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by Paul Freed
June 15th, 2020, 8:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with an ID Please - SW PA
Replies: 2
Views: 318

Re: Help with an ID Please - SW PA

It's really difficult to see the salamanders clearly, Melissa, but in the last photo I can make out that it's one of the Dusky Salamanders (Desmognathus). Definitely not a Hellbender.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 12th, 2020, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2876

Re: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2

Thanks for the kind words, Mirza. Yes, I felt it was time I finally made a post since I've been, as they say, 'lurking' on this site for quite some time. I do have a fair number of international destinations that I can post about but I don't think that most folks would be interested in my ramblings....
by Paul Freed
December 28th, 2019, 3:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2876

Re: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2

You touched on it perfectly, Goose, all the local herpetologists we spoke to have lamented the fact that even they cannot enter any of the parks at night to conduct badly needed research. The exact words they used were, "extremely frustrating". And, not only were we swarmed by so many of the local p...
by Paul Freed
December 27th, 2019, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 2876

Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 2

Continuing on my adventure in Nepal, I'm currently in Chitwan National Park... IMG_6150.JPG Since entry into the park at night was prohibited, we walked around the outskirts of town in search of frogs, lizards, and snakes. Numerous frogs were observed both in roadside ditches and in the surrounding ...
by Paul Freed
December 27th, 2019, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 1
Replies: 2
Views: 1470

Herping in Nepal (really, actual herping!) - part 1

I suppose I should start this post with an apology. Back in May of this year I posted a plea requesting info on herping in Nepal and regrettably, titled it: “Herping Nepal”. Apparently, this drew the attention of many of the members of FHF and as a result, it received more than 3500 views, unfortuna...
by Paul Freed
December 27th, 2019, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need help making a post
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: need help making a post

Thanks 'herpseeker1978' for confirming that there's a 25 photo limit on posts, it was driving me crazy not knowing what I was doing wrong. Since it's obvious that I'm not that savvy when it comes to computer stuff, I don't have any social media related accounts so adding photos that way wouldn't wor...
by Paul Freed
December 26th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need help making a post
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: need help making a post

Thanks again, Kurt, unfortunately, I don't have a Flickr account so I can't do that. I thought by now that Scott W. would have answered me from weeks ago. Oh well, all I wanted to do was make my first 'official' post on my herping experiences in Nepal. I'll just keep waiting until someone can help m...
by Paul Freed
December 20th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need help making a post
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

Re: need help making a post

Hi Kurt, Thanks for the suggestion, although I have no idea what "hotlinking" the image even means. All I did was drag an image from my desktop into the post and after I did that 25 times no other image could be dragged in. I could have sworn that I've seen other posts with more than 25 images in th...
by Paul Freed
December 12th, 2019, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: need help making a post
Replies: 7
Views: 1473

need help making a post

Hi All, I'm trying to create a post and I have about 50 images to include. After I added the 25th photo I could no longer add any additional images. Is that the limit of photos one can have in a single post? (If so, I guess I can do a two-part post.) I did read in the 'Announcement' section under th...
by Paul Freed
November 22nd, 2019, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How cold/high can snakes go?
Replies: 7
Views: 1436

Re: How cold/high can snakes go?

Don't forget about, Thermophis baileyi (Bailey's Hot-spring Snake) the endemic colubrid from Tibet. It has been found at 4300 meters (ca. 14,000 ft.) living in the hot springs of the region.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for Costa Rica, please!
Replies: 8
Views: 18155

Re: Tips for Costa Rica, please!

Greetings Hans, I've been to Costa Rica half a dozen times since 1983 (most recently in 2017) and can tell you that a lot has changed in that tiny country over the past 36 years. In fact, this past trip I took has been one of those: "you can't go home again" type things for me. Costa Rica was my fir...
by Paul Freed
May 12th, 2019, 7:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with ID - Namibia Lizards
Replies: 2
Views: 5529

Re: Help with ID - Namibia Lizards

The top lizard is one of the Sand Lizards in the genus, Pedioplanus (probably P. undata) and the gecko is one of the Day Geckos in the genus, Rhoptropus, possibly a Namib Day Gecko, Rhoptropus afer. It helps to have the gecko in hand to see the subtle differences in the toes, however one of the expe...
by Paul Freed
May 7th, 2019, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Nepal
Replies: 2
Views: 3794

Re: Herping Nepal

Thanks, Chaitanya, I really appreciate your feedback. I'll definitely try some of your suggestions.

