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by Soro
March 11th, 2017, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Snake of the year and few from 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2440

Re: First Snake of the year and few from 2016

I agree with prairie kings being the least frequently encountered. It's strange, because they are a widespread snake and not rare my any means, I just happen to see a lot more specks and milks comparatively. That said, I only got the trifecta once last year, and what a day it was overall! When you'r...
by Soro
March 8th, 2017, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL
Replies: 11
Views: 7175

Re: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL

I gotta say, you have some really nice shots here. The bull and fox snakes stand out really well! It makes me excited to get out and enjoy this season.
by Soro
March 5th, 2017, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Snake of the year and few from 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2440

Re: First Snake of the year and few from 2016

Awesome post Gary! Always good to see another Missouri glade herper post what they find. That set up with the shingles under the tin is a pretty good idea that I would like to try out some time if I ever get the tin and a place to do it.

Did you see any coachwhips last season?
by Soro
August 13th, 2015, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Spring to Summer in Missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 2366

Re: Late Spring to Summer in Missouri

Thanks guys! Of everything I take pictures of, I'm a real perfectionist about coachwhips.
by Soro
August 12th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Spring to Summer in Missouri
Replies: 4
Views: 2366

Late Spring to Summer in Missouri

I find that as the herping season moves into hotter weather, I am less inclined to take pictures and less patient when doing so. As things really warmed up in Missouri, I visited an igneous glade one day with my friends Kyle and Edward. Kyle and I spent a half an hour trying to scare this big boy ou...
by Soro
April 29th, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest

I appreciate it. Yeah that amphiuma was something I wanted to see since I was a kid. The St. Louis zoo has a really large one that has taunted me for years.
by Soro
April 28th, 2015, 5:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

Re: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest

Thanks! It's funny, because all of the stuff I think is really cool around here is generally pretty common everywhere else. I guess it's really a circumstantial kind of thing. I never get to see mud snakes, so even though they are pretty common, it's awesome to see them.
by Soro
April 28th, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest
Replies: 6
Views: 2891

An Ambitious Start to 2015 in the Lower Midwest

2014 was definitely 'light' in terms of herping. Much of my time was spent with other endeavors, such as getting married last September. I predicted way back in the beginning that this year (2015) would be much bigger comparatively speaking. And thus far, it certainly has been! The first big outing ...
by Soro
March 28th, 2015, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: turtle ID request
Replies: 5
Views: 2654

Re: turtle ID request

That mystery one is definitely a melanistic red-eared slider. Around St. Louis sliders are the most abundant turtle to turn up in ponds and reservoirs, and melanistic males are pretty common.
by Soro
January 10th, 2015, 7:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014: Illinois, Missouri, and the Smokies
Replies: 12
Views: 6728

Re: 2014: Illinois, Missouri, and the Smokies

Great stuff Edward! I think my favorite shots are your prairie kingsnakes. Those look great! I'm looking forward to next year!
by Soro
December 29th, 2014, 7:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END
Replies: 13
Views: 3955

Re: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END

I really like your pictures here! The ringed sallies, racer, ground snake, alligator snapper, and, of course, coachwhip shots are great! And it was good meeting up with you. I would say being sick was a bigger bummer for me than not finding our target species. I know they are around, and that we hav...
by Soro
December 18th, 2014, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2014 (Big DUW) Trans-Pecos, Arizona, Illinois
Replies: 7
Views: 4429

Re: EOY 2014 (Big DUW) Trans-Pecos, Arizona, Illinois

Wow! I really enjoyed this post. There are some great pictures on here!
by Soro
December 8th, 2014, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jumping on the year review bandwagon
Replies: 10
Views: 3866

Re: Jumping on the year review bandwagon

There are some really cool pictures here, Justin! I really like the eastern diamondback. And that tiger puts Randall to shame!
by Soro
November 14th, 2014, 5:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

Thanks guys! That timber was not in situ. It was definitely a good year for coachwhips. I invested a lot of time in getting good pictures of each one seen, since they are such a rare find for me. I spent a LOT of time targeting them this year. It helps that all those glades are within an hour of my ...
by Soro
November 13th, 2014, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

Both were from Missouri.
by Soro
November 13th, 2014, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

The second coachwhip really was surreal. The bright red bands looked stunning in real life, and my picture certainly did not do the snake justice.
by Soro
November 12th, 2014, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

Thanks! I'm really happy with all that I saw this year. It makes me optimistic about next year... and better able to focus on other things for a few months. These Midwest Winters are really not cool in my book. Also: I was glad to see that you liked this post, Gary. I always enjoy your coachwhip the...
by Soro
November 12th, 2014, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

Re: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

Hey thanks guys! They are my favoritest of snakes by far.
by Soro
November 11th, 2014, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas
Replies: 13
Views: 6855

2014 in Missouri, Illinois, and Arkansas

I don't often post on here. That being said, I ended up with some spare time tonight, and given the temperature outside is below 35 degrees, I figured making a post would really give me closure for a good year. I had a lot of fun, met a few new friends, and found some cool stuff. Lifers were few and...
by Soro
May 17th, 2013, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip thread
Replies: 28
Views: 4719

Re: Coachwhip thread

A five foot coachwhip from a glade in Fall of 2011. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8265/8712397972_71ecd2efeb.jpg Eastern Coachwhip by 2ndPeter , on Flickr A four and a half foot coachwhip from the same glade in Spring of 2012 http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7424/8716723896_b38a793cb8.jpg Eastern Coach...
by Soro
January 5th, 2013, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found a few coachwhips in 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3249

Re: Found a few coachwhips in 2012

I love these posts! Those are very pretty snakes you took pictures of, and the insitu approach makes for some cool pictures. Glad you guys had such a great year!
by Soro
October 3rd, 2012, 8:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Roll call for NAFHA Snake Rd.
Replies: 88
Views: 16741

Re: Roll call for NAFHA Snake Rd.

I should be there. Is parking going to be an issue?
by Soro
June 21st, 2012, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A day of Lifers!!!
Replies: 3
Views: 1132

Re: A day of Lifers!!!

Cool stuff there. Collared lizards are always fun... I still have the outline from a bite I received last weekend.
by Soro
June 21st, 2012, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More yard herps
Replies: 15
Views: 3281

Re: More yard herps

That is one pretty looking bull snake. I've come very close on two seperate occasions to finding one of those, but missed the actual snake by just a bit. I know cats will kill any of the smaller snakes in the area, but have you seen any of their interactions with a large bull snake? I'm sure that wo...
by Soro
March 31st, 2012, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Chunking'
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

Re: 'Chunking'

Joe: The definition of 'thick' for racers or coaches I'm sure is relative to each person's experiences. To best see what I'm talk about, you can generally see a difference in proportional girth when looking at juvies or subadults versus older adults. While the former aforementioned are generally ver...
by Soro
March 30th, 2012, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Chunking'
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

Re: 'Chunking'

It would make sense. I've noticed that generally longer snakes are typically thicker, so maybe it also has something to do with a slower growth rate length-wise. To elaborate, every unusually thick racer or whip I've seen seems to be three foot plus for a racer, or five foot plus for a coachwhip-- w...
by Soro
March 29th, 2012, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Chunking'
Replies: 16
Views: 1994

'Chunking'

I've found this term in a couple of books, and on more than a few websites discussing racers and coachwhips. From what I understand, chunking is when a generally slender snake becomes bulkier. If that's inaccurate, correction would be awesome! Anyways, my main question is, when does chunking happen ...
by Soro
January 7th, 2012, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: big hairy herper seen in Tennessee...
Replies: 3
Views: 919

Re: big hairy herper seen in Tennessee...

Is it odd that I'm more fascinated by what kind of snake it was?
by Soro
December 31st, 2011, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping Part Two
Replies: 45
Views: 5982

Re: Hot Stove Herping Part Two

This is the perfect post for this time of the year-- it gets me anxious for what I will (hopefully) be experiencing in a short few months. I especially enjoy posts from the veteran herpers: those who have had the time and experience to find many different haunts for many different species. I've only...
by Soro
December 31st, 2011, 9:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhips are fast.
Replies: 33
Views: 5780

Re: Coachwhips are fast.

Coachwhips are, beyond a doubt, my favorite snakes. After looking for several years, I finally located a spot that yielded coachwhips (albeit sparsely) last year. Unfortunately, the only ones I saw were juvies and subadults. This year, however, I found this beast, a full 65ish inches and nearly 2 in...
by Soro
November 19th, 2011, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick So. Il. Post
Replies: 13
Views: 2762

Re: Quick So. Il. Post

I always enjoy posts from that area. I feel like I live vicariously through other people who travel the Road. As for the Kirtland's Snake: My very first Coachwhip was a juvenile found in a glade I frequented. I was really excited, and had the snake centered in the screen of my camera when it darted ...
by Soro
October 10th, 2011, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Gift of Herps
Replies: 6
Views: 1578

Re: A Gift of Herps

It's always great to see kids interested in snakes and other herps. Even if it's just a phase that they grow out of, generally that fascination and information that they've picked up lingers with them, and you have one more person who relocates a snake to the woods instead of chopping its head off w...
by Soro
October 6th, 2011, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some critters from southern Illinois 10/2-10/4/2011
Replies: 5
Views: 2015

Re: Some critters from southern Illinois 10/2-10/4/2011

It looks like you had a good time. I have a friend that is really hoping to photograph Green Tree Frogs while we're down there this weekend, and they were strangely absent the last few trips (we probably just overlooked them in the foliage).
by Soro
October 6th, 2011, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: an interesting find
Replies: 13
Views: 2991

Re: an interesting find

That's very nice to see. They may be a common frog, but I would feel lonely without seeing them bouncing around all over the place.
by Soro
October 6th, 2011, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2 week vacation to Florida
Replies: 13
Views: 3005

Re: 2 week vacation to Florida

Looks like you had a good time (herp wise)! I really like that glass lizard, rat snake, racer, and pretty much everything else there.
by Soro
October 2nd, 2011, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Snake Road Trip
Replies: 42
Views: 7038

Re: My Snake Road Trip

Looks like you had a pretty good time down there. A milk snake on Snake Road? Impossible! I've heard of it happening before, but if I'm not mistaken, you have about the same chances of finding a hognose in that area.
by Soro
September 29th, 2011, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 Missouri Herping
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: 2011 Missouri Herping

Thanks again guys. Just to be safe, I did take care of the location. While there are quite a few herping spots around that area, perhaps there are only a handful where many of these herps can be found... and I'd rather not see those spots destroyed. If you don't mind me asking, what did you do with ...
by Soro
September 29th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 Missouri Herping
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

Re: 2011 Missouri Herping

Thanks for the feedback guys, I appreciate it. As for the white scales on the crayfish snake-- I really don't know what that was about. I saw several others that day, none of which had anything like that.
by Soro
September 29th, 2011, 12:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 Missouri Herping
Replies: 19
Views: 2207

2011 Missouri Herping

Hi, my name is Peter and I'm a long time lurker here on Fieldherpforums. For the most part I found myself intimidated by high level of etiquette and impressive photographs I've seen here from numerous people; now, however, I'd feeling bold enough to post my first trip report-- more as an introductio...