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by danh
April 13th, 2016, 6:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 22156

Re: Head torches/headlamps

Hi Everyone, I'm currently in the market for a new headlamp so I appreciate all this input. I'm wondering, though, because no-one seems to have commented on how good these lamps are for reflecting eyeshine. Does anyone have thoughts on this? Which models/brands are better for detecting eyeshine off ...
by danh
February 23rd, 2016, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 8, Southern Eyre Peninsula
Replies: 21
Views: 13437

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 8, Southern Eyre Peninsula

Hey John, The others are right about the tiger snake and why it's a tiger snake, but I still have trouble with tigers after being here for five years because they're just so variable. If you want a definitive way to ID a tiger without having to compare it to other snakes, the parietal frontal scale ...
by danh
November 20th, 2015, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia?
Replies: 19
Views: 15391

Re: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Austral

Hi John, I don't know of many papers that discuss the differences between the different forms of C. fionni other than the paper that clarified the relationships between the members of the C. decresii group back in the '70's. That reference is: Houston, T.F. 1974. Revision of the Amphibolurus decresi...
by danh
November 17th, 2015, 7:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia?
Replies: 19
Views: 15391

Re: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Austral

Hi John, Sounds like the individuals you posted initially are the southern form of fionni, from the general Port Lincoln area. Is that true? Lizards from down there are smaller than the central form of fionni, which is the one that lives in the Gawler Ranges and the one most commonly photographed in...
by danh
November 16th, 2015, 11:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Australia?
Replies: 19
Views: 15391

Re: ID for dragons in southern Eyre Peninsula, South Austral

Hey John, I'm not sure whether this is good or bad news, but you were right the first time, these are all C. fionni. The top two could be females or juvenile males, the third one looks to me like a gravid female, and the final one is a male. They are definitely not C. pictus as their heads are not r...
by danh
February 19th, 2013, 12:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Canberra, Australia On Exchange
Replies: 3
Views: 863

Re: In Canberra, Australia On Exchange

I live in Canberra, at the ANU. Unfortunately right now I'm in exchange in Sydney myself, but I can suggest a few places for you to go. Again, unfortunately, you'll need a car for all of them. There aren't any good herping spots that I know of that you can get to without a car.

Dan
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Australia Fieldtrip
Replies: 6
Views: 3063

Re: South Australia Fieldtrip

The last couple weeks of October we'll be on the Eyre Peninsula. And, disappointingly, we weren't anywhere near the two known populations of taipan in South Australia.
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar 2012: Lemurs and Langahas
Replies: 23
Views: 7897

Re: Madagascar 2012: Lemurs and Langahas

That is a beautiful post and some amazing animals... Thanks for posting!
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help IDing some Australian brown snakes
Replies: 3
Views: 1791

Re: Help IDing some Australian brown snakes

No, neither opened their mouth...
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help IDing some Australian brown snakes
Replies: 3
Views: 1791

Help IDing some Australian brown snakes

I was wondering if someone could help me out with these two brown snakes. Both were found near Roxby Downs, South Australia, and I can't tell whether they're Pseudonaja mendengi or P. aspidoryncha. Snake #1: http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd387/danhoops/2011_10_11_0422.jpg Snake #2: http://i121...
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 7:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Around the World in 120 days Part 3: Australian Lizards
Replies: 12
Views: 5472

Re: Around the World in 120 days Part 3: Australian Lizards

Great pictures! That is a weird looking C. nuchalis. Can you say the general region where you found it? Was it living on a salt crust somewhere? The Ctenophorus sp. looks to be a young C. reticulatus and the 'another Ctenophorus' looks a Diporiphora sp. to me... Anyway, cool pics! Looks like you've ...
by danh
August 29th, 2012, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Australia Fieldtrip
Replies: 6
Views: 3063

South Australia Fieldtrip

Though this is long overdue, I thought I’d post some pictures from my fieldtrip to South Australia last September-October. We were off hunting dragons, and our first stop was the mallee. Mallee is a particular kind of habitat named after a tree that has multiple trunks. It’s quite a beautiful tree b...
by danh
June 7th, 2012, 12:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with a European lizard ID
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Re: Help with a European lizard ID

Thanks!
by danh
June 3rd, 2012, 3:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with a European lizard ID
Replies: 2
Views: 880

Help with a European lizard ID

I was wondering if anyone could help me ID this lizard as either Lacerta vivipara or Podarcis muralis. It is the first and only lizard I saw during my short trip to Switzerland. Thanks for your help!

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by danh
February 24th, 2012, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some herping around Sydney and Canberra
Replies: 9
Views: 3258

Re: Some herping around Sydney and Canberra

Yes! The pictures from Namadgi are from hiking with Peri. She may have even taken some of those pictures since we were using the same camera. How do you know her?
by danh
February 22nd, 2012, 5:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some herping around Sydney and Canberra
Replies: 9
Views: 3258

Re: Some herping around Sydney and Canberra

I didn't GPS the location of the balbus. I was out herping with a friend who knows the area and is involved in frog conservation projects, so I'm sure he knows all the proper protocols for that kind of thing. My impression was that it's a known location for the species.
by danh
February 22nd, 2012, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some herping around Sydney and Canberra
Replies: 9
Views: 3258

Some herping around Sydney and Canberra

I've been living in Canberra, Australia for the past year. While my herping has been limited (outside of fieldwork), I thought I'd make a quick post with some of the critters I've come across in my very little spare time. Also, I don't think little brown skinks have been getting enough love on FHF! ...
by danh
August 28th, 2011, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp literature, Dominica
Replies: 10
Views: 1954

