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by klawnskale
January 21st, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Job Opportunity - Permanent w/ Benefits
Replies: 3
Views: 2262

Re: Job Opportunity - Permanent w/ Benefits

Good luck in Barturd, and take care out there in the desert. It can kill, easily.

cheers
Well aware of the dangers of the desert. Worked three seasons in the Mojave. That's why they hired me.
by klawnskale
January 21st, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila
Replies: 5
Views: 2851

Re: Question about snakes and a snake workshop in Manila

Jonathan: There is a page on iNaturalist.org that is devoted to species observations of herps in the Philippines. Maybe one of these participants might be local and they could help you out. Check out the page: http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/reptiles-of-the-philippines I just checked out some of...
by klawnskale
January 20th, 2017, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Job Opportunity - Permanent w/ Benefits
Replies: 3
Views: 2262

Re: Job Opportunity - Permanent w/ Benefits

I thought Ann McLuckie was doing this with your agency. I will be working on Fort Irwin as a subcontractor for 6 months starting next month doing ESA Surveys for Desert Cymopterus, Lane Mountain Milkvetch, Mohave Ground Squirrels, Mojave Fringe Toed Lizards and Burrowing Owls. Pay is decent. The dow...
by klawnskale
November 23rd, 2016, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 11768

Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Wow you can see some convergent evolution going on there between the North American genus Uma and the African Namib Genus Meroles. the Namib looks like my kind of place. Thanks for sharing your wonderful finds! :thumb:
by klawnskale
November 7th, 2016, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Victoria brides and other flesh ads
Replies: 10
Views: 5742

Re: Victoria brides and other flesh ads

:lol: :crazyeyes: I see Jeff Goldblum as the spokesperson for apartments <dot>com. He was the genius mathematician in Jurassic Park. Chaos Theory!!
by klawnskale
September 27th, 2016, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID that Corpse and How Did It Get There...?
Replies: 18
Views: 6181

Re: ID that Corpse and How Did It Get There...?

Possible Loggerhead Shrike impalement. They are known to drop prey items on barbed wire to kill them and they do eat reptiles.
by klawnskale
September 26th, 2016, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 4067

Re: Amazing Predation by a Leopard Lizard

Two possible reasons why this Gambelia did what it did: It is a gravid female and thus may not have as much room in its abdominal cavity to ingest an entire lizard at the time. It is full of developing eggs which take up a lot of room in the coelum. Secondly, it chose to eat the tail because it was ...
by klawnskale
May 25th, 2016, 2:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

For the record, this is the recent correspondence regarding the identity of the specimen in question from Neal Darby; Mojave National Preserve Supervisory Biologist. I had initially suggested to the class that they inform Mr. Darby about the find. Apparently they have not: Darby, Neal <[email protected]...
by klawnskale
May 17th, 2016, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May 13th-May 15th Virgin River Area Crew: Finds?
Replies: 3
Views: 2372

Re: May 13th-May 15th Virgin River Area Crew: Finds?

There were just a few of us, like last fall. Me, Steve, Seth, and Carrie (my wife). Weather was pretty good (a little warm at first, but it cooled down, plus we had south wind and some overcast), conditions (e.g., soil moisture levels) were quite good, enthusiasm was good. Moon phase was 50% visibl...
by klawnskale
May 17th, 2016, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May 13th-May 15th Virgin River Area Crew: Finds?
Replies: 3
Views: 2372

May 13th-May 15th Virgin River Area Crew: Finds?

