Breaking the Bet, Part 1: CA and AZ (DUW)

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Breaking the Bet, Part 1: CA and AZ (DUW)

Post by Crazins » November 10th, 2011, 1:27 pm

In an an attempt to keep a fellow FHF member from constantly running his mouth here on the forum, I made a bet with him that I would never post on here again if he never posted on here again. However, he has broken our bet (twice), so now I get to break our bet.

So here's some stuff from this year. Enjoy.

Oh yes, before I get started, I'd like to thank all of the wonderful people I have met and herped with this year. Uh let's see...Alex Krohn, Tim Warfel, Tim Borski, Sam Murray, Josh Holbrook, Dan Rieck, John Zegel, Todd Pierson, Kiley Briggs, Brandon LaForest, Brendan O'Connor, Mike Martin, Kerry Nelson, Jake Scott, Kris Haas, Aaron Mills, Josh Parker, Cary Howe, Jeff Miller, Sarah Gilpin, Andrew Gilpin, Derek Dunlop, Jeff Lemm, Young Cage, Jason Folt, Dan Krull, and anyone I forgot as well as everyone I met that the KHS and BOR meetings. It was wonderful seeing all of you again, or meeting you all for the first time. I hope to see all of you in the near future!

Most of all, thanks to Dirk Stevenson for hiring me for the Orianne job!


California:

First herp of the year that wasn't a gopher or a cal king
Valley Garter Thamnophis sirtalis fitchi Calaveras Co, CA
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Then I got a job surveying for these in an area where there weren't any
Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Gambelia sila (male)
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Female
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Saw a few of these on surveys though (sorry for the crappy pic)
Northern Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus oreganus oreganus
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On my off time I took my new Canon 100-400 L 5.6 lens out and photo'd birds...
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...i love that lens...
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So then I drove down to Tucson for the Biology of the Rattlesnakes conference and stopped by SoCal for a quick lizard stop
Flat Tailed Horned Lizard Phrynosoma mcallii
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Desert Iguana Dipsosaurus doraslis
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Fringe toed Lizard
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Got a few snakes too
Young leafnosed snake Phyllorhynchus decurtatus
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Red Diamond Rattlesnake Crotalus ruber
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Shovel Nosed Snake
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And some frogs
Pseudacris cadaverina
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And here's some stuff I found in AZ
Lyre
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Some Tigers:
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Aberrant Longnose:
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Sidewinder Crotalus cerastes
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Fatty redspotted toad Bufo punctatus
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My lifer speckled
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My lifer regal
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Some collards and other lizards with Young Cage
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And in one pond I found all three spadefoots calling
Spea bombifrons:
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Spea multiplicata:
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Scaphiophus couchii:
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Sometimes they got confused...
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There was also a debilis there too
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Other random shots...

Chiricahua fire damage
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Joshua tree
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The CA coast
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Thanks for looking.
-Marisa


Part 2: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9103

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Post by Mike Pingleton » November 10th, 2011, 2:18 pm

You've gotten pretty badass with the camera, Marisa. :thumb:

Good to see a post from you.

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Post by cayrip » November 10th, 2011, 2:37 pm

Glad you decided to break the bet and share your photos! Killer shots and I cannot wait for part 2.

Thanks!

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Post by Schell » November 10th, 2011, 3:08 pm

Well done Marisa! Are you going to do an east-coast post also?

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Post by Daniel D Dye » November 10th, 2011, 4:10 pm

Wow, great photos, Marisa!! I love those western critters. :thumb:

I'm sorry I missed you, Tim and Jake last month. I hope to hit the field with you in 2012.

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Post by azatrox » November 10th, 2011, 4:30 pm

Well done Marisa! Love the variety, and hopefully we can get together for some herping next year too!

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Post by mikemike » November 10th, 2011, 5:14 pm

Great post Marisa. I've definitely been starting to miss it back there.

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Post by justinm » November 10th, 2011, 6:21 pm

Hey girl I've been wondering where you were. I'm glad that this silly bet is over. Looks like you've gotten pretty handy with your camera.

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Post by J-Miz » November 10th, 2011, 6:22 pm

Nice shots! I was wondering where you've been. It seems the herpers that I know in person post less and less.

