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by Jimi
October 8th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazing finds in this summer
Replies: 4
Views: 244

Re: Amazing finds in this summer

Nice finds & pics - thanks for sharing. My dream of some day visiting Taiwan endures. Between the culture & people, the natural history, and the scenery, it's an extremely appealing destination.

I also didn't know you guys have Daboia. So thanks for that too.

cheers
by Jimi
August 24th, 2020, 12:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kansas in late August or mid September?
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Kansas in late August or mid September?

probably somewhere in the 20-25" range Wow - that's a monster! I think streckeri is the smallest subspecies. I used to keep two adult pairs, and got a few litters out of them. All four of my adults were in the 16-20" range. Pretty stout, could happily eat full-grown adult domestic mice. But they di...
by Jimi
August 24th, 2020, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kansas in late August or mid September?
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Kansas in late August or mid September?

Hey, congrats!!! Classic little streckeri. What was he, maybe 12" long?

"If you can hear the rattle, your ear is too close!" Ha ha ha. Cute little toe-stabbers, huh?
by Jimi
August 20th, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kansas in late August or mid September?
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Kansas in late August or mid September?

to gauge whether pit vipers in general are moving yet, logic being that if Pigs aren't moving yet in Southwest MO, their Massasauga cousins 250 miles west in Kansas probably aren't either I think maintaining some monitoring effort on that "home road" is very wise, simply to get to know it and your ...
by Jimi
August 20th, 2020, 12:58 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

“We are likely on the path of accelerated sea level rise” “We have to invent a new worst-case climate warming scenario, because Greenland is already tracking the current one.” https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-arctic/greenlands-ice-sheet-saw-record-mass-loss-in-2019-study-finds-idUS...
by Jimi
August 18th, 2020, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kansas in late August or mid September?
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Kansas in late August or mid September?

here's hoping the Pigmies I've never really looked for pigs west of the Mississippi, and the little I've done there was just unrequited walking & flipping, but knowing them just a little in GA & SC (where they are also very spotty & can be tough, like they seem further west) they seemed more reliab...
by Jimi
August 17th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kansas in late August or mid September?
Replies: 11
Views: 1345

Re: Kansas in late August or mid September?

Thanks for the posts & pics, I enjoy seeing you two getting out and just getting along in life. (Unsolicited thus possibly hated advice - rack 'em up before you have kids, if you're so inclined! You will have no time or money for anything but the yard apes, once you go there.) So - I have zero actua...
by Jimi
July 30th, 2020, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 3096

Re: I-10 Chronicles

I turned into a "camping" wus in old age and now my wife and I use this: Love it. The fiberglass trailers hold a lot of appeal for me. I'm still a "tent / truck shell / hell just throw down a tarp & puss pad and call it good" kind of camper. But - I live in the West where it's dry & (for now anyway...
by Jimi
July 24th, 2020, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 3096

Re: I-10 Chronicles

I've been pretty badly skunked in the Davis mountains a few times, when I went before the late summer rains had started. I don't go there any more in June; I just mentally lump that area in with the other "monsoon-season" places. Edwards Plateau is different. I asked a guy here about flipping little...
by Jimi
July 20th, 2020, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97002

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

A very useful phone APP we use in the east, but probably works out west, is "HUNTSTAND". It's useful because it can show who's land you are on. OnX ("onyx") might be similar to HUNTSTAND. It costs money but the developers have gone to the trouble of gathering parcel / landowner data from all the co...
by Jimi
July 17th, 2020, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97002

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Craig, do you have access to Herp Review? I think the observation was made right around dark, in mid May 2017. About 9 PM. Sounded like they walked it, or shined it - not cruised-on-road.

cheers
by Jimi
July 15th, 2020, 10:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97002

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Thanks for the heads-up Bob, I will have to watch for the upcoming Herp Review pub on boas in Sonora.

And congrats also, to Chris G on his perspicacity.
by Jimi
July 10th, 2020, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aspidoscelis in Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 1113

Re: Aspidoscelis in Colorado

As an extreme non-cnemidologist, and going by gestalt, I'm going with velox too. The very clean dark fields - no tesselations - are the main nudge (most cnemis have some degree of checkering). But I also live in a state with extremely low teiid species diversity, and velox lives here. So I'm primed ...
by Jimi
June 24th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some young gators from northeastern North Carolina
Replies: 3
Views: 1206

Re: Some young gators from northeastern North Carolina

Many of those individuals - if they are not indeed of the same individual) depicted are pretty clearly in the same age cohort (further south I'd say 2019 hatch year; maybe slower/older up there?) Basically, they look like last year's 2-footers (they hatch at a foot, and normally grow about a foot a ...
by Jimi
June 23rd, 2020, 1:44 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

And just in today, evidence that most Americans aren't buying the horseshit any more: Two-Thirds of Americans Think Government Should Do More on Climate Bipartisan backing for carbon capture tax credits, extensive tree-planting efforts https://www.pewresearch.org/science/2020/06/23/two-thirds-of-ame...
by Jimi
June 19th, 2020, 7:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

And now for our morally superior, foundational-values endowed brethren, more current news from the climate front: source: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamanetworkopen/fullarticle/2767260?utm_source=For_The_Media&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=ftm_links&utm_term=061820 content: Original Investi...
by Jimi
June 17th, 2020, 3:45 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

And 'cause I feel like hitting this one more time - horseshit don't float. It just kind of waterlogs, then it crumbles and sinks, and leaves you with nothing but dirty water. You can try to set it down carefully, you can blow on it to try and keep it dry, why hell - you can even paint it with Shinol...
by Jimi
June 17th, 2020, 3:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Source for the following (where you can also click links to get to the scientific papers by Oreskes, Doran, et al.): https://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-scientific-consensus-advanced.htm Authors of seven climate consensus studies — including Naomi Oreskes, Peter Doran, William Anderegg, ...
by Jimi
June 17th, 2020, 3:29 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

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by Jimi
June 15th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

While the horseshit cart went rolling on, spilling its little road apples all over the place, out in the real world this happened: source: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/news/global-climate-202005 https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/May-2020-Global-Temperature-Percentiles-Map.png Note, this is ...
by Jimi
June 6th, 2020, 2:19 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

What a would-be demagogue you are, Ernie. Here's what AAAS & Science magazine offer about Happer: Source: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2019/02/physicist-leading-trump-s-adversarial-climate-review-also-led-group-touting-carbon Content: Physicist leading Trump’s ‘adversarial’ climate review also le...
by Jimi
June 3rd, 2020, 10:08 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

(Ernie, at this point in a beat down, it's customary to stay down. We've all made our points, anything more would just be embarrassing. Let's stick a fork in this one.)
by Jimi
June 3rd, 2020, 8:44 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

allowing the scientist themselves to tell their story, (is) a far preferable option, Indeed. Here's twenty two of his MIT colleagues - well, they were his colleagues there before he retired, saying something. Source: http://climate-science.mit.edu/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/LetterTrump1.png Seems p...
by Jimi
June 2nd, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Oh look, here comes the manure cart guy again, fetching another load of aged horseshit, topped with just a little pungent material of his own issue. - The video clip is from 2013. - Here's something newer (2019) about the speaker & his place of employment: source: https://www.sciencemag.org/news/201...
by Jimi
June 1st, 2020, 6:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Your pathological - perhaps conscious, perhaps subconscious - aversion to honesty cannot fail to impress me. In the bad way, yes, but it is impressive. 1) Roy Spencer is "a real scientist", with a PhD in meteorology. He did great work at NASA with temperature-monitoring satellites back in the 80s an...
by Jimi
May 30th, 2020, 8:07 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Same old story, same old song and dance. You're a one-trick tired old nag, but still a seriously dependable horseshit producer. Good for you, you're just so amazingly full of shit!!! Source: https://skepticalscience.com/broken-hockey-stick.htm What evidence is there for the hockey stick? What the sc...
by Jimi
May 29th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

my underlying goal has been to try and urge individuals to keep an open mind In an earlier era of "the culture wars", righties used to say of lefties "Oh those poor dummies - look, their minds are so open their brains fell out". My my, how the wheel turns in ironic ways. Or maybe it was just projec...
by Jimi
May 27th, 2020, 3:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Well, a hot day is just a hot day, a hot night is just a hot night. But stack up enough of them over a few decades, and hell yeah something not funny is going on. In the 10 full years since the 2009 "climategate" full-on horseshit mentioned by what's his nuts - and recall, at that time, 2009 was the...
by Jimi
May 26th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

As for so-called ClimateGate, try FactCheck https://www.factcheck.org/2009/12/climategate/ Summary In late November 2009, more than 1,000 e-mails between scientists at the Climate Research Unit of the U.K.’s University of East Anglia were stolen and made public by an as-yet-unnamed hacker. Climate s...
by Jimi
May 26th, 2020, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 2213

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

A blast from the past indeed. Good to see you're doing well. And as far as lizards go, they don't get too much cooler than this Yellow-spotted Night Lizard (Lepidophyma flavimaculatum): Yeah buddy; just a great genus all in all. If it weren't for the bugs, it would be a nice place: Yeah, but...hahah...
by Jimi
May 19th, 2020, 6:14 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

From what I read it doesn't seem to argue "the Earth is not warming" so much as it argues "Yes, the Earth is warming, but we're unsure how much more it will warm or how unprecedented this is." That's from the standard deniers' playbook. The next play is "well, we still don't know why it's warming s...
by Jimi
May 19th, 2020, 6:09 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

More from the weather - "warming has increased the likelihood of a hurricane developing into a major one of Category 3 or higher, with sustained winds greater than 110 miles an hour, by about 8 percent a decade." So since 1979 the odds of a hurricane going major have increased about 26%. Nice one, h...
by Jimi
May 18th, 2020, 3:24 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

As for this: it is best to let the scientific research continue to explore these issues as well as letting the weather tell its own story in coming years Well, the weather is indeed telling its own story. Always has, always will. Hey, the Atlantic hurricane season is now off to an earlier-than-usual...
by Jimi
May 18th, 2020, 3:06 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

This is probably the second-most used climate change denier myth. the topic of grand solar minimum The source for the following pasted material: https://skepticalscience.com/solar-activity-sunspots-global-warming-advanced.htm Sun & climate: moving in opposite directions What the science says... In t...
by Jimi
May 4th, 2020, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borrego Springs/Anza Borrego San Diego County
Replies: 15
Views: 5847

Re: Borrego Springs/Anza Borrego San Diego County

Yes, the Sonoran (influence) comes up to that area. Yours looks like the classic intergrade from what I can see in the pic. +1, some you see there are leaning stronger to the Sonoran phenotype but really, it's an intergrade zone. I distinctly recall walking in on about a 65" beast female in the BPC...
by Jimi
May 4th, 2020, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades National Park in the rain
Replies: 22
Views: 7543

Re: Everglades National Park in the rain

In Utah at the federal level it seems to be a USDA / USDI thing: NPS and BLM campgrounds have been closed but USFS campgrounds have been open. A few of our Colorado Plateau counties have closed their (federal public lands) backcountries to dispersed camping because there's only a dozen or two hospit...
by Jimi
May 4th, 2020, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1787

Re: Southern Oregon

Heads up: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?West The Klamath / Siskiyou country is looking rough, drought-wise. Would love to see the 2 Lampropeltis down there. Its an area I have only passed through in the past. That country is worth spending some time in. Getula al...
by Jimi
May 3rd, 2020, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades National Park in the rain
Replies: 22
Views: 7543

Re: Everglades National Park in the rain

everything fun is closed
Hey, the Great Basin is wide open. All the distance you need.
by Jimi
April 13th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 1857

Re: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge

Thanks for taking the time, Bill. I just couldn't deal with the goofiness. It's a matter of evidence, not of opinion.

cheers
by Jimi
April 9th, 2020, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some herps from today - southeastern Virginia
Replies: 5
Views: 1835

Re: Some herps from today - southeastern Virginia

That cotton is a real nice one.
Indeed indeed. Seems like the farthest-northeast ones are, on average, the best of anywhere, looks-wise.

That water snake must have had a real wrestling match to subjugate the bullfrog. Especially on the kicking end. Jeez.
by Jimi
April 9th, 2020, 11:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in New Hampshire
Replies: 3
Views: 1851

Re: Herping in New Hampshire

Careful, some stuff is pretty touchy! The biggest "problem" with New England is, even taxa that are superabundant (e.g. racers) further south can be extremely localized, and sometimes occur in really small populations up there. Hey (assuming you don't already - sorry if mistaken) if you want to part...
by Jimi
April 8th, 2020, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 13056

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

If get close to one that is laying in some brush or foliage, will it stay still or will it get spooked and run? I don't think you're gonna get a runner. You hear something dashing off at 20 feet, you've probably got a coachwhip or racer. All the pits I've ever walked have been much more deliberate....
by Jimi
March 18th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 2877

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

I don't know about getting your 2 nemesis species in/around the Ocala in March, but as long as there isn't a cold front blowing through you should be able to find some decent sport-herping. I'd probably put all my time into wet/dry ecotones, mostly working near sandhill ponds, but also investing som...
by Jimi
March 10th, 2020, 11:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

This may interest some: https://www.isthishowyoufeel.com/ This was a project in which climate scientists were asked a rather unusual question - "How do you feel about climate change?" A description: Climate change is a complex and intimidating threat. You can't see it when you look out your bedroom ...
by Jimi
March 5th, 2020, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 2877

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

Hi Tom, I lived in St Auggie 4 years and got out quite a bit. Mostly for work all over NE FL (St Johns to Brevard, west to Marion Co), some just for play too though. With that background: I've seen loads of mud snakes as "cruising bycatch" on the Osceola NF. Rainy nights, or just hot muggy nights, s...
by Jimi
February 21st, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not my board line
Replies: 18
Views: 3207

Re: Not my board line

Would it be unethical I (sort of) applaud your presented sense of decency, at the same time as kind of laughing at your framing of the situation. Either: the boards are on private land owned by those who laid them out, or the boards are on private land owned by someone else (who may or - far more l...
by Jimi
February 18th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah
Replies: 5
Views: 2203

Re: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah

Hi Frank, You're looking for a comprehensive field guide - a small, lightweight, inexpensive, durable book that will depict any wild reptile you find. To go with the standard, just get yourself a Stebbins ("Western Reptiles and Amphibians"). Having eventually destroyed my first edition, I'm still tr...
by Jimi
February 13th, 2020, 1:16 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Horseshit doesn't get the last word.
by Jimi
February 12th, 2020, 12:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129018

Re: Climate change revisited

Here's a slight improvement: This rant from Ernie brings to mind the Kool-Aid drinkers armed with their phony outrage and deep concerns. The sociological lemmings always at the ready to rally around whatever IMPORTANT issue is making the BIG headlines. To these mass consumers of corporate and foreig...