Just curious to know what the attendees found on their herp survey this past weekend (since I have been there before). See any Great Basin Rattlesnakes
or Pyros? Do you have a list of finds?
by klawnskale
May 13th, 2016, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who wants a Melanistic Valley Gartersnake
Replies: 3
Views: 2367

Re: Who wants a Melanistic Valley Gartersnake

Hey Richard: How about offering to donate him to the Effie Yeauw Nature Center in Carmichael? A friend of mine used to work there and they have a native herp collection. They take good care of their teaching zoo. Here is a link to their website with their contact information: http://www.sacnaturecen...
by klawnskale
May 11th, 2016, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1st Annual Charlie W. Painter BioBlitz & BBQ
Replies: 2
Views: 2778

Re: 1st Annual Charlie W. Painter BioBlitz & BBQ

This sounds awesome! I had the privilege and pleasure of experiencing one of Charlie's Epic Barbecues at the inaugural meeting of Southwest PARC held in Albuquerque. He was a fabulous cook and host. Great to see the tradition being rekindled! And certainly an appropriate venue for it. Wish I could m...
by klawnskale
May 10th, 2016, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

Dr Emily Taylor is well respected and well connected. Since they had the snake in hand I am pretty sure she could ID it, or seek qualified opinions on the animal. Remember it wasn't long ago that specks and panamints were classified as one species and the lines of separation aren't clearly defined....
by klawnskale
May 10th, 2016, 4:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

Thanks Steve for your further descriptive observations. So are you and Bob beginning to see a pattern of phenotypic ambiguity between the two species in geographic areas of known intergration? I guess sampling a greater number of individuals is in order. So then what you're implying is that dependin...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2016, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

Thanks, Jimi for the further analysis. I do not know this group well and what criteria they based their identification of the snake in question. It would be helpful if they had good photos of the tail and ocular and rostral scales,but alas, I am not that well acquainted with the bunch. Saw the photo...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

Thanks, Jeff. Yeah, I read that range description in CalHerps. The range of this species appears to be somewhat fragmented in its Southern end. I have only read small anecdotes of ID validation in that area of San Bernardino County: all the way south to Newberry Springs. It would be cool if a resear...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2016, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

I have seen C. mitchelli on Kelbaker Rd. and in the Granite Mtns preserve area, as well as at Mitchell Caverns. But there should be people more knowledgeable than I that can chime in. I am sure that this is not the first one caught there. There should be records available. Study has been going on t...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2016, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 23109

Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

I am no expert regarding the actual range of Crotalus stephensi and I have read tidbits regarding its actual range and how far south they can be found in California. A college class is on a herping trip in the Mojave National Preserve and found this alleged stephensi on the grounds of Zzyzx . Has th...
by klawnskale
May 6th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Journey into the Art of In Situ
Replies: 11
Views: 3193

Re: A Journey into the Art of In Situ

This one did not, however the (assumed) parent to this one, who I refer to as Gigan, does have a clipped tail... unless is was nipped by a heron or other predator https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8808/17260328061_abf2771cbc_c.jpg Giant Gartersnake by California Reptile & Amphibian Appreciation , on F...
by klawnskale
May 6th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Journey into the Art of In Situ
Replies: 11
Views: 3193

Re: A Journey into the Art of In Situ

I did not check the tell for markings I did not check the tell for markings however I do notice that some of them appear tohave been tail clipped. the DOR photos were taken more than a month ago now I think. So the carcass is now long gone If the tail looked clipped then it definitely was a study a...
by klawnskale
May 5th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Journey into the Art of In Situ
Replies: 11
Views: 3193

Re: A Journey into the Art of In Situ

Poor gigas Wouldn't surprise me if it met its demise to some agricultural vehicle. Did you check the venter scales near the tail for micro branding scars? This is how the researchers ID the snake before they use a chip reader. Might be difficult to discern with now that it's so mashed up.
by klawnskale
April 28th, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 14755

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

Well, I decided to conduct a search and found this Blog posted by a former SMNRA Wildlife Intern who worked on their pitfall/funnel trap arrays just about two years ago. They use plastic buckets so hopefully they close the lids on them when not in use. There are some good photos of the arrays on her...
by klawnskale
April 27th, 2016, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 14755

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

You know, it's funny how they attack herpers who simply lay a board or carpet on the ground, but they say nothing about the 30+ pit fall traps that they've left all over the park to deteriorate and possibly kill herps. If they are done with their trap lines they should clean them up. :x Funny you s...
by klawnskale
April 26th, 2016, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains...
Replies: 51
Views: 14755

Re: Just a heads up if you're in teh Santa Monica Mountains.

