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by Jimi
June 9th, 2021, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR

We'll see. I may ask, or may not. I'm also not a fan of putting photos on the internet - I personally find something creepy about it. Having lived in both - Del Norte feels a long way and a lot different from Ft Bragg. It's so much wetter. Inland gets hot, just the same, but the rivers are bigger an...
by Jimi
June 7th, 2021, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR

They're another guy's pictures so I'm not eager to post them. He did send them to me, but...meh. I don't take many pictures, and hardly ever put any online, so obviously I'm not motivated that way. He takes a lot of pictures, but also posts hardly any as far as I can tell. So...uh...ha ha. I don't t...
by Jimi
June 3rd, 2021, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR
Replies: 6
Views: 2136

Re: Spot Check - Memories #1 - Red-colored YBR

I have seen photos recently of some reddish and also some slightly bluish YBRs from the same locality in Utah. Parley's Canyon along I-80 just east of Salt Lake City. It may be that there's a genetic connection between these 2 "morphs" - something present, or something (e.g., the "dominant usual col...
by Jimi
May 26th, 2021, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

Oh yeah Porter you said something earlier - perhaps in jest, perhaps not - that bears a response. Something about grabbing a baby for photos. Just don't. Mama - the moms guard their broods for about 2 years, it's real common to see a female with 2 distinct size classes of little ones (this year's an...
by Jimi
May 26th, 2021, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

I just watched the video. Didn't seem like a "charge" to me. Aside - other than nest-attending females, who 100% absolutely DO CHARGE intruders - do gators really "charge"? A charge is a sassy bluff. Gators (other than the relatively small females stuck guarding a nest on land, out of their comfy el...
by Jimi
May 24th, 2021, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

Jesus that sounds awful!!! Ha ha ha yeah but really. Awful! The only place I know that's truly worth that is west Texas. Even there though, it's more like just go full nocturnal. Maybe a spot of dawn cut-walking, but otherwise sleep all damn day. I think part of it is, I don't cruise all that much a...
by Jimi
May 18th, 2021, 10:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

The only thing I can think of that comes to mind as an absolute must would be a crayfish snake. Regina are easy to cruise in a lot of places. They - along with waters, muds, cottons, etc - like rain. Rain sucks for cruising many snakes, even in the green & wet SE USA, but it's good for the aquatic ...
by Jimi
May 18th, 2021, 8:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 157373

Re: Climate change revisited

Here's something hopeful, interesting, and pretty clear about the audacity of effort required (and of the opportunities presented to those who aren't implacable deniers or delayers):

International Energy Agency "Net Zero by 2050" report
https://www.iea.org/reports/net-zero-by-2050
by Jimi
May 13th, 2021, 8:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 157373

Re: Climate change revisited

Also recently released, after being delayed for years by the previous administration - https://www.epa.gov/climate-indicators
by Jimi
May 12th, 2021, 7:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 157373

Re: Climate change revisited

Revisit this: https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/styles/wide_full_width_image_no_crop/public/2021-04/MAP1%20-%20diff1_prcp_ANN_1981-2010_1991-2020_intense_color.png?itok=Zy24ESmv https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-04/MAP2%20-%20diff1_tavg_ANN_1981-2010_1991-2020_intense_co...
by Jimi
May 10th, 2021, 12:30 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 157373

Re: Climate change revisited

Horseshit still don't float. https://insideclimatenews.org/news/04052021/a-new-book-feeds-climate-doubters-but-scientists-say-the-conclusions-are-misleading-and-out-of-date/ Scientists who have spent their careers studying climate science said that Koonin’s critiques are superficial, misleading and ...
by Jimi
May 9th, 2021, 1:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

What would you say is the best state to visit for an encounter like this? I highly recommend getting out to the southeast. Ideal timing varies a little bit based on what you want to see and how you want to help (flip, dip-net, stalk, paddle, snorkel, cruise etc). Spring (~mid March - ~mid May) is b...
by Jimi
May 6th, 2021, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ghost traps
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

Re: Ghost traps

If you are running them right, you typically don't have any loss unless its a predation issue or act of god.
Even shrews? I have not released many live shrews from live traps (even those checked 2x/d), except for Suncus murinus, a stinky whopper of a shrew.
by Jimi
May 5th, 2021, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A very curious cottonmouth
Replies: 16
Views: 3896

