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by Matt Cage
April 26th, 2017, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 4780

Re: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA

Oh man, you got it all this year! I will admit, I skimmed down to see if you found a bushmaster. :p (I must have missed you at snake road--I know that black racer, haha) I had a great time at Snake Road, it was my first trip there and I got the world class Pingletour! That racer was a hoot! Just in...
by Matt Cage
April 2nd, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 4780

2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)

I have not posted here in a while. I know I’m a little late for a 2016 review, sorry! Anyway, it was a great year, got to spend some great time with great friends and family. I started spending the holidays in the Caribbean. First was my first visit to Cuba. I was with my family and I did not have a...
by Matt Cage
March 23rd, 2017, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Guide
Replies: 4
Views: 2206

Re: Costa Rica Guide

I have all that have been mentioned in both threads and all are great options. The new Twan Leenders Amphibian book is great. Guyer's La Selva book is a great guide if you are going to be in the Caribbean side. Someone else did not like this book in the other thread. The book is tiny and has very no...
by Matt Cage
December 12th, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 8776

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

Awesome stuff! Post just kept going.....and going......and going.....What a year! The big question, did you get stung by any bees?
by Matt Cage
March 30th, 2016, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5015

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

Jeroen, Sabalillo is the place I do find them. I have not visited Sabalillo in many years. It is a very nice preserve and there have been some great finds there. I hear rumors of amazonica sightings at Santa Cruz, but I have not seen any. Your Sabalillo frog/photo are spectacular. Take your time for...
by Matt Cage
March 28th, 2016, 11:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5015

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

Love this! Thanks for posting John! The R. amazonica was great to see, and it's been many years since I've seen one. Luckily, we have lots of other species of dart frogs, but for whatever reason, amazonica are not often seen on our preserves. Your photos are great! My camera was still in drying mode...
by Matt Cage
March 2nd, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian prequel to Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 3504

Re: Panamanian prequel to Peru

Good stuff John! Excellent narrative and photography! Glad my flash finally dried out.
by Matt Cage
November 10th, 2015, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Amazon
Replies: 4
Views: 2552

Re: RFI: Amazon

We have 2 trips scheduled through MT Amazon Expeditions right now. First is from Jan 10th to Jan 20th, 2016 Second one is Jan 30 to February 10th, 2016 Both are out of Iquitos, Peru. It sounds like you did not want a "tour". Our tours are with a group but we go to areas that you are welcome to trave...
by Matt Cage
August 17th, 2015, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 3171

Re: In Search of Baja California Rat Snakes

Great report and incredible photos! I was wondering how the conditions were last year around the hurricane. I'll be back there in 3 weeks.
by Matt Cage
March 14th, 2015, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January in Peru (lots of pics)
Replies: 17
Views: 5928

Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Marisa,

Great photos! Some are absolutely stunning! Glad you had a great time, hope to see you down there again!
by Matt Cage
March 5th, 2015, 9:37 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: If there could be a book
Replies: 12
Views: 9429

Re: If there could be a book

Regarding Mexico, I know Sonora and Hidalgo have books coming soon.
by Matt Cage
March 3rd, 2015, 2:14 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: If there could be a book
Replies: 12
Views: 9429

Re: If there could be a book

I agree with the Caribbean......but good news on the horizon. This book is in process, website says 2015, but I've seen very few herp books arrive on schedule. The website is just about as good as a book already! http://www.caribherp.org/book.php?mob=%3C?=$mob?%3E Hispaniola could use a good book of...
by Matt Cage
February 16th, 2015, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When are caecilians active (near surface)?
Replies: 6
Views: 2337

Re: When are caecilians active (near surface)?

I've found about a dozen of them of various species in Central and South America. All of them were found at night on rainy nights. Seems to be most likely to find them on VERY rainy nights. I have found them while night hiking. I most commonly find them hiking in mud puddles in the trails that have ...
by Matt Cage
February 5th, 2015, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY Blue Iguanas, Pyros, and What a 6-ft Caiman is Afraid Of
Replies: 21
Views: 8771

Re: EOY Blue Iguanas, Pyros, and What a 6-ft Caiman is Afrai

Wow, I really enjoyed the post! Supurb photography! And a Jaguar and such a cool event??? That's a once in a lifetime event. That's one I've worked hard to cross off the bucket list without results! Thanks for posting!
by Matt Cage
February 3rd, 2015, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 11
Views: 6163

Re: 2014 in review

Dave, Thanks for the comments!! John, It was great spending some time wtih you in 2014, looking forward to 2015! Jeroen, yeah the Drymoluber took a little work to ID. It was different, but another similar one was seen again in Santa Cruz. I love the variety in O. vanidicus! This one was spectacular....
by Matt Cage
January 25th, 2015, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 11
Views: 6163

Re: 2014 in review

Gene, thanks for the comments! I also love the schotti. We photographed that thing for an hour.

Ameron, you are correct as I had the common name wrong it is a S. Texas Desert Kingsnake.
by Matt Cage
January 23rd, 2015, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in review
Replies: 11
Views: 6163

2014 in review

Here’s my annual “best of” post. I had some great trips in the past year. 2014 brought me back to the Peruvian Amazon, herping all over the USA, a couple trips to Mexico, and all over the Caribbean. I was able to see some incredible herps and spend some great time with great friends. We’ll start wit...
by Matt Cage
January 22nd, 2015, 12:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 EOY report...KS, MO, OK, TX...
Replies: 20
Views: 5659

Re: 2014 EOY report...KS, MO, OK, TX...

The Lampro king! Loved this!
by Matt Cage
January 21st, 2015, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Years 2015 and the ever phallic Bipes
Replies: 9
Views: 3928

Re: New Years 2015 and the ever phallic Bipes

Myke,

Great stuff! I really enjoyed the photos and video. Congrats!
by Matt Cage
July 14th, 2014, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping
Replies: 12
Views: 3631

Re: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping

Looks like you have a good time and got some herping in as well! Some of those Anolis are outstanding! I expecially enjoyed the A. extremus. I saw a few of those on my visit to Barbados but have no photos. Thanks for putting this together.
by Matt Cage
March 31st, 2014, 1:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hiking the Grand Canyon: the Havasupai Indian Reservation
Replies: 13
Views: 3337

Re: Hiking the Grand Canyon: the Havasupai Indian Reservatio

I've done that hike twice. As others have said, bring lots of water. You lose elevation very quickly from the parking area most of the hike is low and hot. You spend about 2/3 of the hike away from any water. You should see lots of lizards of a few different species. The only snake I have seen is a ...
by Matt Cage
February 23rd, 2014, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Peru (with lots and lots o' photos)
Replies: 26
Views: 16412

Re: Back to Peru (with lots and lots o' photos)

John

Great narrative and photos. It was great spending time with you on the tour. Hope you had a great time!

Matt
by Matt Cage
February 10th, 2014, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4037

Re: Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013

Daniel, Thanks for the reply, yes, loved that Bipes! Hope to see you sometime this year. ua, I used a dual strobe for that photo (and others in this group). On that particular photo, it left two flash lights very distinct in the eye. I did not like them so I PS'd them out. Check out the same 2 flash...
by Matt Cage
February 4th, 2014, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013
Replies: 18
Views: 4037

Top 20 photos / subjects of 2013

I’m have not posted much this year, so I’m putting together a year end post of my top 20 subjects / favorite photos. It has been a great herping year. I have really enjoyed all of the people that I have herped with all over the South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the good ol’ USA. A few of the...
by Matt Cage
January 3rd, 2014, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post
Replies: 41
Views: 15863

Re: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post

Mike,

Great photography!! I've been looking forward to this. I'm glad I got to re-live some of those moments here. Wish me luck for another Lachesis next week.

Matt
by Matt Cage
January 3rd, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes
Replies: 35
Views: 51986

Re: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes

I have found Helicops to be quite common in most waterways in the Amazon basin. I have found them in small creeks, large rivers, river edges, swimming in the open water in the larger waterways, and on the shore near water at night. That being said, if I wanted to target them, I would hit the water e...
by Matt Cage
December 24th, 2013, 4:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #59, Wuyishan in July with Dan
Replies: 10
Views: 3894

Re: China post #59, Wuyishan in July with Dan

Wow, incredible post!! You have some incredible photography skills! I'm the one who gave Dan that shirt!! Nice to see that he wears it. See you in just over 2 weeks!
by Matt Cage
December 5th, 2013, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 9312

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

Easy one for me, Bufo periglenes, Golden Toad. I missed seeing them by a very short time in the 1980's (they were active just before I visited the site). By the time I got back to spend more time in CR in 1993, they were gone.
by Matt Cage
November 11th, 2013, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 14405

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

It's pretty simple. Enjoy seeing the snakes in their environment. Take some great photos and notes. Post them here if you want. Don't handle venomous snakes. There is absolutely no need for you to be tubing or handling venomous snakes or taking clippings from any snakes. Personally, I have never wor...
by Matt Cage
October 26th, 2013, 2:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Forum and Costa Rica compilation
Replies: 16
Views: 4592

Re: New to Forum and Costa Rica compilation

Milo

Wonderful photography. Those bird photos are outstanding! Also, the schlegelii photos are great. I always have trouble with getting the colors of the oropel phase to come out with my photos, you nailed it!

Matt
by Matt Cage
October 4th, 2013, 7:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 6965

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

Andy

Was great fun and I really enjoyed your pix!

Until next time......
by Matt Cage
October 4th, 2013, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?
Replies: 18
Views: 4052

Re: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?

Well, our group did wrangle one up just a couple of weeks ago. As Andy mentioned, conditions were less than ideal as a tropical storm rolled through, flooding the area making the sand turn to more muck. We tried anyway and after about 20 minutes, here is what Alex found under a piece of paper on the...
by Matt Cage
August 24th, 2013, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (2) amphibians & reptiles!
Replies: 33
Views: 26185

Re: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (2) amphibians & reptiles!

As John said, the best way to tell them apart is the 15 scale rows. I have found juvenile Clelia in the Amazon and they do have the same colors, and a similar look, but the Clelia clelia of the region clearly have 19 scale rows. Here is two from Madre Selva, Loreto, Peru: http://cages.smugmug.com/He...
by Matt Cage
August 23rd, 2013, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (2) amphibians & reptiles!
Replies: 33
Views: 26185

Re: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (2) amphibians & reptiles!

Jeroen All I can say is WOW. You did an incredible job of finding and photographing these critters. Great work! I especially liked the following: Atelopus, great that you got to find those! Only at MS? Ecnomiohyla? Really? That's outstanding! Hemiphractus, Outstanding!!!! And something that I have n...
by Matt Cage
August 22nd, 2013, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia, or is that Amazonian Peru?
Replies: 63
Views: 28285

Re: Peruvian Amazonia, or is that Amazonian Peru?

John

I really enjoyed reliving the trip through your report! Great accounts and photos! Lets do it again!

Matt
by Matt Cage
August 22nd, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (1) herp-free intro
Replies: 13
Views: 14956

Re: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (1) herp-free intro

Jeroen

Wow, great account! It appears that you had a great time! I'm glad it all came together well. Also glad Frank was able to recover quickly and enjoy the rest of his vacation.

I'm about to start part 2 now!

Matt
by Matt Cage
June 27th, 2013, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Mediterranean cruise herping
Replies: 28
Views: 18275

Re: Opportunistic Mediterranean cruise herping

John

Great post, I really enjoyed it! I'm glad you saw some very cool things on the trip. I just did some cruise ship herping myself. Thanks for the narrative!

Matt
by Matt Cage
June 7th, 2013, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Big Sky.
Replies: 33
Views: 6317

Re: Herping the Big Sky.

