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by scottriv
May 6th, 2018, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So many teeth in the river
Replies: 7
Views: 7466

Re: So many teeth in the river

That was pretty cool!!

Thanks for sharing!
by scottriv
March 11th, 2018, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: '17season:Utah, California, Arizona, Virginia, and CostaRica
Replies: 10
Views: 7434

Re: '17season:Utah, California, Arizona, Virginia, and Costa

Fantastic!!!

Love those Utah Mt Kings!!!

Nice job!!
by scottriv
January 31st, 2018, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 14878

Re: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post

Great Job on the 100!!!

You guys need to hit NW Australia before the Cane Toads decimate the entire nation's herp populations.

Just wait till you have your own driver's license :-)
by scottriv
August 24th, 2016, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Far North Queensland Introduction
Replies: 5
Views: 2927

Re: Far North Queensland Introduction

Pretty cool finding an adult and a juvenile green tree python!
by scottriv
August 13th, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Brian, Because you have 50 years of field experience, you should have no trouble understanding the basics of Epigenetics. Click the link and within a half an hour, you will begin to see why these DNA jockeys can't tell the difference between a pulchra and a multicincta. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
by scottriv
August 13th, 2016, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Let me restate this in the most simple way possible. Current DNA analysis using human derived algorithms cannot distinguish between most currently described sub species. In other words, if you analyzed 6 different sub species of Lampropeltis zonata with today's DNA testing, all six of the different ...
by scottriv
August 12th, 2016, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Yes, I take back everything crass and sexist I said about Sara. My rude sense of humor often gets the best of me. But I still maintain that what those people from LA (the state not the city) did to Triangulum is a crime against humanity and taxonomy. A 30 minute analysis of Epigenetics by anyone wit...
by scottriv
August 12th, 2016, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

David, In fact, the more research I have done, the more convinced I have become that using DNA exclusively to do taxonomy is is close to being scientific fraud. Ask one of these DNA jockeys why they never assign anything into sub specific groups and you will just get an empty stupid stare. The reali...
by scottriv
July 29th, 2016, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12708

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

That is funny!! The idea that Burmese pythons are going to make it even 100 miles further north into Florida is borderline preposterous. My friends who live down there said that the very cold winter we had a few years back wiped out close to half the Burms. We are gonna need an awful lot of global w...
by scottriv
July 29th, 2016, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12708

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Van, The Reticulated gila in South Eastern AZ definitely gets the benefits of the Summer Monsoons, but the Banded gilas in the western and northern areas get almost no summer rains and the rainfall totals for the year in these areas are bleak and very "desert" like. The weeks of peak activity in the...
by scottriv
July 28th, 2016, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12708

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Because of the evolutionary adaptations that gilas have made toward living in hot, dry desert conditions, I would say they are uniquely qualified to survive global warming and drought. If we start reading about quail populations declining or quail being put on the endangered species list, then we ca...
by scottriv
July 25th, 2016, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascinating
Replies: 7
Views: 3646

Re: Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascina

Hunting Pokemon is basically Virtual Reality herping with a few extra VR twists like pokebattles.
by scottriv
July 24th, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 12708

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

The reason gilas appear to be "scarce" is because they spend the vast, vast majority of their time underground. If you know when and how to see them in the wild, they suddenly begin to appear plentiful. I have been pulled over by AZ game and fish three times and each time I asked the warden, "Do you...
by scottriv
July 20th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 3646

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

That is cool!

