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by mjd123
June 23rd, 2015, 5:05 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Bushmaster: Ditmars and the World's Largest Viper
Replies: 7
Views: 14326

Re: Bushmaster: Ditmars and the World's Largest Viper

Hans, its a great book. I had a chance to read it prior to publishing and thought the author did a wonderful job. He also used some of my old photos of Ditmars.
by mjd123
March 4th, 2014, 9:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Group
Replies: 2
Views: 704

Re: Herping Group

You might want to attend a meeting of the Southwest Herp Society. They have a website and Facebook site. There are monthly meetings that meet in Van Nuys and Altadena.
by mjd123
December 8th, 2013, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Today at work...
Replies: 64
Views: 9483

Re: Today at work...

Just my 2 cents, but JFK was long dead when Grace Slick wrote and recorded White Rabbit.
by mjd123
September 6th, 2013, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ... jaguar predation on a caiman ...
Replies: 11
Views: 3989

Re: ... jaguar predation on a caiman ...

I spent some time in that same area last year. All of the jaguars from that area are larger than the norm. Their prey is almost exclusively caiman and capybara according to the biologist at the site. I was able to see 3 jaguar in 2 days. Pretty spectacular area.
by mjd123
September 2nd, 2013, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: anaheim show
Replies: 15
Views: 2434

Re: anaheim show

I'll be there and will kick in like I did ladt year.
by mjd123
August 12th, 2013, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake ID, Sun City, CA
Replies: 19
Views: 5410

Re: Rattlesnake ID, Sun City, CA

There is another Sun City in the Coachella Valley. Which one was it taken at?
by mjd123
June 18th, 2013, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what makes the rest of us look bad
Replies: 7
Views: 1024

Re: what makes the rest of us look bad

Once again.....1-888-dfgcaltip. This might help put a dent in his pocketbook.
by mjd123
May 27th, 2013, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what some hikers said...
Replies: 37
Views: 5769

Re: what some hikers said...

I'm sure that number would work to turn them in, poaching is poaching!
by mjd123
May 15th, 2013, 5:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some recent desert finds from the past month or so!
Replies: 16
Views: 2546

Re: Some recent desert finds from the past month or so!

Did you save it? Greg Pauly at the Natural History Museum would certainly be interested in it.
by mjd123
February 23rd, 2013, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog Hunting on Misty Mountaintops in the Andes! (big post)
Replies: 27
Views: 6497

Re: Frog Hunting on Misty Mountaintops in the Andes! (big po

Thank you for this post. Did you see the wild spec bear in the Mindo area? To answer the question regarding lions, mountain lions have the largest range of any land carnivore in the Americas from Canada to the tip of South America. I was lucky to see 2 different Mountain Lions in Brazil last year.
by mjd123
September 3rd, 2012, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headed to Puerto Vallarta
Replies: 3
Views: 2731

Re: Headed to Puerto Vallarta

I would suggest that you post this on the main forum. I'm certain that there are folks out there that can help.
by mjd123
August 24th, 2012, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nafha Booth
Replies: 25
Views: 2991

Re: Nafha Booth

Jim, I'll be there at my booth(books only). I will help pay($50.00) for electricty. Lets see if others can contribute too.
Mike
by mjd123
June 20th, 2012, 10:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic
Replies: 46
Views: 5943

Re: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic

Gerry, you are correct, its just that I'm old school. I worked with John on Chinese alligators and radiated tortoises among others. I donate something to the CEF auction every year and I really am happy to see that the funds are being used for the purpose it was intended. I would hope that the folks...
by mjd123
June 20th, 2012, 6:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic
Replies: 46
Views: 5943

Re: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic

Yes, he worked there for many years and worked on a number of herp projects. In fact there is a turtle & tortoise facility in Ojai named in his honor.
by mjd123
June 20th, 2012, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic
Replies: 46
Views: 5943

Re: Viper Day at The Texas Zoo - Rattlesnake Republic

Having worked at a major zoo for over 40 years, I'll echo Jeff's statement and say that all AZA accredited zoos donate a ton of money to conservation programs for both in situ and ex situ programs. In fact the Bronx zoo puts more money into field conservation than any other US zoo. Not all zoos can ...
by mjd123
May 5th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Best of the Best I: Rarest Book/Paper
Replies: 21
Views: 3382

Re: The Best of the Best I: Rarest Book/Paper

I have several that are signed, including Ditmars, Kauffeld, Klauber, Conant, and of course Hubbs :lol: .
by mjd123
April 1st, 2012, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desert lizard?
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: Desert lizard?

This one was found within 1/2 mile of interstate 10 and the area is moist and shady. Across the street, I found fringe toed lizards. I have a publication by James Cornett called Desert Lizards and he mentions they occur at desert edges where precipitation is greater. This area is fairly dry and not ...
by mjd123
March 31st, 2012, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desert lizard?
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Re: Desert lizard?

Monklet, it was a young animal maybe a year old, complete tail. I walked out of the lobby and thought it was a stick as I got closer, I realized what it was. I pinched myself as I have never heard or seen one in the desert. It might be a stowaway or perhaps there is a breeding pair there as this was...
by mjd123
March 31st, 2012, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desert lizard?
Replies: 8
Views: 1515

Desert lizard?

I spent a few days in Rancho Mirage and found a young alligator lizard sunning on the patio of a hotel. Anybody else ever seen them in that area?
by mjd123
February 28th, 2012, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My favorite Pond turtle database entry pics of the year...
Replies: 41
Views: 4721

Re: My favorite Pond turtle database entry pics of the year.

Brian, your second photo looks very similar to the spot I told you about in Orange County in the early sixties. Nice photos too. :beer:
by mjd123
February 16th, 2012, 10:06 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: OT - The great mammal thread!
Replies: 149
Views: 34746

Re: OT - The great mammal thread!

Patagonian cavy
by mjd123
December 25th, 2011, 6:28 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Oh Goody...A New Book...
Replies: 54
Views: 26770

Re: Oh Goody...A New Book...

Brian, I'm out (oh wait ......I still have 1 left of the old model) , but can wait until you cruise over this way!
by mjd123
December 24th, 2011, 3:06 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Oh Goody...A New Book...
Replies: 54
Views: 26770

Re: Oh Goody...A New Book...

Is it available in Chatsworth?
by mjd123
October 22nd, 2011, 11:47 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Rescue from fishing line
Replies: 5
Views: 1685

Re: Rescue from fishing line

:beer: Good job!!
by mjd123
October 16th, 2011, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Animal Planets new show about Turtleman
Replies: 87
Views: 13923

Re: Animal Planets new show about Turtleman

Is there an address for AP? Perhaps a number of educated folks could contact them and at least let them know that is not how animals should be treated. Just a thought.
Mike
by mjd123
October 15th, 2011, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Stoked find! California legless lizard
Replies: 18
Views: 2534

Re: Stoked find! California legless lizard

I was really hoping I could google your yard and see what it looks like :lol:
Mike
by mjd123
October 15th, 2011, 4:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Stoked find! California legless lizard
Replies: 18
Views: 2534

Re: Stoked find! California legless lizard

Kevin, did you get any habitat shots? :crazyeyes:
by mjd123
September 11th, 2011, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A clever foraging tactic in arboreal monitor lizards
Replies: 33
Views: 6884

Re: A clever foraging tactic in arboreal monitor lizards

Robert,
How long did it take before the lizard used its claw to get the worm? Thats a neat form of behavioral enrichment. Thanks for sharing :thumb:
by mjd123
August 16th, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A walk on the beach
Replies: 12
Views: 1680

Re: A walk on the beach

Spectacular stuff!!!! Thanks for sharing.
by mjd123
July 6th, 2011, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Specific locality included...
Replies: 15
Views: 1555

Re: Specific locality included...

Jim, I used to hang out in the Back Bay when I was younger and there was a salt drying facility as you entered from the back side. I caught some small halibut and saw plenty of gopher snakes, but no other snake species. Lizards included side blotched and western fence lizards. it was a pretty neat p...
by mjd123
June 25th, 2011, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Out with the Old...
Replies: 10
Views: 1251

Re: Out with the Old...

Jim,
Thanks for your many years of educating the public :beer: :beer: and Josh, Good luck :thumb:
Mike
by mjd123
June 16th, 2011, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Show
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: Reptile Show

Yes, I've walked into the hills and have seen tantilla, nightsnake, pacifics and gopher. I've also seen stripes & reds and possibly a patchnose. Usually later in July & August. I'm up for it!!
by mjd123
June 15th, 2011, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Show
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Re: Reptile Show

D, sorry to miss you, but I plan on being in Anaheim in Sept. No snakes in my area yet, but I've seen plenty of trails. I did see a skink out basking in the late afternoon.
I don't know my booth number, but all I have is books.
Mike
by mjd123
June 14th, 2011, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Show
Replies: 7
Views: 1077

Reptile Show

Hi,
I'll be at the Reptile Super Show this weekend in San Diego. Stop by and say Hello. I'll be selling books. I have a special one for you Billboard :crazyeyes:
by mjd123
May 4th, 2011, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blown away...
Replies: 26
Views: 3320

Re: Blown away...