Paul
by Paul Freed
May 6th, 2019, 8:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Nepal
Replies: 2
Views: 3794

Herping Nepal

My wife and I are planning a trip to Nepal this September and I was hoping to see if anyone on the Forum had experience herping there. I contacted, Hans Breuer and he suggested that I post an inquiry here on FHF. I am looking to visit regions that have a nice herp diversity to photograph as many amp...
by Paul Freed
April 16th, 2019, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Paraguay Images Request
Replies: 1
Views: 3780

Re: Paraguay Images Request

Hi Kelly, If you can find a copy of the book: Amphibians and Reptiles of the Paraguayan Chaco, by Trutnau, Monzel, and Consul (2016 Chimaira publication, although unfortunately it's in German), it has lots of habitat and biome pictures as well as numerous amphibian and reptile images from northweste...
by Paul Freed
March 21st, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 24427

Re: What's happening in this photo?

I photographed an all grey Sonora semiannulata in Study Butte, west Texas back in 2004 (see below) that looks similar to the one in the posted observation. What do you all think?

Paul
by Paul Freed
February 23rd, 2019, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with ID from Way Kambas - Indonesia
Replies: 5
Views: 12426

Re: Help with ID from Way Kambas - Indonesia

The skink appears to be, Lygosoma quadrupes, the first frog does look like a, Pulchrana glandulosa, and the other frog is a, Polypedates leucomystax.

Paul
by Paul Freed
February 18th, 2019, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nepal Lizard ID, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 6692

Re: Nepal Lizard ID, please!

Kelly is right, Hans, this is a Calotes versicolor, a very common species of Agamid in the region. I would really like to talk to you about your experiences in Nepal as I am very interested in visiting that country myself.

Paul
by Paul Freed
September 7th, 2018, 7:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: identification of a frog.
Replies: 4
Views: 6169

Re: identification of a frog.

The young frog looks more like a Green Frog ( Lithobates clamitans ), than a Wood Frog. It would help if a location was provided. The other species are: https://www.herpmapper.org/voucher/329768/full.jpg - hatchling Common Snapping Turtle ( Chelydra serpentina ) https://www.herpmapper.org/record/230...
by Paul Freed
August 13th, 2018, 6:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed
Replies: 17
Views: 21175

Re: Melanistic Snake Identification Needed

It sure looks like a melanistic Sharp-tailed Snake. I would contact Richard Hoyer, he's is the definitive authority on that species and he would know for sure.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 27th, 2018, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6559

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

Spectacular, simply spectacular! Amazing photography of amazing creatures. Thanks for sharing, Kurt.

Paul
by Paul Freed
June 20th, 2018, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ecuador Trip (Reposted)
Replies: 4
Views: 5224

Re: Ecuador Trip (Reposted)

Hi JW, thank you for your first official post! It seems that all of your photos have gone through some sort of weird compression, resulting in an elongate appearance of the subjects. That is making identification of some of the subjects a bit difficult. That said, the first frog in your post is a Gi...
by Paul Freed
June 8th, 2018, 7:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ecuador Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 6104

Re: Ecuador Trip

Unfortunately, I'm not the right person to ask how to attach images (I myself have not posted any of my images since I've never been able to figure that out). But don't despair, I'm sure that someone will help you out and you'll be posting like a pro in no time. Hang in there!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 7th, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ecuador Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 6104

Re: Ecuador Trip

Welcome to FHF, JW! I can't seem to open any of the attachments you posted and I think you would get a better response by adding the photos directly to the post yourself. If you can do that, I think you might get some of the herps identified. Good luck!

-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 1st, 2018, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!
Replies: 16
Views: 16569

Re: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!

