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by azatrox
October 25th, 2013, 5:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Richard, your outline and explanations bring this topic right back on track...The questions you ask should have been the very first questions that CaF&G asked prior to adding a closed season status to herps....Intuitively, it makes sense...If there's no demand for a certain species, then any protect...
by azatrox
October 24th, 2013, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 4832

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

I think we need to keep an open mind. New things get discovered all the time that we didn't expect or didn't know about. Remember the yellow-bellied racer that was found near the New Mexico border above the rim? That was one of a kind and rarest snake known in AZ. Will we ever find another? I'm pre...
by azatrox
October 24th, 2013, 6:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 18026

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I do get a lot of sideways looks on Snake Road, like from people pushing their babies in strollers while wearing shorts and flip flops, but I also feel a little more confident going well off the beaten path wearing the guards. Chris...this was funny. :) ------------------------------------- I'm jus...
by azatrox
October 24th, 2013, 6:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

...And, a "BigBoy"/"BigGirl" is one who will leave it where he/she finds it. A child wants to keep it captive. I would guess that you have a lot of growing up to do. Personally, I could care less if one wants to collect, it is not my business. But to think that collecting does not hurt wild populat...
by azatrox
October 23rd, 2013, 8:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Literature on rattlesnake roundups
Replies: 8
Views: 2274

Re: Literature on rattlesnake roundups

Issue's real simple from my perspective...Guy asks for a little help (while mentioning that he's already been doing his search on his own), and he basically gets accused of slacking in his work....It's not about what I believe or want to believe....I called it like I saw it, and that's that. Had you...
by azatrox
October 23rd, 2013, 1:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Literature on rattlesnake roundups
Replies: 8
Views: 2274

Re: Literature on rattlesnake roundups

In the essence of not having forum members do your college work for you,... Wow...so you're going to imply that someone you don't even know is trying to slack and let others do his work for him, only because he comes to a public forum and requests assistance locating articles pertaining to a subjec...
by azatrox
October 23rd, 2013, 10:52 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Collecting pressure should (at most) be considered an 'additive' factor, that for most species is negligible, but for a few species (say, Black Toad) may matter. Relying upon Man's penchant to equate rarity to value, I'll bet that if you removed all protections from all herps, and allowed everythin...
by azatrox
October 23rd, 2013, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arizona EOY Post
Replies: 17
Views: 5184

Re: Another Arizona EOY Post

Kris, I'm glad you noticed an improvement. When I first got into herp photography 4 years ago, I was all about seeing as many snakes as possible, and would rush from one to the next. Now I'm getting to a point where I would rather take my time and get great shots of one subject, rather than rushing...
by azatrox
October 23rd, 2013, 5:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Now, that said, I think collection is unlikely to effect many of our native herp species. However, which is better: setting arbitrary collection limits, or going with the safe route of disallowing collection until more information is available for a given species? This is a philosophical debate. We...
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Mexico?
Replies: 14
Views: 3486

Re: Herping Mexico?

Interestingly enough, Blog Del Narco also recently published a book chronicling the bloody year that was 2011 and early 2012....complete with the most visceral, grotesque displays of human depravity you will ever bear witness to. Tamaulipas has a prominent place amongst the various accounts within i...
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 4832

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

After all, I once hiked out P. guttata in AJ.

RANGE EXTENSION!!!! (Or just an escaped captive...but that's decidedly less cool).

-Kris
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pink Headed Reed Snake
Replies: 2
Views: 1353

Re: Pink Headed Reed Snake

Your scenic shots of Krabi remind me of the movie Cast Away....

Where's Tom Hanks and Wilson? LOL

-Kris
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Mexico?
Replies: 14
Views: 3486

Re: Herping Mexico?

Some areas of Mexico are (relatively) safe, while others are quite touch and go... As far as Tamaulipas, I'd advise against hanging out in that area for the time being... I went in 2009, but have heard that it's really gone downhill safety wise from then.... While it is likely that you could go and ...
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arizona EOY Post
Replies: 17
Views: 5184

Re: Another Arizona EOY Post

Great stuff Ben...I've really noticed a difference in your photography lately. Keep up the good work!

I'm not usually much for "road shots", but you've succeeded in creating some visually interesting perspectives on quite a few of yours.

Really enjoyed this post.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 22nd, 2013, 4:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few from AZ
Replies: 5
Views: 1983

Re: A few from AZ

Dayum that's a nice quad.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sad...
Replies: 19
Views: 3839

Re: Sad...

I assume the "no breeding" is to prevent the animals from entering the pet trade Chris, That would be a correct assumption (among other reasons). Az prohibits any commercialization of any native reptile or amphibian, including the progeny thereof. No trading, bartering, consigning, etc....It is how...
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 12:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

oops...wrong thread. LOL

-Kris
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 12:34 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

I assume the "no breeding" is to prevent the animals from entering the pet trade Chris, That would be a correct assumption (among other reasons). Az prohibits any commercialization of any native reptile or amphibian, including the progeny thereof. No trading, bartering, consigning, etc....It is how...
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sad...
Replies: 19
Views: 3839

Re: Sad...

