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by BillMcGighan
September 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Amen Brother
Replies: 32
Views: 1450

Re: Amen Brother

Scott,
I know we've gotten pretty lean with herp tales, but this load of crap needs to go to board line.
This country is so great where everyone has the right to believe what they want, but not dump it on this section of the forum.
by BillMcGighan
September 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: God is an octopus 🐙
Replies: 5
Views: 251

Re: God is an octopus 🐙

Scott,
I know we've gotten pretty lean with herp tales, but this load of crap needs to go to board line.
This country is so great where everyone has the right to believe what they want, but not dump it on this section of the forum.
by BillMcGighan
September 2nd, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Golden Guide
Replies: 11
Views: 751

Re: Golden Guide

Jeff In several professional correspondences with Hobart Smith Hobart Smith was apparently a real human. I wrote a letter to him in Ubana in 1958 and he responded to this nobody, 10 year old, 1500 miles away. Reflecting on these years later, I was impressed that this Professor/Author took the time. ...
by BillMcGighan
August 31st, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Golden Guide
Replies: 11
Views: 751

Re: Golden Guide

herper1:
I think most of our love of herps started from this book.
Maybe you had to be in a certain location or financial group, but the "golden" was the start for me also, then Pope and Ditmars from the library, and the coveted 1958 edition of the Conant Field Guide...
by BillMcGighan
July 30th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 2481

Re: I-10 Chronicles

Jimi:
Good to hear from you. I had to chuckle at your discovery that tent camping in the SE USA in July is f*ckin rugged. I got my ass handed to me in the Boy Scouts. Taught me good. Ha ha ha.
Yup.
I turned into a "camping" wus in old age and now my wife and I use this:
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by BillMcGighan
July 30th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 2481

Re: I-10 Chronicles

Dave, Glad you got to make your trip, considering our national state of health siege. You know this in your home area, even a less successful trip; you learn things about areas you haven't experienced. Then there are the side experiences of non herp discoveries. Plan another. PS I've herped the Big ...
by BillMcGighan
July 19th, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 94257

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

On the subject of GPS
A very useful phone APP we use in the east, but probably works out west, is "HUNTSTAND".
It's useful because it can show who's land you are on.
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 2481

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Smart man...
Especially that time of year.

Let us know how you do.
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Paraguay : Herp guide or structure that can help
Replies: 1
Views: 566

Re: Paraguay : Herp guide or structure that can help

Not much help here. I guess you've seen this: http://www.faunaparaguay.com/litherpetology.html I am obligated to say, as a Dad and Granddad, if you have no field guide going in, treat every snake as venomous, till you can verify no fangs forward or rear! In my life I've herped tropical zones that ha...
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 25
Views: 2481

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Yes I know the mosquitoes are deadly this time of year in the Glades but I'll have to deal with it.Yes I know the mosquitoes are deadly this time of year in the Glades but I'll have to deal with it. Worse yet in some areas of Florida, especially around mangroves, are the No-see-ums (biting midgies,...
by BillMcGighan
June 7th, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 124600

Re: Climate change revisited

On Harper August 2015 Leading climate-sceptic academic, Professor William Happer, agreed to write a report for a Middle Eastern oil company on the benefits of CO2 and to allow the firm to keep the source of the funding secret. In emails to reporters he also revealed Peabody Energy paid thousands of ...
by BillMcGighan
June 7th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 124600

Re: Climate change revisited

Richard, know that I have utmost respect for your work on herpetology, but that doesn’t just transfer automatically to other subjects. Hoyer: Now I can foresee individuals using the same tiresome ploy of indicating that CFACT is funded by conservatives, the fossil fuel industry, etc. thereby dismiss...
by BillMcGighan
June 2nd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 124600

Re: Climate change revisited

$$$$$$$$ Dr. Richard S. Lindzen ( b. February 8, 1940) is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[1] He is funded by fossil fuel interests, such as Peabody Coal.[2] Lindzen is perhaps best know...
by BillMcGighan
June 1st, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 173
Views: 124600

Re: Climate change revisited

$$$$$$$$ Hmmm $$$$$$$ Jimi, IMHO, I think you're being too hard on these speakers and bloggers. Just like the 90+ % of independent scientists who are concerned with the negative aspects of climate change, these naysayers are just ordinary people who are motivated only by their strong beliefs, nothin...
by BillMcGighan
May 25th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 1652

