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2011 Highlights

Post by Mike Waters » November 29th, 2011, 3:52 pm

So I thought I would share some highlights of 2011 with you all. I had a pretty successful year finding my targets and meeting my goals, but most importantly I had a lot of fun and learned a lot. I would like to thank Fundad, Hubbs, Brad Alexander, Bob Hanson, and many others for the good times and all the knowledge I acquired from you all in the field this year.

Amphibians

Batrechoseps gregarious, gregarious slender salamander
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Batrechoseps relictus, relictual slender salamander
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Batrechoseps sp Fairview slender salamander
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Batrechoseps simatus, kern canyon slender salamander
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Batrechoseps robustus, kern plateau slender salamander
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Batrechoseps stebbinsi, Tehachapi slender salamander
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Stebbinsi habitat
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Ensitina eschscholtzii platensis, sierra Nevada ensitina
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Ensitina eschscholtzii croceator, yellow-blotched ensitina
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Taricha torosa, California newt
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Spea hammondi, western spadefoot
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Pseudacris hypochondriaca, baja chorus frog
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Reptiles

Gopherus Agassazii, desert tortoise

I have been visiting this gal for the last 4 years. I found her in a canyon that is very popular for shooting and offroading. Her burrow is only feet away from boards that people use for target practice. Each year I am hesitant to leave her as I fear that she will be shot, run over or collected by someone un aware of the laws. As it is against the law to even touch a desert tortoise I leave her as found every year. Each spring I am always anxious to return to her den and see how she is doing and so far so good. This is her from this spring.
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Gambelia wislizenii, longnose leopard lizard
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Plestiodon gilberti, western skink
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Sceloporus occidentalus, western fence lizard
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Aneilla pulchra, legless lizard
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Crotalus Helleri, southern pacific rattlesnake
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Crotalus oreganus, northern pacific
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Crotalus scutalatus, mojave rattlesnake
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Crotalus ruber, red rattlesnake
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Thamnophis elegans, mountain garter snake
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Coluber flagellum piceus, red racer
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Coluber constrictor mormon, yellow bellied racer
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Pituophis catenifer, pacific gopher snake
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Diadophis pulchellus, coral bellied ringneck snake
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Leptotyphlops humilis (kern co) western blind snake
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Trimorphodon, western lyre snake
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Lamporpeltis getula, California kingsnake
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Lampropeltis zonata, mountain kingsnake
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Charina, rubber boa
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Lichanura, rosy boa
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One of my goals this year was for each of my boys to observe a Rosy in the wild. Here is Brogan and I on his 4th birthday.
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Brogan and his friend Caiden watch as the boa slowly crawls off into the night
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A few nights later we return with my wife and youngest boy Brennan, age 2. We didn’t drive long until we found Brennan and my wife Bre’s first rosy boa
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Months later Brad, monklet, and I decide to make a trip out to the desert in a last ditch effort to find him a rosy for the 2011 year. We met out in the desert in late July to take advantage of a cold front that had moved over southern CA. As we approached one of my favorite little canyons I explain to Brad how I have seen a couple boas while hiking the wash. As we pull in to park, I see this bomber female blocking my parking spot.
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After exiting the vehicle as Brad is admiring this big gal cross the desert floor I notice a male only a few feet away. Brad couldn’t believe it, I myself was rather excited as well. We waited and watched to see if anything would happen.
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As Brad continues to photograph these two I take a moment to have a better look around. Something shiny in a bush catches my eye and wouldn’t you know. A second male less than 10 feet away
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We left all three and headed out to see what else we could find. Neither of us would have guessed that that would be the only three snakes we would see for the rest of the evening.

Me with my first boa of the year. Photographed by Fundad
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A little off season Action
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No kittens were harmed in the making of this image. There is not better way to stay in shape then chasing hounds around the forest.

Ill conclude the CA portion with this picture of my beautiful wife with our boys, chasing western spadefoot toads on a cool spring day.
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ARIZONA
I only had the opportunity to travel to AZ twice this year, both with Fundad. Between Brians incredible last minute LETS GO NOW!!!! Planning, and our abilities to hunt 30 hours a day we had great success. Even though Brian fumbled his flashlight and we lost a milk on our first trip we were still able to pull it off and find every one of our az targets, minus a getula (who would have thunk it)

Amphibians

My Goal, find every species of AZ salamander

Ambystoma, tiger salamander
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Done! :lol: :lol:

Anaxyrus cognatus, great plains toad
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Scaphiopus couchii, couches spadefoot
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Spea multiplacata, mexican spadefoot
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Anaxyrus microscaphus, arizona toad
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Hyla arenicolor, canyon tree frog
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Reptiles

Elgaria kingie, madrien aligator lizard
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Crotalus scutulatus, mojave rattlesnake
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Crotalus Cerberus, black rattlesnake
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Crotalus nuntius, hopi rattlesnake
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Thamnophis elegans, wandering garter snake
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Thamnophis rufipuntatus, narrow headed gartersnake
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Arizona elagans phillipi, painted glossy snake
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Lampropeltis pyromelena, sonoran mountain kingsnake
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Lampropeltis triangulum, az milksnake
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Lichanura, rosy boa

And this is my first and only AZ rosy
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One happy camper, photo by Fundad
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Funny looking deer
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So that will conclude my 2011 highlight post. Thanks for looking

Mike Waters

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If you have any location questions feel free to pm me for GPS coordinants.

