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by apantaleo91
March 31st, 2014, 4:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo County Database Species List update
Replies: 8
Views: 1683

Re: San Luis Obispo County Database Species List update

Oops i really need to update my records then :shock: we found two sharp tail snakes this year up near paso robles. We flipped one and the other was spotted by my lovely girlfriend who screamed "MINI SNAKKKEEEE!" haha at less than 10" she had a point. Will update for you guys!
by apantaleo91
September 19th, 2013, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aboreal Rattlesnake?
Replies: 16
Views: 3714

Re: Aboreal Rattlesnake?

I work in the Wine/Table grape industry as well and It is pretty common to see snakes hiding amongst the vines during harvest. Vineyards seems to bring in quite a few snakes, particularly gophers and rattlers, looking for the water, shade, and food supply that they supply. We see 3-5 snakes a day du...
by apantaleo91
May 12th, 2013, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Slo county snake
Replies: 10
Views: 1979

Re: First Slo county snake

Nice dark crore typical of our county! Keep herping you will figure out the tips n tricks of our county. It doesn't follow your conventional rules of herping in either nor cal or so cal. We will have to get out in the field sometime
by apantaleo91
May 1st, 2013, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RL Frog? + at Sweet Springs, Morro Bay
Replies: 11
Views: 1372

Re: RL Frog? + at Sweet Springs, Morro Bay

wow embarrassing :oops: total mistake whilst posting with only half my attention.
by apantaleo91
April 30th, 2013, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RL Frog? + at Sweet Springs, Morro Bay
Replies: 11
Views: 1372

Re: RL Frog? + at Sweet Springs, Morro Bay

I am a morro bay resident and have a lot of experience herping in this area however I have never encountered a RL tree frog. I do however quite a bit of data on herps in the dune/scrub area. DM me if you'd like
by apantaleo91
April 30th, 2013, 3:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inspired to hit the road by other posts
Replies: 17
Views: 3078

Re: Inspired to hit the road by other posts

Great shots and those are some great finds. Could agree more about the sidewinders. They are absolutely gorgeous and to see them in their natural habitat is a blessing I know plenty of herpers from around the world would kill to have. We are lucky here in ca
by apantaleo91
March 20th, 2013, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to San Luis Obispo County
Replies: 21
Views: 1868

Re: New to San Luis Obispo County

I live in San Luis obispo county and have been helping there for years, maybe we can go out and do some flipping although the likelihood of finding either of the Aforemntioned species would be a significant discovery (don't worry fun dad I would update the database) but you ARE likely to find lots o...
by apantaleo91
September 12th, 2012, 6:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very interesting Scientific study!
Replies: 1
Views: 733

Very interesting Scientific study!

This new study is not specific to snakes but they are using Copperheads and cottonmouths and are finding that "virgin births" are more common than we believe. Anyways I wont say more cause I'm not doing it justice. Here is the link; let me know what you guys think http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4899574...
by apantaleo91
July 3rd, 2012, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Re: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?

We are pretty wide open in regards to where, we kind of need to improvise as we go based on weather and other conditions.

To everyone who is still interested pm or contact me ASAP so we can nail this down
by apantaleo91
June 27th, 2012, 9:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Re: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?

Just a item of note. This is NOT a NAFHA herp event. But a private get together. Fundad Sorry if I infringed upon the forum rules. I thought this was allowed Brian unfortunately your right but beggers cannot be choosers so hopefully if we find suitable high elevation habit at the right time of day ...
by apantaleo91
June 22nd, 2012, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Re: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?

Absolutely agree in my opinion the purpose of the forums should be to help establish and further the herp community so I thought this would be a good idea! I would love to be a part of your work and help find you a coastal Z(hopefully). My mind is not set on any specific area just an area I am famil...
by apantaleo91
June 22nd, 2012, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any one interested in meeting up to herp with Socal Group?
Replies: 1
Views: 626

Any one interested in meeting up to herp with Socal Group?

We are planning a trip to herp our way from So Cal to AZ sometime in July depending on the weather. We are attempting to come during monsoon season because that is when I have had the best luck and is what many people on here have recommended. We would love it if any of you wanted to come out into t...
by apantaleo91
June 22nd, 2012, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?
Replies: 21
Views: 2518

Any SoCal residents interested in these herp trips?

