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by Paul Freed
June 19th, 2019, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tips for Costa Rica, please!
Replies: 2
Views: 800

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: 2074

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: 2170

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: 2170

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: 2407

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: 11018

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: 10744

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: 4758

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: 5525

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: 17901

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: 5003

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: 4726

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: 5502

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: 5502

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: 11707

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: 5383

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: 3921

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: 2213

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: 2986

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: 3641

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: 3641

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: 2062

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: 2308

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: 2308

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: 2304

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: 3543

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: 3194

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: 4969

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: 8192

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: 8192

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: 8192

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: 2531

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: 2258

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: 2194

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: 2347

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: 3414

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: 3404

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: 8645

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: 2501

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: 2501

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
by Paul Freed
September 23rd, 2016, 5:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting Taiwan in 2016
Replies: 2
Views: 1215

Re: Visiting Taiwan in 2016

Hi Peter, Taiwan is a great place to see some outstanding herps. A few years ago I read one of the posts on this site about herps and herping in Taiwan by Bill Murphy. I sent him a PM and asked if he would be willing to help guide me to some good places to search for various amphibians and reptiles....
by Paul Freed
September 19th, 2016, 6:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, summer 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 2118

Re: Costa Rica, summer 2016

Great photos, Robin! You saw some really nice herps during your visit to Costa Rica. I believe that your Imantodes cenchoa from La Selva is actually a Dipsas, and your Imantodes cenchoa from the Osa looks a bit like Imantodes gemmistratus (but I'll let some other experts chime in on that). Thanks fo...
by Paul Freed
September 19th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to herp in India?
Replies: 9
Views: 2879

Re: Where to herp in India?

I had a great herpetological experience herping in the Western Ghats of southwest India. It's especially a hotbed for amphibians, but the reptile diversity is also fantastic. It would help to have a guide while you're there to assist with navigating and language issues. It's also advisable to plan o...
by Paul Freed
September 15th, 2016, 5:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help for Costa Rica and Panama
Replies: 1
Views: 958

Re: ID Help for Costa Rica and Panama

Numbers 1, 7, & 8 are all female Yellow-headed Geckos (Gonatodes albogularis). Anoles are always a bit difficult, and the toad looks like a young Incilius.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 25th, 2016, 7:50 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 5
Views: 7964

Re: Ethiopia

Spectacular post, Curtis! So many wonderful mammals (and that's coming from a herpetologist!), especially all those bats. My wife is a primatologist and has wanted to see Gelada Monkeys for many years. Your photos had her looking up flights to Ethiopia! By the way, was it easy and safe to get around...
by Paul Freed
July 21st, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE

That is a fantastic find (and a great photo)! Have you been in touch with Robin Moore, the author of the book: "In Search of Lost Frogs", he would be very interested in knowing of your rediscovery.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 20th, 2016, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 2815

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

Back in 1997, at the Houston Zoo Herpetology Department, we had a long-term captive female Western Pygmy Rattlesnake ( Sistrurus miliarius streckeri ) give birth to six live and two stillborn neonates. The smallest live newborn was 78 mm (total length) and weighed 0.8 grams. It looked and behaved no...
by Paul Freed
July 19th, 2016, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 9
Views: 2868

Re: Undescribed species

It looks just like the Bothriechis rowleyi that we maintained at the Houston Zoo for years, although that species is found further northwest into Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 28th, 2016, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 24967

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

For those still interested in a copy of the Snakes of Mexico book, you can contact Bob & Sheri Ashley at ECO directly ([email protected].com) and order one. They just got in a new shipment of the books and they are going for $129 each (plus $3-4 shipping). They also just got in a few copies of the b...
by Paul Freed
June 14th, 2016, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bittersweet Babies
Replies: 3
Views: 1753

Re: Bittersweet Babies

WOW! Truly a legendary snake, congratulations on the breeding and good luck on the project!
-Paul