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by Gary N
August 29th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In Ohio
Replies: 10
Views: 7311

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In Ohio

Porter wrote:The bullfrog however is a Green Frog....
Oh yeah, of course it is. The dorsolateral ridges are plain as day. I must be going blind, except I saw them on the juvie...
by Gary N
August 29th, 2018, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In Ohio
Replies: 10
Views: 7311

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In Ohio

Not bad for a quick trip. Are there no names given for most of the herps because this a quiz for those of us who don't know Ohio herps? OK, I'll take a guess - Leadback redback Northern dusky Painted turtle Dekay's Green frog juvenile Eastern gartersnakes (Gray treefrogs - nice!) Northern leopard fr...
by Gary N
August 29th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 18246

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

In-hand is the only way some people can shoot Tantilla, so there are a bunch on this page http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/pages/t.planiceps.html http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/images/tplaniceps509hand.jpg ...Although, I have never held a tantilla. :?: My impression and understanding of ...
by Gary N
August 19th, 2018, 10:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 8475

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

If it happens, the 3 species will probably become 1 again.
Brian Hubbs wrote:Hmmm, is the Baja Treefrog going to go the same way? That would make entries in the database much simpler...but I would lose 2 species because of it. :lol:
by Gary N
August 19th, 2018, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 8475

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

Hyla regilla sierra Jameson et al., 1966 - type locality ‘‘1 1/4 miles SSE of Tioga Pass Ranger Station (east of entrance to Yosemite National Park)." No need to invalidate the species if it doesn't exist; Comments in the 2017 SSAR names list indicate P. sierra will untimately be included in the sy...
by Gary N
August 16th, 2018, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

OK, you got me. That's an even nastier practical joke than a 3d fake toy because it doesn't look impossible. I've certainly seen rock that color, and green lizards are common all over the world. Nice! I haven't seen that color. Neither have I... :twisted: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7352/93205442...
by Gary N
August 16th, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

Nice! I haven't seen that color.
El Garia wrote:Regarding the 'odd', wondering if you've seen this color pattern on a whiptail. Found this olive one at the quarry...


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by Gary N
August 16th, 2018, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 18246

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

This spot is between your location and the others in the hills to the east, so there probably are Tantilla where it was found. But with the tail coil, I'm still thinking Ring-neck. Hi Gary. Sorry for taking too long to get back to you. My computer went kaput, so I had to get a new one. If the San Jo...
by Gary N
August 15th, 2018, 12:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

The snake-eating tree is awesome! It reminds me of the bicycle-eating tree near Seattle. https://www.google.com/maps/uv?hl=en&pb=!1s0x54904f948a8419d7%3A0xc5512c2989bf9ff6!2m22!2m2!1i80!2i80!3m1!2i20!16m16!1b1!2m2!1m1!1e1!2m2!1m1!1e3!2m2!1m1!1e5!2m2!1m1!1e4!2m2!1m1!1e6!3m1!7e115!4shttps%3A%2F%2Flh5....
by Gary N
August 14th, 2018, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 18246

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

The snake was actually found in South San Jose. Now that I check the maps more carefully, the location is not far south of a museum locality for Tantilla southeast of South San Jose. That means we also have to consider Tantilla. But does Tantilla ever coil its tail even as little as this snake does?...
by Gary N
August 13th, 2018, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

Seriously, someone actually sent me the picture asking me to identify the lizard, and I'm pretty sure they thought it was real. Maybe planting fake herps to fool people has become a new hobby. (Is that still Fieldherping?) I have also been sent other pictures to identify that were toy reptiles peopl...
by Gary N
August 13th, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 18246

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

Thanks, Richard. I'm sure you're right. The tail length and shape is what concerned me most. Unfortunately, these are the best pictures available as the snake was released. Until seeing this snake, I hadn't realized how similar the two species are without the natural coloring. This leads me to ask y...
by Gary N
August 12th, 2018, 10:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

Fieldherper wrote:Taiwan Rubber Lizard

FH

Or Chinese plastic.
by Gary N
August 12th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 6133

Alien Lizard Identification Needed

This alien lizard was found in a garage in the Central Valley. It has to be an escaped pet, but I'm not familiar enough with the pet trade to identify it.
Anybody know the species?

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by Gary N
August 12th, 2018, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 18246

Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

This snake was found in San Jose, California. My best guess is common sharp-tailed snake, Contia tenuis, but the tail doesn't look quite right. I've never seen one coil up like this one and it appears too thin. The tail looks more like that of a ring-necked snake, but I would expect to see some evid...
by Gary N
February 27th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 3836

Re: Mystery Snake

It does resemble some of the white-sided bull snakes. I didn't see the snake so I don't know the size or other details. I assumed the ranch was far from anywhere a snake could escape from but maybe not. I am under the impression that white-sided gopher snakes occur naturally, so maybe it's a white-s...
by Gary N
February 26th, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 3836

Mystery Snake

This snake was found on a ranch in Patterson, CA.
Any ideas what it is? A hybrid maybe?

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by Gary N
September 5th, 2016, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 12180

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

I've had plenty of good encounters with the Border Patrol, tipping them off to illegal immigrants I've seen who were asking me for help, and getting herping advice from them, but this was my craziest and worst encounter with them. I drove past the Border Patrol headquarters in Campo, California cont...
by Gary N
May 21st, 2016, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wide Angle Herp shots
Replies: 17
Views: 8208

Re: Wide Angle Herp shots

orionmystery wrote: Something like this. Diffusion layer is packing foam (PE polyfoam)

http://orionmystery.blogspot.my/2012/12 ... o-rig.html
I'll have to try that.
It's cool how all those homemade diffusers use free materials (trash, really) along with expensive camera gear.
It's the results that matter.
by Gary N
May 20th, 2016, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wide Angle Herp shots
Replies: 17
Views: 8208

Re: Wide Angle Herp shots

Thanks, Gary. No way I could get close to them during the day. All the shots were taken at night. Single 270EX on hot shoe with a big DIY diffuser. I use that same flash, but I've had trouble coming up with a good diffuser since it's so small. What kind did you make - is it a softbox or a bounce re...
by Gary N
May 19th, 2016, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wide Angle Herp shots
Replies: 17
Views: 8208

Re: Wide Angle Herp shots

I'm surprised you get such great shots given that putting the lens so close to an animal usually scares them off and also since your options for flash are limited at that distance. I don't see any flash highlights in the eyes. How are you lighting the subjects?
by Gary N
May 18th, 2016, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wild Sidewinder Morph
Replies: 7
Views: 2885

Re: Wild Sidewinder Morph

There was another found/posted but it only had a small amount of striping on the neck if I remember correctly (1-3 in maybe). I saw the pic awhile back, so hard to remember. Not sure of the sub I downloaded 2 pictures of a striped sidewinder in May 2012 that was found in the Coachella Valley and po...
by Gary N
May 17th, 2016, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

I've seen Red-tailed Hawks continually stomping the ground of freshly plowed fields. I haven't been able to see what they are stomping though. It seems to be a hunting technique used for an animal too large or beneath the ground out of reach... or could you go so far as to say its stomping a snake ...
by Gary N
May 16th, 2016, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

In regards to the perpetrator of this crime: Owls will bite the heads off of prey. I once found two headless African Clawed Frogs in the burrow of a Burrowing Owl. This scene harks back to my college days when I found a decapitated Northwestern Salamander on the trail at Lamphere Dunes in Humboldt ...
by Gary N
May 16th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 7373

Re: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

Ross Padilla wrote:Sorry, didn't read all the replies till now. :lol:
No problem, Ross. Thanks for your input.
by Gary N
May 16th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wild Sidewinder Morph
Replies: 7
Views: 2885

Re: Wild Sidewinder Morph

Very cool!
Maybe we should call it a Stripewinder?
by Gary N
May 11th, 2016, 3:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 7373

Re: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

Thanks for all the replies and for confirming that it is combat.
by Gary N
May 8th, 2016, 11:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 7373

Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

I think the activity seen in this video is male combat. I see lots of body slamming and biting in the video but no attempts to hook up cloacas. Let me know if you think it's mating behavior. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvRBLLO3mWU&feature=youtu.be http://www.californiaherps.com/snakes/images/kin...
by Gary N
May 4th, 2016, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

An owl or a weasel might have done this -- both tend to chew up heads then discard most of the item. Raccoons usually eat almost all of larger salamanders (like tigers), leaving only feet. The eggs are recently-ovulated Dicamptodon eggs -- they are released into the body cavity and pretty well fill...
by Gary N
April 26th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

[quote="JAMAUGHN"]Here's a couple of shot of Banana Slug eggs (and hatchlings)...seems like it could be a good match. I have no idea if that's what's in that salamander, though. Nice shot of hatchling slugs, but since the eggs in the salamander are connected, not separated like slug eggs after they ...
by Gary N
April 25th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

I know little of Salamanders, and even less of California fauna, but maybe it had eaten a batch of snail eggs prior to meeting its end? Kind of looks like snail eggs to me, although far bigger than what I'm accustomed to seeing in the Midwest... just going out on a limb and guessing that if you hav...
by Gary N
April 24th, 2016, 9:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

I'm no authority on salamanders, but those look like eggs, to me... as though (perhaps) it was run over and the eggs were forced out the mouth... and then (again, perhaps) a skunk or something came along and chewed the head off??? I thought the eggs might have been forced out the mouth too, but whe...
by Gary N
April 24th, 2016, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 22766

Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)

This headless coastal giant salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus , was found as shown on a dirt road. Does anyone know what the round white objects that look like eggs are? They seem too close to the head to be unlaid eggs so maybe they are something just eaten by the salamander. I've never looked ins...
by Gary N
April 13th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bucket Trap Mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 4842

Re: Bucket Trap Mystery

Jimi, The man who found the buckets in February removed them all and I have not heard if any others have been found there. I did hear from someone at the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who said that using a bucket is not a legal form of take with a fishing license, so it is clearly illeg...
by Gary N
April 9th, 2016, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 11287

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

I'm late to the party as always, but here's another LA Times article about the same subject. This clueless reporter thinks that the boards are pitfall traps where a snake crawls under then falls into a small hole or a bucket. Unless they're checked every day, they'd be full of dead animals so I can'...
by Gary N
March 29th, 2016, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bucket Trap Mystery
Replies: 20
Views: 4842

Bucket Trap Mystery

Somebody found three of these bucket traps recently at a well-known location on public land (where you can legally collect herps) in the San Diego County desert. The buckets had meal worms and crickets in them, apparently to attract and trap lizards that jumped in off of the rocks. Has anyone else s...
by Gary N
December 20th, 2015, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake found in CA
Replies: 5
Views: 2346

Another Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake found in CA

This one was dead. Found on December 12th at Bolsa Chica State Beach:

http://ktla.com/2015/12/19/extremely-ve ... o-el-nino/
by Gary N
November 30th, 2015, 9:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea turtle seen near Stockton
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Sea turtle seen near Stockton

Chad M. Lane wrote:They also found a dead one a few weeks earlier at Tiki Lagoon.
I can't find anything about the Tiki Lagoon turtle online. Did it get written up in a newspaper or posted online anywhere that you know of?
by Gary N
November 23rd, 2015, 11:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea turtle seen near Stockton
Replies: 8
Views: 2596

Re: Sea turtle seen near Stockton

The elevation of Manteca is 36 ft. (11 m.) I wonder if this is a new elevation record for the species. ;)
by Gary N
October 4th, 2015, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 21971

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/images/eccoerulbitesm04.jpg Along with this picture of Elgaria coerulea eating homo sapiens I have a few online collections of pictures and videos of herps feeding, most of which were sent to me by other photographers. Among my favorites is this heavily-edited...
by Gary N
October 4th, 2015, 11:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid
Replies: 20
Views: 3711

Re: Has anyone seen one of these before? ...possible hybrid

"Sorry boss, we told the designers to use a picture of a monitor lizard but they screwed up."
by Gary N
July 25th, 2015, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain

OK, so how long did you have to piss it off to get it to rattle? :lol: All I had to do was mention your name… But seriously, I agree with you - they don't seem to be very enthusiastic performers. Klauber even calls them "a notably peaceful rattler" and puts them on the bottom of his list of rattler...
by Gary N
July 24th, 2015, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain

Brian Hubbs wrote: I have never even seen a ruber rattle, let alone threaten me with a defensive posture...
Well now you have...

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http://www.californiaherps.com/movies/c ... ing509.mp4
by Gary N
July 23rd, 2015, 11:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain

The only things I see in question are what exactly a "zero" bag and possession limit means, and what does "sport take" mean, and is it different from "take." I agree with KichiMark that "sport" seems to be redundant and adds confusion, and should be removed, since it implies that there are differen...
by Gary N
July 22nd, 2015, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain

Fundad Wrote: We are working on adding that language into the regulations, but this last go around it was rejected by the Law Enforcement Division. We have not given up on having this added.... This is something we may end up going to the commission for. Fundad I hope you can get that to happen. It ...
by Gary N
July 18th, 2015, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain
Replies: 36
Views: 4815

Re: Red Diamond 'Protected Species' Please Explain

The only things I see in question are what exactly a "zero" bag and possession limit means, and what does "sport take" mean, and is it different from "take." I agree with KichiMark that "sport" seems to be redundant and adds confusion, and should be removed, since it implies that there are different...
by Gary N
June 15th, 2015, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fact or fiction
Replies: 13
Views: 2414

Re: Fact or fiction

This guy has collected a lot of the giant snake pictures that are sent around and explains forced perspective on his blog here: http://www.livingalongsidewildlife.com/2009/07/return-of-giant-killed-rattlesnake.html and his specific comments on this picture are here: http://www.livingalongsidewildlif...
by Gary N
February 22nd, 2015, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: White-sided Gopher Snake
Replies: 4
Views: 2217

Re: White-sided Gopher Snake

hellihooks wrote:I found a dor wht-sided off the 210 in N Fontana few years back... and heard tell of a wht-sided GB found on the 18 tween AV and Lucerne, by Fangmaster, I believe... :thumb:

This was also near Fontana. Sounds like a naturally-occuring morph. Thanks.
by Gary N
February 20th, 2015, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: White-sided Gopher Snake
Replies: 4
Views: 2217

White-sided Gopher Snake

I was sent these cell phone pictures of a white-sided gopher snake that was found in San Bernardino County, California. The only snakes like it I have found online so far are white-sided bull snakes that seem to be a pet trade breed, but I don't know how the morph is bred or if it occurs in nature. ...
by Gary N
January 13th, 2015, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ensatina salamander courtship night
Replies: 13
Views: 1607

Re: Ensatina salamander courtship night

3 pairs of Ensatina!
I would have stopped after the first pair because I would have just sat all night and watched them.