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by gopher
March 11th, 2014, 7:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February finds, Southern California edition.
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: February finds, Southern California edition.

Great post! When you say that the ensatina were walked, do you mean you found them on the crawl? That's pretty impressive, if so. ('course, they are great looking salamanders either way...) Love the Ruber and Rosies, obviously. JimM Yes I found both an the crawl. It was the night before the storm h...
by gopher
March 10th, 2014, 9:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February finds, Southern California edition.
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: February finds, Southern California edition.

Thanks everyone. That rosy was a beast...it even looked like one. She was covered in scars, tail chewed off and both eyes were damaged. In regards to the camera I have been using the standard lenses that come with the nikon D40 and D7100 (this is when I take my friends camera haha) For the most part...
by gopher
March 9th, 2014, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February finds, Southern California edition.
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

February finds, Southern California edition.

Firstly I would just like to say that this is about a week late. Excuse that the post is a tad sloppy too, you can at least see that I at least tried in the beginning :lol: As with most of our February stories it began with the drought, which I finally accepted and went out into the field. My persis...
by gopher
February 28th, 2014, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unusually Cute
Replies: 8
Views: 1157

Re: Unusually Cute

... caught this little Granite Spiny and snapped what I had THOUGHT was an ok pic... should have taken more, I guess... :roll: http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/bb4/hellihooks/2014/DSCN6095.jpg Now that is the hellihooks photography I know and love :lol: Nice work on the little Apricot snovelnose,...
by gopher
February 25th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus ruber combat dance.
Replies: 17
Views: 2941

Re: Crotalus ruber combat dance.

Regarding some posts yes I did lay on the ground. In fact I first had to army crawling through these awful little wildflowers (idk the species but they belong to the Hydrophylloideae family) and ended up swollen for a bit. Thank goodness for adrenalin. Jim feel free to post those pics. I like the id...
by gopher
February 25th, 2014, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County on Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2708

Re: Riverside County on Sunday

Personally I enjoy seeing rosys on the crawl (not that I have seen many). The one I actually witnessed reminded me of a chameleon, slowly swaying in the wind hardly inching forward. Looked dimwitted but obviously had a purpose, tried to capture some on film but after I started recording she decided ...
by gopher
February 25th, 2014, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Los Angeles County Database Species List
Replies: 23
Views: 2496

Re: Los Angeles County Database Species List

mattg wrote: Yellow-Blotched Ensatina - only 1 (so they do exist, at least in la county)
Now that is something!
Race you to find the next one :thumb:
Hopefully it wont turn out like my typical "botched" ensatina hunts :lol:
by gopher
February 22nd, 2014, 1:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus ruber combat dance.
Replies: 17
Views: 2941

Re: Crotalus ruber combat dance.

Really cool. I saw that last year with NorPacs (http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=16436&p=193871&hilit=baile#p193871) and the entire thing took less than a minute. I have to think that stumbling on to this must be extremely rare given the short time that it takes the victor to...
by gopher
February 22nd, 2014, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus ruber combat dance.
Replies: 17
Views: 2941

Re: Crotalus ruber combat dance.

Thanks everyone, I was out and about looking for rubers basking but a vale of fog blanketed the sky and I lost hope for the time being. So I decided to flip rocks and found what looked like a San Diego banded gecko, but I have no idea if it is another of those desert species variations :crazyeyes: A...
by gopher
February 21st, 2014, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus ruber combat dance.
Replies: 17
Views: 2941

Crotalus ruber combat dance.

Both males retreated into a hole some time after the skirmish ended, which was where the female presumably resided. The defeated male entered first, shortly followed by the dominant male. Once both snakes were inside the former was evicted and retreated onto the rocks that stood over the entrance. I...
by gopher
February 21st, 2014, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Riverside County on Sunday
Replies: 12
Views: 2708

Re: Riverside County on Sunday

First of all I am glad to have made it with you guys on this trip and that I was not dead weight, seeing how I found a couple snakes in the end :thumb: As you know I accidentally deleted all my photos except for the ones of the last ruber so while I can not add much variety as in species, I have a f...
by gopher
February 17th, 2014, 11:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2322

