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by Viridovipera
April 5th, 2013, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: pahrump nevada
Replies: 2
Views: 1428

Re: pahrump nevada

The Chicken Ranch in Pahrump is full of all kinds of herpes. Happy hunting!

-Alex
by Viridovipera
February 18th, 2013, 11:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Re: Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area

Thanks Richard! I'll start counting those scales when I'm in the overlap area. I was distinguishing the two by ventral scale coloration, but I'll start counting caudals if that's more reliable. Hubbs: Yes, I will get around to entering them. Even though they are all pretty common species of little c...
by Viridovipera
February 6th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Re: Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area

Thanks all! Sorry about the N/S Alligator lizard mix up. I use the scientific names more often than the common ones. JAMAUGHN: I looked at the ventrals and saw that they were mostly black rather than only partially black, that's why I called it tenuis. I'm no expert though. How can you tell by color...
by Viridovipera
February 5th, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Some Winter Herping Around the Bay Area

I moved to Berkeley in August to start my PhD and it's been a ton of fun. The best part, so far, has been the winter herping. As an east coaster it's been awesome to be able to herp basically year round. California is great. These animals were all found in December and January. On a warm day we foun...
by Viridovipera
November 9th, 2012, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Tongs - Satan's Side Arm or God's Gift to Herpers?
Replies: 23
Views: 9352

Re: Snake Tongs - Satan's Side Arm or God's Gift to Herpers?

Tongs are also great if you don't have two hooks and are dealing with a snake that's too short to tail. Not every snake stays on a hook. In fact I've met relatively few venomous snakes that do.
by Viridovipera
October 22nd, 2012, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta
Replies: 17
Views: 7689

Re: Israel family vacation, part 1 - Cerastes trifecta

Holy crap! That sounds like an AWESOME vacation. What a trifecta!
by Viridovipera
October 22nd, 2012, 8:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Snake ID Challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: New Mexico Snake ID Challenge

And you see? This is why this place is great. Spelndida didn't even cross my mind -- I immediately went more to the rat or garter snake side of things. Thanks everyone!

Monklet - it's a willow flycatcher. The nest monitoring was going on as part of a conservation program.

-Alex
by Viridovipera
October 21st, 2012, 9:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Mexico Snake ID Challenge
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

New Mexico Snake ID Challenge

This one was tough. It was found near Socorro, NM, eating eggs from a fly catcher's nest. These were captured at ~1:50AM and the nest is extremely close to a river. The nest has a diameter of about 6 inches, for scale. Good luck! https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-5gdUCzr5u8I/UITVkfTLm3I/AAAAAAAAAJI...
by Viridovipera
October 15th, 2012, 10:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps of Singapore
Replies: 39
Views: 10543

Re: Herps of Singapore

Awesome shots of some awesome critters!
by Viridovipera
October 7th, 2012, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: amaZING ariZONA! (Part 2 of 2)
Replies: 12
Views: 3965

Re: amaZING ariZONA! (Part 2 of 2)

Awesome post! I actually learned about botany AND herpetology. Thanks!

I think your old man of the desert is actually an old woman though ;)

-Alex
by Viridovipera
October 7th, 2012, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New TARGET Species for Hans in BORNEO
Replies: 2
Views: 1517

Re: New TARGET Species for Hans in BORNEO

HA! I too saw that the other day. It's funny how those pictures really make it look like a road pancake. "All you have to do is search in an oil palm plantation and not deep in the heart of the jungle? Damn, anyone can do that!" ....Yeah right. It would be one of the all time coolest lizards to see ...
by Viridovipera
May 31st, 2012, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual Rosy Club 2012
Replies: 41
Views: 6114

Re: Annual Rosy Club 2012

Well, *CURSES*!!! While camping in potential NV boa range, I saw a sign for this "Rosy" Club meeting and nearly pooped myself. I was camping with a bunch of non-herper friends from college and by this time it was about 2 AM on Saturday night. I had no idea what it was until I found this thread. We w...
by Viridovipera
May 22nd, 2012, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A quick West Texas trip.
Replies: 21
Views: 5810

Re: A quick West Texas trip.

Absolutely killer. :Looks like a road trip from El Paso is in order.
by Viridovipera
May 17th, 2012, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper
Replies: 11
Views: 4995

Re: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper

Gonyosoma is common out there?
by Viridovipera
May 14th, 2012, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper
Replies: 11
Views: 4995

Re: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper

And now you know that when making a book that covers every single reptile of SE Asia, quality sometimes gets sacrificed. A lot of his drawings are a bit different than in real life, but still it's the best broad guide of the region and can always get you started on your ID course. This, Hans, is inc...
by Viridovipera
May 6th, 2012, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice little find in Zavala County last night..
Replies: 4
Views: 1824

Re: Nice little find in Zavala County last night..

Sweet mammajamma. As it loaded and I scrolled down I was said to myself, "Eh just a scarlet snake." Then as I got the end and saw the head, my jaw dropped. I had no idea what it was and until I saw the ID my world of "red touch yellow" had just been turned upside down.

That is one awesome snake.
by Viridovipera
April 18th, 2012, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?
Replies: 43
Views: 11308

Re: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?

Wow. Thanks for the praise Hans! That's a mighty big compliment and I'm honored :) This is a fun discussion, but there are so many facts at work here -- intraspecific competition, interspecific competition, niche availability, prey availability, thermal availability, evolutionary history and more th...
by Viridovipera
April 17th, 2012, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 16334

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

Wow. You had me at the first photo. Awesome find Hans! What does a typical night of road cruising entail? It is usually productive with the same 5 or so species (including frogs and other things seen on the road!), or usually nothing with the occasional common species? These kraits are notoriously h...
by Viridovipera
April 10th, 2012, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern and Western Cape - South Africa January 2012
Replies: 17
Views: 9149

Re: Eastern and Western Cape - South Africa January 2012

WHEW! That was awesome Tyrone! Thanks for sharing. How'd you spot the Knysna dwarf chameleon? What kind of habitat was it in? I was in the Nature's Valley area in December and looking hard for them but didn't turn any up. I also looked unsuccessfully for the berg adder, congrats on finding such an a...
by Viridovipera
March 8th, 2012, 4:59 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Got PMS? Let's Go Looking for Snakes!
Replies: 6
Views: 3120

Re: Got PMS? Let's Go Looking for Snakes!

Don't worry guys, I'll perform more experiments to test their findings in the field. I'm on it!
by Viridovipera
March 8th, 2012, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The "Post your RAREST of the rare finds," post...
Replies: 64
Views: 14619

Re: The "Post your RAREST of the rare finds," post...

Dark morph Calloselasma rhodostoma. Never documented before to my knowledge. https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/200770_561226066344_4304942_32270033_6057_n.jpg https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/188579_561226056364_4304942_32270032_5410542_n.jpg Here's a normal on...
by Viridovipera
March 7th, 2012, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early start for Southern Nevada
Replies: 5
Views: 1580

Re: Early start for Southern Nevada

Always a pleasure, Jerry!
by Viridovipera
March 3rd, 2012, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #27: Big Borneo Photo Dump
Replies: 5
Views: 2648

Re: Borneo Dispatches #27: Big Borneo Photo Dump

Warren wrote:Great post! Gives the flavour of Kuching.
Much better than the flavour of Vietnam, which is oddly fishy.
HAHA! :lol:

Cool post Hans! Thanks for sharing the beautiful scenery with us.
by Viridovipera
February 28th, 2012, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: God Hates Checkered Whiptail Lizards!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 4364

Re: God Hates Checkered Whiptail Lizards!!!

I love this, but I must say, they did put a Aspidoscelis inornatus in there by mistake ;)

Still, I would pass that out anywhere in public.
by Viridovipera
February 13th, 2012, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on Mammal Decline Paper from Co-Author
Replies: 5
Views: 2321

Re: Update on Mammal Decline Paper from Co-Author

Although it's extremely unfortunate that this will likely not be read by the majority of people who read newspaper articles about the python problem, this was a very well articulated and cogent response to the sensationalism that we have seen over this PNAS paper. It also raises just and legitimate ...
by Viridovipera
February 5th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 Rocky Mountain Chapter Spring Field Trip
Replies: 26
Views: 5221

Re: 2012 Rocky Mountain Chapter Field Trip

Looks like a rompin good time, sorry that I'll have to miss it -- got an old college reunion that weekend.

Will this take the place of your yearly kingsnake survey Brian?

