Monday, May 05, 2008


Forthcoming articles for

I'm in the process of brainstorming some ideas for writing articles (and other documents) to be added to in the near future. I've thought of a couple, but would like some requests from any readers of the blog/web site.

For example, some people have requested to see a paper on the genetics of suboc color morphs complete with Punnett Squares and all that jazz -- the classic "what-will-I-get-if-I-breed-this-het-to-that-het" paper.

Another could be a map of the Trans-Pecos with some of the key localities pinpointed.

Any other ideas and suggestions are welcome.


Pure Euphoria

When those books arrived here a couple of weeks ago, as you can imagine, it was the biggest sense of accomplishment and relief all rolled up into one moment.

For my own part, it's difficult to feel like a published writer until you actually can see and feel the book in print. And when I finally did, I was beside myself with joy. LOL I couldn't and wouldn't move from the doorway when the FedEx truck pulled up...I kept telling Amy to run and get a knife while smiling and laughing out-of-control like a kid on Christmas morning. She took advantage of the moment to shoot some pictures. My feet were fixed in front of the door -- there was NO way I was moving from that spot until the deliverer deposited the two boxes into my hands -- and she knew it was driving me crazy and making me laugh even more that she kept just taking pictures instead of running to grab a knife. LOL

Ohhh, one day when she's an author...paybacks. ;-)


Mexican Baird's are twitter-painted

My adult Mexican Baird's are actually captive-bred F1's of wild-caught parents from Nuevo Leon, in the Monterrey area. Texas zookeepers/curators Steve Hammack and Alan Kardon collected and acquired the parents legally back in the 1980's.

In this photo, the male is biting the female just behind the head, something that this race of bairdi often does during courtship. From my own observations, Baird's Ratsnakes bite females more gently than male subocs, and male subocs often bite the females all over the body...and not just to restrain her either -- it is perceived that the biting on the body is a stimulus for females to submit to the males' sexual advances.

Hopefully, we'll see eggs again this year from the Nuevo Leon Baird's female.


p.s. If you don't know what "twitter-painted" means, then watch Bambi. LOL

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