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best flip of the week!

Post by Nature Nate » April 4th, 2011, 9:00 am

Dang this was a good weekend, can I hear an Amen? :thumb:

Mike and I have been planing on laying out some boards recently and we finally got around to it yesterday. We hit two other locations before finally settling on a good area to lay them out. To start the day Mike flipped a rad patchnose. I hadn't seen one in several years so it was a great way to kick off the day.

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Soon after his flip I flipped a legless- The only other one I'd seen was ten years ago.

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A few minutes later I flipped a ruber which made me glad that I invested in a pair of welding gloves.

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after scouting the area enough we decided to lay the boards in a different area due to a few concerns that were raised after scouting the first local. We headed to The next spot to find out that what looked great on google earth was actually a preserve. We nixed that plan and headed to the spot of last resort. We took a few boards out and flipped a few rocks where we found a helleri and a gopher.

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We were satisfied with our count for the day except for the absence of kings. So on our way back we swung by a good board that I knew. I was expecting a gopher or a king- not 5 adult gophers and a Coachwhip!! When I lifted that board my face was like :shock: :o :D :shock:. I was so glad that Mike was with me since there's no way I could have grabbed all of them by myself before they started to scatter.

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(There is one gopher to the left that didn't make it into the picture)

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I was especially stoked about the coachwhip since that was one of my last coastal species of snake that I had't seen alive yet.

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count for the day:
1 ruber
2 helleri
1 patchnose
1 coachwhip
6 gophers + 1 DOR
1 anniella
2 giberts
4 westerns
2 Xantusia
1 Pseudacris
and the usual scelloperous and utas

-Thanks Mike for the company, patchnose and other snakes, boards, help with the snakes, and patience through all my long sessions of photography.
-Thank you Jesus for leading us to the snakes ;)

-edit for grammar

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Fieldnotes » April 4th, 2011, 9:37 am

:thumb: :thumb:

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by RobertH » April 4th, 2011, 11:19 am

Congrats on the coastal patch-nose. :thumb:

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Sam Murray » April 4th, 2011, 12:00 pm

Nice going on the Coastal Patch! What was it under? Board? Tin? Rock? Seems as though they are a rarely flipped snake.

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Chris_VE. » April 4th, 2011, 3:45 pm

I am so jealous of you, you don't even know!

By the way, now that you have invested in a good pair of gloves, you might wanna invest in a haircut ;) Getting a lil shaggy there bro!

-Chris

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Nature Nate » April 4th, 2011, 8:26 pm

Sam Murray wrote:Nice going on the Coastal Patch! What was it under? Board? Tin? Rock? Seems as though they are a rarely flipped snake.

Mike flipped it under a really small rock. I could have flipped it with my pinky. It was so small that I would never have expected to see anything under it so I must have passed right by without even thinking.

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Jason Mintzer » April 4th, 2011, 9:12 pm

That is some good flipping :thumb:

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by SDherp » April 4th, 2011, 9:31 pm

That Patchnose is cool. I've only seen a DOR Desert Patchnose. I'm still looking for my first Red Coach too. That last board is good luck!

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Ross Padilla » April 5th, 2011, 1:57 am

The Coastal patch nose is the only species I haven't found yet in the areas I herp. Nice find. :thumb:

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by mikez31 » April 5th, 2011, 6:52 am

Great pics from a great day! That picture of you with all the snakes is classic!

-Mike Z.

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by SurfinHerp » April 5th, 2011, 8:25 am

Thanks for sharing pics of your awesome finds! Congratulations on getting your coachwhip. That big board was definitely a great flip. Should we start a recurring challenge to see who can post the best "Flip-of-the-Week"?

Also, I'd love to see more of the patchnose if you get a chance.

Jeff

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Nature Nate » April 5th, 2011, 4:29 pm

That's a great idea to keep the "best flip of the week" going every Monday. Should this go to the boardline thread then? As for the patchnose:

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So what, I like to play with the colors, :P don't hate on me :lol:

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Kevin Price » April 5th, 2011, 6:58 pm

Wow Nate, that's awesome. What a weekend you had, congratulations!

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Re: best flip of the week!

Post by Porter » April 6th, 2011, 1:42 pm

Nice post! It's great to get out and find a good variety like that. That patchnose is awesome!

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