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by Ryan Sikola
January 17th, 2014, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 Recap: Striped gophers, SF garters, and more
Replies: 20
Views: 4525

Re: 2013 Recap: Striped gophers, SF garters, and more

Awesome 2013 post! The striped gopher snakes were my favorite :beer:

The catalina snakes and the SF garters aren't too shabby either :shock:
by Ryan Sikola
January 9th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1-1-2014
Replies: 2
Views: 710

1-1-2014

Herping downtown Bakersfield. More life under concrete a.c. than you'd believe. http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac85/Ryan_Sikola/1-1-2014_zps3e1f979e.jpg Bakersfield legless lizard Gilbert's skink Pacific tree frog side blotched Sorry for the shitty phone pics. I didn't get out much in 2013, real...
by Ryan Sikola
September 27th, 2013, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cool Little Gopher
Replies: 7
Views: 2230

Re: Cool Little Gopher

Did you keep it for me Jim?? :lol:

I see a light annectens. Desert clade SD :thumb:

SD pattern and GB pigment, too cool.
by Ryan Sikola
September 14th, 2013, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Mountain Kingsnakes
Replies: 18
Views: 3757

Re: California Mountain Kingsnakes

Go to the northern slope of the mountain and flip cow pies.

Also they may not hide from you if you wear a cow costume.
by Ryan Sikola
September 14th, 2013, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hi-D guys...
Replies: 12
Views: 1675

Re: Hi-D guys...

I know where the motherload is......
by Ryan Sikola
June 15th, 2013, 2:58 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Quality image hosting site?
Replies: 2
Views: 2183

Quality image hosting site?

I used photoshop for a long time and I've noticed my pictures quality reducing significantly after being uploaded. What host do you use?
by Ryan Sikola
May 15th, 2013, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Diego, Ramona, An Bo
Replies: 3
Views: 1131

San Diego, Ramona, An Bo

My in-laws took the family to sea world for a week and we stayed in a time share up in Ramona. I didn't plan on doing any herping on the trip but when I got in the Ramona and saw the hills I instantly went for a hike. Advance warning I took some crappy phone pics :oops: I saw Coleonyx variegatus abb...
by Ryan Sikola
May 13th, 2013, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip
Replies: 5
Views: 1424

Re: Coachwhip

gopher wrote: Image

Great picture and great video :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
May 13th, 2013, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flippin' more rocks than a crack dealer
Replies: 10
Views: 1927

Re: Flippin' more rocks than a crack dealer

Your getulas are lookers! :shock:
by Ryan Sikola
May 13th, 2013, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What are the odds Anery and Hypo in one week?
Replies: 6
Views: 1860

Re: What are the odds Anery and Hypo in one week?

I agree with Mike Waters, those are both typical for the area.
by Ryan Sikola
May 5th, 2013, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lightening strikes twice
Replies: 11
Views: 2087

Re: Lightening strikes twice

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Did some bear valley springs z hunting last week and it was dry like the sahara. Very jealous :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
May 5th, 2013, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Slo county snake
Replies: 10
Views: 2131

Re: First Slo county snake

What a beast! Congrats on your first norpac :beer:

Thanks for sharing your find.
by Ryan Sikola
May 5th, 2013, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Diego
Replies: 1
Views: 788

San Diego

I'll be on vacation down at sea world with my family this week (sunday to sunday) and I was wondering if anyone wants to go road cruising or night hiking. I'm a poor boy and I don't GPS so you really don't have to worry about me going back to whatever spots we go to again. I'd show you around Kern c...
by Ryan Sikola
May 2nd, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Santa Clarita?
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: In Santa Clarita?

I'm sticking with pueblan milk. Yours look too narrow banded and like nelsoni :lol: I'd call the breeder j/k j/k I'm used to pueblans being wide banded, especially the white (or apricot) band between the black ones. http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/ii215/PICTIGASTER/CopyofDSCN6849.jpg http://i188....
by Ryan Sikola
May 2nd, 2013, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Santa Clarita?
Replies: 6
Views: 1366

Re: In Santa Clarita?

Pueblan milk snake road terrorist
by Ryan Sikola
May 1st, 2013, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red, Black, and White on Asphalt
Replies: 26
Views: 2504

Re: Red, Black, and White on Asphalt

Cool coastal Z!!!! iBillboard, 3 times??? Kept in line with truncheons Rifle butts and truncheons This is state control, this is state control State control, state control, this is state control Beaten up behind closed doors Cracked and bruised ribs, bloody mouth Cracked and bruised skull, bloody mo...
by Ryan Sikola
April 23rd, 2013, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nor Pac or So Pac?
Replies: 2
Views: 555

Re: Nor Pac or So Pac?

