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by Kerby Ross
October 7th, 2018, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Curiosity about latest date people have found Pyromelana
Replies: 2
Views: 9889

Re: Curiosity about latest date people have found Pyromelana

Here in the Prescott, AZ (5,000 + elevation) area they have been spotted way into November. Same with Arizona Black rattlesnakes.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
August 17th, 2018, 6:48 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Another wood carving ....
Replies: 0
Views: 9602

Another wood carving ....

Just finished this wood carved walking stick.

:)

Kerby...

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by Kerby Ross
July 26th, 2018, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RIP Fleas
Replies: 2
Views: 3765

Re: RIP Fleas

Sorry to hear that.

:(

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by Kerby Ross
July 1st, 2018, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bulls, Blues, and Ghosts
Replies: 6
Views: 6116

Re: Bulls, Blues, and Ghosts

Six lined race runner.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
June 27th, 2018, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reproduction
Replies: 1
Views: 9619

A reproduction

A reproduction that I recently finished.

Mold, cast and painted by me.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
February 1st, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yellow Belly Racer pencil drawing ...
Replies: 0
Views: 9128

Yellow Belly Racer pencil drawing ...

Did this today.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
January 21st, 2018, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Colored pencil drawing .....
Replies: 3
Views: 8431

Re: Colored pencil drawing .....

Thanks. :)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 17th, 2018, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some of my wood carvings ......
Replies: 6
Views: 9788

Re: Some of my wood carvings ......

http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com

Just click on the "ARTWORK" button on my home page.

Walking sticks are $450 and the wood carved "skins" are $300

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 13th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Colored pencil drawing .....
Replies: 3
Views: 8431

Colored pencil drawing .....

Water color pencil drawing I did last year.

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by Kerby Ross
January 13th, 2018, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some of my wood carvings ......
Replies: 6
Views: 9788

Re: Some of my wood carvings ......

Thanks SidNeilson, but these are just for show (art work), not for practical use. Walking/hiking sticks don't last very long when used.

They are still available for sale.

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 9th, 2018, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some of my wood carvings ......
Replies: 6
Views: 9788

Re: Some of my wood carvings ......

Thanks. I know they are not anatomical correct .... unlike my reptile reproductions.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
January 8th, 2018, 3:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some of my wood carvings ......
Replies: 6
Views: 9788

Some of my wood carvings ......

These are all one piece of wood. I carved them, burned in the scales and then painted them. :) Kerby... http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com/carve-17.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com/carvedskinwdb.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com/carveskin-blacktail-3.jpg http://www.lonesomeval...
by Kerby Ross
April 23rd, 2015, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to buy pinky mice in Prescott
Replies: 2
Views: 1517

I am ......

I am in Chino Valley, just north of Prescott and I breed mice and can sell live pinkie mice.

:)

Kerby...
Lonesome Valley Reptiles
http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com
by Kerby Ross
April 6th, 2015, 10:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in the Prescott area
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

Re: Herps in the Prescott area

There are a lot of other herps (lizards, etc.). Toads are common once the monsoon rains come in July. Never saw a gecko around the Prescott area.

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
April 4th, 2015, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in the Prescott area
Replies: 5
Views: 2747

A few ..............

I have lived in the Prescott area since 1990. Snakes that can be found in the Prescott, Prescott Valley, Chino Valley area: Ground snake Night snake Gopher snake Patch nose Desert Stripe Whipsnake Coachwhip Longnose California Kingsnake Sonoran Mountain kingsnake Wandering garter snake Black necked ...
by Kerby Ross
February 21st, 2015, 7:54 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: A practice run ......
Replies: 3
Views: 8635

Re: A practice run ......

I got the grass carp from someone who is licensed (Indiana) to sell fish from his fish farm. Cecil Baird from Indiana. I had originally molded the grass carp and then made a reproduction. One half of the 2-part mold broke. I kept the other half of the mold ..... and then 10 years later decided to po...
by Kerby Ross
February 17th, 2015, 9:43 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: A practice run ......
Replies: 3
Views: 8635

A practice run ......

Screwing around with an idea, so this was a practice run. 30" grass carp.

:)

Kerby...

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by Kerby Ross
February 6th, 2015, 11:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Red Tail Green Ratsnake .....
Replies: 2
Views: 9828

Red Tail Green Ratsnake .....

Red Tail Green Ratsnake drawing that I just did using Faber-Castell water color pencils. Still going to add some rocks and vegetation.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
February 1st, 2015, 8:11 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Loggerhead ......
Replies: 1
Views: 2070

Loggerhead ......

Loggerhead drawing that I just completed using Faber Castell water color pencils.

:)

Kerby...

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by Kerby Ross
January 27th, 2015, 6:07 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Koi carp .....
Replies: 5
Views: 9475

Thanks ....

Thanks!

:)

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by Kerby Ross
January 26th, 2015, 4:22 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Koi carp .....
Replies: 5
Views: 9475

Koi carp .....

Koi carp .... 2nd fish drawing. Water color pencils.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
January 22nd, 2015, 12:07 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: My first fish ......
Replies: 3
Views: 8433

Thanks!

I have been doing taxidermy as a part time/hobbyist since the 70's .... so I have painted plenty of fish (skin mounts & reproductions). I just never did any flat art. Here is a cutthroat trout (reproduction) that I painted for a customer. The fish blank starts out white, then I start adding color wi...
by Kerby Ross
January 17th, 2015, 1:29 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: My first fish ......
Replies: 3
Views: 8433

My first fish ......

My first fish drawing. New to this drawing stuff. Learned a lot on my first fish. Might do a carp next. I used water color pencils.

:)

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by Kerby Ross
January 13th, 2015, 5:36 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6672

Gerry, .....

Freeze dry taxidermy started in the early 1970's and they still haven't fixed the shrinkage problem. I have never seen a good freeze dry reptile mount. I compete with my reptile taxidermy and freeze dry has too many issure and is sub par.

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 13th, 2015, 7:29 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 40
Views: 34981

I have only seen two ..........

I live in Arizona and have only seen two in the wild. But they are pretty common. Hunters can buy a over-the-counter tag for around $20. Hunters harvest between 350 - 450 per year in Arizona and they are getting ready to make it two per year. Although most people never see one does make them rare in...
by Kerby Ross
January 13th, 2015, 6:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6672

Those appear to be ......

Those appear to be freeze dried taxidermy. I do skin mounts and reproduction reptile taxidermy, as well as all phases of taxidermy.

http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com/ ... allery.htm

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
December 19th, 2014, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard head ....
Replies: 5
Views: 2178

Definitely ....

Definitely drawing from reference.

My scale shapes aren't correct (smaller ones).

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
December 19th, 2014, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard head ....
Replies: 5
Views: 2178

Lizard head ....

Winter time blues. Lizard head drawing that I recently completed (my first attempt). Learned a lot and will do better on my next one.

:)

Kerby...

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by Kerby Ross
October 3rd, 2014, 9:04 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2014 California Kingsnake clutches......
Replies: 2
Views: 3085

Thanks ......

Sorry to hear about the bad eggs.

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
August 23rd, 2014, 1:23 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2014 California Kingsnake clutches......
Replies: 2
Views: 3085

2014 California Kingsnake clutches......

http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/clutch-2014-1.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/clutch-2014-2.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/clutch-2014-3.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/clutch-2014-4.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/clutch-2014-6.jpg http://www.lonesome...
by Kerby Ross
August 14th, 2014, 6:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Heat in back of the rack vs belly. What is your preference?
Replies: 7
Views: 4542

I just .......

I just use ambient room temps for my snake room. For my snakes and for my egg incubation.

My snake room gets into the mid 80's during the day time and high 70's at night.

All I have now are cal kings.

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
June 20th, 2014, 10:21 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Recent carp .......
Replies: 5
Views: 9658

Yes on the herps......

Check out my website. The best thing is to keep the fish wet (ccoler/livewell) until it can be put into a plast bag and in the freezer. For skin mounts it does not matter if the fish is touching something, but for reproductions it helps not to have dents in it, etc... Broken fins can be repaired. I ...
by Kerby Ross
June 20th, 2014, 6:13 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Recent carp .......
Replies: 5
Views: 9658

Thanks .....

All fish are painted, skin mounts and reproductions. Skin mounts dry to a gray color with some pattern showing (darker scales), and need to be painted. Old mounts that have stains were not treated properly (fleshed & degreased). On this carp I molded and casted the head, fins and gills to make some ...
by Kerby Ross
June 18th, 2014, 6:57 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Recent carp .......
Replies: 5
Views: 9658

Recent carp .......

When I was in Kansas in March my brother caught this 17 lb carp. It is a skin mount with a reproduction head, fins and gills.

:)

Kerby...

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by Kerby Ross
May 12th, 2014, 2:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some recent pics ........
Replies: 0
Views: 1982

Some recent pics ........

:) Kerby... http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/stump-1-frame-a.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/stump-2-frame-b.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/stump-3-frame-c.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/stump-4-frame-d.jpg http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/stump-5-frame-e.jp...
by Kerby Ross
April 21st, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 21387

Meant to post this here ......

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:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
April 17th, 2014, 5:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some 2014 Cal King Breeding Projects ....
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Thanks .....

Thanks! And yes I should produce some this year.

:)

Kerby...
Lonesome Valley Reptiles
http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com
by Kerby Ross
April 16th, 2014, 8:03 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some 2014 Cal King Breeding Projects ....
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Some 2014 Cal King Breeding Projects ....

Will have 20+ pairings this year. Here are a few. :) Kerby... http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/2014-breed-1.jpg Light Phase Ghost x Ghost http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/2014-breed-2.jpg Dark Phase Ghost x Blue-Eyed Blonde http://www.lonesomevalleyreptiles.com/2014-breed-3.jpg Purple Pass...
by Kerby Ross
March 21st, 2014, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Heading to Kansas next week for .......
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

It will be ....

It will be in Manhattan 28-30 March. I believe tbhe show room will be open Saturday from 1230-1300 for People's Choice voting and then open Sunday morning for the public. Four Points Sheraton. I know the fishing and metal detecting will be good and the herping might be a little early, but that is th...
by Kerby Ross
March 20th, 2014, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Heading to Kansas next week for .......
Replies: 2
Views: 1045

Heading to Kansas next week for .......

Heading to Kansas next week for a week of herping, fishing, metal detecting, visiting my mom and brother .... and attending the Kansas Association of Taxidermists Convention & Competition. Taking a bobcat and this eastern diamondback rattlesnake. It was a beast. Well over 60" and 10 inches in girth....
by Kerby Ross
February 25th, 2014, 8:04 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Justification.............
Replies: 95
Views: 30161

For me .........

I have no problem with it at all ..... if ....

1) It is legal

2) It is a natural diet

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
February 10th, 2014, 6:02 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Some fish taxidermy that I do ....... :)
Replies: 1
Views: 7964

Some fish taxidermy that I do ....... :)

Besides herping and breeding California Kingsnakes, I also hunt & fish and have been doing taxidermy since 1974. I do all phases of taxidermy and have competed in numerous state taxidermy competitions, the National Taxidermy Association and the World Fish Carving & Taxidermy Championships. Here are ...
by Kerby Ross
January 23rd, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Lets see your homemade cages!
Replies: 15
Views: 7206

TeeJay.........

I see you like sawdust in your coffee!

As a taxidermist I quit taking coffee out to the shop. Too much bondo dust and foam dust and paint fumes, etc....

lol

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 23rd, 2014, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Welcome To Arizona - Info for the Traveler and the Newbies
Replies: 37
Views: 24878

I have numerous e-mails from AZ G&F......

I have numerous e-mails from AZ G&F about Watchable Wildlife (WW). At one time I was thinking about providing a Reptile Guide Service. In Arizona you need a fishing guide license ($300/per year) from AZ G&F to take people fishing for a fee. Same with hunting ($300/year) if you are taking people hunt...
by Kerby Ross
January 21st, 2014, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chuckwalla Skull
Replies: 10
Views: 3480

Habitat.....

As a taxidermist I have to make my habitat. I mold a lot of rock, mold cactus pads, etc.... Here is a reproduction California Kingsnake that I molded, casted and painted. I also molded, casted and painted the prickly pear cactus (real spines though). http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com/lvt-calkin...
by Kerby Ross
January 21st, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chuckwalla Skull
Replies: 10
Views: 3480

Fairly easy.........

I do quite a few skulls every year because of my taxidermy. I have mounted numerous monitors, etc and have just sold the raw skulls.

http://www.lonesomevalleytaxidermy.com

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:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
January 2nd, 2014, 9:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Cholla wood?
Replies: 4
Views: 5896

Well,.........

I live in Arizona and a couple of years ago I checked with the Forest Service on manzanita and they were selling permits for $5 for 2 tons and you had to buy a minimum of $20 (4 tons). And you could only pick up deadfall. I asked about cholla cactus skeletons and they said no permit needed and you c...
by Kerby Ross
October 16th, 2013, 9:00 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 205712

Laws..........

Laws only apply to law-abiding citizens. If one wants to poach, then that is what happens. Poaching (not just reptiles & amphibs) is actually a lot larger than you might think.

Passing gun laws only restricts law abiding gun owners....it means NOTHING to criminals.
:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
September 26th, 2013, 6:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: does freezing food items kill parasites?
Replies: 10
Views: 5064

Freezer temps.....

**A conventional freezer in the home often reads at 15 degrees**

Then good luck keeping ice cream in that freezer. Ice cream MELTS at 15 degrees!

:)

Kerby...
by Kerby Ross
September 17th, 2013, 5:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Colorful hatchling Ashy Gecko
Replies: 19
Views: 8745

Re: Colorful hatchling Ashy Gecko

Thanks!

Kerby...