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by jonathan
July 23rd, 2020, 1:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97089

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

My dad has mentioned that he's planning on getting OnX for Washington this year, and if he gives a positive review then I'll get it for Oregon.
by jonathan
July 22nd, 2020, 11:11 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What About Gus?
Replies: 8
Views: 14333

Re: What About Gus?

In his (extremely limited) defense, when I briefly scrolled down the front page I did catch this sentence near the bottom: Today Gus doesn’t free handle as much but will use this method ONLY when needed, other than that no reason to free handle venomous snakes for Gus is very aware that he has been ...
by jonathan
June 22nd, 2020, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New To Oregon--Need and ID
Replies: 2
Views: 1283

Re: New To Oregon--Need and ID

Dunn's. I have found them on occasion quite far from water, usually where some sort of rock talus was available and often (though not always) during or after rains. Welcome to Oregon! I wish I had a particular field guide recommendation, I own four but they're all quite old and I've kept up on chang...
by jonathan
June 22nd, 2020, 11:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 1789

Re: Southern Oregon

I've only hunted southwest oregon very briefly but have found it fantastic. First time I spent a couple mornings tagging along with my dad bear hunting in May near the coast and found dunn's, del norte, coastal giant, southern torrent, newts, pacific chorus frog, foothill yellow-bellied frog, skinks...
by jonathan
June 22nd, 2020, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Oregon (Jackson Co) - past few weeks
Replies: 2
Views: 1473

Re: Southern Oregon (Jackson Co) - past few weeks

Love the sharptail, still haven't seen one in Oregon. Long-toed Salis always make me happy too.

I agree with Richard that the alligator lizard looks like a Southern.
by jonathan
May 18th, 2020, 9:58 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 129115

Re: Climate change revisited

With respect to the issue of climate change / global warming, I have previously mentioned it is best to let the scientific research continue to explore these issues as well as letting the weather tell its own story in coming years. Below is a message received from son Ryan in Utah. It had four link...
by jonathan
May 17th, 2020, 10:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 1458

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

Interestingly, he's also an extremely strong advocate of climate change. This is consistent with the "make money on fear" ideology. What he truly thinks, and what he is right or wrong about, we may never know. There's allot of "tell folks what they want to hear, sincere or not, for alternate gains"...
by jonathan
May 17th, 2020, 10:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 1458

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

We don't seem to know conclusively where this damn thing came from yet, but be cautious of anyone overtly or subtly trying to answer, who isn't on the front line. If you agree or not, always follow the money to verify the source: Like a political party that seems to be full of folks who value money...
by jonathan
April 19th, 2020, 2:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Thanks for that Porter! I agree that I was lucky. Very lucky with some species, unlucky with others. I agree with what you say about the variable seasonality of spots even in close proximity. We experienced that even on that very trip. Conditions turned out to be perfect for two species towards the ...
by jonathan
April 18th, 2020, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

-Also, I think Johnathan found that spot before contacting me...if I remember correctly. He just messaged me cause he knew it was my stomping grounds ;) :) To be specific, I spent a lot of time searching maps and other info online and ended up with three specific spots I wanted to target. But I did...
by jonathan
February 18th, 2020, 8:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah
Replies: 5
Views: 2205

Re: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah

Haha, I don't think it's as hard as all that. You just have to know which resource will keep you updated. I agree that it's not generally too important to know that Shasta Salis were split into three due to genetics or whether cal mountain kings are five subspecies or two species. But the 2nd Editio...
by jonathan
February 16th, 2020, 10:00 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 34
Views: 69345

Re: North American big cats

I have a few classic photos like that :D My hometown herping partner Matt was surveying in the gorge last year and was way way off trail in some boulderfield/talus when someone growled at him from the other side of the rocks. He's pretty sure he had wandered almost smack into a den but chose not to ...
by jonathan
February 16th, 2020, 9:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Big Gartersnake Post
Replies: 7
Views: 3620

Re: The Big Gartersnake Post

I saw a Thamnophis sirtalis concinnus that was well over three foot (maybe 40-45" would be the range to put it at?) last time I was in Oregon, possibly the biggest I've ever seen out of over 1000. But it was sunning on top of a rise when I came up and went shooting off of it before I got the pic. Ju...
by jonathan
February 16th, 2020, 9:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah
Replies: 5
Views: 2205

Re: Reptile/ snake book for herping Cal/Nev/Utah

If you really want to keep up with all the taxanomic changes, it's tough for print guides to stay current. And I've read a pretty bad review of the latest Stebbins edition (even though the 1st edition is what I grew up with). For California I default to the CaliforniaHerps website, which has far mor...
by jonathan
February 12th, 2020, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 3325

Re: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2

I guess what really surprised me was that apparently so many people wanted to read a post about herping in Nepal (there were more than 3700 views!) and as a result they checked out my original inquiry, which did not show anything about herping , but yet, there are far fewer views of my actual post ...
by jonathan
February 11th, 2020, 9:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Gotta love the variability of those Northwestern garters... I have to disagree with your opinion of Valley garters (fitchi) though, they're actually my favorite! I did notice a minor mistake in your write-up, you have the latin names for Valley garters and CA red-sided swapped, fitchi = valley and ...
by jonathan
February 11th, 2020, 9:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Nice collection of Morphage :beer: I think I read your other more extensive post from this earlier this year… Not sure now. I think I was going to comment but I got caught up with something. Read the story about the Willamette Valley morph. Cool stuff! I Remember i liked the story behind that. thos...
by jonathan
February 11th, 2020, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Kelly Mc wrote:
January 23rd, 2020, 9:24 am
Beautiful, loved seeing Garters with my morning coffee, thanks!
Thank you. :)
by jonathan
February 11th, 2020, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

Re: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Jimi wrote:
January 22nd, 2020, 1:06 pm
Nice!
Thanks!
by jonathan
January 19th, 2020, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal
Replies: 8
Views: 2916

Re: Board Flipping Suggestions in SoCal

My assumption is that it really depends on the weather and the particular place the board is laying. I aim for morning but I don't actually have any proof that's better, and actually my best flipping sequence ever (10 snakes of 6 species in 1 hour including a rosy and a tantilla) was quite late in t...
by jonathan
January 19th, 2020, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast
Replies: 17
Views: 4321

(almost) All the Garter Snakes on the West Coast

Wrote this more than a year ago but life kept getting in the way of posting it. Finding the various West Coast garters has been a big goal of mine for a while. But it still took me by surprise when I suddenly realized - hey, I've got almost all of them! I had nailed several long-awaited finds during...
by jonathan
January 19th, 2020, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My scariest experience while herping caught on video
Replies: 18
Views: 3200

Re: My scariest experience while herping caught on video

You are too nice, that guy would have got mouth from me, which would have included "mind your own business." Furthermore, if this is a state park or reserve, what is he doing picking up wildlife, not to mention chucking them over hillsides. If this is your scariest experience so far, they can be a ...
by jonathan
January 5th, 2020, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

Oh, I myself do the VAST majority of my herping alone. I could literally list out every time I've ever herped with another herper. But I did learn a ton from those times especially at the beginning when I didn't even know what "flipping a hill" was, and he was asking specifically how to find people.
by jonathan
January 4th, 2020, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

Awesome thanks for the response. Do you have any tips for connecting with local herpers that will take me out with them? I don't really know any. I am concerned I will come off like I am just wanted to steal their spots. which is not the case. 100% of my connections came through this forum and NAFH...
by jonathan
January 2nd, 2020, 12:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tentacle Snake
Replies: 3
Views: 1757

Re: Tentacle Snake

Amazing night Lou! During my year in Bangkok I didn't have anyone else to herp with or show me the spots and didn't know where to go at night (plus work generally kept me from being out past evening anyway), I had no idea there were places that you could be that prolific! Poor target acquisition on ...
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best of 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 2896

Re: Best of 2019

I'm quite in awe of the species you find and the pictures you take. Thank you very much Kurt.
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 3325

Re: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2

I would very much love to find a crocodile newt one day. Even seeing a picture of a salamander larvae in Asia was a bit of a shock to the system. I really miss them.
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1560

Re: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 1

Incredible to see two Trachischium species, even dead. I have hoped to find those in the Indian foothills of the Himalayas and haven't been lucky yet.
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping
Replies: 11
Views: 2572

Re: New to the Forum! Tips for getting started in herping

* Read a lot, especially herper accounts and scientific papers (field guides are somewhat less useful for actually finding herps). Just to contradict that point, californiaherps.com can be extremely helpful for understanding the exact habits and habitats of various herps * Go out on trips with more ...
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Oregon in November
Replies: 8
Views: 2701

Re: NW Oregon in November

A 5-species day is incredible in Oregon any time of year, but particularly in November.
by jonathan
January 1st, 2020, 11:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising
Replies: 14
Views: 15359

Re: Tips to find sidewinders without cruising

Which Claremont campus are you at? I'm a HMC and CGU grad. You might already know, but Stephen Mahoney, a biology professor at HMC, is into herpetology and if you talk to him you might be able to accompany some outings whether or not you're actually part of his class/research group. I haven't found ...
by jonathan
October 12th, 2019, 2:55 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 3
Views: 20895

Re: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

In the ‘50s, ‘60s, and early ‘70s our own animal importers were as bad. I remember going to several importers (like Bill Chase and Ray Singleton) in ’69 to see 3 foot piles of baby boas (about $3.00 each) where the healthiest were at the top of the pile. The bottom layer were dead. Same for Florida...
by jonathan
October 4th, 2019, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snakes on Koh Chang Island, Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 13558

Re: snakes on Koh Chang Island, Thailand

Yeah, Gonyosoma is often considered a common snake but in my experience it isn't. Although it's a rather slow snake and should be easy to spot at night, this is the second I have seen! Agreed, I've only ever seen 2 as I recall (not including several DOR specimens), but I put that down to not lookin...
by jonathan
October 1st, 2019, 1:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19967

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

As one compendium example: that for the Mojave National Preserve prohibits the collection of herps pursuant to a California fishing license. This prohibition negates the statement made earlier in this thread that you can herp in the Preserve just as you would on other public land. I expect that han...
by jonathan
September 19th, 2019, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19967

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I can only answer on california regulations. Yes, a California fishing license is exactly what you need to handle non-protected species. Protected species (such as the desert tortoise) cannot be handled no matter what you have. The Mojave National Preserve doesn't have any special protections in tha...
by jonathan
September 17th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19967

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

Wow thanks.. glad you keep detailed notes. ;) You make me happy again. I am not used to seeing reptiles daily and I have had several holidays where i saw only one or two snakes in 3 weeks. So if i find half the stuff you saw in 2 days back in 2008 i will be extremely happy. I have for instance neve...
by jonathan
September 17th, 2019, 9:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19967

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I'm looking at my notes from a 2008 trip I took there that same time of year. Back then I knew almost nothing about desert herping, I'd been to the Mojave maybe twice before but just poking around, no one had ever shown me what to do and I'd almost never road-cruised in my life. 9am on July 25th arr...
by jonathan
September 17th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intro and question re magnesium chloride
Replies: 9
Views: 12436

Re: Intro and question re magnesium chloride

Ted Daehnke, Lowell's field assistant on the snakes for three years, is my dad. I think he would have started right near the back end of when you were there, either '75 or '76. Lauren Zabrowski, the intern park ranger at SRBPNCA for one of those summers, is my mom. They met in the preserve and got m...
by jonathan
September 17th, 2019, 5:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july
Replies: 23
Views: 19967

