Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

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Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Crazins » October 27th, 2010, 4:39 pm

Part One: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2689



The next weekend was pure madness....

I met up with Tim, Erik, and ChrisNM to herp the Gila for a little bit.
They bought me a present...and after targeting them many many many times, i still havent found my own, damnit.

Senticolis triaspis -- Green Rat Snake

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Erik flipped my lifer klaub...
Crotalus lepidus klauberi -- Banded Rock Rattlesnake

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And Chris found my lifer of these cuties
Hyla wrightorum --Arizona Treefrog

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That night we camped in the Gila, and the next morning we found this guy. He had just caught a Clark's spiny, but let it go when he saw us. Looks like something had been chewing on him too.
Masticophis taeniatus -- Striped Whipsnake
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Me holding him- photo by Erik McCromick

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Then Chris left us and Erik, Tim and I headed back to the mountains to go on the great obscurus hunt once again. Erik and Tim had found one earlier in the week. I think I cried when i heard. However, this weekend I was DETERMINED to find one, damnit. In the morning we met up with Aaron and Kris and the five of us headed off into those terrible, treacherous mountains where there are illegals, drug smugglers, animals, and plants that may mean you harm, all to look for a small grey snake among small grey rocks.

Tim and Erik asking the herp gods for luck.

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Got a little captain in you?

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The first snake we encountered was this pretty klaub (found by me!)

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The second snake was found by Erik-
in situ C. molossus

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The third was found by Tim-
Salvadora grahamiae Mountain Patchnosed Snake

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And the grand prize went to Aaron (who was walking about 3 feet in front of me).
Aaron: "Obscurus"
Me: "Shut the f*** up. Don't play like that..."
Aaron: "SERIOUSLY. OBSCURUS." *points down*
Me: "HOLY *%@*&#%&**#@!!!!!"

Crotalus willardi obscurus -- New Mexico Ridgenose Rattlesnake

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My favorite shot. My parents are making this a big print for my birthday/Christmas.

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For those of you who may not know what C. w. obscurus is, this is the only federally endangered species of rattlesnake. And it's awesome.




Habitat:

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Kris...was slackin' and didnt find anything. However, he found the exact same obscurus on Monday (this was Friday)




The horchatas that day never tasted better. :beer:












The party broke up after that and only Tim and I were left.
We decided to cruise for Senticolis that evening. We struck out on them, but i thought i saw a snake in the middle of the road. I flipped a quick bitch and pulled up next to it. Tim got out and said "That's a wierd looking longno--- HOLY SH** THAT'S A QUADRANGULARE"
Side note for those who know that area of AZ. This guy was NOT found on the road that everyone finds them on. It was on a different road.

Gyalopion quadrangulare --Thornscrub Hook-nosed Snake

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He kept trying to bury himself, so he got sand on his hooknose! So adorable.
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"WTF? Quadrangulare?"

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Sky shots of that night

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So then we drove to a good spot for wil wils. On the way we got this very nigra looking splendida

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The next morning dawned perfect for wil wils. We started hiking, not really expecting to see anything (it was still a bit too cold). Ten minutes into the search i looked down and to my right and saw our target.
Me: "I got one. I GOT ONE! A f***ing willardi!"
I had been pretty sad since the other guys had gotten one without me, but now i had my own!
Crotalus willardi willardi -- Arizona Ridgenose Rattlesnake

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Herper damage....c'mon guys...

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Saw this there too. The crack on my phone screen is fron getting out of the car after hunting klauberi. New phone too :(
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So now Tim and I had the rest of the day to herp somewhere else. We went to another site that we wanted to cruise for the night. We hiked during the day and didnt see any snakes (not surprising since it was over 100), but we did see some mud turtles and this guy
Chiricahua Leopard Frog -- Rana chiricahuensis

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I really wanted to find one of these in the Gila where they're quickly disappearing, but I never got a chance to even look, though at one of my sites i heard a few plop!s what were not preceded by the bull frog "eep!". They could have been leopard frogs...

And i saw these butterflies...

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This spider lunged at them

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First dung-beetle i've ever seen

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So that night we cruised and got nothing but cyrtopsis and molossus. Tim learned not to put Windex on cyrtopsis musk.