So many fantastic and iconic herps from Costa Rica, thanks for posting them. The Rhinophrynus dorsalis, the all yellow-bellied sea snake, the Northopsis rugosus, the spider with the Rocket Frog, even the King Vulture, all amazing! Yeah, 'Black Pearl' is definitely on to something, there seems to be ...
by Paul Freed
February 25th, 2018, 9:41 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Reptile Odyssey - Bill Love?
Replies: 4
Views: 11292

Re: Reptile Odyssey - Bill Love?

You have to contact Bill directly for a copy. It's an interesting read, it really sheds light on the early days of the reptile craze and Bill tells it wonderfully.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 13th, 2018, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A photographic guide to the Chameleon of South Africa.
Replies: 7
Views: 5128

Re: A photographic guide to the Chameleon of South Africa.

Simply outstanding, well done Tyrone!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 8th, 2018, 8:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Negev Desert lizard
Replies: 2
Views: 2506

Re: Negev Desert lizard

Your lizard appears to be a Desert Agama, (Trapelus mutabilis pallidus), which is a somewhat common species from that region.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
August 30th, 2017, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots
Replies: 5
Views: 4466

Re: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots

Zach,

Apparently, Herp Nation Magazine is no longer being printed but rather it is now a free online magazine. This started within the past year. Like you, I enjoyed it greatly.

-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 27th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar Part 6: Ankanin'ny Nofy
Replies: 7
Views: 5047

Re: Madagascar Part 6: Ankanin'ny Nofy

Mitch,
You can also add another species of mammal to your list, the first and second photos of the 'Black Lemur', are actually an Indri (the third photo of the female is a Black Lemur).
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 26th, 2017, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar Part 6: Ankanin'ny Nofy
Replies: 7
Views: 5047

Re: Madagascar Part 6: Ankanin'ny Nofy

Simply amazing post, Mitch! Not only did you see some spectacular animals, but your photography is outstanding. Seeing a Langaha in the wild is really a treat! I really enjoyed all your lemur photos, especially the sifakas, but photographing an Aye-aye in the wild is just mind blowing. And you saw a...
by Paul Freed
July 20th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar Part 2: Arboretum d'Antsokay
Replies: 3
Views: 2869

Re: Madagascar Part 2: Arboretum d'Antsokay

Great photos and stories, Mitch. Your trip brings back nice memories of Madagascar. And that Heteroliodon occipitalis, is fantastic! Thanks for sharing.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 20th, 2017, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?
Replies: 5
Views: 3333

Re: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?

That's clear, Aan, I photographed a Cyrtodactylus baluensis in Kinabalu that looked similar to yours, that's why I was hesitant to declare for certain that it was C. baluensis.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 19th, 2017, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?
Replies: 5
Views: 3333

Re: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?

Aan,
This looks like Cyrtodactylus baluensis, but I am not completely certain. Hopefully, someone with more experience in geckos from that region will post their opinion.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
May 29th, 2017, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Oregon
Replies: 5
Views: 3104

Re: New to Oregon

Welcome to Oregon, Nick! Your photos are outstanding, thanks for sharing. I reside some 50 miles south of the Portland area and am also an avid herper/photographer. There are a fair number of like-minded folks in this region so I'm sure you'll get some nice responses to your request. Unfortunately, ...
by Paul Freed
May 21st, 2017, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Ghats, India
Replies: 9
Views: 4969

Re: Western Ghats, India

Outstanding photos, Jasmine! Yes, the Western Ghats is an amazing place especially for amphibians and reptiles. I spent three weeks there (in 2014) and was fortunate to see numerous species of amphibians and reptiles (approximately 80 species). Knowing that the region is a bit difficult to get aroun...
by Paul Freed
April 4th, 2017, 8:03 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Reptiles of Paraguay
Replies: 1
Views: 8547

Re: Reptiles of Paraguay

An excellent reference on an obscure region, thank you for sharing that with everyone. FYI, another interesting publication on Paraguayan herps was published the same year (2016) by Chimaira Publishers: Amphibien und Reptilien des Paraguayischen Chaco (in German). Although this book was not publishe...
by Paul Freed
March 21st, 2017, 8:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 7108

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Such a shame, John that the weather was not optimal for your visit. We were there just a day or two after you and the weather was very cooperative. In fact, we found some outstanding herps in the exact spots you hit. In addition to a new species of Dibamus (which was not only a new lifer but was a n...
by Paul Freed
March 6th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 11778

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Yeah, it's a shame that we didn't spend more time with Kurt but we had our itinerary worked out months in advance and he only had time to take us out the one night. That's incredible that he also found a convictus, but then again, he's Kurt and he really knows where to look for herps.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
March 6th, 2017, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 11778

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Actually, John I was the one that found the Ovophis convictus (it used to be a subspecies of monticola, but was upgraded to a full species in 2007). We were all looking for a new species of Pseudorhabdion that one of the researchers (Evan) had found earlier that year by raking through some leaf-litt...
by Paul Freed
March 5th, 2017, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 11778

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Fantastic stuff, John! Kurt is amazing, not only in his skills as a herper but his photography (as is YOURS!) is unreal. We almost overlapped in the field and it was Kurt that also took us out to Semenyih just a few days after you were there. You saw a lot more species than we did. I'll bet he showe...
by Paul Freed
February 21st, 2017, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston Texas questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3152

Re: Houston Texas questions

Bart, Houston is really a large city (60 X 40 miles!), so "an hour or so from Houston" may still put you IN Houston. Having said that, it will depend on what types of herps you are looking for. Many species can be found in the city limits (Gulf Coast Toads, Green Anoles, Mediterranean Geckos, Rough ...
by Paul Freed
January 26th, 2017, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few pictures from panama
Replies: 4
Views: 3736

Re: A few pictures from panama

A nice assortment of herps. MonarchzMan is correct, the second frog is a Boulenger's Snouted Treefrog ( Scinax boulengeri ), the two yellow frogs are Olive-snouted Treefrogs ( Scinax elaeochrous ), and the lizard is a Four-lined Ameiva ( Holcosus quadrilineatus ). That deep, rich orange coloration o...
by Paul Freed
January 22nd, 2017, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian I found in Panama
Replies: 5
Views: 3786

Re: Amphibian I found in Panama

What you found was a beautiful little Microhylid frog, sometimes referred to as a 'Common Oval Frog', Elachistocleis ovalis. Nice find!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
January 5th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo 2016, some snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 3231

Re: Borneo 2016, some snakes

Great photos, Peter, especially the Calamaria schmidti! When I found my specimen of that species (back in 2004) it was only known from two examples. You managed to find two just by yourself, well done! Thanks for sharing.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
December 7th, 2016, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4344

Re: Sulawesi snake ID help!

Robbie,
Do you have any additional photos of the snake? It looks somewhat familiar but I can't quite make the connection. The frog is a Rhacophorid in the genus Polypedates, likely P. leucomystax.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
November 25th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Planning on a trip to herp Costa Rica Help...
Replies: 3
Views: 4597

Re: Planning on a trip to herp Costa Rica Help...

Bryan's suggestions for books are good ones, and you might even add the small 2013, pocket guide: Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica by Federico Munoz Chacon and Richard Dennis Johnston. It is not very detailed but it does show photographs and range maps of most of the herp species of the country...
by Paul Freed
November 22nd, 2016, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 12315

Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Thanks for the great memories, Tyrone, your images are superb! I have been fortunate to visit Namibia three times in the past and each visit there was absolutely amazing. As 'Fieldnotes', pointed out, the wildlife documentaries of yesteryear were the inspiration of my visits there especially, the 19...
by Paul Freed
November 11th, 2016, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)
Replies: 6
Views: 3073

Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

In that case, that would make it Leptodeira rubricata. Nice find!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
November 10th, 2016, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)
Replies: 6
Views: 3073

Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

If you are referring to Leptodeira nigrofasciata, the Banded Cat-eye Snake, that species does not occur in Panama (and looks nothing like your photos). Based on the number of dark blotches, this looks like a Leptodeira rubricata, where in Panama did you observe it?
-Paul