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by desertwalker
March 4th, 2014, 11:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monster
Replies: 3
Views: 2376

Gila Monster

My wife and I are down in Tucson for the winter and we decided to do a short hike on Monday close to our rented condo. Since we haven't really seen any signs of herp activity we were very surprised to come across this. http://i843.photobucket.com/albums/zz352/desertwalker2010/Arizona%202014/IMG_108...
by desertwalker
October 4th, 2013, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Summer and Early Fall Compilation
Replies: 5
Views: 1993

Re: Late Summer and Early Fall Compilation

Nice water snake pic with the stream in the background. That got my nomination well done!
by desertwalker
October 3rd, 2013, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Monsoons Sept 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1771

Re: Arizona Monsoons Sept 2013

Thanks for the replies and the funny thing was that I wasn't even looking for snakes when I found it. I had walked to the edge of a clearing to watch the sun set on the tops of the canyon walls. After 5 minutes or so I turned to go back to the car and right there by my feet I seen it going through t...
by desertwalker
October 2nd, 2013, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Monsoons Sept 2013
Replies: 4
Views: 1771

Arizona Monsoons Sept 2013

My step son and I returned recently from a very successful 10 day trip to Arizona last month. It's amazing to lift off Calgary Alberta and 2 1/2hrs later be in reptile heaven! Everyone talks about August being the best for monsoon herping but from the locals I had talked to, they said August was ac...
by desertwalker
April 20th, 2012, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Placid Fl. Final Post
Replies: 4
Views: 3139

Lake Placid Fl. Final Post

Well I made it back to Canada and finally got a chance to get some of my pics in order. I just wanted to thank everyone who pointed me in the right direction to finding the animals I had only dreamed of since I was little. To anyone who has never been to Florida, I recommend you do as much research ...
by desertwalker
March 11th, 2012, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hognose Skin???
Replies: 9
Views: 2034

Hognose Skin???

Found this shed skin today and with the beak like nose to it, I was thinking it belonged to a hognose would you agree?
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by desertwalker
March 11th, 2012, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Placid Fl. Update
Replies: 8
Views: 3326

Re: Lake Placid Fl. Update

Thanks for the info John. I have hiked around Archibald Conservatory a few times and was able to see a bob cat, black racer and few tortoises. From the people I have talked to that work there, they said they don't see alot of snakes. Too bad because it looks like prime habitat. Congrats on the pine ...
by desertwalker
March 9th, 2012, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Placid Fl. Update
Replies: 8
Views: 3326

Re: Lake Placid Fl. Update

Thank you guys! I kinda only half assed went through the effort of identifying species knowing that the keeners on the board will come through for me and for that I'm greatful. I know it's sad but I have thick skin to weather criticisms and .....it's just easier that way. Alt that pic of the light c...
by desertwalker
March 8th, 2012, 9:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Placid Fl. Update
Replies: 8
Views: 3326

Lake Placid Fl. Update

Not a whole lot to show everyone but being my first time to Fl everything is a lifer for me and a very exciting find. It's alot dryer here than I expected and not as many snakes moving as I would have hoped. Water snakes and black racers seem to be the most common and so are Gopher Tortoises . In on...
by desertwalker
January 30th, 2012, 3:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone up for some Florida herping?
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Re: Anyone up for some Florida herping?

I found it just outside Lake Placid, actually west of Lake June. It's not a DOR even though it had strange lumps on it's back which also made me wonder if it had been hit but when I tried to feel if it was injured he took off quite healthy. The reason for the open mouth is because I had made him ups...
by desertwalker
January 29th, 2012, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone up for some Florida herping?
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Re: Anyone up for some Florida herping?

Is this a ground snake?
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by desertwalker
January 29th, 2012, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone up for some Florida herping?
Replies: 10
Views: 1396

Anyone up for some Florida herping?

