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by klawnskale
September 30th, 2015, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 13136

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

This has no relevance whatsoever to the conversation at hand... however, all this talk about drunk Indians with guns aimed at field her purse reminded me of the title 2-1 of my favorite Films... and then I thought to myself... Who should have the right to take a snake from Indian grounds? and then ...
by klawnskale
September 27th, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 13136

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

Pretty brave to be wading in pools at night on the Tohono O' Odom reservation Hanna...when was that? Bet you can't do it now...

It was last year.
by klawnskale
September 27th, 2015, 1:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 13136

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

I have had mixed experiences from two different tribal encounters. Some friends of mine and I were looking for chuckwallas in Riverside County and it was in an area where the Agua Caliente Tribe had their Reservation. I wasn't quite sure if we were on BLM or Tribal Land but we were walking around gr...
by klawnskale
September 10th, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person...
Replies: 44
Views: 55535

Re: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person..

I would like to meet all the members here who have made positively significant and informative contributions on this forum over the years and invite them all for beer and a barbecue. (the maternal side of my personality won't allow me to play favorites).
by klawnskale
June 11th, 2015, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 15955

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

Here is a condensed article citing some of the interesting studies done by Greene, et al revealing some of the more elaborate behaviors exhibited by rattlesnakes and other snake species during partuition. Are these behaviors the product of a limbic brain? You decide… http://www.phschool.com/science...
by klawnskale
June 10th, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 15955

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

Here is a condensed article citing some of the interesting studies done by Greene, et al revealing some of the more elaborate behaviors exhibited by rattlesnakes and other snake species during partuition. Are these behaviors the product of a limbic brain? You decide… http://www.phschool.com/science/...
by klawnskale
June 9th, 2015, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 15955

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

To make a sweeping generalization that reptiles (in this case snakes) are incapable of cognitive behavior is from a scientific standpoint being rather presumptuous and judgmental. My qualified claims arise from my degree in neuropysiology, so I neither presume nor judge... just reporting what 4 yea...
by klawnskale
June 9th, 2015, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I've seen it, you seen it ... we've all seen...
Replies: 58
Views: 15955

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

To make a sweeping generalization that reptiles (in this case snakes) are incapable of cognitive behavior is from a scientific standpoint being rather presumptuous and judgmental. Here is an interesting scientific study done in Europe on this very bone of contention. Granted the study subject was re...
by klawnskale
June 4th, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

The concept of "Personal Gratification" appears to be a sensitive topic here. Why? It can result in a good or bad outcome. Unto itself it is neither. We all seek it in one way or another, and I go for it just as much as anyone else as a reason to go herping. I do not understand why some individuals ...
by klawnskale
June 3rd, 2015, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Jim: you know what your posts here are sounding very similar to? Do you have affiliations?
http://www.peta.org/about-peta/learn-ab ... iberation/
by klawnskale
June 3rd, 2015, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Hannah, in regards to what you pointed out about the rattlesnakes possibility getting sick from being studied and released, how dangerous is it to have the public touching the lizards before sending them back into the wild? The guy in the video responds to the kid with a, "yes." Are hands sanitized...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Just to be clear, Hanna... my point was a dad and 12 year old boy probably do as much, or more, voluntarily for herps than you get paid to do... any comment on their teaching 'style' is unwarrented and churlish. Attacking people, rather than the arguments, is rarely a good stragtegy... :roll: For t...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

I will just state the reality of my position with the Federal government here: I was hired to inform the public 5 days a week about history and the natural history of the Mojave Desert as a full time job on a temporary basis. Statistically , I inform far more members of the public than if done as a ...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Let me also clarify that even researchers and biologists doing field work on wild animals cause stress to them from being captured and processed. I do not want anyone here to get the impression that I would hold bios in some sort of elite high regard exempt of the same principles. Stress is stress r...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Does anyone think that this is even in the top 100 threats facing Phrynosoma in CA?? Let me think: HABITAT DESTRUCTION (strip malls, solar farms, housing developments, wineries), invasive nonnative ants, road mortality, feral cats/dogs/pigs, crows, natural predators, etc..... :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

"Drive through the coast ranges sometime and make note of how much land has been drastically altered. THIS is where the vitriol should be directed!! Think about the next time you enjoy your nice CA wine." I dislike wine in general, and greatly dislike CA wineries...the grapes of wrath...they have d...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Keep the ad hominem arguments coming, Hannah. :lol: I think everyone is beginning to get the picture ... Robert Who is everyone? You appear to be the sensitive one responding. Including anonymous "everyone" to try to save yourself from embarrassment . So, I do not see any evidence of "everyone" chi...
by klawnskale
June 2nd, 2015, 7:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