Re: Herping tips holiday Utah California in july

I've had great trips to the Mojave that same time of year. If everything is new to you you'll have a blast. Early morning is the best, personally I'd aim for lizards on the dunes and maybe if you're lucky a tortoise or a rattler. Chucks and some other lizards and maybe a coachwhip can be out even in...
by jonathan
September 17th, 2019, 5:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intro and question re magnesium chloride
Replies: 9
Views: 12436

Re: Intro and question re magnesium chloride

Totally off topic Jack, but if you've been in Idaho since 1971, were you crossing paths with Lowell Diller or anyone else at the SRBPNCA in the 1970s?
by jonathan
September 15th, 2019, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake taxonomy has gotten wild
Replies: 0
Views: 14362

Snake taxonomy has gotten wild

On one hand this might be old news for everyone else. On the other hand I might have details completely wrong. But this is what I think I've just learned. When I was a kid, the snake families were easy. You had colubrids, which were just about everything (especially if you lived in Oregon). Then you...
by jonathan
September 15th, 2019, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)
Replies: 12
Views: 17739

Re: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)

Great post. I won't admit to leaving the boa there for you. ;)
by jonathan
July 22nd, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 34
Views: 69345

Re: North American big cats

My friend Matt disturbed a cougar in a den while doing surveys in the Cascades a couple weeks ago. Never even saw her, just got some significantly nasty snarls and chose not to investigate further.
by jonathan
July 18th, 2019, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp diversity in SW Washington and NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 12158

Re: Herp diversity in SW Washington and NW Oregon

Thank you for mentioning Nate's Southern Alligator Lizard, I knew about it but omitted it in error. Multnomah County is tough for reptiles. I have a couple spots for Northern Alligator Lizard, otherwise I haven't done any better than you. I am aware of reported localities still producing fence lizar...
by jonathan
July 18th, 2019, 4:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp diversity in SW Washington and NW Oregon
Replies: 3
Views: 12158

Herp diversity in SW Washington and NW Oregon

Matt Dagrosa and I are doing a long-term survey project in NW Oregon and are looking for some information about the area. We've compiled a fairly good database of sightings, but are still specifically interested in finding information regarding any of the following. Anyone who has herped the area, o...
by jonathan
July 12th, 2019, 8:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northwest, Lacey, Olympia Washington and surrounding areas
Replies: 19
Views: 23331

Re: Northwest, Lacey, Olympia Washington and surrounding areas

Even if they aren't "highly sought after", we frown on giving specific locales in order to set a consistent standard. This is the internet, absolutely anyone can see the post. It only takes one unethical person to really mess up an area. All of us are aware of multiple sites in California that have ...
by jonathan
July 10th, 2019, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps
Replies: 12
Views: 26777

Re: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans

And finally the conclusion. Part 5 is from a conservationist perspective, leading with the Giant Garter Snakes that are dying out in California, the Oregon Spotted Frogs that are already gone, and whether we can do anything to preserve the future for all of them. California Waters: What Can Be Resto...
by jonathan
June 2nd, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour
Replies: 34
Views: 17183

Re: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour

If you counted subspecies, I could do a half day, SF Bay Area 5 snake slam: 1. Thamnophis elegans terrestris 2. Thamnophis atratus atratus 3. Thamnophis atratus zaxanthus 4. Thamnophis sirtalis infernalis 5. Thamnophis sirtalis tetrataenia If you took a full day, you could do 4 species, 9 sub slam ...
by jonathan
June 1st, 2019, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour
Replies: 34
Views: 17183

Re: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour

Just because... the one second mini-slam exists (3 species). :mrgreen: https://live.staticflickr.com/958/42224683722_1fee7d6666_b.jpg Nice! I got the mini-slam on a Canadian island last summer. T. ordinoides and T. sirtalis pickeringii together and then T. elegans vagrans 40 minutes later. I think ...