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by Joshua Jones
April 30th, 2014, 3:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

BTW, John, thanks for the good luck. You wrote that comment about racers and greens, and I flipped a green the next day. I'll be sure you get half the photo credit in my EOY report. :lol:
by Joshua Jones
April 30th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

"We haven't seen any damage to any species from live herp poaching yet - neither in terms of population biology nor genetics - and we're not likely to... Sorry for the delay, Gerry. Just wanted to respectfully add that this statement is patently false. Aside from my own experiences (don't worry; I ...
by Joshua Jones
April 28th, 2014, 2:49 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

John, I understand that personal collection is perfectly legal. ( In fact, I mentioned that above.) I was referring to dealers who collect for commercial purposes, be it selling the collected animal or it's offspring. As you said, if it's collected with commerce in mind, it's poaching. Regarding AZ ...
by Joshua Jones
April 27th, 2014, 5:15 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

No hurry, amigo, I've already spent enough time fooling around online this morning, so I'm about to head out to enjoy the day. I think we've probably both said everything we felt compelled to say, anyway. Mostly, Gerry. It seems that it all boils down to how much liberty a person is willing to take...
by Joshua Jones
April 27th, 2014, 6:19 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

I always let the person know the laws regarding the animal in question. I try not to be accusatory, due to the whole sugar over vinegar thing. I only report the violations that are blatantly obvious and I do so anonymously through Operation Game Thief. Some sellers that I used to see a lot, I don't ...
by Joshua Jones
April 26th, 2014, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gopher snake rescue....
Replies: 17
Views: 3287

Re: Gopher snake rescue....

Tanks, Josh. Seen any snow snakes lately? Hehe. Don't I wish!? Only seen a newt, so far. Been busy working all this week (the first one this year suitable for herping.) Haven't found one yet this year, only a few striped whipsnakes, a diamondback and a couple massasaugas. Can't complain about that!...
by Joshua Jones
April 26th, 2014, 8:15 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

Let me rephrase this, Gerry, because you seem to have turned what I'm trying to say completely around... First, I am well aware that habitat destruction is the (far) bigger issue. If you ever have to argue that fact, I'll have your back even if no one else will. But I'm not talking about the issues ...
by Joshua Jones
April 26th, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gopher snake rescue....
Replies: 17
Views: 3287

Re: Gopher snake rescue....

Ben said it, Terry. That's a good-looking gopher. :thumb:
by Joshua Jones
April 26th, 2014, 5:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

To answer your first question, Gerry, a Google search would show how big the market is by showing the variety of sites, sellers, and species on the market. If you wish to get a rough idea of how many animals are being sold, you need merely visit these sites on a weekly basis. I like to window shop f...
by Joshua Jones
April 26th, 2014, 1:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 21807

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

I won't name the sites on here, but a quick Google search will show you just how big the market for venomous snakes is. It's much more of a presence in our community than you might think. You can find a huge variety of poached crotes out there. If you're concerned about buying a poached reptile, bew...
by Joshua Jones
April 22nd, 2014, 2:27 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake constantly rattles?
Replies: 19
Views: 5231

Re: Rattlesnake constantly rattles?

Bryan, I'm glad to hear that it turned out for the best. Kelly's right about how cool that was of you to be able to admit what the problem was. I wish I had known that you were a rattlesnake biologist, though. Now I feel foolish for presuming to "inform" you about what rattlesnakes do and don't want...
by Joshua Jones
April 19th, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake constantly rattles?
Replies: 19
Views: 5231

Re: Rattlesnake constantly rattles?

I would tend to agree with Craig about the possible shedding issue. Maybe the new cage position is exacerbating the problem. It's very odd, though, for a buzz tail not to ever stop rattling, even when they're really worked up. Someone mentioned the possibility of neurological disorder. As much as th...
by Joshua Jones
April 17th, 2014, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ... when reptile art imitates life ...
Replies: 3
Views: 768

Re: ... when reptile art imitates life ...

