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by Jimi
March 18th, 2020, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 6
Views: 784

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: 107
Views: 114668

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: 6
Views: 784

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: 1548

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: 1056

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: 107
Views: 114668

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: 107
Views: 114668

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...
by Jimi
January 21st, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal

I always assumed flipping would be more productive under some sunlight. It depends. Early in the season when nights are still chilly and days are not very warm either - yeah, sure sun helps. But you'd be amazed how much a board or rock will warm with overcast. Inrared rays are invisible, and they p...
by Jimi
January 21st, 2020, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal

I actually flipped a night snake under a board that was fully exposed to the sun at around 73 degrees. Would you consider this uncommon? Not at all, no, but I would add that context matters. I intuit that what you're really after is predictive power. How to know what to do, and when to do it, to up...
by Jimi
January 20th, 2020, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal
Replies: 8
Views: 1487

Re: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal

I suggest you consider physiology and security. Those are the main drivers that result in an animal electing to place itself right up under a surface object. Never forget that - the animal put itself there . Ask yourself why, or why not. My assumption is that it really depends on the weather and the...
by Jimi
January 20th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any herp trips in March? Central America?
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: Any herp trips in March? Central America?

There you go - pick the right activity for the season. Rainy-season snorkeling sucks - often, you just can't see. Dry season is where it's at, for snorkeling.

Have fun, good luck!
by Jimi
January 15th, 2020, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any herp trips in March? Central America?
Replies: 4
Views: 1149

Re: Any herp trips in March? Central America?

So, the way you pose this, a guy trying to respond helpfully could fixate on destination, timing, or activity. I'm gonna fixate on timing. I've never done any herping (just played normal tourist) in South America - it's probably different closer to the equator. But in Central America as I know it (h...
by Jimi
January 7th, 2020, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona herps & stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 1592

Re: Arizona herps & stuff

Yeah, wow, nice pics. I like the pinkish belly on that NM klaub (people get bit like that though. Don't push your luck.) And the little skunk was super-cute. Skunks are almost always charming little weirdos. We hiked upon this bear while birding and he was disconcertingly unafraid. They're such indi...
by Jimi
January 5th, 2020, 9:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2106

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

100% of my connections came through this forum and NAFHA/NAHERP events. I participated in discussions here, talked to people, got invited to group trips, made friends, and then we scheduled private outings. Unfortunately NAFHA/NAHERP has deceased in activity but the model of meeting people online a...
by Jimi
January 3rd, 2020, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2106

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

Flip right, if you're gonna flip. Don't flip like a bear, don't flip like a hog, don't flip like a monkey. Flip like an ethical herper. Put the object - or the pile of objects - back so that you can't even tell it's been flipped or otherwise messed with. If it's a huge rock on a steep slope, and you...
by Jimi
January 2nd, 2020, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2390

Re: NW Oregon in November

Thanks Richard! Way more info than I had any right to hope for. I'm missing something on the boa stench thing. Probably just normal issues with communicating humor with writing. I know boas best from coastal NorCal, where they really don't stink much. Not compared to garters anyway...yuck. Ha ha. Sa...
by Jimi
December 30th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2390

Re: NW Oregon in November

Hi Richard, There's a small crew of us that are headed that way in early April. General herping, not boa fixated, but we will be looking. Intend to be around Morro Bay around 4/8 or so. Re this: I would hope that someone will eventually collect a specimen from San Luis Obispo Co. and more specimens ...
by Jimi
December 19th, 2019, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations
Replies: 5
Views: 1684

Re: Northern Rubber Boa Elevations

Hi Bart, Sorry I can't help directly with your question - I've only found them near the coast and on the east side of the Sierra. I really didn't herp the west slope too much when I lived there - all those nasty trees! Ha ha ha. But the reason I write is to suggest cold air drainage might be a facto...
by Jimi
December 17th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 EOY Recap
Replies: 9
Views: 2445

Re: 2019 EOY Recap

I lost two dogs. My God. Sorry to hear that. I have a 16-year old GSD who's nearing his end. Hard times, very hard times. Life's a serial heartbreaker - get well soon. Regarding the fossorial taxa, they are reliably flipped under rocks during late March and early April, assuming moisture is decent....
by Jimi
December 16th, 2019, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 EOY Recap
Replies: 9
Views: 2445

Re: 2019 EOY Recap

Likewise, Frank - I always enjoy your excellent pics and stories. Sorry about the hard parts - did you lose two dogs, or one? It was nice to meet you at the OB Oasis in late May this year. Great trip. Hope to see you again. Curious, if you've got a sec - on the small fossorial csquamates like ground...
by Jimi
December 12th, 2019, 1:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 14
Views: 14827

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

I did manage to find 2 live ones at Anza Borrego in mid-November. The first one found at midnight, it was very cold. Second one in the morning. Also, I've seen tracks in other spots closer to the Arizona border, so there is definitely late-season activity of this species. Nice follow-up, thanks. An...
by Jimi
December 1st, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

rouse me from my digital slumber ... Yo, what up JG? You guys just got a super soaker, huh? Nice. Especially on the heels of a failed monsoon. That was not helpful. beating this carboniferous equine into ...eerr.. complexcarbon chains ... Yeah. But I just can't let horseshit be the last word.
by Jimi
November 26th, 2019, 3:02 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2019 ▶ The ratchet mechanism of the Paris Agreement foresees strengthening of NDCs (nationally-determined contributions to reductions in greenhouse gas emissions) every five years. Parties to the Paris Agreement identified 2020 as a criti...
by Jimi
November 26th, 2019, 9:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

This is worth considering: https://www.unenvironment.org/resources/emissions-gap-report-2019 Here's an excerpt from the Executive Summary: This is the tenth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report. It provides the latest assessment of scientific studies on cur...
by Jimi
November 21st, 2019, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How cold/high can snakes go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: How cold/high can snakes go?

There are couple of records of Gloydius Ah, yes I forgot the old-world pitvipers. There are a few of those that are either very high-elevation, or pretty high latitude, too. I'm not sure who winds the record for "excels in the most awful climate". Maybe the Gloydius in North Korea and Manchuria? I ...
by Jimi
November 20th, 2019, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How cold/high can snakes go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1363

Re: How cold/high can snakes go?

You've got a lot of questions. Too many to get into ATM. However - I think, if you don't already know it, that a good hard look at Geoff Hammerson's CO herps book would please you. You might wish to own it, if you don't yet. Stepping back a sec, living in a high cold state, and pushing the limits of...
by Jimi
November 19th, 2019, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trail Cameras?
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

Re: Trail Cameras?

I have not deployed any personally but at my work we have lots of them installed in various places. We've got still images of just about every basic kind of wildlife you can imagine, including several snake species. Evidently, even rubber boas crawl fast enough to trigger a trail cam! Ha ha. Really ...
by Jimi
November 19th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2019 10 - Australia trip report
Replies: 2
Views: 989

Re: 2019 10 - Australia trip report

That was insane!
Indeed. Wow, well done and congrats, Jeroen. Amazing fortune and success.

cheers
by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I also wonder if pines would simply just create a burrow in the very sandy soil. I think so. They've got that skull and face for a reason. From what I've read, pine snake burrowing & hibernation behavior varies around their range. I would think SC animals would exhibit some aspect of "northern-type...
by Jimi
November 7th, 2019, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test
Replies: 0
Views: 1053

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by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I would also repeat what I said about my learnings in Florida - June was what I observed to be the peak month for surface activity. I'd put a lot of effort into June, if I was there trying to do what you are. The March-April stuff would really be more about chances at "fun bycatch" like hognose, pig...
by Jimi
November 5th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I have some addition questions. My approach has been hiking around a spot walking moderately slowly looking around at the ground maybe 5-8ft infront of me, basically hoping that I walk up on a pine sunning itself or looking for food. I look inside any hibernaculum I find, and I frequently stop walk...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

Sorry Richard, it seems you're still having problems inserting links. Did you not attempt to follow my instructions to you on that topic? (I'm not sure why I ask, since there's no evidence you read anything I share with you. I'd love to see some evidence, e.g. a functioning link posted by you. Bette...
by Jimi
November 4th, 2019, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

You had me at turkey oak. Ha ha. Really though. Nothing says high and dry in SC like turkey oak. I clicked your pix link. That's a super-exciting place you found, just from a generic field-herping perspective. I especially like the adjacency of the xeric uplands with the forested wetlands - I have s...
by Jimi
October 29th, 2019, 2:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

In the last link, you will note Dr. Happs contains comments by a Tony Heller. So I wished to know just who is Tony Heller... I took a look too, and found this compendium of his "emissions": https://www.desmogblog.com/steven-goddard Just go the references, and dig in. It's better with popcorn, trust...
by Jimi
October 17th, 2019, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

The only extant GT populations in SC, as I understand it, are right down by the GA border. A very narrow strip, with zealous private-property protections and not much in the way of public road access. Sure, you could definitely find a pine snake down there, but...you should also be able to find them...
by Jimi
October 10th, 2019, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 16
Views: 10992

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

I've never seen a pine in SC, but in peninsular North Florida I came to understand them as a June - mid mornings - dirt roads cruiser animal. (That's a pretty hot sunny time of year there.) Substrate was key, land cover less so. They're big and slow, so get hammered by traffic. You'll probably get s...
by Jimi
September 28th, 2019, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Bob. Yes, I'm eager to hear the results of your research. Particularly concerning MNP. This could possibly trip up some readers - I will try to clarify: regarding units of the National Park System (covers all parks, monuments, preserves, etc) Don't read this as "all monuments, preserves etc A...
by Jimi
September 26th, 2019, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Snakes in the City
Replies: 4
Views: 10128

Re: Finding Snakes in the City

His snake room was amazing!!! The collection was not bad, and pretty interesting. I've seen similar set-ups (nicely appointed sweater boxes - sounds oxymoronic but then you actually see it done and... huh, how bout that ) depicted from Taiwan I think it was. So - mostly we saw Asian stuff but I rec...
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chinese Cobras Spit?
Replies: 6
Views: 11433

Re: Chinese Cobras Spit?

Yeah Lou I always enjoy your stuff.

I thought just about any non-giant cobra you saw in Asia "might be a spitter". Like, just assume it is and don't dick around & get an eyeful. Just something I picked up osmotically I guess. Not the most reliable method, but certainly low-effort. Ha ha ha.

cheers
by Jimi
September 25th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Glad to help, Frank. One way to maybe understand better, and also suffer less heartburn over "all those dumb rules and contradictions and general messiness", is to think of the USA as somewhat akin to post-Schengen mainland western Europe. But you should also think of USA as more like, oh, Switzerla...
by Jimi
September 23rd, 2019, 2:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks for your reply More than happy to try and provide help. Time will tell if I succeeded! Ha ha ha. Hopefully when you get here, there are not too many unpleasant surprises. It's a casino with a pool for the kids so when i try my luck (not in the casino but road cruising :D ) they can swim. It ...
by Jimi
September 18th, 2019, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I think Jonathan said and meant "the Mojave", as in "that desert". But if I understand that you misunderstood - it all worked out better in the end. Sweet Jesus, Yermo is an armpit . I would not take my family there. I do not know the other place, it's in Arizona right? When I try to map it I'm show...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Thanks Jimi for your extensive response. It helps a lot. Sure thing. Price is free - you determine the actual value. Ultimately, it's an effort & numbers & luck game. We all have a personal collection of anecdotes, a few have made serious studies of it, and if we all just pooled our anecdotes and s...
by Jimi
September 17th, 2019, 10:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

Try this, it might be interesting: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/unfriendly-climate?utm_source=pocket-newtab Some excerpts: “A thermometer is not Democrat or Republican, and when we look around this world, it’s not about trusting what our thirty-year-old satellites say. It’s about looking at 26...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

Researchers have identified telltale techniques of climate science denial, as illustrated in a graphic from the climate website, Skeptical Science, below. Source: SkepticalScience.com These were discussed in an article at CBC by John Cook, who does research on the topic of climate science denial at...
by Jimi
September 16th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19338

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Holy crap, Frank, your timing is awful. For snakes anyway - lizards will be easy. - is it worth to stay 2 nights near Mohave desert for night cruising and early morning walks near kelso or will there be no activity ? Morning walks are always a pleasure. So yes, just from that perspective alone, it i...
by Jimi
September 9th, 2019, 10:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 107
Views: 114668

Re: Climate change revisited

People tend to repeat themselves when they feel they aren't being heard. I said this in April, I'll say it again: Post by Jimi » April 11th, 2019, 3:23 pm Richard, I sense that you have some heartburn with the UN and the IPCC. How about a domestic assessment, done here, by us, for us. Wuebbles, D.J....
by Jimi
September 3rd, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A North Carolina Summer
Replies: 1
Views: 11686

Re: A North Carolina Summer

Sounds like a great newlyweds trip! Congrats on the luck you had in a rough time of year and under some not-helpful circumstances. North Carolina had been in drought, and due to that fact, when we tried to look for more traditional Plethodon in the woodlands, we had no luck. The leaf litter, even up...