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by jonathan
June 2nd, 2019, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour
Replies: 34
Views: 6904

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: 6904

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 ...
by jonathan
May 18th, 2019, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour
Replies: 34
Views: 6904

Re: Garter grand slam in just 1 hour

Breaking with the strong consensus, I have someone who thinks that Garter #6 is a Coast Garter Snake Thamnophis elegans terrestris, rather than a Valley Garter Snake (T. sirtalis fitchi). The red is on the scales and irregular on the sides of the body, rather between the scales or bleeding out of th...
by jonathan
April 10th, 2019, 10:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for herping buddies to find Z's near Seattle, WA
Replies: 3
Views: 3102

Re: Looking for herping buddies to find Z's near Seattle, WA

I've made 2-4 trips to the gorge per year over the last 4 years and I try and spend some of that time looking for Z's out of range in northern Oregon. The great tri-color wild goose chase! I think the Mosier/Dalles/Hood River areas still could be a possibility, however I have not heard of any new Z...
by jonathan
April 2nd, 2019, 11:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 65
Views: 20298

Re: Climate change revisited

Ernie, Scott has asked that I not bite on your efforts to derail this site, and I agree. So I will debunk the ridiculous claim you just made, so people get an understanding of what level of references you're working with and how poorly you check the veracity of the things you post on this subject. S...
by jonathan
March 30th, 2019, 12:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats
Replies: 1
Views: 2343

Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats

I usually root for the herp but some of these evasions are incredible. A couple of the strikes looked like they might have landed but the rat survived if I'm reading correctly. I think it one case it looks like the rattler may even have gotten his lower teeth onto the rat and still got kicked off in...
by jonathan
March 13th, 2019, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 5127

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

Oh, and the look on your face up there with the corn Proves that there is no such thing as an unbeautiful or uninteresting snake. Proof. Right There. There's actually a beautiful story behind that corn too. If I remember right, that snake is one my dad had hatched himself from an egg long before I ...
by jonathan
March 12th, 2019, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 5127

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

Since we had come all the way to Manila, after the conferences we ended our trip with a few days at a retreat center that I had been to once before and enjoyed immensely. This time we were able to take Sophia on hikes through real hills in a rural area. This was mama's chance to go hiking with us to...
by jonathan
March 12th, 2019, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 5127

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

So a week after that, we went to Manila for a series of conferences and meetings. Lucky for us, the conference bordered a bit of jungle. I'll eventually post the full herping report somewhere else (far better than I expected!), but for now just a few with Sophia. On the third day Sophia and I took a...
by jonathan
March 11th, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chambal Sanctuary India
Replies: 8
Views: 6403

Re: Chambal Sanctuary India

This small town is nestled on the banks of Chambal River, which is probably the cleanest river in India. According to ancient Indian texts, the river is considered to be cursed. It is believed that the river originated from the blood of thousands of cows sacrificed by the Aryan King Rantideva. Anot...
by jonathan
March 11th, 2019, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's up with naherp?
Replies: 9
Views: 5617

Re: What's up with naherp?

I think you've always done what you thought was right Don.
by jonathan
March 11th, 2019, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 5127

Herping with baby Sophia

Spending time in the outdoors and with herps from a young age is a family tradition for me. 2.jpg 4.jpg I took baby Sophia out on a couple of short herping outings during the first few weeks of her life, but she wasn't really old enough to take in anything (and slept through most of the good finds)....
by jonathan
March 9th, 2019, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chambal Sanctuary India
Replies: 8
Views: 6403

Re: Chambal Sanctuary India

The story of how Chambal stayed clean and relatively undeveloped is crazy. On one hand, there's a myth that a large number of cows were sacrificed in the river, thereby poisoning the waters and making them unclean, so many people didn't want to have anything to do with them. On the other hand, a hug...
by jonathan
March 9th, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's up with naherp?
Replies: 9
Views: 5617

Re: What's up with naherp?

I and many others put an incredible amount of work into that project, literally thousands of hours of my life, partly in trust of Don's explicit promise that NAHERP would stay up as long as he was still alive. I don't regret that time, I had a lot of fun and NAHERP already did some good, but I still...
by jonathan
February 25th, 2019, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

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

The newest installment is up. A bit more researcher and conservationist stuff in this one. http://www.livingalongsidewildlife.com/2019/02/california-waters-frogs-of-frozen.html https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VrqZYu24Uak/XGCOZ0owr5I/AAAAAAAAHpM/FaB-UiY-nsI2arb8yJGhvaf50kb3uGKpACLcBGAs/s1600/kings%2Bcanyo...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2019, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 9683

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

But here's my best one...from Mount Abu in southern Rajasthan. Here's the account of the encounter which I wrote up the very night it happened. I head out at 8:15pm to herp a trail which I’d already scouted/herped from 4-7:30pm earlier in the day. Though the trailhead starts right on the edge of a m...
by jonathan
February 10th, 2019, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 9683

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Pretty much all my best no-photo stories involve mammals. I was doing field work in Bangladesh trying to collect data on frogs alone in a flooded fallow field at night. The area was devoid of large predators so my only safety concern was wild boar, with which I'd already had several uncomfortable en...
by jonathan
January 13th, 2019, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need a CC0 or equivalent Southern Leopard Frog
Replies: 1
Views: 7166

Re: Need a CC0 or equivalent Southern Leopard Frog

All of these come from when I had a pretty poor camera and didn't know how to take good pictures either, but if you don't have options maybe one will suffice? I might be able to get a higher res version that what is displaying here. http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/44224-51528.jpg http://www.naherp.co...
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 3443

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

Fantastic species and even more fantastic in-situ shots!