I am looking to see if any of you guys are interested in joining me and Mike (caliherp) on either of our proposed herping trips this summer. We are very excited about these two trips and would love to have some of you guys there; the more the merrier! First- I have yet to find a Zonata (like many of...
by apantaleo91
June 5th, 2012, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping A 500 Acre Ranch East Of Temecula!
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: Herping A 500 Acre Ranch East Of Temecula!

I wasn't disagreeing with you fundad I trust your id more than anyone else just honestly asking if hellers sometimes had b&w tail banding like an atrox or a ruber. All other factors make me think helleri. The other are definitely gopher and helleri. Ironically I just picked up a copy of Brian's book...
by apantaleo91
June 4th, 2012, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping A 500 Acre Ranch East Of Temecula!
Replies: 20
Views: 1693

Re: Herping A 500 Acre Ranch East Of Temecula!

It's still a helleri regardless of the black and white tail banding?
by apantaleo91
May 22nd, 2012, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Re: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

Seems like every post ends in bickering on the forum :| Cmon guys we may not agree on everythin (or anything) but lets be respectful otherwise the forum gets old. We get enough flack from people who don't understand the herp community the last thing we need contention between ourselves as well! Than...
by apantaleo91
May 22nd, 2012, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hypo Highway morph :p
Replies: 47
Views: 9582

Re: Hypo Highway morph :p

Hey my only hopes in bringing it all up was to try and show that it was no piece of cake, in an attempt to prevent another wild snake from being collected without blatantly saying "Don't do that." :| Like i said before I value the opinion of the veterans such as yourselves
by apantaleo91
May 21st, 2012, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hypo Highway morph :p
Replies: 47
Views: 9582

Re: Hypo Highway morph :p

Great explanation of the genetics Jim, couldnt have put it better myself :thumb: If you have already taken the snake out of the wild already and intend to breed it know that hypomelanism is a recessive trait so you will not get any "hypos" only hets. You will either have to breed it out with a norma...
by apantaleo91
May 21st, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hypo Highway morph :p
Replies: 47
Views: 9582

Re: Hypo Highway morph :p

I might be inclined to say that it isnt necessarily a hypo because most strains of hypomelanism in kingsnakes makes them extremely light colored to the point that it is very apparent that it is something beyond a light brown coastal. My guess would be that if anything this is a Newport-Long Beach mo...
by apantaleo91
May 20th, 2012, 11:45 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Links for H.E.R.P. Mobile App
Replies: 51
Views: 44257

Re: Links for iPhone app

This app is great!!! very fast and easy to use and coded well. thanks for all the hard work and well worth the .99. Sadly I will admit i will be much more inclined to enter ALL of my finds(even small/common ones) due to the convenience and ease of this app!

-Tony
by apantaleo91
May 20th, 2012, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for all you AZ natives
Replies: 14
Views: 1865

Re: Question for all you AZ natives

excellent advice guys thank you all! This was kind of my intuition, but i figured you guys would know better. Guess I was just eager! In your opinion, during the monsoon season, what are the best methods for herping? Hiking the wash, or flipping or still early morning/night cruising when temps are l...
by apantaleo91
May 17th, 2012, 11:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for all you AZ natives
Replies: 14
Views: 1865

Question for all you AZ natives

I am from southern California and I have got a small group together to make a road trip and herp our way through the mojave into AZ and spend 2 days herping in Arizona in the beginning of June. I know by this time it will be extremely hot there so my question to you guys is would we have to head up ...
by apantaleo91
May 16th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black and White
Replies: 19
Views: 1833

Re: Black and White

wow that is so discouraging to hear:[ but you found some awesome herps and those stick bugs are neat. found two myself up near san luis obispo not too long ago
by apantaleo91
May 16th, 2012, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black and White
Replies: 19
Views: 1833

Re: Black and White

Awesome finds! I especially like that C. ruber! Were these all road cruised? Did you guys happen to stumble upon any C. cerastes while you were out there in the desert?

