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by Gary2sons
December 24th, 2018, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

In tracking burmese pythons in Bangladesh, we would take pythons that had preyed on ducks in villages and relocate them something like 7-10km away. A behavior that was observed at least once, and I believe repeatedly, was for a python to lounge around in the new locality for a month or two, and the...
by Gary2sons
December 14th, 2018, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

Art, no contact if you mean other people asking for more details. I know it is a little hard to believe! Not sure I would believe it myself! Almost has to be the smell that helped her find her way back home. I have seen several snakes but not milks over the years go under the concrete foundation. Sh...
by Gary2sons
February 9th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 7211

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

Thanks everyone for the comments! Thanks for commenting, I thought you knew a lot about milks and kings. A friend has your books and they are impressive! Gary Well, thanks...and one of these days I'll actually finish the Milk Snake book... :lol: Just don't wait many more years! :thumb: Jonathan, ver...
by Gary2sons
January 23rd, 2018, 6:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 7211

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

Thanks Art for the comment! Bill, there is a 6 x 6 snake room inside the 10 x 10 building. The smaller room is snake proof except for the bottum of the door which she could have squeezed through. And yes I did raise mice about 5 years ago. Interesting story about your gopher snake and thanks for com...
by Gary2sons
January 22nd, 2018, 10:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 7211

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

Hard to describe my feelings when I saw her on top of my bull snake cage. My thoughts went from loose snake! milk snake! OMG my milk snake!!!! :D :D :D I had the top back on her cage so I wonder if she actually tried to get back in there. Only about 3 feet away. That would have been the ultimate! Th...
by Gary2sons
January 22nd, 2018, 10:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 7211

Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

Finally got my pics to down-size! Kelly Mc was only response I got from earlier post. I did like her Utopia Effect theory! Surely someone out there has a logical explanation as to why a snake being kept 13 years would come back to that very same place she had escaped from 3 months earlier. Was it te...
by Gary2sons
November 22nd, 2017, 12:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

Thanks again for the insight Kelly! Your Utopia Effect theory is interesting. Have to say I agree but probably only happens in the rarest of circumstances. I think she did have the best care. Was handled occasionally and that is also a long time to spend in the same cage. And yes it would be hard to...
by Gary2sons
November 21st, 2017, 10:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

Thanks Kelly for the insight! As you can see the building was about 300 feet from where the snake was found in October. Found just inside the tree line. The pasture was about 3 feet high in September and then was mowed to about 6 inches. No water barriers or anything that would deter or somehow lead...
by Gary2sons
November 21st, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_1016_zps3hpewpyk.jpg I give up!!!!! Went to windows 10 a couple years ago and my computer hasn't been the same since! Especially my photos, completely changed around and difficult to navigate. Seems no way to down size! Maybe you can still go to ...
by Gary2sons
November 21st, 2017, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Re: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

Having trouble down sizing the pics on my computer!
by Gary2sons
November 21st, 2017, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!
Replies: 14
Views: 8609

Very Unusual Red Milk Snake Story That Started in 2004!

Would really like some expert opinions on this topic! In 2004 we found a milk snake with completely brown blotches. I kept her in captivity for 13 years. Posted her pics on this forum at the time. This past August she escaped due to my carelessness. Very sad she was gone but on October 16th she was ...
by Gary2sons
August 25th, 2017, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Joint Herping Post: Michigan
Replies: 4
Views: 3395

Re: Joint Herping Post: Michigan

Great post! Awesome first pic of the salamander with eggs! :thumb:
by Gary2sons
April 2nd, 2017, 3:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs yet
Replies: 3
Views: 2105

Re: Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs

Couple dozen salamander egg clumps today. Doesn't look like a good year so far but some years are like that. Also found the same red milk and speckled king from 5 days ago. Then found this nice red milk under a roofing shingle on the pond dam. Interesting that this same snake was found 3 years ago a...
by Gary2sons
March 28th, 2017, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs yet
Replies: 3
Views: 2105

