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by azatrox
May 2nd, 2018, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza
Replies: 5
Views: 4248

Re: The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza

Thanks!

I dig 'em for sure....one of those critters that not many people target, but I'd personally rather see a nice oreganus than a zonata any day!

-Kris
by azatrox
April 17th, 2018, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza
Replies: 5
Views: 4248

The Bay Area oreganus extravaganza

I grew up in the Bay Area...Lived there for 16+ years...I can remember as a kid fantasizing about the rattlesnakes in the hills...I very distinctly remember seeing my very first wild rattlesnake (hiking with my mother) curled up under a big patch of poison oak when I was 8-9 years old.... And then I...
by azatrox
April 12th, 2018, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie
Replies: 8
Views: 4735

Re: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie

Hey Lat! Long time no talk! Good to see ya still lurking around these parts....I remember bumpin' into ya years ago in Yuma...Was a good trip even if we didn't see much. I'm still bumpin' around AZ, photographing whatever I find. I'm looking forward to throwin' some more stuff up as time allows. Gla...
by azatrox
April 12th, 2018, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 herps so far, also china frog id
Replies: 4
Views: 2832

Re: 2018 herps so far, also china frog id

Good stuff! Really dig the b&w gopher shot.

-Kris
by azatrox
April 12th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie
Replies: 8
Views: 4735

Re: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie

Thanks Bill! Looking forward to posting more stuff! :)

-Kris
by azatrox
April 11th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie
Replies: 8
Views: 4735

Re: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie

Thanks!

-Kris
by azatrox
April 11th, 2018, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ in spring
Replies: 1
Views: 2570

Re: AZ in spring

Yes. Arizona can be VERY productive in the spring, depending on the area you herp as well as the species you're looking for.

-Kris
by azatrox
April 10th, 2018, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie
Replies: 8
Views: 4735

A reintroduction and a C. cerberus menagerie

It's been forever and a day since I've posted here, but I've missed this place so I thought I'd reintroduce myself by throwing up a few photos of one of my favorite native AZ species, C. cerberus. All of these photos were taken in the wild, as the animals were encountered and completely in situ. The...
by azatrox
April 7th, 2018, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo report Part 1
Replies: 8
Views: 5678

Re: Borneo report Part 1

Great stuff! Thanks for sharing! :)

-Kris
by azatrox
March 31st, 2018, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 6 days in South Florida
Replies: 12
Views: 6820

Re: 6 days in South Florida

Wow Ernie....

Never know one could run for public office on a herp forum platform. :?
by azatrox
March 29th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 10286

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

What to do if bitten by a venomous snake while out in the boonies is a concern for all who go looking in the boonies for venomous snakes (and other critters). I have personal experience in this field, as I have been in the boonies when someone I was with was bitten. Without giving up personal info, ...
by azatrox
June 21st, 2014, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanted: IB At Large
Replies: 6
Views: 1633

Re: Wanted: IB At Large

Oops. ok.

I accept.

-Kris
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 1
Views: 1024

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 1
Views: 970

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 2
Views: 998

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in AZ
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in AZ

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect here in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 5
Views: 1091

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect here in the SW in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 26
Views: 4584

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect here in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:29 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 1
Views: 1769

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
June 18th, 2014, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW
Replies: 20
Views: 1990

Important info re: the 2014 NAFHA meeting in the SW

Well, we're a few short months away, so I thought I'd give everyone a sneak peek of what to expect in Az in August/Sept. I'll write something a bit more in depth up as the time draws nearer, but this should give those that have never been here an idea of what it's like...All of this is just one man'...
by azatrox
March 7th, 2014, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in mind-late May
Replies: 2
Views: 1365

Re: Herping in mind-late May

My three targets are sidewinders, shovelnose, and desert rosy boas. I know winders are easy. Am I wasting my time road cruising western and/or southern Arizona for the boas and shovelnose? Late May is a fantastic time to be herping in Az. By that time, everything is up, hungry and/or looking to mat...
by azatrox
March 5th, 2014, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monster
Replies: 3
Views: 2297

Re: Gila Monster

Congrats. Some people come here year after year and never see a gila.

