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by BillMcGighan
September 22nd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog, salamander, turtle and snake photos & videos from 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 5942

Re: Frog, salamander, turtle and snake photos & videos from 2019

Super post, Michael. :thumb: :thumb:

Some of us here can appreciate your patience and motivation to get such good videos and photos.

I've lived most of my life in Pickerel Frog range, and I don't think I ever caught one calling! :oops:
by BillMcGighan
September 14th, 2019, 10:01 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89964

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Daniel how effective freezing is for killing harmful pathogens Most human food websites conclude that freezing does not kill many bacteria, but rather "puts it on hold" ( stops harmful bacteria from growing.) Cooking kills bacteria (not much help to us for feeders!). For most common parasites (like ...
by BillMcGighan
September 8th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89964

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

and also to get rid of some bullfrogs that are taking over my backyard pond and eating everything. Dependant upon local laws and how rural you live, .22 caliber fire arm loaded with #12 Shot Shells works very quickly with frogs and lizards. (It was the chosen method of collecting museum specimens a...
by BillMcGighan
September 3rd, 2019, 6:30 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89964

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

On an alternate note, back in the 60's, I saw a biology department keep live leopard frogs (destined for disection) in excess of 6 months in a refridgerated tray of shallow water.
by BillMcGighan
September 2nd, 2019, 5:54 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89964

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Instant destruction of the brain. A hammer is effective. Most “euthanization concern” papers that are based upon terminating ectodermic , lower vertebrates for scientific studies, such as parasite studies, so chemical termination works great, but, as you mentioned, feeding a predator something full ...
by BillMcGighan
July 21st, 2019, 12:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 91
Views: 84393

Re: Climate change revisited

I have an opinion like everyone, but it's just that, opinion. I just can't beleive that such a potentially serious issue has become political. I understand the fossil fuel industry has invested heavily in certain political and even ideological movements, but how did we get here, where people confuse...
by BillMcGighan
July 21st, 2019, 12:49 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Giant Gila Monster: 1959 A great horror movie ?
Replies: 1
Views: 7412

Re: The Giant Gila Monster: 1959 A great horror movie ?

Too funny, craig, that it's back.
Saw it in the theater back then...
Another look:
viewtopic.php?f=2&t=9878&p=120164&hilit=rodan#p120164
by BillMcGighan
May 18th, 2019, 1:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Newport News, Virginia Cottonmouths
Replies: 1
Views: 3316

Re: Some Newport News, Virginia Cottonmouths

Nice bunch of in situs! :thumb:
Nice showing the variation of patterns. :thumb:

PS Your "Bumble Bee" is a harmless drone Carpenter bee.
by BillMcGighan
April 27th, 2019, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The year of exploration. 2018 review.
Replies: 8
Views: 8694

Re: The year of exploration. 2018 review.

Lots of good stuff! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
April 25th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this an Eastern Milk Snake?
Replies: 2
Views: 3134

Re: Is this an Eastern Milk Snake?

Yes, you are right.
A young one.
Though that refuge is a place that is not wall to wall people, It's always a special find that close to NYC.
Good one.
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: News
Topic: Another threat - invasive Pentastomid
Replies: 6
Views: 9871

Another threat - invasive Pentastomid

Looks like the cows are out of the pasture on this one. Another example of ignorance of the jackasses who released the Burmese Pythons in the Glades! https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331985998_Spillover_of_Pentastome_Parasites_from_Invasive_Burmese_Pythons_Python_bivittatus_to_Pygmy_Rattlesn...
by BillMcGighan
April 7th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Mojave Finds
Replies: 1
Views: 3001

Re: A few Mojave Finds

Lots of nice stuff.
You folks must have gotten some serious rain?!
by BillMcGighan
April 7th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Replies: 9
Views: 8283

Re: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

All is great, Jerry. :thumb: :thumb: Thanks for that one. That last " Sinonatrix " ( percarinata ?) really reminds us here across the pond of how similar they look to some North American Nerodia ! And, of course, the Hong Kong Newt ( Paramesotriton hongkongensis ) is really Godzilla! :lol: ;)
by BillMcGighan
April 1st, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 3
Views: 13504

Re: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

Excerpt from this paper's conclusion: There are two parts to the reptile industry—the one for pets and the one for enthusiasts.” (J. Coote, pers. comm.). There will always be that responsible group who keep living herps for personal enjoyment, contentment, and increase of knowledge, but perhaps the ...
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: FL, March 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 7658

Re: Trip Report: FL, March 2019

Patrick, this post is up there with the fine posts on this forum of years gone by in that the combination of narration with pics takes us right along on the trip!
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats
Replies: 1
Views: 3511

Re: Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats

Makes those powerful legs a real asset!! :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 20870

Re: What's happening in this photo?

a Ground Snake. The locality precludes the victim being a Sand Snake.
Brian, is this because of range or habitat?
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: La Rue/Pine Hills area
Replies: 1
Views: 2807

Re: La Rue/Pine Hills area

(618) 684-6192
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 18452

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Kevin, This is such an upbeat topic that I'll answer in a separate thread as to not be a Debbie Downer:

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25500
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 3
Views: 13504

Re: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

A far as history, I really recommend this paper: [/color][/quote]Quote from Reptile Dealers and Their Price Lists By James B. Murphy (Research Associate, Department of Herpetology, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park) and Ken McCloud (Research Associate, Steinhart Aquarium, California ...
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 3
Views: 13504

A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

First, an answer to a question from this post: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25483&p=269357#p269357 My statement: I understand. I've been to those types of markets in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Peoples Republic of China and the first thing that hits you is the si...
by BillMcGighan
March 24th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 10101

Re: Sick

The weather was cool and cloudy so I didn't really expect much, went for a short walk to clear my head anyway. Not a bad decision... Found 13 adders - new record for the spot - incl. the first female of the year. Also the first grass snake and the first slow worms of the year. Proof again that herp...
by BillMcGighan
March 22nd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 18452

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

The trick is starting with healthy animals, like not getting them from markets like you saw. That too must have been quite an experience. Im sure you saw quite a few species that are rare now. I understand. I've been to those types of markets in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Peoples Republic...
by BillMcGighan
March 22nd, 2019, 3:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 18452

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Bill, do you keep Spilotes as well? Any luck breeding? Sorry, No. I've caught a few in the field, kept a male, but never kept a pair. If I had, I would have guessed your arrangement would be the thing to do. Those black-breasted leaf turtles are truely amazing. I've seen them only once before in a ...
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in Ghana, August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 6484

Re: A week in Ghana, August 2018

I always love the fact that you add the inverts as well as a spectrum of herps.
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 18452

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

That's great Kevin.
Your cage looks much more natural than mine that have only a suggestion of habitat!
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 20870

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Sometimes , when the prey snake stops struggling, a ringneck or king will backup to straighten out the meal that may well be longer than itself.

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=264517
http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=161314
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 20870

Re: What's happening in this photo?

I have to vote for another " Diadophis eating a Chilomeniscus."

On Gray Sonora ..... Have there been any records of ophiophagy by Chilomeniscus or Sonora?
by BillMcGighan
March 14th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 7627

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

Precious. Precious. Precious.

Thanks for sharing.

I can honestly say that some of my most memorable and happiest herping experiences were those shared with my kids and grandkids.

Continue taking pics throughout and you'll be even more rewarded many times later in life.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 8953

Re: Florida trip January 2019

Still a good trip, Jack! :thumb:

Be nice to do exactly the same in April or May; probability of target raised exponentially.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more
Replies: 7
Views: 7356

Re: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more

Wow, just WOW!
Sensory overload!
Big thanks for that one!
by BillMcGighan
February 17th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska
Replies: 2
Views: 4255

Re: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

Very good - amazing February.
Has the weather been unusual?


45 MILES NORTH OF COLD BAY, ALASKA
I assume this means someplace at that same latitude like Stakroge or similar?
by BillMcGighan
February 11th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 15117

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

All these stories are great!
by BillMcGighan
February 3rd, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders
Replies: 6
Views: 8372

Re: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders

A refreshing, midwinter shot of eastern outdoors; script and pics. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 30th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 8
Views: 7529

Re: Start of 2019 field season

That is really cool (no pun intended), Richard.
Here in the northern southeast, we start in January, but it's 99.9% Amphibs.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 5014

Re: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019

As always, Kurt. :thumb: :thumb:
Thanks.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 13204

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Just an addendum to this post from last year: I stumbled onto this website that I think provides some useful reference in a succinct format: http://www.toxinology.com/ Folks I can imagine might benefit from this: … Anyone who lectures to the general public and gets those toxicity questions. … Anyone...
by BillMcGighan
January 19th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 15117

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Good stuff so far! :thumb: What might have been! (even without a voucher.) When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to live where my back yard butted up against thousands of acres of protected land. Virtually spending all my time in the forest, I would encounter a couple dozen Wood Turtles ( Glyptemys i...
by BillMcGighan
January 18th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 15117

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Bryan, you are the Timber Whisperer! :lol: Good story. Jimi, chill, my perception is that Kelly was just trying to have a non-traditional post "Where people tell their stories like in times when stories are believed because of honor and good will." ps We did this on the Fishing forum years ago with ...
by BillMcGighan
January 12th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A last couple for the year
Replies: 1
Views: 2276

Re: A last couple for the year

Good shot in the arm for this time of the year! :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 11th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 6238

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

all already said!!
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 10th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Large King Cobra
Replies: 12
Views: 7496

Re: Large King Cobra

Excellent. :thumb: :thumb: video in situ!
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 2851

Re: Hello

If you'd like to browse locality animals, I'd suggest browsing, and even joining, the database of H.E.R.P. Some examples you can do right now. Red Corns ( Pantherophis guttatus ) http://www.naherp.com/search.php?r_owner=&r_security=&r_group=6&r_genus=1815&r_species=1821&r_subspecies=&r_country=&r_st...
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 57666

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Jimi [/quote]In general I think arboreals are easier to tease-train, since their natural feeding modality is grab and hold, not stab and pull back.[/quote]I think thats why it works well with Pantherophis. Dropping the pink puts pressure on the teeth and arboreals eat hanging down regularly.
by BillMcGighan
January 2nd, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 57666

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

KF My schedule trying to feed hatchlings (I currently only breed Oreocryptophis and Rhadinophis frenata): 1. f/t pinkie 2. f/t pinkie again 3. live pinkie 4.force feed mouse tail 5.f/t pinkie I have had a surprising amount of snakes start eating f/t on their own after one force fed mouse tail. 6. I ...
by BillMcGighan
January 1st, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 57666

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

IMHO Searching youtube for the subject shows a spectrum of tease feeding: From: This seems very reasonable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFlzg8erQrQ To: Good technique, but questionably necessary. (Maybe for a commercial operation where time and cage space is limited? https://www.youtube.com/watc...
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year post
Replies: 3
Views: 2539

Re: End of year post

Very nice.

All over LA is one of my favorite herping states.

I always love seeing those eastern LA Corns, especially comparing them to the our eastern variants, and , of course, LA Kisatchie animals (P. slowinski).
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 57666

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Kelly I guess this is odd, a wee confession of a sort, but Ive not found getting a snake to strike defensively and eat to work for me. Ive had times when ive wanted a snake to get on with it, and nudged and had them strike and let go, and then seem to have switched gears because they were ordinarily...