More ad hominem arguments from Hannah. For those not familiar with the term: An "argumentum ad hominem" means responding to arguments by attacking a person's character, rather than to the content of their arguments. (Wikipedia). Robert Why so defensive in your responses, Robert? Surely if my opinio...
by klawnskale
June 1st, 2015, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

I think it is amusing how some participants here are quick to play judge and jury because they proclaim to be such empathetic experts on this species; and interesting on how some of the complainers are some of the worst culprits when it it comes to causing stress to wild herps. If you firmly believe...
by klawnskale
May 28th, 2015, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

Porter: There is a behavioral phenomenon known as "habituation": which can develop over time within a given wild population of species that are consistently exposed to human interaction. Habituated wild animals lose their fear of humans, which means their stress levels are far lower than they would ...
by klawnskale
May 28th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp research and jobs
Replies: 10
Views: 4016

Re: Herp research and jobs

Federal jobs work on a point system and there is a formula for those applications. If you do find one you are interested in PM me and I can help you decode it.[/quote] This does not necessarily apply to temporary seasonal appointments; which is the category that most of the herp jobs fall under. At ...
by klawnskale
May 27th, 2015, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp heroes
Replies: 39
Views: 13636

Re: Herp heroes

"Lost Child In The Woods" is considered a standard primer for nature educators. The points that Hadar brings up are a sad reflection on the status of our society. When I was a child I spent countless hours in open fields and wooded areas by myself exploring to find all types of creatures. I came hom...
by klawnskale
May 27th, 2015, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp heroes
Replies: 39
Views: 13636

Re: Herp heroes

I am going to be pragmatic here. There is just so much that can be done to try and educate each and every child out there. It's a big world out there with a lot of school age children. There are many underserved communities across the planet that do not have the access to resources to enrich their c...
by klawnskale
May 26th, 2015, 4:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

RobertH: if only you would re-read out loud to yourself the wording of your posts. I hope you seriously don't think that the language and tone in them would be productive in trying to instill a different viewpoint in people who have been raised in a myriad of different backgrounds than your own. Hav...
by klawnskale
May 26th, 2015, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby
Replies: 81
Views: 20815

Re: Coalinga Horned Toad Derby

I just wanna know if they were selling cool T Shirts. i would have bought one.
by klawnskale
May 25th, 2015, 4:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Egg ID Help Please...
Replies: 5
Views: 1692

Re: Egg ID Help Please...

Check out this webpage: http://www.repticzone.com/forums/AlligatorLizards/messages/1336544.html With reptile eggs though, you would have to place each egg in the incubation container in EXACTLY the same position you originally found them. Moving them around can mess up the embryos. They cannot be ro...
by klawnskale
May 25th, 2015, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Egg ID Help Please...
Replies: 5
Views: 1692

Re: Egg ID Help Please...

Those look like alligator lizard eggs. Snake eggs tend to be more lozenge shaped.
by klawnskale
May 25th, 2015, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp heroes
Replies: 39
Views: 13636

Re: Herp heroes

[quote="Hadar"]I agree with MCHerper that the schools are limited in what they can teach due to the need for schools to have high standard testing scores in order to receive funding. I also agree with captainjack0000 that we should do more as an organization. The Project WILD that klawnskale mention...
by klawnskale
May 25th, 2015, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp heroes
Replies: 39
Views: 13636

Re: Herp heroes

Kelly: This topic is very relevant to me due to some recent training I received while working as a Spring Naturalist in Georgia. I was fortunate to receive certification in a nationally recognized educational program whose curriculum is based on actual science to instruct children ages K-12 on ecolo...
by klawnskale
May 23rd, 2015, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: lets see if this works
Replies: 2
Views: 1175

Re: lets see if this works

Yes it did. I love the Desert Phase Cal Kings in the Preserve! The one I found there looked just like the one in your photos. The high contrast black and white bands.
by klawnskale
May 23rd, 2015, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

[quote="kelsoreptiles"]I found a Zonata in newberry springs some years ago.... that may sound hard to believe haha it is for me too, but it couldn't have been anything else. i was across the street where i used to live walking around and just happen to flip over a small piece of concrete and their i...
by klawnskale
May 23rd, 2015, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

Another of my favoritie photos. Found on the side of the road near the dunes: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7436/13987443870_018d300b48_k.jpg Here is the photo album from my school trip. https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157644649321315/ A Loggerhead Shrike Calling Card no less. K...
by klawnskale
May 23rd, 2015, 6:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

It is pristine I am looking forward to living and working surrounded by pristine desert :thumb: :) I spent Winter and Spring in Georgia in a Wildlife Management Area where there was a lot of land use and habitat alteration. I am hesitant to use the term "restoration" in this example because the fre...
by klawnskale
May 23rd, 2015, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

bradlyb wrote:Don't forget these! Found with my Herpetology class last year nearby:

Image
Ah yes! the Patchnose Snake. I saw quite a few around the Desert Tortoise Natural Area last year.
by klawnskale
May 22nd, 2015, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

No i don't have WiFi haha. But i actually wont be here next weekend cause i leave June 1st for basic training for the navy. but their are plenty of snakes out here, found a night snake (lifer) last week on kelbaker Rd a few miles out of kelso, lots!!!! of Cerastes, a couple glossy snakes both AOR a...
by klawnskale
May 22nd, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

What makes that funny? I really do, I live across the tracks from the depot, have for past 7 years, I know Greg who works their right now. i live in the house right behind the water towers, next to the new ranger from grand canyon. Funny still? haha i knew Tim Duncan who recently moved. as well as ...
by klawnskale
May 20th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

kelsoreptiles wrote:I actually live in kelso. For the past 7 years.
You're funny... :lol:
by klawnskale
May 19th, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Easter Egg
Replies: 8
Views: 2138

Re: Easter Egg

Jonathan:
Could the Easter Egg filled with candy and money possibly been a geocache? It is not uncommon to run into them while herping.
by klawnskale
May 19th, 2015, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albino worm snake!
Replies: 19
Views: 6358

Re: Albino worm snake!

] And the lives of Leptotyphlops are relevant to a discussion of Carphophis , because...? Carphophis also being fossorial, though, to a large degree the same reasoning should apply to them.[/quote] Sorry; my bad. I am from the West Coast of the United States. You are right; the Eastern Worm snake is...
by klawnskale
May 18th, 2015, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Albino worm snake!
Replies: 19
Views: 6358

Re: Albino worm snake!

Considering that Carphophis spend 95% of their lives underground, albinism would not be a potentially harmful trait for them. I doubt if it would create any problems for them hunting for ant eggs.Would opposite sex worm snakes for some reason not find them as appealing as a potential mate for reprod...
by klawnskale
May 14th, 2015, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Navy wont let me herp!!!
Replies: 15
Views: 5059

Re: Navy wont let me herp!!!

I guess where you are stationed would also be a factor. Here in Southern California, military personnel at Edwards Air Force Base, China Lake and Fort Irwin run into herps on an almost regular basis (Desert Tortoises, Mojave Rattlesnakes, Sidewinders, etc…) on base with good regularity. So the herpi...
by klawnskale
May 13th, 2015, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We've lost another great herpetologist
Replies: 8
Views: 3309

Re: We've lost another great herpetologist

I met Charlie at the first inaugural meeting for Southwest PARC in Albuquerque at U of NM about 10 years ago. What a nice, knowledgeable man! And boy he was a killer cook on the barbecue! That was an awesome effort cooking barbecue for about 100 participants! He will be missed!
by klawnskale
May 9th, 2015, 8:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My night with the toads: love, fights, death, and white eggs
Replies: 9
Views: 3036

Re: My night with the toads: love, fights, death, and white

Awesome observations. Toads be crazy! :thumb: :lol: If you are interested in hearing another variety of mixed, deafening anuran choruses, visit ephemeral pools in Southeastern Arizona during monsoon season. Once encountered four different species using the same pool and the vocalizations were an ins...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2015, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Re: Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoC

Thanks, Lateralis, for the info. Yes I know what you mean in terms of tortoise
densities. I have observed the highest number of individual
desert tortoises there in one day.
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Re: Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoC

Congratulations on the new post! That's a very nice interpretive center, if I'm remembering correctly. JimM Yes it is, Jim! They display photos and artwork contributed by park visitors and have a great bookstore with unique titles on topics pertaining to the Mojave Desert. It is too bad the snack b...
by klawnskale
May 7th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoCal
Replies: 5
Views: 1830

Will Be Stationed At The Mojave National Preserve in SoCal

Greetings Intrepid Herpers and Wildlife Watchers: For the last two years, I had the opportunity to work at the Desert Tortoise Research Natural Area and this year I will be working for the National Park Service at the Mojave National Preserve located in the Eastern Mojave Desert. I will be stationed...
by klawnskale
May 4th, 2015, 6:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

Kelso's cool... i herp MNP when i can... perhaps we'll finally meet this year... :thumb: jim[/quote]

Come on down! Thousands of acres to explore. Maybe you'll even spot a gila monster.
by klawnskale
May 4th, 2015, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Re: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

hellihooks wrote:nice... any other openings.?? :lol: :lol:
How's that job at the game bird ranch going? That sounded really nice.
by klawnskale
May 4th, 2015, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31
Replies: 26
Views: 5333

Will Be Stationed At Kelso Depot 5/15-8/31

I will be working for the National Park Service at the Mojave National Preserve from next Friday through the end of August. Stop by and say "hi!" I will be at the Visitor Center at Kelso Depot to help with information and occasionally out in the field helping biologists, archaeologists and doing wil...