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by Jeff
October 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How long does a copperhead have a yellow tail?
Replies: 7
Views: 453

Re: How long does a copperhead have a yellow tail?

Yesterday I found a near-neonate, perhaps a couple of months old based on size, that already had a dull green tail. On the other hand, I have seen juveniles of about the same size in late spring with yellow tails (they being born late-summer/early-fall) in Louisiana. Yesterday I also saw a neonate c...
by Jeff
October 17th, 2020, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020

They are pretty common throughout the state. They lay large clutches of eggs so it's not unusual to see a dozen or more young ones in the fall. I've been given a couple of big clutches in the past (1990s), so there is a high reproductive potential. One came from a sawdust pile. All of the recent so...
by Jeff
October 16th, 2020, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020
Replies: 4
Views: 239

Re: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020

How are hognoses doing in Wisconsin? They are about gone from southern Louisiana - just a few small pockets. I get one or two reports per year, but up through the mid 1970s they were common yard snakes. The small juveniles here have an orange middorsal stripe and are Pygmy Rattler mimics, Thanks for...
by Jeff
October 11th, 2020, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper
Replies: 10
Views: 543

Re: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper

A coworker sent me a photo of an adult cottonmouth eating a juvenile cottonmouth here in Louisiana. Cottonmouths are gluttons for a wide range of prey (fish, frogs, other snakes, small mammals, pig fat, regurgitated sea food, turtles, etc.). They may be an exception within viperids.
Jeff
by Jeff
October 10th, 2020, 3:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK
Replies: 12
Views: 395

Re: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK

Hans What an eloquent story. Your subtle and entertaining use of humor as an undertone throughout made for non-stop reading. The story probably could not have been better told. In contrast, one of my recent books (2014 - Snakes of the World...Wallach, Williams and Boundy) rated this review on Amazon...
by Jeff
September 1st, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Golden Guide
Replies: 11
Views: 1281

Re: Golden Guide

The Zim and Smith Golden Guide was the trigger for me as well. I got a copy for my birthday in 1964 and expected to find Dicamptodon basking beside waterfalls as portrayed therein (didn't work, by the way). The glue binding was awful and I went through several copies at $1 each. Several years ago I ...
by Jeff
August 7th, 2020, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona... Bufo retiformis?
Replies: 9
Views: 1690

Re: Arizona... Bufo retiformis?

Middle Ajo Road - Kitt Peak Turnoff to a little west of Sells, they are routine, in case you don't want to risk 85. My observations are 40 years old though. As Steve said, rain is a must, and just keep the windows down and listen for mixed choruses.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 21st, 2020, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New To Oregon--Need and ID
Replies: 2
Views: 1305

Re: New To Oregon--Need and ID

Dunn's, Plethodon dunni, though they are usually close to moving water.

Jeff
by Jeff
March 13th, 2020, 3:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Big Gartersnake Post
Replies: 7
Views: 3638

Re: The Big Gartersnake Post

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Here is a very large Sierra Garter from the Kern Plateau, from the 1991, about 45" live measurement.
by Jeff
February 11th, 2020, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can someone ID this snake?
Replies: 4
Views: 2568

Re: Can someone ID this snake?

It's a Texas Brown Snake, Storeria dekayi texana. I've seen a few with the red ground color, though they are usually tan or beige.

Jeff
by Jeff
March 11th, 2019, 8:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: terrapin ID question
Replies: 3
Views: 4401

Re: terrapin ID question

Jeroen

They appear to be standard, farm-raised Pseudemys concinna. They are exported from the USA by tens of thousands each year. As are some Graptemys...

Jeff
by Jeff
March 7th, 2019, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern California Trip Report (2/16-2/24 2019: Picture Heavy)
Replies: 7
Views: 7927

Re: Northern California Trip Report (2/16-2/24 2019: Picture Heavy)

After lunch, we made out way back into the woods, Young love This was a wonderful post for me, as I'm from the Santa Clara Valley, and made many of those same trips up the coast and down to Monterey. For twenty minutes I thought I was back in California. My office window is behind me, so I got to e...
by Jeff
January 10th, 2019, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi
Replies: 10
Views: 7702

Re: Best of 2018 - Xenophidion schaeferi

Kurt

With Anomochilus and Xenophidion under your belt, there are few remaining conquests.

Your post is a great resumé for "Expert Field Man" - others need not apply.

Jeff
by Jeff
January 3rd, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 3427

Re: Hello

locality corns you say? http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... =2&t=25426

Kelly - note reference to Okeetee
by Jeff
January 2nd, 2019, 6:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year post
Replies: 3
Views: 3050

Re: End of year post

Are they sympatric with milks in places in LA?
No known sympatry - scarlet kings like the ridgetops and milks are in the floodplain. They probably come within a mile of each other, but neither seem to be in the forested ravines.

Jeff
by Jeff
December 27th, 2018, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year post
Replies: 3
Views: 3050

End of year post

When I say end of year, I mean December 24th. R-Man, Mike and I visited one of the usual spots north of Baton Rouge. First snake was a Black (Speckled) King Next was a corn Another corn A baby king A different king A copperhead A couple more kings And a final corn. Note that Feliciana corns are not ...
by Jeff
December 13th, 2018, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 13903

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Kyle Thanks for applying the defibrillator to FHF - stimulated me anyway. Do those snakes require therapy after enduring one of your and Armin's combined, glam studio sessions? If you get the urge for another post, I would like to see a longitudinal series of holbrooki/splendida shots from Houston t...
by Jeff
October 31st, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 42263

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

Do you know the elevation at which Mr. Hutchins found that boa? 2300-2400 feet And when are you going to retire and return to Calif. to finish the job of conducting surveys for this and that species of herp? ASAP, but don't want to dismiss the God-given gift of being a state herpetologist in a dive...
by Jeff
October 30th, 2018, 3:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Diablo Range herpin'
Replies: 51
Views: 42263

Re: Diablo Range herpin'

The vouchered specimen in the CAS was picked up by a friend of mine, Bill Hutchins, on a road on a steep, east-facing slope that was heavily wooded. The ranger at one of the nearby state parks (HWC) found a rubber boa in the head of a steep ravine back in the late 70s, a little below the ponderosa p...
by Jeff
October 8th, 2018, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Curiosity about latest date people have found Pyromelana
Replies: 2
Views: 10099

Re: Curiosity about latest date people have found Pyromelana

October 1st, hatchling in Cochise County.
by Jeff
October 3rd, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rana pipiens vs Rana sphenocephala
Replies: 3
Views: 11549

Re: Rana pipiens vs Rana sphenocephala

Rana sphenocephala have a white spot on the tympanum
by Jeff
October 2nd, 2018, 11:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick trip to the Smokys
Replies: 6
Views: 13912

Re: Quick trip to the Smokys

I sent your dull 2-liner photo to Dave Sever, who discovered and named Eurycea junaluska, and he had this to say:

"If it is from a base-level stream (Abrams Crk, Fighting Crk, etc.) within the GSNP or neighboring drainages (Tellico, Cheoah), then it is very likely junaluska"

Jeff
by Jeff
June 19th, 2018, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Identification Help
Replies: 3
Views: 5951

Re: Identification Help

Sagebrush Lizard - Sceloporus graciosus
by Jeff
May 3rd, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 12175

Re: Licensing Question

A non-resident Basic Fishing License is $60. That will allow you to annoy, photograph, take, and possess most species in any numbers. Our Endangered (no touch) list follows the Federal Endangered list. The Forest Service requires their own permits if you are doing research (short version of what Jim...
by Jeff
December 10th, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 9761

Re: A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand

New paperbacks are $42 from the publisher, but you can find them online for a little less (mine was $39). I don't know the hardback price, as Oxford Press offers it in paperback. Coming from Oxford, there were probably many printed, and Oxford has regular discount catalogs. Buying expensive hardback...
by Jeff
November 4th, 2017, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sumatra frog ID
Replies: 1
Views: 2178

Re: Sumatra frog ID

by Jeff
November 1st, 2017, 10:01 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 24196

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

Is there a mechanism to propose changing the forms to better reflect the animals' source and therefore greatly improve management of the species (and others)? Seems like the farmers would be all about calling their respective Congressmen to help make it happen. Louisiana turtle farmers have been wo...
by Jeff
October 31st, 2017, 5:39 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 24196

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

The reported numbers of wild-caught turtles that leave the United States are false due to reporting requirements on export forms. All farm-raised hatchling turtles that leave Louisiana, typically around a million per year, are required to be reported as "W" for wild-caught. The Federal export form (...
by Jeff
September 25th, 2017, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 14595

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

Regarding Zach's question: Wildlife enforcement tends to operate on directives from above about what agents should be looking for during a particular day, week, or season. When this new regulation takes effect, enforcement agents may be in warning mode (informing people that they encounter about the...
by Jeff
September 16th, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 14595

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

Kelly, Chris, Richard and Save Nevada: I am also curious about who is/are Save Nevada, but the link that was provided regarding the history of Nevada commercial take was neutral and informative. From the linked data it is apparent that a half dozen species are targeted for commercial take. From the ...
by Jeff
September 14th, 2017, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Francisco Garter Snake (LIFER)
Replies: 7
Views: 5995

Re: San Francisco Garter Snake (LIFER)

Lou

Was that really in Santa Cruz County, or maybe San Mateo. There is one valid record from Santa Cruz County, and finding another would be very important toward understanding the distribution of SF Garters vs California Red-sided.