I really, really love the non-posed shots that show what they're doing when they're just doing their thing.
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Banded Coral Snake
Replies: 5
Views: 2958

Re: Banded Coral Snake

I'm not an expert, but, uh, that's a stripe?
by jonathan
January 11th, 2019, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification
Replies: 2
Views: 1282

Re: Batrachoseps minor/nigriventris identification

Didn't even give me time to answer. I've never seen a minor, but those toes would have been HUGE for nigriventris. I've distinguished other slenders from nigriventris with less toe size difference than that, so I was decently confident in that one.
by jonathan
December 30th, 2018, 11:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters: Part 3 with slenders and the Owens Va

Incredible narrative! I especially love your description of finding Inyo Mountains salamanders - they have always intrigued me! -Ananth Thank you! I would have loved to provide even more detail, but its been a constant balancing act between writing an engaging enough narrative to draw attention to ...
by jonathan
December 27th, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Part 3 is now up, focusing on Slender Salamanders. We were lucky to see lots on the trip, with 9 Inyos, 1 Kern Plateau, 2 Relictual, 5 Greenhorn Mountains, and 7 Oregon, though only the campi , robustus , and relictus are profiled in the story. California Waters: Salamanders in the Cracks https://3....
by jonathan
December 23rd, 2018, 11:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 6252

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

In tracking burmese pythons in Bangladesh, we would take pythons that had preyed on ducks in villages and relocate them something like 7-10km away. A behavior that was observed at least once, and I believe repeatedly, was for a python to lounge around in the new locality for a month or two, and then...
by jonathan
December 22nd, 2018, 9:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 3380

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

Great story!

And Sjon is a legend for his meticulousness in recording and preserving DORs. The amount of data and available specimens he has as a result of that is incredible.
by jonathan
December 19th, 2018, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US
Replies: 4
Views: 2622

Re: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US

That's up near the top of coolest-looking salamanders in the world right off the jump. Sean and David posted a great (and pretty open) background of the whole process of discovery/official designation as a species here: Song of the Siren -- The Story Behind How We Found and Described a Two-foot Long...
by jonathan
November 15th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Nice write up Jonathon. The NWR in Coachella encompasses that 19 miles of “optimal” habitat but there is actually about 50 sq miles of blowsand habitat which continues to support uma. I wonder if that development you saw is related to the cannabis industry. There are several large scale operations ...
by jonathan
November 9th, 2018, 2:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters: Part 2 about the deserts added

Here is part two, where we cover the deserts, space, development, predators, irrigation, the Imperial valley, and extirpated species: California Waters Part 2: The Deserts https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aODkGbxBv5g/W98hDiCYkII/AAAAAAAAHUA/b7oMpK_EZjQ8JHJ0LAJDz1z1n8ibZ5NXwCLcBGAs/s1600/Tortoise%2BPreserv...
by jonathan
November 7th, 2018, 9:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yucatan mysteries
Replies: 7
Views: 7748

Re: Yucatan mysteries

It's sad to think what is lacking in some people's lives that they're reduced to actually spending time on the internet doing that. It ain't good for you, him, or any the rest of us. I honestly pray that you find something more fulfilling for yourself.
by jonathan
November 7th, 2018, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yucatan mysteries
Replies: 7
Views: 7748

Re: Yucatan mysteries

Love the mud turtles!
by jonathan
October 29th, 2018, 2:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 14028

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Here are the answers/votes (combined with the votes on Facebook) 1. Yellow-belly Slider 2. Yellow-belly Slider 3. Red-eared Slider 4. Red-eared Slider 5. Red-eared Slider (melanistic) 6. Red-eared Slider (melanistic) 7. Florida Red-bellied Cooter (Pseudemys nelsoni) 2 votes, or possibly rubiventris ...
by jonathan
October 20th, 2018, 12:08 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 28821

Re: change of forum format

My feeling was that regional forums killed FHF as we used to know it. I never even would have come here if regional forums didn't exist. Literally the exact reason I came was because I was asking a question about Utah lizards at the Utah Herpetological Society's forums, and when I got great answers...
by jonathan
October 18th, 2018, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters

The RABOs are still plentiful up north, where the creeks are mostly free-flowing. It's a nice contrast to the SoCal creeks you so effectively characterize in your article. Plentiful along the coast up north. Inland is a different story. I was shocked to discover that they're nearly extirpated from ...
by jonathan
October 17th, 2018, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

Re: California Waters

Okay, Jonathan, That article is first class. :thumb: :thumb: Without knowing exactly where you were, you took us along and succinctly explained the plight of the two primary amphibs. Thanks Bill! Yeah, I could have gotten even more detailed, but as you likely perceived there were details omitted fo...
by jonathan
October 16th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 14636

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

Back in May I put together an epic herping trip across eastern and central California. I've ended up going through David Steen's "Living Alongside Wildlife" blog to post the trip report. I realized after the trip that a running theme of "water" was defining the trip. So I decided to call the series,...
by jonathan
October 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 23808

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

Do rivularis prefer warmer and deeper water like torosa or cooler shallow water like granulosa? IME the last 2 are more alike, than either is like rivularis. Its name says it all - flowing water . Which in its range, is naturally pretty cold. I've seen plenty in and around small creeks, but also in...
by jonathan
October 1st, 2018, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 14028

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

I wonder how many active (reproducing) populations of Chelhydra exist in California. I've always heard there are several populations, including some in the Bay area. Bart There was one in Beaverton, Oregon for some time though they tried to eradicate it and I believe have come close to being succes...
by jonathan
September 29th, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 14028

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Thank you Bill!

I'm looking for more input because at least one of more people have thought that one of those maps looks like a false map, and the softshell ID's have been all over the place with Florida, Smooth, and Spiny all getting into the mix.
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 14028

The East Coast Turtles of LA County

We all know that the Los Angeles area has a few turtle species... http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/22157-21034.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/17862-403708.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/43194-50047.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/102761-123314.jpg http://www.naherp.com/vouchers/27333-29634....
by jonathan
September 20th, 2018, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner
Replies: 6
Views: 8842

Re: Looking for Mission Trails Regional Park herp partner

Be careful, they are very cryptic and several herpers have been bitten by putting their hand in the wrong place in that type of habitat. Good advice. "Very cryptic" could be an understatement for specks. Besides sporting some pretty amazing background-matching they are also very disinclined to move...
by jonathan
September 1st, 2018, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 4762

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jonathan, Thank you so much for the help. What a small world it is! I love amphibians, especially photographing them. I'm excited to explore. I got to Tryon this morning before classes and it looked great, but it was dry. There was a bit of water by the few creeks, but once you got a few feet fr...
by jonathan
August 31st, 2018, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 6115

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Good post, Jonathan. That was a great welcome home bunch of outings!! Are you going to be back in the states now? Of course, the kid pics are always the best to me. This one was special because it was both a nice-sized adult and in an area I'd already searched hard twice but kept coming back becaus...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 6115

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Oh, species list for the trip: Oregon Slender Salamander - 7 Oregon Ensatina - 2 Western Red-backed Salamander - 12 Dunn's Salamander - ~25 Rough-skinned Newt - 6 Columbia Torrent Salamander - 2 Western Long-toed Salamander - 2 Coastal Giant Salamander - 14 Coastal Tailed Frog - 3 Oregon Spotted Fro...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 6115

Nice time back in Oregon

First time in America in three years and June/July didn't seem like the ideal time for herping. But Oregon is always good. My biggest find was due to the good graces of my family. My wife goes walking every day because there's a baby on the way and my dad goes walking every day because he's retired ...
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?
Replies: 6
Views: 8272

Re: Should we invalidate Pseudacris sierra?

This all sounds really mean, everyone deserves to be validated.
by jonathan
August 30th, 2018, 6:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?
Replies: 5
Views: 4762

Re: Any tips for Northern Oregon / Portland area?

Hi Jeremy! I grew up near Portland and went to college in Claremont, so pretty much your inverse. :thumb: Salamandering is your world now. I love salamanders, you will not be a happy herper in Portland unless you love them too. The salamander diversity matches all the other herps combined. I've herp...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 1:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 16024

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here's a video showing a python that took on a huge meal relative to its size: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpXucm1LSyA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6lGLRdOXCiA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9VTGcqyimP8 It's much easier to fake a photo than it is to fake multiple videos with a backstory and ...
by jonathan
July 19th, 2018, 12:50 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 16024

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

This pic from their study is a dramatic reference of size: Here's a more telling view of the same pic. Even with the forced perspective (the head out in front of the mans body).It is painfully obvious that it would be impossible for the snake to articulate it jaws past the wide shoulders once passi...
by jonathan
July 17th, 2018, 2:46 pm
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 16024

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Here is the incident from last year. Other than also being filmed with a cell phone and involving someone getting cut out of a python, I don't see how they're "nearly identical", or what the coincidence is at all. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgkDTJzCTok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKSQ2I95DJ...
by jonathan
June 30th, 2018, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Puget Sound Garter Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 19124

Re: Puget Sound Garter Snakes

So the garters I saw on a small island between Vancouver Island and the mainland are Puget Sounds? I was disappointed because they looked so typical for red-spotted in the yellow strip and red spots. I did only see two though, both in the same place.

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