Observation 244784: Amanita yema Guzman & Ram.-Guill.

Under pine. Odor and taste mild. Highly prized by the locals.

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On display at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
On display at the Santa Cruz Fungus Fair
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On display at the Guadalajara fungus fair

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Recognized by sight: The current name for A. tecomate

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By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-07-21 10:10:43 CDT (-0500)

Yeah, it looked like a placement to my eye. Too big to throw on top of a cap, I guess, which is the usual placement of various photogenic wild creatures that really don’t reside atop mushrooms.

How long was your lens? ;) The snake looked a bit annoyed.

Too bad about the yema flavor. Apparently basii isn’t much better. You should try cochiseanna this year, if you see some in the SW/Telluride area. I am pretty confident that we’ll be gathering some, and perhaps (fingers crossed) plenty in the White Mts. of AZ this August. Scrumptious!

And if you run across some of the tuza, why not try it, too?

I dunno about rubescens (or ameri-rubescens, I guess, here). Its looks have never really appealed to me, and in markets it’s always the lowest priced amanita! Novinupta, our western version, is sometimes pretty good and sometimes pretty awful. And yes, both flavor and toxicity can vary from mushroom collection to mushroom collection. Not that the rubescens grp. is particularly toxic, and the caesars not at all.

As far as muscaria, unboiled, it is still the best tasting amanita that I have ever eaten. I only had one slice, though, well below an effective “dose” of anything. Once it’s boiled the flavor goes bye bye and all you are getting is that caramelization flavor from the butter/oil, if you do it up right. Otherwise, tasteless slugs, but from a thrillingly toxic and mythologically famous fungus!

Meh. Who needs to eat toxic mushrooms, just because you can? I am not one for extreme cuisine fads.

David and I encountered a truly deadly snake on our recent travels to OZ … one of the brown snake vipers. It was hanging out right along the edge of the “Darwin Trail” in the Blue Mts, east of Sydney, and its bite is way more dangerous (neurotoxic poisons rather than hemolytic poisons) than our friend the Crotalus.
I got a pretty good photo of it, without a long lens, and it was a hot day! That snake wasn’t at all afraid of me, though. I moved very very slowly, and carried a big stick myself, altho mostly just to balance my camera for a sharp shot.

OZ is a hotbed of deadly animals and vicious plants, but we were thrilled to see one of those snakes. Getting bit would have been perhaps a bit too thrilling … thrilled to death?

Still, how fun to have a snake expert along in Mexico. Hope he got to show you lots of cool herps. Those snake folks know just where to look, and just how to handle their particular slithery passions.

Yes, it’s Crotalus molossus ssp. nigrescens
By: Alan Rockefeller (Alan Rockefeller)
2016-07-20 21:55:56 CDT (-0500)

It was caught by Laura Guzman-Davalos’s husband, a biologist who studies snakes. It’s usually lighter in color and lower in elevation. I didn’t eat the mushroom or the snake – we let the snake go and put the mushrooms on display at the fair. I ate some Amanita yema the other day, it was pretty good but not as good as the A. muscaria or A. rubescens.

By: Sarah Prentice
2016-07-20 20:38:43 CDT (-0500)

I thought it might be Crotalus oreganus helleri (black diamond rattlesnake, Southern Pacific rattlesnake, San Diegan rattler, whatever local nickname…common names are a nuisance). However, given Alan’s location, Crotalus molossus nigrescens is most promising.

Reptiles have morphs too, both in nature and as the result of careful captive breeding. If you’d like to see some spectacular captive-bred snake morphs, search for images of Pantherophis guttatus morphs (which I used to work with) or Python regius morphs. And if you haven’t met your cuteness quota for the day, check out Uromastyx morphs—particularly the ones from Deer Fern Farms.

so, a southern rattler?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-07-20 19:51:44 CDT (-0500)

are they all dark like this, or like the mushrooms, do they have morphs?

didja eat the yema/tecomate amanita Alan? If they are anything like the SW caesar, still formally unnamed, they are sooooooooooo delicious!

they beat our CA coccoras with a snake stick. ;)

A few of my favorite things!
By: Sarah Prentice
2016-07-20 17:53:27 CDT (-0500)

That handsome viper appears to be Crotalus molossus nigrescens.

By: Daniel B. Wheeler (Tuberale)
2016-07-20 14:50:00 CDT (-0500)

about that myself, Alan.

OK, what’s the real story?
By: Debbie Viess (amanitarita)
2016-07-20 13:39:27 CDT (-0500)

I see a “snake stick” in the photo w/the lounging girls. must be early morning and still cold?

the rattler was placed near the amanitas, Imma thinking, and then it wasn’t a macro shot, either!

he does look pissed and ready to strike in that last photo, tho.

I hear they taste like chicken; probably delicious in caesar sauce.

Yikes! I wouldn’t be hanging round long
By: Judi T. (AvidAmateur)
2016-07-19 12:08:47 CDT (-0500)

enough to get photos. This one wins the award for Most Daring Observation=)

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