Jeff
by Jeff
August 25th, 2017, 3:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Joint Herping Post: Michigan
Replies: 4
Views: 3749

Re: Joint Herping Post: Michigan

Bethany Good see an old young face back on the Forum. This is a great tour of a place that I've never been, and I am always interested in posts from the non-usual places. It is intriguing to see animals at the margins of their geographic/climatic tolerance. What does a hog-nosed snake do during a su...
by Jeff
August 15th, 2017, 4:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog
Replies: 6
Views: 3676

Re: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog

What part of Louisiana are you from. My family is from South Plaquemines, but I grew up in Chalmette
I've lived in Baton Rouge for 25 years, but came here from California and other parts west, including western Washington (not Seattle).

Jeff
by Jeff
August 14th, 2017, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog
Replies: 6
Views: 3676

Re: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog

Exhibit A: One of the sad sounds of the Louisiana swamp is the scream of small Rana clamitans being swallowed feet-first by Western Ribbon Snakes.

Evidently it is not restricted to the South.

Jeff
by Jeff
August 14th, 2017, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Part 1.
Replies: 11
Views: 7237

Re: Arizona Part 1.

The patchnose is a Big Bend. Mountains have a single, wide black stripe on each side:
by Jeff
August 1st, 2017, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida hot grand slam in 4.5 days
Replies: 8
Views: 7304

Re: Florida hot grand slam in 4.5 days

Nice job Kris. The photographic backdrops in some are great - so difficult to achieve in the shadowy east.

If the incerts reflect the new potential for Scott's photo hosting, then let me be the first to congratulate Scott on making this option available.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 23rd, 2017, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from larva
Replies: 10
Views: 6834

Re: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from l

Ah, much better.

I anxiously await your posts on A. talpoideum, A. texanum and A. maculatum.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 23rd, 2017, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from larva
Replies: 10
Views: 6834

Re: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from l

This is great for those of us in the land of 4 Ambystomas, but photos 3 and 4 have disappeared.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 21st, 2017, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: turtle ID request
Replies: 2
Views: 3085

Re: turtle ID request

Old male Red-eared Slider.

Jeff
by Jeff
July 19th, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation
Replies: 4
Views: 3347

Re: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation

Yours was a very nice travelogue to a place that most of us will never see. Combining scenic photographs with the animals allows viewers to see, in a two-dimensional sense, what was certainly a very memorable trip. Pelias basking on a rock in a stream! The offhand remark that you left the family in ...
by Jeff
July 8th, 2017, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question: What is the etymology of the word oreganus
Replies: 8
Views: 3832

Re: Question: What is the etymology of the word oreganus

Holbrook's original description of Crotalus oreganus was spelled thus in the first edition of his "North American Herpetology", 4th part of 1840. In his second edition (1842), he spelled the name Crotalus oregonus. In both editions he stated "...the celebrated naturalist Mr. Nuttall, who procured it...
by Jeff
July 6th, 2017, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 11702

Re: Documenting my Life List

Have any of you guys ever picked up a lady by embellishing your life list?
Just checked with my wife of 28 years -- was not the big life list.....
by Jeff
July 1st, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 11702

Re: Documenting my Life List

And still only two people posted their life totals
Sorry, 459 U.S. species, natives only, first one logged in 1964.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 28th, 2017, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 6691

Re: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

That was an enjoyable tour of a part of the country that I have not explored. Snow in March - ugh! There are 5 mole king records for Louisiana, and none by me. I wouldn't want to ruin the thrill of the catch by finding two in a trash dump, or would I? Nevermind, I'll take one in a trash dump over 0 ...
by Jeff
June 28th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mojave Springtime
Replies: 9
Views: 4453

Re: Mojave Springtime

That first uta picture is also superb, much closer in detail than most of us ever took a second look. America's most underrated feeder lizard.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 25th, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 11749

Re: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.

I just looked at this fantastic resource - great work! Hopefully it can be stuck on fhf in a permanent format.

If not, perhaps an edited version of this post could be placed on www.amphibiaweb.org or separc.org

Jeff
by Jeff
June 24th, 2017, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One-eyed Tadpole
Replies: 2
Views: 2432

Re: One-eyed Tadpole

Nice diagnostic photo in the middle.

Slow month in Florida?

Jeff
by Jeff
June 24th, 2017, 5:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 11702

Re: Documenting my Life List

you gotta take a photo or it don't count Brian seems to have missed the gold standard - you gotta pickle it for it to count. Most of the folks that I know, casual field types to academics, don't think about life lists. Most of the field-oriented folks focus on finding certain taxa, such as snakes t...
by Jeff
June 23rd, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising question...
Replies: 4
Views: 2607

Re: Road cruising question...

The Mojave can get very snake-less during the summer, whereas portions of the Sonoran Desert wake up as humidity rises in July and August from adjacent monsoon activity. I analyzed my snake counts during moon phase in the non-monsoon road cruises and found that activity of some species (glossy, long...