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by scott s
May 29th, 2013, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpers in Vietnam?
Replies: 1
Views: 705

Re: Herpers in Vietnam?

I was under the impression that the undernourished Vietnamese had eaten most of the juicy herps and birds as a source of protein.

I hope I am wrong.

Bring on the pics!
by scott s
May 5th, 2013, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phoenix in June
Replies: 21
Views: 3816

Re: Phoenix in June

The time to road cruise Phoenix is NOW.

This week.

Clouds in the sky, no moon,,,,,doesn't get any better than this.
by scott s
May 1st, 2013, 4:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lampropeltis zonata from this evening (same as CA Chapter)
Replies: 4
Views: 1450

Re: Lampropeltis zonata from this evening (same as CA Chapte

That is pretty cool.

Finding Z's on the road is a fairly rare occurrence, imo.
by scott s
April 29th, 2013, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal and Baja
Replies: 17
Views: 2877

Re: SoCal and Baja

John, I was there a long time ago and don't remember if we saw any lizards. I think we were there early in the year trying to rock flip a lichanura and all we saw were specks. I remember having a lobster lunch in which I ate 7 or 8 lobster tails until I was FULL. The natives were very generous with ...
by scott s
April 29th, 2013, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal and Baja
Replies: 17
Views: 2877

Re: SoCal and Baja

Good luck on Cedros!

I scoured that place for days and all I found were specks.

Make sure you get some detailed pics of any lichanura you might find ;)
by scott s
April 28th, 2013, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DON'T go jogging after getting bit by an Aussie Brown snake
Replies: 9
Views: 2355

DON'T go jogging after getting bit by an Aussie Brown snake

"The snake bit him, but he apparently did not know at the time that the animal was venomous. So he went for a warm-up training run as planned. "


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/2 ... ostpopular
by scott s
April 20th, 2013, 5:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moon phases and herping
Replies: 46
Views: 6330

Re: Moon phases and herping

My 40 years of experience in at least 20 different countries and 5 different continents strongly suggests that the relationship between moon phase and snake hunting isn't all that complex.

Bright visible moon in the sky equals much lower herp activity. 8-)
by scott s
April 20th, 2013, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moon phases and herping
Replies: 46
Views: 6330

Re: Moon phases and herping

DITTO everything Fundad said. I will add that if I was stuck out in the field during a full moon, I might try flashlight walking and searching into bushes that offer cover from the moonlight and overhead owls. Also, driving on dirt roads and scanning on the sides of the roads, where the the herps mi...
by scott s
March 24th, 2013, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW CDFW REGULATIONS
Replies: 130
Views: 22837

Re: NEW CDFW REGULATIONS

All snake species are rare if you are too stupid to know when, where and how to find find them.

Protecting glossy snakes just about had me on the floor laughing my ass off, but instead, I felt like crying for how hopelessly ignorant our state employees have become.
by scott s
March 14th, 2013, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 13760

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

""SALT LAKE CITY — The state of Utah wants to pay you $50 for every coyote you kill. Known as the Predator Control Program, this incentive-based initiative is intended to eliminate coyotes that prey on young deer. According to John Shivik, mammals coordinator for the Division of Wildlife Resources, ...
by scott s
March 11th, 2013, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 13760

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

My guess is that if the hunt had taken place BEFORE the big freeze and everything else was the same, 1600 hunters would have found hundreds of Burms.

Sixty Eight strikes me as a very low number, with that much ground being covered.
by scott s
March 11th, 2013, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 13760

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

Am I the only one who thinks that 1600 participants finding only 68 pythons translates into the idea that a very large percentage of pythons were killed in that Winter freeze a couple of years ago?
by scott s
February 26th, 2013, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know the origin of this picture?
Replies: 18
Views: 3847

Re: Anyone know the origin of this picture?

I bet WW is correct and the mamba was a venomoid and he did this stunt to help sell books.
by scott s
February 19th, 2013, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NPR today - "Python Challenge"
Replies: 26
Views: 4560

Re: NPR today - "Python Challenge"

The pathetically low number of "68" tells me that a large percentage of pythons probably died during the freeze a couple of years ago. We know for certain that somewhere between 90 and 100% of the radio tagged burms that Dr. Mazzoti was working with froze to death during the freeze. It is reasonable...
by scott s
February 5th, 2013, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It’s About Time I Introduced This Guy
Replies: 22
Views: 5732

Re: It’s About Time I Introduced This Guy

Congrats!!!

We need to take him up to find another rosy this Spring!
by scott s
January 26th, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coastal San Mateo County 1/25: Sea-level Rubber Boa and more
Replies: 7
Views: 3597

Re: Coastal San Mateo County 1/25: Sea-level Rubber Boa and

A Beach Boa!

That is pretty cool.
by scott s
December 25th, 2012, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In your opinion, whats your rarest reptile or amphibian?
Replies: 39
Views: 4438

Re: In your opinion, whats your rarest reptile or amphibian?

Lampropeltis catalinensis, the Santa Catalina Island kingsnake has to be one of the rarest if not THE rarest snake in the world.

Known by one specimen.

Hundreds of herpers have gone there to look for it and nobody has found one in over 50 years.
by scott s
December 9th, 2012, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megastorm
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megasto

I have definitely experienced "too wet"

Environments with regards to herping

And other enjoyable endeavors.
by scott s
December 9th, 2012, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megastorm
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megasto

"Mats of tulles ½ mile of a side broke free of the delta islands and were carried out to sea in the flood. The mats moved down the coast in the prevailing southerly currents and were then driven on shore by wind, ending up on shores around Monterey Bay. Local farmers used pitchforks to kill the snak...
by scott s
December 8th, 2012, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megastorm
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

Re: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megasto

From what I have read, the Great Storm of 1861 which completely flooded the San Juaquin Valley, 10 feet deep, happened in a non El Nino year.

I guess atmospheric Rivers don't need an El Nino.
by scott s
December 8th, 2012, 3:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megastorm
Replies: 6
Views: 1883

What would CA herping be like the Spring after a Megastorm

I am just wondering what herping would be like in CA if we got an Arkstorm this Winter.

Better?

Worse?

Probably different.

http://www.scientificamerican.com/artic ... california
by scott s
December 8th, 2012, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 Rattlesnake Recap
Replies: 58
Views: 9893

Re: 2012 Rattlesnake Recap

Awesome, amazing, fantastic, great pics!!!
by scott s
November 15th, 2012, 5:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Am I the only one who thinks this might NOT work out well?
Replies: 16
Views: 3347

Re: Am I the only one who thinks this might NOT work out wel

The best laid plans of mice and men..........

or

unintended consequences

or

the road to hell is paved with good intentions
by scott s
November 5th, 2012, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HELP NEEDED: Herping in the Miami, FL area
Replies: 5
Views: 2291

Re: HELP NEEDED: Herping in the Miami, FL area

If I was doing your trip, I would shoot an hour down to Everglades Nat Park and cruise the park looking for Burmese pythons and whatever else might be out cruising.
by scott s
November 5th, 2012, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best place to live for herping and every day life
Replies: 114
Views: 38416

Re: Best place to live for herping and every day life

In terms of jobs, sustenance, finding a mate and wide variety of herp habitats and herps, San Diego is far and away the winner.

Plus, you have easy access to Baja and AZ.

Sydney would be great if it wasn't for the crappy herp laws and the huge cost of living issues.
by scott s
October 24th, 2012, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta
Replies: 17
Views: 7524

Re: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta

Yea, Gasperetti was quite a guy. I think he ended up in the Middle East (Jedda Saudi Arabia) because of some legal trouble somewhere. He loved herps and there were no real herpers to speak of in the area. He would collect herps and send them back to natural history museums in London and places like ...
by scott s
October 23rd, 2012, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta
Replies: 17
Views: 7524

Re: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta

THAT is freakin awesome! Back in 1976 John Gasperetti took me out for an all night snake hunting adventure outside of Jeddah Saudi Arabia and from that night forward I have been a die hard night collector. He was quite an adventurer. We didn't find any Cerastes that night, but he did have a live one...
by scott s
October 15th, 2012, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best state to herp January?
Replies: 23
Views: 5805

Re: Best state to herp January?

The best State to herp in January is Queensland or the Northern Territory.

Roundtrip is about $999.00

You will have the time of your life. 8-)
by scott s
October 15th, 2012, 2:59 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: NOW IN STORES: My book "A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag!"
Replies: 49
Views: 66328

Re: NOW IN STORES: My book "A Cobra Hijacked My Camera Bag!"

Fantastic accomplishment Hans!

Good luck to you! and I hope this is the first of many books.

Is "An Earless Monitor in My Garden" the next book?
by scott s
October 14th, 2012, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This looks like an AWESOME road cruising road Road Trip!?
Replies: 4
Views: 1851

This looks like an AWESOME road cruising road Road Trip!?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbOXHZXEHDw

Anyone know what type of snakes you might find on this road in Morocco?
by scott s
August 28th, 2012, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - August 2012
Replies: 15
Views: 7737

Re: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - August 2012

Great stuff.