NICE :thumb:
by mjd123
April 29th, 2011, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the past
Replies: 14
Views: 1686

Re: Herping the past

Kent, I don't know about the San Diego area, but there was at least one in Orange County that preceded the SWHS by a year or two and also the Grace Wiley snake club. I remember an old guy who used to come to the SWHS when I first started attending in 1960. At every meeting he proudly wore his shirt ...
by mjd123
April 29th, 2011, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the past
Replies: 14
Views: 1686

Re: Herping the past

Kent,
Great stuff!! Was your dad a member of any of the old herp clubs? Please post more if you can. :thumb:
Mike
by mjd123
April 1st, 2011, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game 9-What is it?
Replies: 27
Views: 2850

Re: Game 9-What is it?

Carlsbad?
by mjd123
March 31st, 2011, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game 9-What is it?
Replies: 27
Views: 2850

Re: Game 9-What is it?

Van Nuys, Ca
by mjd123
March 22nd, 2011, 7:01 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Sierra Leone
Replies: 4
Views: 4002

Re: Sierra Leone

If you can find them, try in french, Serpent's de Haute-Volta(Burkina Faso now) by Benigo Roman, 1980 . Snake Report 721(formerly known as West Cameroon) in english by Martin Stucki-Stern ,1979. They have b & w photos and are relatively close to Sierra Leone. Another older one is Snakes of the Gold ...
by mjd123
February 28th, 2011, 9:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...
Replies: 26
Views: 8824

Re: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...

Monklet,
I am an avid birdwatcher. I spent a day at the Inka Terra Hotel in Peru and picked up 27 species in 10 minutes. Incredible area up around 7,000 feet inthe Andes. Closest town to Machu Picchu. :thumb:
Mike

I see Will is at it again :lol:
by mjd123
February 28th, 2011, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...
Replies: 26
Views: 8824

Re: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...

Monklet, Thanks, I thought I was seeing weird stuff :crazyeyes:
Mike
by mjd123
February 28th, 2011, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...
Replies: 26
Views: 8824

Re: Bald Eagle Nesting Lake Casitas...

Am I missing something :oops: ? Those are gulls at Mono Lake and not bald eagles.
by mjd123
February 25th, 2011, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nicaragua and Costa Rica on a shoestring
Replies: 10
Views: 2525

Re: Nicaragua and Costa Rica on a shoestring

Great stuff! Any chance you got a photo of the tapir???
Thanks,
Mike
by mjd123
January 17th, 2011, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo!
Replies: 29
Views: 7624

Re: Borneo!

Hey!! Great post, wonderful photos, post the birds and mammals too!! :beer:
by mjd123
January 14th, 2011, 10:28 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mammoth 'could be reborn in four years'
Replies: 28
Views: 9198

Re: Mammoth 'could be reborn in four years'

There have been a number of mammal species that have been surrogates in the past as a result of embryo transfer. A few examples-zebra/horse, domestic cow/Gaur(largest member of the wild cattle family) and common eland/ bongo(striped forest antelope from Africa). And the offspring survived and then w...
by mjd123
January 7th, 2011, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Super Show
Replies: 11
Views: 2874

Re: Reptile Super Show

I'll be there when it opens, I'm loading in today. Looking forward to speaking with you!! :thumb:
by mjd123
January 6th, 2011, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Super Show
Replies: 11
Views: 2874

Reptile Super Show

Hi,
If anyone is going to the Reptile Super Show in Pomona this weekend, stop by and introduce yourself. I'll be the one with all of the books.
Cheers, Mike :crazyeyes:
by mjd123
December 10th, 2010, 9:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need an address
Replies: 1
Views: 588

Re: need an address

Nevermind, I found it. :crazyeyes:
by mjd123
December 9th, 2010, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need an address
Replies: 1
Views: 588

need an address

Does anyone have an address for Bill Haast? I'd like to send him a birthday card.
Thanks,
Mike :beer: