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by blacktara
January 16th, 2016, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January
Replies: 12
Views: 7064

Re: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January

That was a partial listing of snakes. Also found tons of amphibeans. Also the wandering spiders in CR are cupiennius not phoneutria
by blacktara
January 13th, 2016, 9:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January
Replies: 12
Views: 7064

Re: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January

Around arenal snakes we found included about two dozen schlegeli, several asper, two porthodium, two atropoides, a red tailed boa, cat eyes, northern tree snake, many many sibons, a coffee snake, three or four bird snakes . Interested to hear how you do at CRARC, I will be there Feb 13 and 14.
by blacktara
December 23rd, 2015, 8:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January
Replies: 12
Views: 7064

Re: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January

I guess the big querstion is what are your biggest targets? I would highly recommend CRARC. Did one night there in May 2015 and will be spending another two there in mid February. Brian K is a great host and guide. Monteverde is not particularly herp or herper friendly. It's too much "on the beaten ...
by blacktara
December 10th, 2015, 4:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica question
Replies: 1
Views: 1131

Costa Rica question

Does anyone have the name of a good contact or guide for the southern Carribean coast region - say Limon south to around Cahuita Park?
by blacktara
September 12th, 2015, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada and Northern Arizona
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

Re: Nevada and Northern Arizona

Yah that was a little surprising. Temps were real good up there. And I'm not sure I was in the best places.
by blacktara
September 12th, 2015, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada and Northern Arizona
Replies: 4
Views: 2108

Nevada and Northern Arizona

Ok here are some more pics from a recently completed little trip. If I make any id mistakes, please correct me. And remember, I am a viper guy first and foremost, so my id's on non-hots and especially lizards and amphibians iare subject to error. Flew into Reno and met up with my buddy Mike G who dr...
by blacktara
September 10th, 2015, 12:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two northern Az rattlers
Replies: 1
Views: 982

Two northern Az rattlers

Ok, back from my recent trip. Here's two for the northern Az/southern Ut rattler crowd to chew on. Snake #1 IS smaller and lighter than snake #2 - though some of the color difference you see in the pics is due to lighting Here is my reasoning 1. The two snakes are the same sub 2. Facial striping and...
by blacktara
August 31st, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern az southern utah id question. not asking for locale
Replies: 2
Views: 788

Northern az southern utah id question. not asking for locale

I am going to be in northern Arizona and southeast Utah real soon. I have been trying my hand at sons of the Utah herp quizzes. I can id lutosus pretty well, and abyssus isn't really an issue because locale should dictate. Where I consistently get mixed up is strong patterned concolor vs viridis. Ev...
by blacktara
June 8th, 2015, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need an ID and also your reasoning
Replies: 6
Views: 2508

Re: Need an ID and also your reasoning

Thanks all for the input. Hoping the thoughts and feedback keep coming
by blacktara
June 8th, 2015, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need an ID and also your reasoning
Replies: 6
Views: 2508

Need an ID and also your reasoning

Ok so I have a dilemma. This snake is from Kern County. Local herpers at the site say it is oreganus helleri. Range maps I have seen say it is oreganus oreganus - and the locale is well north of the intergrade zone that runs west from the point of the Antelope Valley. I have shown pics of this snake...
by blacktara
May 12th, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica jackpot
Replies: 10
Views: 3905

Re: Costa Rica jackpot

Tonights best find - Fer de lance - Bothrops asper Image
by blacktara
May 12th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica jackpot
Replies: 10
Views: 3905

Re: Costa Rica jackpot

Ok here are a few more critters - this is all from the Osa Peninsula Bird snake - Pseustes poecilonatus - http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b233/blacktara/P1040274.jpg Net casting spider - Deinopis - http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b233/blacktara/P1040278.jpg Dart frog - Dendrobatus granuliferus -...
by blacktara
May 11th, 2015, 2:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica jackpot
Replies: 10
Views: 3905

Re: Costa Rica jackpot

We didnt disturb it at all - not even any flash - and stayed about four or five meters away - thrill of a herping lifetime for me
by blacktara
May 11th, 2015, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica jackpot
Replies: 10
Views: 3905

Costa Rica jackpot

Currently day 6 of a 19 day CR trip - have seen a lot and will post more in due time but here is the jackpot from the Osa Peninsula May 9
by blacktara
April 26th, 2015, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question re future Interstate 11
Replies: 11
Views: 3491

Re: Question re future Interstate 11

Thanks all for the input and comments
by blacktara
April 21st, 2015, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question re future Interstate 11
Replies: 11
Views: 3491

Re: Question re future Interstate 11

Any idea when this is supposed to happen? I'd like to be able to back on that road one more time for old times sake if nothing else
by blacktara
April 21st, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oklahoma Diamondback
Replies: 3
Views: 1551

Re: Oklahoma Diamondback

Cool shots. Are you local or were you just passing thru?
by blacktara
April 21st, 2015, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question re future Interstate 11
Replies: 11
Views: 3491

Question re future Interstate 11

A herper friend of mine texted me today saying they had heard that the future I11 project now involves a route that would convert one of Arizonas most famous herp roads to four lane interstate. Anyone know for certain what the plans are to link I10 to route 60 and if the famous herp road will or wil...
by blacktara
March 24th, 2015, 11:43 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Texas Field Guide
Replies: 7
Views: 6906

Re: Texas Field Guide

I dont know about later editions, but Tennant's second edition, though almost twenty years old, is a worthwhile pickup. It's got info you wouldnt expect to see in such a guide
by blacktara
March 24th, 2015, 11:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question for Roadcruising
Replies: 22
Views: 7066

Re: Question for Roadcruising

The road temp is the key. Any time the road is 100 degrees F or less you have a chance. Maybe 105. Above that, I'm not saying noone has ever seen or found a snake, but I will tell you the return on investment is very poor. The angle of the sun has a huge effect. In midday in the summer when the sun ...
by blacktara
January 7th, 2015, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: costa rica osa peninsula question
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Re: costa rica osa peninsula question

Thanks all. Unfortunately Golfo Dulce Lodge is closed May 1 - June 30
by blacktara
January 2nd, 2015, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: costa rica osa peninsula question
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

costa rica osa peninsula question

I am going to be headed to the Osa in May of this year and am considering an eco lodge called La Tarde. Would appreciate any input or opinions or experiences' good bad or otherwise from anyone that has any knowledge of or experience at that place or with the owner or his son. Also anyone with any ex...
by blacktara
August 23rd, 2014, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Botswana snake ID!
Replies: 4
Views: 1896

Re: Botswana snake ID!

Mole snake - nonvenomous but typically very defensive and bitey. Nice find!!
by blacktara
July 17th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...
Replies: 24
Views: 12065

Re: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...

It is common knowledge that boas cannot swim faster than 1mph for every foot of body length. Therefore this vicious predators top swimming speed would be at most 20mph, which would mean that anyone with reasonably quick reflexes should be able to pull their baby out of the lake with a few seconds to...
by blacktara
July 6th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI - Costa Rica advice
Replies: 10
Views: 2793

Re: RFI - Costa Rica advice

I've only been go CR once. So a few notes from that experience. Best option for a day trip from around Alujuela would be to go up around Arenal Lodge. That's a long day trip. Remember that ALL wildlife is protected in CR. Do not even THINK about manipulating or collecting in any of the parks. Road h...
by blacktara
July 3rd, 2014, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 2014 finds
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Re: Some 2014 finds

Yah . Freshly shed maybe?
by blacktara
July 2nd, 2014, 11:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request to look at Mambas
Replies: 16
Views: 3462

Re: Request to look at Mambas

I was in southern Africa in March 2014. Found one wild polylepsis in Swaziland that had gotten into one of the buildings of a resort site. The following are a few pics of a mamba from South Africa that was part of a collection. Pics were taken during a handling course and photo session at a site on ...
by blacktara
July 2nd, 2014, 10:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising tips
Replies: 16
Views: 3764

Re: Road cruising tips

I'm in SW Oklahoma. In spring I start finding stuff on the roads as soon as you get a couple of nights strung together where the temp stays above 70F for an hour or more after sundown. As you move into the summer, the "sweet spot" seems to be when you have an air temp of 75-85F between dusk and midn...
by blacktara
July 2nd, 2014, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 2014 finds
Replies: 2
Views: 854

Some 2014 finds

Ok, just catching up on sorting thru some pics from various trips in 2014. First some local stuff from here in Oklahoma. SW Oklahoma - Comanche County - May - a couple of S catenatus tergeminus and an A lacticinctus http://i20.photobucket.com/albums/b233/blacktara/P1030211.jpg http://i20.photobucket...
by blacktara
July 2nd, 2014, 9:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Eastern Oklahoma Crotalus question
Replies: 5
Views: 1799

An Eastern Oklahoma Crotalus question

I am from SW Oklahoma (Lawton). Lately I have been going to a site in Atoka County looing for C Horridus. Both Atrox and Horridus can be found in this area. My question is this. Where their ranges overlap, will Atrox and Horridus inhabit the same microenvironment. I was there last Friday road cruisi...
by blacktara
July 2nd, 2014, 9:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help IDing Eastern Oklahoma Copperhead
Replies: 2
Views: 1160

Help IDing Eastern Oklahoma Copperhead

I need a copperhead expert to tell me exactly what I've got here. This is from southeastern (but not far southeast) Oklahoma, Atoka County near Stringtown. From my understanding, eastern Oklahoma is an area where there is overlap between and intergardes of lacticinctus, phaeogaster, and contortrix. ...