They sure are cool critters.

-Kris
by azatrox
March 5th, 2014, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Junior Paper Is To Include Rattlesnake Roundups
Replies: 23
Views: 5159

Re: My Junior Paper Is To Include Rattlesnake Roundups

I'll echo what others have said. You need to narrow your focus into one or two salient points and then expand upon only those points. Roundups are an emotionally charged issue, and it's very easy to list a litany of reasons why they should no longer occur without providing any real, concrete reasons...
by azatrox
February 26th, 2014, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The worst thing thats happend to you while herping
Replies: 215
Views: 19341

Re: The worst thing thats happend to you while herping

This thread's still around? Ok...

Since I last posted, I'll add roadside hotdogs in Mexico to the list of horrible herping experiences....

Montezuma's revenge is a real beotch and most unpleasant.

- Kris
by azatrox
February 24th, 2014, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A big Burmese python in Everglades National Park.
Replies: 77
Views: 14422

Re: A big Burmese python in Everglades National Park.

I too find it interesting that on the one hand Ernie states that there are some pretty big gaps in our knowledge base for these invasive pythons (agreed), but then proceeds to debase and verbally discredit any scientific endeavor to fill in the gaps. There's two ways to address this issue....You eit...
by azatrox
February 20th, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A big Burmese python in Everglades National Park.
Replies: 77
Views: 14422

Re: A big Burmese python in Everglades National Park.

Here are some questions on the regulations of the big constrictors (and apologies to the OP for this entire hijack): Were these banning movements, which may or may not be justified, not expected by the breeders? Should not the large constrictor breeding industry have regulated itself 20 or 30 years...
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 10:27 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 26613

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

With regard to the topic at hand, the core issue is this: What affect (if any) would listing these 9 species as injurous have with regard to a) public safety and b) exotic introduction prevention? At this point, pretty much all of the legitimate scientific inquiry has concluded that the introduction...
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?
Replies: 20
Views: 3462

Re: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?

My vote is for "3 Lined Turd Snake." :)

-Kris
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 5:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 26613

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

I for one, definitely support the ban on large constrictors...aren't people tired of seeing enough of them yet? They are seriously everywhere , so sick of seeing all these ugly, man made morphs of this or that. het/albino/snow blah, blah, blah... *yawn* I feel like it's a pretty straight forward de...
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 5:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 26613

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

"I had no idea that all of this was about hurt feelings for keeping snakes captive. I thought it was about irresponsible people who sell pets that are set free by their irresponsible keepers." I'll simply point out that the release of captive animals into wild areas is ALREADY illegal in a great nu...
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 5:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

A "snake call," from the perspective of the "non-naturalist" homeowner, solves an immediate problem. It gets what they perceive as a frightening or otherwise undesirable creature out of their yard. The same snake call, from the perspective of the herper, is an opportunity for educational outreach. ...
by azatrox
February 19th, 2014, 5:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone use the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens?
Replies: 2
Views: 2006

Re: Anyone use the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens

Awesome! Thanks so much for the feedback!

- Kris
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

Gerry, I understand and agree with your overriding theme that the real issue is society's divorce from the natural world. Most people wake up in their man made houses, get in their man made vehicles, go to their man made jobs and then rinse, lather and repeat ad nauseum....So my issue isn't so much ...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 2:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 26613

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

I know a 45 year old man who set his Red-eared Sliders free in a farm pond in Laurens SC. I also know a 38 year old man who set free one of those man made corn snakes, I think it was called a "Cremecicle"? He let it go around Greenwood SC. Don't tell us that it is just the kids who are irresponsibl...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

...learning to live with nature rather than apart from it - which is undermined by misguided "rescuers" enabling these people to believe that their property in snake country can somehow be made snake-free. That's a great idea Gerry and I sincerely wish it were possible in the majority of cases....I...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 11:13 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban
Replies: 65
Views: 26613

Re: Unsupport National Wildlife Fed. they support python ban

There is no way that this legislation will do what the legislators and interest groups say it will...It's founded on junk science under faulty assumptions. As Sam Sweet said, it cannot stand up to legitimate scientific challenge. For the record, I fully oppose the legislation and I think anyone even...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 4892

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Yep....stuff is waking up, stretching its legs and looking for early breakfast.

