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by klawnskale
November 22nd, 2014, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Catskills and Southern NY 2014
Replies: 11
Views: 3856

Re: The Catskills and Southern NY 2014

Alex: Thank you for the beautiful New York herping travelogue. Makes me nostalgic having been raised in New York; especially the box turtle, snapping turtle, wood frog, fowlers toads, red efts, and garter snakes. Have you ever herped the marshy areas surrounding Brookville and Oyster Bay on the nort...
by klawnskale
November 21st, 2014, 2:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 44696

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

If you lay that many boards out, expect a rate of disappearance from pilfering homeless people. There are homeless people everywhere in Riverside County (just like LA County) and they are always looking for fresh materials to reinforce their makeshift housing. You may find some of your precious boar...
by klawnskale
November 20th, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urgent-Important Need Help Fri and Next week San Gabe Mtns
Replies: 33
Views: 12410

Re: Urgent-Important Need Help Fri and Next week San Gabe Mt

those chest-high waders kept puffs of very warm dank air wafting up into my face... so... stayed warm at least. :crazyeyes: I'd LOVE to get paid to do that kinda stuff every day.. :thumb: but yeah... as the oldest person there... i was continually 'bringing up the rear'. I THINK they were all just ...
by klawnskale
November 20th, 2014, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urgent-Important Need Help Fri and Next week San Gabe Mtns
Replies: 33
Views: 12410

Re: Urgent-Important Need Help Fri and Next week San Gabe Mt

It was a brutal hike, in waders, and a ton of work. Now you have experienced some of the sweat equity of bio field techs and what we sometimes have to endure. But the rewards are immeasurable when it comes to the long term benefits to research and the environment. All worth it; so far as I am concer...
by klawnskale
November 13th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping with a Drone
Replies: 18
Views: 8463

Re: Field Herping with a Drone

I've been flying radio-controlled aircraft (I hesitate to call these "drones" as that implies more autonomy than these consumer-level aircraft possess) for about 28 years. I've never had a hawk attack one--usually they avoid them in flight, but I've only "soared" with them at higher altitudes. Perha...
by klawnskale
November 13th, 2014, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping with a Drone
Replies: 18
Views: 8463

Re: Field Herping with a Drone

That's what I anticipated too. :) Then I thought maybe they were going to use it to spot basking lizards--but then again, I think a quadcopter would probably equate to a hawk in the lizards' minds, so they'd scramble for cover.[/quote] Speaking of which; when the tides turn to the drone's demise. Go...
by klawnskale
November 8th, 2014, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22362

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

Oh, and I admire your deft deflection of hecklers…. I guess you don't know the definition of "heckler". A heckler utilizes sarcasm, disparaging comments, and nasty subversive retorts (like name calling and foul language) to undermine the speech deliverance or credibility of a performer, politician, ...
by klawnskale
November 8th, 2014, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22362

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

[quote="Jazz"]Unfortunately the majority of king cobras found with bali reptile rescue have to be relocated as they are on someones land and the locals are terrified and will kill them without hesitation. When i went in December we had to relocated 2 females and their nests as they were going to kil...
by klawnskale
November 7th, 2014, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22362

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

How about 0% unnecessary contact? I don't need to hold or touch a wild animal in order to fully appreciate it. If you are researching the animal and need to hold it for the gathering of morphometrics or processing, well then you take the precautionary measures that ensures the safety of the venomous...
by klawnskale
November 7th, 2014, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22362

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

Ah to be young again and not fully aware of one's mortality…age creeps up.
by klawnskale
November 7th, 2014, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 16501

Re: A Dream Come True in Borneo!

I find the head structure of this snake interesting. Is it a burrower? It appears to have some modifications to its rostral area plus the underslung jawline that would suggest this. Do you have any close ups of the head? Oh Ok; I looked up some info on this. The nares are placed and modified in such...
by klawnskale
November 6th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22362

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

Beautiful photos of some wonderful animals! I don't think I would have petted a king cobra; regardless on how habituated it maybe to humans. Just wouldn't trust the buggers; for snakes I think they are quite smart.
by klawnskale
November 6th, 2014, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

Its also why I dislike socially constructed hegemony (e.g. girls aren't good at math). I say BS. There may be women out there who are far better at math than we can even imagine, and love doing it, but they're taught they aren't good at it. Another one is, "Men are not good at nurturing". Again, BS....
by klawnskale
November 6th, 2014, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

Women (and gay men) having roughly 50% more connective fiber in the Corpus Collosum, connecting the 2 hemispheres of our brians (the 'logical' with the 'creative') should be, and arguable are better 'problem solvers' than men. I like turtles. :beer: There is no Brian in my brain. I think this shoul...
by klawnskale
November 6th, 2014, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

I'm a much better writer/problem solver than she is. What criteria are you evaluating this assumption on? The ability to solve problems has very little to do with the type of goals and work you wish to pursue and more to do with the successful completion of those tasks or goals and general level of ...
by klawnskale
November 6th, 2014, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

sorry for double post.
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 8:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

Those microbes are a lot smarter than many give them credit. Many parasites that originate from dirt can actually control and alter a host's behavior to their benefit. Just like many people do.
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

[Woohoo America! Let's all get as dumb as the dirt we stand on. :|[/quote]

That in itself is an ignorant statement. There is nothing dumb about dirt. You own a microscope, right? At least show some respect to the indomitable tardigrade. Heck; I can't survive living in a vacuum.
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

You have to take into account a couple of factors here: Nicki Minaj is motivated by monetary gain and fame. She has found that her behaviors during her performances are a means to an end and it works for her. Most women who pursue the sciences have goals such as recognition, respect, and a more self...
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 11:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

This discussion is now starting to get off topic. Let's stick to herps...
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

Hanna, I remember knowing girls in school who were interested in different things, fish, geology, astronomy, and then something Stepford happened to them once they got to Jr High, everything they used to be interested in, they were phobic of having it even mentioned. Everything became Love's Baby S...
by klawnskale
November 5th, 2014, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

Re: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson

Kids model 'up' approximately 6 years from their actual age, which in remembering being a kid, and a teenager, and observing their tastes in entertainment you can see, but its actually been proven and marketing strategies have glommed on to this fabulously useful tendency for decades. So when I see...
by klawnskale
November 3rd, 2014, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson
Replies: 43
Views: 12515

A New Approach To A Herpetology Lesson



Derived no less from the inspiring opus penned by Niki Minaj.
by klawnskale
November 3rd, 2014, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updated
Replies: 157
Views: 40331

Re: The Cali Chapter NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-1

[quote="Fundad"]NAFHA Bylaws Exceptions may be considered in certain cases, e.g., discoveries of new taxa or range extensions." I would suggest if you wish to include this that pursuing a scientific collection permit with specific species cited during the event time period so you would cover all leg...
by klawnskale
November 2nd, 2014, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Cali NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-15 Updated
Replies: 157
Views: 40331

Re: The Cali Chapter NAFHA Event Fri 4-10-15 thru Sun 4-12-1

Ofcourse I have no dog in this fight, however, from reading the ongoing discourse and opinions presented by a specific individual I can only say "old habits die hard"; especially if you are prone to addictive tendencies. Maybe start collecting stamps or coins if the urge is that prevalent. They will...
by klawnskale
November 2nd, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for advice on setting up a pit-trap array
Replies: 33
Views: 11099

Re: Looking for advice on setting up a pit-trap array

You can get the wire cloth in a wider gauge; up to 2".
by klawnskale
November 2nd, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for advice on setting up a pit-trap array
Replies: 33
Views: 11099

Re: Looking for advice on setting up a pit-trap array

Yes, will certainly check them all every day. Hoping not to leave the jungle the whole time, and will have helpers in case I do. Random design idea - has anyone ever tried just plain keeping the lids on the traps, but cutting away a 2" wide strip of material around the bucket a little below the lid...
by klawnskale
November 2nd, 2014, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10747

Re: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?

Jonathan: I heard on NPR there was a major power outage in Bangladesh (just about the entire country). I am assuming you are working off a battery powered laptop or other device. Is it affecting you in any way?
by klawnskale
October 25th, 2014, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thought You Midwesterners Might Be Interested In This
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: Thought You Midwesterners Might Be Interested In This

There used to be a Wordpress Blog written by a bio technician that participated In the brown tree snake project back in 2012. It was a very detailed account of what she experienced while working on Guam. Although there were beautiful fleeting moments where she had the opportunity to recreate, the jo...
by klawnskale
October 24th, 2014, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thought You Midwesterners Might Be Interested In This
Replies: 4
Views: 2040

Re: Thought You Midwesterners Might Be Interested In This

chrish wrote:I like the sound of this job better.....ah to be younger and more flexible!

http://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/jobs/predator- ... ta-island/
Do you mean assisting in the "recovery of the Mariana Island Crow" or the control of Brown Tree Snakes; which this position is not about.
by klawnskale
October 22nd, 2014, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10747

Re: If you had a month to herp the jungle, what would you do

Everyone has been giving fantastic input so far. I'm going to continue to consider all of it. Paul also suggested over PM the possibility of studying stomach contents of DOR's, both for diet identification and for parasite identification. Keep them coming. You can also perform and document this wit...
by klawnskale
October 21st, 2014, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desert Renewable Energy Plan Proposal To Use More Acreage
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Re: Desert Renewable Energy Plan Proposal To Use More Acreag

Just want to let people know that I listened to the meeting being held in El Centro via phone yesterday. I was unable to figure out how to use the WebEx Plugin (which you download from the Energy Commission page) to watch and listen via computer, but if you can, then you would have the opportunity t...
by klawnskale
October 20th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10747