Re: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica

Thanks for that one, Mike.
You brought back some of the forum quality from yesteryear!
by BillMcGighan
May 17th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

Interestingly, he's also an extremely strong advocate of climate change. This is consistent with the "make money on fear" ideology. What he truly thinks, and what he is right or wrong about, we may never know. There's allot of "tell folks what they want to hear, sincere or not, for alternate gains"...
by BillMcGighan
May 17th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

We don't seem to know conclusively where this damn thing came from yet, but be cautious of anyone overtly or subtly trying to answer, who isn't on the front line. If you agree or not, always follow the money to verify the source: Like a political party that seems to be full of folks who value money ...
by BillMcGighan
April 25th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

This one was just north of the SHNF.

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=255991
by BillMcGighan
April 24th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 1433

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

Chris;
Further north still, you get into the Sam Houston National Forest. It can be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you get into timber rattlesnake and pygmy rattlesnake habitat.
Just some additional candy in the SHNF:
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by BillMcGighan
April 18th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rought night for peepers: predation by a turtle, bullfrog and beetle.
Replies: 3
Views: 1147

Re: Rought night for peepers: predation by a turtle, bullfrog and beetle.

Okay, Mike,
Those are great. Capturing each is a "National Geographic" moment.
by BillMcGighan
April 17th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades National Park in the rain
Replies: 22
Views: 6954

Re: Everglades National Park in the rain

PM sent
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 2448

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

Florida doesn't require any license, Dave, unless you are selling Florida natives. Some restrictions on venomous; permit required for collecting. No touching endangered, threatened, species of special concern, conditional reptiles, or otherwise regulated species. from FWC: https://myfwc.com/license/...
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge

AEthelred: “I am not a professional scientist by any means and maybe it's just coincidence that there are similarities between snake species of eastern Asia and North America..” First, a disclaimer: My thoughts here are those of an interested lay person. My formal zoological training was many, many ...
by BillMcGighan
April 12th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 1506

Re: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge

I understand why you may think the land bridge was a factor, but, IMHO , it doesn’t seem likely; timing doesn’t seem to match up. According to ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA, “about 80 million years ago , North America separated from Europe, Australia began to rift away from Antarctica, and India broke awa...
by BillMcGighan
April 4th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 12740

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

Though I have found a pine under cover, it was half raised tin not tight to the ground, like you may expect an EDB . In North Carolina I had a "Kauffeld" day in early June with an overcast, warm day with high humidity and hiked up a couple males out cruising. Many Oak Toads were also out. One of the...
by BillMcGighan
March 18th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 2448

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

Hey, Tom,
PM sent.

I the area in the PM most Corals were found on the crawl in Oct / Nov; males hunting females (about 70%), and about 30% in spring under cover and crawling early AM.
by BillMcGighan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Spidering around Kolkata, E.India !
Replies: 4
Views: 2608

Re: Spidering around Kolkata, E.India !

Super cool post, even to us who are "arachnid challenged". :thumb: :thumb: Besides the wonderful photography, I couldn't help be be impressed of the long, carefully searching hours it must have taken to accumulate all these. I'm totally really impressed with the fact that you even found the "bark lo...
by BillMcGighan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not my board line
Replies: 18
Views: 3021

Re: Not my board line

You're a good herping person for even asking this question. Jimi pretty much hit the nail on the head. When forming your personal morality, I'd like to add two things to consider: 1. If you are harvesting, and not just observing, consider that someone else put in many hours and sweat putting the boa...
by BillMcGighan
December 14th, 2019, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: appalachian salamander timing question
Replies: 1
Views: 883

Re: appalachian salamander timing question

Rainy nights in March are good here in east Tennessee, provided temps don't plummet to 30s. Night road cruising starts on rainy nights in January when temps stay above 40F for Spotteds. Streamside flipping can be year round in the right habitat. Night hikes are most comfortable on rainy nights April...
by BillMcGighan
September 22nd, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog, salamander, turtle and snake photos & videos from 2019
Replies: 2
Views: 9270

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: 112607

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: 112607

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: 112607

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: 112607

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: 173
Views: 124600

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: 10208

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:
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by BillMcGighan
May 18th, 2019, 1:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Newport News, Virginia Cottonmouths
Replies: 1
Views: 3705

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: 10017

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: 3540

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: 13093

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: 3371

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: 9266

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: 20545

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: 9
Views: 9830

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: 4052

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: 24660

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: 3144

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: 24698

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:

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