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by El Garia
February 19th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County on Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 3180

Re: Riverside County on Sunday

Robnic,

Great post and fabulous photos. :thumb: Needless to say, that orange ruber is gorgeous. I love the variety of critters herein… makes for a great post!

Derek
by El Garia
February 19th, 2014, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County Species Profiles and Database holes.
Replies: 21
Views: 2465

Re: County Species Profiles and Database holes.

That's awesome, Mathew! :beer:


I'll try to get Alameda Co. completed, soon.


Derek
by El Garia
February 18th, 2014, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know where to report this?
Replies: 5
Views: 753

Re: Anyone know where to report this?

It's illegal to capture, move, possess, collect or distribute snapping turtles in CA
by El Garia
February 17th, 2014, 9:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Mateo County Species List and Database Gaps
Replies: 16
Views: 2386

Re: San Mateo County Species List and Database Gaps

Ha… good catch. How did I forget Crotalus?

Thanks for the Contia tip, Jeff. It never would have occurred to me to night drive for them.

If you have the time, and are able to find those notes, let me know :thumb:


Derek
by El Garia
February 17th, 2014, 8:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping
Replies: 154
Views: 28124

Re: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping

I've learned that if you find a place that you really like, whether it be a discount store, a bistro, pumpkin patch, etc, not to share it with anybody. ;)
by El Garia
February 17th, 2014, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2613

Re: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014

Thanks for sharing your outing with us. Looks like a success, to me. :thumb: Love that klauberi photo. You aren't kidding about that flash effect, Jeff. Real stunning colors... What I'm wondering - is that individual's coloration typical for klauberi, or is that an example of extreme orange? Derek
by El Garia
February 15th, 2014, 10:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County Species Profiles and Database holes.
Replies: 21
Views: 2465

Re: County Species Profiles and Database holes.

Well done, Mr. Zach Lim!

County Record Nightsnake for San Mateo County :beer:
http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=174478
by El Garia
February 8th, 2014, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rain!
Replies: 31
Views: 4364

Re: Rain!

Yes, the rain up to our North does sound lovely! :lol:


- just winds and clouds here, today
by El Garia
February 4th, 2014, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 CA Database Contest Results
Replies: 19
Views: 2373

Re: 2013 CA Database Contest Results

Found a picture of Matt's rig… :lol:

Image
superpac-steamroller by Mo'o, on Flickr
by El Garia
January 28th, 2014, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Petition To Ban The Sale Of Bullfrogs In California
Replies: 16
Views: 1880

Re: Petition To Ban The Sale Of Bullfrogs In California

Dead frogs cant do much harm. yummm love me some Cajun legs. To Vic: you got my point... endless laws, soon a person will not be able to leave there house without breaking a law, oh wait that already is happening. I was arrested for drinking a beer on my front porch, which is a distance from the st...
by El Garia
January 26th, 2014, 12:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6
Replies: 18
Views: 10378

Re: Playing with the new toy: Nitecore CU6

Owen - Have you used your light, with the optional diffuser? The white led is an xpg2, which produces more of a spot-beam. An inexpensive (about $7) 40mm diffuser would add an extra dimension to the CU6, making it great for hiking, and as an area light, too.
by El Garia
January 26th, 2014, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gonna dump some herp photos here from the past 5 months
Replies: 6
Views: 1103

Re: Gonna dump some herp photos here from the past 5 months

Great post, Cool Find! :thumb: That first infernalis is gorgeous, as is the first aquatic intergrade. Pickens have been slim, but you got some nice ones, here :beer:

Derek
by El Garia
January 26th, 2014, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best news all year...
Replies: 46
Views: 7734

Re: Best news all year...

Wow, Jim! This sounds like a dream come true. Congratulations, Brah! :D :thumb: :thumb:
by El Garia
January 13th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who Removed the Stickies from our chapter forum?
Replies: 5
Views: 769

Re: Who Removed the Stickies from our chapter forum?

Yeah, I see that someone took down the Tejon Survey and Soquel Survey threads. Anything else missing?
by El Garia
January 11th, 2014, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Invasive species.
Replies: 55
Views: 7363

Re: Invasive species.

Where I find a problem is actually with black bass ( Micropterus ). In ponds with bass populations, I see healthy bullfrog populations, but not RLFs. My guess is that the huge number of eggs (10x RLFs) allows them to maintain populations when bass are present. Bullfrog tadpoles will also occupy the...
by El Garia
January 7th, 2014, 8:02 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 32
Views: 63716

Re: North American big cats

Also, I read that jaguars make it into parts of the south west. Can anyone confirm this? What other wild felines, big or small, reside in the US? Hey Zach - Regarding Jaguars, their historic range included W. Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California. I recall reading that the last Jaguar in Calif...
by El Garia
December 20th, 2013, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Legged Frogs To Be Re-Seeded In Santa Monica Mountains
Replies: 9
Views: 1467

Re: Red Legged Frogs To Be Re-Seeded In Santa Monica Mountai

Jim,

I don't see a need to douse a fading ember with kerosene. We owe it to ourselves, and the chapter, to realize our full potential.