Re: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014

Wonderful! here they come!
I was going to say, the drought is so bad I cant even find them on the thread :crazyeyes:

Thanks for posting guys! Glad it was such a success! Gotta love those ensatinas (all of them)
by gopher
February 16th, 2014, 9:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 2322

Re: Successful Salamander Search in San Diego, February 2014

great work you guys! :thumb:
Hope you make another event like this again in the not so distant future.
Cant wait to see those klauberi!
by gopher
February 13th, 2014, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: rusty hooks
Replies: 1
Views: 649

Re: rusty hooks

I have been hitting the field hard this month and I still have yet to run into one of you guys. Sheesh I was looking for a ruber today too!
Rusty or not you found a good number of herps...I had blackbellies elude me buy springing away like pogo sticks :oops:
by gopher
February 8th, 2014, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rain!
Replies: 31
Views: 3431

Re: Rain!

That rain sounds lovely up north! Makes me wanna head up (if it were possible).
But Matt the lack of rain has not stopped you :lol:
by gopher
February 4th, 2014, 11:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Friend Challenge !
Replies: 9
Views: 1672

Re: Friend Challenge !

Great idea! My thoughts exactly, particularly the screw the drought part. Found more salies (minus newts) in this drought than I have all of last year. I already know two other herpers that I am trying to enlist! Now my only issue is fighting over records we find together :crazyeyes: Until then here...
by gopher
February 3rd, 2014, 6:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rain!
Replies: 31
Views: 3431

Re: Rain!

Hurrah for the rain indeed! I found two arboreals and two black bellies today :D
by gopher
February 1st, 2014, 11:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID Help
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: Frog ID Help

Brian Hubbs wrote:OK...I just called in the big gun himself...Sam Sweet. He should look at this thread and give us the indisputable answer we all need. Stay tuned...
When I saw that he posted on the topic my glutes clenched before I even got to read the verdict :shock: :lol:
by gopher
February 1st, 2014, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January Finds -- Drought Edition
Replies: 19
Views: 2756

Re: January Finds -- Drought Edition

I would happily walk ten miles for a Blackbelly. In fact, I tried, back in November, but only got eight miles in and never found a salamander... just a couple of Fencies and Utas. The shot you got of the salamander once you found it was top-notch, by the way. JimM In the future I would like to take...
by gopher
February 1st, 2014, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

:lol: You guys should all be ashamed of yourselves!! For all of your guys talk about 'LECHs", during 90% of our trips we deal with chiggers (by the hundreds), greenhead flies, ticks and mosquitos as well not to mention poison oak and thorns. 24 ticks is standard........... :crazyeyes: :crazyeyes: Y...
by gopher
February 1st, 2014, 1:24 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Cali Chapter Contest/Scorecard-Rules and Links Updated.
Replies: 81
Views: 32058

Re: 2013 Cali Chapter Contest/Scorecard-Rules and Links Upda

Good work everyone!
Wow I am surprised I even made it into some of these categories :D
Is this the cut off for the score cards? I still need to put in more of my vouchers :?
by gopher
January 31st, 2014, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January Finds -- Drought Edition
Replies: 19
Views: 2756

Re: January Finds -- Drought Edition

Hey, that's not bad at all for January, especially in the salamander department. Most of us are happy to see a Slender now and then. Greg L. (gopher) walked 10 miles to find one Slender last week. :lol: t Hey that was between you and me! Just kidding. And to me, it was really worth it :crazyeyes: N...
by gopher
January 31st, 2014, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

looks like we all had some tough luck today :( Still Owen you found two Batrachoseps! very jealous! As for Matt...no no no no I really hope I do not find your new spot anytime soon. Was in in the gabes or bernadinos? Honestly rolling on poison oak seems much more enjoyable than just one tick. I frea...
by gopher
January 31st, 2014, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

mattg wrote: Same here :beer: :thumb:
Hope it went well with your outing!
Mine search was not so fruitful. Found the 5 deer (did not care), same slender salie that I found earlier...and a few glances 8-)
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by gopher
January 31st, 2014, 12:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

well it is enough rain to get me going tomorrow. I'll see what turns up :beer:
by gopher
January 30th, 2014, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID Help
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: Frog ID Help

I found a few California tree frogs with bands through the eyes. Not the best individual to describe the characteristics I am talking about but you can see a band going through its eyes. Not to the extent as the one you found. I have no qualifications as a frog expect, but I am giving this a shot. :...
by gopher
January 30th, 2014, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID Help
Replies: 44
Views: 5167

Re: Frog ID Help

hellihooks wrote:Look a little closer Brian... it's a Pseudacris cadaverina - California Treefrog, not a Baja. :beer: jim
I am with hellihooks for this :)
by gopher
January 30th, 2014, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some recent non-herps for anyone who is interested
Replies: 22
Views: 2442

Re: Some recent non-herps for anyone who is interested

Great shots! I actually have been showing people Nicholas's Flickr account, very impressed with his shot. The Brown Pelican is such a good photo! Bird photography is fulling when get when you take a great photo because you can't pose them and they most certainly don't cooperate :lol: My camera is no...
by gopher
January 29th, 2014, 11:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

This has been my raindance for the past few days...it could be my fault that we have no rain :crazyeyes: http://media.tumblr.com/75547d9779606b6486a976609ad483a5/tumblr_inline_mohjbxJrQU1qz4rgp.gif Lack of rain aside I still went out looking for salies today and I found these. 2x Black bellied 1x Ca...
by gopher
January 29th, 2014, 11:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard

Owen: Thank you for the info, I have the curse of the "I need a new camera" syndrome. Right now I use a jugi film s8200 and it is very simple but I enjoy it. It just stings to be around my friends who have all those dslr. They contantly talk to me about exposure and differnt camera modes...I respond...
by gopher
January 28th, 2014, 3:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Re: Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard

Thanks Owen, and wow that last fence lizard is marvelous. Personally I think it might be reason number two because after I caught it the lizard became light brown but all the yellow area was retained. I have always been a fan of your pictures, what camera do you use? The picture of the grey fox and ...
by gopher
January 27th, 2014, 9:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard
Replies: 6
Views: 1001

Hi Yellow Western Fence Lizard

Seeing how I found nothing exciting lately I decided to brows through some old photos. (Yes, lame cyber herping) This was when I ran across a picture of an unusual fence lizard that had an uncharacteristic amount of yellow. In hindsight I remember catching it and showing my professor, who called it ...
by gopher
January 27th, 2014, 9:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "herping San Diego" updated
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: "herping San Diego" updated

Fieldnotes wrote:This year, I have pretty much gave up waiting for the rain in SoCal :cry:
Me and you the same. It looks like I'm going to hide inside and watch movies all day :o
I have been seeing really scrawny looking herps, they want the rain just as badly.
by gopher
January 27th, 2014, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "herping San Diego" updated
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: "herping San Diego" updated

Nature Nate wrote:hit me up when you make it down here. I can usually scrounge up some herps even in the worst conditions.
Sounds like a plan! :thumb:
But lets hope for some rain too!
by gopher
January 24th, 2014, 12:41 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: The Savannah Monitor Lizard: The truth...
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

Re: The Savannah Monitor Lizard: The truth...

justinm wrote:Is there a link? You graciously gave a password but a link would be more helpful.
edited! Posted the link.
by gopher
January 24th, 2014, 12:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: rattlesnake bite - at night - in January!
Replies: 3
Views: 963

Re: rattlesnake bite - at night - in January!

Thanks for the heads up. Glad the guy realized it was a rattlesnake bite and went to the hospital. My stomach sank because I thought it was you who received the bite. Those figures behind the dollar sign just reinforce my idea that rattlesnake bites are fatal...to the wallet :( Everyone stay safe!
by gopher
January 23rd, 2014, 11:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "herping San Diego" updated
Replies: 6
Views: 1074

Re: "herping San Diego" updated

glad you ended up getting some lifers SnakeDude! That SoPac looks great. Call me crazy but those are my favorite snakes :crazyeyes: And applauds to you Nature Nate for helping a fellow herper out. I don't have any boards myself, so when I take people out there are quite a few bored ones :lol: I have...
by gopher
January 23rd, 2014, 11:32 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: The Savannah Monitor Lizard: The truth...
Replies: 3
Views: 2425

The Savannah Monitor Lizard: The truth...

A great book on the Savannah Monitor lizard. Possibly my favorite read with the primary focus being on a single species. (In the event Hubbs sees this) "I like your book too" :lol: Hope those who have found the time to read this like it. I am sure 99% of you will learn something new about this speci...
by gopher
January 22nd, 2014, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping San Diego
Replies: 10
Views: 1870

Re: Herping San Diego

Fundad wrote:I have some experience, and have seen a handful of snakes over the years, so here is my advice (because of the conditions);

Go fishing..

Fundad
Care to share some of those fishing spots?
I understand if you wanna send it via pm. :lol: ;)

just kidding, I rather go birding now...
by gopher
January 21st, 2014, 2:52 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 32
Views: 27949

Re: North American big cats

Not the best shot but here is a pic of a jaguar I took in North America. Not saying it is a North American subspecies...still in the USA tho :crazyeyes: Thought it looked neat to see a Jag in the more arid environment with those crazy looking chaparral/desert flora. https://scontent-a-sjc.xx.fbcdn.n...
by gopher
January 21st, 2014, 2:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best news all year...
Replies: 46
Views: 6715

Re: Best news all year...

wonderful news!
Had my hopes up when you said you had the opportunity, nice to see it is probably going to happen.

If you need help collecting frog legs let me know :lol:
by gopher
January 17th, 2014, 5:04 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 32
Views: 27949

Re: North American big cats

Also, I read that jaguars make it into parts of the south west. Can anyone confirm this? This has been confirmed, in fact that use be part of the jaguars established range. Unfortunately the jarguar have been eradicated in most of North America. The south western individuals seen are usually migrat...
by gopher
January 16th, 2014, 8:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 Recap: Striped gophers, SF garters, and more
Replies: 20
Views: 3807

Re: 2013 Recap: Striped gophers, SF garters, and more

Amazing! :thumb: I really enjoyed the read, and to some degree hate you...but just because you had such a successful year :lol: While I have a couple of forum friends, Robert and Nicholas to be exact, I think I need to start reaching out. I always go lone wolf and the group outing you describe look ...
by gopher
January 16th, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake depicted in Afghanistan in Lone Survivor
Replies: 22
Views: 18638

Re: Rattlesnake depicted in Afghanistan in Lone Survivor

As another recent example, though less egregious, "Catching Fire"* had what appeared to be a collared lizard in a rain-forest setting. :? *I took my daughter. Thank you for pointing that out. I told my gf that while watching the movie and she told me to shut about the lizards already :oops: :lol:
by gopher
January 15th, 2014, 10:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

mattg wrote: nice find greg! :thumb:
Thanks! If I did not find that salie I would have been one angry guy because I had over 5 miles to reach my car :P
Out of all the herps that I have bled, exhausted myself and cursed over, it has to be those slender salamanders.
by gopher
January 14th, 2014, 1:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Conditions In San Diego
Replies: 41
Views: 3400

Re: Conditions In San Diego

Found me a black belly! And it only took me 9 miles of walking! :P
Image
by gopher
December 21st, 2013, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking in and can use a hand
Replies: 17
Views: 2845

Re: Checking in and can use a hand

voted for him! :thumb:
by gopher
December 10th, 2013, 9:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's a start ...
Replies: 15
Views: 2210

Re: It's a start ...

@hellihooks: You can call me that, in fact I prefer it. Hindsight is a cruel teacher and I have been regretting the name gopher since day one :lol: In my personal experience I have only seen newts in, around and on the roads surrounding creeks; let alone finding a vernal pond in the gabes. Which sid...
by gopher
December 10th, 2013, 5:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's a start ...
Replies: 15
Views: 2210

Re: It's a start ...

Really good newt pictures! I am jealous of those slender salamanders. The only slenders I have ever seen bounced away like coiled up pogo-stick into the litter and I never got to voucher them :lol: Still a great spectacle. My sprained ankle (and FINALS) prevented me from hard core hiking or extensiv...
by gopher
December 2nd, 2013, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So. Cal. salamander search on Dec. 21st
Replies: 13
Views: 2264

Re: So. Cal. salamander search on Dec. 21st

I am in! Doing my rain dance for the team :lol: