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by Jeff
March 18th, 2021, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Asian Ratsnakes and Kin of Greater China
Replies: 7
Views: 400

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: 7
Views: 400

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: 403

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: 403

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: 708

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: 800

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: 800

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: 507

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: 507

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: 820

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: 487

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: 487

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: 14
Views: 1184

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: 17432

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: 630

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: 630

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: 897

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...
by Jeff
October 25th, 2020, 3:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How long does a copperhead have a yellow tail?
Replies: 7
Views: 855

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: 8
Views: 897

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: 8
Views: 897

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: 993

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: 20
Views: 1367

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: 1728

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: 2042

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: 1446

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: 3819

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: 2627

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: 4459

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: 8062

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: 7815

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: 3499

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: 3110

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: 3110

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: 14206

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: 42689

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: 42689

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: 10139

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: 11597

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: 13980

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: 5998

Re: Identification Help

Sagebrush Lizard - Sceloporus graciosus
by Jeff
May 3rd, 2018, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 12373

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: 9877

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: 2200

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: 24466

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: 24466

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: 14795

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: 14795

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: 6075

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: 3808

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...