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by Mike Rochford
May 22nd, 2020, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 601

Re: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica

Hi Scott! Good to be back! I definitely need to work some private property. I've got a particular spot in mind but I also worry I'll get shot going to the door to ask permission. :) Brett! Long time, indeed! That male definitely got the job done! So cool to see the little ones show up. Glad you're s...
by Mike Rochford
May 21st, 2020, 11:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 601

End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica

Been awhile! Five years to be exact... guess it's time for an end-of-decade post! For those that don't know me, I spent most of the last decade in southern Florida working on research projects with pythons... https://scontent-sjc3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22308604_10100786612235343_633029245917906148...
by Mike Rochford
January 27th, 2018, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).
Replies: 6
Views: 5900

Re: 2017 in review! Part 1 of 2. (To large for one!).

Epic year man! And I guess this is only half. Jealous of the life you get to live out there!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 20th, 2015, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 4868

Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize

Hi everyone, I logged in to make a new post and noticed it's been three years since I last created original content here. I thought I hadn't really done much since then but looking through photos I noticed I've herped in Hawaii, California, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Florida...
by Mike Rochford
January 12th, 2015, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 EOY report...KS, MO, OK, TX...
Replies: 20
Views: 9964

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

Damn dude. Didn't realize you had seen some of that stuff. The mud hole timbers combating is ummmmm... Like.... Holy shit! Glad we got to do the TX stuff. Best trip in years. You're really fine tuning your Midwest herping skills at this point. You should just rack up County records in 2015. Mike
by Mike Rochford
June 1st, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana-the other reptiles
Replies: 12
Views: 6858

Re: Guyana-the other reptiles

Nicely done again. That Bachia is dope and the crocs and tortoises are really cool.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
June 1st, 2014, 12:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana snakes- a photolog
Replies: 23
Views: 15152

Re: Guyana snakes- a photolog

This post is just nuts. Holy crap. Nice work. Supremely jealous. It's making me thing Guyana is on my list of future travel destinations. Excellent photography too! Especially liked the buzzworms.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
June 1st, 2014, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica herping report, Osa
Replies: 27
Views: 16196

Re: Costa Rica herping report, Osa

Looks like a good trip with good people. Gotta love all those Bothriechis! And the king vulture!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
June 1st, 2014, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: goodbye carl
Replies: 38
Views: 14637

Re: goodbye carl

News like this always catches me off guard. He was certainly too young. I only met him once very briefly but he seemed like such a happy person. When I read that it was a single car accident involving a tree and the cause was unknown I told myself he was probably swerving to avoid killing a snake. N...
by Mike Rochford
November 14th, 2013, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The past year. (Nov 2012-Nov 2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 3497

Re: The past year. (Nov 2012-Nov 2013)

Nice work on the Stilosoma! You've had a good year. And your photography has come a long way as well.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 6th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A month in Belize
Replies: 36
Views: 27086

Re: A month in Belize

Well, since I was on that trip I guess I should post one of my images as well. It was a beautiful day on the water... the same day snakeguy101 saw the sea turtles. I was snorkeling a shallow reef when I suddenly came to a deep ledge. I was about to turn around when I noticed something out of the cor...
by Mike Rochford
August 1st, 2013, 6:15 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A month in Belize
Replies: 36
Views: 27086

Re: A month in Belize

PS- I was on that trip with you. I caught the parrot snake you photographed. I believe my friend Dustin found the Pseustes you photographed as well as the Agalychnis. I was also in the small group of 4 or 5 people on the hike when you found the fer-de-lance. Oops! 3 lessons to be learned here: 1) Th...
by Mike Rochford
August 1st, 2013, 6:01 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A month in Belize
Replies: 36
Views: 27086

Re: A month in Belize

Well... this should put this debate to rest:

Image

Or I'll ask Venetia tomorrow morning. Her office is across the hall from mine. :)

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 1st, 2013, 5:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A month in Belize
Replies: 36
Views: 27086

Re: A month in Belize

Wow!!! I hope she's not married!!! Have any more pics of the cat? Even a blurry one would be cool.
by Mike Rochford
August 1st, 2013, 3:16 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A month in Belize
Replies: 36
Views: 27086

Re: A month in Belize

I think your Dryadophis is really a Pseustes.

Also, it's neat how the pattern of that jaguar matches that of a jaguar at the Belize Zoo perfectly. They must be twins. ;)

http://ramblinsan.com/2013/01/15/the-belize-zoo/

Mike
by Mike Rochford
February 4th, 2013, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short Florida worm lizard vid.
Replies: 12
Views: 3699

Re: Short Florida worm lizard vid.

Still very envious! Haven't been able to do any recreational herping since moving back but this has me chomping at the bit! Too busy for awhile yet. Anyway, as another poster mentioned, the video was great for a size reference. Still shots of these little beasts don't quite communicate everything th...
by Mike Rochford
September 18th, 2012, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID needed
Replies: 15
Views: 4226

Re: Turtle ID needed

I'm not positive but my first reaction was Blanding's Turtle. Maybe a spotted. But I'll go with Blanding's. Doesn't look like any of the native FL turtles. Nice find!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
September 16th, 2012, 9:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)
Replies: 23
Views: 16188

Re: 12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)

Nate- Thanks. I hope to make it back out here. And I'm pretty confident that one day I will. At least for a trip or two. Or three. Peter- I regret not taking more habitat/scenery pics. This state is certainly everything you said. So varied, scenic, and expansive. I've been fortunate to be able to ma...
by Mike Rochford
September 14th, 2012, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)
Replies: 23
Views: 16188

Re: 12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)

Thanks everyone! Jim- Thanks. I've had the added motivation of knowing I'm only here for a limited amount of time so I've been "living every day like it's my last." Mule- Gracias! Jon- Garters are certainly no appreciated as much as they should be. Even in other parts of the world there are some coo...
by Mike Rochford
September 13th, 2012, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)
Replies: 23
Views: 16188

12 Months In California: UPDATED (All herps)

When combining a few months in 2005 with the time I have lived in California in 2012 I have lived here for about 12 months (although I was born here and lived here until I was ten but I wasn't herping back then). Here is my attempt to lifelist as much of the state as possible during this time. Discl...
by Mike Rochford
September 13th, 2012, 11:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Legal to maliciously kill an EDB in Florida? I ask because
Replies: 23
Views: 6370

Re: Legal to maliciously kill an EDB in Florida? I ask becau

Chris- Probably. But I was told by FWC that I would have needed one to conduct hands-on research on venomous snakes in Florida if it weren't done in entirely in a national park. So, I think technically this guy broke the law.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
September 12th, 2012, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Legal to maliciously kill an EDB in Florida? I ask because
Replies: 23
Views: 6370

Re: Legal to maliciously kill an EDB in Florida? I ask becau

Yeah... wouldn't he need a venomous license to handle that snake in FL?

Mike
by Mike Rochford
September 2nd, 2012, 1:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Around the world in 120 Days Part 4: Australian Snakes
Replies: 9
Views: 4341

Re: Around the world in 120 Days Part 4: Australian Snakes

Eli-

Nice set of posts. I've been following them all and enjoying each one. Some of those monitor shots were great. Looks like you've been having some really nice trips!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 28th, 2012, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter Species ID Assist...
Replies: 5
Views: 1682

Re: Garter Species ID Assist...

Ditto... sirtalis.
by Mike Rochford
August 17th, 2012, 3:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mail Question:
Replies: 3
Views: 1599

Re: Mail Question:

Yes. But the recipient may still receive an e-mail notification saying that there was a message sent. However, when you click on the link to read the message it says it has been deleted by sender. ;)

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 7th, 2012, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2nd Quarter 2012 (in part)
Replies: 26
Views: 3359

Re: 2nd Quarter 2012 (in part)

You find keys mole skinks regularly!?!?!?!? Well.... I'm jealous. Fine looking critter. One of several things I am itching to find when I get back.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 7th, 2012, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three months of LECHing
Replies: 31
Views: 9338

Re: Three months of LECHing

Pretty nice stuff. Of course, I still think your two days in AZ trump the rest of the east coast stuff. Nice job on the Drymobius though. Gotta love those. At least you did the rest of those lousy east coast herps some photographic justice! Good work on the hog and mud. Fun post!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
August 6th, 2012, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Latest From the New-B
Replies: 13
Views: 3741

Re: The Latest From the New-B

Jim- Thanks! It's amazing what can be accomplished in a relatively short amount of time. I think it's almost possible to lifelist the whole state in one year. If it weren't for work it would be REALLY easy. Matt- I entered the relictus and then it logged me out so I had to re-enter it. Then I gave u...
by Mike Rochford
August 5th, 2012, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which snakes need more protection in California?
Replies: 50
Views: 5878

Re: Which snakes need more protection in California?

My only input (other than the fact my mind is blown that they would protect ruber) is the story from several of us nafha members hunting the San jacintos in 2005. We met some forest service biologists before we started herping. In ten years none of them had seen a SRB. We then proceeded to find one ...
by Mike Rochford
August 3rd, 2012, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Latest From the New-B
Replies: 13
Views: 3741

The Latest From the New-B

Here are the rest of my CA finds to date (minus two)... Black Legless Lizard (Anniella pulchra niger or Anniella niger, whichever you prefer). http://i1115.photobucket.com/albums/k543/Mike_Rochford/DSC_0029.jpg Monterey Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii eschscholtzii) http://i1115.photobucket.com/alb...
by Mike Rochford
August 3rd, 2012, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Putting Slender Salamanders in the NAHERP Database
Replies: 13
Views: 3454

Re: Putting Slender Salamanders in the NAHERP Database

I've added a record for B. relictus. Didn't know it was still possible to add a species for the first time. Anyway, after seeing how limited the habitat is for this species, I agree with Bob that it probably doesn't need to be hunted all the time. I'm actually surprised that it's hanging on there. V...
by Mike Rochford
July 28th, 2012, 8:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Simple Introduction to the Diversity of Slender Salamanders
Replies: 17
Views: 6173

Re: Simple Introduction to the Diversity of Slender Salamand

Great post. When I moved out here earlier this year I honestly wasn't looking forward to having to lifelist all of these things. Now that I've found a bunch of them I've really come to love them. Fascinating group and I've really come to appreciate the way they cling to life in places where it isn't...
by Mike Rochford
July 27th, 2012, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Florida's" House Geckos
Replies: 30
Views: 28231

Re: "Florida's" House Geckos

Nice post, as usual, Jake. Are there still Skunk Geckos and Golden Geckos turning up in Hollywood? Tarentola mauritanicus and T. annularis belong in this thread!!!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
July 27th, 2012, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas 2011 - 2012
Replies: 16
Views: 6150

Re: Texas 2011 - 2012

Excellent post. Thanks for doing the work of finding those things in new places, finding animals most people don't care to, and for showing us the great pics!

Mike
by Mike Rochford
July 18th, 2012, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID Tucson AZ
Replies: 7
Views: 2358

Re: Snake ID Tucson AZ

Looks like a king.

Mike
by Mike Rochford
July 17th, 2012, 9:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just for Fun: Life Lists
Replies: 43
Views: 20817

Re: Just for Fun: Life Lists

Here's my US list I have a bunch of stuff from Mexico and Belize as well but I don't have it prepared. Sorry about the spacing. Copy/pasted from elsewhere and I'm too lazy to delete all the spaces! This is mostly based on the CNAH list but not the most recent version. I need to update it to match mo...
by Mike Rochford
May 14th, 2012, 10:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not so typical KS spring...
Replies: 28
Views: 3403

Re: Not so typical KS spring...

Nice work... but we expect that from you. :)

So, the question is... when you leave Hays for good, where to?

Give me a ring when you are headed to the best coast. If it's lifers you seek, head north. :) I'll try to get south if I can.

Fresca
by Mike Rochford
May 9th, 2012, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Nor Cal: Need Help Finding Herps
Replies: 14
Views: 3135

New to Nor Cal: Need Help Finding Herps

Hi guys, I just moved to the bay area and I can't seem to find very many herps. All I have found here (and on the drive from AZ) since I moved here 2 months ago are these animals: http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7110/7154586658_d47919335e_b.jpg Charina bottae grismer by reallybadmikebad , on Flickr ht...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 9:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

Personally, I'm not opposed to what they do there. My only concern is that there is not a bag limit. They go to dens and catch every snake they see (and possibly with the use of gasoline which I am also against). All that said, I will use the "abuse" aspect to gain support from people in an effort t...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

Ok. Consider my plan dead and I am now a follower of chads plan. My one concern is spending money there and boosting their economy. Maybe we can find other nearby places to stay and only travel into town to protest and be as self-sufficient as possible. Regardless of the exact details of how this al...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I'll be the first to admit I'm a little crazy, but I'll provide this quote from a fairly smart dude: .ALBERT EINSTEIN. Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I guess after 12 years of observing and participating in efforts to end these things I'm just a l...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

After more thought, we could leave Santa and god out of it but it needs to be offensive and it doesn't get much more offensive than that. The objective is to destroy their community (not physically, obviously) as long as the round-ups continue. Make it unpleasant. Make it a terrible place for kids. ...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

It's hard to draw a parallel but what comes to my mind is the guy who made the YouTube video going through the TSA checkpoint. The situation called for different tactics, but the strategy was the same... Make things worse before they get better because the media is drawn to conflict. I guess you cou...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

It certainly wasn't my first choice of methods to tackle this issue. But I've seen sanity used every year and every year the round-ups continue. So my new logic is that we have to make things worse before they get better. Nobody is paying attention to this issue on the scale required to make a diffe...
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 1:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I posted that bible stuff on the roundup facebook page but it was deleted quickly. I still think the logical approach has been exhausted but it doesn't hurt to employ several different strategies.
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I know I've enjoyed the Dan krull show many a time on my iPhone but it doesn't look possible anymore and I am currently wi-fi-less!!! :(
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

Lol. Awesome. It would have to be next year for sure. Two is a good start! Who else?!?!?! We need some more good debaters!!!
by Mike Rochford
March 11th, 2012, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 30961

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

I'm of the opinion that we have been sensible and friendly for far too long and it hasn't worked. So, I propose... Sweetwater Education Days We set up shop in sweetwater near the round-up and protest a la Fred Phelps. We exercise our right to free speech to the fullest. We have signs like "Santa isn...
by Mike Rochford
March 8th, 2012, 10:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Donate to Mosquitoes - The Original Bug Shirt
Replies: 3
Views: 1609

Re: Don't Donate to Mosquitoes - The Original Bug Shirt

If you buy the shirt, some mosquito pants, and some latex gloves you are pretty well mosquito-proof. The only problem is that when the material is tight against your skin they can still bite through it. The elbows are usually where that occurs. Life-saving stuff (figuratively, and maybe literally sp...
by Mike Rochford
February 19th, 2012, 8:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Feb. herping...
Replies: 33
Views: 5242

Re: More Feb. herping...

Looks like you're on the right track. Maybe these pics from March of last year will keep your spirits up: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/196972_578000890193_77203249_33142572_1102267_n.jpg http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/199926_578001009953_77203249_33142577_7373171_n.jpg Do...