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Re: 2011 Hightlights

Post by Brian Hubbs » November 29th, 2011, 4:10 pm

Very nice, except for the two little glitches I mentioned on the phone...

And, if you're going to come to MY state and find milks that look that good, I will have to do something about those bridges across the Colorado River... :x :lol:

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by pete » November 29th, 2011, 4:27 pm

Very NICE :thumb: :thumb:
Great post all around! Thanks! :D

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Brian Eagar » November 29th, 2011, 5:24 pm

some very nice shots in there.
I really like some of those animal / habitat situations that you presented.
The tiger sal comming out of the grass.
The gopher on the hill.
The coach in the grass.

But what is up with not freaking showing the whole coral bellied ringneck?

Thanks for sharing.

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Post by hellihooks » November 29th, 2011, 5:25 pm

GREAT Post Mike. I'll never make fun of ANYBODY ever again, for looking for those hard to find slenders... As tough of herping as I've ever tried... :shock: :D
Something about that Fence swift makes me think S.o.biseriatus ... very nice.
And thx for the tour of your area, last May...had a great time.
Mike with hurt but MOR cantifer...
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followed by this beaut...
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And what I really wanted to see... my 1st aquatic-phase Ca. Newt...
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Thx again Mike... you rock. :beer: jim

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Carl Brune » November 29th, 2011, 5:55 pm

A lot of nice stuff there, thanks for posting. That 3-boa deal is pretty amazing.

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Mike Waters » November 29th, 2011, 6:13 pm

Brian Eagar wrote:some very nice shots in there.
I really like some of those animal / habitat situations that you presented.
The tiger sal comming out of the grass.
The gopher on the hill.
The coach in the grass.

But what is up with not freaking showing the whole coral bellied ringneck?

Thanks for sharing.
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i wasnt realy impressed with this image. He was hard to pose and i was in a hury.

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Post by Brian Eagar » November 29th, 2011, 6:21 pm

Ah, now that's more like it.
Thanks for throwing up the whole animal.
Too bad it wasn't more cooperative.

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Post by Mike Waters » November 29th, 2011, 6:26 pm

Carl Brune wrote:A lot of nice stuff there, thanks for posting. That 3-boa deal is pretty amazing.
Thanks
hellihooks wrote:GREAT Post Mike. I'll never make fun of ANYBODY ever again, for looking for those hard to find slenders... As tough of herping as I've ever tried... :shock: :D
Something about that Fence swift makes me think S.o.biseriatus ... very nice.
And thx for the tour of your area, last May...had a great time.
Thx again Mike... you rock. :beer: jim
My pleasure Jim, I owed you one, or two, anyhow.
pete wrote:Very NICE :thumb: :thumb:
Great post all around! Thanks! :D
thank you
Brian Hubbs wrote:Very nice, except for the two little glitches I mentioned on the phone...

And, if you're going to come to MY state and find milks that look that good, I will have to do something about those bridges across the Colorado River... :x :lol:
Glitches fixed though i was originaly correct :lol: and why did you edit your post. You wanted me to add common names for everything because you dont know your salamanders?

Thanks for the link to rocket shoes :roll:

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Mike Pingleton » November 29th, 2011, 6:38 pm

that was worth the wait for a repost, Mike! You had quite a year!

I especially like those tiger sal shots!

-Mike

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Brendan » November 29th, 2011, 7:47 pm

Great post Mike. Glad you were able to get it to work this time.
Cool boa observation! Its kinda cool to sit back and watch stuff for a bit. You learn a lot that way and the photos are much more enjoyable than a perfectly posed and exposed snake.

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Post by justinm » November 29th, 2011, 7:56 pm

Great post, looks like a helluva year. I'm glad you took the time to put it back together.

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Post by Fundad » November 29th, 2011, 8:06 pm

:thumb: :thumb: Good Stuff Mike..

:beer: Heres to your great year..

Love that Cal King..

Fundad

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Post by monklet » November 29th, 2011, 8:08 pm

Killer stuff Mike! :thumb: I especially like the shot of me photographing the rosies!

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Post by ColdBloodedHerps » November 30th, 2011, 8:28 am

Dude, those habitat shots of the cal newt, pacific gopher, red racer, and the zonata are unbelievable! :thumb: Although I'm a snake guy my fav is that cal newt. Any special technique you used to get that pic if you dont mind sharing because Im absolutely in love with that pic! :shock:

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Post by Ruxs » November 30th, 2011, 8:53 am

those are some really great pictures you took! :thumb: awesome post

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Post by AsydaBass » November 30th, 2011, 9:20 am

I don't know what everyone's talking about... This was quite a disappointing series of photos. All those snot lizards followed by snakes only to be ruined in the end by posing with a FL Gators shirt on! Really?!


:D :beer:

Awesome species, photos, and experience Mike! I spend almost the entire year in a rainforest, and seeing a post like this still makes me jealous! I hope to get out "west" sometime in 2012 and have 1/3 of the success you've had. Until then I'll have to live vicariously through your adventures.

Pura Vida,

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(Go Noles!)

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Post by Cole Grover » November 30th, 2011, 9:37 am

SUPER enjoyable post, Mike! Thanks for taking the time to put that together. Some of those photographs were incredible. I really liked the salamander intro.

-Cole

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Berkeley Boone » November 30th, 2011, 11:06 am

Mike-
That was really enjoyable. The photos of the animals with their habitats are beyond stunning, and make me want to work on my abilities to capture that.
nice job, and great post.
--berkeley

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Post by RobK » November 30th, 2011, 12:00 pm

I'd take a year like that, nice job!
Really like that habitat shot in the field w/ pac gopher.

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Post by DIAMONDBACK DAVE » November 30th, 2011, 3:55 pm

I loved this post.......cant waite to see that part of the country

DBD approved..... :thumb:

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Post by M.J.FRANETOVICH » November 30th, 2011, 4:40 pm

:beer: congratulations Mike :beer: great photography :thumb:



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Enjoyed So Much, Thanks for Sharing

Post by Ameron » November 30th, 2011, 5:52 pm

In my area of the Northwest, we have few reptiles to see, and a short warm season.

I only have 1 Herper friend who enjoys both hiking and searching for Herps. It's great that you and your group of friends share such camaraderie & discoveries.
Best wishes to you all.

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1.0 Pantherophis obsoletus rosselleni

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Re: 2011 Highlights

Post by Mike Waters » December 1st, 2011, 6:05 am

ColdBloodedHerps wrote:Dude, those habitat shots of the cal newt, pacific gopher, red racer, and the zonata are unbelievable! :thumb: Although I'm a snake guy my fav is that cal newt. Any special technique you used to get that pic if you dont mind sharing because Im absolutely in love with that pic! :shock:
Glad you you enjoyed them, as far as technique goes, if you attempt 100 herp in habitat images your bound to have one or two come out okay. :lol:

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Post by Mike Waters » December 1st, 2011, 6:15 am

Thank you all for the kind words. Your positive feedback makes it worth the time and effort involved putting the post together.

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Post by brick911 » December 1st, 2011, 8:39 am

Awesome year Mike. Some of those herp in habitat shots are phenomenal! Herping with kids is great! I'm glad they got their boas. :)

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Post by bushsnake » December 2nd, 2011, 1:38 pm

Im a Thamnophis geek so i gotta say that rufipuntatus was a treat. Awesome post!

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Post by JAMAUGHN » December 2nd, 2011, 1:48 pm

A little late to the game, I know, but I also wanted to say thanks for taking the time to post this again after the trouble you had. Great stuff, all of it.

JimM

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Post by Daniel D Dye » December 2nd, 2011, 4:22 pm

Wonderful animals, and superb photography. A very enjoyable post. :thumb:

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Post by Taylor Henry » December 2nd, 2011, 9:23 pm

Awesome finds and great photography Mike! Thanks for taking the time to get this post up.

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Post by mfb » December 3rd, 2011, 9:34 am

Nice photos - I especially appreciated all the salamander shots!

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Post by Mike VanValen » December 4th, 2011, 7:49 am

The blood-red AZ rosy boa is a stunner, and the narrowhead garter is always nice to see. Thanks for sharing.

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Post by Mike Waters » December 5th, 2011, 8:15 pm

mfb wrote:Nice photos - I especially appreciated all the salamander shots!
Glad you enjoyed them. Salamanders are way under appreciated.

Thanks guys.

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Post by joeysgreen » December 5th, 2011, 9:37 pm

Pseudacris hypochondriaca
I thought you were pulling our leg with this name; had to google it to see. Who comes up with these :roll:

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Post by Zach_Lim » December 5th, 2011, 10:35 pm

Amazing, amazing finds. Every single one of those tricolors are screamers, especially the pyros and az milk (this is very hard to say, being a zonata nut). Speaking of Z's, those multicincta are great. Have any more habitat shots?

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Post by Ross Padilla » December 6th, 2011, 12:04 am

Wow, Mike, what a year you had! Those boa and Cal king shots are great. That is a very nice king. The three boas you guys found all in the same area was pretty amazing. Dude, I've had dreams like that. :lol: :thumb:

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Post by Will Wells » December 6th, 2011, 4:22 am

Nice job Mike!!!

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