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by Natalie McNear
May 16th, 2019, 8:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Crotalus from the weekend
Replies: 19
Views: 5749

Re: A few Crotalus from the weekend

The boa’s from a different spot, I’ve never seen one at the place where the gopher was found
by Natalie McNear
June 8th, 2014, 11:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Cali Introduction
Replies: 31
Views: 6998

Re: New Cali Introduction

It totally depends on the species and the particular situation that species is facing. I'm not arguing that Rubber Boa populations can't handle a certain level of harvest, but other species cannot. I'm working with Rana cascadae this summer, a species that is almost literally disappearing before our...
by Natalie McNear
June 8th, 2014, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Cali Introduction
Replies: 31
Views: 6998

Re: New Cali Introduction

Hi Tyler.
by Natalie McNear
April 7th, 2013, 9:00 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Sizing Pics
Replies: 10
Views: 4351

Re: Sizing Pics

With Flickr, you can retain exclusive copyrights, release your image to the public domain, or do anything you want in between. Also, the compression algorithms they use make the images look much better than those hosted on Photobucket. I really wish Photobucket would die in a fire.
by Natalie McNear
March 20th, 2013, 10:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders
Replies: 8
Views: 3355

Re: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders

Someone please send a few hundred Black Vultures to California. Thx.
by Natalie McNear
March 20th, 2013, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: college summer job, AZ lizard project
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: college summer job, AZ lizard project

It sounds like an interesting gig for sure, but housing is not included, which is pretty ridiculous for an internship.
by Natalie McNear
February 18th, 2013, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?
Replies: 7
Views: 1895

Re: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?

It's a hybrid.
by Natalie McNear
January 8th, 2013, 9:48 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

Re: Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?

Yeah I was thinking about heading over there and doing that. I haven't posted on there in aaaaaages.
by Natalie McNear
January 8th, 2013, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 'phibs!
Replies: 20
Views: 3571

Re: Some 'phibs!

Thanks everyone. :thumb: Jimi - Thanks for the tips! I definitely plan to do some more exploring (especially inland past the fog) once it warms up a bit. Before summer anyway - I really despise cold weather so I'm trying to get another job in the South for the summer, as soon as I can. I plan on set...
by Natalie McNear
January 7th, 2013, 8:40 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

Re: Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?

Yeah, the identification of potential hybrids is basically a crapshoot, but I figured I'd put the photo out there in case anyone has seen anything similar. On juvenile Red-naped Sapsuckers, Sibley notes "brown breast often retained until Dec", but doesn't mention anything similar regarding the Red-b...
by Natalie McNear
January 7th, 2013, 3:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?
Replies: 7
Views: 3382

Red-breasted Sapsucker or hybrid?

I get plenty of different woodpeckers at my house, but this Red-breasted Sapsucker I got yesterday was actually a new yard bird for me (I live in the wrong habitat for them). Everything about its appearance matches the northern subspecies of Red-breasted Sapsucker, except the band of mottled feather...
by Natalie McNear
January 7th, 2013, 12:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First of the year Conta Costa quick Field Herp...
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: First of the year Conta Costa quick Field Herp...

Your gigantic mushrooms, BTW, are Omphalotus olivascens, the Western Jack-o'-Lantern... If you return to the site at night, you'll probably see them glowing in the dark (a really cool opportunity to work with long exposures on your camera).
by Natalie McNear
January 7th, 2013, 12:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First of the year Conta Costa quick Field Herp...
Replies: 7
Views: 1352

Re: First of the year Conta Costa quick Field Herp...

For the future I'd recommend refraining from removing snakes from their hibernacula during periods where overnight temperatures drop near or below freezing - though you may have been very meticulous in preserving the structure and seal of the area underneath the log, the snake has been disturbed and...
by Natalie McNear
January 6th, 2013, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TN Herpers
Replies: 18
Views: 4638

Re: TN Herpers

Any black snake can appear dark blue on a sunny day with the blue sky reflecting on it, especially if the person only catches a quick glimpse of it... On a similar note, sometimes black racers actually are blue. :D

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by Natalie McNear
January 6th, 2013, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 14851

Re: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)

The Thick-billed Parrots are probably my favorites of the whole bunch - I hope one day they'll return to Arizona.
by Natalie McNear
January 6th, 2013, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 14851

Re: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)

Don't know how I'm just seeing this post now... I've seen some of the pics on FB, but it's nice to have the whole story here. Fantastic work, guys. :beer:
by Natalie McNear
January 5th, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1375

Re: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013

Owen - I do not see anything in the head/eye shape of the first garter that suggests T. atratus . The head is very short and round with internasals that are wider than they are long... I actually think the second garter has a head more like T. atratus if anything, but that one is of course also T. e...
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2761

Re: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013

Yep, there's no doubt that one is T. atratus, those long internasals are clearly visible in the photo. Up here in Marin many of the adults do have lateral stripes like that.
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 7:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truoble with Photobucket!
Replies: 13
Views: 2610

Re: Truoble with Photobucket!

Not as intuitive as Photobucket at first, but you get used to it really quick.

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How to share photos on Flickr by Natalie McNear, on Flickr
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2761

Re: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013

It's possible, however, young T. a. atratus often have a sharp line between their lateral and ventral coloration that can give the appearance of being multi-striped. That line typically becomes obscured as the snake ages and darkens in color. http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2743/5778923997_cc60f7494f....
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013
Replies: 8
Views: 2761

Re: First snakes of the Year- San Mateo County, CA 1/4/2013

Nice finds, guys. :thumb: Both of the garters are T. elegans ... The first one you can tell because of the enlarged rear upper labial scales and short internasals. The second is definitely a T. elegans as well because of the bright red ( T. atratus never has red on it). The gopher is an awesome find!
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truoble with Photobucket!
Replies: 13
Views: 2610

Re: Truoble with Photobucket!

LOL!
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truoble with Photobucket!
Replies: 13
Views: 2610

Re: Truoble with Photobucket!

Seriously consider switching to Flickr... The compression algorithms they use are much better than the ones at Photobucket (i.e., your photos on Photobucket will look like crap, see this example if you don't believe me ), and when you upload your shots to Photobucket you are also giving them the rig...
by Natalie McNear
January 4th, 2013, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cloacal bleeding as a defense mechanism in snakes
Replies: 10
Views: 2057

Re: Cloacal bleeding as a defense mechanism in snakes

I've seen it in Longnoses and a Speckled King I found in Arkansas.
by Natalie McNear
January 1st, 2013, 2:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes macro
Replies: 13
Views: 3223

Re: Snakes macro

Really cool use for the MP-E 65mm... Never seen herp shots done with it, but I like the results.
by Natalie McNear
January 1st, 2013, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Unexpected Journey: 2012 in East Texas
Replies: 34
Views: 15042

Re: An Unexpected Journey: 2012 in East Texas

Great finds and excellent photography, Kyle. I'm looking forward to seeing what you find in 2013. :thumb:
by Natalie McNear
January 1st, 2013, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 12/30/2012 Alameda County testing xmas Camera..gilberti ahoy
Replies: 11
Views: 2124

Re: 12/30/2012 Alameda County testing xmas Camera..gilberti

Some good East Bay finds for the last day of the year for sure. Your spider is Titiotus , family Tengellidae - the genus is endemic to California and its full taxonomy is still being worked out, but in the Alameda County it is most likely T. californicus or T. costa . The centipede is Scolopendra po...
by Natalie McNear
December 31st, 2012, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coldest day you have ever found a herp?
Replies: 56
Views: 8746

Re: Coldest day you have ever found a herp?

Any herp? Well a light frost is considered newsworthy here in the Bay Area, but I've road cruised Dicamptodon at 36F in rain and flipped other salamanders when temps were right around the freezing mark.
by Natalie McNear
December 31st, 2012, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New girl here, first year of herping post
Replies: 51
Views: 9316

Re: New girl here, first year of herping post

Welcome to FHF, Carla! Good to see you on here. You've found more stuff in your first year of herping than many people do in their first decade... Of course, you do have some pretty awesome herper friends to show you the ropes. :thumb:
by Natalie McNear
December 28th, 2012, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My yard is infested with herpetofauna!
Replies: 34
Views: 9717

Re: My yard is infested with herpetofauna!

I think this is the best "herps in my backyard" post ever made on FHF. :thumb:
by Natalie McNear
December 27th, 2012, 10:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a Few Boas..
Replies: 20
Views: 3507

Re: Just a Few Boas..

Beautiful boas, Brian. Love the diversity.
by Natalie McNear
December 27th, 2012, 10:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 5 Footed Salamander! - and other pics
Replies: 14
Views: 3469

Re: 5 Footed Salamander! - and other pics

Fascinating stuff... I have not found any A. gracile with such deformities, though usually I don't examine them quite as closely as I used to. I'll keep an eye out for any unusual Ambystomid morphology up in Humboldt County.
by Natalie McNear
December 27th, 2012, 10:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rare? How about Uncommon RECORDS
Replies: 19
Views: 4690

Re: Rare? How about Uncommon RECORDS

Uncommon snake and uncommon method... This SF Garter was found on a cold evening coiled under a board that someone had put in the forest to grow marijuana plants on (plants and board were carefully replaced after photo was taken).

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by Natalie McNear
December 27th, 2012, 9:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 5 Footed Salamander! - and other pics
Replies: 14
Views: 3469

Re: 5 Footed Salamander! - and other pics

Given how poisonous newts are, is the final or next intermediate host of the trematode a garter? Or do the parasites typically target other salamanders and the infection of the newt is just incidental?

Great finds, Bradly. :beer:
by Natalie McNear
December 25th, 2012, 12:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 'phibs!
Replies: 20
Views: 3571

Re: Some 'phibs!

Thanks again guys. Lawrence - I wouldn't complain, lol. :D I've actually only seen one snake since I've been out there, an infernalis I caught in the middle of a redwood forest. I went looking a few times a few months ago, but late summer can be a difficult time to find garters. I wonder if they are...
by Natalie McNear
December 25th, 2012, 12:37 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: hey guys
Replies: 17
Views: 3878

Re: hey guys

I also do not see any blue flecks in the original photo, but the white balance does look a bit on the cool side (that would be expected if you were shooting in shade or on a cloudy day). That can be fixed easily in most photo processing programs, but if you like the effect (many people do if it adds...
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 'phibs!
Replies: 20
Views: 3571

Re: Some 'phibs!

Thanks guys.

Luke... I laughed and choked on my beer when I read your explanation. :lol:
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 9:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How do you deal with rain?
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Re: How do you deal with rain?

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by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 9:22 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Point and Shoot Cameras - Help?
Replies: 7
Views: 2991

Re: Point and Shoot Cameras - Help?

If you can swing the cost, look into the Canon PowerShot G1X... It has a (nearly) DSLR-sized sensor in a compact body, so the image quality is going to be more up to par with what you're used to, and has the benefit of being easily portable.
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 9:18 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
Replies: 13
Views: 5402

Re: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

The small diffuser is a Puffer by Gary Fong. It actually doesn't do much at all if you're shooting anything larger than your finger. Eventually I want to find a way to rig up a bigger diffuser to the flash mounted to the lens as well.
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 9:11 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp photography becoming main stream
Replies: 13
Views: 4037

Re: Herp photography becoming main stream

To bad most people will see "snake hunt" and think that means going out and killing every snake you find and then photographing the "trophy" in a way that makes it look as big as possible. :?
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Festivus Eve miracle--Updated IDs and county locales
Replies: 10
Views: 1726

Re: A Festivus Eve Miracle...and some stuff from the dry tim

That last Coastie is a screamer. Nice stuff, Luke.
by Natalie McNear
December 24th, 2012, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 'phibs!
Replies: 20
Views: 3571

Some 'phibs!

Here are a couple Ensatina eschscholztii picta I found in my front yard in Arcata. Not often seen here on the forums. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8488/8260723250_c2de772a63_c.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8060/8260723060_cef3c79ff2_c.jpg http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8487/8228475003_c586c06324...
by Natalie McNear
December 2nd, 2012, 11:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What are these garter snakes...? A GAME...Yay...
Replies: 10
Views: 1768

Re: What are these garter snakes...? A GAME...Yay...

1. hammondii
2. couchii
3. hydrophilus
4. couchii
by Natalie McNear
November 13th, 2012, 1:44 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
Replies: 13
Views: 5402

Re: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

Can't find the photo I had of just the camera setup, but you can kind of see it in this shot: http://i47.tinypic.com/34ih4pg.jpg (Photo by Mike Westphal) The softbox attaches very easily to the flash heads with the velcro fastener, but then the flash won't mount onto the bracket on the lens. Not a p...
by Natalie McNear
November 13th, 2012, 1:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Salamander! :)
Replies: 7
Views: 3490

Re: Red Salamander! :)

That's a badass gummy lizard.
by Natalie McNear
November 13th, 2012, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Proper pronunciation of Agkistrodon
Replies: 5
Views: 1330

Re: Proper pronunciation of Agkistrodon

Normally with binomial names, the emphasis is on the third-to-last syllable (or the first syllable, in two-syllable names). I've always pronounced Agkistrodon as ag-KISS-tro-don, and this is how I've heard others say it as well.
by Natalie McNear
November 13th, 2012, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Santa Cruz Survey 11/12
Replies: 105
Views: 14172

Re: Santa Cruz Survey 11/12

Another successful SC survey - great job, guys. :beer: I'm really digging those C. longicaudae.
by Natalie McNear
November 10th, 2012, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Santa Cruz Survey 11/12
Replies: 105
Views: 14172

Re: Santa Cruz Survey 11/12

Ack, turns out I'm not going to be able to make it tomorrow. Sorry for such short notice. :(
by Natalie McNear
November 5th, 2012, 8:48 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash
Replies: 13
Views: 5402

Re: Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash

All of those shots were with the Honl Traveller8 softbox. One of my favorite accessories, but it disappeared one day when I was living in Mississippi (along with my $600 binoculars :x :( ).