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by Jeff
December 3rd, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Re: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷

Not an adder, though.
Vipera seoanei?
by Jeff
December 2nd, 2021, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Re: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷

Krismunk
Finding an Adder lying out on a gray day reminds me of finding Massassaugas up north. You need the right spot, right conditions (cold and windy), and keep looking.
by Jeff
November 27th, 2021, 3:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷
Replies: 17
Views: 626

Re: The ADD YOUR photos to this photo-post POST 📷

On the springtime in California theme...
A Northern Pacific Rattlesnake in the Diablo Range in the late 1980s.

Image
by Jeff
November 21st, 2021, 7:43 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Calamaria of Borneo
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Calamaria of Borneo

Björn

I am
1- very interested in identification of Bornean Calamaria, and
2- a person who does not have a cell phone.
But, I trust that your app will prove to be very useful.
Thanks,

Jeff
by Jeff
November 20th, 2021, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping In An Indian Mangrove Forest (pic heavy)
Replies: 7
Views: 307

Re: Herping In An Indian Mangrove Forest (pic heavy)

Mirza Thanks very much for this interesting trip. That is amazing footwear, blue and yellow crocs for strolling about the mangroves! The mangroves and root projections, and mud, look like our cypress swamps in Louisiana. Also like Louisiana in summer one doesn't see much until dark. One difference i...
by Jeff
November 9th, 2021, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Map turtle ID request
Replies: 2
Views: 138

Re: Map turtle ID request

KS
I downloaded and magnified the photo, which in that view suggests Ouachitas based on an apparent yellow block behind each eye (though greatly reflected in the upper turtle).
Jeff
by Jeff
November 4th, 2021, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for finding Salamanders in AR
Replies: 4
Views: 176

Re: Tips for finding Salamanders in AR

No herping down here - a cold front today plunged temperature to 67. You got 58 views. Considering that 55 were by you, the other three people didn't have a response. I have never sought salamanders in Arkansas, but when I strike north to the Ouachitas I shall make note of some of the species I woul...
by Jeff
October 18th, 2021, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake headscale diagram request?
Replies: 23
Views: 1034

Re: Snake headscale diagram request?

Porter
A sample from Wright and Wright --
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Here is a link to a paper on Lampropeltini phylogeny: https://sierraherps.com/wp-content/uplo ... _2009a.pdf

Jeff
by Jeff
October 15th, 2021, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake headscale diagram request?
Replies: 23
Views: 1034

Re: Snake headscale diagram request?

Porter Exact, proportional drawings of head scales of all U.S. snake genera plus many species in each are in the introduction to Wright & Wright (1957) Handbook of Snakes of the United States and Canada. https://www.amazon.com/Handbook-Snakes-United-States-Canada/dp/0801482143/ref=sr_1_4?dchild=1&ke...
by Jeff
October 14th, 2021, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Folsom CA Tarantula inquiry
Replies: 2
Views: 230

Re: Folsom CA Tarantula inquiry

Porter
Believe it or not, it's Aphonopelma johnnycashi, and here is a link to the monograph in which it is described, along with localities: https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/6264/

Jeff
by Jeff
October 6th, 2021, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One more metamorph ID post
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: One more metamorph ID post

I tried to find on-line photos of northwestern Woodhouse's toads with no luck, so I hope you can get a copy of Leonard's book. I have not seen an ontogenetic series of woodhousei from the intermountain west, so I don't know what changes occur in cranial morphology and when they occur. My observation...
by Jeff
October 6th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick day trip to the desert
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Quick day trip to the desert

Sidewinder.png
This is my favorite sidewinder art, from the epilogue of Raymond B. Cowles' "Desert Journal: Reflections of a Naturalist", published in 1977, two years after Cowles' passing. I left the wording on the page for pertinence after nearly 50 years of prescience.
by Jeff
October 6th, 2021, 3:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick day trip to the desert
Replies: 11
Views: 568

Re: Quick day trip to the desert

GH Those are the nice finds - the ones that take a little side effort to find and then the reward. Decades back I would occasionally find brush lizards if I banged into a creosote just right, but years later discovered that they are on every telephone pole in the Mojave! On a trip to the Mojave in 1...
by Jeff
September 28th, 2021, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with ID - Yucatan, Mexico
Replies: 15
Views: 2445

Re: Help with ID - Yucatan, Mexico

I looked at the anolis photo a couple of weeks back but didn't have an answer. It's of the Norops clade (which includes sagrei as Kelly postulated), and could be any of the three listed in the original message based on general morphology and locality. But, my knowledge of these anoles ends there. In...
by Jeff
September 22nd, 2021, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One more metamorph ID post
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: One more metamorph ID post

After a much more careful look I believe the first toad is woodhousii and the second 'could' be boreas. I've seen grown boreas boreas in N California, Washington and Montana, but have a backup of having seen hundreds of small boreas halophilus in California. I've seen woodhousii/fowleri across their...
by Jeff
September 20th, 2021, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.
Replies: 45
Views: 1696

Re: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.

Porter Of the 17 counties with portions within your green zone, I know of longnoses from 6, based on personal, photo, museum and published records. All are from the hilly periphery, and none from the Central Valley itself except for one from the Sutter Buttes (1950s). The single record from Mendocin...
by Jeff
September 19th, 2021, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.
Replies: 45
Views: 1696

Re: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.

This is a range map for Longnose snakes in California. Only where I’ve placed the little blue dot, can you find a longnose Snake Within that range, north of San Francisco. Not a single one of those snakes has been found within that range displayed. And there are quite a few study sites with active ...
by Jeff
September 17th, 2021, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Joshua Tree/Anza-Borrego
Replies: 2
Views: 229

Re: Joshua Tree/Anza-Borrego

mid-September is usually poor in the Mojave, so your finds may be routine for current time of year and conditions.
Jeff
by Jeff
September 17th, 2021, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One more metamorph ID post
Replies: 12
Views: 508

Re: One more metamorph ID post

It does take some growth to get the cranial crests to appear - expect them next spring.
Your toads are typical Woodhouse's,
and, thanks for the update - much appreciated.
Jeff
by Jeff
September 16th, 2021, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.
Replies: 45
Views: 1696

Re: Milk Snakes from the last few years...Dial up warning.

Chad The tricolorgasm hit me about halfway through, so I left the post to finish on its own. My only trip to E Kansas was to the Flint Hills with Tom Sinclair. We found 15 milks in 48 hours, and despite the great variation, I was milk-satiated. Here in S Louisiana my best day is 3, and 2 milk-days a...
by Jeff
September 3rd, 2021, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020-2021 Highlights
Replies: 4
Views: 2550

Re: 2020-2021 Highlights

I very much enjoy this post - a good smattering of southwestern herpetofauna - some common, some not. I'm happy to see the Sonoran Horned Lizard and Mohawk Dunes fringetoe. I've seen one of each, but not when they were known to be distinct species, in 1978 and 1989, respectively. I got photos of nei...
by Jeff
August 22nd, 2021, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Vacation
Replies: 3
Views: 2525

Re: Arizona Vacation

Jon In case you haven't received any private input on your Arizona trip: desert is best in the morning, but go uphill during the heat of the day. For bugs, bring a sheet and black light. Hit little-traveled blacktops at night for snakes, centipedes, and maybe a mountain lion. Also, follow any rainst...
by Jeff
August 9th, 2021, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with ID - Yucatan, Mexico
Replies: 15
Views: 2445

Re: Help with ID - Yucatan, Mexico

1 Smilisca baudini
4 Dendropsophus microcephalus ?
5 Leptodactylus melanonotus
6 Incilius valliceps
7 Scinax staufferi ?

Maybe some help here...

Jeff
by Jeff
July 20th, 2021, 5:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July 2020 to July 2021 Herping (Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan)
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: July 2020 to July 2021 Herping (Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan)

Nathan I enjoy your writing style - kept me reading through to the end rather than periodically breaking off to work on manuscripts. First, a 'giant' pygmy, wow! "Smoke hung like an airborne blanket in the room" Up in Natchitoches I once requested the cheapest room at a motel. I think maybe it was t...
by Jeff
July 19th, 2021, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July 2020 to July 2021 Herping (Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan)
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: July 2020 to July 2021 Herping (Missouri, Louisiana, Michigan)

I've posted two lengthy replies to your travelogue, and both have 'timed-out', so I guess I will resort to composing a manuscript, and pasting it to 'reply'. Better hurry before this reply disapp....
by Jeff
July 16th, 2021, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Springtime on the Gulf Coast!
Replies: 4
Views: 1903

Re: Springtime on the Gulf Coast!