-Alex
by Viridovipera
February 5th, 2012, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: question about vegas
Replies: 24
Views: 4825

Re: question about vegas

My fault! I read that as banded instead of striped. :oops: As much bad press as these herp dealers may give the "hobby" when they're busted, I think flagrant disobedience for the laws enacted to protect these animals makes us look much worse. While it may not be a very serious problem in Nevada, the...
by Viridovipera
February 3rd, 2012, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End-of-year post from Costa Rica
Replies: 25
Views: 8878

Re: End-of-year post from Costa Rica

Absolutely, without a doubt, stunning. Awesome images of awesome animals. Thanks for sharing!

-Alex
by Viridovipera
February 1st, 2012, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Cape, South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 1840

Western Cape, South Africa

So I was lucky to be dragged along with my family to South Africa in December for a family friend's wedding outside of Cape Town. We made a two week vacation out of it, and I figured you guys would be interested in the herping spoils of the trip. First of all, South Africa is one of the most beautif...
by Viridovipera
January 29th, 2012, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Naja Sumatrana, Malaysia
Replies: 11
Views: 4040

Re: Naja Sumatrana, Malaysia

You can take Naja atra off that list. Done! Really my experience only comes from the four elapid species that I've seen in the wild, but I just extrapolated. Still I'd take a docile viper on the ground over an elapid trying to bolt away from you. (The hardest one is a green mamba in a tree.... good...
by Viridovipera
January 25th, 2012, 11:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some pictures from Malaysia
Replies: 33
Views: 18367

Re: Some pictures from Malaysia

Very well done! I was just talking with Hans about how frustratingly difficult it can be to find snakes in the Asian tropics. You seem to have done extremely well. How long were you in Malaysia for?

-Alex
by Viridovipera
January 25th, 2012, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Naja Sumatrana, Malaysia
Replies: 11
Views: 4040

Re: Naja Sumatrana, Malaysia

Whew! What a beauty! Got any plans to release it? Cobras (and other large bodied, fast moving elapids -- mambas, tree cobras, maybe even Old world coral snakes) are probably the most difficult snakes to photograph. They're dangerous, fast moving, and most want nothing to do with you, so they shoot o...
by Viridovipera
January 24th, 2012, 9:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming out of dens in Nevada
Replies: 0
Views: 1074

Coming out of dens in Nevada

So I did some scouting for dens or "pseudo-dens" (particularly C. mitchelli and C. stevensi) this fall around Las Vegas and want to check up on them as the snakes (hopefully) emerge this spring. I don't have much experience in this department and have even less time thanks to work, so narrowing down...
by Viridovipera
January 24th, 2012, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: question about vegas
Replies: 24
Views: 4825

Re: question about vegas

Yowzas! That's great info. There's a pet store just down the road from me in Vegas that sells, among a lot of other really questionable herps, striped cal kings. I think a little bird will drop a tip to NDOW this week ;)

Thanks for showing me that site!
by Viridovipera
December 20th, 2011, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bangkok Field Guide and request for pics
Replies: 9
Views: 3175

Re: Bangkok Field Guide and request for pics

https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/5890_531519802934_4304942_31496506_3841220_n.jpg https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/5890_531520207124_4304942_31496528_437812_n.jpg Enhydris bocourti https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-snc1/5890_531520182174_4304942...
by Viridovipera
December 19th, 2011, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: all the viper species of Europe - an overview
Replies: 27
Views: 18971

Re: all the viper species of Europe - an overview

Especially knowing that you took those pictures yourself, that is quite the impressive report. Very informative too :thumb: What are the overwintering habits of these species? I assume they vary tremendously across the habitats of the continent. Would it be possible to find V. aspis or V. seonei aro...
by Viridovipera
December 2nd, 2011, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi (mostly) lizards and snakes IDs needed
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Sulawesi (mostly) lizards and snakes IDs needed

Bollocks! That's what I get for posting at 12:30 in the morning :roll: . I did mean 3 instead of 2. And yeah I would guess that 2 is some sort of Sphenomorphus but being far from Indochina, I couldn't say more. Cool ratsnake though!

-Alex
by Viridovipera
December 1st, 2011, 9:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi (mostly) lizards and snakes IDs needed
Replies: 4
Views: 2835

Re: Sulawesi (mostly) lizards and snakes IDs needed

1 is correct, 3 is Eutropis longicaudata, and 5 is correct
by Viridovipera
November 28th, 2011, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: Part One
Replies: 49
Views: 22188

Re: Hot Stove Herping: Part One

Wow I'm really digging that Corallus hortulanus. Yeah I liked how you just threw that in there as an "oh by the way, check out this crazy looking thing...." Awesome post. These posts are becoming a yearly favorite of mine and so far this one hasn't disappointed. Did you take any special precautions...
by Viridovipera
November 28th, 2011, 8:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #16: Python's Last Meal (GRAPHIC CONTENT!)
Replies: 9
Views: 4032

Re: Borneo Dispatches #16: Python's Last Meal (GRAPHIC CONTE

I'm holding to it -- even when they're mangled to bits, there's no prettier array of colors on any other python. Hans, you were saying that you're not impressed by the number of snakes that you've found so far in Kuching. You said that you could find this number of snakes in one night in Taiwan. I t...
by Viridovipera
November 21st, 2011, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #14: Dumeril's Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 3897

Re: Borneo Dispatches #14: Dumeril's Monitor

HA! When I saw the first photo I assumed he was much bigger than that. ...But you just have a very small car hood. Oh well. Still a very cool find. Maybe now you'll think twice about just passing by these snake cousins... ;)

-Alex
by Viridovipera
November 9th, 2011, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes (Taiwan)
Replies: 10
Views: 3084

Re: Some snakes (Taiwan)

Python Guy wrote:Any beauty snakes?

I thought they were all beauty snakes :(

Although those were some REALLY beautiful Ovophis and Viridovipera, I think my favorite was the Oligodon simply because of their cool behavior on your beaches: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/18/7455

Awesome post!

-Alex
by Viridovipera
September 22nd, 2011, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #8: Snake Night At Kubah
Replies: 17
Views: 6996

Re: Borneo Dispatches #8: Snake Night At Kubah

I'm not sure what else there is to say. Hans, you are great. Have you figured out the best month for herping Sarawak yet? How about a trip up to the Kelabit highlands?

AWESOME post.
by Viridovipera
September 22nd, 2011, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some PA shtuff
Replies: 12
Views: 2140

Re: Some PA shtuff

Great cow of Moscow! Beaaaauuutiful. LECH my buttox. Hold on, I'm gonna link this to my friend who has never seen a copperhead before...

Congrats on a sweet season Scott.

-Alex
by Viridovipera
August 26th, 2011, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Khao Yai Trip
Replies: 26
Views: 9835

Re: Khao Yai Trip

You did well! Congrats! Khao Yai is such an awesome place -- and to think it's only a few hours from Bangkok, it makes for an awesome weekend trip. It seems like you got around the car problem without any problems as well. Of course I loved the snakes whose namesake I took for my account. Very cool!...
by Viridovipera
August 23rd, 2011, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danum valley; Malaysian Borneo
Replies: 14
Views: 4467

Re: Danum valley; Malaysian Borneo

Jumpin jahoosaphet. Man, oh man, did I miss out on Borneo by not going to Danum while I was there. Every single post or person that I've read/heard of that went there has found amazing things -- you are no exception. Just awesome!!! I think Rhacophorus nigropalmatus and Rhacophorus reinwardtii are t...
by Viridovipera
August 13th, 2011, 11:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gunung Leuser: Sumatra
Replies: 17
Views: 9543

Re: Gunung Leuser: Sumatra

Your viper is indeed a juvenile T. wagleri. That's an awesome Theloderma as well. I think I stared at the forest stream picture for about 5 minutes just saying "awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome awesome" over and over in my head. Great shot. I've heard people saying that they could get guided ...
by Viridovipera
August 13th, 2011, 10:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bukit Lawang, Sumatra
Replies: 5
Views: 2228

Re: Bukit Lawang, Sumatra

Keep it coming! I'm feeling a bit inspired myself...

-Alex
by Viridovipera
August 7th, 2011, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches 002 - Kopstein's Bronzeback Eating Lizard
Replies: 19
Views: 8012

Re: Borneo Dispatches 002 - Kopstein's Bronzeback Eating Liz

Wow Hans, what luck! Indeed your frog is Staurois natator, and I agree that they can be a pain to approach for a quality photo. For a good frog book, I suggest Inger and Stuebing's A Field Guide to the Frogs of Borneo . Although it's wickedly overpriced there, I got in the bookstore of Kinabalu NP f...