I finally made it down to Florida for my winter get away and already have seen some snakes after just been here a week. I have never been to Florida before so it's pretty exciting because every snake I find is a lifer. I know January can be pretty scarce for herping but in the vicinity of Lake Placi...
by desertwalker
January 26th, 2012, 8:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wanderlustlessness in New Mexico & Arizona
Replies: 65
Views: 7891

Re: Wanderlustlessness in New Mexico & Arizona

WOW! Dr. Dark said it...EPIC! What an amazing journey. Thanks
by desertwalker
November 25th, 2011, 9:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #15: Bornean Miscellany, Part 1 - Snakes
Replies: 13
Views: 4272

Re: Borneo Dispatches #15: Bornean Miscellany, Part 1 - Snak

"This one sat in a huge Dillenia suffruticosa bush right behind the restaurant at Bako National Park." I can see it now, the population of Borneo is now gonna triple from the influx of American herpers after this post. Maybe you should have waited till the end of the year to post. :lol:
by desertwalker
November 19th, 2011, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes, Torts, Toads, Lizards and Landscapes Part 1
Replies: 39
Views: 5553

Re: Snakes, Torts, Toads, Lizards and Landscapes Part 1

Fantastic post!!! The lightning and bobcats wow! Truly on the running for best post of the year
by desertwalker
November 9th, 2011, 3:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 18330

Hmmm, It's even worse than thought

It was never my intention to open up the debate on whether people should give specifics to their special herp spots. I was just trying to show how silly it's become. The length of this thread clearly shows how desperate some of you are to justify your OCD. The next reality show will be "Herp Spot Ho...
by desertwalker
November 7th, 2011, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 18330

Re: Really, has it come to this?

"Why do I care?" and " It makes sense"??? It's not that I really care I just think it makes herpers look foolish. Because he had a pic on a sunny day does that put "his spot" in jeopardy because that will allow unscrupulous herpers to deduce that this snake comes out on sunny days ? GPS coordinates ...
by desertwalker
November 7th, 2011, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 18330

Really, has it come to this?

Just finished reading a recent post where the author (name withheld in case someone might know who I'm talking about) not only doesn't want to give any clues as to the locales he even waited until the end of the year to post so no one would know the time of year he found his "precious" and have the ...
by desertwalker
October 12th, 2011, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: how to make/where to buy a herp hook?
Replies: 7
Views: 2405

Re: how to make/where to buy a herp hook?

Buy a ski pole from a 2nd hand sports store. Slide 6 inches of the end under a car tire and bend to desired angle. Costs maybe $5, has a wrist strap and strong/light weight for hiking and flipping. :D
by desertwalker
August 29th, 2011, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Khao Yai Trip
Replies: 26
Views: 8609

Re: Khao Yai Trip

Well Done Congrats on the trip!!! I LOVE the viper!!!. Your post makes me want to go back there despite the leeches, and my wife getting pick pocketed on a tut tut. Last time I went was with my brother and gf and I got dragged out shopping all the time. I mean how many fake $30 Rolexes does a person...
by desertwalker
June 1st, 2011, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help in Maui
Replies: 6
Views: 1304

Re: Help in Maui

There is a town called Makua and I found 2 Jacksons up there. The female was found on a hedge along main street and my male was found just on the outskirts. Everyone will tell you they seen one yesterday. Goodluck
by desertwalker
March 27th, 2011, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March 2011 Tucson
Replies: 2
Views: 1240

March 2011 Tucson

I have been in Tucson for 3 months and return to the great white north April 1st. Although I knew finding herps durring the winter months would be futile, never the less I would flip rocks and A.C whenever the opportunity presented itself while hiking down here. I was fortunate to find a night snake...
by desertwalker
December 16th, 2010, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nylon Mesh Snake Death Trap
Replies: 34
Views: 35247

