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by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 10:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory
Replies: 83
Views: 17024

Re: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory

Porter wrote:Can I see a pic of the Basin you and Monk found? ...very interested
Brad found it, and I don't usually take pics of other people's finds... so that there's no confusion when entering data... :|
by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory
Replies: 83
Views: 17024

Re: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory

Are the coastal rattlers wetland snake? Something I asked about and suggested as posiblity before considering hybrids was possiblity of absorbing minerals through that influence color or trigger a genetuc response that can be passed down through young. Any published info on that? Can absorption inf...
by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory
Replies: 83
Views: 17024

Re: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory

Striped gophers have been found, and are now commercially availible from the san diego area. Monklet and I found a partially striped GB gopher in the hi desert... but just took pics and let it go And if your going to just go by pattern (stripes) how then do you account for all the striped and patter...
by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of the year
Replies: 35
Views: 7439

Re: First snake of the year

o agree with Danial that Nicholas's boa is pure (and classic) coastal (rosafucia) as opposed to desert rosys (gracia) which have straight, rather than diffuse lines

An intergrade boa will have slightly jagged lines, with or without secondary striping.
by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory
Replies: 83
Views: 17024

Re: Hybrid Evolving Morphological Theory

Spot on Zack. addittionally Porter, you theory ignores convergent evolution... a foundation of selective adaptation. Plenty of research has been done regarding 'stripe vs banding' in predator avoidance (which is more visually confusing, in motion) and in certain habitats (like grasslands) stripes se...
by hellihooks
February 17th, 2016, 8:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what up Norcal???
Replies: 5
Views: 2273

Re: what up Norcal???

thx Elliot... I'l probably be up there thurs afternoon... probably leave Sun morn. not purely a herping trip, so i'll be glad to see whatever i see... may leave a day early and go look for some rare slenders in Kern. My phone makes and takes calls (no internet and i don't text) anybody wanna hit th...
by hellihooks
February 16th, 2016, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what up Norcal???
Replies: 5
Views: 2273

Re: what up Norcal???

thx Elliot... I'l probably be up there thurs afternoon... probably leave Sun morn. not purely a herping trip, so i'll be glad to see whatever i see... may leave a day early and go look for some rare slenders in Kern. My phone makes and takes calls (no internet and i don't text) anybody wanna hit the...
by hellihooks
February 15th, 2016, 6:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First snake of the year
Replies: 35
Views: 7439

Re: First snake of the year

Porter, its actually a longnose snake! just kidding. Its an interesting find, and a great first snake of the year :thumb: Not quite my first snake of the year but, so far the best, was this rosy I flipped myself. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1553/24626562701_b31554a841_c.jpg Coastal Rosy Boa (Lic...
by hellihooks
February 15th, 2016, 10:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what up Norcal???
Replies: 5
Views: 2273

what up Norcal???

I will be making a trip up to Santa Cruz mts probably sometime this week, to tow a car home for repairs. I HOPE to get 1/2 to 1 1/2 days herping in, depending on how things play out. Any rain headed your way, this week? I'd really like to get Tigers and Long toe's checked off my list.... :D but hell...
by hellihooks
February 12th, 2016, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

https://www.facebook.com/groups/highdes ... =bookmarks

edit (12 hrs later) 'night' lizards is a bit of a misnomer... they are known to be active above ground, at dawn and dusk... :thumb:
by hellihooks
February 12th, 2016, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

Im new to the area but I enjoy it. I've found Mojaves and Southern Pacifics on the same roads in my area last year. I'm always hoping to see an unusual looking rattler but no such luck. I have seen a couple Gopher Snakes that looked like Great Basin/San Diego intergrades though. Yes... almost certa...
by hellihooks
February 12th, 2016, 5:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

regalringneck wrote: same thing w/ henshawii & vigilis ... good clean sps. the one i'd like to take a closer look at is riversiana; channel isla ... but i think theyre paws off : {
henshawii is hands off, as well.
by hellihooks
February 11th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

They're not hard to find, if you know how, when and where... there's a spot 5 min from my house, where i can flip several dozen an hour... even in 6 inches of snow. no time to look for my 'snowy night' pics right now (gotta go to work) but hopefully this'll do, for now... :) http://i209.photobucket....
by hellihooks
February 10th, 2016, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

I love me some Xantusia. Placental birth and true viviparity is pretty widespread in reptiles. Really interesting perspectives and contributions from klawnsnake and hellihooks. Thanks for sharing. I've had visitors from all over the world take my guided 'Mojave tour'... and invariable... the first ...
by hellihooks
February 10th, 2016, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Xantusia vigilis vigilis
Replies: 22
Views: 7226

Re: Xantusia vigilis vigilis

They don't actually give birth to live young (implying multiples) they give birth to only ONE live offspring at a time (which is due to the lg size attained through their nearly 'placental' development) and then live in familial groups for several years... also very unique amongst lizards.
by hellihooks
February 2nd, 2016, 6:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Technicians for CA Common Chuckwalla Behavioral Study
Replies: 25
Views: 5394

Re: Field Technicians for CA Common Chuckwalla Behavioral St

the majotity of the flameouts involve non-nafha members, who can go anywhere and say anyrhing they please... to the point of proclaiming themselves 'watchdogs' for the nafha.... all part of Scott's 'one big happy family' vision. I hate (some of) my family... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hellihooks
January 31st, 2016, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Technicians for CA Common Chuckwalla Behavioral Study
Replies: 25
Views: 5394

Re: Field Technicians for CA Common Chuckwalla Behavioral St

John: I think your opinions would be taken more seriously if you chose to eventually respond in standard English spelling and grammar. As the 'older bunch' I think we should lead by example. Younger generations nowadays are all ready hard pressed to express themselves with standard spellling and pu...
by hellihooks
January 27th, 2016, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Tejon Ranch - May 28 Trip Cancelled
Replies: 50
Views: 23459

Re: 2016 Tejon Ranch - Tentative Dates

4 / 10 is my birthday... and i do make a point of herping on my birthday... :D
by hellihooks
January 24th, 2016, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

Helli...I can see again, so PM me your best working ph # so I can get a hold of you when I'm in CA... i'll send ya my numbers... but truth be told, probably won't be doing much local herping... only 3 things left see, in my county (which is bigger than some states) took me near 10 years to find a W...
by hellihooks
January 22nd, 2016, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

look forward to your return, Nick... :thumb:
by hellihooks
January 21st, 2016, 5:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

Porter wrote: I'm gonna have to get down south and see one of these little guys. Hopefully I'll have plenty of time to do so...
Say when... I'll put up up in a 2 bdrm mobile 100 yards from where they're at... ask Lawrence... he's stayed there... :thumb: jim

That pretty much goes for all my friends... 8-)
by hellihooks
January 20th, 2016, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

the toads are by no means safe... the council (city) has to much invested in this to just blow it off. this is just round one... (which has taken near 2 years) if approved... we move to lawsuits. :evil: ;)
by hellihooks
January 17th, 2016, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

I was the 1st speaker at the final public comment meeting... NAILED IT... may have been the best 5 min speech I've ever given... the cheers and applause (from a packed, standing-room only, 1000 person auditorium) was deafning. The Arroyo toads were the first of the three topics i touched upon. :) wh...
by hellihooks
January 12th, 2016, 5:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered
Replies: 18
Views: 5107

Re: Arroyo Toad Remains Classified as Endangered

Good Call... :thumb: Hopefully, this will help in the fight to prevent 20,000 homes being built adjacent to, and around the Toad habtat in Summit Valley... Final public comment meeting this coming Sat at Hesp, High... moved to this venue and date because City Hall couldn't hold all the folks protest...
by hellihooks
January 12th, 2016, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ca County Database totals 2014
Replies: 15
Views: 4915

Re: Ca County Database totals

I collected data on an Ore/Sierra intergrade Ensatina from the slopes of Mt Lassen, which i think is in Lassen Co. my problem is... i really need a newer computer... Robert Hess gave me the one I use now, and it was a HUGE improvement over my 94 gateway (and i'm grateful for that)... but... i'm runn...
by hellihooks
January 10th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Salamanders in the Bay
Replies: 13
Views: 5709

Re: Herping Salamanders in the Bay

wait till ya flip a BIG Dicamp, dude... you'll crap a brick... :lol: Lotta great herpers up that way, so you're in the right place, with the right crowd... :thumb:
by hellihooks
January 10th, 2016, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can Jeff Teel enter 66 more records tonight?
Replies: 3
Views: 2292

Re: Can Jeff Teel enter 66 more records tonight?

My understanding is that Jeff (like all of us) lives to please you... so i'm sure he'll get right on it... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hellihooks
January 5th, 2016, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 EOY: Massive post from Baja, Az and Cambodia
Replies: 6
Views: 5476

Re: 2015 EOY: Massive post from Baja, Az and Cambodia

It's gonna be a good year tater... :D good stuff Myke. :thumb:
by hellihooks
December 26th, 2015, 2:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7663

Re: Newts...because they're there

Calfirecap wrote:Great series of post Jonathan, I had missed the others until now. Thanks, and well done.
I know, right? Torrent sally post one of the best posts ever... :thumb: I can't even imagine climbing cold rushing waterfalls in the far north... :shock: :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hellihooks
December 24th, 2015, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newts...because they're there
Replies: 11
Views: 7663

Re: Newts...because they're there

there is an isolated, (likely introduced population) of red belly newts in the Santa Cruz mt, as well. nice post.
by hellihooks
December 21st, 2015, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

Re: Elections

Our standing board have all agreed to serve another year, and since there are no other nominations, holding elections are not neccessary... :thumb:
by hellihooks
December 19th, 2015, 5:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

We all do what we can, chief... and you've done more than most... no complaints here, for sure. thx for stepping up again.
by hellihooks
December 6th, 2015, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

Brian Hubbs wrote:I just joined...
figured you would... throw out a big number like 3,500, and you jump... :lol: :lol: :lol:

I wonder if we're gonna have a Chap Pres, this year :?
by hellihooks
December 6th, 2015, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

If we want NAFHA to be more than just a group with common interests linked to an on-line forum, then we need to continue hosting events, be it educational events or outings, and that's what I feel is important. We also need to continue promoting the HERP database even though it's now it's own entit...
by hellihooks
December 6th, 2015, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

Ca pretty much had always been the National 'Standard Bearer' when it came to organization and efficacy... hell back in the 'good ole days' there was a time when Ca had 8 officers... the regular 5 And Regional VP, Con Off, and Ed specs. (which was a key element of the 'growth paradigm' I wrote, whic...
by hellihooks
December 5th, 2015, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

The Nafha pg on FB has 3500 members... has anyone posted there, that elections are on-going? Don't look at me... I only joined bout a week ago... and if and when Scott closes down Nafha here at FHF... you can bet all the fingers will be pointing at me, already. Amazing how just speaking the plain tr...
by hellihooks
November 29th, 2015, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

4 down... 2 to go... :crazyeyes:
by hellihooks
November 27th, 2015, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Pituophis has the highest contrast in the pattern ?
Replies: 2
Views: 1533

Re: Which Pituophis has the highest contrast in the pattern

All I really know are Gopher snakes... but among them, I'd have to say Great Basins have the most contrast.
by hellihooks
November 27th, 2015, 5:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

I second those nominations. John nominated Brian for Pres and I second that, as well.
by hellihooks
November 25th, 2015, 1:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 32428

Re: outdoor enclosures

i built an outdoor enclosure for rescued iguanas off the eaves of my house (old house... 3 ft eaves) out of wooden screen doors standing up side by side, with one at the end... so... 10' long, 3 ft wide, 8-9 ft tall (up into the eaves) put a small pond in, had live trees growing... worked well for m...
by hellihooks
November 25th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations
Replies: 28
Views: 7608

Re: 2016 California Chapter Officer Nominations

You've already actually been re-nominated and seconded, Brian... all we need is you acceptance. http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... =6&t=22792

i also re-nominated the rest of the standing board... just need seconds
by hellihooks
November 21st, 2015, 2:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)
Replies: 18
Views: 6112

Re: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)

a bit too obtuse (as is your wont) for most... but good. specially 'World's fare'... :lol:
by hellihooks
November 21st, 2015, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)
Replies: 18
Views: 6112

Re: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)

The human eye is common Of billions 5 to 6 feet high Adult approximations all Surpassed in aspect by a Fly. If I saw a bored man chewing impaled Utas on the plain I'd chuckle for the nematode Who found a World's Fare in his brain. I'm too virulent for any parasites to feast upon me... they themselv...
by hellihooks
November 21st, 2015, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)
Replies: 18
Views: 6112

Re: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)

I was working on a collection of herp-related poetry... this one was fun... Obligatory Side Blotches In every So Cal post Cannot help but take a pic, Of the lizard you see most. Here and there, they’re everywhere, From the deserts to the coast Every day on every trip, Bout them, it’s hard to boast. ...
by hellihooks
November 21st, 2015, 10:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)
Replies: 18
Views: 6112

Re: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)

You know... when I first posted this little poem... I invited any other FHF poets (pingleton, et al) to add verses, provided they kept to form. perhaps what this poem needs, to be a song, is a chourus, to break up the stanzas.... Dicampedon... so thick n long... makes me want to sing this song... :l...
by hellihooks
November 19th, 2015, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)
Replies: 18
Views: 6112

Re: Jim's Song - Dicamptodon (written by Jim Bass)

Still thinking, man... i'm funny that that way... :lol: :lol: :lol:
by hellihooks
November 19th, 2015, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

Re: Elections

In fact... I re-nominate Ca's standing board... Fundad: Pres, Matthew Gruen: VP, Jeff Norland: Ed Spec, Lawerence Erickson: Con Off, Derick Holt: Sec, and J. Lauerman: 2nd IBM to serve another term.... they've all done a good job and we would be lucky to have them all for another year... :thumb:
by hellihooks
November 18th, 2015, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 10
Views: 4678

Re: Elections

I second Brian's nomination

I also nominate John Lauerman for IBM member.
by hellihooks
November 18th, 2015, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with hook.
Replies: 15
Views: 5962

Re: Traveling with hook.

while admittedly within the US... i just went to a nursury when i got where i was going and bought a collaspable 3-prong potato rake, for a few bucks... worked fine... :thumb: