Search found 407 matches

by M Wolverton
August 21st, 2011, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Data Collection Trip Highlights
Replies: 7
Views: 2160

Re: Data Collection Trip Highlights

Good photos.

Your ring-necked is a Northwestern ring-necked.
by M Wolverton
August 18th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need snake ID
Replies: 17
Views: 1803

Re: Need snake ID

VanAR wrote:Looks similar to a short-tailed mamushi (Gloydius blomhoffi brevicaudus), but I wouldn't rule out one of the European adders until there was a clear shot of the face to see if it has pits.
Yep, the yellow tail is a good indicator.

It doesn't look like any of western Asian/Euro vipers to me.
by M Wolverton
August 11th, 2011, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter ID
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

Re: Garter ID

One thing you'll notice if you compare NW garters to other WA garter snakes is that they have a shorter head with a blunt snout. Also, they often have a more distinctive dark edged line down the side of the head. Red or orange dorsal stripes are a dead giveaway, but their pattern and colors can be r...
by M Wolverton
August 11th, 2011, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter ID
Replies: 7
Views: 1957

Re: Garter ID

Your photo is of a Puget Sound garter snake. The one you said had a red dorsal stripe was almost certainly a northwestern garter.
by M Wolverton
August 8th, 2011, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skull Processing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3961

Re: Skull Processing?

Don wrote:So Biz is still out there? Cool. Anyone here know John Applegarth? He was the fellow I knew that bizzed all sorts of stuff.
I've lost touch with him. Sharp guy!
I bought some here in WA about five years ago or so. But I haven't looked for it since then.
by M Wolverton
August 8th, 2011, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skull Processing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3961

Re: Skull Processing?

Bleach will often lead to early degradation.

For comparative analysis specimens we macerate first and then soak in Biz and water. The Biz is a lot easier on the specimens.
by M Wolverton
August 3rd, 2011, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone Up for Herping the White Salmon/Lyle area? 8/5-7/2011
Replies: 7
Views: 2404

Re: Anyone Up for Herping the White Salmon/Lyle area? 8/5-7/

I doubt I'll be down that way for quite awhile. Anyway, I hope you found someone down there, you should at least be able to find some stuff night cruising.
by M Wolverton
July 31st, 2011, 11:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July Species Counts- NW Chapter
Replies: 5
Views: 2293

Re: July Species Counts- NW Chapter

For July 2011 Washington state: Northern Pacific rattlesnake Great Basin gopher snake Western yellow-bellied racer Desert night snake Northern rubber boa Valley garter snake Northwestern garter snake Wandering garter snake Sharp-tailed snake Side-blotched lizard Blotched tiger salamander Great Basin...
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 9:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Clark's nutcracker

Funny you mention it, I've never tried Turnbull and was thinking about going there this weekend. The habitat looks fantastic, if you want to find rubber boas and spadefoot toads, it would be a great place.

Not sure yet, I might just go to some other places around town there.
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 6:10 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

Whether collection makes much of a dent probably depends on the species and local population size, plus how easily targeted an animal is, or how easily targeted key producers in a population are. Demand plays a big part, reproductive rate, etc. A lot of variables, really. On public land, you are pro...
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 5:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Clark's nutcracker

I see spadefoot toads more than any other reptile or amphibian while road cruising during the summer (when it isn't raining) in a lot of areas. They'll be out just about any night, but more will be out on more humid nights, especially with an approaching storm. You'll find more spadefoots adjacent t...
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 3:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Clark's nutcracker

I haven't found any west of the Cascades, but a few folks here have found a decent amount of them in the southern Puget Sound area. East of the mountains, you don't really need hot spots. They are almost everywhere with prime habitat and some places you wouldn't think they'd be. They are very common...
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 2:12 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Clark's nutcracker

Rubber boas are pretty easy even this late in the summer. I saw 3 AORs and a DOR cruising on a weekend trip a couple of weeks ago.

You can find them even easier in the late spring and early summer. For awhile you can find them under rocks in the day and in numbers on the road at night.
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tracking snakes by scent
Replies: 29
Views: 3939

Re: Tracking snakes by scent

This is why field guides should be scratch and sniff books.
by M Wolverton
July 28th, 2011, 9:24 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act
Replies: 50
Views: 16634

Re: Alabama man indicted under Lacey Act

Based on the past behavior of agencies like the CA, TX, and UT wildlife departments combined with the federal F&G, I'll hold off on roasting this guy at this point.

He isn't guilty yet.
by M Wolverton
July 26th, 2011, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: P. c. sayi ???
Replies: 11
Views: 2957

Re: P. c. sayi ???

I am not sure how you could answer that question w/o doing DNA testing on them. Morphologically they "look" like a mix. One of the key ways to tell the difference is the shape of the rostral, those animals have gopher snake shaped rostrals, in every other way they look like the bullsnakes found in w...
by M Wolverton
July 26th, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Western wood pee wee and a cedar waxwing.
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Re: Western wood pee wee and a cedar waxwing.

This was Kittitas County. I didn't look close enough at the nest to determine what it was made of. It was a meter off the ground on the branch of a downed tree.
by M Wolverton
July 26th, 2011, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Old World Rattlers???
Replies: 20
Views: 3995

Re: RFI: Old World Rattlers???

My Mandarin rat snake vibrates its tail occasionally. There aren't any rattlesnakes in the house to corrupt it.
by M Wolverton
July 26th, 2011, 10:43 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Western wood pee wee and a cedar waxwing.
Replies: 2
Views: 901

Western wood pee wee and a cedar waxwing.

Got a few more bird photos last weekend.

Image

Image
by M Wolverton
July 26th, 2011, 7:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: P. c. sayi ???
Replies: 11
Views: 2957

Re: P. c. sayi ???

Did you guys hunt Sunday night? It got a good deal busier than Saturday night did. BTW, it was cool to meet you Travis. Did you find plenty of bugs? I know flipping rocks and drift wood out there in that area will produce a zillion scorpions and black widows in no time flat. Also, Scott, Jeremiah, a...
by M Wolverton
July 25th, 2011, 6:58 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Re: Clark's nutcracker

PNW, this was at Chinook Pass. That is snow in the background. There were a bunch of them mobbing anyone who stopped, they would approach very closely if they thought you might have food for them.

I got a video of a couple of them eating someones potato chips.
by M Wolverton
July 25th, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: P. c. sayi ???
Replies: 11
Views: 2957

Re: P. c. sayi ???

When they get 5 feet they kind of start not looking like the gopher snakes elsewhere in the state. Those Spokane snakes get really big. They are also heavier bodied and the pattern and colors are different. They are mostly north of the Spokane River and I've seen really big ones out west of town fro...
by M Wolverton
July 21st, 2011, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Coral Snake
Replies: 13
Views: 3183

Re: Arizona Coral Snake

Minton guestimated that they were probably capable of a fatal yield based on a documented bite with fairly severe systemic symptoms.
by M Wolverton
July 21st, 2011, 7:45 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Clark's nutcracker
Replies: 22
Views: 3487

Clark's nutcracker

Got a lousy pic of one last weekend, thought you bird nerds might dig.

Image
by M Wolverton
July 21st, 2011, 5:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Field Herp Forum, Hello All!
Replies: 30
Views: 3534

Re: New to Field Herp Forum, Hello All!

Yep, Cornet Bay on Whidbey Island.
by M Wolverton
July 21st, 2011, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Naherp Database
Replies: 26
Views: 9784

Re: Naherp Database

Figured I'd bump this. We now have over 650 records, which is still not all that many. Steve Zimmerman went through and entered a bunch, which helped quite a bit, particularly with a bunch of species and counties that we had no records for. David Hardesty entered a gob of them also (nice work). I fi...
by M Wolverton
July 19th, 2011, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons
Replies: 9
Views: 2162

Re: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons

Not a whole lot visually from what I gather, but the plains spadefoot will be on the east side of the Rockies.
by M Wolverton
July 19th, 2011, 9:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons
Replies: 9
Views: 2162

Re: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons

Where did you find it? I had assumed you found it in Spokane County, or at least WA. If so, the intermontana is the only spadefoot in the state and that one looks just like all the ones I've seen.
by M Wolverton
July 19th, 2011, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons
Replies: 9
Views: 2162

Re: Spea... intermontana or bombifrons

Nice Travis. Log the toad as Spea intermontana, they are Great Basin spadefoot toads. If yo go out night driving in most places in the basin they are a very common sight. I just found gobs of them last weekend I have to log.
by M Wolverton
July 16th, 2011, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spiny Softshells in Lake Washington!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

Re: Spiny Softshells in Lake Washington!!!

They are in enough separate water bodies that I am not convinced they were all introduced in western WA. Knowing that sliders will survive in most of these same water bodies and that they are far more commonly offered in the pet trade (at least after the early 80s), it would follow that sliders woul...
by M Wolverton
July 13th, 2011, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spiny Softshells in Lake Washington!!!
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

Re: Spiny Softshells in Lake Washington!!!

Welcome to the forum, and great photos you took.

I believe most of the the turtle species commonly available in the pet trade have been pulled out of Lake Washington over the last 20 or more years.
by M Wolverton
July 4th, 2011, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What Herp Societies are We Members of?
Replies: 48
Views: 6867

Re: What Herp Societies are We Members of?