Re: Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs

Forgot to say I did find 4 adult salamanders. Two were under tin on the pond dam and two were under tin that was half in the water. Couple of the females looked like very swollen. That tells me the next decent rain the eggs will be laid. They just come and go so quickly some years. I like it when th...
by Gary2sons
March 28th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs yet
Replies: 3
Views: 2105

Red Milk, Speckled King, and no spotted salamander eggs yet

Checking our pond for spotted salamanders and still no eggs. Thought for sure they would have went with the last couple rains. Both were about an inch. Cool today but still decided to check some of our AC. Several ringnecks but really surprised to see this little milk. Finding milks that are not on ...
by Gary2sons
March 13th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Snake of the year and few from 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: First Snake of the year and few from 2016

Congrats on your trifecta last year! :thumb: As far as the county records I was referring to all species. Only have one on the coachwhips. I have always thought of prairie kings as being a lot more scattered. Very common but sometimes we may go a year and only see one or two. Good luck this year! Gary
by Gary2sons
March 9th, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL
Replies: 11
Views: 6369

Re: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL

That was a truly awesome year! :thumb:

Loved both the buttermilk and speckled racer's!

Nice looking Missouri Pygmy too! We have only found one total for all the years we have looked!

Also congrats on that new little herper! :thumb:

Gary
by Gary2sons
March 9th, 2017, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Snake of the year and few from 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

Re: First Snake of the year and few from 2016

Thanks for the comment Soro! Glade herping is a blast! We usually totally concentrate on glades and then our property. Time and time again we come back after a day of herping the glades and find more here! Found a couple trifecta's last year on the property. Prairie kings are the ones most difficult...
by Gary2sons
February 24th, 2017, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Snake of the year and few from 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2306

First Snake of the year and few from 2016

February 19th found a ribbon snake while checking our fishless pond for spotted salamanders. A very warm year so far but also very dry. No sign of salamanders yet http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_2531_zpskth9duzo.jpg Also checked out a sandstone glade on a bluff but really not en...
by Gary2sons
January 29th, 2017, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images
Replies: 28
Views: 10418

Re: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images

A couple more Kelly! Hope this post keeps going!

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by Gary2sons
June 29th, 2016, 8:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quest for the milk
Replies: 6
Views: 3477

Re: Quest for the milk

Congrats! :thumb: What a great feeling for sure and what herping is all about!
by Gary2sons
April 30th, 2016, 6:18 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 3 Interesting Fish!
Replies: 3
Views: 9020

Re: 3 Interesting Fish!

First pic is an alligator gar then a bowfin and the last a black crappie with a black stripe down the back. The crappie like these are getting more common now since they seem to breed and pass this color phase along to their offspring. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/126_126.jpg htt...
by Gary2sons
March 31st, 2016, 3:42 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 3 Interesting Fish!
Replies: 3
Views: 9020

3 Interesting Fish!

I think I posted these before the crash back in 2010! Hope they are somewhat interesting! I will post what they are later. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/124_124-1.jpg http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/015_15_00.jpg http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/00...
by Gary2sons
March 25th, 2016, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Southern OR/Northern CA herps
Replies: 7
Views: 3591

Re: A few Southern OR/Northern CA herps

Awesome post! :thumb: Really liked the Cal. king and zonata! Great finds for southern Oregon! I think I remember you from before the crash. I lived in Oregon many years ago and used to rock hunt and pan for gold all over that part of the state. Even panned for gold before they dammed up the Applegat...
by Gary2sons
March 12th, 2016, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Completely Spotless Spotted Salamander
Replies: 5
Views: 2710

Re: Completely Spotless Spotted Salamander

Very cool find! :thumb: I think they are found but still very few are ever posted. Here is one I found about 10 years ago. Which I believe was my first pic posted here on the forum! We check our pond every year but this one or one like it have never been seen since! Still an awesome find! http://i14...
by Gary2sons
March 11th, 2016, 8:03 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Playing With Gar
Replies: 5
Views: 9827

Re: Playing With Gar

Holy crap!! That looks like fun! Does the hatchery breed the gar or raise wild caught juveniles?? They are such cool fish that so many fishermen look down on. Yes we breed the gar but sometimes get some new stock from commercial fisherman. Fun fish to raise, just not that much demand for gar. For b...
by Gary2sons
March 3rd, 2016, 12:27 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Playing With Gar
Replies: 5
Views: 9827

Re: Playing With Gar

Another pic that somehow didn't come up the first time

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Thanks again!
by Gary2sons
March 3rd, 2016, 12:16 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Playing With Gar
Replies: 5
Views: 9827

Playing With Gar

We have gar at the fish hatchery I work at so decided to have some fun and get a few pics. They are show fish that go to Bass Pro and zoo's so couldn't use hooks. My pole was a fiberglass flag pole from a golf course with about 6 feet of monofilament line. I started by squatting down with the pole i...
by Gary2sons
January 24th, 2016, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opening up a lil
Replies: 9
Views: 3182

Re: Opening up a lil

Glad you got some positive comments Garrett! :thumb: I remember your post about going into the Navy. I see you are an AT. Aviation Electrician Technician? That should be a great field to get a job after serving! I was an AO, Aviation Ordnanceman, many years ago. Somewhat limited jobs on the outside....
by Gary2sons
December 9th, 2015, 11:23 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Paddlefish
Replies: 9
Views: 13122

Re: Paddlefish

Wow Vic that's a lot of questions! :lol: But seriously they really are fantastic fish. There is a snagging season but most of the caviar comes from commercial fishermen who gillnet them. They are nets with a 5 or 6 inch mesh. The net is set and the fish just swim into them and get caught. Laws are s...
by Gary2sons
December 9th, 2015, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1904

Re: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

Your copperheads are very nice looking snakes. What subspecies are they? Great looking red milk too. :thumb: Osage copperheads. They seem to vary quite a bit as far as color but are known for the whitish outline on the edges of the saddles. We have been lucky enough to find this one several times o...
by Gary2sons
December 7th, 2015, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 year in review
Replies: 13
Views: 7779

Re: 2015 year in review

Truly awesome post Justin! :thumb:

The indigo's were something else!

Epic posts like this are what we need here! :thumb:

Gary
by Gary2sons
December 7th, 2015, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1904

9 Copperhead Day and more from 2015

It was mid April hit a glade and only had an average day. An adult speckled king in shed phase, a nice red milk, a copperhead and several of the usual smaller species. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_0061_zpsvnqvlans.jpg http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_0073_...
by Gary2sons
November 25th, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Paddlefish
Replies: 9
Views: 13122

Re: Paddlefish

I have to ask-do any of these cute little critters get sold to the public? I hear paddlefish obtained at a young age can be converted to feed and hjave a good chance of surviving in a backyard pond. They won't get as large as they will in the wild but a couple feet is possible. Unfortunately they a...
by Gary2sons
November 10th, 2015, 6:24 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Interesting mammal track?
Replies: 5
Views: 9595

Re: Interesting mammal track?

Thanks Berkeley for the comments! It was a black bear track where the front foot and back foot overlap and at first glance looks shall we say "humanoid' This was taken when I lived in Oregon and did a lot of rock hounding and panning for gold. And of course in my younger days it was pretty exciting ...
by Gary2sons
November 6th, 2015, 6:44 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Interesting mammal track?
Replies: 5
Views: 9595

Re: Interesting mammal track?

I was actually thinking abominable when I found the track! :lol: :lol:
by Gary2sons
November 6th, 2015, 6:36 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Paddlefish
Replies: 9
Views: 13122

Re: Paddlefish

Tamara and Bill, thanks for the comments. The little ones are cute for sure! Pete, not really sure if the wild population has been affected or not by the silver carp. We raise a lot of small fish like bluegill under the paddlefish but still if the zooplankton gets depleted you would think that would...
by Gary2sons
November 5th, 2015, 11:14 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Interesting mammal track?
Replies: 5
Views: 9595

Interesting mammal track?