Okay, John, I'm stumped. Are you teasing us with an albino gila or showing us a squirrel attacking a lawn ornament? :?
by Joshua Jones
April 10th, 2014, 10:38 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Looking for research materials...
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

Re: Looking for research materials...

Sorry for the late reply, Bryan. (Rural Northern Michigan internet strikes again...) I've held a copy of that book in my hands, actually, but it belonged to someone else and I didn't get to sit down and really read it. If only I had known what I was missing out on. I just tried to find an online ver...
by Joshua Jones
April 6th, 2014, 7:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lets See Some Green Snakes
Replies: 36
Views: 8471

Re: Lets See Some Green Snakes

Senticolis triaspis , 2012 http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l576/croteseeker/Wildlife%20Photography/GreenRatsnake-1.jpg http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l576/croteseeker/Wildlife%20Photography/GreenRatsnake.jpg Opheodrys vernalis , 2013 http://i1124.photobucket.com/albums/l576/croteseeker/100...
by Joshua Jones
April 3rd, 2014, 10:01 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Looking for research materials...
Replies: 2
Views: 1964

Looking for research materials...

I recently started studying Deinagkistrodon spp. and it's brought up an old question that's been eating at me since I first started learning about Bothrops and Atropoides. Back then, I noticed some similarities in color, build, and (more to the point) pattern between our Agkistrodon spp. and the Sou...
by Joshua Jones
March 17th, 2014, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sidewinder..
Replies: 4
Views: 1132

Re: Sidewinder..

Nice little 'winder.

(BTW, I've always liked your avatar. :thumb: )
by Joshua Jones
March 17th, 2014, 11:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rescued Mojave cage setup
Replies: 19
Views: 4940

Re: Rescued Mojave cage setup

Good deal. Let us know how things work out.
by Joshua Jones
March 17th, 2014, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some good news from AZ...
Replies: 0
Views: 815

Some good news from AZ...

As some of you know, I recently moved from the Sonoran desert to Northern Michigan. Being above the 45th parallel has it's advantages, but it also means six or seven months of winter. Needless to say, I've been feeling kind of bummed at not being able to do any herping for the past 5 months. Today, ...
by Joshua Jones
March 13th, 2014, 8:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rescued Mojave cage setup
Replies: 19
Views: 4940

Re: Rescued Mojave cage setup

pahothand wrote: What would you suggest I adjust that in cage temp to?
Maybe just a few degrees hotter than you'd want for C. atrox. Low- to mid-nineties in the basking spot should do the trick.
by Joshua Jones
March 12th, 2014, 6:48 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rescued Mojave cage setup
Replies: 19
Views: 4940

Re: Rescued Mojave cage setup

Two questions immediately come to mind... First, what are the temps like in your enclosure? Scutes like it hotter than many other crotaline species, so it's possible that low temps could be a factor. Second, is it wild caught? That could also be a contributing factor. If your temps are good, you mig...
by Joshua Jones
March 9th, 2014, 10:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 105040

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

All of my best in situ shots last year were of turtles. The painted turtles were more difficult, due to their tendency to disappear when I was still a ways off. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7444/10003611565_5228820797_z.jpg Painted Turtle by crotalus_cerberus83 , on Flickr http://farm3.staticflickr...
by Joshua Jones
March 1st, 2014, 7:23 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rescued Mojave cage setup
Replies: 19
Views: 4940

Re: Rescued Mojave cage setup

Sounds like you're on the right track. Sand and cover. Try and set the amount of cover items somewhere between what you'd do for C. atrox and C. cerastes , since scutes tend to occupy that habitat in nature. You tend to find them where the sandy flats meet large mountains (and accompanying vegetatio...
by Joshua Jones
March 1st, 2014, 7:09 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Justification.............
Replies: 95
Views: 24075

Re: Justification.............

At a Nature Center I worked at there were 2 oreganus who were mostly fed mice, but sometimes live chicks. When they struck the mice it was in usual form, strike wait a bit, eat. But with the chicks they would strike but not let go. Both of them did this. I wonder if this behavior, hardwired with bi...
by Joshua Jones
February 19th, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping
Replies: 154
Views: 10304

Re: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping

Mike VanValen wrote:The early bird gets the worm. Or...the herp.
Yeah, but the second mouse gets the cheese. :lol: More than once, I've passed herpers stopped for something common, just to find something even better just down the road.
by Joshua Jones
February 17th, 2014, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Myth?
Replies: 10
Views: 1503

Re: Rattlesnake Myth?

I always disagree with that statement for two reasons. First, pitvipers are able to control their flow of venom from birth. Their venom might be a little stronger, and they might be less inclined to give a dry bite, but they can control their venom glands. Second, adult pitvipers have a much higher ...
by Joshua Jones
January 15th, 2014, 4:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.
Replies: 23
Views: 3467

Re: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.

We had one do that to a Sonoran whipsnake some years back. Took the last foot or so of his body all the way down to the bone. While I certainly won't need any reminders any time soon, this is a good photo to post, Don. I wish I'd taken photos of ours. People need to see stuff like this before assumi...
by Joshua Jones
January 13th, 2014, 7:08 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 30
Views: 20159

Re: North American big cats

Are you sure that wasn't an ocelot? http://www.adventure-journal.com/2011/02/very-cool-and-rare-ocelot-sighted-in-arizona/ No, I'm pretty sure it was a jaguar. After a quick search, though, I think I was off on the date. Looks like I would have heard about this at the end of 2011, not 2012: http://...
by Joshua Jones
January 10th, 2014, 1:14 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 30
Views: 20159

Re: North American big cats

The last year I lived in AZ (2012), there were documented sightings of at least one jaguar and at least one ocelot. A hunter's dogs treed a jaguar in Southern AZ after the hunter thought they were on a lion track. There was also a DOR ocelot found along highway 60, near Globe, in the Northern Sonora...
by Joshua Jones
January 6th, 2014, 5:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Cholla wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 4540

Re: Cholla wood?

Kerby's right. Dead cholla is fair game. I also agree with you, Berkley, about the pet store stuff not holding a candle to the stuff you find in the desert. I don't live out there anymore, or I'd send you some. You might want to try putting this up in the AZ forum. I know a lot of those guys persona...
by Joshua Jones
December 28th, 2013, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 8036

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Brian Hubbs wrote:Are we talking about the canyon at Tucson that is like the Whitewater of AZ, except that you can't drive it? :roll:
Something like that. :lol:
by Joshua Jones
December 28th, 2013, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 8036

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Thanks, Kris. I wanted to post on this thread, but I couldn't bring myself to do so without mentioning the same thing you did. Given my history here, though, I thought that idea might be less than prudent. Knowing me, I'd probably end up cussing the poor guy out for no reason and saying unfavorable ...
by Joshua Jones
December 13th, 2013, 10:13 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 7746

Re: 55 Gal too big?

Well said, Jeff. The only thing I would disagree with is choosing substrates based on ease of use or safety. Not that it's in any way a bad idea, I just know that many people prefer to use subs that are more natural-looking or, in some cases, exactly the kind of substrate the animal would see in the...
by Joshua Jones
December 13th, 2013, 6:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 7746

Re: 55 Gal too big?

Surely because I keep solely venomous snakes where I don't free handle, my snakes should be showing signs of this 'food association' all the time? And associate every interaction (handling on hooks, changing water) as feeding time, more so than their non venomous counterparts that are regularly han...
by Joshua Jones
December 13th, 2013, 5:04 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 7746

Re: 55 Gal too big?

I personally believe the whole, snakes associating every interaction as feeding time, is rubbish.... ...I don't keep non venomous snakes, never have, never will, only venomous. Coming from someone who's never owned a snake that can be free-handled, I'm not sure how much weight to put on the first s...
by Joshua Jones
December 13th, 2013, 4:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake Snakes for Road-Cruising--CHEAP!
Replies: 17
Views: 1903

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

Cool site, Chris. They've got some decent ones, some of the old funny-looking ones, and some that just make you scratch your head. Did you see the 72-inch klauberi? :lol:
by Joshua Jones
December 7th, 2013, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2013 Part 4
Replies: 20
Views: 3473

Re: Herping 2013 Part 4

Great series. I really like the striped atrox in this thread.

Your second shot of the Whetstones looks suspiciously like a ranch in the range to the South.
by Joshua Jones
December 7th, 2013, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2013 Part 3
Replies: 7
Views: 2601

Re: Herping 2013 Part 3

Great stuff, as usual, Will. I was saving my commentary for the end, but I'll post now so I don't forget the the things that I wanted to say. You're killing me with these habitat shots. If I wasn't homesick before..... Love those desert-phase molossus . Any luck with oreganus or viridis this year? T...
by Joshua Jones
December 7th, 2013, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 6145

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

I think it's funny that AZ still lists the Green racer as an endemic species, with only one found in the last seventy-some-odd years, but those stupid salamanders still don't make the list. I'd like to look for species that are in new or previously unknown areas. Of course, just finding something th...
by Joshua Jones
December 7th, 2013, 1:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: SnakeDays 2014

P.S. If you think it gets easier to get away when you're older, you'd be only partially correct. Time off work, finances, wife has other plans... :P True story. :lol: That's exactly how long Saturdays at home get started. Not enough money, not enough time off, and your lady's got that look in her e...
by Joshua Jones
December 7th, 2013, 1:27 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Leucistic Opossum
Replies: 19
Views: 12451

Re: Leucistic Opossum

Where I lived as a kid, all of the opossums were either white or silver. It wasn't until I moved up here that I realized that that's not normally the case. May I ask where this was found?
by Joshua Jones
December 4th, 2013, 12:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 1251

Re: SnakeDays 2014

axeman2729 wrote:where is it?
Sanderson, Texas.

I'd love to go, but I doubt that a herping trip for daddy is what my kids really want for Christmas. :cry:
by Joshua Jones
November 30th, 2013, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going to Queensland !
Replies: 4
Views: 964

Re: Going to Queensland !

You've got some incredible photos. Maybe you'll get some more positive responses if you post some of them here. Your in situ photography would be especially worth sharing.

Good luck in Australia. :beer:
by Joshua Jones
October 30th, 2013, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Elections ....
Replies: 5
Views: 1246

Re: 2014 Elections ....

Could you possibly leave some bigger shoes to fill, Dave? :lol: You've done an exemplary job of representing our chapter. I'd hate to do it but, if forced to make that decision, I'd go with Ben, Monty, or Chris Meachum. I think Terry's a great guy, but herping and life, in general, have claimed most...
by Joshua Jones
October 22nd, 2013, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arizona EOY Post
Replies: 11
Views: 2408

Re: Another Arizona EOY Post

Great job, Ben! You're making me jealous with those crote shots (one of which was of the only rattlesnake that I've seen this year.) Besides Michigan, what are the other three states? NM, CA, CO? Or are you still thinking about Snake Road?
by Joshua Jones
October 19th, 2013, 5:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 End of Year post (same as main forum)
Replies: 11
Views: 2540

Re: 2013 End of Year post (same as main forum)

Excellent stuff, Tonia. That shot of the Supes made me homesick.
by Joshua Jones
October 16th, 2013, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 3386

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

Well, that's another white whale to hope for. Didn't expect them to range that far West (still kind of have my doubts...), but it's something to hope for. I won't completely disregard the possibility, either way. After all, I once hiked out P. guttata in AJ. If that's possible, I guess my odds of a ...
by Joshua Jones
October 11th, 2013, 9:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake pupils
Replies: 5
Views: 1126

Re: snake pupils

Yes most nocturnal species have vertical pupils, including many non-venomous snakes in the U.S. such as Lyre snakes, night snakes, etc... ...Sorry, this isn't a very scientific answer, but hope it helps a little. I'll say. :lol: Just teasing you, Andy. I see your point, but your example's a little ...
by Joshua Jones
October 7th, 2013, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 3386

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

On the Eastern side, sure. How close to Page have they been found? Am I missing something? (I admit that that's a distinct possibility.)
by Joshua Jones
October 7th, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 3386

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

Ratsnakes in Page? :?