Let's do everything we can to stay on the same page as we stride toward our shared goals! :beer:

- Derek
by El Garia
December 17th, 2013, 8:17 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: San Francisco Fishing
Replies: 18
Views: 19164

Re: San Francisco Fishing

...dang, this is making me want to go back to the coast and get you guys into some trouble... We'd only get in trouble if we tried to keep up with you , Vic. That really sounds like fun! I'm having two surgeries this winter, and there's nothing I'd like better than to get a gang together for some p...
by El Garia
December 15th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: San Francisco Fishing
Replies: 18
Views: 19164

Re: San Francisco Fishing

Fabulous post, Zach! As far as fun-factor, and variety of species, I haven't found anything that beats our intertidal zone. It truly is a " box of chocolates ". Sculpin Beer and ichthyological oddities… sounds like the perfect day! I believe that your unidentified goby is a sculpin. What kind, I hav...
by El Garia
December 9th, 2013, 11:00 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Roadrunner and a Snail Offering
Replies: 6
Views: 2839

Re: Roadrunner and a Snail Offering

Now, that's a cool encounter! I hope you looked closely to see if ACME was printed on that snail shell. I've seen things… :o
by El Garia
December 4th, 2013, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 13915

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

DracoRJC wrote:Hoplodactylus delacourti, aka the New Zealand giant gecko or the kawekaweau.
:beer:
by El Garia
December 4th, 2013, 3:13 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Colorful walking stick more
Replies: 4
Views: 2327

Re: Colorful walking stick more

That walking stick is amazing! Never have I found such a cool insect. Thanks for sharing!
by El Garia
December 4th, 2013, 3:03 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Some critters from my garden.
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

Re: Some critters from my garden.

Zach - Thanks! Couldn't help but notice that you are doing VERY well with your new dslr :thumb: Makes me want to look more closely at everything. Flies...who knew...? JimM Jim- I decided to try documenting all of the species I found in my yard, after you told me that you were compiling such a record...
by El Garia
December 4th, 2013, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's a start ...
Replies: 15
Views: 2483

Re: It's a start ...

I really enjoyed this post, Fellas. Looks like you guys beat us NorCal-types to the first salamanders. JimM found a Batrachoseps., if that counts. Nicholas - Great newt pics. I really like how the newt/waterfall shots came out; they're amazing :thumb: Robert - I'm happy that you were able to have su...
by El Garia
December 1st, 2013, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Today at work...
Replies: 64
Views: 9346

Re: Today at work...

Hey Jim- Correct me if I'm wrong… weren't you making either 2.75 or 2.85 at the time, but neither of those numbers rhymed, so he went with 2.50? You know, that song used to bring back some fond memories of playing Marco Polo with my friends, but now I just think about you, Jim :o :( :lol: It's still...
by El Garia
November 26th, 2013, 5:45 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Some critters from my garden.
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

Re: Some critters from my garden.

You even had me saying, "Awwwww....it's so cute" about a spider . Thanks for the kind words, Tamara! Yes, jumpers are "cute"… the only cute spiders, imo. Their characteristic stoutness, hairy body, short legs, and diurnal activity doesn't seem to trigger that same type of fear response in us that o...
by El Garia
November 25th, 2013, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who's excited about the rain we've gotten this week in CA!?
Replies: 51
Views: 10543

Re: Who's excited about the rain we've gotten this week in C

:lol: Derek reading with bag over head :lol: What??? he doesn't wear that all the time??? he always had it on, when out in public with me... :shock: :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol: jim Nah… had nothing to do with not wanting to be seen in public with you, Jim. My skin is sensitive, that's all. It just happ...
by El Garia
November 25th, 2013, 2:22 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Some critters from my garden.
Replies: 7
Views: 3207

Some critters from my garden.

As my home becomes further and further removed from the edges of development, I'm not seeing any butterflies around the butterfly garden these days. We get skippers, but that's about it. So, with no mantids or butterflies around, and my blacklight tube burnt out, my backyard buggin' centered around ...
by El Garia
November 19th, 2013, 9:40 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Just some tweener pigs playing.
Replies: 3
Views: 9380

Re: Just some tweener pigs playing.

Fun watch, Owen :thumb:
by El Garia
November 17th, 2013, 8:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My first hatchlings ever! UPDATED
Replies: 15
Views: 5711

Re: My first hatchlings ever!

Thanks for taking the pic… nice example of their variability. I'm looking forward to seeing how the babies turn out. Keep us posted!

btw - you take some nice photos :thumb:
by El Garia
November 16th, 2013, 11:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My first hatchlings ever! UPDATED
Replies: 15
Views: 5711

Re: My first hatchlings ever!

Congratulations on a job well done! :thumb: Interesting pairing… the sire and dam are both gorgeous.
I really like the shape of the sire's head.

Is the head size of Cresteds sexually dimorphic?
by El Garia
November 11th, 2013, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help needed CDFW-Species of Concern Ranges
Replies: 27
Views: 1962

Re: Help needed CDFW-Species of Concern Ranges

S.C. Blacks are only known to extend north to southern San Mateo Co. We have 2 San Mateo Co. records in the database.

Map looks good.
by El Garia
November 5th, 2013, 5:24 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Lizard Test
Replies: 11
Views: 4388

Re: Lizard Test

Kelly - I sent you a pm
by El Garia
November 5th, 2013, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wow...look at this...
Replies: 34
Views: 6373

Re: Wow...look at this...

Great… now I know what you're getting me for Christmas, Brian.

Thanks for ruining the surprise :?
by El Garia
October 22nd, 2013, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zach's 2013 Year in Review Updated 11/21
Replies: 41
Views: 8305

Re: Zach's 2013 Year in Review

This was a fun post, Zach! I like your inclusion of some the interesting non-herps that you came across while herping.

Great variety of herps, so far, and it's nice to see all of the lifers you knocked off this year. Congrats, man :beer:
by El Garia
October 22nd, 2013, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Palm Springs area, October 12/13
Replies: 16
Views: 2862

Re: Palm Springs area, October 12/13

Fantastic post, fellas! You did a great job in sharing your experiences with us... thanks!

Glad to hear that you had such an excellent time :thumb:
by El Garia
August 3rd, 2013, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Night walking Garters?
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Night walking Garters?

Coluber Constrictor wrote:No idea about the western sp., but I've seen baby ribbon snakes (T. sauritus) active at night here in the AL/MS area. Never seen sirtalis at night though.
Thanks for sharing your knowledge Coluber. Much appreciated!
by El Garia
August 3rd, 2013, 2:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Night walking Garters?
Replies: 11
Views: 2117

Re: Night walking Garters?

Hey Jared, From my moderate experience with Thamnophis, I would surmise that all Thamnophis are strictly diurnal. I think that I can safely say that you'll never find any before sun up. I wouldn't rule out some late crepuscular activity, but I would assume that to be an uncommon occurrence. I'm fair...
by El Garia
August 3rd, 2013, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County Species Profiles and Database holes.
Replies: 21
Views: 2465

Re: County Species Profiles and Database holes.

Ok folks... all of the completed "county species profiles and database gaps" links are on this thread. If anyone wants to take on any of the remaining counties, that would be awesome! :thumb: If you decide that you want to do one, let everyone know what county you'll be doing, so we don't have any r...
by El Garia
August 2nd, 2013, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: CA vs. NE chapter data contest
Replies: 96
Views: 14418

Re: CA vs. NE chapter data contest

Am I the only one who wears a dress when I road cruise? I thought it was part of the norm so I could have something to twirl around in when I finally manage a lifer. :P I will also gladly match contributions to whatever charity this money is going to and this has been my most fruitful herping seaso...
by El Garia
July 31st, 2013, 1:57 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Herping the Navajo/Hopi Rez Question.
Replies: 4
Views: 2671

Re: Herping the Navajo/Hopi Rez Question.

It's been some time since my trip to the Navajo Res. I wouldn't know about the night driving (couldn't reach the pedals). I never left the lodge without my noose, camera, and the snake bag my mother had sewn for me. But, I wouldn't be at all surprised if the rules regarding herping have changed over...
by El Garia
July 30th, 2013, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone in the San Francisco area?
Replies: 2
Views: 633

Re: Anyone in the San Francisco area?

bump
by El Garia
July 28th, 2013, 11:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 45
Views: 11715

Re: Mystery Snake

Sonora King
by El Garia
July 27th, 2013, 5:32 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Anybody see this?
Replies: 104
Views: 33814

Re: Anybody see this?

[quote="kricket"]Well, I thought I was trying to be diplomatic in my responses, but I don't think I've been afforded anything but crap in response, so I give up. In all fairness krickett, you've used a somewhat condescending tone from the get go. I don't think that I or others will be persuaded by o...
by El Garia
July 27th, 2013, 9:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Anybody see this?
Replies: 104
Views: 33814

Re: Anybody see this?

I couldn't agree more with Ben and Tamara. Well put, Ben.
by El Garia
July 24th, 2013, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lake Elsinore Animal Cruelty: Global Captive Breeders
Replies: 8
Views: 2091

Re: Lake Elsinore Animal Cruelty: Global Captive Breeders

I feel like I'm missing something here... I read the link, as well as the comments, and I can't see how a case of animal cruelty and neglect that was perpetrated by reptile dealers could cast a negative shadow upon us. GCB was into breeding and selling herps, while our focus is on citizen science an...
by El Garia
July 18th, 2013, 2:15 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?
Replies: 25
Views: 11834

Re: Self Restraint - Strategy or Pointless?

Am I the only one with impatient field companions? No Kent, you're not. :D I'm one of those impatient types that thinks a 2 minute photo session, is 1 minute too long. My regular herping partner is an in-situ guy, which makes a world of difference when you're talking about not consuming others' tim...
by El Garia
July 16th, 2013, 6:20 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Mountain Lions
Replies: 40
Views: 38156

Re: Mountain Lions

Congratulations on your encounter! Must feel very rewarding to finally see one (two). Personally, that would trump seeing any lifer herp in the U.S., for me.

Looks like you two got pretty darned close to each other. Did it just stroll through your camp?