan
April 17th, 2018, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: night snakes?
Replies: 67
Views: 21668

Re: night snakes?

Adding my two cents to a very interesting thread. My dad did 3 years of snake research with Lowell Diller in the 1970s. They worked in the Snake River Bird of Prey National Monument, focusing a lot of work on the difference in ecological niches of Great Basin Rattlesnakes and Great Basin Gophers but...
by jonathan
April 17th, 2018, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most snakes flipped under a single piece of AC?
Replies: 24
Views: 11205

Re: Most snakes flipped under a single piece of AC?

Kent VanSooy wrote:Gotcha beat Taylor - read 'em and weap! (goodness knows I've done some crying over these %^@^@[email protected] things lately...)Image
I spent forever looking for this photo from Kent once, and now found it by accident. A classic.

Miss you man.
by jonathan
April 8th, 2018, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some random NV shots.
Replies: 18
Views: 9227

Re: Some random NV shots.

Nice post!
by jonathan
March 29th, 2018, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos of some recent sick herps
Replies: 20
Views: 11907

Re: Photos of some recent sick herps

Great finds, great pictures.
by jonathan
March 20th, 2018, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Socal Skink ID Request
Replies: 11
Views: 8764

Re: Socal Skink ID Request

I need a shot of the tail from the side to be able to ID. You didn't get a side shot? That's where I can see if the striping is extending or not. To me the gestalt looks more like a Western, but I've been fooled by gestalt on skinks before. Really can't tell personally without a side shot of the tail.
by jonathan
March 20th, 2018, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Portland, OR area.....
Replies: 5
Views: 3909

Re: Portland, OR area.....

I'll be in Portland for parts of June and early July this year. I used to live in St. Helens and get back there every so often, know the herpable areas decently well but not nearly as well as someone who lives there full time. I'll have a pregnant wife at home so I can't make just any trip, but if t...
by jonathan
March 20th, 2018, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chicago Field Herping
Replies: 4
Views: 4353

Re: Chicago Field Herping

I love herping in cities. Have found great stuff right in the middle of Portland, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Atlanta, Bangkok, Kolkata, etc.
by jonathan
March 19th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Species in Big Sur
Replies: 8
Views: 6395

Re: Species in Big Sur

If I remember right, the direct area of the park itself that people usually visit is nice redwood forest. That coastal redwood forest stays moist enough that even in June, it's possible to flip Monterey Ensatina and Santa Lucia Mountains Slender Salamanders if you find the right pockets of moisture....
by jonathan
March 16th, 2018, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle fed puppy
Replies: 4
Views: 5020

Turtle fed puppy

Turtle euthanized after teacher allegedly feeds it puppy Basically, a puppy that wasn't going to make it anyway was fed to a turtle and the world went crazy. The story generated outrage across the Internet, and police said they are increasing security at schools in the district because of threats l...
by jonathan
February 9th, 2018, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 7660

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

That's a great story. With the Burmese Pythons we were tracking in Bangladesh, they often exhibited an interesting pattern related to homing. When one would create a problem (eating domestic ducks) and need to be rescued/moved, they would sometimes be taken as much as 7-8 km away. If I recall correc...
by jonathan
February 5th, 2018, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake
Replies: 48
Views: 23724

Re: Borneo Dispatches #24: The Coral Snake Mistake

Russell's Viper....you win :-) I mean, the other guy tailed a king cobra on accident though. :shock: I actually made a grab for a snake once that I didn't conclusively ID as a rat snake or cobra (and still haven't). But tailing a regular cobra isn't exactly the scariest thing in the world. This is ...
by jonathan
February 2nd, 2018, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, or, Don't Mess with Mama.
Replies: 3
Views: 4239

Re: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, or, Don't Mess with Mam

That's incredible. It really went all-in on the follow-through.