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by Aaron
January 22nd, 2015, 5:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Don't resurrect old posts in bulk, please
Replies: 25
Views: 16534

Re: Don't resurrect old posts in bulk, please

In 2 years I'm gonna bring this back to the top.
by Aaron
October 30th, 2014, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updated
Replies: 157
Views: 34508

Re: The Cali Chapter NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-1

Obviously if you have to release a herp immediately after capture you cannot make false claims that you are going to release it "later" and you cannot simply hold the herp until right before the event ends only to "recapture" it immediately after the event.
by Aaron
September 5th, 2014, 9:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hybrid speck×red !?
Replies: 57
Views: 14749

Re: hybrid speck×red !?

I'm not an expert on Specks as I've only seen a few. I did google images and the tail is certainly way more banded than any others. Helli, did you actually measure the 6 foot boa, or were you just estimating? I caught a very large bullsnake in Texas that supposedly ended up measuring 9'3"(total leng...
by Aaron
September 4th, 2014, 11:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks
Replies: 11
Views: 3049

Re: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks

I'm an hour away from T.0. in Ventura and everyone here is pretty much on lock down, businesses are closed and everyone is just waiting for the all clear. Let us pray!
Hilarious!
by Aaron
September 4th, 2014, 11:11 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 141092

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

I agree that SC isn't a "Yankee" state but I think Chris' point was that it's a "Yankee" type thing to do.
by Aaron
September 4th, 2014, 10:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's been a while.....
Replies: 6
Views: 3072

Re: It's been a while.....

Great post!
by Aaron
August 29th, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Milk Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 1998

Re: Arizona Milk Snakes

I caught a taylori in Utah(Toole Mtns.) once and celeanops in Texas(Davis Mtns.) once and they looked pretty different to me. Not just the colors either, the celeanops was a fatter bodied snake it seemed to me, maybe it had annulata influence?
by Aaron
August 29th, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Milk Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 736

Re: Arizona Milk Snakes

I caught a taylori in Utah(Toole Mtns.) once and celeanops in Texas(Davis Mtns.) once and they looked pretty different to me. Not just the colors either, the celeanops was a fatter bodied snake it seemed to me, maybe it had annulata influence?
by Aaron
August 29th, 2014, 8:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 141092

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

My experience with wardens has been limited to mainly west TX, and a little bit in AZ and CA. I know of a few cases in west TX where tickets were issued, and many cases where people were stopped and questioned by a warden but the stop did not result in a ticket. A warden in west TX generally will no...
by Aaron
August 28th, 2014, 6:08 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 141092

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

I think most of the time when the regulations use terms like "persue" it's so a hunter can't claim he's not hunting when he's caught stalking around with hunting gear but hasn't made a kill yet. To a lesser extent such terms may be included so as to prevent harrassment of wildlife. When such terms a...
by Aaron
August 22nd, 2014, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A find in S. TX last night
Replies: 8
Views: 2702

Re: A find in S. TX last night

Awesome. Over the years I've found a few corals(3 live and 3 or 4 dor) and they are always so flighty and hard to photo.
by Aaron
August 21st, 2014, 11:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 26
Views: 4823

Re: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

I won't be able to go 'cause I have to work. I sure would like to see a big group picture if you could post one after.
by Aaron
August 20th, 2014, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: interesting field observation
Replies: 8
Views: 2543

Re: interesting field observation

Interesting observation. Wild snakes do seem to fairly commonly consume larger prey than would normally be advised in captive settings.
by Aaron
August 20th, 2014, 8:52 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 141092

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Maybe this shoulda been a poll instead?
by Aaron
August 19th, 2014, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

But my advice to everyone else remains...
...that the sky is blue
I agree.
by Aaron
August 19th, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 26
Views: 4823

Re: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

No leniency will be extended.
by Aaron
August 18th, 2014, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 26
Views: 4823

Re: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

The only problematic thing I can see is road cruising. There's only 14 permit holders and at best only one permit holder can be in any given vehicle at a time. If nobody buys licenses it could be pretty hard to fit 90+ people into just 14 cars, ie 6 to 7 people(or more) per car.
by Aaron
August 16th, 2014, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

gbin
If they're illegally skimming money for their own use as he says, what on earth are they spending it on?
I don't think Ernie ever said they were skimming money.
by Aaron
August 10th, 2014, 9:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