You know what would be neat? TPWD could give every herp society in TX a set number of Educational Display Permits for Indigos...with the lucky individual(s) getting to keep a pair of indigos and TX tortoises for breeding attempts and public-educational presentations. Have the permittees submit an a...
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sad...
Replies: 19
Views: 3839

Re: Sad...

That really sucks... Short of road alterations to allow animals to cross under the roads, I'm not sure what can be done to curb the slaughter... I know it's been done in other areas with other species, but I'm not sure how serious TPWD would be regarding saving a "protected" species from unnecessary...
by azatrox
October 18th, 2013, 5:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

You're correct. It is not a threat (non commercial collecting anyway) to most species. Absolutely correct. But what benefit does it have to the species? My feeling is if it doesn't benefit the species/population/etc., don't do it. Why would you? Yes, thank you for clarifying re: type of collection....
by azatrox
October 16th, 2013, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 4832

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

Big rivers, mountains, etc. tend to be pretty effective geographical barriers for some species.

I'd be surprised if Pantherophis occurred naturally in Az....Not shocked, but surprised.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 16th, 2013, 6:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234903

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

i don't like collecting. the animals have an equal right to life as we do. they just want to do as God intended. that's what's best for them. Ben, while you're certainly entitled to your opinion (just as everyone is), I'm sure you can see the flaws inherent in it. Arizona has bag limits for every n...
by azatrox
October 15th, 2013, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 End of Year post
Replies: 15
Views: 3692

Re: 2013 End of Year post

The scorpion looks like a giant hairy scorpion.

The scorp is Vaejovis spinigeris, not Hadrurus arizonensis.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 15th, 2013, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East Texas and West Texas, Terlingua Report
Replies: 11
Views: 3104

Re: East Texas and West Texas, Terlingua Report

Am I the only person not yet on board with this change? Yes Chris you are the only one. Get with the program buddy. All the cool kids are. ;) Re the head scalation, C. s. scutulatus will have relatively few (2-3) larger scales between the supraoculars. C. atrox will have more (usually 4-6) smaller ...
by azatrox
October 14th, 2013, 6:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 End of Year post
Replies: 15
Views: 3692

Re: 2013 End of Year post

Love the last time lapse and the lightning pic!

That walking stick is cool too!

-Kris
by azatrox
October 14th, 2013, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!
Replies: 7
Views: 3813

Re: Herping MO/IL: annulatum, and more!

Your scorpion is Centruoides vittatus, the Striped Bark scorpion.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 14th, 2013, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East Texas and West Texas, Terlingua Report
Replies: 11
Views: 3104

Re: East Texas and West Texas, Terlingua Report

Nice series.

Your Crotalus molossus molossus is actually a Crotalus ornatus. Generally anything east of the Continental Divide is ornatus and anything west is molossus.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 10th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Page, AZ anyone herped there?
Replies: 19
Views: 4832

Re: Page, AZ anyone herped there?

Pantherophis in Az?

Possible....not likely.

-Kris
by azatrox
October 7th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: here's what sucks
Replies: 6
Views: 2193

Re: here's what sucks

we may lose them all. isolated population. very little if no gene flow.

Yeah, that sucks big time. For what it's worth, if this population has little to no gene flow, it's probably just a matter of time before they die out anyway....

- Kris
by azatrox
October 7th, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road and the Shutdown
Replies: 21
Views: 5068

Re: Snake Road and the Shutdown

A few arrests have been made this year already

And what have people been arrested for? Collecting? Something unrelated to the reptiles?

-Kris
by azatrox
October 4th, 2013, 6:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 97856

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Yeah, glad this thread popped up again! Quite the interesting convo. I regret to inform that I have not found any of the previously mentioned Mexican endemics in Az....but hey...it's still fun to get out. I still think that there's a decent chance that Boa constrictor occurs stateside....Some of the...
by azatrox
October 3rd, 2013, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual NAFHA meeting
Replies: 15
Views: 3634

Re: Annual NAFHA meeting

And I state this here publicly for the record. Via forums Kris has taught me more about AZ herps and certainly crotes and even photography than I can articulate. There's no way I can reciprocate the debt of knowledge he's offered. He's one of the very few crote gurus that offered me specific answer...
by azatrox
October 2nd, 2013, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual NAFHA meeting
Replies: 15
Views: 3634

Re: Annual NAFHA meeting

Love herps. But I love S. AZ exponentially more. Herps are the sugar on top of a place I love for more reasons than I can count. I'm in S. AZ because there's no place in the galaxy I'd rather be. Not for 30 seconds, and certainly not for herps.... To each their own. LOL While I love Az in part for ...
by azatrox
September 30th, 2013, 11:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My EOY report (pic heavy)
Replies: 8
Views: 3008

Re: My EOY report (pic heavy)

Your photography has really improved Joshua.

Now so find some saugs!!!! :)

-Kris
by azatrox
September 26th, 2013, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hi and a few pictures
Replies: 4
Views: 1267

Re: Hi and a few pictures

Yep, you nailed your IDs!

1) pigmy rattlesnake
2) water moccasin
3) green anole
4) alligator
5) water moccasin

-Kris
by azatrox
September 25th, 2013, 4:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual NAFHA meeting
Replies: 15
Views: 3634

Re: Annual NAFHA meeting

As far as what NAFHA business takes place, I'm a little unsure of what that is? Having gone to the first two NAFHA annual meetings, I can say that the locals that go in the areas that the meetings are held go more for the meet & greet and the opportunity to meet other herpers that they've talked wi...
by azatrox
September 24th, 2013, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual NAFHA meeting
Replies: 15
Views: 3634

Re: Annual NAFHA meeting

Norm... Allow me to perhaps clarify some misunderstandings.... Yes, we all camped in the same campsite....but as far as the herping, it's a bunch of small groups that go off and do different things in different places. Everyone kind of has different things they want to see, so that necessitates chec...
by azatrox
September 24th, 2013, 7:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?
Replies: 26
Views: 5381

Re: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?

BTW I got that book back in the late 90s at a show....Chris signed it for me. Cool book, even if some of the info isn't completely accurate.

-Kris
by azatrox
September 24th, 2013, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?
Replies: 26
Views: 5381

Re: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?

If you could only herp 4 places in a year and max out on species diveristy, I think the four places would be (in no particular order): Arizona Florida/S. Georgia area S. Illinois West Texas Keep in mind, even with the amazing diversity of these four areas, you're missing a ton of diversity in the Pa...
by azatrox
September 24th, 2013, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Annual NAFHA meeting
Replies: 15
Views: 3634

Annual NAFHA meeting

As most know, the annual NAFHA meeting was this past weekend in North Carolina. While I will throw up a few pics once I'm done processing, I was a wee bit disappointed that Arizona did not have a stronger presence there. A good time was had by all, and these meetings are a great opportunity to conne...
by azatrox
September 17th, 2013, 9:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?
Replies: 50
Views: 26820

Re: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?

By the letter of the law this nullifies the legality of all the animals right down the line. Many European countries don't really give a crap so they let this kind of stuff slide and rightly so. Its a harmless victimless crime. And should be treated as such. Species are being bred to the point over...
by azatrox
September 16th, 2013, 10:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?
Replies: 50
Views: 26820

Re: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?

Schultz might not have been popular with some (It's likely that there's a good bit of jealousy involved ) but so far the only thing that's come out is he didn't jump through a bunch of paperwork hoops. Having dealt with the system quite a bit I know how much BS goes on with the people who hand out ...
by azatrox
September 16th, 2013, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: McDowell Sonoran preserve Questions
Replies: 2
Views: 1011

Re: McDowell Sonoran preserve Questions

First, is there a creek there I saw pictures of a lage, flowing creek and it was labeled McDowell Sonoran preserve creek? The McDowell mountain preserve comprises a large area. There are numerous washes running throughout and these washes do flood during rains. So, water flows but it is largely dep...
by azatrox
September 16th, 2013, 5:04 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?
Replies: 50
Views: 26820

Re: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?

Right or wrong, this is why I tend to shy away from most of the TV personality types that seem to permeate the herping culture...

Aside from the fact that I'd rather be out herping than sitting in front of a TV watching someone else herping, I just can't seem to get down with all the ego.

-Kris
by azatrox
September 13th, 2013, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake herp photography
Replies: 85
Views: 17756

Re: Fake herp photography

I also once kept a range extension to donate to a local museum collection. Just curious...if you were collecting a voucher for range extension purposes, wouldn't a photo and GPS coords have sufficed? I know that institutions have recently become much more accomodating to this type of data vs. the o...
by azatrox
September 10th, 2013, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake herp photography
Replies: 85
Views: 17756

Re: Fake herp photography

I sometimes wondering if stressing a snake that you find on the road isn't a good idea. May teach them to avoid roads in the future? That's an interesting question Chris. I don't think there have been many (if any) formal studies on it. I have a buddy here in Phoenix that runs a snake removal/reloc...
by azatrox
September 10th, 2013, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake herp photography
Replies: 85
Views: 17756

Re: Fake herp photography

How's the wild caught snake trade goin' Ernie? :lol:

-Kris
by azatrox
September 9th, 2013, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake herp photography
Replies: 85
Views: 17756

Re: Fake herp photography

"I think all we can do accept that what we do is disruptive and try to minimize our impact." This pretty much sums it up in one sentence. The other alternative of course is to stop being in habitats and environments at all, but I doubt that does much to raise public awareness and educate people abo...
by azatrox
September 6th, 2013, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fake herp photography
Replies: 85
Views: 17756

Re: Fake herp photography

"For those of you who think that you haven't stressed an animal out because it "seems" okay -- looks can be deceiving. The more we learn about the biology of animals, the more we find potential long-term impacts. Collecting a herp stresses it, causing a release in corticosteroids. The longer the an...