Looks like you're getting some sweet shots with that 100-400. I love that beautiful Earless Lizard...and those colorful Collareds. And I don't see too many Bighorns on these forums :)

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Post by noah k. » November 10th, 2011, 6:37 pm

The Phyllorhynchus shot is awesome and the aberrant longnose is really cool. Great pics!

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Post by ChrisNM » November 10th, 2011, 6:40 pm

We know you can do western herp photos...now prove your LECH'ness! :thumb:

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Post by justinm » November 10th, 2011, 7:02 pm

ChrisNM wrote:We know you can do western herp photos...now prove your LECH'ness! :thumb:
She proved her lech'ness a few years back in my book. She went out with the boys from Illinois for about a week and hung in there like a champ. She out herped a lot of us, and impressed all of us. That girl is one of the best herpers I've seen, period. You got nothing to prove to me, glad you're back.

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Post by ChrisNM » November 10th, 2011, 7:18 pm

justinm wrote:She proved her lech'ness a few years back in my book. She went out with the boys from Illinois for about a week and hung in there like a champ. She out herped a lot of us, and impressed all of us. That girl is one of the best herpers I've seen, period. You got nothing to prove to me, glad you're back.
I said LECH not midwest. What part of east coast do you not understand in LECH? Unlike Ed Pirog whom has been tolerable of your doucheness towards him I will not be. So how's about you STFU and rub the brown off your nose. I was trying to be a little ribbing upon Marisa to get her to toss up some of her GA and area(s) finds. When I need your 2¢ I'll ask for it Justin. :)

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Post by azatrox » November 10th, 2011, 7:34 pm

It seems the herpers that I know in person post less and less.
I have absolutely, positively no idea why that is! ;)

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Post by Norman D » November 10th, 2011, 11:09 pm

Great job! Really like your tigris shots! Those lizards shots were pretty nice as well

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Post by RobK » November 11th, 2011, 11:23 am

All that wander are not lost. Great photos!
Dig the non herp shots too, I see some Y. Cage influence happening. ;)

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Post by Dell Despain » November 11th, 2011, 11:47 am

Nice Burrowing Owl photos, and really nice mammal shot too. I didn't know they could wear ear rings. Weird.
Your Trimorph. head shot is great. Thanks for putting the post up..

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Post by hellihooks » November 11th, 2011, 12:00 pm

Good Stuff...Ahhhh.. to be young and not tied down... :roll: :D I almost took that BNLL survey job... did they hate it when LL's were found? :lol: Was that a Carizzo Plains Oreganus? might soon be it's own Ssp, from what I hear... :shock:
Glad you won your bet... :crazyeyes: jim

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Post by DDReptiles » November 11th, 2011, 3:52 pm

Great Pics, it was more fun seeing them in person! Those Collard shots are awesome!

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Post by Bob H » November 11th, 2011, 4:29 pm

Great pics, I am glad you are posting again.

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Post by Josh Holbrook » November 11th, 2011, 6:06 pm

It was good herping with you even if we didn't necessarily find anything :-/ A couple weeks ago and that 3-species of spadefoot section would have mocked me. :beer: Come on down for some fun snakes and funky lizards anytime.

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Post by M Wolverton » November 12th, 2011, 7:40 am

hellihooks wrote:Good Stuff...Ahhhh.. to be young and not tied down... :roll: :D I almost took that BNLL survey job... did they hate it when LL's were found? :lol: Was that a Carizzo Plains Oreganus? might soon be it's own Ssp, from what I hear... :shock:
Glad you won your bet... :crazyeyes: jim
That photo could have been taken in SE Oregon. I would call those Great Basin rattlesnakes despite what the range maps say.

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Post by PNWHerper » November 12th, 2011, 2:23 pm

Fabulous photos! Well composed and great colors. I was especially struck by the colors on this guy...


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The rattle on that tiger is pretty impressive.


Good stuff!

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Post by hellihooks » November 12th, 2011, 4:21 pm

M Wolverton wrote:
hellihooks wrote:Good Stuff...Ahhhh.. to be young and not tied down... :roll: :D I almost took that BNLL survey job... did they hate it when LL's were found? :lol: Was that a Carizzo Plains Oreganus? might soon be it's own Ssp, from what I hear... :shock:
Glad you won your bet... :crazyeyes: jim
That photo could have been taken in SE Oregon. I would call those Great Basin rattlesnakes despite what the range maps say.
She said it was seen while surveying for Blunt Nose Lep. Liz's, which was right near Carizzo plains. According to G. Nafis:

Among populations of "oreganus" inhabiting arid landscapes near their southern range limits (e.g., southern San Joaquin Valley, Carrizo Plain), there is a tendency toward small size, light ground color, and reduced dorsal blotch size...features that cause these snakes to superficially resemble lutosus."..

Thx for playing... :lol: :lol: :lol: jim

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Post by Warren » November 12th, 2011, 6:27 pm

i like that CA coast shot. and i viewed your whole post! something i rarely do these days. is it because you're hot? not ruling it out ;-)
nice work! :thumb:

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Post by M Wolverton » November 12th, 2011, 6:52 pm

hellihooks wrote:
M Wolverton wrote:
hellihooks wrote:Good Stuff...Ahhhh.. to be young and not tied down... :roll: :D I almost took that BNLL survey job... did they hate it when LL's were found? :lol: Was that a Carizzo Plains Oreganus? might soon be it's own Ssp, from what I hear... :shock:
Glad you won your bet... :crazyeyes: jim
That photo could have been taken in SE Oregon. I would call those Great Basin rattlesnakes despite what the range maps say.
She said it was seen while surveying for Blunt Nose Lep. Liz's, which was right near Carizzo plains. According to G. Nafis:

Among populations of "oreganus" inhabiting arid landscapes near their southern range limits (e.g., southern San Joaquin Valley, Carrizo Plain), there is a tendency toward not being anything like oreganus from anywhere else in their range and instead being just like lutosus."..

Thx for playing... :lol: :lol: :lol: jim

I know, people have been posting them on here and the earlier sites for years. That doesn't mean they aren't something other than what the range maps say. Fixed the above.

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Post by hellihooks » November 12th, 2011, 7:28 pm

"fixed the above'= :lol: :lol: :lol: They certainly are different. From what I understand, the genetic and venom assays done on them suggest a new sub species. :shock: jim

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Post by rosy-man » November 13th, 2011, 4:20 am

where are the rosys at,? lol nice job on some great pics love the long nose

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Post by -EJ » November 13th, 2011, 4:58 am

Wasn't going to say anything because I know I've made an ass of myself before... but your photography puts my stuff to shame. Opportunity and how you use your equipment has everything to do with it.

(I'll bet you thought I was going to say you were hot...)(not you warren...)
Warren wrote:i like that CA coast shot. and i viewed your whole post! something i rarely do these days. is it because you're hot? not ruling it out ;-)
nice work! :thumb:

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Post by azatrox » November 13th, 2011, 8:31 am

Warren...you're hot. :lol:

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Post by joeysgreen » November 13th, 2011, 10:45 pm

And in one pond I found all three spadefoots calling
I have dreams like this. Sweet opportunity indeed!

That was a pretty weird bet. I did notice your absence and am glad you're back.

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Post by cherper » November 14th, 2011, 3:48 pm

Marisa, I flipped three Canebrakes under one piece of tin last week! Of course, no camera! I thought you would like to hear that. I enjoyed getting out with you this year. I really look forward to your Southeast post hopefully soon!

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Post by Y.Morgan » November 20th, 2011, 10:10 pm

Nice stuff! Suprisingly for me, my favorite photos are of species that I might normally find less interesting. You did an especially great job on the desert iguanas, earless, and fringe-toes. Nice bird shots too!
Thanks,
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Post by Jay Jacoby » November 24th, 2011, 7:50 pm

I liked the moon the best....nice craters!

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Post by VICtort » November 25th, 2011, 7:29 am

Some real nice work with your camera...I especially enjoyed the amplexing toads in the muddy ponds, and the naked ladies (flowers) on California's north coast, both nostalgic sites for me. The aberrant Rhinocheilius is something new to me. Thanks for posting, and we are looking forward to seeing more from you SE locales.

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