Re: Nylon Mesh Snake Death Trap

That is REALLY nasty stuff! I commend you on your efforts in freeing snakes and bringing the problem to the attention of the county but what we need are affordable ideas to replace this netting for erosion control.
by desertwalker
December 14th, 2010, 9:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Few Chattanooga Area Summer and Fall Finds(DUW)
Replies: 22
Views: 3308

Re: A Few Chattanooga Area Summer and Fall Finds(DUW)

Great Post! That Timber was massive! I can't wait for the day I can herp in that neck of the woods.
by desertwalker
December 2nd, 2010, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Thailand trip post inspired by jonathan
Replies: 10
Views: 4216

Another Thailand trip post inspired by jonathan

I don't know if any of you have ever felt this way but because I failed to find of my target species on this trip I didn't feel like posting any of the things I did find (which wasn't alot). I was traveling with my wife, brother and his girlfriend who evidently has some kind of OCD about shopping. W...
by desertwalker
November 25th, 2010, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cozumel
Replies: 6
Views: 1540

Re: Cozumel

I spent an afternoon herping cozumel over Ten years ago. There were plenty of Green Iguanas in the foliage and scorpions while flipping. There was an old abandoned cobblestone road with alot of stones strewn about in the ditches which were great for flipping, located on the extreme North/NW end of t...
by desertwalker
November 24th, 2010, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Every orbit of the Sun, this happens once
Replies: 13
Views: 2057

Re: Every orbit of the Sun, this happens once

Beautiful willardi! I've been bustin my ass for years hoping to get a pic of one and it looks like the snake gods have shined on you.
by desertwalker
November 1st, 2010, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?
Replies: 51
Views: 6969

Re: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?

I looked into buying a gun the last time I was in Arizona because you are right it is almost impossible to own a hand gun here in Canada and I can't even imagine what it would take to bring a gun into the U.S. They won't even allow me to bring oranges across the border never mind a gun. But if I cou...
by desertwalker
October 31st, 2010, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?
Replies: 51
Views: 6969

Re: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?

Thanks for the input everyone. On a brighter note there's a greater chance of finding a back pack full of drug money which would go a long way to buy gas for road cruizin. :lol: By the way does anyone know how to say in Spanish "DON'T SHOOT, I'M ONLY OUT HERE LOOKING FOR SNAKES!" No they won't belie...
by desertwalker
October 30th, 2010, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?
Replies: 51
Views: 6969

Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?

I started coming to Az from Alberta back in 1995. Like alot of people who make the pilgrimage to find Arizona herps, I would drive deep into the desert and camp without a soul around for miles. At times only a stones throw away from the Mexican border, I would hike all day leaving my vehicle and cam...
by desertwalker
October 8th, 2010, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any help in Arizona
Replies: 20
Views: 2025

Re: Any help in Arizona

I can relate. When started I had a hard time figuring out where to herp and it seemed that no one wanted to help me either. I didn't know what night driving was! I sweated my ass off hiking the Sonoran desert in August risking heat stroke looking for herps. All I can say is pay close attention to th...
by desertwalker
October 5th, 2010, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant
Replies: 32
Views: 5546

Re: Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant

Funny you should mention that. Ever since I seen that episode of Steve spotting the snake from the helicopter I've been wanting to get one. A gyro-copter more in my price range would be so cool.... There I am, running for the copter yelling for my herping partner to start it when behind me a band of...
by desertwalker
October 5th, 2010, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant
Replies: 32
Views: 5546

Re: Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant

Or how about when it shows him driving his jeep in Africa when all of a sudden the engine dies and he has to cross the Savannah on foot....has no choice. Well I guess the camera guy must have been running really really fast on a paralell road to get the side shots of him driving into the sunset just...
by desertwalker
October 5th, 2010, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant
Replies: 32
Views: 5546

Austin Stevens Arizona/New Mexico Episode Rant

What a goofy show. I don't know how many of you watched this but I found it astonishing anyone would air something so ridiculous. His mission on this show apparently is to find "The most dangerous rattlesnake in the world". I thought he did that last week when he was in Mexico looking for the neotro...
by desertwalker
September 9th, 2010, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green is Good; Greater Green is Better
Replies: 10
Views: 6523

Re: Green is Good; Greater Green is Better

What a beautiful snake! Thank you for sharing
by desertwalker
September 7th, 2010, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to go in AZ?
Replies: 18
Views: 3217

Re: Where to go in AZ?

To be quite honest, gopher snakes are the most common snakes I encounter when I go to Arizona. I come across them during the day while hiking or at night on the roads. It doesn't matter whether it deep in the Saguaro studded desert, sage swept plains or even the Chihuahuan desert. To give you a litt...
by desertwalker
September 4th, 2010, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Saskatchewan herping
Replies: 22
Views: 4210

Re: Saskatchewan herping

Well done Kevin! The only way I was able to find horned lizards in Alberta was to watch for their movement. Who knows how many I've walked past. Apparently from the research I have done to try and find Western Hognose snakes is that they seem to be found close to prairie dog mounds. You might want t...
by desertwalker
August 20th, 2010, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Re: Best rattler pic
Replies: 2
Views: 1103

Re: Best rattler pic

I just went through the best rattler pics and I have to say some of you guys are in a league of your own. I am amazed at the photographic talent we have on our forum. To Bryan Hughes, how did the Diamond back in the water picture come to be? Was he retreating and just happened to stand his ground th...
by desertwalker
August 19th, 2010, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alberta Herping
Replies: 20
Views: 3438

Re: Alberta Herping

Yes! You are right it is a nighthawk I just read this script " The air rushing through his wingtips at the bottom of the dive makes a deep booming sound" Thanks for identifying it for me. And Cole I was about 2 hours from the Montana border but I can't say what the rodent population is like I didn't...
by desertwalker
August 17th, 2010, 10:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Memorial Day in Southern Oregon and Northern Nevada
Replies: 18
Views: 5679

Re: Memorial Day in Southern Oregon and Northern Nevada

Nice Pics and post! My favorite is the Great Basin Rattler. It that ever a sharp pic.
by desertwalker
August 17th, 2010, 10:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alberta Herping
Replies: 20
Views: 3438

Re: Alberta Herping

The elevation at this location is only around 2500 ft and I have seen snakes out and about as late as the end of October depending if there is an unusually warm fall. But when I have seen them that late in the year they were along the river bank as they were on this trip so you could be right they m...
by desertwalker
August 17th, 2010, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alberta Herping
Replies: 20
Views: 3438

Re: Alberta Herping

Hi Ian, I know of those organizations but I'm not a member of them. Maybe when I have more time I'll join something like that. If you'd ever like to go field herping I'm game. I'm hoping to be able to look for Western Hognose In SE Alberta before the end of the season. Let me know. To all the positi...
by desertwalker
August 16th, 2010, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alberta Herping
Replies: 20
Views: 3438

Alberta Herping

With all the recent posts from Az as of late this post will pale in comparison but finding 10 prairie rattlers in the span of 3 hours was really cool! No bull snakes, no garters just rattlers. In fact, 8 of them were within 20 yards of each other along the river bank which leads me to ask this quest...
by desertwalker
June 16th, 2010, 7:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where would you choose to winter in Florida?
Replies: 3
Views: 1360

Where would you choose to winter in Florida?

My wife and I are planning to spend the upcomming Jan-June in Florida but have never been there before. Those who have experience with the herps and demographics of the state could you please advise me where would be a good place to rent a place with the following criteria in mind: 1) SAFETY- I real...
by desertwalker
June 11th, 2010, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona May 2010
Replies: 15
Views: 3214

Arizona May 2010

My wife and I departed Calgary, Alberta and drove straight through to Wickenburg arriving 30hours later. I was unable to find any of my target species but it wasn't for the lack of trying. In fact my wife said she will have to organize an intervention if I didn't stop obsessing to find a Pyro. I wan...