The Gaviota area is helleri. Greenish and cinnamon examples like the one you posted occur in helleri populations throughout their range. I've seen ones like that from orange county, los angeles and the san diego area.
by Ryan Sikola
April 15th, 2013, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Welcome To Arizona - Info for the Traveler and the Newbies
Replies: 37
Views: 25936

Re: Welcome To Arizona - Info for the Traveler and the Newbi

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I wont pay any state to take pictures, not even my home state of California. Thanks for the friendly advice :lol:

"When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near."

-Will Durant
by Ryan Sikola
April 11th, 2013, 4:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Get a room
Replies: 3
Views: 839

Get a room

Went herping around santa barbara for an hour while visiting, better than nothing. http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac85/Ryan_Sikola/getaroom_zps9faeeac7.jpg Then I flipped this annectens, notice the two prefrontals? I'm used to seeing four, that's all. http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac85/Ryan...
by Ryan Sikola
March 29th, 2013, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Knee deep in Thamnophis atratus
Replies: 7
Views: 1418

Re: Knee deep in Thamnophis atratus

Cool post! I've noticed you are also into punk like myself. If you want to go herping in my area hit me up.

I need to knock out some lifers: Rubber boas, several garter ssp, both contia, several sally ssp. Lets go herping :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
March 27th, 2013, 11:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anery Gator
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Anery Gator

You beat me Jim. Albino beats anery. I should've kept the anery so we can work on snows. Pet stores could have the same garden variety as they do with corn snakes. Think about it, a tough-as-nails alternative to leopard geckos :roll: :roll: :lol:
by Ryan Sikola
March 27th, 2013, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anery Gator
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Anery Gator

Are you sure you weren't just seeing one on black & white television Jim? :lol:
by Ryan Sikola
March 26th, 2013, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anery Gator
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Re: Anery Gator

Very cool Nate :beer: Mine is Elgaria multicarinata multicarinata - California Alligator Lizard, as I found it in San Louis Obispo county, right on the beach. Anery isn't unheard of, note this coerulea in the "Interesting Pattern and Color Variations" section. http://www.californiaherps.com/lizards/...
by Ryan Sikola
March 26th, 2013, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anery Gator
Replies: 13
Views: 1854

Anery Gator

Cool find, had a little yellow on the tips of it's lips and around the cloaca, so not axanthic. http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac85/Ryan_Sikola/Anerysoutherngatorprofilecopy_zps3a284aa5.jpg http://i888.photobucket.com/albums/ac85/Ryan_Sikola/Anerysoutherngatorventercopy_zps977d1ebd.jpg http://i8...
by Ryan Sikola
March 8th, 2013, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feels good to be back home.
Replies: 12
Views: 1782

Re: Feels good to be back home.

billboard wrote: Image
I'd crap my pants if I found that! I'm serious the ride home would be smelly.
by Ryan Sikola
February 18th, 2013, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?
Replies: 7
Views: 2142

Re: Sonoran gopher or Green rat?

Even though its been ID'd, shame on anyone that doesn't immediately recognize that this is an awesome juvi green rat snake!!!!!

:x :lol:
by Ryan Sikola
January 22nd, 2013, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not-so-normal Lyre?
Replies: 16
Views: 2304

Re: Not-so-normal Lyre?

Porter wrote:Coolest snake I saw this year :thumb: nice find
You've got to be kidding 8-)

You see allot of awesome snakes.

It was blueish, only comparison I could make is these "ghost" Sonoran gopher snakes:

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by Ryan Sikola
January 21st, 2013, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Beauty of 2012 photo stream
Replies: 15
Views: 2563

Re: Beauty of 2012 photo stream

There is no way that gopher snake is axanthic.

An axanthic gopher snake would be much more monochrome grey (grey, black, silver, reddish hints).

Other than that, awesome post and photography :thumb: :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
January 11th, 2013, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not-so-normal Lyre?
Replies: 16
Views: 2304

Re: Not-so-normal Lyre?

Inyo
by Ryan Sikola
January 11th, 2013, 10:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not-so-normal Lyre?
Replies: 16
Views: 2304

Not-so-normal Lyre?

This was my lifer lyre snake, had my inbox blow up a little with people calling it anery or axanthic. What do you think?

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by Ryan Sikola
January 11th, 2013, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: FIRST Cal King of the Year!
Replies: 37
Views: 3639

Re: FIRST Cal King of the Year!

I think the most common large snake in california are 6-9 ft timber rattlesnakes. I know this has to be true because every cowboy that I talk to sees them.
by Ryan Sikola
January 9th, 2013, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: FIRST Cal King of the Year!
Replies: 37
Views: 3639

Re: FIRST Cal King of the Year!