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The next morning we cruised the same road for a little while until I had to take Tim to the airport.
We found this monster.
Diadophis punctatus regalis -- Regal Ringneck

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On Tim's leg for size...

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So the herping kinda went downhill from there...I mean, seriously...how can you get a better weekend than that?
















The next weekend i went down to Eddy CO to visit Erik and find lep leps and sub ocs. We struck out really badly. The only snake we found was this guy
Pituophis catenifer affinis -- Sonoran Gopher Snake (yes, he really was that orange)

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And i like these spider shots... :roll: what i do when i can't find snakes....

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The next weekend i targeted some more stuff in AZ and struck out on everything...
Did see this...probably explains a little why my cruising was yielding nothing...

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The next day i needed to go look for obscurus again. It's my crack snake- no matter how many i see, i know i'll want to see more. So i braved the devil mountains again, this time alone (much to the dismay of my parents)

This was the only thing I found. He buzzed me from 30 feet away while I was standing quietly on a rock. Silly snake.

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Also got these guys...
Lampropeltis getula splendida -- Desert King Snake

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C. scutulatus

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T. marcienus

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And this little guy. He seemed to be paralyzed halfway down his body. He would serpentine the first half, and then kinda just drag the second half.
H. n. kennerlyi

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His latter half was flimsy. I could twist it in unnatural positions with absolutely no resistance

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He was big, though, so he seemed to be doing all right...

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You can see where the break is- it's where his scales go from being smooth and healthy to being all torn up.

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That night i also found my first glossy...
Arizona elegans philipi -- Painted Desert Glossy Snake

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And I cruised my own Tantilla

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Ocotillo

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And then Chris came. By this time it was the first week of October. Southwest herping season was coming to an end. We did find a few cool things though...

Chris was greeted to Arizona by the sight of rain...

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We hiked up these coaches...
Masticophus flagellum cingulum --Sonoran Coachwhip

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And hiked up one of these non-natives...
Hemidactylus turcicus -- Mediterranean House Gecko

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Love those lamellae

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A sleeping clarkii

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Uta stansburiana -- Common Side-blotched Lizard

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And found another one of these...
C. pricei

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Chris jumping over my car for joy after finding his first pricei

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And i photographed yet another one of these...
C. scutulatus

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We went hiking for klaubs, but all we got were some elgaria, a jarrovi and a cool natural observation
Elgaria kingii nobilis -- Arizona Alligator Lizard

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Scoleporus jarrovi -- Yarrow's Spiny Lizard

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I watched this mantis catch and then devour a butterfly. Super cool

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All done!
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The next weekend we went back to Tucson and met up with Young Cage.

Gotta love saguaros!

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Cholla is evil though...
"teddy-bear cholla"

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Sadly none of Young's adult collared lizards were out, but the babies were and they were super cute!
Crotaphytus collaris -- Sonoran Collared Lizard

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Other lizards were out too...

Cophosaurus texanus -- Greater Earless Lizard

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Callisaurus draconoides --Zebra-Tailed Lizard

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Chris and I went hiking by Young's house and found this little guy
Gopherus agassizii -- Desert Tortoise

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Ten Points if you find Chris...
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The sun was setting as we climbed down the hill, and some guy had come out and started playing the native american flute. It was so pretty to have the quiet of the desert, the sound of the flute, and the setting sun against saguaros....

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Then we met up with Young again and went cruising for crotes. However, the only thing we ended up finding was this coral. Really not a bad tradeoff, in my mind.
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Corals are so hard to photograph.....






The next day we drove all the way to go find wil wils. We hiked all day and didnt find anything, so we resorted to photographing invertebrates...
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And this little hernandesii Chris spotted
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We took a little break, and then came back to the wil wil spot in the evening. I found this patchnose out basking....

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And just when we were about to give up, Chris found this baby wil wil

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He was a fiesty one!

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And then Chris had to leave, but at least he left pretty happy, even though we didnt see nearly as many snakes as I had hinted we would...I was a little wrong in my assumption of what October in Arizona would be like... Oops. :oops:










For my very last weekend in AZ i decided to spend it looking for klauberi. I met up with Brandon, and we spent all Saturday herping with no luck. We tried again on Sunday and after bushwacking, slipping, falling, and swearing up a storm, this little guy buzzed me in a small patch of talus

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My dad flew in later that day. I took him to Saguaro National Park...

See the redtail sitting in the cactus?

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My daddy and a saguaro

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Upset saguaro...

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And I took him to the boarder between the US and Mexico...

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Then back to New Mexico to visit the Gila

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The Cliff Dwellings...

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Where I found my very last Southwest Herp- a Crevice Spiny. Amusing, because this was also the very first species I saw in the southwest. Funny how those things turn out.

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By that time, the leaves were turning in the Gila...

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And in northern New Mexico...

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My very last look at New Mexico before entering Colorado....

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Colorado:

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And now I'm back in Ohio :cry:

So that's basically it. You've now seen nearly everything i saw in three and a half months of non-stop herping. The funny thing is that it really didnt stop there. I cruised a few more times and hiked for more klauberi (since i seem to have a curse regarding those things) but i never had any luck. After leaving NM, i took my dad to Snake Road as a nice little bit of midwest herping before the season really ended. We got a redbelly, a few western ribbons, tons of cottonmouths, a few yellowbellied watersnakes, and a baby timber. I was going to post those pics on here too, but I figued that would be overkill. If you want to see them, maybe I'll post them as a comment.

There were only two casualties on the trip. My phone (which you saw a pic of) is still alive but cracked, and my camera also suffered a huge crack through it's screen when i slipped a little while hunting for obscurus. It didn't damage the LCD display, just the plastic overlay (thank god).


Thanks for looking. I have no idea how you made it through. You have the patience of a...very patient person. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I slaved over making it.


Much love,
-Marisa
:sleep:




Oh yeah- here's a link to part three: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=4556

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Post by ChrisNM » October 27th, 2010, 4:54 pm

Crazins wrote:And Chris found my lifer of these cuties
Hyla wrightorum --Arizona Treefrog

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But his foot's not resting flat! :mrgreen: :crazyeyes: He/she has about doubled in size too since that photo. It's doing quite well!

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Post by Ross Padilla » October 27th, 2010, 4:55 pm

This is the coolest post since the big delete, IMO. Great job with the photographs. That is one monster ringneck! The getula pictures were very interesting as well. :thumb:

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Post by reptilist » October 27th, 2010, 5:09 pm

OK, Who held the centipede???

You were in my neck of the woods quite a bit....btw.

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Post by Warren » October 27th, 2010, 5:33 pm

fire skies in my fire eyes...wow

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Post by KevColubrid » October 27th, 2010, 5:34 pm

That about covers it. You were herping with a great group of guys for at least part of that to be sure, gotta love those Colorado boys :thumb: Thanks for posting, really enjoyed it.

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Post by sarah gilpin » October 27th, 2010, 5:47 pm

First of all, I would like to thank you for taking the time to make this post. I really enjoyed looking through all the photos and reading about your adventures. I must add, I may be just a little bit jealous... ;)

Again, your photography looks great! The first twin spotted shot is awesome! We found a few of these when we were in AZ this past summer, but unfortunately could not capture them quickly enough before they disappeared into the talus slide :(

Also, loved the gila shots, and the willardi.....and....well all of them really. :) Keep up the good work!

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Post by TimCO » October 27th, 2010, 6:07 pm

That damn frog's leg still isn't right. :D

If you think this was sick, wait for '11.

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Post by young cage » October 27th, 2010, 6:14 pm

Hey Marisa, great post. Thanks for sharing. You certainly covered a lot of territory. It was nice meeting up with you and Chris in tucson. It is a shame that the weather was so dry and cool.
The collared lizards are actually C. collaris not nebrius. The next range to the west has nebrius but we are all collaris in my range. Come back to visit next spring,
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Post by Don » October 27th, 2010, 6:29 pm

The obscurus was an awesome find! :thumb:

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Post by Crazins » October 27th, 2010, 6:30 pm

Young- Thanks for the edit. And thanks again for everything in Tucson.

Chris and Tim- dude...his damn foot. Oh well...

retilist- That's Chris holding the centipede

-M

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Post by Carl Brune » October 27th, 2010, 6:44 pm

I really enjoyed both posts.

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Post by azatrox » October 27th, 2010, 7:14 pm

Awesome post Marisa....

I promise not to slack too much next year while we're bumbling and stumbling around lookin' for things that can kill us! :)

-Kris

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Post by ugh » October 27th, 2010, 7:17 pm

..............I LOVE YOU.

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » October 27th, 2010, 7:27 pm

Wow. What posts! A constant barrage of high-quality photos showing very interesting animals in fascinating poses, landscapes to dream of, and for comic relief, even the odd foolish human doing foolish things. Oh, and a scary, aviator-sunglassed chick driving a paramilitary vehicle! What else could one possibly want?

Thanks very much for this, Marisa!

PS: I hope you've saved these posts in html or .doc format for future re-use.....they're too good to die in another online screw-up like the old FHF did.

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Post by jason folt » October 27th, 2010, 7:39 pm

Great post all around.

Ohio's not all that bad, just northern OH. Missed you in MI this year.

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Post by AndyO'Connor » October 27th, 2010, 7:45 pm

Hans I am pretty sure Don and Scott won't let that happen again.

Seriously Marisa, we haven't met, but you are seriously impressing me with your herping and photography... I'd tried really hard not to jump on the online hound dog wagon mentioning that on top of being an excellent herper, you're an attractive woman too, but let's be real, it's an extremely rare combination. And my girlfriend mentioned it when she was looking over my shoulder at these two posts, so I felt it was ok to tell you ;)

Anyways, I hope that we can meet some time and find some critters together, whether in the southwest, midwest, or if you ever come up our way. great post!

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Post by Daniel D Dye » October 27th, 2010, 7:48 pm

Awesome post...very enjoyable. Excellent photos, I especially like the spiders and the other invertebrates. :thumb: :thumb:

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Post by Jason Ksepka » October 27th, 2010, 7:50 pm

Wow, ALL I CAN SAY RIGHT NOW IS WOW!!!! What a great trip, and amazing photos, thanks for taking the time to post these two.

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Post by Josh Young » October 28th, 2010, 12:46 am

I found Chris! And great photos and an excellent variety of animals I'd love to get to see one day.

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Post by bobassetto » October 28th, 2010, 6:14 am

why can't the pics show???.......

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Post by Hans Breuer (twoton) » October 28th, 2010, 6:29 am

They can. Just wait a little.

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Post by Will Wells » October 28th, 2010, 7:03 am

Very nice series with lots of awesome pics. Thanks for sharing and keep up the great work!

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Post by Jeff Lemm » October 28th, 2010, 8:27 am

Excellent post with great shots!

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Post by Jeremiah_Easter » October 28th, 2010, 8:41 am

my scroll finger hurts :thumb:

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Post by Ames » October 28th, 2010, 9:00 am

What an epic season and post of southwest herping! Excellent imagery.
So how did that Lifer atrox react to being stepped on? That would get my heart thumpin.

Thanks for sharing,
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Post by dezertwerx » October 28th, 2010, 9:04 am

Great part 2.... nice stuff, again.

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Post by bobassetto » October 28th, 2010, 9:50 am

pics came through.....most excellent and very NICEK!!!!!..... :thumb:

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Post by Fundad » October 28th, 2010, 9:53 am

Wow, I agree my scroll finger hurts too.. :thumb: :beer: :shock: :shock: :shock:

Incredible trip, we could sense your excitement too, which is a plus..

I love AZ hoggies..

Just a great post...

How come there is no NM Narrow Headed pics?

Congrats on the great time, and awesome job.

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Post by Crazins » October 28th, 2010, 9:58 am

Fundad wrote:How come there is no NM Narrow Headed pics?

All of the rufi pics are from NM. Sorry I didnt specify the stated the different animals were from. The first hoggie was AZ, the second NM. All the gilas were AZ. Everything from the Gila was NM. If you have any questions on which state what animal was found in, just ask. I was just too lazy to define every single animal

-M

P.S. sorry for hurting your scrolling fingers, everyone! :oops: Thanks for getting through the pain! I hope it was worth it

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Post by RobK » October 28th, 2010, 10:10 am

Is PART Three titled: Pics of my obscurus tat? HUH? Huh? ;)

You guys killed it the 2nd time down there. Another round of awesome pics!

