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by azatrox
February 3rd, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 10328

Re: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014

It was a very warm spring evening and I had been cruising a blacktop road in the desert near the Santa Cruz Valley, when I came upon a large Gila monster crossing the road in front of me. Excitedly, I slammed on the brakes, threw it into park, and jumped out to chase the animal off the road. I then...
by azatrox
January 31st, 2014, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thank You, Dr. Bruce Means!
Replies: 7
Views: 2515

Re: Thank You, Dr. Bruce Means!

What if the decline is unrelated to the roundup? Despite the scoffs and eye rolls of some in this community when this question is posed, it is a valid scientific question...It's another way of asking: "How confident are we that roundups are causing (or contributing to) the decline in C. adamanteus ...
by azatrox
January 30th, 2014, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 10328

Re: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014

Regarding moving "protected" species off the roadway, I'll do it every day and twice on Sundays. Wanna cite me? Go ahead....These animals are "protected" because (supposedly) the state has recognized that they are in danger of exploitation and as such has a desire to see that they persist in the wil...
by azatrox
January 30th, 2014, 6:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When Should I Come to AZ in Spring?
Replies: 15
Views: 4222

Re: When Should I Come to AZ in Spring?

As others have said, the last 3 weeks of April + May are the best times in Spring to be here. Be warned: We have gotten tremendously little moisture this year. This will likely affect the number of animals that emerge, the times that they emerge, etc. We haven't had a single good rain at all in Janu...
by azatrox
January 22nd, 2014, 6:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 10328

Re: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014

I quickly glanced at the AZF&G website, am I right to assume that I would need the temp hunting/fishing combo? Is there an additional habitat stamp or anything similar that I would need to get? In AZ, I only get the annual hunting license. I believe it covers toads, frogs, and gummy lizards.... Par...
by azatrox
January 21st, 2014, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 10328

Re: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014

According to the law... if you are "pursuing" you need a license, whether you handle an animal or not. Correct/ However, if I'm hiking and happen to spot a snake am I "pursuing" if I take in situ photos without influencing it in any way? No....Not any more than I'm "pursuing" the birds I see, the t...
by azatrox
January 21st, 2014, 7:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gassing Snakes- public comment period ends 5pm January 22
Replies: 15
Views: 3668

Re: Gassing Snakes- public comment period ends 5pm January 2

That "Texas Bowhunter" is always good for a few laughs....Seems that unless you agree that every snake needs to be slaughtered on sight, you're somehow a "libby Washington communist pinko Yankee"....The few that speak up in defense of sound wildlife policies are quickly dismissed as being "fringe" e...
by azatrox
January 20th, 2014, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014
Replies: 34
Views: 10328

Re: NAFHA National Meeting, 2014

I'm sure the state would LOVE it if all out of state people would get out of state licenses, but that isn't likely to happen. As far as a blanket permit to cover the event, that's an interesting idea that may or may not be possible, I really don't know. What I do know is that if one plans on manipul...
by azatrox
January 20th, 2014, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chuckwalla Skull
Replies: 10
Views: 3774

Re: Chuckwalla Skull

This is very cool!

-Kris
by azatrox
January 20th, 2014, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gassing Snakes- public comment period ends 5pm January 22
Replies: 15
Views: 3668

Re: Gassing Snakes- public comment period ends 5pm January 2

That there's even a debate in 2014 that introducing toxic chemicals into the ground is an ecologically irresponsible practice is a sign of just how far we as a species have yet to go.

- Kris
by azatrox
January 20th, 2014, 5:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sabino Trip
Replies: 31
Views: 8733

Re: Sabino Trip

Sabino states the hogs are there, but well.... I will ask for the most recent documentation, given that its natural range is 30-40 miles to the SE. I also asked for this 5 years ago with no response. (Hoggies aint' there.) Habitat is all wrong for Heterodon . They're much more a grassland than a tr...
by azatrox
January 20th, 2014, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 15342

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

The best protection from a bite is to not put your hands and feet where you can't see. If it makes you feel safe trompin' around western NA in plated armor, then knock yourself out...I'm certainly not going to knock you for killing yourself with safety. I will tell you that hiking around in a get up...
by azatrox
January 16th, 2014, 5:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs and Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 1899

Re: Frogs and Snakes

Nice assortment of critters. Your reflection in the first frog's eye is pretty cool.

-Kris
by azatrox
January 14th, 2014, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2013 Year in Review...
Replies: 10
Views: 3336

Re: My 2013 Year in Review...

As usual, your photography is smokin'.

-Kris
by azatrox
January 13th, 2014, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake depicted in Afghanistan in Lone Survivor
Replies: 28
Views: 22835

Re: Rattlesnake depicted in Afghanistan in Lone Survivor

Also I read Lutrell's book (both of them actually) and I do not recall any mention of a snake in the book the film is based on. (I could be wrong I will have to reread it to be sure.) Why did the film put a snake in? That's easy....it's Hollywood and Hollywood has always loved to use snakes to stir...
by azatrox
January 8th, 2014, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

I can say with confidence that Arizona herpers have quite the reputation out of state when it comes to help and such. I've got a lot of out of state friends (CA, TX, CO, KY, FLA, etc.) and it's pretty much universally accepted that the minute an out of stater asks for assistance with locating an Az ...
by azatrox
January 8th, 2014, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?
Replies: 30
Views: 11543

Re: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?

Picture a Komodo dragon. For many people that conjures up the terrifying image of a gigantic saliva drooling monster. Tearing off deer legs and chasing Steve Irwin up a tree.

Or munching on Wes Welker's legs as he lounges on a beach in an Old Spice commercial.

- Kris
by azatrox
January 7th, 2014, 11:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: McMartin 2013 EOY Post: KS, TX, MO, IL
Replies: 17
Views: 5982

Re: McMartin 2013 EOY Post: KS, TX, MO, IL

Great stuff Chris.

Next year try to find a few more buzzworms why dontcha? ;)

And I need to find snakes that pay me to find them like you have.

-Kris
by azatrox
January 7th, 2014, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?
Replies: 30
Views: 11543

Re: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?

Bull Sharks in freshwater rivers as far North as I live are the scariest invasive I can think of. Justin, bull sharks (even as far north as you are) are not invasive. They've been going up the Mississippi as far north as Minnesota for millenia. Granted, the thought of a bull shark cruising around i...
by azatrox
January 6th, 2014, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Episode IV: A New Herp (or two)
Replies: 4
Views: 3340

Re: Episode IV: A New Herp (or two)

Awesome post Josh.

Love the green frog against the black & white tree....very artistic.

Was good to hook up with you out in NC.

- Kris
by azatrox
January 6th, 2014, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Ohio, 2013
Replies: 29
Views: 10335

Re: Southeast Ohio, 2013

Great stuff Carl.

Who knew Ohio could be so imteresting?

-Kris
by azatrox
January 6th, 2014, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inspired by others, another end of year post...
Replies: 15
Views: 4583

Re: Inspired by others, another end of year post...

...only later to find out that it was a real far western Arizona Black Rattlesnake. Probably as far West as they go

Indeed. That is just about as far west as they go.

Nice work Jason. Your Africa photos have me green with envy.

-Kris
by azatrox
January 6th, 2014, 5:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What camera?
Replies: 3
Views: 1627

Re: What camera?

I just recently bought a Nikon D3200 with multiple lenses. What do you other herpers like to use for a camera? If you're asking what kind of gear we use, I have the following: Canon 7D My lenses are as follows: Canon 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Canon 300mm f/4 L IS USM I also use the Canon 1.4x II teleco...
by azatrox
January 6th, 2014, 5:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post
Replies: 41
Views: 21863

Re: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post

...their call is a distinctive nasal 'wurk, wurk wurk'

Someone needs to tell those frogs that too much 'wurk' and not enough 'herp' makes Jack a dull boy.

Nice post Mike. Looks like you had a great '13.

- Kris
by azatrox
January 2nd, 2014, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Well yeah but my point is that I'm not the one who brought up the localities, I can delete my own posts but I can't delete someone elses. Stephen...You're right...You didn't. No one is yelling at you. This thread just presented a good opportunity to remind us of some important things. That's it. -K...
by azatrox
January 2nd, 2014, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Really, it's been mentioned many times before. ASAMOF, I made a post about my trip last year and showed the Gila pics. If we can't mention one of the most visited and well known spots in AZ, what can we mention to visitors who want someplace to go? This is a tough problem for our forum, but I'm not...
by azatrox
December 30th, 2013, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Are we talking about the canyon at Tucson that is like the Whitewater of AZ, except that you can't drive it?

Well yeah....The fact that you can't drive it will eliminate MOST herpers from going there, but still....

;)

-Kris
by azatrox
December 30th, 2013, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

I actually didn't post any localities, I was just acknowledging localities that someone else brought up. But I don't mind deleting the posts that mention them, I'm just not sure how.

Stephen,

No need to delete the entire post...Just the specific locale mentioned within the post.

-Kris
by azatrox
December 27th, 2013, 11:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)
Replies: 36
Views: 10329

Re: My First Arizona Herpin Trip (August 2013)

Congrats on a good first trip! Looks like you had a fun time!

FYI (and this is meant as a general note, not targeted at anyone in particular), we may want to delete references to specific locales. The world (and everyone in it) can see these posts.

-Kris
by azatrox
December 20th, 2013, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Heading to Orlando over the new year
Replies: 2
Views: 530

Re: Heading to Orlando over the new year

Hey there...kudos to you for doing your own research before asking questions. You've obviously done some digging.... Sorry I can't be much help. For what it's worth, from what I've heard you're going to have to do some driving to get the hell away from Orlando in order to do any proper herping. Too ...
by azatrox
December 20th, 2013, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion too
Replies: 30
Views: 8337

Re: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion to

I guess I'm not at peace with the idea of getting eaten. Call me crazy Well, you PROBABLY wouldn't be EATEN....Bitten? Sure...Bumped? Ok...But eaten? Very few shark "attacks" are driven by hunger. (I put the word attacks in quotes simply because they're not attacks in the traditional sense....most ...
by azatrox
December 20th, 2013, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion too
Replies: 30
Views: 8337

Re: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion to

Good on ya for releasing most of what you catch...there certainly aren't too many sharks in the world's oceans these days.... As far as running into a big 'un while surfing....well...that's just a recreational hazard. Nature of the beast. Similar to the risk of snakebite while herping in desolate wi...
by azatrox
December 19th, 2013, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion too
Replies: 30
Views: 8337

Re: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013

Are the sharks captured released? Used for food?

Thanks.

-Kris
by azatrox
November 27th, 2013, 5:32 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Do you ever believe there were species that didn't "need" management at one time, that needed management decades later for any number of reasons? What would be the harm in being pro-active in the hopes of preventing them from getting in that needing management situation? Then you're managing based ...
by azatrox
November 27th, 2013, 5:28 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

"I think people change their views much more often than we realize, if they are approached the right way."

Approach determines response. A valuable lesson that was reinforced time and again when I worked in Arizona's prison system years ago.

- Kris
by azatrox
November 25th, 2013, 6:03 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

What is interesting to me in this thread (well, one of the things anyway) is that you have some that say: "Yeah, we've covered this ground a hundred times already!" and others that have contributed numerous times...Yet, this thread (much like the ones re: this topic that preceeded it) illustrate tha...
by azatrox
November 19th, 2013, 5:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Monsoon Herping 2014 Inquiry
Replies: 10
Views: 2669

Re: Monsoon Herping 2014 Inquiry

A tip I live by is watching the weather. This is a good point. More, your trip should be dictated by the weather . Many people that come here have a predetermined schedule (i.e. we'll cruise XXX on this night, then the following morning we'll hike XXX, etc.). While this may serve useful when sketch...
by azatrox
November 12th, 2013, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5372

Re: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013

Awesome post Nick!

Loved it all, but the Sistrurus feeding pics were particularly fascinating...

-Kris
by azatrox
November 11th, 2013, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Monsoon Herping 2014 Inquiry
Replies: 10
Views: 2669

Re: Monsoon Herping 2014 Inquiry

What time during the monsoons would be best to cruise/walk cuts and washes and such? Anytime before the temps get 100+ degrees you should be fine. Even then, some species (i.e. Sauromalus and Crotaphytus) love it hot...Just depends on what you want to see....Generally speaking, most species can be ...
by azatrox
November 7th, 2013, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: i need rattles
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: i need rattles

Isn't it a Lacey Act violation to swap any sort of payment for wildlife parts? In Arizona, one cannot legally buy, sell, barter, trade native animals...but the animal is defined as the WHOLE animal....Animal parts (i.e. skins, rattles, etc.) are considered animal parts and as such are legal to be b...
by azatrox
November 7th, 2013, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: i need rattles
Replies: 10
Views: 1256

Re: i need rattles

PM sent.

-Kris
by azatrox
November 7th, 2013, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gassing Rattlesnakes--On the Outs in Texas?
Replies: 4
Views: 1099

Re: Gassing Rattlesnakes--On the Outs in Texas?

Progress....

We'll see where it goes, but the fact that they're at least discussing it is encouraging.

-Kris
by azatrox
November 6th, 2013, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best winter finds?
Replies: 30
Views: 8821

Re: Best winter finds?

C. willardi, C. lepidus klauberi and C. p. pricei.

- Kris
by azatrox
November 6th, 2013, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 18033

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

why not aim for legitimacy? i say you should come up with a goal in mind. what do you want to learn about behavior? what is the best approach you can make in order to do this? this should be done with the least amount of handling as possible. gathering growth rate info is pretty much a moot point i...
by azatrox
November 5th, 2013, 5:48 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

CA allows 1 zonata - AZ allows 4 pyros but has 75% fewer pyros than CA has zonata

Holy crap! 75% less you say? Then I must be a helluva herper because I can't help but turn up those trash snakes while looking for molossus and cerbs in some locales! :lol:

-Kris
by azatrox
November 5th, 2013, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern IL: Copperhead Heavy
Replies: 14
Views: 4601

Re: Southern IL: Copperhead Heavy

Great post of interspecies behavior. I LOVE coppers, and your post didn't disappoint.

Thanks for sharing!

-Kris
by azatrox
October 28th, 2013, 6:25 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Chris, I totally agree with what you just wrote. You gave an excellent defense of managed take. However, it didn't seem to me like you were saying that it's a universally bad idea to put any collecting restrictions on any species, or that you were defending the idea that protection is a fundamental...
by azatrox
October 28th, 2013, 5:13 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

Research is just one example. Suppose a person takes home an animal he/she finds, and in turn learns about its care, maybe finds out some new behavior and shares that information, and develops a greater appreciation not only for the individual animal but its conspecifics (and more importantly, thei...
by azatrox
October 25th, 2013, 7:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Protection--a flawed policy
Replies: 280
Views: 234925

Re: Protection--a flawed policy

I have no data that proves collecting has a negative impact on wild populations. Do you have any data that proves that collecting is not harmful to wild populations? You are making a broad generalized statement yourself. There is no verifiable scientific evidence that collecting does not harm wild ...