Wow, that is some great stuff. One of these years I'm going to have to drive north! Great post, loved the commentary, animals and photos!
by Matt Cage
May 6th, 2013, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: dead Garter Snake ID
Replies: 3
Views: 986

Re: dead Garter Snake ID

100% radix, not elegans. I have never found any sirtalis south of about Hampden St. in Denver and it has been years since I've seen them that far south.
by Matt Cage
April 12th, 2013, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to South Texas
Replies: 12
Views: 3281

Re: Trip to South Texas

Ashley

Incredible photography, as usual!
by Matt Cage
April 12th, 2013, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes
Replies: 35
Views: 51986

Re: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes

Thanks for everybody for the kinds words, it was a great trip. Jeroen, hopefully you have a great time. I'm looking forward to hearing what you find! Reptiluvr, Thanks for the comments, the Lachesis was not beat up, it was a bit muddy. I was not going to be the one who cleaned it up! The ground is p...
by Matt Cage
April 4th, 2013, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #50, HongKong, herping with Noel
Replies: 18
Views: 5364

Re: China post #50, HongKong, herping with Noel

All that comes to mind is WOW. Incredible stuff!
by Matt Cage
April 4th, 2013, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexican Reptile Books (Southern Region)
Replies: 11
Views: 4171

Re: Mexican Reptile Books (Southern Region)

There is multiple books in the works. Most of the newer books are for northern Mexico (That I know of). My good friend Julio A. Lemos Espinal has been working hard on getting Mexican books published. Here is some of what he has been involved with. "La Familia Bufonidae en Mexico" by Luis Oliver Lope...
by Matt Cage
April 2nd, 2013, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon part 2 Lizards, Turtles, and Crocodilians
Replies: 15
Views: 22906

Re: Peruvian Amazon part 2 Lizards, Turtles, and Crocodilian

Thanks for all the replies!!!! Kevin, we saw one Podoc on the Amazon. We could not get turned around for a better look or photo. One was brought into camp by somebody......I don't know who. It was from the Rio Oroas. The others were from around Iquitos. Jim, I'm glad I got one of you smiling! Dick, ...
by Matt Cage
March 22nd, 2013, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes
Replies: 35
Views: 51986

Peruvian Amazon Part 3, Snakes

This is part 3 of 3 in a series. For part 1, visit here: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15446 For part 2, visit here: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15525 Finding snakes in the tropics can be challenging. They seem to be found in streaks and, taking ...
by Matt Cage
March 15th, 2013, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon part 2 Lizards, Turtles, and Crocodilians
Replies: 15
Views: 22906

Peruvian Amazon part 2 Lizards, Turtles, and Crocodilians

See part 1 for the setup here: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=15446 There are 3 species of Crocodilians in the region. Black caiman are now quite rare and in the many trips I have taken to the region, I have only seen them once. None were seen this trip, but they are still s...
by Matt Cage
March 13th, 2013, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon January 2013 Part 1, Amphibians
Replies: 20
Views: 26288

Re: Peruvian Amazon January 2013 Part 1, Amphibians

Thanks to everybody for the replies! I'm hoping to find time to get part II up in the next day or two. Hopefully more participants will post soon. Justin, hopefully Mike will post soon, he has some GREAT shots. We did have a great group of people. Jake, it was great spending some time with you. We l...
by Matt Cage
March 9th, 2013, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few from 2012
Replies: 10
Views: 3786

Re: A few from 2012

btskanks, you are correct, that is why on my trips to Australia, I have to take a different approach to herping!

Jake, yeah, love those Collards! Thanks for the notes!

Matt
by Matt Cage
March 8th, 2013, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon January 2013 Part 1, Amphibians
Replies: 20
Views: 26288

Peruvian Amazon January 2013 Part 1, Amphibians

Hello In January, I was a trip leader for MT Amazon Expeditions (formerly Margarita Tours) herp photography trip to the Peruvian Amazon. Their website is here: http://www.amazon-ecotours.com and it’s in the process of being updated. We took a great group down, meeting in Iquitos. Iquitos is a town o...