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by BlackPearl
August 15th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bocas Del Toro- Request for Information
Replies: 2
Views: 13368

Bocas Del Toro- Request for Information

Does anyone have recommendations for eco-lodges in the Bocas area? The nicer ones I see online seem pretty pricey.
We're definitely looking for a nicer place with beach access and hopefully some jungle trails within walking distance.


Thanks!
by BlackPearl
July 17th, 2019, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report
Replies: 6
Views: 14802

Re: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report

Very cool stuff.

It's cool to see some of the smaller, more obscure species of snakes.
by BlackPearl
May 31st, 2018, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!
Replies: 16
Views: 15991

Re: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!

Very cool! Thanks for sharing.

I love the info about the gut contents of the mussurana.

What's coming out the the gut of the DOR Loxocemus? Looks like a snake... Were you able to ID it?
by BlackPearl
March 27th, 2018, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos of some recent sick herps
Replies: 20
Views: 11963

Re: Photos of some recent sick herps

Nice photos, Huck. Thanks for sharing. The Patchnose from the Santa Monica's is very cool. There have only been a small handful that have been documented there.
Nice work!
by BlackPearl
April 22nd, 2015, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 so far (Costa Rica, Tennessee, Georgia) lots of photos.
Replies: 6
Views: 2930

Re: 2015 so far (Costa Rica, Tennessee, Georgia) lots of pho

Nice post!

I believe your Costa Rican racer is a juvenile Salmon-Bellied Racer (Mastigodryas) and not a Barred Racer (Dendrophidian)...
by BlackPearl
December 20th, 2014, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 9212

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Thanks again everyone!

Does anyone have input about the difference between Cahuita park and Manzanillo park from a species diversity standpoint? I've heard here are tons of Bothriechis in either spot.
by BlackPearl
December 19th, 2014, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 9212

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Lloyd,

Looks good. Can you tell me more? Specifically interested in how far the park/jungle access is from the inn?
by BlackPearl
December 14th, 2014, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI- Anyone been to Rara Avis in Costa Rica?
Replies: 2
Views: 1763

RFI- Anyone been to Rara Avis in Costa Rica?

Looking for reviews...

And general "herpiness"...
by BlackPearl
December 14th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 9212

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Thanks for all the help guys. I want to split my time between two spots. I think we'll do La Selva Bio Station for one, but I'm still open for the other. For the second spot, I'd be looking for something more upscale. Not a high-end resort by any stretch, but more of an eco-lodge with bungalows etc ...
by BlackPearl
December 8th, 2014, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 9212

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Thanks for the input guys. Rob- that was exactly the information I was looking for. I've heard of a few places being restrictive on self-guided hikes. Certainly not what I'm after! I've had great experiences at Bosque del Cabo and Hacienda Baru as they have miles of easily-accessible trails. Any oth...
by BlackPearl
December 8th, 2014, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 9212

Costa Rica Info Request

Does anyone have any feedback they wouldn't mind sharing about Selva Verde Lodge? I have quite a bit of experience in CR, but primarily in the Osa. Looking to try a new region. It'll be a short trip, so I may not want to bounce around. I'm looking for a decent place with plenty of access to trails w...
by BlackPearl
January 1st, 2014, 6:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID Help Requested- Sri Lanka
Replies: 2
Views: 2083

Snake ID Help Requested- Sri Lanka

My brother is traveling in Sri Lanka and has seen a couple snakes. This one wasn't hard to figure out: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/yani45/Mobile%20Uploads/SriLanka076_zpsc1583fab.jpg Here's the one I need help with. Ratsnake? Pytas? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/yani45/Mobile%20U...
by BlackPearl
July 8th, 2013, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know this guy?
Replies: 11
Views: 2256

Re: Anyone know this guy?

That would also be news to me. I can't think of any scenario by which he'd be able to legally sell a wild caught z. He could potentially have a permit to keep the hots he has on his site though.
by BlackPearl
July 8th, 2013, 7:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know this guy?
Replies: 11
Views: 2256

Re: Anyone know this guy?

The kingsnake link is him clearly stating he's selling a wild-caught zonata. He's located in Tracy, CA and also has some pics of cobras etc on his website. No idea who he is or what sort of permits he has. He may be perfectly legal for all I know. That's why I was wondering if anyone here knows him.
by BlackPearl
June 30th, 2013, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need help: please salvage roadkill in southern CA!
Replies: 27
Views: 4529

Re: Need help: please salvage roadkill in southern CA!

I was also able to donate a couple specimens for use in this display of LA's urban wildlife. I had the opportunity to take my kids to visit the Nature Lab, and I wanted to acknowledge the fantastic job Greg and everyone else involved did with this exhibit. The wall of snake skins came out really wel...
by BlackPearl
June 24th, 2013, 12:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Herps, Mammals and Birds in Costa Rica please...
Replies: 4
Views: 1641

Re: RFI: Herps, Mammals and Birds in Costa Rica please...

The Lookout Inn and Luna Lodge are decent places that are relatively near Corcovado. We've stayed at the Lookout Inn and were able to hike along the beach to Corcovado where we were able to see a Puma...
by BlackPearl
April 29th, 2013, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal and Baja
Replies: 17
Views: 2937

Re: SoCal and Baja

Right on, bro!

Keep Black Pearl on the Spilotes list!
by BlackPearl
April 28th, 2013, 1:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Invert ID Requested
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Re: Invert ID Requested

Thanks guys. Odd creature
by BlackPearl
April 28th, 2013, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Invert ID Requested
Replies: 3
Views: 787

Invert ID Requested

I've been seeing these guys swimming around in a local Southern California stream on a consistent basis for a few years now. I've always been curious as to what they are. Any ideas?

http://smg.photobucket.com/user/yani45/ ... 4.mp4.html
by BlackPearl
April 20th, 2013, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 1764

Re: California 2012

The C.c.mormon would be particularly appreciated in the database.

There aren't too many of those being observed in that area. Nice find.
by BlackPearl
March 10th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Kill box
Replies: 25
Views: 5448

Re: Kill box

I used to put some dry ice in a small tub with water and holes in the top. Then, I'd place that tub inside a larger airtight tub containing the rodents.
by BlackPearl
January 29th, 2013, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Since we are introducing babies on the forum...
Replies: 13
Views: 2115

Re: Since we are introducing babies on the forum...

Berkeley,

Congrats on your new addition!

Don't sweat your coworkers. My three year old daughter has a pet zonata in her room!
by BlackPearl
December 18th, 2012, 6:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please Donate for slain Nephew of Fellow Herper in Conn.
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

Re: Please Donate for slain Nephew of Fellow Herper in Conn.

Thanks for posting this Brian.

As an elementary school teacher and father of two, I am appreciative of the opportunity to help out in any way I can. Donation matched.

My condolences to all the affected families.
by BlackPearl
December 6th, 2012, 11:50 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: dor's for feeders
Replies: 12
Views: 2353

Re: dor's for feeders

DOR snakes are a regular part of my indigos' and cribos' diet.

I'd be happy to take them off your hands, but I'm up in the LA area.
by BlackPearl
December 5th, 2012, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 Rattlesnake Recap
Replies: 58
Views: 10216

Re: 2012 Recap

Always a highlight for me.

Thanks for sharing Doc!
by BlackPearl
July 27th, 2012, 7:06 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings
Replies: 15
Views: 5025

Re: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings

Simpleyork- no worries! Mussurana are pretty obscure. I have had my unicolor cribos on display at the reptile shows and people ask me about the legality of displaying a king cobra!
by BlackPearl
July 26th, 2012, 9:24 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings
Replies: 15
Views: 5025

Re: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings

Ross, That's pretty funny because someone pm'ed me asking how much I sell ringnecks for.

Not sure if he was serious or if it was a joke...
by BlackPearl
July 26th, 2012, 6:13 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings
Replies: 15
Views: 5025

Re: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings

Thanks guys!
by BlackPearl
July 25th, 2012, 1:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings
Replies: 15
Views: 5025

Black Pearl Reptiles 2012 Offerings

It has been a fruitful year for Black Pearl. For those of you that don't know, we work primarily with Drymarchon and mussurana. Here's a sampling of what we're offering this year: Yellowtail Cribos http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v465/yani45/2012/IMG_4222.jpg Mexican Redtailed Indigos http://img.p...
by BlackPearl
July 16th, 2012, 8:23 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Thanks for all the compliments everyone!
by BlackPearl
July 11th, 2012, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012, Pt. 1 (Pacific)
Replies: 15
Views: 4901

Re: Costa Rica June 2012, Pt. 1 (Pacific)

Looks like a blast, Matt! One of the things I love about CR is you never know what obscure species shows up in the beam of your flashlight. Love the Nothopsis!

Can't wait to see the second half...
by BlackPearl
July 5th, 2012, 8:01 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Drymarchon melanurus.

I'm in the midst of putting together a detailed care sheet for my website, although their care is very similar to the care of the Eastern indigo. Care sheets are pretty available for them.
by BlackPearl
July 2nd, 2012, 8:26 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Chris, I would imagine they're mixed. It's pretty difficult to find blacktails with locality info these days. However, we have examined a lot of museum specimens and have found a ton of variation within the same geographic ranges. This variation includes "unicolors" found in blacktail range and "bla...
by BlackPearl
July 2nd, 2012, 7:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Unfortunately, I don't do baroni any more.
by BlackPearl
July 1st, 2012, 6:37 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Thanks Justin.

Do you still keep any Liophis?
by BlackPearl
July 1st, 2012, 5:30 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Re: Blacktail Cribos

Thanks Paul!
by BlackPearl
July 1st, 2012, 5:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Blacktail Cribos
Replies: 16
Views: 5910

Blacktail Cribos

I've been breeding blacktail cribos for a few years now, and I've found them to be an extremely rewarding species to be working with. This year, my partner and I have finally been able to produce babies from a different line that has more black mottling on the upper 1/3 of the body. We've been focus...
by BlackPearl
July 1st, 2012, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Education in action
Replies: 12
Views: 1973

Re: Education in action

Bill and Kent,

Thanks so much for stepping in and doing this. It meant a lot to my sister-in-law and the kids.

John
by BlackPearl
June 22nd, 2012, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central American Sampler
Replies: 14
Views: 3695

Re: Central American Sampler

Great post all around, but I'm digging the Pseustes!

Any other pics of that snake? It looks pretty red...
by BlackPearl
June 19th, 2012, 10:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Lampropeltis Breeders ?????'s
Replies: 29
Views: 6092

Re: Lampropeltis Breeders ?????'s

I feel I should also add my observations... A swollen egg is almost certainly due to extra water being absorbed by the egg. This has happened to me before and usually, there's no harm to the baby. However, I have had a couple eggs get so swollen they ruptured. Drymarchon eggs are, in my experience, ...
by BlackPearl
January 25th, 2012, 9:38 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Cribo! And florida kings
Replies: 11
Views: 2406

Re: Cribo! And florida kings

Thanks for all the compliments guys!
by BlackPearl
December 12th, 2011, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ventura County - lots more needed, recent database request
Replies: 20
Views: 2162

Re: Ventura County - lots more needed, recent database reque

I've seen several spiny lizards along Piru creek between Pyramid Lake and Lake Piru.

Sorry... No pics though.
by BlackPearl
November 11th, 2011, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2011 rattlesnake photography
Replies: 20
Views: 2447

Re: My 2011 rattlesnake photography

You've got some really nice snakes in there for sure, however, it's that last blacktail that got me going...

Thanks for sharing.
by BlackPearl
November 8th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles
Replies: 13
Views: 5021

Re: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles

I agree Zach.

Watch for a mussurana article in the upcoming issue of HerpNation Mag.

(I feel like Hubbs with that shameless, self-promoting plug!)
by BlackPearl
November 8th, 2011, 9:24 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles
Replies: 13
Views: 5021

Re: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles

Paul- I understand perfectly. Home ownership can be a challenge. I didn't mean to sound like I wasn't sensitive to people's financial obligations. You're right though. The yellowtails are a blast if you're into that sort of thing. It's like handling a cross between a king cobra and a mamba (minus th...
by BlackPearl
November 7th, 2011, 9:01 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles
Replies: 13
Views: 5021

Re: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles

Joseph, Most of the above would fit that bill. The yellowtails would be the exception. I certainly would not call them "easy-to-handle". They are clearly the most aggressive member of the drymarchon genus. Mussurana are generally docile, but are rear-fanged and can have an aggressive feeding respons...
by BlackPearl
November 7th, 2011, 7:36 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles
Replies: 13
Views: 5021

Re: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles

Thanks Phil!

Paul- I don't really cycle any of my snakes. I let the seasonal temp fluctuations do the trick. In the winter, I allow the nighttime temps to drop into the low 60's. They generally start locking up in November... Hopefully I'll still have a pair for you in December!
by BlackPearl
November 7th, 2011, 7:05 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles
Replies: 13
Views: 5021

Re: A Few Projects from Black Pearl Reptiles

Thanks Jason!

How are the Pseustes?

-John