Re: Herp literature, Dominica

by danh
August 23rd, 2011, 10:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fieldherping AUS
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: Fieldherping AUS

Phil, check your inbox.
by danh
August 22nd, 2011, 9:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fieldherping AUS
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: Fieldherping AUS

Working on five species of Ctenophorus: pictus, fordi, decresii, vadnappa and gibba. Anybody who wants to come out should let me know soon, once I leave I'll be out of e-mail contact!
by danh
August 21st, 2011, 11:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fieldherping AUS
Replies: 6
Views: 1463

Re: Fieldherping AUS

Australia is a big place, where are you going? I'll be working on catching dragons in South Australia for most of September and October 2011. If you, or any other forum members, want to come help, I could really use it! I'll be headed to the south-east mallee, then the Flinders Ranges, and finally t...
by danh
July 23rd, 2011, 2:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Funniest signs seen while herping
Replies: 82
Views: 13002

Re: Funniest signs seen while herping

Here are two that I saw driving down the same road. First:
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Then, just a few hundred meters further:
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Penguin crossing! How much better can it get?
by danh
March 28th, 2011, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panama & Barro Colorado (?)s
Replies: 5
Views: 1405

Re: Panama & Barro Colorado (?)s

Hi! I spent time on BCI, and it was a great experience! Tonnes of frogs, including a couple Phyllomedusa, a couple Agalychnis, smokey-jungle frogs, dendrobates auratus, tungara frogs, and the list goes on. There are some artificial ponds in the station that are absolutely phenomenal for frogs after ...
by danh
January 18th, 2011, 6:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo!
Replies: 29
Views: 8126

Re: Borneo!

Beautiful post. I second the call for bird and mammal pics! This board has a birding forum, too...
by danh
January 17th, 2011, 12:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South America, Part 2
Replies: 28
Views: 7466

Re: South America, Part 2

Tim, it's interesting you should say that because D. truncatus was extremely common in two of Colombia's most touristed National Parks: Tayrona and Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. If you're ever in the area, these places are very easy in terms of travel, very safe, and full of cool herps! Just try and...
by danh
January 14th, 2011, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need resources for the Paraguayan Chaco
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Need resources for the Paraguayan Chaco

http://www.guarani-raity.com/html/english.html This is one of the best-designed websites I have ever seen. They list a field guide to the herps of the Paraguayan Chaco and a field guide to the vipers of the Paraguayan Chaco. You have to e-mail them for prices, and they "make national and internation...
by danh
January 14th, 2011, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South America, Part 2
Replies: 28
Views: 7466

Re: South America, Part 2

Ernie - you're absolutely right. Sorry for the mistake.

Ian - it's the male carrying the tadpoles. I was tagging along with a couple of grad students surveying frogs in the area. Good fun!
by danh
January 13th, 2011, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need resources for the Paraguayan Chaco
Replies: 5
Views: 1148

Re: Need resources for the Paraguayan Chaco

http://www.nhbs.com/guia_para_la_identi ... 75068.html

This book is also for sale in bookstores in Ascuncion. Also, the guy who runs the Fauna paraguay website, Paul Smith, is a great resource and can point you in many directions.
by danh
January 12th, 2011, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Speciation of Introduced Herps
Replies: 14
Views: 2018

Re: Speciation of Introduced Herps

Examples of this happening do exist, but you're looking at introductions very very long ago. The "native" rats of New Zealand were introduced by colonizing Polynesians and have since evolved into their own species. Herps generally have much longer generational cycles so it likely takes longer for se...
by danh
January 10th, 2011, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South America, Part 2
Replies: 28
Views: 7466

Re: South America, Part 2

Thanks for all the comments! It was a great trip and I wish I was still on it... Rag - I saw a lot of pumilio, but they were all variations on the red-with-black spots theme. Some were more orangy, some a kind of dirty green-red, some with big spots, some with little or no spotting at all. However I...
by danh
January 7th, 2011, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South America, Part 2
Replies: 28
Views: 7466

South America, Part 2

Here is the second half of my pictures. I know I’m not quite the photographer some of you are, but I hope you enjoy these anyway! These were taken in Venezuela, Trinidad, Colombia and Panama. http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd387/danhoops/DSC_0418.jpg Savannah Side-necked Turtle (Podocnemis vogl...
by danh
January 7th, 2011, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip to South America, Part 1
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Re: My Trip to South America, Part 1

That's great! For all the time I've spent in Latin America, I've never managed to find a boa constrictor. Also, I meant the Chaco was difficult in terms of transportation, not security. Lord knows I never let a few bandits stop me from looking for snakes!
by danh
January 6th, 2011, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip to South America, Part 1
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Re: My Trip to South America, Part 1

The Paraguayan Chaco? I am extremely jealous. Are you going with Fauna Paraguay?
by danh
January 6th, 2011, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip to South America, Part 1
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

Re: My Trip to South America, Part 1

I should say that these pictures are in geographic order but not chronologic order. They were taken over 8 months of field research and backpacking. Unfortunately I didn't get to the Chaco because it's very hard to travel there independently. And more pictures of the keelback can be found at http://...
by danh
January 6th, 2011, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Trip to South America, Part 1
Replies: 11
Views: 4037

My Trip to South America, Part 1

I thought I’d post some of my own pictures after admiring everybody else’s on this forum for a while. I took these pictures on a recent trip to South America. These are the first half of the pictures, taken in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Brazil. http://i1217.photobucket.com/albums/dd387/danhoo...