The final location of our trip was in northern Georgia to find the very last species of Desmognathus that we needed to check off our lifer list: the dwarf black-bellied dusky salamander. Last December Dave Beamer and Alex Pyron showed me a new species of dusky salamander that they had caught a coup...
by Jeff
July 12th, 2021, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID assistance request again- metamorph!
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Re: ID assistance request again- metamorph!

Look like Woodhouse's to me as well.
Jeff
by Jeff
June 30th, 2021, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)
Replies: 3
Views: 1598

Re: Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)

Yes on the spadefoots. Let the water draw down over the next couple of weeks and they should confirm as metamorph spadefoots.
Jeff
by Jeff
June 27th, 2021, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about holding hot snakes.
Replies: 61
Views: 24318

Re: Question about holding hot snakes.

Seeing this comment reminded me of talking to my sister-in-law some years back and she was telling me that her colleague was on the Burma expedition. He told her that several members had expressed concerns over Joe's overly risky (in their eyes) behavior earlier in the expedition and said to each o...
by Jeff
May 4th, 2021, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ghost traps
Replies: 8
Views: 2806

Re: Ghost traps

Lateralis On the dead animal tangent: traps for reptiles can logistically (not legally) go unchecked for days, because reptiles can live for several days to weeks in such conditions. Rodents usually perish before 24 hours, which is unfortunate. I have operated scientific trap arrays for years, and t...
by Jeff
April 30th, 2021, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: laying cover for ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: laying cover for ringnecks

Richard Thanks for the report (though common) of multiple males courting a single, large female natricine. Your efforts thwarted a multiple-insemination event that could have resulted in a paternity lawsuit that may have boosted, astronomically, the career of Maury Povitch. As a serious aside -- put...
by Jeff
April 29th, 2021, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: laying cover for ringnecks
Replies: 7
Views: 2652

Re: laying cover for ringnecks

Off the ring carpet, onto the C coast garters In the stated area, the three-striped species lacking red are the Aquatic T. atratus and terrestrial T. elegans. The former has wee bit wider and yellower stripes than the latter. The relative length of the gulars/chin shields is informative: rear ones l...
by Jeff
April 20th, 2021, 3:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Watersnake ID request
Replies: 2
Views: 1708

Re: Watersnake ID request

Plain-bellied Water Snake, Nerodia erythrogaster. The pale streak atop the crown and darkish bar extending back behind the eye differentiates it from the Common Water Snake, N. sipedon.

You are welcome, and thanks for checking!

Jeff
by Jeff
March 18th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Asian Ratsnakes and Kin of Greater China
Replies: 8
Views: 2704

Re: The Asian Ratsnakes and Kin of Greater China

I just received my $35 Amazon paperback. The paper quality and photographic reproductions are fine, and I am happy that it is 8.5 X 11 size, so the text and photos don't require a magnifying glass. Keep them coming Kevin!
Jeff
by Jeff
March 15th, 2021, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Asian Ratsnakes and Kin of Greater China
Replies: 8
Views: 2704

Re: The Asian Ratsnakes and Kin of Greater China

Thanks Kevin, just ordered a copy.
Jeff
by Jeff
March 3rd, 2021, 5:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Beijing snakes from 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2805

Re: Some Beijing snakes from 2020

Thanks Scott, for the detailed list. Hopefully you can add some new species to the local fauna.
Jeff
by Jeff
March 1st, 2021, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Beijing snakes from 2020
Replies: 10
Views: 2805

Re: Some Beijing snakes from 2020

Scott This is an interesting assortment of snakes that don't get much 'press' in the world snake literature. Beijing is at the same latitude as Philadelphia, hence the low species number. The Gloydius seem to be a real taxonomic puzzle - in the past eight years the number of species has increased fr...
by Jeff
February 11th, 2021, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Panama - Sierra Llorona area in Colon Province
Replies: 6
Views: 2692

Re: Herping Panama - Sierra Llorona area in Colon Province

Noah I've never been to the tropics, so I have to vicariously travel with the aid of more daring types as yourself. The Nothopsis is a very strange snake! If it's of any import, I think your finger Dendrophidion is a neonate Erythrolamprus epinephelus juvenalis, and your "not sure of" frog is, perha...
by Jeff
February 9th, 2021, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud snakes, and Rainbows
Replies: 9
Views: 3089

Re: Mud snakes, and Rainbows

Trivial problem if you take countermeasures. Use a metal stake, a short length of chain or cable, and a pair of stainless swivels (like for marine fishing). Ever seen a leg-hold set? Same idea. "Don't let it get away." Jimi is right. We stake the ones that are along rivers, and really stick to near...
by Jeff
February 8th, 2021, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud snakes, and Rainbows
Replies: 9
Views: 3089

Re: Mud snakes, and Rainbows

Place large sheets of plywood half in and out of water, summer/early fall, and check mid January to early April.

Jeff
by Jeff
January 30th, 2021, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cannibal Coachwhips?
Replies: 8
Views: 2612

Re: Cannibal Coachwhips?

Oh, and Porter, the 'X"s through the eyes in your illustration exemplified graphic humor. Well done! Without extensive verbiage, I was able to conclude that both were dead.
Jeff
by Jeff
January 30th, 2021, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cannibal Coachwhips?
Replies: 8
Views: 2612

Re: Cannibal Coachwhips?

I encountered a similar dilemma between two Speckled King Snakes in Louisiana. Differing from your case, the kings' mouths were locked sideways. like a handshake, rather than inverted. Also, the kings being constrictors, the two were locked into a tight ball that was dissembled only when I tossed th...
by Jeff
January 12th, 2021, 3:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Tiger Salamanders
Replies: 0
Views: 3299

California Tiger Salamanders

Folks I'm compiling historical records of the California Tiger Salamanders in the South San Francisco Bay Area, and am looking for any non-vouchered records. I have some 1960s-1970s information, mostly showing sites within current subdivisions that once had tiger sal populations. I know of a few ext...
by Jeff
January 2nd, 2021, 8:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 5
Views: 2254

Re: Happy New Year!

Kurt I remember the Xeno as well [Quah, E.S.H., Grismer, L.L., Jetten, T., Wood, P.L., Miralles, A., Shahrul Anuar M.S., Guek, K.H.P. & Brady, M.T. (2018b) The rediscovery of Schaefer’s Spine-jawed Snake (Xenophidion schaeferi Günther & Manthey, 1995) (Serpentes, Xenophidiidae) from Peninsular Malay...
by Jeff
January 2nd, 2021, 3:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Happy New Year!
Replies: 5
Views: 2254

Re: Happy New Year!

Wow Kurt, are you an Anomochilus magnet or have you figured out their niche?
Very impressive...
Jeff
by Jeff
January 1st, 2021, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona
Replies: 15
Views: 4241

Re: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona

Wow! Nice photography of the usual plus rare critters of southern Arizona. Having lived there and seen these I can appreciate the great photography, and the work that is necessary to find some of these reclusive animals. The gila monsters bursting forth is wonderful, along with so many others. My la...
by Jeff
December 23rd, 2020, 5:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 26
Views: 21539

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

Merry Christmas, as well, to all.
This year the temerarious peregrinations of the coronavirus left me with few alternatives: according to my employer I could either work from home or do field work! Oh heavens...!

Jeff
by Jeff
December 8th, 2020, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Etymology of snake genera
Replies: 12
Views: 1937

Re: Etymology of snake genera

Hans
I'm not even fluent in pig latin, but a long interest in etymology has deposited much nomenclatural strata in the brain pan.
If I don't know the etymology I start with the original description for clues.
Jeff
by Jeff
December 7th, 2020, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Etymology of snake genera
Replies: 12
Views: 1937

Re: Etymology of snake genera

Hans The etymology of old generic names can be tough to determine without a fluency in ancient Greek or Latin, that is, those that were created prior to the relatively recent requirement to provide an etymology in the manuscript. Hypsiscopus comes from the Greek Hypsi (high or lofty) and scopus (vie...
by Jeff
November 18th, 2020, 7:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 2368

Re: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020

from visits to east TX I got the impression they were doing just fine in areas completely dominated by GC toads Yes, that is very strange. Two years ago, a friend of mine in Louisiana who was hoping to one day see a hognose went to Houston and found five in one morning. In the 1930s George Meade ra...