I say interesting because where it was found. Bluff Creek out in California back in the 70's! That should ring a bell to some! http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/ScannedImage_132659_zpshtj4yqmg.jpg Actually a very common track but it had me thinking out of the box for a while! Thanks f...
by Gary2sons
November 5th, 2015, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Splash of Red and ID This Snake
Replies: 0
Views: 3401

Splash of Red and ID This Snake

When herping one of the most exciting things to see is that splash of red! This red milk measured about 31 inches which is huge for the Ozarks. The biggest we have ever found but they do get that size West and North of here. Also the rock wasn't all that huge either. http://i142.photobucket.com/albu...
by Gary2sons
November 5th, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Paddlefish
Replies: 9
Views: 13122

Paddlefish

The fish forum needs some activity! A 4 week old baby paddlefish http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_0050_zps1dv7xdtf.jpg A 6 week old paddlefish http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_0054_zpsqoatfnsv.jpg A 14 year old female that weighed 80 pounds! She was heavy whil...
by Gary2sons
September 10th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person...
Replies: 44
Views: 46975

Re: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person..

Wow picking only 3 is tough! I have met several from the Midwest over the years. :thumb:

Bill McGighan, Berkeley Boone, and Del Despain!

And Brian Hubbs as an alternate! ;)
by Gary2sons
April 14th, 2015, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found our first milksnake and copperhead this year!
Replies: 3
Views: 1894

Re: Found our first milksnake and copperhead this year!

I've noticed from some of your old posts, Gary, that though Copperheads country wide are attractive, your area's Osage Copperheads I find especially nice. Thanks Bill! Good luck this year! though Copperheads country wide are attractive, your area's Osage Copperheads I find especially nice Hear, hea...
by Gary2sons
April 11th, 2015, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found our first milksnake and copperhead this year!
Replies: 3
Views: 1894

Found our first milksnake and copperhead this year!

April 9th we checked some of our tin and AC. Several smaller species found but always nice to find milks and copperheads. Hopefully we will have a normal Spring for a change. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_2031_zpsq1qssehc.jpg This little juvenile milk had some blisters but ove...
by Gary2sons
March 22nd, 2015, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First atrox of the year!
Replies: 3
Views: 2169

Re: First atrox of the year!

Some great finds for this time of the year! :thumb: Hopefully only a couple more weeks up this way!
by Gary2sons
January 1st, 2015, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END
Replies: 13
Views: 3737

Re: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END

Congrats on yet another great year of field herping! :thumb: Always enjoy the variable ground snakes. I really think the ones from Missouri and Arkansas are some of the best looking ones in the entire country. We found a few in the same spot for the 3rd straight year. Haven't had time to scout any o...
by Gary2sons
November 12th, 2014, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking back at the Midwest
Replies: 7
Views: 4675

Re: Looking back at the Midwest

Great to see you back on here Kevin! Congrats on a really productive year! :thumb: Some really nice milks and timbers! We are still finding between 4 and 6 coachwhips and great plains rats here in Missouri each year. Nebraska should be fun herping plus you are still close to Kansas and Missouri. Goo...
by Gary2sons
November 12th, 2014, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6533

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

Nice finds! :thumb:

Some really awesome coachwhips!

Gary
by Gary2sons
September 28th, 2014, 7:56 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Whip-poor-will
Replies: 7
Views: 4619

Re: Whip-poor-will

pete ,John Martin, chrish Thanks for the comments! Wow. That's neat....and cruel. The stupid Whip-poor-will (Eastern and Mexican) have been curse birds for me for 30 years. I just can't seem to find them and you are stumbling over their eggs! Sheesh! They do seem to be fairly common here in the Ozar...
by Gary2sons
September 15th, 2014, 1:50 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Whip-poor-will
Replies: 7
Views: 4619

Whip-poor-will

While herping this Spring with herpfriend and one of my sons we came across 2 nests. Both were found on semi-wooded glades. This first pair of eggs were found April 27th. http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r89/Gary2sons/IMG_1040_zpsac74f689.jpg Next pair were found June 1st. http://i142.photobucket....
by Gary2sons
May 30th, 2014, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: goodbye carl
Replies: 38
Views: 12927

Re: goodbye carl

Very sad news! He once sent me a PM about herping in Missouri.

A great herper and even greater person from what others said. Condolences to the family.