How big is that Mexican coin in the pic compared to a US quarter?
by scottriv
July 19th, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascinating
Replies: 7
Views: 3646

Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascinating

I have been hunting Pokemon with my 5 and 8 year old for the last week and it is fascinating how similar Hunting Pokemons is to hunting snakes. You walk or drive around totally focused on the environment, real or virtual and then all of a sudden, your target presents itself. Positive brain chemicals...
by scottriv
July 18th, 2016, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeff, Now you are telling me that if you are really really skilled, or better yet "intimate" with the snakes, like Sara is with her milksnakes, then and only then will you be able to properly ID snakes in the wild without sending their DNA off for questionable analysis thru human written algorthms o...
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeff, does it bother you in the least that No scientist on earth can now accurately identify an animal in the field if we rename everything based on DNA analysis?
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeff, That is a cute test and I am sure that we could find hundreds of photos of "triangulum"-like snakes that are hybrids of two different sub species or strange color morphs. All the more reason why counting scales, morphology and locations on a range map really are important to field identificati...
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeff, I did not see your post when I submitted my post up above. You seem like a reasonable guy,,,,,,Does it bother you in the least that No scientist on earth can now accurately identify an animal in the field if we rename everything based on DNA analysis? Doesn't this completely defeat the entire ...
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Anton, Thanks for the link. Very interesting. The whole thing is based on DNA Forget morphology. Who needs range maps. Who cares which groups can still or did recently breed together. Let's just create an abstract set of "rules", analyze the DNA and apply our "rules" however we see fit. As field her...
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 11:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Seriously Kelly, Every time you post, you offer nothing but name calling and insults. I am desperately looking for someone, anyone, to defend or explain what Sara did from a scientific perspective and absolutely none of you have been able to even attempt to defend what she did. You may find out the ...
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Anton,

That was a whole lot of blather.

Simply defend what she did from a scientific perspective or stay out of the argument.
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 10:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Rather than wasting your time insulting me, why don't you guys defend what Sara did.

Explain in scientific terms why changing names that have been published thousands of

times in thousands of publications for over a century was a good idea.
by scottriv
July 17th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Anton, In fact, the situation is the exact opposite of what you describe. I strongly submit that Sara's professor let her get away with all sorts of taxonomic crap that he would have NEVER let his male students get away with. She wantonly lumped and split a bunch of names that have been around for 1...
by scottriv
July 16th, 2016, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Gene, It is unfortunate that you were born with underdeveloped "genes" in the sense of humor portion of your brain. Sara can invite me to her "Snake Pit" and lump and split with me any time her heart desires. I have all sorts of kinky names we could throw at the Lichanura group, but you have to have...
by scottriv
July 13th, 2016, 4:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeez! If I had known that Sara was a Hottie, I would never have attacked her ridiculous taxonomy https://sararuane.wordpress.com/about-sara-contact/ On a scale of 1 - 10 in the Herp world, Sarah has to be a 12. Maybe she can rename and lump and split the Lichanura group next!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GO SARA!!...
by scottriv
July 13th, 2016, 4:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

OK, I had this coming as I broke my own rule about arguing religion and taxonomy on the internet. If you guys think that Sara was correct to sink a 150 year old species like triangulum and turn a bunch of "races" - subspecies into whole species, be my guest. Sarah is a genius. Why didn't anyone else...
by scottriv
July 12th, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Gene, As you get older and read more about reptiles, you will learn the unfortunate fact that taxonomy and genetics are not related nearly as much as they should be. "Scientists" come along every day and decide to rename animals for reasons that are often self serving and have very little to do with...
by scottriv
July 12th, 2016, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas
Replies: 11
Views: 4004

Re: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas

With regards to the dwarfism in the Southern Rubber Boas, the scientific term is "Insular Dwarfism" Wiki has a good explanation: Possible causes of insular dwarfism There are several proposed explanations for the mechanism which produces such dwarfism.[3][4] One is a selective process where only sma...
by scottriv
July 12th, 2016, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas
Replies: 11
Views: 4004

Re: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas

I sent you a private message
by scottriv
July 12th, 2016, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas
Replies: 11
Views: 4004

Re: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas

Richard, It would be a blast to take you out on a herping trip, anytime you are down in the LA area :) I don't get up to Oregon very often :) What I was saying regarding dwarfism in Southern Rubber Boas was just my speculation,,,,allow me to elaborate: It is my opinion that Rubber boas were the domi...
by scottriv
July 8th, 2016, 6:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Jeroen, I have been reading (English language) reptile books for the last 40 years and I have been largely unimpressed with the English language herp books written by Europeans. They typically end up looking like a TFH book available at your local pet store, designed for beginner snake keepers. Mayb...
by scottriv
July 7th, 2016, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46378