Neal Darby, Park Biologist of the Mojave National Preserve is not so close minded. He welcomes any accurate accounts of species in the Preserve that would be of note. Not everyone who works for the NPS is unapproachable.
by klawnskale
April 21st, 2016, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: flickr problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3482

Re: flickr problems

If there were no need to for a Photo Hosting site in order to post photos here, it would be a lot easier for everyone; but photos take up a lot of bandwidth so I can understand why Scott doesn't want to have the files implanted directly on the website.
by klawnskale
April 21st, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays time again
Replies: 5
Views: 3044

Re: SnakeDays time again

Dates? It'd be fun, if I don't have work during that time frame. When you say "Big Bend," do you mean within the NP or just the Big Bend area in general? I'd like to see what an organized herping trip is like in that area and how it's run (day? night? walking cuts? illegal cruising? etc.). :)[/quote...
by klawnskale
April 19th, 2016, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays time again
Replies: 5
Views: 3044

Re: SnakeDays time again

Snake Days in June; how 'bout any of you Texas Folk fixin' to attend the Southwest PARC Meeting in August in Alpine? Herping Trip in Big Bend included in the programs. I maybe going to this. They are offering inexpensive student housing if you don't want to splurge on motels. Overall, PARC meetings ...
by klawnskale
April 19th, 2016, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: flickr problems
Replies: 9
Views: 3482

Re: flickr problems

I have been using Photobucket with very little issues for many years. Uploading photos and pasting links is pretty easy on it.
by klawnskale
April 3rd, 2016, 7:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13261

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

Kelly: Check your PM Inbox...
by klawnskale
April 2nd, 2016, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13261

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

I recall one disastrous event which was supposed to be paved with good intentions when an independent Source? I tried a quick google search of some key terms and was unable to find reference to this event, maybe my search terms were not the best. I'd like to read more about it. I do not know of an ...
by klawnskale
April 2nd, 2016, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13261

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

Please do not misinterpret this as "poo-pooing" the idea, or “nay saying”. I take disinfecting seriously, especially where habitats and species are sensitive. - However - Keeping the gate closed and the cattle in the pasture may be futile, since the reality is that we, herp oriented people, are a s...
by klawnskale
April 1st, 2016, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13261

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

Carrying the pathogens from one body of water to another is what you should be most aware of. I do not encourage the handling of anurans unless it is necessary for data acquisition and tissue samples. if you do handle frogs or salamanders do so with disposable gloves. Use a fresh pair for each diffe...
by klawnskale
March 29th, 2016, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 6190

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

[quote= The GPS transmitter will not affect the snake's ability to properly carry out ecdysis. The unit will be shed with the snake's skin, however we plan to work with large, older individuals that will be shedding infrequently. When shedding does occur snakes will ideally be relocated soon thereaf...
by klawnskale
March 28th, 2016, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 6190

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

Alex: I am curious to know why this transmitter was designed to be attached externally on the snake's distal area of its body when the more traditional transmitters have been surgically implanted under the snake's skin. What are the technical advantages for placing this large transmitter externally ...
by klawnskale
March 24th, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts
Replies: 90
Views: 32719

Re: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts

I love all herps but salamanders are my favorites because I find them incredibly fascinating. Frogs are tied with turtles for second. You should consider a trip to the southern Appalachians - the Mecca for salamander enthusiasts, and one of my favorite parts of the country. Depending on the areas y...
by klawnskale
March 5th, 2016, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts
Replies: 90
Views: 32719

Re: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts

Last week I was cutting foot long pieces of iron rebar with a portable bandsaw. As I worked, I thought of how I could utilize this power tool for many wonderful projects and ideas….a scene from the film "Fargo" kept re-appearing in my mind; but that was a woodchipper...
by klawnskale
March 3rd, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Yolo Bypass Survey
Replies: 25
Views: 8702