Back in the 80's we used to call a Miraflores king that looked like that a conjuncta x nitida cross.
by scott s
May 18th, 2011, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baja California - Spring 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 5256

Re: Baja California - Spring 2011

Great post!

How come there are no pics of the kingsnakes of Santa Catalina? ;)
by scott s
April 27th, 2011, 6:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Yearlong Adventure for...THIS GUY.
Replies: 12
Views: 1734

Re: A Yearlong Adventure for...THIS GUY.

Cyrtopodion scabrum From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search Rough-tailed Gecko Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Reptilia Order: Squamata Suborder: Sauria Family: Gekkonidae Genus: Cyrtopodion Species: C. scabrum Binomial name Cyrtopodion s...
by scott s
April 24th, 2011, 3:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alice Springs, NT - Australia
Replies: 7
Views: 1571

Re: Alice Springs, NT - Australia

Great post! Congrats on getting such cool pics of your Perentie. I saw a a big one in the same area, but wasn't able to snap any photos. Those things move like a giant whiptail when chased :-) Mine moved so fast, I couldn't even see which hole it went down. Did you get any rain while you were there?
by scott s
April 18th, 2011, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trapping snakes, anyone have any experience with it?
Replies: 10
Views: 2072

Re: Trapping snakes, anyone have any experience with it?

One of the coolest things in the world to do. Too bad everything that is really fun is usually illegal. Funnel traps work great when implemented properly, especially for those really hard to find varieties ;) Setting out boards is sort of, kinda a form of trapping, except you have to check the "trap...
by scott s
April 15th, 2011, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Banded rocks, habitat, vistas and blood - all new pics
Replies: 57
Views: 10284

Re: Banded rocks, habitat, vistas and blood - all new pics

All those fantastic leps and not one NM alterna!?!? :(


Great post, one of the best posts of the year!

As JJ said, you really need to cross the border. I was floored by the amazing varieties of leps south of the border.

You should do a coffee table book on the Leps of SW US and Mexico.
by scott s
March 31st, 2011, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where is THIS #3-GAME OVER
Replies: 7
Views: 1135

Re: Where is THIS #3

That one was so easy, even I knew it.
by scott s
March 31st, 2011, 7:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game #2-Where is THIS? GAME OVER
Replies: 31
Views: 3354

Re: New Game #2-Where is THIS? new clues

Southern Utah?
by scott s
March 29th, 2011, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptiles of the Caribbean...no pirates seen.
Replies: 20
Views: 4970

Re: Reptiles of the Caribbean...no pirates seen.

I used to watch garmani breed in my front yard in Kingston.

Haven't seen a good pic of them in ages.

Brings back good memories....thanks!
by scott s
March 28th, 2011, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 43493

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

I'm a doubter and a skeptic (even though the Newberry's are an obvious possible locale for rosies) and I proposed exactly what needs to happen to put this little issue to rest. A bunch of rosy folks need to go out and duplicate the data. (if we send academics out to find them, it could take decades)...
by scott s
March 28th, 2011, 9:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 43493

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Paul, In the dictionary, next to the term, "the boy who cried wolf" , is a picture of your smiling face. :D You have fabricated more fish stories about catching this and catching that, than anyone on this board (except maybe Bob Sloan) and all of us who have known you for decades, know that this is ...
by scott s
March 28th, 2011, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 43493

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Boas have been found near Santa Clarita and a lot have been found a bit north of there. Paul really needs put his efforts into finding boas in the Santa Monica mountains. Surely the greatest boa hunter of all time should be able to knock this one out lickety split. I'm pretty sure that the rest of u...
by scott s
March 27th, 2011, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 43493

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Yea, we definitely have a possible case of the boy who cried wolf here, but hopefully a few boa nuts will go out there in a few weeks, once the weather warms up a bit and confirm Paul's claims. After spending 5 minutes on Google Earth, it doesn't take a brain surgeon to deduce that Boas should live ...
by scott s
March 26th, 2011, 8:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87949

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Years ago, I caught boas about 100 miles south of AZ and I remember the habitat/vegetation being a bit wetter, greener, thicker and taller where the boas were than what it was like at the border.

Maybe someone else can be more specific.
by scott s
March 26th, 2011, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 87949

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

How many miles south of Brownsville TX to you have to go to find Boas?

Aren't they fairly close to the border down there?