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by Ameron
May 20th, 2018, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found a Fox Snake
Replies: 2
Views: 4522

I Enjoy Your Videos So Much

It would be so fun to meet you sometime - to swap stories of "the road". Your helpring adventures thrill me, and make me wish that I could travel more often. (It's better to travel!) I recently got my first Fox Snake. About 3 years old, and 3 feet long, she is even more mellow & amiable than most Co...
by Ameron
March 17th, 2018, 7:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 3000 snakes
Replies: 7
Views: 4112

Hi, Lou.

When I first saw your YouTube videos months ago, I was taken back by your bold style. (Wich is odd, since I'm rather bold and outspoken myself.) Later, I began to really appreciate your style, focus & raw enthusiasm. Thanks for all of the posts - they are as enjoyable as they are informative about t...
by Ameron
March 17th, 2018, 7:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Portland, OR area.....
Replies: 5
Views: 3534

One in The Couv

I've lived in Portland/Vancouver for over 27 years. Many times, I've herped the Gorge and other local areas. (The local population of California Mountain Kingsnake continues to elude me.) In warm months, I love to hike & photograph away from the city - or in local parks. I've hiked/herped throughout...
by Ameron
February 2nd, 2018, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 11529

Amazing Achievement!

I can't reply to all forum posts (though I enjoy almost all of them very much), but this one is so special that I must.

Wow!!!

I especially enjoyed seeing the bobcat, and scenery photos.

This was a superlative thing to share with the online Herper community. Thanks!
by Ameron
July 23rd, 2017, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mojave Springtime
Replies: 9
Views: 3604

There is something magical about the Mojave

I first visited when I was in my 20s. Once, I spent a magical afternoon at Joshua Tree NP, marveling at the large boulders. There was a certain sense of timelessness in the air - very difficult to describe. I miss the spot and my soul longs to return to it at times. Thanks for the really fun photos ...
by Ameron
July 22nd, 2017, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar Part 3: Isalo National Park-Invertebrates, lemurs
Replies: 3
Views: 1780

Vancouver WA Herper Also Enjoyed These!

All of your Madagascar posts.

Especially fun since I had a Dumeril's Boa about a year ago and did extensive research on the country and its ecosystems.
I even knew about towns like Toliara, and Ifaty!!

One day, I will go there, too...
by Ameron
June 15th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Romania 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 3508

Hello from Pacific NW USA

I always enjoy video travel logs like yours, but this was especially nice because of the focus on the herping couple. Often, herpers have spouses who prefer to stay at home. Your photos of the lady "going all out" in the field were impressive. I should be so lucky to have such travel companions. Col...
by Ameron
May 26th, 2017, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 6548

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

You and your traveling friends never cease to amaze me. One of my bucket lists items it to herp with you by some coincidence, but I haven't been where you've been - especially internationally. I viewed this and all recent Malaysia posts and enjoyed them more than most books & movies. You serve as an...
by Ameron
April 8th, 2017, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 5368

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Wow 2!!

Stunning, and I really appreciate how you mix the insects, birds & other life area life forms with native reptiles & amphibians.

I know so much more about the world around me, and of beauty, because of your posts. It's been a fun vicarious adventure.

Thanks!!
by Ameron
April 8th, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 8127

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

Wow! Your posts are a hard act to follow in general, but sometimes they simply glow.

Shine one!
by Ameron
March 10th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More SoCal action
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Former SoCal action

That was really charming & fun. 8-) After watching, I noticed your Huntington Beach location. Years ago, in my 20s, I lived in Orange County & Long Beach. I was in HB for two years, on Ash Street at the intersection of Beach & Warner (before the large office building tower). At the time, my landlord...
by Ameron
March 10th, 2017, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Travels in New Mexico - Part 3
Replies: 4
Views: 2248

Nice Vicarious Drive

Add me to the list of enchanted viewers.

(You moved the Box Turtle off of the road to safety, right?)
by Ameron
March 2nd, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TwoThousandSixteen.. Reptiles and Landscapes
Replies: 8
Views: 3434

Enchanted Again

You are VERY fortunate to live where you do. I found my love for deserts late, in my 40s, and I've mostly explored the Basin & Range regions. I have seen Aravaipa Canyon, however, so I've had a taste of the southwest wilderness. Your photos were stunning, and I especially enjoyed the Pronghorn & Big...
by Ameron
January 29th, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizarding across Australia: Part 3 The Top End
Replies: 9
Views: 4243

Thanks from Pacific Northwest

I've often dreamed of visiting "Straya", and I once worked with coworkers in Melbourne. I may never get the chance, so the posts from Down Under are especially appreciated. Just so that you know, if I ever encountered a wild swimming hole with crocodiles, I'd NEVER tell authorities, and would try to...
by Ameron
December 29th, 2016, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's been awhile! Year end review 2016 (CA, TX, AZ, and MX)
Replies: 11
Views: 4251

World-class fun

This post was incredibly fun & interesting. My favorite was probably the CA Mountain Kingsnake. Sorry to hear about the loss of Sean. I'm quickly nearing the age where losing friends & family will be an issue. Along with the usual gang of favored reptiles, it was good to see some Rubber Boa photos. ...
by Ameron
August 29th, 2016, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2016 - Picture heavy
Replies: 9
Views: 3558

Another Hooray

Wow, another stunning post! Great job, guys.

