Showing posts with label Crotalus tigris. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Crotalus tigris. Show all posts

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Suzio Report - Tiger Rattlesnake Feeding

Twice in one day Herpers!                               5 August 2011

I'll bet that you can scarcely believe your good fortune.

According to the time stamp on my email program, Melissa Amarello checked in seven minutes after I sent the latest round of "Where's Waldo."
She not only found the snakes in that time period, she yanked out her high tech magic marker, circled them all., and shipped them back to me.
Quick with the eyes and quick on the draw, that's our Cerbermissy.


Five times in my life I have walked by animals that were gyrating in their last death throes. Twice it was very young cottontail rabbits, one of which was screaming a high-pitched death song. Once, it was a spiny lizard, once it was a K-rat, and once, it was little birdie. In all cases, I suspected a snake bite, and in all cases, I just kept moving. In all five cases, the prey items were gone on my return trip. This is the high price of impatience.

We've got a herper here in Arizona who has the patience of Job.
(Job [pronounced "Jobe"] is a guy in the bible who would not relinquish his faith in God, despite the fact that God was allowing Satan to mess with him mightily.
At one point, while Job is dripping pus from every orifice in his body, and dogs are licking his wounds,his wife encourages him to "curse God and die."
But Job wouldn't do it. THAT'S patience........)

Ok, the Sunday Skool lesson is over.

On the evening of 23 July, Jeff "Job" Smith spotted a pocket mouse behaving erratically on the north berm of our beloved Suizo Wash plot. Lesser men would have done a Roger Repp, and kept moving. But not Jeff. He plunked his scrawny a$$ down in the sand, set up his video camera, and waited there like a photographic buzzard to film what would happen next. We were also blessed to have Melissa Amarello, Mats and Karl Hoggren, Bill Montgomery, Hans-Werner Herrmann, Ryan Sawby as witnesses, and I came along when it was all half over to document what came next. Gordon Schuett was out there somewhere, doing what the rest of us were SUPPOSED to be doing. Namely, finding new snakes for our study.

Jeff has the whole sequence on film, and was kind enough to post it on M+J's most excellent website. Here is the link to that:

Bill Montgomery was also kind enough to shoot some images of the action, which are self-explanatory
enough to rock on without further commentary. Right after the swallowing, our newest tiger rattlesnake
was bagged, and thanks to the surgical skills of Dr. Dale DeNardo, is now gaily slithering the wash
seeking new furry friends.

Best to all, roger

Thursday, April 21, 2011

More Adventures With Roger in March

Howdy Herpers,
It's the moment we've all been waiting for. Time to put March 2011 to bed for good.

Pics 1-3: Images by John Murphy. At the end of the day on March 12, we put a beer in our hand and decided to wander over to AD7 on Iron Mine Hill. Thus, we arrived unprepared to snag this PERFECT female atrox for a transmitter. While there are always benefits to leaving a female unmolested at a den, I still hate myself every morning for letting this one go.

Thanks for the photos John--and your MOST excellent company this day.

Pic 4: One of five Smith's Black-headed snakes encountered by John and I on 12 March

Pic 5: Female Tiger #6, Gracie. While the photo is terrible, it was taken under near impossible conditions. She hung in this crevice for nearly a month, before moving all the way down the slope of our hill. Photo taken13 March.

Pic 6: Likely the last "in situ" image to be created of CRAT #122, an AD7 male who we have since removed from the study. (That is, we removed his transmitter. He's back home now, and still has the PIT tag. We may see him again someday!) 13 March

Pic 7: Female CRTI #8, "Zona." She had moved about 3m from her hibernaculum the day this image was taken, which was 27 March. She did not seem to move muscle when we saw her in the exact spot again on 2 April. On 3 April, she plunged to the bottom of her hill, and is now in the same crevice as she occupied last year at this time.

Pic 8: A smoking young AD4 male atrox found by John Murphy and I on 12 March.
This was another reason to hate myself in the morning. We left him as we found him.
I hope that you will all join me in conveying silent well-wishes to my friend Peter Lawrence from the UK. He is a stoic herper in his own right, and a devoted friend of our beloved Danny Brower, who recently passed away. Peter is going in for a brain tumor surgery soon. As I'm sure that his head is at least his second-most favored organ, we can only imagine his angst. Peter--you need to hang in there so you can catch the next report.

We speak of balls-out-banzai black velvet. We got moms, dads and babies all loving life together.Until then, all of you, live forever!