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Indeed
by scottriv
July 7th, 2016, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Latest Rattlesnake Music VIDEO ...,
Replies: 23
Views: 6663

Re: My Latest Rattlesnake Music VIDEO ...,

It was the best I could do using an iPhone

:-)
by scottriv
July 5th, 2016, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas
Replies: 11
Views: 4004

Question to Richard Hoyer regarding Rubber and Rosy boas

As a student of Rosy boas for the last 40 years, I find Richard's information re rubber boas absolutely fascinating and enlightening. Richard, I am curious as to whether you have any insights or opinions regarding the distributional relationships between Rosy boas and rubber boas? My loose understan...
by scottriv
September 4th, 2012, 3:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #41, conference, Shennongjia, and Beijing
Replies: 9
Views: 5176

Re: China post #41, conference, Shennongjia, and Beijing

Great stuff!

Thanks for sharing.
by scottriv
September 1st, 2012, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie Monitors
Replies: 6
Views: 3327

Re: Aussie Monitors

Awesome post!

What part of Aus did you see the perenties at?

I saw one for about 20 seconds, south of Alice and I have wanted to go back to see them some more ever since.

Great pics!
by scottriv
August 31st, 2012, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Around the world in 120 Days Part 4: Australian Snakes
Replies: 9
Views: 4237

Re: Around the world in 120 Days Part 4: Australian Snakes

Great Pics.

What area did you see the Aspidites in?

Very cool!
by scottriv
July 21st, 2012, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bullfox (Bullsnake x Fox Snake hybrids)
Replies: 21
Views: 5491

Re: Bullfox (Bullsnake x Fox Snake hybrids)

Maybe Burbrink was correct when he lumped Pithuophis and Pantherophis together.

The fact that they successfully bred together is certainly evidence towards that direction.
by scottriv
July 20th, 2012, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A last minute trip to Southern California
Replies: 13
Views: 1869

Re: A last minute trip to Southern California

That's great you found a striper and two boas.

Very cool and congrats!
by scottriv
July 20th, 2012, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bullfox (Bullsnake x Fox Snake hybrids)
Replies: 21
Views: 5491

Re: Bullfox (Bullsnake x Fox Snake hybrids)

We all assume that bull snakes and fox snakes are actually a different genus because some scientist described them that way. Maybe they aren't as different from each other as we think they are. I have a buddy who artificially inseminates different genus of colubrids with each other and he gets ferti...
by scottriv
July 9th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cape York Peninsula, Australia
Replies: 20
Views: 5772

Re: Cape York Peninsula, Australia

Congrats on the Chondros!

Very cool.

Can you get up there any time of year now?

When I tried to get up there, the road was 2 meters deep in water :(
by scottriv
July 5th, 2012, 6:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mojave Desert: Part 6
Replies: 15
Views: 12208

Re: Mojave Desert: Part 6

I am no spiderologist, but I picture a thousand angry baby black widows exploding out of that egg in the palm of your hand.
by scottriv
June 28th, 2012, 5:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Third Installment from the Sonoran
Replies: 22
Views: 5535

Re: A Third Installment from the Sonoran

Great stuff

Love the tracks!
by scottriv
June 24th, 2012, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Namibian reptiles
Replies: 14
Views: 4278

Re: A few Namibian reptiles

I wanna see the vid of the rock python! :thumb:
by scottriv
June 21st, 2012, 5:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Does anyone know this moron?
Replies: 18
Views: 7722

Re: Does anyone know this moron?

That snake would look even better hanging by it's fangs from the end of his nose or an ear lobe or even his eyelid.
by scottriv
June 18th, 2012, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: August Herping Destinations (besides AZ)?
Replies: 7
Views: 1475

Re: August Herping Destinations (besides AZ)?

Central and south Baja kicks butt in August and Sept.

Unfortunately, my wife won't let me go anymore :cry: