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by Dell Despain
August 1st, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: crazy times
Replies: 137
Views: 96592

Re: crazy times

Tim's, "No thanks already had a pretzel," story reminded me of a few things I've heard while working w/ clients, and have made it into regular use amongst my guide friends... At one lodge I work at we have a great client, named John, from NY that has been coming w/ us for 15 years, he's 96 this year...
by Dell Despain
August 1st, 2013, 9:20 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: I meant for this to go in "crazy times..."
Replies: 6
Views: 4211

Re: I meant for this to go in "crazy times..."

Thats a great, funny story Tim. You should paste it in the Crazy times thread just to have it in there, and let this one slide into oblivion.

BTW I've always wanted to do those plate form canoe trips in the Everglades. You've rekindled a forgot idea for me.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
July 18th, 2013, 7:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nature bites back
Replies: 2
Views: 1363

Re: Nature bites back

Interesting story. Karma can be a cruel mistress.
I can't imagine collecting and selling willardi has much of a lucrative end result.
Image

-Dell
by Dell Despain
July 11th, 2013, 12:20 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Fishing behind the Cheese curtain...
Replies: 12
Views: 6915

Re: Fishing behind the Cheese curtain...

Pretty neat post here Tim. What were you using for a fly on the carp? Here on the Bighorn our water is extremely cold this year and the carp have stuffed themselves in every slough on the river that has warmer water. Our carp fishing has been very good because of this. I'll pull a leech for them or ...
by Dell Despain
July 11th, 2013, 12:08 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Shark fishing.
Replies: 11
Views: 6530

Re: Shark fishing.

I found the shark fishing very interesting Tim, I'm not one of those fly-fishing purists, I have no problem throwing bait to catch fish. Give me bobo, bait, and point me to the fish. :)

-Dell
by Dell Despain
July 10th, 2013, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Spring in the Southwest (this is a long one)
Replies: 18
Views: 5891

Re: My Spring in the Southwest (this is a long one)

I always enjoy your post Mike, and this was another good one. Congratulations on the Boa finds, but the Long eared owl sighting would make the top of the list for me anytime. Great shot too, did you get any good shots of the owl yourself? Nice to see you herping w/ K. Haas. I recognized his poor exc...
by Dell Despain
June 13th, 2013, 5:30 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Shark fishing.
Replies: 11
Views: 6530

Re: Shark fishing.

Well... that was cool and interesting.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
June 13th, 2013, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Helping a visitor complete quite the herping feat
Replies: 13
Views: 2933

Re: Helping a visitor complete quite the herping feat

Andy's skill at locating local libation locales was equally impressive and rewarding. :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer: Congratulations Timmay! Nice post Andy, the Pacific Gopher is swee...
by Dell Despain
June 12th, 2013, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help identifying Wyoming lizard
Replies: 4
Views: 1120

Re: Help identifying Wyoming lizard

Roki, I'm going w/ Northern Plateau Lizard, because of the lack (very faded) of the dorsal zigzaging pattern that Red-lips usually have. What County did you find it in? That may help narrow a few things down.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
June 4th, 2013, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Big Sky.
Replies: 33
Views: 9684

Re: Herping the Big Sky.

Kent VanSooy: Thanks so much Kent, always nice to hear positive comments from someone who does such great field work himself. A Montana post!!! Awesome! The Pituophis is especially pretty, and i liked how that tiger photo turned out with the yellow lichens! The Ambystoma are always a treat for us up...
by Dell Despain
June 4th, 2013, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intro Post Part 1: 2011
Replies: 8
Views: 2699

Re: Intro Post Part 1: 2011

Finally C. J.! It took you long enough to put up a post, but at least you're here and not a lurker any more. ;)
This Drymarchon might be one of your better finds ever.
Image

-Dell
by Dell Despain
May 27th, 2013, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Big Sky.
Replies: 33
Views: 9684

Herping the Big Sky.

Went herping w/ Cole, Trey, and my daughter Emma. Cole and I will be making this post together, with me posting in white and Cole posting in blue . We're short on time, or we would have asked Scott for another screen name to post jointly under. Our goal with this posting scheme is to keep down the r...
by Dell Despain
May 4th, 2013, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Montana Tailed Frog.
Replies: 19
Views: 3985

Re: Montana Tailed Frog.

Awesome find! At the top of my list whenever I head West. I would expect that from the frog guy. ;) Cool post. Great shot of the tadpole. Thanks, I thought at first the tad was a leech. Oooh! One of my favorite posts on here. Thanks Todd, hope to see a Salamander post from you this year. You should...
by Dell Despain
April 28th, 2013, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Montana Tailed Frog.
Replies: 19
Views: 3985

Re: Montana Tailed Frog.

moving to missoula for college next fall! How's the herping up there? Maybe I can pm to ask a couple questions?? Hi Neil, I absolutely love Missoula, and you're going to have a great time there. It's a great campus, and if you like the outdoors you really couldn't ask for a better place to be. With...
by Dell Despain
April 27th, 2013, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Montana Tailed Frog.
Replies: 19
Views: 3985

Montana Tailed Frog.

A little early up here for good herping yet, but Cole Grover and I talked all winter about looking for Montana Tailed Frogs Ascaphus montanus , and Idaho Giant Salamanders, Dicamptodon aterrimus . I got an opportunity to go to Missoula and trout fish w/ a friend and took a day to look for the two ab...
by Dell Despain
April 8th, 2013, 9:39 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Erethizon dorsatum - North American Porcupine
Replies: 8
Views: 5266

Re: Erethizon dorsatum - North American Porcupine

gbin wrote: (which was old enough that it only had ties, not zippers)
Good god Gerry, how old are you? You should have shot the bark eater/salt licker with your musket. :P

-Dell
by Dell Despain
April 8th, 2013, 9:19 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Worthy shots from Montana.
Replies: 7
Views: 4260

Re: Worthy shots from Montana.

I am putting in my request for you to post some pictures of Greater Sage-Grouse. Ouch, could prove tough. I've only seen them in flight after I've spooked them out of cover. The Crow Indian reservation has a decent population, and I'm on the reservation more often then not in the summer. I like the...
by Dell Despain
April 8th, 2013, 8:17 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Red Tail Near Miss
Replies: 8
Views: 5044

Re: Red Tail Near Miss

That's an awesome documentation Steve. The photos are outstanding. Chris is probably right, you should win a photo contest w/ those shots and narrative.

Very interesting, and thanks for posting them.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
April 8th, 2013, 8:12 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Worthy shots from Montana.
Replies: 7
Views: 4260

Re: Worthy shots from Montana.

pete wrote:I took some mediocre crossbill shots this year. they are hard to focus on for some reason
They shouldn't be, but I know what you mean.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
April 8th, 2013, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First quarter 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 3239

Re: First quarter 2013

Congratulations again on the T. oolitica , you earned it. Tim, I enjoy the fact that you haven't gotten jaded and still focus on the common Corn snakes. You always post great looking variations. That Chameleon shot is wild looking, but this got my heart racing. http://i640.photobucket.com/albums/uu1...
by Dell Despain
April 7th, 2013, 12:33 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: one photo of an early season red
Replies: 6
Views: 3754

Re: one photo of an early season red

Those saltwater cats are annoyingly easy to catch. Saltwater cat? Never heard a Redfish called that before. Easy to catch is relative. Annoyingly so....Never. http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/snake%20photos/Fishing%20photos%20and%20landscapes/Brazil2006JayKennyDub134.jpg -Dell
by Dell Despain
April 7th, 2013, 12:11 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Worthy shots from Montana.
Replies: 7
Views: 4260

Worthy shots from Montana.

http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/IMG_0322_zpsf216bd75.jpg American Kestrel, Falco sparverius. http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/IMG_0323_zps757f3254.jpg Red-tail Hawk, Buteo Jamaicensis. http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/IMG_0443_zps58b1843d.jp...
by Dell Despain
March 29th, 2013, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes
Replies: 35
Views: 56323

Re: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes

The Bushmaster is the cat's meow of course, but that black and orange Tree boa is sweet too. As you know Matt, I've spent some time working in the Amazon basin and I've never found Anaconda to be easy to find either. I'd have people come back to the lodge talking about seeing Anaconda down the trail...
by Dell Despain
March 10th, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Milk I.D. Contest
Replies: 27
Views: 7916

Re: Milk I.D. Contest

Dan that was fun, and you know I was only teasing you w/ the yawn comment. Cole flipped that Thomas Co. Pale, and we were both exhilarated over the find. This is too easy! They're all L.triangulum. No "so called" sub-species. Please!? Well yeah. That would be easy, but are you really going to lump t...
by Dell Despain
March 9th, 2013, 8:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Milk I.D. Contest
Replies: 27
Views: 7916

Re: Milk I.D. Contest

Justin what is the locality of your multistrata photos? Eastern NE?

Love those syspila you posted btw.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
March 9th, 2013, 8:42 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Milk I.D. Contest
Replies: 27
Views: 7916

Re: Milk I.D. Contest

Justin, I just realized something, you're a closet milkhead. ;) I think we're about to prove that ID'ing some Milks is not going to work from what we think we know. So that means we need to carry pocket DNA analyzers, That's for sure Justin, I like the pocket DNA analyzer idea, Hubbs would love this...
by Dell Despain
March 7th, 2013, 10:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Milk I.D. Contest
Replies: 27
Views: 7916

Re: Milk I.D. Contest

Hmmm, tough Dan. Here goes: 1. gentilis , maybe western Kansas, eastern Colorado . 2. gentilis , large red body rings make me unsure however. 3. celaenops , there's a lot of black on that milks nose. 4. gentilis , middle earth Kansas. 5. multistrata only because Cole and I found a Nebraska Pale that...
by Dell Despain
March 7th, 2013, 10:16 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mystery Lampro Love
Replies: 25
Views: 6102

Re: Mystery Lampro Love

Sorry I'm coming in late, looks like fun. I said Pales to myself before I read any replies, are they South Dakota? Because they look it. I didn't realize that the pale bands on pales are (or could be, anyway) so yellow; I always thought they were more white. Hi Gerry, neonates tend to show more whit...
by Dell Despain
March 4th, 2013, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few from 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 4421

Re: A few from 2012

Nice post Matt, good to see you posting. I'm w/ walkabout the Vine Snake is the bee's knees. I didn't know you and Shawn found a Heloderma , I'll bet that made him happy. And you guys got the Green Rat too! That's one animal I need to go back and find for a photograph. Sweet photos, thanks for posti...
by Dell Despain
February 24th, 2013, 1:37 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Last trout season highlights
Replies: 6
Views: 5942

Re: Last trout season highlights

Herpetologist115 wrote:Some dang ugly trout you got there! These are what I call Trout:
:lol: Nice.
Herpetologist115 wrote:A 25 inch Brown Trout. 15 minute drive from my house.
Even more funny. :lol: If that trout is 25 inches I'll eat my hat and your hat.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
January 23rd, 2013, 7:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Better late than never! Belated 2012 end of year review.
Replies: 9
Views: 3213

Re: Better late than never! Belated 2012 end of year review.

Chad M. Lane wrote:I am almost embarrassed to post my 2012 year end review,
Yeah, I'd be embarrassed too. Sarcasm

Another fine post, always enjoy them.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
January 23rd, 2013, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Dog SNAKE (off season gems)
Replies: 15
Views: 4252

Re: Cat Dog SNAKE (off season gems)

The legendary Cat Dog Snake, and infamous Cat snake both in one post, marvelous.
Interesting narrative great photos, loved the shot of you all snake wrangling in flipflops, and barefooted, young and old alike.

Thanks for taking the time to post.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
January 12th, 2013, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights from my 2012 season from Mo. and a lil bit of Ks.
Replies: 16
Views: 3672

Re: Highlights from my 2012 season from Mo. and a lil bit of

Love all the habitat shots Brandon. Cass Co. looks interesting. Always love the syspila , but that Timber would have made my year. Do you ever catch/find Snapping turtles while Catfish fishing? John F. would be happy with those arrowheads you've found. And your daughter is getting big, didn't you ju...
by Dell Despain
January 6th, 2013, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found a few coachwhips in 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3052

Re: Found a few coachwhips in 2012

Great post Gary, love the mix of habitat shot w/ animals. Gotta love coachwhips.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
January 6th, 2013, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Weekend in Apalachicola National Forest
Replies: 13
Views: 3688

Re: Winter Weekend in Apalachicola National Forest

Triple D, very nice photos, wow. Even better finds for a January weekend. Love the colors in the first Chorus Frog.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
January 6th, 2013, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 15217

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

I never looked at this post after my last comment, but I'm glad to see it again and respond now. You don't necessarily have to kill anyone...But you do have to sleep with Dell. Hey, what can I say? It worked for me. Kris, that makes me sound cheap and easy, and I don't appreciate that. I nominated ...
by Dell Despain
December 31st, 2012, 6:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I believe this is the first for this taxa on the forum
Replies: 14
Views: 2684

Re: I believe this is the first for this taxa on the forum

Jason, I've never seen T. supracincta before, beautiful & they're huge too. Thanks for the suggestion to look it up. Good luck w/ the Tantilla coronata search. I wish I could offer some advice on how to target Tantilla , they've always shown up as a byproduct searching for milks for me. Which might ...
by Dell Despain
December 30th, 2012, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

chris_mcmartin wrote:The message now seems to be "Well, of course we don't want anyone KILLED, but a little destruction of private (or public) property is Good and Should Be Encouraged."
Reading between the lines is a magical and mysterious craft, is that what the message says now? Despicable.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
December 30th, 2012, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

Is this a party Well it could be, but I'm sure you'd put an end to that. Damn kids stay off of my lawn. ;) Regarding getting help on this from LE, I recall one time when some kids found a beautiful big Nerodia that a concerned citizen had run over. The kids were also concerned, and put a bunch of r...
by Dell Despain
December 30th, 2012, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I believe this is the first for this taxa on the forum
Replies: 14
Views: 2684

Re: I believe this is the first for this taxa on the forum

Excellent Josh, love all the Tantilla subspecies for some reason. Most other herpers tease me for my interest in Tantilla.

I could be wrong but I believe Tim Borski has a great desire to find [/i]pamlica[/i].

Nice job, and like the photo too. Keep up the good work.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
December 29th, 2012, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysia. June 2011
Replies: 28
Views: 8458

Re: Maliau Basin, Sabah, Malaysia. June 2011

Not the herp heaviest post you've ever done, but what a wonderful post.
Thanks for taking the time to compose it, I really enjoyed it.

-Dell
by Dell Despain
December 29th, 2012, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

there'd be something seriously wrong with someone who took pleasure in what at best is vandalism, and at worst is manslaughter. Always interesting to see the unthinking wannabe vigilantes on this forum. I'll bet you two have sucked the life out of a few parties in your days. :| I'm going to go watc...
by Dell Despain
December 28th, 2012, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

gbin wrote:we've got to find ways to deal with it that are targeted, legal and safe.
How about making it illegal to purposely run over turtles.

I like my idea better, bring in the turtle spikes and let karma hand out a bitch slap. 8-)


-Dell
by Dell Despain
December 28th, 2012, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

roadside objects to intentionally cause harm would be illegal in most, if not all, jurisdictions as "reckless endangerment" Well duh. The intent would be "not" to be caught in the act. Would you be as excited about spiking fake turtles if you ended up killing a child passenger? Oh for gods sake Chr...
by Dell Despain
December 28th, 2012, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Mortality on the Road
Replies: 23
Views: 5754

Re: Turtle Mortality on the Road

I wonder if a plastic turtle filled w/ nails and screws wouldn't put an end to purposely running over turtles on the side of the road. I've got a little Monkey Wrench Gang in me. (Great book by Edward Abby.) I wouldn't even feel bad about all the flat tires this simple retaliation could produce. -Dell
by Dell Despain
December 24th, 2012, 10:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rubber Boas?
Replies: 18
Views: 5319

Re: Rubber Boas?

Not to step on Chris's toes here, but I keep a colony of Rubber boa, and I've got one or a pair of feeding neonates, I would be willing to let go right now. Price $100.00 each, plus shipping. http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/snake%20photos/Rubber%20boas/0021femaleRubberboa.jpg htt...
by Dell Despain
December 22nd, 2012, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year Milkathon!
Replies: 28
Views: 5675

Re: End of the Year Milkathon!

We need Chad Whitney & Brain Hubbs in on this thread. Yeah, I know I spelled Brains name wrong. ;) Cherry County, Nebraska http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/snake%20photos/Milk%20snakes/IMG_2710.jpg http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o275/delldespain/snake%20photos/Milk%20snakes/IM...
by Dell Despain
December 17th, 2012, 7:20 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Badass Catfish.
Replies: 6
Views: 4328

Re: Badass Catfish.

I only put up the Osprey photo for visual interest. Didn't mean to confuse anyone... Vic's right, we floated up on the Osprey floating in the river w/ a trout in it's talons, and unable to lift its self from the water. When we approached it let go of the trout but was too water logged to get off the...