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by DRDAN
December 10th, 2019, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sky Islands first post
Replies: 2
Views: 202

Re: Sky Islands first post

Very nice! The “iguana” is actually a leopard lizard Gambelia wislizenii, had it rained recently? I find quite a few diurnal lizards on paved roads at night following summer rains. That was a great score on the Willard’s and twin spot as well 👍👍
Cheers
by DRDAN
November 5th, 2019, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 12
Views: 11723

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

If you drop down to Az or Ca you might get lucky, we still have winders on the move down here by the Salton Sea. I saw several last week along with numerous trackways. Better hurry though it’s cooling off quickly.
by DRDAN
October 21st, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 12
Views: 11723

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

Great photos and question. I would add that winders will post themselves just within the shade/drip line of creosote bushes, or other shrubs, and relocate as they are exposed to the sun, just look for craters at the edges of vegetation and follow them around the bush. Found many a morning winder in ...
by DRDAN
September 11th, 2019, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intro and question re magnesium chloride
Replies: 9
Views: 11161

Re: Intro and question re magnesium chloride

Howdy Jacque Nope just one of us and I must apologize for my veg reference (happened to be reading a tamarisk eradication plan) and while useful to that end, there are better ways and means. There are many factors that dictate MgCl2’s efficacy for soil stabilization but chief among them is dryness s...
by DRDAN
September 9th, 2019, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intro and question re magnesium chloride
Replies: 9
Views: 11161

Re: Intro and question re magnesium chloride

I’ve never heard of magnesium chloride used for veg control, it’s typically used to de-ice roadways. The chlorine present in magnesium chloride may be the culprit as it can reach toxic levels easily if the MC is applied to frequently or over applied. Just my .02. I wonder if this is a response to th...
by DRDAN
August 1st, 2019, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cuba
Replies: 2
Views: 11591

Re: Cuba

Nice pic of Cam!
by DRDAN
May 7th, 2019, 8:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coastal Desert Intergrade Herping
Replies: 2
Views: 4110

Re: Coastal Desert Intergrade Herping

Nice video, those b/w rhinos are known as a “Clarus morph” the other is known as a “lecontei morph”. In the case of the winder, euthanasia would have been the appropriate route, it looked like most of its internal organs had become “external”.
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by DRDAN
April 11th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 42778

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Definitely not a whale shark and molas bask horizontally when at the surface to thermo regulate. I’d say you have a pinniped with 99% certainty.
by DRDAN
April 11th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rare Mountain Snakes in Hong Kong
Replies: 12
Views: 15797

Re: Rare Mountain Snakes in Hong Kong

your nigrofasciata appears to be a little on the deceased side or he’s playing opossum. :lol:
by DRDAN
March 27th, 2019, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 8
Views: 7936

Re: Start of 2019 field season

my consulting fees are pretty steep, and the daily rate is beyond the pale; better to spend 30-40 years learning the ropes like I did. :beer:
by DRDAN
March 19th, 2019, 1:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 23034

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Neat observation of a Diadophis eating a Chilomeniscus. I’ve heard there are “ringless” ring necks in some parts of AZ but have as yet to find one.
by DRDAN
March 15th, 2019, 4:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring is here
Replies: 0
Views: 9954

Spring is here

After a long winter it sure is nice to be home and see some old friends waking up!
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by DRDAN
March 5th, 2019, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 8
Views: 7936

Re: Start of 2019 field season

I found 7 C.occipitalis yesterday within about 15 minutes at the Riverside/Imperial county line so things are starting to move...or at least bask under AC.
by DRDAN
February 6th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Leucistic Opossum
Replies: 19
Views: 29122

Re: Leucistic Opossum

Quite interesting, my only notable opossum observation was a dor I found in corn springs while doing field work about 15 years ago. Have never seen another in the desert.
by DRDAN
February 4th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari
Replies: 11
Views: 10203

Re: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari

Sarcasm

Most assuredly
by DRDAN
February 4th, 2019, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari
Replies: 11
Views: 10203

Re: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari

Change of topic. So what? interesting and I totally agree I don’t want some mangy cat taking the elk I just paid $35k to shoot. I had the same bs in Texas last year with my African lion hunt, damn coyotes harassed it to the point of exhaustion so we brought out the chopper and warfarin and set thin...
by DRDAN
February 1st, 2019, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari
Replies: 11
Views: 10203

Re: Upcoming Tejon Ranch Herping Photo Safari

In 2012, Tejon Ranch agreed to pay $136,500 in fines and restitution for illegally killing at least 11 mountain lions to prevent them from competing for game with high-paying trophy hunters in its hunting concession. The above is just one of their “indiscretions”. Conservation easements funded by pu...
by DRDAN
January 24th, 2019, 3:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Mojave October 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 5077

Re: Herping Mojave October 2019

...glad you amended your post lest we steer this chap down ticket road. In CA you should have a fishing license on you while herping or you will likely be cited, worst case,or have a premature end to your hunt. It’s a silly law that, for some reason, remains unchallenged.
by DRDAN
December 10th, 2018, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Yucatan Peninsula
Replies: 8
Views: 8767

Re: trip report Yucatan Peninsula

Nice report! Coba is a great place, my first trip there was 25 years ago and the first snake on that little two track from the coast (at the time) was an 8' Drymarchon melanuras. 5 minutes later it was a coral snake with a recently envenomated Conophis lineatus....
by DRDAN
November 13th, 2018, 1:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps
Replies: 12
Views: 25718

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Nice write up Jonathon. The NWR in Coachella encompasses that 19 miles of “optimal” habitat but there is actually about 50 sq miles of blowsand habitat which continues to support uma. I wonder if that development you saw is related to the cannabis industry. There are several large scale operations b...
by DRDAN
November 8th, 2018, 5:50 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 32
Views: 61076

Re: North American big cats

Another great resource for you, Zach is the book AMBUSHED ON THE JAGUAR TRAIL: http://www.amazon.com/Ambushed-Jaguar-Trail-Jack-Childs/dp/1933855096/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1389627765&sr=1-1&keywords=ambushed+on+the+jaguar+trail Picked up a copy for myself while in the Chiricahuas a few year...
by DRDAN
November 6th, 2018, 4:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Google Earth
Replies: 10
Views: 14751

Re: Google Earth

Google earth is a very useful tool indeed but I am curious about the “poacher and collector” comment. Are they being viewed as the same? Collecting is how many older folks got started with reptiles, which in turn led to understanding about captive husbandry and breeding of many species. 40 years ago...
by DRDAN
September 28th, 2018, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the storm)
Replies: 12
Views: 18346

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the stor

DV is definitely not a place to get “stuck” especially during the summer lol. The rosy was a surprise, had we not passed a Cadillac full of tweakers from NY, the snake would have been smashed so listen to your intuition. Snake was relocated off the road in the direction it was headed and vouchered o...
by DRDAN
September 17th, 2018, 8:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the storm)
Replies: 12
Views: 18346

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the stor

Hi porter
I’ve worked in DV off and on for the past 30 years so yes I have used most if not all routes into or out of the park at some point. 190 is hit and miss as is most of the area but one can be surprised once in awhile. I vouchered a rosy off the 190 in July so go figure.
by DRDAN
September 14th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the storm)
Replies: 12
Views: 18346

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In The Desert (after the stor

The canyon heading into DV from Panamint valley has some nice specks as well as the trona road.