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by FrogO_Oeyes
March 20th, 2019, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders
Replies: 6
Views: 6828

Re: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders

To clarify, the paper cited above doesn't blame the LIA on the collapse of American populations. It implicates a huge decline in population and subsequent revegetation for the worst effects of a cooling period caused by other factors . I've already seen the paper laughed off because American populat...
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 4th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: U.S. field guides
Replies: 13
Views: 17893

Re: U.S. field guides

I got the Audubon guide when it was new and reasonably current. It hasn't been updated noticeably in 40 years, and everything in it was small to begin with. It was great when it was new but is now badly dated by scores of species, and inadequate compared to others. I have a few other continental/nat...
by FrogO_Oeyes
March 11th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple 2017 South Central Alaska Highlights
Replies: 5
Views: 3503

Re: A Couple 2017 South Central Alaska Highlights

I've heard wood frogs in Inuvik NWT, calling from lakes bordered by pine/spruce forest. Saw them in Fort McPherson, as well. In Ft. McPherson, the treeline follows the Peel River valley, but I only saw them at the pond in town. Never saw or heard them on the tundra itself, and never really explored ...
by FrogO_Oeyes
May 4th, 2017, 3:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 3838

Re: Field Guide for New Guinea?

New Guinea is so diverse and poorly explored, it will be difficult to get anything useful. I have The Common Frogs of New Guinea, but if you add all the less common species and all the species described since, it would still fall far short of what's there. And that's just the frogs :S
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 25th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute trip
Replies: 9
Views: 3347

Re: Louisianna and/or East Texas this weekend; last minute t

You're within about 12 hours drive of about ten different [some undescribed] species of "slimy salamander", so depending on where you've seen them before, you may have at least one more lifer.
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 16th, 2017, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for accurate Southern Baja Herp List
Replies: 10
Views: 3595

Re: Request for accurate Southern Baja Herp List

Peterson Western edition field guide. Off the top of my head, I doubt it's been updated for several taxonomic splits [Phyllodactylus, Crotalus, Elgaria, Anniella, Gopherus, Hyliola], but I don't think more than one of these is found in any given area anyway.
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 27th, 2016, 4:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Laowa 15mm herp shots
Replies: 12
Views: 5685

Re: Laowa 15mm herp shots

While most of the shots are striking, I particularly find many of the snake images to be remarkable. The level of sharp detail makes them seem as if they were painted, without regard to real world depth of focus. That is, If I were to look at an animal with my own eyes, less would be in focus than I...
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 16th, 2016, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lined Snake. Rarest snake in Minnesota?
Replies: 21
Views: 9138

Re: Lined Snake. Rarest snake in Minnesota?

With temperatures of about 22C, we found 4 red-bellies and one prairie skink at the south end, my stepson possibly sighting a lined snake in the grass. At the north end, he claims to have seen several garters , and I found a DOR red-sided garter. Today in Faribault [Rice County], five red-sided gart...
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 14th, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lined Snake. Rarest snake in Minnesota?
Replies: 21
Views: 9138

Re: Lined Snake. Rarest snake in Minnesota?

This thread is a bit old, but would seem to be the most relevant and up to date on the subject. I'm hoping to take the kids out tomorrow to look for lined snakes - the weather seems particularly nice for it. With regard to massasaugas, there's good evidence that they formerly occurred well up the Ca...
by FrogO_Oeyes
August 24th, 2016, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "New" California rattlesnakes
Replies: 15
Views: 5636

Re: "New" California rattlesnakes

I prefer not to even give this man's name any repeat hits online. He's his own editor, publisher, and reviewer. I think the global consensus on his "publications" is to ignore them for ten years, and when necessary resurrect or describe taxa properly. That way his papers become officially forgotten ...
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 13th, 2016, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes in the Chiricahua mountains
Replies: 17
Views: 7203

Re: Snakes in the Chiricahua mountains

We saw "14" making a cash run, I think, just north of the wall, south of the Chiricahuas. And someone else walking along the road with lots of clothes on at night, in the mountains. Herpwise, we saw one L.knoblochi in Rucker Canyon, along with many Sceloporus virgatus and S.poinsetti , and a few Elg...
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 13th, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 4425

Re: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

It's a teiid, I think most likely Kentropyx altamazonica. But I haven't sat down with a regional guide or key to be sure.
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 7th, 2016, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Sistrurus
Replies: 8
Views: 3407

Re: Arizona Sistrurus

Good finds! We were there briefly last May, but didn't have the information I do now, or I think we'd have spent some time searching. I think all we saw in that area was some kangaroo rats, several which I caught for return to a zoo in NC. Most of our time was spent between Douglas and the Chiricahu...
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 4th, 2016, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 25912

Re: Dishonesty in government

"So if anyone can cite such research where incidental collecting by the public has produced negative impact on the overall population of a species, I am always willing to learn." Just mentioned the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) In 1988 I saw 6, 89-4, 90-2, 92-1, I have not seen 1 since 1992. The...
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 1st, 2016, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Pics from Az
Replies: 8
Views: 3464

Re: A Couple Pics from Az

I used to think the same thing, but my understanding of evolution, taxonomy, and the definition of a species have changed (about the same time that I came to this thinking, someone else published on the very same topic in Zootaxa). Both logically and by definition, the argument fails. Sexual species...
by FrogO_Oeyes
June 30th, 2016, 5:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Pics from Az
Replies: 8
Views: 3464

Re: A Couple Pics from Az

You're right. Although Crotalus molossus "molossus " is sister to Crotalus basiliscus , Crotalus ornatus sister to Crotalus totonacus , and Crotalus nigrescens sister to all of these [ C.estebanensis and C.m.oaxacus not analyzed], the shortage of specimens of C.nigrescens [clearly a distinct species...
by FrogO_Oeyes
June 30th, 2016, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Pics from Az
Replies: 8
Views: 3464

Re: A Couple Pics from Az

You seem to have rounded up a few of the harder to find/marginal-US species. Good job! I see you caught to revision of Gastrophryne , although you use both names. The black-tail is just plain Crotalus molossus now, with Chihuahuan Desert [more or less] animals being Crotalus ornatus . I wish you luc...
by FrogO_Oeyes
June 2nd, 2016, 9:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LOTR herps
Replies: 2
Views: 1884

Re: LOTR herps

There's already a Smaug. Not less than two off the top of my head: Smaug giganteus [sungazer], and Smaug mossambicus [flame-bellied girdletail]. The genus is a two-fold reference, the second being their presence in JRR Tolkien's homeland.
by FrogO_Oeyes
April 13th, 2016, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake river/hells canyon zonata sightings
Replies: 8
Views: 3969

Re: snake river/hells canyon zonata sightings

I number of years ago I was leafing through a book at Powell's Books, and came across a mention of Plethodon idahoensis in the Blue Mountains of Oregon. I haven't been able to find that reference again, and only had one small chance to search at the edge of the area. Since Dicamptodon aterrimus and ...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 24th, 2016, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short trip to Costa Rica
Replies: 4
Views: 1882

Re: Short trip to Costa Rica

Senticolis triaspis, or Pseudelaphe flavirufa?
by FrogO_Oeyes
December 26th, 2015, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 6959

Re: Newts...because they're there

And then there are the genetically distinct rough-skins in the Palouse prairie of Idaho.
by FrogO_Oeyes
December 12th, 2015, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015
Replies: 12
Views: 4605

Re: Lizards from Chile, Nov 2015

Great images from a rarely-reported part of the world. I have fond memories of the many Chilean lizards, especially Liolaemus tenuis and Callopistes maculatus (I have no end of fondness for these "friendly", pretty, outgoing lizards), from their brief import period 25-30 years ago. Finding resources...
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 3rd, 2015, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gray Ratsnake Range Question
Replies: 9
Views: 3352

Re: Gray Ratsnake Range Question

You're relying on very dated information, as the colors and patterns vary somewhat within genetic groups, and in parallel between groups. Eastern GA has eastern ratsnakes, Scotophis [or Pantherophis , if you prefer] alleghaniensis , while the west has central ratsnakes, S.spiloides . The dividing li...
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 2nd, 2015, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall Amphibians near Portland
Replies: 7
Views: 3098

Re: Fall Amphibians near Portland

I found what looked almost certainly to be Aneides in Forest Park, but a close look showed it was probably a large P.dunni , albeit in Aneides habitat and Aneides color. Dicamptodon of both species are abundant around the city, with D.tenebrosus especially abundant in Forest Park. Plethodon dunni is...
by FrogO_Oeyes
October 2nd, 2015, 7:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes
Replies: 19
Views: 6266

Re: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes

Great post and great images, again. I've always had difficulty finding Alberta's prairie species, despite knowing their best localities. The only confirmed [but technically unvouchered] location for racers is basically closed to public access now, although I did search another spot nearby where they...
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 18th, 2015, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pacific Giant
Replies: 6
Views: 1842

Re: Pacific Giant

Pacific giants are incredibly common around the Portland area. They and Dunn's salamanders occupy almost every stream I've searched in the region. The salamander in the OP's post looks like a Cope's giant to me. In the Seattle metro area I've found many Thamnophis ordinoides , and a couple of Lithob...
by FrogO_Oeyes
June 8th, 2015, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 12866

Re: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...

Perhaps it has little or nothing to do directly with rattlesnakes, and maybe the reverse? Many snakes vibrate their tails, causing a buzz among grasses and dead leaves. Resemblance to sympatric rattlers [where they occur] is simply a bonus and secondary advantage, not the primary one. For rattlers, ...
by FrogO_Oeyes
March 17th, 2015, 10:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March in Oregon
Replies: 6
Views: 2076

Re: March in Oregon

I've seen similar scars in snakes which had been trapped in erosion-control netting.
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 25th, 2015, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Honeymoon herping - Thailand and Malaysia 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4665

Re: Honeymoon herping - Thailand and Malaysia 2014

Some very interesting images, especially the flying snake. I just wish someone would photograph Indochinese salamanders once in a while! I recently was able to photograph a captive-bred Subsessor bocourti at a zoo I work with. Apart from being a beautiful animal, it was actually very docile and easy...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 19th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?
Replies: 8
Views: 2344

Re: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?

Experimental evidence that oral secretions of northwestern ring-necked snakes ( Diadophis punctatus occidentalis ) are toxic to their prey http://masonlab.science.oregonstate.edu/files/masonlab/112experimentalevidenceRingnecks.pdf Ring-necked snakes ( Diadophis punctatus ) do not possess a true veno...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 19th, 2015, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?
Replies: 8
Views: 2344

Re: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?

Absence of fangs is one of the diagnostic and definitive traits of Diadophis edwardsii . You'll find it commonly mentioned in field guides. When Diadophis phylogeography was studied, I don't recall any evidence of hybridization of D.edwardsii being presented, although that's definitely a possibility...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 18th, 2015, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: British Columbia & Alberta, Canada
Replies: 13
Views: 3818

Re: British Columbia & Alberta, Canada

There are actually two much more recent records of Phrynosoma douglassi which were published, one of which included an illustration and description of the habitat. Larry published a short paper to specifically bring these records to light. Since then, there have been something like 20 reports, one o...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 18th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: British Columbia & Alberta, Canada
Replies: 13
Views: 3818

Re: British Columbia & Alberta, Canada

Great post! A few notes of interest: Pacific chorus frogs in BC haven't been studied yet, but I would bet on many interior specimens being Pseudacris sierra , which is known as far east as western Montana. Boreal toads in Alberta seem to be one of several undescribed species in the complex. Since Ca...
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 24th, 2015, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 8185

Re: Educational Ethics

Screw 'em. I'm not aware of any such religious practice [which is not to say they're not real], but in a secular classroom, the onus is on the claimant to prove it's their [reasonable] religious practice, and not simply a more local tradition. The latter gets no accommodation. Regardless of what the...
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 19th, 2015, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody in Cheney WA? Bull snake question
Replies: 9
Views: 2201

Re: Anybody in Cheney WA? Bull snake question

No P.c.sayi in Washington. That would be P.c.deserticola, the Great Basin gopher.
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 14th, 2015, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog
Replies: 7
Views: 2641

Re: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog

I've seen, caught, or heard wood frogs in many places in Canada, and recently got a new county in Minnesota. Many are just sight or sound observations as a kid. In addition, there are many vouchered locations in Canada and Alaska which are not part of HerpMapper. I've seen or caught wood frogs in Fo...
by FrogO_Oeyes
January 8th, 2015, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping at Mary's Peak
Replies: 11
Views: 2965

Re: Herping at Mary's Peak

I'm glad to see some of the black ones. I herped Mary's Peak a few years ago, and found northern R.aff.variegatus, D.tenebrosus (including a large terrestrial adult), A.truei , and normal phase P.dunni , all at a single site. No luck with the dark dunnis, which were previously described as Plethodon...
by FrogO_Oeyes
November 18th, 2014, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 14405

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

It may be interesting to note that many of the species already covered are possible or probable composites of cryptic species [ Desmognathus marmoratus, D.ocoee, D.quadramaculatus, D.conanti, Aneides aeneus, Eurycea spp ., etc], as are a number of those yet-to-be-recorded. I have to agree with the o...
by FrogO_Oeyes
November 7th, 2014, 11:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-Name That Herp...
Replies: 24
Views: 5478

Re: New Game-Name That Herp...

But is that first one L.chiricahuensis or L.fisheri? Distinguishing features aren't visible and locality isn't mentioned.
by FrogO_Oeyes
August 21st, 2014, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few finds here and there
Replies: 5
Views: 1566

Re: A few finds here and there

Uinta toad, Anaxyrus cf. boreas - probably to be described as A.pictus, or a new name allied with this.
Pygmy horned lizard, Phrynosoma douglasi - could be P.hernandesi, as I don't recall the fine details of where their ranges meet.
Western yellow-bellied racer, Coluber mormon.
by FrogO_Oeyes
August 14th, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Center for North American Herpetology
Replies: 8
Views: 2555

Re: Center for North American Herpetology

Yes, but it's not the site. The problem is with Java settings. My old XP laptop opens it fine, but my new Win8 laptop does not, and I haven't figured out how to fix the settings. Nor have I made much effort, since I need the older system for other things anyway.
by FrogO_Oeyes
July 16th, 2014, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help needed, near Mena AR
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Re: Help needed, near Mena AR

I have posted in the Arkansas forums, but I am still hoping for someone to have the opportunity [and success] at locating my phone for me. While I'd like to find it myself, it could be a while until I get a chance to look again. A reward is still offered. I really prefer my Casio over the Blackberry...
by FrogO_Oeyes
June 3rd, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help needed, near Mena AR
Replies: 2
Views: 1299

Help needed, near Mena AR

We were herping near Mena, Arkansas last Thursday, and apparently I dropped my phone [complete with photos and videos]. We drove more than 50 miles looking for it, in places where either it should have been easy to find nor where I doubted I had it. In retrospect, I now think it's highly likely that...
by FrogO_Oeyes
May 3rd, 2014, 7:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter snake eating crabs?
Replies: 2
Views: 1072

Re: Garter snake eating crabs?

Wandering garters are known to eat crayfish inland, so I would not be surprised.
by FrogO_Oeyes
May 3rd, 2014, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: noname
Replies: 7
Views: 2175

Re: Den visit and a nice long-toed salamander in BC

That's an unusual pattern, regardless of the population. It's a different species from those in Vancouver, both of which are potentially undescribed. Alberta probably has two species, one of which is this one, and the other will likely become Ambystoma krausei once a revision is undertaken.
by FrogO_Oeyes
May 3rd, 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Let's see your coeur d'alene salamanders
Replies: 9
Views: 2037

Re: Let's see your coeur d'alene salamanders

I've found many, in both Idaho and British Columbia. They can be quite abundant and easy to see on wet rock faces adjacent to roads, and are easily seen just after dark. I've also seen many of them active when air temperatures were only 2-3C in the middle of the night in fall. Other places they can ...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 20th, 2014, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?
Replies: 20
Views: 3683

Re: Rosy Boa now Three-lined Boa?

No. The link already provided is for a paper specifically on Lichanura , and it was published in 2007. In my experience, it can take as long as 20 years for taxonomic changes to trickle down to hobbyists, although that has dropped a bit with pervasion of the internet. The link works for me. There co...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 6th, 2014, 12:08 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Spilotes and Pseustes
Replies: 27
Views: 9313

Re: Spilotes and Pseustes

P.sulphureus is being transferred to Spilotes, which results in all other Pseustes being assigned to Phrynonax.

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... ated=false
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 6th, 2014, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4014

Re: Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013

Cool images. The milksnakes would both now be Lampropeltis gentilis . The kingsnakes are Lampropeltis californiae . The caiman lizard is Dracaena guianensis . I think there was probably some kinda typo or bad optical character recognition there. The coastal rosy boa is probably Lichanura orcutti - L...
by FrogO_Oeyes
February 6th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Hills salamander blog
Replies: 5
Views: 1583

Re: Red Hills salamander blog

Very interesting, thanks!

Here's part V:
http://www.livingalongsidewildlife.com/ ... gered.html