Awesome stuff....

Btw, I too got a bumpy lizard in Feb...2/16.

- Kris
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.
Replies: 14
Views: 1622

Re: Backyard Herping...mammals and early herps.

Yep....stuff is waking up, stretching its legs and looking for early breakfast.

Awesome stuff....

Btw, I too got a bumpy lizard in Feb...2/16.

- Kris
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

I think you should clarify this quote. If you mean snakes moved a few hundred meters from their capture site have similar survival rates as snakes left in situ, I agree. If you mean snakes moved a mile from their capture sites have the same survival as snakes left in situ, I disagree and so do most...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 8:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

Snake relocations in an urban or suburban environment aren’t about the snakes themselves as much as they are about the people…I know this may be an unpopular viewpoint to some here, but having experience with this type of thing (and knowing people with much more experience than I), I can speak to th...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 15908

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

This time researchers tracked resident and relocated bamboo pit vipers in Hong Kong, and found yet again that the snakes don't do well when moved out of their home range: Not surprising that snakes relocated out of their home ranges don't fare overly well....However, those relocated within their ho...
by azatrox
February 18th, 2014, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping
Replies: 154
Views: 14766

Re: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping

"If you've been hiking for hours and haven't found anything, head back to the car...your target will surely be sitting 50 feet from it."

-Kris
by azatrox
February 14th, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: $1100 600mm coming this month
Replies: 19
Views: 5319

Re: $1100 600mm coming this month

Great points Bill...

Photography has much more to do with the skill, vision and abilities of the photographer than it does the technical specs of the equipment being used.

- Kris
by azatrox
February 13th, 2014, 12:19 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: $1100 600mm coming this month
Replies: 19
Views: 5319

Re: $1100 600mm coming this month

Maybe, but could you really do that in the price range? I guess 300 f/4 with a 2x, but now you are talking about a 600 f/8 lens. Even if the quality is great, the speed loss is noticeable. A good 400 f/5.6 + 1.4 might be a workable option in this price range, but still not fast. Chris, I got a Cano...
by azatrox
February 7th, 2014, 12:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone use the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens?
Replies: 2
Views: 2006

Anyone use the Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens?

I just bought this lens after reading multiple reviews about it. I'm confident that it's well worth the investment, but I'm interested to learn about people's personal experiences with it. If you use (or have used) this lens, I'd really appreciate some feedback re: optical quality, versatility, etc....
by azatrox
February 7th, 2014, 11:56 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: $1100 600mm coming this month
Replies: 19
Views: 5319

Re: $1100 600mm coming this month

I'd be primarily concerned with image quality first and speed second. 150-600mm coevers a NICE focal range, but if the lens offers only subpar optical performace at the longest focal lengths, then it may not produce images that are satisfactory. The price is nice, but again...in photography you ofte...
by azatrox
February 7th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon mid-level DSLR
Replies: 9
Views: 3272

Re: Canon mid-level DSLR

Mike, If you're no longer invested in either system and want to give Canon a shot, you'll find plenty of options available. For a mid range crop sensor, the T2i-T5i bodies are all capable of producing excellent images. With crop sensors, the biggest limitation is ISO performance owing to the smaller...
by azatrox
February 4th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thank You, Dr. Bruce Means!
Replies: 7
Views: 1589

Re: Thank You, Dr. Bruce Means!

Your missing my point. Who cares if the roundups are contributing to population decline? My opinion is they are, and obviously I care, but they should be dicontinued either way. Thats great, I am glad we have identified that it is a valid scientific question! But if it wasn't, and the roundups didn...