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Bipes rumor

Post by yolodave » November 13th, 2015, 11:59 am

A friend recent dropped off a 1940 book called "American Wild Life Illustrated." It had this entry for Bipes, which I find fascinating. It indicates the species can be found in Southeast Arizona. I think Stebbins mentioned this possibility in his field guides.

Does anybody know the basis for these rumors? Excuse me if you all have discussed this before.

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by El Garia » November 13th, 2015, 1:17 pm

Cool topic, Dave. I can't speak to the basis of the rumors. I do remember hearing about Amphisbaenians in AZ, as a kid. Back when I was a youngin, my goal was always to find a new species or ssp., so I was really into cryptids. Overly optimistic and naive, i was. When Owen and I went to AZ in '82, Amphisbaenians were right up there on my to-find list. I actually thought that I had a fair chance at finding one. :lol: But again, I was young…
I do recall hearing that they could be found in the sandy loam at the base of trees, under leaf litter. Beyond that, the rest of what I heard was probably purged from my brain to make room for other, more important things, like the Joey Buttafucco saga.

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by chrish » November 13th, 2015, 6:27 pm

I know this topic has been discussed here several times in detail by people with extensive knowledge of the area and the species. Try searching the forum for references to Bipes. I think you will find a lot of great information and opinions.

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by yolodave » November 13th, 2015, 7:03 pm

Derek, I'd do that 1982 trip tomorrow. Sounds awesome.

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Post by hellihooks » November 14th, 2015, 6:24 am

i posted some historical literature (on a friend's herping site) detailing Bipes from Central Ca, back in the Gold Rush days... i'll see if i can find it again

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by krismunk » November 14th, 2015, 11:19 am

hellihooks wrote:i posted some historical literature (on a friend's herping site) detailing Bipes from Central Ca, back in the Gold Rush days... i'll see if i can find it again
It wouldn't happen to be this one?

http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... es#p239008

Highly entertaining read, as to the credibility of the sighting, well... :lol:

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by mfb » November 15th, 2015, 7:39 am

Thanks krismunk for posting that, I was just about to look up the reference! A good warning on just how dangerous Bipes are. Be careful! (j/k)

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Re: Bipes rumor

Post by hellihooks » November 15th, 2015, 8:08 am

yeah... that was it. I've been know to tell homeless people they should let me check under their mattresses, for legless lizards, lest they crawl up their butts. I know... So Wrong... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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