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by rpecora
January 21st, 2017, 7:05 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 38520

Re: Global Warming?

How about the other years in between? This is meaningless really. I could probably find a another year other than 1988 since records have been taken and find the opposite outcome. Below average temps beginning Friday for about a week is forecast as well. I wouldn't get too worried about it. I love h...
by rpecora
January 20th, 2017, 9:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Glad I wasn't drinking something when I read that. In life, all life, there is a balance in nature required for it to perpetuate. If we as humans wish to determine what actions are necessary to prevent it's extinction and it's allowable take we have to have the objective data to support the actions ...
by rpecora
January 14th, 2017, 9:48 am
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

One camp wants to protect them, the other camp wants to use as many as they can for their own purposes, if we value some of our neurons more than others we wait for data while ignoring whats really true.
How do you determine what's true without data?
by rpecora
January 12th, 2017, 4:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Thank you both. I have read some dialog as Ernie has pointed out and other reports over the years and there is it seems some contradictions to conclusions that have been made and the evidence to reach those conclusions. My interest in this is purely to get grasp what the documented data sets show. B...
by rpecora
January 11th, 2017, 1:22 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Thanks Bryan. Ecology of fear was precisely the point. It seems logical that it would be a preservation of life mechanism. I'm sure we've all made a wrong turn at some point in our lives and instinctively knew we will never go there again. With animals the repeated "spook" effect by predators I thin...
by rpecora
January 10th, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Naive, no. Complete understanding, no of course not. That's why I brought it up to learn and/or be convinced otherwise. It's the peoples responsibility to question government. I don't recall the premise being mentioned before or reading a study that specifically mentions it. Can you point me in the ...
by rpecora
January 10th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Im wondering if what you are saying is that the actions of these are to blame for the snakes leaving an area and promoting the appearance that something else is to blame for their absence? That is the premise. If those doing the studies suggest that there is a population decline in a given study ar...
by rpecora
January 10th, 2017, 1:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

If scientists were coming to my den site repeatedly, clipping my scale, drawing blood, tagging me, painting my tail...I would find another site to drop my litter too.
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 11:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

I didnt mean to sound riled. But I have held alot of stuff back here in discussions, and I also have had my own interior reckonings. Im not overly enamored with our liberties as humans when it comes to animals. It is an unpopular and easily, rampantly critiqued view I have that I cant help after a ...
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 11:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Fair enough. To prove your point I don't know that you didn't take that snake. I'll take your word that you didn't. You can assume it's happening, but to denigrate people with this rhetoric and/or implement regulation without evidence to properly define the problem you will have no idea if that reg...
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 10:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Ive been privy to alot of things you havent. If you think Im going to get messy on Scotts site you're wrong. And yeah its free money when you steal something to sell. I have grown into the opinion that most of the time collecting animals in the wild is a form of stealing. Its also my business who I...
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 9:19 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Kelly Mc wrote:There are and has been alot of dirtbags involved with reptiles and they see reptiles in the wild as Free Money.
We both know it's not free money. Quantify a lot of dirt bags involved with reptiles?
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Meaning what exactly?
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 7:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

There are no other vertebrate animals easier to capture, more convenient to conceal in silent compact storage for a significant time frame without care support. None. To not recognize how exploitable those factors are shows either denial or lack of insight. No one is questioning the ease of which t...
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 7:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Fair enough. To prove your point I don't know that you didn't take that snake. I'll take your word that you didn't. You can assume it's happening, but to denigrate people with this rhetoric and/or implement regulation without evidence to properly define the problem you will have no idea if that regu...
by rpecora
January 9th, 2017, 12:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 22040

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Hi Jeremy, I appreciate your concern for poaching. I have been herping a long time and have seen on many occasions a plethora of vehicles cruising for snakes during prime time. That doesn't mean anyone is poaching. I have first hand experience of your preconceived notion that everyone but you is poa...
by rpecora
January 3rd, 2017, 9:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen
Replies: 13
Views: 10537

Re: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen

I just saw the other pictures and see the vats. How do you suppose the water is being filtered. I know that there are bags of media you can add to absorb certain things and with a power head inside to move the water around would make sense to me. I love Columbo, great reference. Agreed, PETA would b...
by rpecora
January 2nd, 2017, 9:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen
Replies: 13
Views: 10537