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Post by ChrisNM » October 28th, 2010, 10:17 am

I thought all the gilas were AZ? :? At least you said such when out in the field...I are confoos'ed

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Post by Crazins » October 28th, 2010, 10:20 am

Good catch, Chris. I edited it.

Rob- I'm working on it! Seriously!

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Post by ChrisNM » October 28th, 2010, 10:26 am

I think my internets will break if there's a 3rd post with as many pics. :crazyeyes:

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Post by Crazins » October 28th, 2010, 10:30 am

Haha i meant that I'm working on the tattoo, not a third post. I couldn't handle another one!

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Post by Cole Grover » October 28th, 2010, 11:17 am

Part two?! Holy $h1t... You've had a hell of a season. The invertebrate shots are cool - never, ever be tempted to leave them out of a post! Nice work. Really nice.

-Cole

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Post by Ryan Thies » October 28th, 2010, 11:39 am

My God Marisa you kicked butt out there! That may be one of the most impressive posts I have seen on here. And the photography was amazing too. That should be a lesson to all of us that we should never give up when herping. This post is proof. I think the only way you could possibly make this or your other post better is to include wild caught albinos. Congratulations on a fantastic summer and thanks for sharing your prizes with us!

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Post by DaveR » October 28th, 2010, 2:32 pm

One of the best posts I've seen. Took me over an hour to look through it...and I was rushing. Loved EVERY pic, especially the obscurus and the baby willards.

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Post by Nigel Smith » October 28th, 2010, 3:10 pm

Some beautiful photography and some AWESOME finds. Thanks :thumb:

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Mike Pingleton » October 28th, 2010, 4:36 pm

awesome, Marisa. Great photography and narrative. Thanks for taking the time to put it all together.

Where's the Hall of Fame subforum? These need to go there.

-Mike

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by ErikNM » October 28th, 2010, 6:43 pm

Gosh! That's a lot of purty pictures! Glad I could be part of the experience, was a pleasure hanging out and herping with you. Can't wait to do it again, wherever it may be!

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Sam Murray » October 28th, 2010, 8:13 pm

RobK wrote:Is PART Three titled: Pics of my obscurus tat? HUH? Huh? ;)
:lol:

A hell of a season and a hell of an image collection. You should be proud!

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by joeysgreen » October 28th, 2010, 9:42 pm

Thanks Marisa. Great photography on a bunch of really nice finds :)

Ian

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Viridovipera » October 29th, 2010, 3:46 am

Mike Pingleton wrote:Where's the Hall of Fame subforum? These need to go there.

Agreed. I hope we can meet up in the field sometime soon, I'd love to find half the stuff that you found here together. AZ 11?

-John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Josh Holbrook » October 29th, 2010, 4:51 am

Better than the first half. :beer: Dang good job.

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Mulebrother » October 29th, 2010, 5:03 am

Its your world.
We're just livn in it.

you may have finally inspired me to process and post my az pics...

(picking up jaw from floor)
:thumb:

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by cayrip » October 29th, 2010, 6:09 am

You know you are hot, right?

Great photos and it makes me want to drive off the to southwest NOW.

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Post by Martti Niskanen » October 29th, 2010, 10:08 am

Pff.... That was a bit good.

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by Carl Koch » October 29th, 2010, 5:25 pm

Amazing! Both posts! Gorgeous photography! Incredible finds!

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Re: Don't Sleep- There Are Snakes (MAJOR DUW) PART TWO!

Post by joecop » October 29th, 2010, 6:53 pm

Thanks for all the hard work in posting those wicked awesome photos!!! WOW is all I can say. Every time I saw a photo that I thought I would comment on, another great one would pop up. So all I can say is WOW and thanks for letting me know how much I suck at photography!! LOL. ( favorite is still the closeup of the rattlesnake (scut) with his/her tongue laying over its head. Very cool.)

Joe

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