Re: 2016 Yolo Bypass Survey

Was just there working in the maintenance barn last week prepping equipment for our survey. Saw lots of Sceloporous and saw and heard lots of Pseudacris.
by klawnskale
February 27th, 2016, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas
Replies: 14
Views: 5301

Re: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas

The event has been postponed until further notice. Work schedules and financial issues have put it on the back burner. Hopefully it will re-emerge sometime in the near future. Oh no! Hannah, how many people said they were interested in joining? Cheers, Heather There were only 4 voting in the poll; ...
by klawnskale
February 27th, 2016, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas
Replies: 14
Views: 5301

Re: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas

The event has been postponed until further notice. Work schedules and financial issues have put it on the back burner. Hopefully it will re-emerge sometime in the near future.
by klawnskale
February 20th, 2016, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave
Replies: 15
Views: 6151

Re: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojav

edit; i wish our european comrades would txt ... in specifics ... how these land mngmt policies occurred there ... as we americans seem to always be behind europe by 10-20 years ... tho i understand there is little "public land" never mind distinctions of such in europe : { When I temporarily worke...
by klawnskale
February 14th, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave
Replies: 15
Views: 6151

Re: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojav

You pretty much covered it. It was actually the concerns by local residents in the area combined with environmental groups who petitioned Diane Feinstein who got this ball rolling a couple of years ago. The main issue was the prospect of alternative energy projects taking away too much habitat. Ther...
by klawnskale
February 13th, 2016, 7:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Europe's Convergent Example To The Axolotl
Replies: 3
Views: 3200

Re: Eastern Europe's Convergent Example To The Axolotl

Actually, I wouldn't describe Olms as being convergent with Axolotls much at all. The wild type Axolotls ( Ambystoma mexicanum ) are mottled brown, only certain captive morphs are white. Also, with the exception of the black-colored olm subspecies ( Proteus anguinus parkelj ), olms are white, blind...
by klawnskale
February 12th, 2016, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave
Replies: 15
Views: 6151

Obama To Sign Bill Today To Protect More Areas Of Mojave

These areas have been designated as ones of critical concern and are receiving National Monument status today in Palm Springs at a reception. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/obama-to-designate-new-national-monuments-in-the-california-desert/2016/02/11/5b77db4e-c6be-11e5-a4aa-f25866ba0dc6_sto...
by klawnskale
February 11th, 2016, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7148

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

Littlerock is an interesting transitional area ecologically; a mixture of coastal sage scrub and high desert. There are clumped areas of fairly dense Joshua Tree Forest which Xantusia love. Also, there have been reports by some herpers of individual specimens of rattlesnakes which appear to show tra...
by klawnskale
February 10th, 2016, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7148

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

Thanks again everyone, I had no clue how popular Night Lizards were among herpers! Personally they remind me of a micro sized Varanid... to a certain degree. Have any of you seen a new born Xantusia? I would love to see how unbelievably small they are. Actually yes. I had a friend who years ago col...
by klawnskale
February 10th, 2016, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7148

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

Xantusia are wonderful little lizards. They are a very interesting Genus and have certain physiological traits unique to them. They are one of the few lizard species which are actually viviparous (or as close to the mammalian definition as you can get). Their body actually develops an organ analogou...
by klawnskale
February 5th, 2016, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and Other Herps Survey In Honduras
Replies: 0
Views: 1866

Snakes and Other Herps Survey In Honduras

Some travel costs, lodging and food covered. Capture and process specimens for morphological and genetic data. Herping Honduras!
http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/snake-spe ... -honduras/
by klawnskale
February 4th, 2016, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PhD Assistantship Working With Narrow Headed Garter Snakes
Replies: 0
Views: 1691

PhD Assistantship Working With Narrow Headed Garter Snakes

Want to get your PhD living and working in Arizona? And of course working with snakes? And a snake breeding program at the Phoenix Zoo?
Read on:
http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/phd-grad- ... f-arizona/