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Rob Wiens
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Long time listener, first time caller

Post by Rob Wiens » March 24th, 2012, 9:32 pm

Yes, I know there has been an onslaught of new members to the forums but I have decided to finally throw my hat into the ring. I have been "lurking" since last year but have been contributing to the database. I decided that I needed to stop being intimidated by the knowledgeable people on here and start posting, so a little about me:

I'm a 33 year old father of two girls (one 4 years old and one 3 weeks old), live in Chowchilla Ca, work beyond fulltime in Los Banos Ca and roam the valley and hills of Merced, Madera, Mariposa (so many "M" counties) and Fresno Counties. I grew up finding reptiles on my grandparent’s ranch near Reedley and have recently rediscovered my passion for all things reptile or amphibian. As a young child and teenager I was so passionate about herpetology my father got a me a spot as a summer "intern" for the Fresno, ahem, Chaffee Zoo Reptile house. Unfortunately girls and partying put herping on the back burner for about a decade and half :)

After discovering this forum I bought a couple of "herping" books, two having been written by board member Mr. Hubbs (the other one also by board members Mr. Bird and Mr. Peaks, but they be from Kentucky). I mention Hubbs book because within the last few days I found several kingsnakes that I probably wouldn't have located without the books help. I have found more rattlers, gophers, and garters then I can count but before a few days ago I had only found one kingsnake. I "flipped" these kings the last few days:

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My camera kind of sucks (point and shoot) but I hope to improve that as I grow as an amateur herpetologist. I may not post a bunch but will be more than willing to go on herping trips and meet up with anyone in my area. I have begun my own "areas" and am willing to share with anyone interested. Thanks for having me and I hope to contribute something useful, interesting and educational in the future.

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Post by El Garia » March 24th, 2012, 10:18 pm

Howdy Rob,

Sounds like we had the same priorities. I took the same amount of time off from herping for the exact same reasons: :beer: :lol: Good job on those Kingsnakes, Rob. Thanks for sharing :thumb:

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Post by JAMAUGHN » March 24th, 2012, 10:58 pm

Welcome to the forum, and very nice Kings!

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Post by Ross Padilla » March 24th, 2012, 11:01 pm

Nice kings. :thumb:

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Post by hellihooks » March 25th, 2012, 7:09 am

Welcome! good to have someone working your area. :thumb: jim

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Post by Fieldnotes » March 25th, 2012, 4:45 pm

Right on Kingsnake 101

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Post by LouB747 » March 25th, 2012, 6:04 pm

Any better pics of the last one? Looking forward to more of your posts...

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Post by LouB747 » March 26th, 2012, 12:54 pm

Looks to be abberant of some sort. Partially barred....

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Post by Ross Padilla » March 26th, 2012, 1:07 pm

Lou, its one of those Central Valley black belly aberrants. Its what Hubbs calls a Delta morph in his book.

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Post by Rob Wiens » March 26th, 2012, 1:22 pm

Thanks for the welcomes everyone. Lou, I have one additional photo of that last King:

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I was herping by myself that day and still haven't mastered the technique of photographing, holding up a board and manipulating snakes into position. Most of my shots are voucher quality right now, at least until I buy a better camera. Ross is correct, I used Hubbs book to ID it as a Delta morph (pages 82 & 83 have several photos of similarly patterned Kings). I wish I had taken more photos and of a better quality for you guys... Kinda learning as I go along :D

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Post by LouB747 » March 26th, 2012, 3:06 pm

Missed the central valley locale. Understand it's a delta morph. Thanks, Lou

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Post by Brian Hubbs » April 9th, 2012, 11:03 am

OK, now I've seen it. Awesome black belly. And found at one of my spots too...this really chaps my hide. I still haven't seen a Delta at that spot...Newbies...OY! :lol:

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Post by Speckled Rosy » April 9th, 2012, 4:20 pm

Nice job with the kings, i would call the first one aberrant too. I wish morphs like the dark one, were found more often, in my respective territory (sw LA co.) ... but they seem to be somewhat rare. I've been wanting to find a king like that in LA county for years now.. they exist down here, but we call it a mud-morph, they look just the same as yours!

Nice first post and welcome to FHF.. and stay away from hubbs spots and Dave Tobler's spots!.. you've got to go set up your own stuff now.. lol!

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Post by Brian Hubbs » April 9th, 2012, 5:32 pm

The first one is probably a black-belly too...

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Post by Ross Padilla » April 9th, 2012, 5:42 pm

Yeah, the little black spots in the light areas and dark head are indicators. I didn't even notice that. :x

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Post by Rob Wiens » April 9th, 2012, 9:40 pm

Brian, the two in question were both black bellies I just had a hell of a time trying to hold them and taking photos. I never learned the trick of belly rubbing and posing HA! Newbies can find the snakes but we can't photograph them :(

Speckled, I now know better then to mess with Dave, Hubbs or Brian (Fundad) spots... From now on if I think I have found one of their spots I immediately run away and try to find a way to make amends.

And over Easter my Dad gave me his old Canon EOS 300D, so hopefully (with some practice) my camera skills should be improving. Its only been 13 years since my community college course on photography, how hard could it be?

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Re: Long time listener, first time caller

Post by Brian Hubbs » April 9th, 2012, 10:07 pm

just wait til' you find the boards with claymore's under them... :x

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Post by Rob Wiens » April 9th, 2012, 10:14 pm

Ha! My wife swears I found the boards with all the ticks under them.... because they came home with me.

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Post by Fundad » April 10th, 2012, 5:39 am

Speckled, I now know better then to mess with Dave, Hubbs or Brian (Fundad) spots... From now on if I think I have found one of their spots I immediately run away and try to find a way to make amends.

Hey Rob, I am headed up your way, shot me a pm with your phone number if your interested in doing some herping. I Heard good things about you.

Fundad

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