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Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 24th, 2012, 6:55 pm

only snake i saw
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and about 700 sagebrush lizards
oh and i was about 10 feet away from this
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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 25th, 2012, 6:36 am

I like those black helleri. 10 feet? Please. :roll: :mrgreen:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by michael68 » July 25th, 2012, 7:20 am

Nice, those black helleri are really cool looking. Looks like one I saw at 7k feet in the San Gabes.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Fundad » July 25th, 2012, 9:16 am

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Joshua Jones » July 25th, 2012, 9:27 am

I really love those cerb-esque SoPacs. Keep them coming. :thumb:
I won't argue that you were ten feet away from that bear, but I will raise you an angry sow with two cubs. :D

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We were close enough to this angry mama that a few of us actually got drooled on while she was doing her huffing and puffing. The cubs were too high in the tree to get photos, but I'm still pretty stoked that I was finally able to get a decent shot of a bear. Ten feet or not, close enough to get photos like mine or yours is still much closer than most people will ever get to a wild bear.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 25th, 2012, 10:03 am

well i was waling in a meadow and i was coming up the hill back to our camp and the bear just ran right in front of us in a thicket and i was getting pictures and my friend was scared :roll: so we just left italone and he called my dad to bring the pistol because the bear was about to attack :roll: :o i just told him to stop being a little :) and so we walked up to the camp and then my brother and his friend came down the hill and they wanted to see a bear so i decided to show them and i was walking and right around the corner the bear was right there.
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the meadow
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the bear wasnt afraid of us he even layed down and ignored us he was looking up and all around
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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 25th, 2012, 2:19 pm

Those are really dark, Fundad. :thumb:

Here's mine.

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And here's a bear I was about ten feet from up in the San Gabes near a picnic area. He ran up this tree when I was coming down the road.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 25th, 2012, 4:24 pm

Thats a nice bear :thumb: does anyone know why the helleri get dark in the mountains? is it genetic? like melanism?

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 25th, 2012, 4:31 pm

I'm not sure why. It would be cool if they were restricted to high elevations, but they are not. Here's one I found about 5 miles from where you live, and it wasn't up in the Santa Anas.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Brian Hubbs » July 25th, 2012, 4:36 pm

They aren't really helleri. Those are Timber rattlers. Just ask any hunter or fisherman that sees them... :roll:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 25th, 2012, 4:41 pm

"Why them's Timber rattlers".

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Re: Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 25th, 2012, 7:41 pm

Timber rattler sounds better than Southern Pacific rattler. Also they found a bear cub in De Luz not that long ago. They gave it to the zoo or something. So Bears arent limited to the mountains like dark Helleri :D

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Re: Big Bear

Post by hellihooks » July 26th, 2012, 8:00 am

Often hi-ele herps are very dark (and look pure black) in the morning, as black absorbs sunlight. If you saw the same herp fully warmed up, and in the shade... it's pattern/colors would be much more evident.
So... being a very dark herp, in a typically cool hi-ele habitat, provides a better chance of that herp thriving... and successfully reproducing... and passing on it's 'dark genes'... it's called selective adaptation... :roll: :lol: :D

Remember when Todd posted that REALLY blue fence, I noosed at Tejon (for pics... it was released) ? It looked pure black when I noosed it... turned 'blue' in the bag... :roll: :D jim

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 26th, 2012, 11:14 am

Another really cool thing about high elevation helleri, is they are completely tame. :shock:

Edit: Video removed of a man free handling a hot, but was later bit and sent to the hospital for his practices.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 26th, 2012, 1:08 pm

Looks like something i would do.... :lol:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by KingCam » July 26th, 2012, 1:10 pm

Ross Padilla wrote:Another really cool thing about high elevation helleri, is they are completely tame. :shock:

Not the most stupid thing I've ever seen, but it's pretty close.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by hellihooks » July 26th, 2012, 1:26 pm

that video should never get posted, here. This is not u-tube, where stupidity rules. Unless of course... you follow it with the following vid/story, where he DOES get tagged... :shock: :D
But again... we don't generally allow 'free-handling hots' videos, on our forum. :? jim

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Re: Big Bear

Post by reako45 » July 26th, 2012, 3:24 pm

Haven't been in this hobby that long, so yes, that is the STUPIDEST thing I've ever seen.
Repaphin cool Big Bear pics. The black helli was cool. Bears horrify and fascinate me at the same time. Kinda like Tarantula Hawks. Happy herping.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by frodaman » July 26th, 2012, 9:41 pm

I'm wondering if this is a staged venomoid video....

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Re: Big Bear

Post by michael68 » July 27th, 2012, 7:01 am

frodaman wrote:I'm wondering if this is a staged venomoid video....
Doubt it lol. This is the same guy several months later. :/


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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ryan Sikola » July 27th, 2012, 6:06 pm

The ones around santa barbara can be black too :!:

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That one is badass Repaphin :shock: :thumb:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by repaphin » July 27th, 2012, 7:16 pm

Thanks it was about 7,500 in elevationand it looked like prime Zonata habitat just no zonata :roll:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 27th, 2012, 7:36 pm

hellihooks wrote:that video should never get posted, here. This is not u-tube, where stupidity rules. Unless of course... you follow it with the following vid/story, where he DOES get tagged... :shock: :D
How's that? :lol:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 27th, 2012, 7:40 pm

michael68 wrote:
frodaman wrote:I'm wondering if this is a staged venomoid video....
Doubt it lol. This is the same guy several months later. :/

Thanks for that. I remember this now. I think I saw it posted on FHF a long time ago or a while back.

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Re: Big Bear

Post by hellihooks » July 27th, 2012, 7:41 pm

Here's a FEW berdoo helli's... :shock: :lol:
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Alllllll though... "one of these snakes, is not like the others...
one of these snakes just doesn't belong"
Which one, and what is it? :D jim

You got lucky Ross... ALMOST made me hafta use 'The HOOK'... :shock: :lol: :lol:

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Re: Big Bear

Post by Ross Padilla » July 27th, 2012, 9:14 pm

:lol: :lol: :thumb:

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