The Malaysian Blue Coral is almost dream-like, and definitely rivals the Rainbow Boas as one of the most beautiful snakes.

Trip of a lifetime - and thanks for sharing it with text & photos so that I and others can also enjoy the trip vicariously.
by Ameron
June 18th, 2016, 6:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in the Las Vegas Area (May 30 - June 4)
Replies: 11
Views: 5348

Hi, Tim!

I've seen your posts across the years, and you've helped me with sales & other questions at times. Good to see that you are still herping, and able to make occasional trips to the Wild West. Maybe one day I'll travel east of the Mississippi on a herping trip. If so, I'll plan to contact you. It woul...
by Ameron
June 18th, 2016, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 4450

What a Heart-warming Story

Thanks for being a Human when another creature had been needlessly damaged and was desperate for help.

Your story was educational, interesting & inspriing. Shine on!
by Ameron
April 30th, 2016, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alabama thus far 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 4267

So Far, So Good!

Three species of kingsnake in one state! It's just not fair!!! What fun it must be driving to different places in the state, experiencing the different species along the way. I've never seen a Black nor Speckles Kingsnake ever, for sale or in any collection. Must be nice living in the South, y'all. ...
by Ameron
April 28th, 2016, 3:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 5000 km ROAD TRIP, KAROO/EASTERN CAPE - SOUTH AFRICA
Replies: 9
Views: 5623

Re: 5000 km ROAD TRIP, KAROO/EASTERN CAPE - SOUTH AFRICA

Wow! What terrific fun!! Reminds me of things I did in my 20s. Your tip notes & photos allowed me to travel vicariously to a place where I may never visit - a place of astounding beauty. Your photos were stunning, and the humor was appreciated, too. You REALLY should consider getting someone to do a...
by Ameron
April 28th, 2016, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A long weekend at the Hoyer's home
Replies: 6
Views: 2852

Glad That You Had Fun, Visitor

I've had brief correspondences with Richard in the past, and he's advised me on more than one topic. I enjoyed herping with Richard Hoyer once when my other herping buddy & I drove down to Hoyer's area for a visit. We saw quite a few Rubber Boas that day. My friend & I also saw Richard's Harrier Haw...
by Ameron
April 5th, 2016, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5041

Huh?

I knew that Poison Dart frogs are only poisonous when they eat their natural prey, and that in captivity they usually lose such toxicity. I also know that the degree of toxicity varies among species, and can also vary depending on age and other conditions. This photo, however, seems to be of one in ...
by Ameron
April 5th, 2016, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva
Replies: 7
Views: 5965

Stunning - absolutely stunning.

Count me as one of many who TREMENDOUSLY love your posts, and who love to "travel" vicariously to remote, exotic places with you - in spirit. Many of these places are locations which most persons may never have a chance to visit. Plus, most photos of places like Amazonia are usually of tourist spots...
by Ameron
March 10th, 2016, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Russia, Dosang, Astrakhan region
Replies: 12
Views: 4784

This Was A Rare Treat

I've seen few photos (herping, hiking or otherwise) from the deserts of Central Asia. I thoroughly enjoyed the landscape & nature scenes. I'd love to visit the region, especially around the Caspian Sea where you were. Thanks especially for the photos of the Desert Sand Boa . I have never seen one, k...
by Ameron
January 8th, 2016, 3:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea Turtle Stranding Beach Patrol (Cape Cod, MA) - Xpost NE
Replies: 11
Views: 5710

Re: Sea Turtle Stranding Beach Patrol (Cape Cod, MA) - Xpost

So interesting! So fun!! So admirable of you & your team!!! :beer: I've helped locally with smaller, similar projects in WA state (added a sand beach for Western Painted Turtles at a mostly overgrown local pond), so I share your sense of joy & accomplishment over saving so many stranded turtles. Ra...
by Ameron
December 31st, 2015, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Okefenokee Trip 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 8134

Hello from the Other Corner of the USA

Another " Wow !" post, with world-class quality photos. I enjoyed the text & stories, too. Agreed, that pink Canebrake was outstanding. So happy that she was saved from the highway. I've explored much of the West, and some of Baja & Canada, but never the East Coast. (Where most of the North American...
by Ameron
December 25th, 2015, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Calendar and some pretty photos from this year
Replies: 7
Views: 4854

Hello from the Pacific Northwest

Wow, Marisa! I don't know where to begin, so I'll just plunge: 1. How cool that your avatar states: My Car (I believe you) 2. You really get around! I thought that I've seen some places. I've lived in 8 USA states, traveled thru 22, have been to CN & MX briefly. However, the scope of your photos, a...
by Ameron
December 21st, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts
Replies: 90
Views: 26230

Re: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts

I was excited to see your post. Great job! :) You make some good points, and I'm delighted to see more female participation in almost every social endeavor. (Biased, I personally believe that women make better managers & leaders than men in *many* social situations, especially for long-term decision...
by Ameron
December 14th, 2015, 5:52 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Acrantophis Appreciation
Replies: 18
Views: 8613

Re: Acrantophis Appreciation

I"m very new to Boas, although I have decades of King, Milk & Rat snake experience. I rescued a heavily scarred Mexican Rosy Boa last September and fell in *love* with her. She quickly became my favorite snake, due to her placid & calm nature. When researching small Boas (my preference), I was intri...
by Ameron
March 12th, 2015, 5:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January in Peru (lots of pics)
Replies: 17
Views: 5979

Pacific Northwest reply

Wow! So much more than stunning, especially the sunset photos. Thanks for sharing. As the Midwesterner already noted, we in the North don't get to see such fullness of life, nor the visual feast. In my area, we have about 4 commonly seen reptile species - which are not commonly seen at all. Only Gar...
by Ameron
February 15th, 2015, 7:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 - The Southwest (CA, NV, UT, and AZ)
Replies: 17
Views: 8092

Another Visual Feast

I've enjoyed many posts on this forum, but this one is Uncommonly interesting. The way that you arranged texture along with color is stunning. The canyon shots of AZ look like one of my ideal locations. (It's hard to beat a desert canyon for hiking & hanging out for the day - or week - or month.) Th...
by Ameron
February 4th, 2015, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY Blue Iguanas, Pyros, and What a 6-ft Caiman is Afraid Of
Replies: 21
Views: 8789

A Jaguar, that's What!

I enjoyed your entire post, but those last few photos of the "rare jaguar predation" are stunning.
Your photos may become quite historic in time. Shine on!

Don in Portland, OR
by Ameron
January 24th, 2015, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 11
Views: 6186

Oh What a Year!

I can only dream of visiting the Amazon and nearby regions of South America. Maybe one day... Gawd, what a visual feast - and such variety. One correction however: Lampropeltis getula splendida is not a Speckled Kingsnake, but rather a Desert Kingsnake. (Small oversight.) Your specimen was likely ph...
by Ameron
April 2nd, 2014, 3:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 20964

I Agree with Terry (Reptilist)

"This is one of the most inspirational posts I've seen in years. Some of your shots are so unique, I'm just shaking my head in awe." Terry The word awesome is very overused these days. This is one instance where it is not. I enjoyed your visual feast tremendously. (Wow, the photos of the Chihuahuan ...
by Ameron
February 7th, 2014, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Herp Gauntlet 2013 (Pic Heavy)
Replies: 11
Views: 2954

Re: NW Herp Gauntlet 2013 (Pic Heavy)

I have seen your posts several times and I enjoy them tremendously . Like other posts, they allow me to live vicariously by visiting many places I would never have seen in a single lifetime. The paradoxical irony is that I also live in the Northwest, and herp many of the areas you have visited. I ha...
by Ameron
February 7th, 2014, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia, or is that Amazonian Peru?
Replies: 63
Views: 28326

Portland/Vancouver Gratitude

I have seen your posts many times across the years and I enjoy them tremendously. They allow me to live vicariously by visiting many places I would never have seen in a single lifetime. Your posts, both text & photos, are superlative and are highly enjoyed by thousands of persons worldwide. Many tha...
by Ameron
January 31st, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why It’s Not Raining
Replies: 29
Views: 5773

Re: Why It’s Not Raining

Great information & presentation, thanks very much. This sounds very logical, based on emprical evidence. But wait! What if, as in so many other situations, things are not as they appear to be? What if there are silent Players behind the scenes manipulating events, unknown to Observers? Two words: H...
by Ameron
June 29th, 2013, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Texas Trip 2013
Replies: 15
Views: 6346

Quite Enjoyable

I've lived in 8 states, traveled thru 22 states, plus Canada & Mexico. Lived brielfy in San Antonio & Wichita Falls, but never visited west TX. I'd love to see the Chihuahuan Desert rivers & canyons. Edwards Plateau & Big Springs beckon. Desert Kingsnake was especially nice (my favorite Kingsnake pa...
by Ameron
June 14th, 2013, 9:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Week in Las Vegas - June 5-11
Replies: 8
Views: 2549

So That's What You Look Like, Tim

Now I can match a face with the man who has posted so many helpful articles – and who wrote that great Russian Rat snake article for Reptile Magazine. This was a visual feast , and the narration & stories were almost like as a feature movie. Your ending photo & text demonstrate that you have conside...
by Ameron
June 10th, 2013, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping North Dakota? Really?
Replies: 9
Views: 2429

Former Montanan Enjoyed Your Post

I spent 3 summers and 2 school years in MT, finally graduating high school there. I lived in a small town on the Yellowstone River, 100 miles west of Billings. I recall the raw beauty & vast open spaces. I also greatly appreciated that there were more deer & pronghorn in my county than there were pe...
by Ameron
June 8th, 2013, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little Mississippi
Replies: 28
Views: 8075

Late Reply

I was doing a text search on Black Pines and found this link. I'm just beginning to find out about their species & unique traits. Thanks for the sharing the fun photos & sunshine, and for allowing me to vicariously stroll thru your local Gulf Coast Longleaf Pine ecosystem. The 3% or so that remains....
by Ameron
April 20th, 2013, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jeff's Desert Adventure - April 2013
Replies: 11
Views: 2573

Enjoyed this Muchly

I spent the 1980s (my 20s) in SoCal, both in Orange County & Long Beach. When the urban sprawl, air quality and dense crowds got too much for me and I needed a reprieve, I often drove off to relatively unknown places like Ortega Highway side canyons, Trabuco Canyon and a delightful spring on Camp Pe...
by Ameron
April 10th, 2013, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring in Tucson, AZ
Replies: 6
Views: 1568

Enjoyed this, Thanks

The Cal King was especially interesting to me. Experts like Brian Hobbs imply that a unique hybrid subspecies exists in the Tucson area, one having traits of both the Mexican Black and Cal King. (Maybe like a Yuma phase?) Looking at the photos of your specimen, I see that it has very thin lines of a...
by Ameron
March 20th, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: taking the family to Cabo San Lucas Mexico - any advice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1185

I was there in October 2006

What a magical natural place! To summarize: Military checkpoints are common if you drive the length of the Baja peninsula, but Americans usually get thru them with no incidents. You may need to bribe them with soda or other small items. (Yes, they may expect the bribe and search you needlessly if yo...
by Ameron
February 11th, 2013, 11:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Save the critters that fall in your pool!
Replies: 17
Views: 3582

Terrific Idea!

Wow! This is one of the most innovative, useful products to every be developed. Thanks for sharing. Living in Orange County & Long Beach, CA years ago, I saw many dead animals in pools. This invention will save HUGE numbers of our wildlife from preventable destruction. Once while living in Fountain ...
by Ameron
January 20th, 2013, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 in the carolinas
Replies: 24
Views: 4070

Stunning - Thrice Over!

Wow, this was almost as much fun as a movie. Thanks for the visual feast.

I have never been to NC, especially appreciated the photos showing various seasons.

Ever so envious that you have abundant Anoles running around yards & fields. My Corn Snakes would love them.
by Ameron
January 12th, 2013, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My yard is infested with herpetofauna!
Replies: 34
Views: 7003

Reply from Portland/Vancouver

Guards! Take that spoiled, impudent Aussie away to the dungeon!! Except that he'd likely find interesting salamanders there. Living in the cool, damp Pacific Northwest, I can only dream of the many marvels & wonders you experience each week. Like many other herpers, I loved this post. As is often th...
by Ameron
November 29th, 2012, 7:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Klamath Knot Herping Through The Years
Replies: 17
Views: 4014

Portland/Vancouver Greetings

This was an *EXCEPTIONAL* post. Scenery, flow & apparent camaraderie make for a very enjoyable vicarious visit thru your photos & prose. It's so exciting to see you younger Herpers continuing the Mission of preserving and enjoying the outdoors. Even more exciting to see the growing recreational tren...
by Ameron
May 20th, 2012, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cabo San Lucas, Mexico - August 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 5521

Quail is Gambels, not California

In the Sonoran Desert, CA Quail are replaced by Gambels Quail. The latter have more brown/maroon, slightly less black.
by Ameron
January 13th, 2012, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Underappreciated Torrent Salamanders
Replies: 25
Views: 2608

Fellow Portlander

Really enjoyed this post.

If you ever feel like taking along a new Companion, ping me at this contact and let's plan. I'd love to join.