Re: A very curious cottonmouth

Yeah that's pretty sweet. I appreciate that the boater didn't feel the need to deliver a savage paddle-chop (or five, or seventeen) to the animal. And that s(he) didn't feel the need to say anything - I love the quiet chill vibe too. The boater is obviously comfortable in the element, and among the ...
by Jimi
April 30th, 2021, 7:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring road cruising in So. UT
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Re: Spring road cruising in So. UT

Sure thing, man. You know that temp gun is also handy as hell for flipping, and for stalking / walking. Finding snakes is somewhat akin to shooting down a missile with a rocket - it's easy to miss. Life is short and free time is limited, so it's best to make a study of finding snakes, if finding sna...
by Jimi
April 28th, 2021, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring road cruising in So. UT
Replies: 3
Views: 1393

Re: Spring road cruising in So. UT

Some of those things are just as well walked as cruised, but since you've a mind to cruise, I'll bite. - The temps are so far from dangerous that there's no reason to wait for dark. In fact you'd be a fool to wait until dark to begin. Hit the pavement by 4pm. Or start a little earlier higher up, and...
by Jimi
April 19th, 2021, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 28
Views: 6237

Re: I-10 Chronicles

Good luck Dave, and watch the Drought Monitor maps. There are a few west TX counties right now that are not in drought, and also a belt of really terrible ("Exceptional, D4") drought. And lots of everything in between. https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?South The Apri...
by Jimi
April 13th, 2021, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern California in late March.
Replies: 5
Views: 2083

Re: Southern California in late March.

They breeze in, they take what they can get, and mostly you never hear from them again. Sigh / meh.

How you doin'?
by Jimi
March 19th, 2021, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern California in late March.
Replies: 5
Views: 2083

Re: Southern California in late March.

Also, I know it’s still a little early in the year for road cruising but would it be worth at least giving it a shot? (Nighttime temps in the desert areas will be around the mid 50’s) Sure it's worth making a few passes in the low elevations. Winders are crazy cold tolerant, and you will probably s...
by Jimi
March 2nd, 2021, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Beijing snakes from 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 1852

Re: Some Beijing snakes from 2020

Well I sure look forward to them.

I also hope you blundered into lots of vipers while looking for ratsnakes. I really enjoyed your Shennongjia (or something like that???) series of posts that included e.g. Protobothrops jerdonii.
by Jimi
March 2nd, 2021, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Beijing snakes from 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 1852

Re: Some Beijing snakes from 2020

Thanks very much for the post, Scott. Very interesting, that creek sounds like a fun walk.

And Kevin - I also miss your China posts! I like the food stuff almost as much as the herp stuff, and find the culture and geography stuff maybe the best of all.
by Jimi
February 10th, 2021, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud snakes, and Rainbows
Replies: 9
Views: 2202

Re: Mud snakes, and Rainbows

how tight they stuck to the flooded habitat. Like never left it I mean it's just crazy how well common names sometimes work. Ha ha. Isn't that cool? I just love it. @OP - I've done alright cruising adult muds in the summer rain. They come out and crawl around in the rain, after dark. I've also done...
by Jimi
February 9th, 2021, 7:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud snakes, and Rainbows
Replies: 9
Views: 2202

Re: Mud snakes, and Rainbows

the board getting swept away in a big rain
Trivial problem if you take countermeasures. Use a metal stake, a short length of chain or cable, and a pair of stainless swivels (like for marine fishing). Ever seen a leg-hold set? Same idea. "Don't let it get away."

good luck!
by Jimi
February 8th, 2021, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud snakes, and Rainbows
Replies: 9
Views: 2202

Re: Mud snakes, and Rainbows

Archives are your friend:

viewtopic.php?t=12175

Another month or so and the start of SC prime time will be upon you. I'm a little jealous.

good hunting!
by Jimi
December 1st, 2020, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona
Replies: 15
Views: 3271

Re: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona

Nice bunch of pics, Jeff. Thank you! With the wet winter you guys had, I had been wondering what spring was like down there. And due to Covid crap, I just stayed pretty close to home this spring - and due to our terrible drought, it sucked royally up here, for me. So congrats on all the fun times th...
by Jimi
October 8th, 2020, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazing finds in this summer
Replies: 5
Views: 1529

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: 2177

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: 2177

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: 2177

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 2177

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: 2177

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: 28
Views: 6237

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: 28
Views: 6237

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: 194
Views: 106351

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: 194
Views: 106351

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: 194
Views: 106351

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: 1456

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: 1541

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

Re: Climate change revisited

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by Jimi
June 15th, 2020, 10:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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: 185
Views: 157373

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...