After following this thread and looking at some of the studies linked herein, one thing I'd like to know that I did not see being addressed, is how much(if any) has traffic increased on these roads in the ENP? This is something that could affect mammal sightings near roads.
by Aaron
August 8th, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 26411

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

"I can’t help but wonder what was the real motivation for the law?" Someone in TPWD asked some politicians to make the roadban because out of state herpers were coming to TX and collecting reptiles to sell outside of TX. Of course the vast majority of herpers were not doing this but that is what I w...
by Aaron
August 8th, 2014, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 26411

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I think most of the time possesion of a gun indicates hunting it is withiin specific areas, such as a park or national forest, where they can make it illegal to carry a gun. If people are hunting on the road or in other areas where gun possesion cannot legally indicate hunting, a warden encounters t...
by Aaron
August 6th, 2014, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 26411

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Eric, I concur. I was thinking the law said "hunt" from a vehicle, which would require intent. What the law actually says is "locate" which requires no intent. "(e) A person may not use an artificial light from a motor vehicle in locating, capturing, or attempting to capture a reptile or amphibian u...
by Aaron
August 5th, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 26411

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

"On the other hand, if you locate a snake on the road at night then wait for it to get to the unpaved portion of the public ROW to photograph it, it has become off limits for manipulation for the photograph, due to its locating it by using artificial light from a motor vehicle." This is contrary to ...
by Aaron
August 3rd, 2014, 11:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My close call with a venomous snake (let's hear your stories
Replies: 28
Views: 11734

Re: Close call with a venomous snake

Beautiful snake. I never herp in sandals.
by Aaron
August 3rd, 2014, 11:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

regal, I did not mean to imply we should assume it's a neutral event, just that it might not be as bad as it's portrayed. I don't think I have seen near as many press releases and public outreach with any of the other invasives in the Everglades. I think it is worthy of study but the nationwide bans...
by Aaron
August 3rd, 2014, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Just some random thoughts. Ernie mentioned that he went out again and conditions were not ideal for finding pythons. This might be one factor that limits the pythons ability to do damage to mammal and bird populations, the possibility that pythons require a narrower set of weather conditions to hunt...
by Aaron
August 2nd, 2014, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 26411

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

All I have to say is this warden should've waited until he saw those people pick up a herp.
by Aaron
August 2nd, 2014, 1:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

"In the Everglades alone, state and federal agencies have spent millions of dollars addressing threats posed by pythons – an amount far less than is needed to combat their spread. If these species spread to other areas, state and federal agencies in these areas could be forced to spend more money fo...
by Aaron
July 31st, 2014, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Ernie I thought your original post was hilarious and more than just a personal attack since it provided some points that could be refuted with real evidence should any exist.
by Aaron
July 27th, 2014, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

As far as I can remember, this is the first post from the python area that makes a point of noting mammal sightings. I think that was Ernie's main point and I do think it would be interesting to see more posters from that area including that anecdotal data.
by Aaron
July 20th, 2014, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pattern variant C. oreganus
Replies: 22
Views: 5732

Re: Pattern variant C. oreganus

After a second look at that snake I think it might be an axanthic or anerythristic specimen. I can't detect any yellow whatsoever.
by Aaron
July 20th, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pattern variant C. oreganus
Replies: 22
Views: 5732

Re: Pattern variant C. oreganus

That's a cool-looking rattlesnake. I've seen ones from Monterey and San Luis Obispo counties where some of the dorsal blotches fuse to form a broken stripe but I never seen one like that Humbolt specimen before.

Richard, the albino Brad had was a Mojave Rattlesnake.
by Aaron
July 20th, 2014, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 22489

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Did they ever release the results of that experiment with the outdoor burms in South Carolina? Or is that study still going on?
by Aaron
July 20th, 2014, 6:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 141092

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

To be a real field herper you need to love herps and live in a field, not a house.
by Aaron
July 7th, 2014, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first Western Groundsnake
Replies: 9
Views: 1710

Re: My first Western Groundsnake

Congrats, one of my favorite species.
by Aaron
June 27th, 2014, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 20
Views: 2175

Re: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

I think if you are hunting and you have a license then LE does not need a warrant to search containers that hold herps. What constitutes a "container" might need to be decided by a judge.
by Aaron
June 10th, 2014, 8:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anybody Breeding Pine Snakes here???
Replies: 8
Views: 3870

Re: Anybody Breeding Pine Snakes here???