-Tony
by apantaleo91
May 13th, 2012, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nafha Success story
Replies: 64
Views: 6660

Re: Nafha Success story

Gary, I lived in Morro bay for years and have herped all over Slo county and I have also ran into 2 rubber boas near there at slightly higher elevations. One was flipped and the other was DOR but unfortunately I lost the pic of the flipped one when my old iPhone took a swim:( So for now they are fab...
by apantaleo91
May 5th, 2012, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Re: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

sounds like this whole thing is natural selection at work :roll:
by apantaleo91
May 3rd, 2012, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Re: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

Yes I normally never flip a board with my hand. It was too heavy to lift with my hook and I just made a rookie mistake that I shouldn't be making after all this time >.< embarrassing but hopefully one person (besides me) can learn from me swollowing my pride!
by apantaleo91
May 3rd, 2012, 3:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Re: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

yes rattlesnake venom is hemotoxic which causes swelling, necrosis, as well as containing an anticoagulant. So in other words it would severely maim an appendage, but without appropriate medical treatment it could be potentially fatal. Especially for someone who tends to be sensitive to certain veno...
by apantaleo91
May 3rd, 2012, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Re: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

idk it didnt look like a pure SD gopher in person maybe its just the pic :p but im not an expert on gophers ill take your word, could it be an intergrade?!
by apantaleo91
May 3rd, 2012, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A newspaper fluff piece on my boardline project
Replies: 9
Views: 1589

Re: A newspaper fluff piece on my boardline project

What a great article Jeff! It is articles like this that bring not only notoriety, but credibility to the misunderstood world of herping. Keep up the great work and look forward to seeing more great things in the future

-Tony
by apantaleo91
May 3rd, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder
Replies: 88
Views: 9439

Too close for Comfort!! Important Reminder

As I was flipping a large heavy board on a steep grade I let some of my safety techniques slip which I will never do again. I reached under the corner in order to flip the board and I flipped a juvenile helleri right under the corner that tagged my hand. The saying is true "its not if you get bit, b...
by apantaleo91
April 26th, 2012, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break
Replies: 10
Views: 1576

Re: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break

Fundad, I entered it into the nafha database!
by apantaleo91
April 25th, 2012, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break
Replies: 10
Views: 1576

Re: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break

Pretty typical I would say although to be honest I have only found several night snakes in the area so I dont know if its enough conclusive evidence to say its "typical" haha. It was most definitely a night snake though. I would assume they don't vary much from SLO to Ventura since both are of the s...
by apantaleo91
April 24th, 2012, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break
Replies: 10
Views: 1576

Re: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break

Yes there are a ton of kingsnakes in the area along with NorPacs and gophers. Together the 3 make up a huge portion of the areas herps. Great place but season tends to come later and end earlier considering the coastal climate never gets too warm:/ still a fun spot to herp and one of the most beauti...
by apantaleo91
April 20th, 2012, 10:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break
Replies: 10
Views: 1576

San Luis Obispo herping over spring break

Over spring break we decided to take the fam to our house in San Luis Obispo where the weather just happened to be beautiful and perfect for some herping ;) we hiked all day and as the sun began to set we did some flipping in some of my favorite spots. Didn't intend for this to be a herping trip, it...
by apantaleo91
March 9th, 2012, 11:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1761

Re: Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)

I have had a similar experience with C. o. oreganus finding that they vary widely amongst specimens and i also have found that some of the specimens I have found on the central coast tend to be darker. This one was just a bit extreme even in comparison to the others. Either way what a fascinating an...
by apantaleo91
March 9th, 2012, 9:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1761

Re: Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)

bummer, that is kind of what I thought but cant help but hope for the best. Thanks!
by apantaleo91
March 9th, 2012, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)
Replies: 9
Views: 1761

Is this what i think it is?! (Melanistic Oreganus)

So this was one of my first finds of the year and I flipped it under some AC in San Luis Obispo County and to me it appears to be a Melanistic Northern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus Oreganus Oreganus) because it has such a significant amount of black pigmentation, but it could just be a dark phase. ...
by apantaleo91
March 8th, 2012, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to this Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 770

Re: New to this Forum

Thanks guys for the words of welcome! I do have a large Yukon w/ 4wd so it's perfect (other than gas) hahaha but I'm open for any where San gabs were just a suggestion. Feel free to pm me so we can set something up!
by apantaleo91
March 8th, 2012, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to this Forum
Replies: 4
Views: 770

New to this Forum

Hey all, I'm new to this forum (NOT to herping) so I know I dont have any established "esteem" amongst you guys. I just wanted to get my name out there as herping season is upon us and I have recently located to an area with a high herp population and no herping buddies. I have tons of experience he...
by apantaleo91
March 6th, 2012, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Helleri catching some sun.
Replies: 12
Views: 1862

Re: Helleri catching some sun.

All are great finds, but Kevin that ruber is an absolute beauty and its a great shot