Re: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen

Best I can tell is that the filter system in that facility is rather extensive and has one large system for all of the tanks ala Petsmart. I would not expect the ammonia or Nitrate levels to rise significantly, but I don't know. Fish die everyday in the pet store and those systems seem to absorb it ...
by rpecora
January 1st, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen
Replies: 13
Views: 10537

Re: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen

Most likely done by animal rights activists, I suspect they are all dead now as they have no black market value. See http://www.mystatesman.com/news/were-hundreds-endangered-salamanders-stolen-from-san-marcos-lab/uiKeI24i78u7Lx5HJKnPMJ/ Ok, I think your anti-environmentalist sentiments are going a ...
by rpecora
December 25th, 2016, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Large-blotched Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi)
Replies: 2
Views: 1011

Re: Large-blotched Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi

Hi Jeremy,

It seemed strange that so few entries were recorded. Maybe most don't think of them as significant as the Monterey and others from the north. I think they are the best of them all. Merry Christmas to you too, and have a safe and fun New Year.
by rpecora
December 21st, 2016, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Large-blotched Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi)
Replies: 2
Views: 1011

Large-blotched Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi)

How come so few Large-blotched Ensatina (Ensatina eschscholtzii klauberi) logged into the database this year?
by rpecora
November 3rd, 2016, 4:10 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Tagging Turkey Vultures
Replies: 5
Views: 10478

Re: Tagging Turkey Vultures

No Brian. Wasn't ready for it. All I can tell you is that it was a white tag on the right wing about 1/3 from the body seemingly like a clip (kinda large, large enough to see anyway) on the leading edge of the wing. It was definitely a TV not a CC. I did some checking online and there are plenty of ...
by rpecora
October 26th, 2016, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Totonacan Rattlesnake
Replies: 3
Views: 2620

Re: The Totonacan Rattlesnake

It would be great to see the results of that photo shoot.
by rpecora
October 11th, 2016, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake from urban San Diego County
Replies: 31
Views: 8003

Re: Mystery Snake from urban San Diego County

How about this one. It was found considerably further north in British Columbia. I Id'd it as a wandering... http://i198.photobucket.com/albums/aa304/craigbbbb/DSCN0193small_zpsnjdqeeqp.jpg By the way I found a two striped garter out at the old place near Palm Springs that was a trout farm, it was ...
by rpecora
October 11th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake from urban San Diego County
Replies: 31
Views: 8003

Re: Mystery Snake from urban San Diego County

Checkered Gartersnake, a bit out of it's range, but a heck of a lot closer than a wandering. It could, but I've yet to see one with a dorsal stripe, be a Two-Striped.

I've seen hundreds of Eastern Garter's and that ain't no Eastern.
by rpecora
October 8th, 2016, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake from urban San Diego County
Replies: 31
Views: 8003

Re: Mystery Snake

Checkered Garter
by rpecora
October 4th, 2016, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Few Desert Finds
Replies: 9
Views: 4085

Re: Few Desert Finds

If you are referring to the plant it's an Ocotillo. Green is a good sign. If that's not what you are referring to I can't see it to venture a good guess, but given the daylight if it is a serpent I would say coachwhip or patchnose.
by rpecora
September 30th, 2016, 3:59 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Tagging Turkey Vultures
Replies: 5
Views: 10478

Tagging Turkey Vultures

I just saw a turkey vulture with a tag fly over my home. Is there a study going on with them in Socal?
by rpecora
September 25th, 2016, 10:02 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Aquatic animal ID
Replies: 20
Views: 37307

Re: Aquatic animal ID

Mola Mola doesn't seem right. Looks more Mammalia to me.
by rpecora
June 22nd, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quality over Quantity - 6/13 and 6/14 in the low desert.
Replies: 12
Views: 5169

Re: Quality over Quantity - 6/13 and 6/14 in the low desert.

I understand Jeremy. You misunderstood me, but at least your heart is in the right place so good on ya for that!
by rpecora
June 22nd, 2016, 6:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quality over Quantity - 6/13 and 6/14 in the low desert.
Replies: 12
Views: 5169

Re: Quality over Quantity - 6/13 and 6/14 in the low desert.

That's a fine rattlesnake there, boa too. I remember stopping and checking out what you were doing. You were very dismissive of me and if you would have been a little more friendlier I could have offered some advice on the area. I understand though some guy pulls up and say's you guy's alright, need...
by rpecora
June 16th, 2016, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early morning road cruising
Replies: 4
Views: 2928

Re: Early morning road cruising

I have done the before dark to mid morning cruises and hikes so many times it would make your head spin. It's amazing the things you will see if you do it. I have seen numerous Gopher Snakes after dusk and into the night as well as Glossy and Longnose before dark. The Gopher Snakes after dark were n...
by rpecora
May 29th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

For the record, this is the recent correspondence regarding the identity of the specimen in question from Neal Darby; Mojave National Preserve Supervisory Biologist. I had initially suggested to the class that they inform Mr. Darby about the find. Apparently they have not: Darby, Neal <[email protected]...
by rpecora
May 20th, 2016, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper attempts to eat egret
Replies: 5
Views: 5766

Re: Viper attempts to eat egret

I watched it in Youtube full size and it's more obvious its a viper. Very cool man.
by rpecora
May 19th, 2016, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper attempts to eat egret
Replies: 5
Views: 5766

Re: Viper attempts to eat egret

Looks like a Brown Watersnake to me. Neat video.
by rpecora
May 16th, 2016, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

I wasn't thinking you were agreeing with Jim at all. What I was try to convey was...never mind you obviously missed the point.
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Herper in CA Coachella Valley Area
Replies: 7
Views: 3309

Re: New Herper in CA Coachella Valley Area

I am positive that this subject has been discussed here in the past. Please get the facts.
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

The original post was a discussion of whether or not the speck in question was a panamint or a southwestern speckled. What Jim originally stated was One of the first things i look for, in Mints... is the white border around each blotch What I was conveying is that is not the case as plenty of pyrrhu...
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Herper in CA Coachella Valley Area
Replies: 7
Views: 3309

Re: New Herper in CA Coachella Valley Area

Did the regs change? Do you have to have FL every year to maintain possession?
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

Porter, I was referring to the white outline in differentiating stephensi vs pyrrhus, which was the dialog between Jim and I. That's all.
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

I wasn't referring to what you think I was. You may want to start over and try to understand the full context of our posts. I think Jim gets it now.
by rpecora
May 15th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

You both obviously dissed the point I was making. You cannot go by the apparent white bordering of the blotches/banding of these animals for identification. Hell porter, you posted a pic of what your calling a mint (I'm sure it is) without any white bordering. The white bordering doesn't mean a damn...
by rpecora
May 14th, 2016, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

None of those are obviously panamints, and found well out of their known geological range. You must have misunderstood my meaning.
by rpecora
May 13th, 2016, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

These are just two examples, I can probably dig up more.

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Here is one that is very similar in appearance to the one in question here.

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by rpecora
May 13th, 2016, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

One of the first things i look for, in Mints... is the white border around each blotch... but i've yet to see that mentioned, as an ID key (am i in left field, here?) also... for the snake that you guys consider an actual intergrade (big ups BTW)... do both mints and specks occur in the same range?...
by rpecora
May 9th, 2016, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 9160

Re: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

Must be what prison sex is like.

Looks like two kings trying to eat each other, but they don't try to wrap up. Interesting.
by rpecora
May 8th, 2016, 10:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

It does appear that the band colors are the same to the end best I can tell, so I'll concede on that.
by rpecora
May 8th, 2016, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID
Replies: 56
Views: 21649

Re: Need Expert Opinion On Panamint Rattlesnake ID

mitchelli in my guess. Nobody could say with any certainty with those pics. I've seen stephensi in the Kingstons in S.B. County, but that is well towards the northern border of the county. Come to think of it, I don't think I've ever seen a speck south of the 15 and north of the 40 east of Barstow....
by rpecora
April 27th, 2016, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Picture)
Replies: 72
Views: 27955

Re: Headless Giant Salamander Question (Beware - Gory Pictur

I wasn't trying to be argumentative, just throwing my thoughts out there. We're good.