The PNWHS was for a long time pretty outspoken against the keeping of venomous snakes. With a ban on them looming, they did nothing except yell about making sure they could keep their pythons and boas. Now there is a ban on keeping venomous snakes, so most of them should be happy. I haven't been int...
by M Wolverton
July 4th, 2011, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Non-herp Scat ID
Replies: 21
Views: 3341

Re: Non-herp Scat ID

Looks like a bear log jam.
by M Wolverton
July 2nd, 2011, 4:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake shed skins needed
Replies: 1
Views: 855

Re: Rattlesnake shed skins needed

I'll be on the look-out for them.
by M Wolverton
June 30th, 2011, 6:04 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: "Rattlesnake Republic"
Replies: 86
Views: 42193

Re: "Rattlesnake Republic"

MaartenSFS wrote:So were these rounded-up snakes killed? If so, there isn't much hope for wildlife elsewhere, with the number of conservationists in the U.S. This sort of thing should be illegal and these people shot.
Sounds reasonable. :crazyeyes:
by M Wolverton
June 23rd, 2011, 8:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: "Rattlesnake Republic"
Replies: 86
Views: 42193

Re: "Rattlesnake Republic"

Pretty much identical to Deadliest Catch, except with rattlesnakes.

Lots of pretty reckless catching techniques. Lots of bad narrative trying to be informative.
by M Wolverton
June 18th, 2011, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mix bag of herps, somthing for everyone (DUW).
Replies: 19
Views: 3013

Re: Mix bag of herps, somthing for everyone (DUW).

That first northern pacific is interesting, you could find a duplicate of it right in the heart of the Great Basin rattlesnake range.
by M Wolverton
June 16th, 2011, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Volume 2, Issue 2 - Discussion/Review
Replies: 7
Views: 2838

Volume 2, Issue 2 - Discussion/Review

Most excellent- more later when I get all the way through it.
by M Wolverton
June 13th, 2011, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Epic Nevada trip part 2/2 snakes DUW
Replies: 17
Views: 4699

Re: Epic Nevada trip part 2/2 snakes DUW

You guys did great! Epic indeed.
by M Wolverton
June 8th, 2011, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Go out of your way to meet people.
Replies: 12
Views: 2705

Re: Go out of your way to meet people.

My name is Francis, but all my friends call me psycho. Anybody calls me Francis, and I'll kill ya. And another thing, I don't like people touching me or my stuff. If any of you ****** ****** touches me or any of my stuff, I'll kill ya.
by M Wolverton
June 8th, 2011, 7:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sharptails in the Puget Sound region
Replies: 5
Views: 1506

Re: Sharptails in the Puget Sound region

You can get permission to go on certain parts of a lot of US military bases. I am not sure if Lewis is one or not, but it might not be a bad idea to contact them and see. You might also look into the area around that big Quadrant housing development at Dupont. I seem to recall a few trails when I wa...
by M Wolverton
June 7th, 2011, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sharptails in the Puget Sound region
Replies: 5
Views: 1506

Re: Sharptails in the Puget Sound region

Gravelly Lake is surrounded by gated mansions, there really isn't anywhere to look for them, and that specimen may have been imported in a batch of firewood (they like to get between the bark and wood of downed trees). Best bet for the Puget Sound area is in the Olympic rain shadow, Island (Whidbey ...
by M Wolverton
June 7th, 2011, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question - Conservation versus Rattlesnake Roundup mentality
Replies: 31
Views: 3056

Re: Question - Conservation versus Rattlesnake Roundup menta

Round-ups have declined considerably, there used to be many all over the US, we even had a few here in WA.
by M Wolverton
June 7th, 2011, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question - Conservation versus Rattlesnake Roundup mentality
Replies: 31
Views: 3056

Re: Question - Conservation versus Rattlesnake Roundup menta

Since I am most interested in rattlesnakes above other herps, I am going to have a natural emotional aversion to round-ups. But step back and put them into perspective and they really aren't much different than a fishing derby, except that the target fish usually can sustain more take. However, the ...
by M Wolverton
June 5th, 2011, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 7
Views: 1686

Re: Rattlesnake ID

Typical northern pacific.
by M Wolverton
June 4th, 2011, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need trash or rocks
Replies: 41
Views: 9484

Re: Need trash or rocks

You can't go anywhere in California without finding a discarded pair of pants to flip.
by M Wolverton
June 4th, 2011, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: THEME: Herp PORN in the field
Replies: 32
Views: 8919

Re: THEME: Herp PORN in the field

Boom chicka wow wow.
by M Wolverton
June 1st, 2011, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Off to Idaho
Replies: 2
Views: 746

Re: Off to Idaho

If you are near Boise you'll want to road cruise and maybe hike afternoons. Rattlesnakes are the only dangerous snakes. Some Idaho snakes- Northern Pacific rattlesnake Great Basin rattlesnake Prairie rattlesnake Great Basin gopher snake Western yellow-bellied racer Northern rubber boa Western ground...
by M Wolverton
June 1st, 2011, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - DONE!
Replies: 52
Views: 48420

Re: Herping in Taiwan - The Book - DONE!

I'll buy a copy for sure.