I don't currently but I would like to know if there still exists any lines of Black and/or Southerns that can be traced to the original wild caught stock?
by Aaron
May 1st, 2014, 11:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 24818

Re: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?

When someone tells me the blacktail they're selling was caught in the Huachucas for their breeding program and now it's for sale (just one example) then that animal and all of it's offspring are poached, period. I thought Blacktails could be legally collected in AZ with a hunting license and it's l...
by Aaron
April 28th, 2014, 11:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Teaser: A PAIR OF CONTRASTING APALACHICOLA KINGSNAKES
Replies: 7
Views: 2412

Re: ANF Teaser: A PAIR OF CONTRASTING APALACHICOLA KINGSNAKE

I would like to see the pics too! All I see currently are two boxes the say "Sorry this person moved or deleted this image... Photobucket".
by Aaron
April 26th, 2014, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 16833

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

There are two ranks, those who care and those that do not. The person who killed the Ringnecks is from the group that does not care the same group that collectors are in. Collecting is usually not the most serious threat to herps. Therefore it's unsupported to make that the sole, or even the primar...
by Aaron
February 28th, 2014, 10:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping
Replies: 154
Views: 16235

Re: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping

"It doesn't cost a dime to keep your mouth shut." Sean McKeown.
by Aaron
February 6th, 2014, 11:36 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anole/Polymer Crystal Post Mortem
Replies: 6
Views: 6283

Re: Anole/Polymer Crystal Post Mortem

Thanks Kelly. I don't keep anything that eats bugs but this is an informative post.
by Aaron
February 6th, 2014, 11:23 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Spilotes and Pseustes
Replies: 27
Views: 9332

Re: Spilotes and Pseustes

Awesome snakes.
by Aaron
January 17th, 2014, 4:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens
Replies: 29
Views: 9635

Re: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens

You're welcome Daniel! FYI there was a very similar morph of annectans caught, called the McGurty albinos, that were originally locality too. I'm not sure if many locality ones are still around but I have seen the morph offered for sale recently. Also as a last note I'm pretty sure you need the Cali...
by Aaron
January 17th, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens
Replies: 29
Views: 9635

Re: Wild caught hypomelanistic Pituophis catenifer annectens

I like the idea of having a locality specific morph simply because I like locality snakes. It's true that most people don't care about locality when it comes to morphs but I think it is more desirable to have locality. That way you get the more specific look of that area combined with the morph trai...
by Aaron
January 9th, 2014, 8:50 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Big photoshoot
Replies: 15
Views: 5269

Re: Big photoshoot

The flavirufa looks anerythristic to me. I never owned any but I know that anery flavs have been established since the 1990's; I'm not sure how common they are nowdays.
by Aaron
December 17th, 2013, 9:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2522

Re: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!

Yes West TX is the only place I know of where putting out fake snakes is a tradition. People were doing it long before I first went there in 1996.

Disclaimer: dead nonnative and/or formerly captive snakes should never be used as they can carry disease.
by Aaron
December 13th, 2013, 8:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!
Replies: 17
Views: 2522

Re: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!

The coral snake on page 2 looks like the best one for Texas. It's got the right body shape and position and you can buy some nail polish in Del Rio and paint a wide array of graybands. Not that I would ever do anything like that:)
by Aaron
December 10th, 2013, 6:57 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?
Replies: 50
Views: 22819

Re: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?

Here's and update on this story from November 20, 2013. Mr. Schultz plead guilty to selling two live Desert Monitors(Varanus griseus) for $2,500. Under the plea agreement he has been fined $6,000, must pay restitution of $3,000 and must perform 200 hours of community service. http://www.nbclosangele...
by Aaron
November 29th, 2013, 11:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: O p laticinctus hatching
Replies: 13
Views: 5060

Re: O p laticinctus hatching

These are very nice! You say they feed when offered, do the hatchlings take pinks right from the start?

Also, if they have such a short brumation, how to time when to breed? Is it like other colubrids where breeding can be timed around the female's first(or sometimes second) post-brumation shed?