Re: If you had a month to herp the jungle, what would you do

I would do as you suggested in your original post: Set up pitfall trap arrays in predetermined plots. Record along with your species that you find climate data, time of day you check traps, morphometric data and sex of each specimen, habitat data including vegetation and geographical assessments, an...
by klawnskale
October 14th, 2014, 2:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desert Renewable Energy Plan Proposal To Use More Acreage
Replies: 2
Views: 1124

Desert Renewable Energy Plan Proposal To Use More Acreage

The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan Proposal which has been developed with the input of State and Federal Agencies is poised to be implemented starting next year and if permitted to be executed in the form it currently exists would mean the utilization of thousands of more acres of habitat...
by klawnskale
October 13th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 7644

Re: zoos in the US that have best representation of Asian he

The San Diego Zoo. They have a Mangshan Viper! Beautiful animal!
by klawnskale
September 27th, 2014, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC
Replies: 12
Views: 5597

Re: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC

Disagree with the I.D. of the Rhinella. I believe that is a Rhinella schneideri not marina; AKA as Schneider's or Roccoco Toad. Found in Paraguay, Bolivia and Chile. I don't think marina ranges that far south.
by klawnskale
September 27th, 2014, 7:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Petition To Stop The Kentucky Snakeslayers
Replies: 21
Views: 6698

Re: Petition To Stop The Kentucky Snakeslayers

Here is an interesting article that could be viewed as one explanation for the bias discussed above. Let's be honest here, there is a fair amount of peppering of misinformed, misguided or poorly educated people across regional populations representing different cultures around the world. The Prince ...
by klawnskale
September 24th, 2014, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip with the Bangladesh Python Project - all pics up!
Replies: 27
Views: 13501

Re: My Trip with the Bangladesh Python Project - all pics up

Wonderful account of your field experiences in Bangladesh. What a unique opportunity working in a country that has yet to have its flora and fauna thoroughly researched. Glad to see the local people are becoming more involved in conservation. Have you ever thought about venturing into Myanmar to be ...
by klawnskale
September 24th, 2014, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who Wants To Help Mike Rochford Trap Tegus In Florida
Replies: 1
Views: 1407

Who Wants To Help Mike Rochford Trap Tegus In Florida

Small stipend provided. But if you live in the area this could be a fun job where you could learn lots. Mike's a good guy! ;^)

http://www.conbio.org/professional-deve ... nternship1
by klawnskale
September 24th, 2014, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Truth be told... my 'bosses' do not yet know about this conversation, but will soon... and yes... I may get in hot water and/or possibly lose my job for this. I think you and I are in somewhat similar circumstances...we both work to protect herps... but can only do that during the times we are paid ...
by klawnskale
September 24th, 2014, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

No vehicular traffic is allowed on either side of the dam... the sherrif's dept come out about once a summer and writes County Trespassing citations... for like $75 a pop. I actually don't know for sure if it's legal to walk through the tunnel itself, but foot traffic is allowed through the toad ha...
by klawnskale
September 23rd, 2014, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Nothing shown in those videos was legal, and those are NOT 'friends of Deep Creek'... they are the offroaders trespassing and shredding the place. . I didn't state that the other people in the video were Friends Of Deep Creek. And if you would have paid better attention, you would have realized tha...
by klawnskale
September 23rd, 2014, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Before anyone has a cow over this, I would suggest going to the local County Clerk Office in Hesperia or Apple Valley and ask to view up-to-date surveyor's maps of the locality of contention to accurately assess who really has jurisdiction of the area. Carefully review property lines to determine wh...
by klawnskale
September 4th, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks
Replies: 11
Views: 4319

Re: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks

County Animal Services caught the snake from under a shed about two hours ago, Saw the video of them placing it into a box with tongs.
by klawnskale
September 4th, 2014, 11:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks
Replies: 11
Views: 4319

Re: Cobra on the loose in Thousand Oaks

It is a leucistic monocled cobra. And there is one publicly confirmed individual in the Thousand Oaks area who has in their collection just such a specimen. They have been contacted by County Animal Control and asked if this individual snake is theirs. They publicly deny it. If I had a business that...
by klawnskale
September 1st, 2014, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Jim: I think installing hidden game or webcams around the area in question is a great idea. That evidence would be admissible in court and there is nothing more rewarding to catch a perpetrator in the act. You just have to make sure the camera is not visible so it can't be stolen or subjected to van...
by klawnskale
August 31st, 2014, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Maybe some well-meaning citizen will put spike strips in the riverbed proper, where no one is authorized to drive. If offroaders are stuck in the riverbed with 4 flat tires... the sheriffs will realize they will be able to take the vehicles AND prosecute the owners, and will respond. ;) Eventually w...
by klawnskale
August 30th, 2014, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles
Replies: 45
Views: 11573

Re: Arroyo Toad Site Torn Up by Off-Road Vehicles

Securing the tunnel would be the jurisdiction of the Army Corps of Engineers. If they are not given the money to do it. ofcourse they won't. I have been in contact with a group of volunteers who are local and help out to keep a watchful eye on and maintain the creek (like cleaning up trash and repor...