Jealous, I wanna see the most common snake after gopher snake :cry:
by Ryan Sikola
January 8th, 2013, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Scrooge grows a heart
Replies: 17
Views: 2423

Re: Scrooge grows a heart

I forgive you, lets go look for gopher snakes, specks and mountain kings in 2013, Jim :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
January 8th, 2013, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madera County
Replies: 8
Views: 934

Re: Madera County

Wonderful post, really makes me miss the southern sierras. Your location looks allot like an area I go herping.

Winter will be over soon :cry: :)
by Ryan Sikola
July 27th, 2012, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Big Bear
Replies: 25
Views: 3403

Re: Big Bear

The ones around santa barbara can be black too :!:

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That one is badass Repaphin :shock: :thumb:
by Ryan Sikola
July 6th, 2012, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen things man
Replies: 10
Views: 2449

Re: I've seen things man

It looks big time anery to me. :D Billboard posted one last year and that was the only one I had seen like it up to then. They were also calling it anery or axanthic. You have me interested now don't leave me hanging, pic please! Thanks Mel, Porter and Darren. Someone hit me up and lets go to Arizo...
by Ryan Sikola
July 5th, 2012, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: WW Bear / UFO post
Replies: 38
Views: 4198

Re: WW Bear / UFO post

I was 19 or 20 at the time I saw a UFO. Me, my friend Chris and Melissa (his girlfriend at the time) were dropped off in the kern canyon at night to go camping on a whim, this time all we brought was our tents, some hot dogs, chili and fishing poles. We set up our tents and decided not to start a ca...
by Ryan Sikola
July 3rd, 2012, 10:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen things man
Replies: 10
Views: 2449

Re: I've seen things man

Anery? It was my lifer so I didn't think it was anything but awesome. Here is another look: http://img545.imageshack.us/img545/2898/img0252lx.jpg http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/6763/img0251ma.jpg It did look blue gray in person. Thanks for checking out my post and for the compliments :thumb:
by Ryan Sikola
July 3rd, 2012, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: WW Bear / UFO post
Replies: 38
Views: 4198

Re: WW Bear

My one and only time cruising WW I saw ruber and a bear :shock:

That place is beautiful to hike by day btw :)
by Ryan Sikola
July 1st, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen things man
Replies: 10
Views: 2449

I've seen things man

I've only been able to get out about a dozen times this year, I wish it was a dozen times a month but I'll humble myself because it's quality not quantity and seeing lifers about every other outing has really been a pleasure. I've posted a couple of these earlier in the year but I'll post them anywa...
by Ryan Sikola
July 1st, 2012, 7:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Education in action
Replies: 12
Views: 2117

Re: Education in action

Don't direct them to the california chapter they might find out where we are looking and go herping there! They might collect a lifer!!!!!


Just kidding this post was awesome, but that boa is fugly!
by Ryan Sikola
June 27th, 2012, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Diego Gopher
Replies: 5
Views: 1032

Re: San Diego Gopher

Personally I would dip into tijuana, drink as much as possible then go wander around alone in the outskirts of town, they are out there.
by Ryan Sikola
June 27th, 2012, 10:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is it just me....?
Replies: 22
Views: 2081

Re: Is it just me....?

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My longnose beats yours :lol:
by Ryan Sikola
June 8th, 2012, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Tiger Salamander workshop
Replies: 3
Views: 1079

Re: California Tiger Salamander workshop

That looks like a ton of fun!

The salamanders and newt were my favorites, but I think that frog was up to no good :evil:
by Ryan Sikola
May 18th, 2012, 12:38 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: trip report NW Spain 2012
Replies: 5
Views: 2593

Re: trip report NW Spain 2012

Everything you posted was awesome, really liked the smooth snake. I also like ladder rats which you are probably lucky enough to see.
by Ryan Sikola
May 18th, 2012, 12:34 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: SW Trip (Part IV - NM and SE UT) REPOST
Replies: 2
Views: 1557

Re: SW Trip (Part IV - NM and SE UT) REPOST

That desert kingsnake swimming made my jaw drop! :thumb:
by Ryan Sikola
May 2nd, 2012, 1:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: nice find on the way to work!!
Replies: 25
Views: 2476

Re: nice find on the way to work!!

SD x GB is my vote.

Dig it!
by Ryan Sikola
April 28th, 2012, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: a few finds
Replies: 7
Views: 951

Re: a few finds

Awesome awesome kingsnake, dig the other finds to :beer:
by Ryan Sikola
April 27th, 2012, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Good week down in SD
Replies: 20
Views: 2606

Re: Good week down in SD

That first pic of the speck is my favorite! I have yet to target and hunt speckled, soon perhaps.

I've come that close once to being bit. Shaky experience.
by Ryan Sikola
April 27th, 2012, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break
Replies: 10
Views: 1746

Re: San Luis Obispo herping over spring break

Very cool nightsnake and newt!

That gopher is a san diego gopher rather than a pacific.