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by chris_mcmartin
July 18th, 2020, 3:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 193
Views: 91786

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

If I’m in a no reception area, it’s impossible to get an accurate pin because it just wanders all over the place searching for a location. It depends on your phone. Some older phones never had GPS receivers in them but relied instead on triangulation based on cell towers. I think most newer phones ...
by chris_mcmartin
July 10th, 2020, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 23
Views: 1448

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Cool. My plans are still in flux, between state open/close/travel/lockdown whims, and plans for work rapidly evolving which may require some intensive replanning cutting into my vacation plans, so I'm not sure exactly when (or if?) I'm heading west just yet. I'll try to call/text if I make it out th...
by chris_mcmartin
July 10th, 2020, 8:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aspidoscelis in Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Re: Aspidoscelis in Colorado

Now that at least a couple of people have weighed in, both here and via email, A. velox is my thought as well. I saw a few individuals but only got pics of this one. A complete lack of west-side / east-side info is pretty limiting. New adjacent-county records are pretty trivial (but still fine sport...
by chris_mcmartin
July 9th, 2020, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aspidoscelis in Colorado
Replies: 3
Views: 291

Aspidoscelis in Colorado

Just going by gestalt, what species would you say this whiptail is? I don't want to give location yet, as it may influence the responses received. For now I'll just say that it was found in a county not listed for any of the five whiptail species in Colorado according to the range maps/county record...
by chris_mcmartin
July 9th, 2020, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 23
Views: 1448

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Ah, I won't be out west until the following week...but you'll be in my neck of the woods (sort of) Tuesday night--for how long?
by chris_mcmartin
July 8th, 2020, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 23
Views: 1448

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

As the trip gets closer, let me know when you'll be in the Big Bend/Trans-Pecos area...I'm probably heading out there again soon.
by chris_mcmartin
April 25th, 2020, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

Awesome! I think we have Red-cockaded Woodpeckers further south in our State Forest which is a little over a mile from my house. They do prescribed burns to maintain suitable habitat. I haven't seen one yet, but then again I haven't been looking for them either. My coworker just hiked up a large mal...
by chris_mcmartin
April 24th, 2020, 3:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

Oh yeah, coral snakes have been showing up in the community too. I've only found one myself, and that was a few years ago, but again I'm not looking too hard.
by chris_mcmartin
April 24th, 2020, 3:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 1020

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

I don't know if you've received any PMs but Brazos Bend SP should be reopening Monday the 27th (with some restrictions in place as all state parks will have). You should be able to see alligators and various snakes. Copperheads are pretty common throughout the greater Houston area; I have a juvenile...
by chris_mcmartin
February 26th, 2020, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)
Replies: 12
Views: 17362

Re: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)

Does anyone know Robby outside this forum? I'd really like to get in touch with him about his Charina find but I've received no replies to my PMs.
by chris_mcmartin
February 26th, 2020, 6:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field
Replies: 44
Views: 5539

Re: The Mattress - An ongoing thread of stories from the field

Porter wrote:
February 17th, 2020, 10:10 am
ImageIMG_0208 by The Singing Frog, on Flickr
That's a cool photo!
by chris_mcmartin
February 7th, 2020, 3:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)
Replies: 12
Views: 17362

Re: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)

Robby, if you're still following this thread can you send an email about your story to [email protected]? Thank you!
by chris_mcmartin
February 7th, 2020, 3:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SWCHR Photo Contest--$100 Prize
Replies: 0
Views: 1798

SWCHR Photo Contest--$100 Prize

SWCHR is proud to announce the 2019 Hans F. Koenig Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography is now accepting entries! Current members of SWCHR can enter for free. Non-members may enter upon receipt of their membership dues* via PayPal to [email protected].org or check made out to "SWCHR" an...
by chris_mcmartin
November 29th, 2019, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trail Cameras?
Replies: 4
Views: 1311

Re: Trail Cameras?

On Facebook a few months ago, there was a game-camera capture of a whiptail followed by a coachwhip in hot pursuit. If the AC is known to house herps, you could just go with an "always-on" camera recording in time-lapse mode (and checking it more frequently for useful footage). I've done that in my ...
by chris_mcmartin
November 10th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 31740

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

Previous article I wrote shortly after posting this thread is in this issue:

http://southwesternherp.com/swchr-bulle ... ssue-3.pdf
by chris_mcmartin
November 10th, 2019, 4:33 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 31740

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

The bumper-mount idea is intriguing, but with improvements in camera technology I wonder if the image quality would be appreciably better than sticking with the simpler windshield-mounted option. A couple of months ago I set up a GoPro Hero 7 side by side with my KD LINKS dashcam for some comparison...
by chris_mcmartin
November 10th, 2019, 4:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)
Replies: 12
Views: 17362

Re: How I found a rubber boa (the wrong way)

Sending you a PM.
by chris_mcmartin
July 6th, 2019, 4:04 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110861

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Update on my suboc: she eats LARGE adult white mice now, and I have had to really dial back the feeding frequency...though I don't think she's grown appreciably in length, she now weighs triple her weight at collection from the wild. Noah M, your update gives me hope for my female NM milksnake, who ...
by chris_mcmartin
March 18th, 2019, 6:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SWCHR Summer Research Grants
Replies: 0
Views: 11595

SWCHR Summer Research Grants

SUMMER RESEARCH GRANTS SWCHR is accepting applications for our Summer Research Grants now through April 15th. This year, for the first time, we are also offering a Junior category for budding herpetologists under 18 years of age! Any current SWCHR member may apply (dues are $20 for the calendar year...
by chris_mcmartin
March 17th, 2019, 6:51 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 24157

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

I was lucky enough to collect a pair of New Mexico Milksnakes ( Lampropeltis triangulum celaenops ) within a couple of hours and couple of miles of each other near Marathon, TX in July 2016. It's been a goal of mine to get them to breed. Up to this point, they've shown no interest in each other when...
by chris_mcmartin
March 10th, 2019, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What happened to H.E.R.P.?
Replies: 1
Views: 4011

Re: What happened to H.E.R.P.?

Just checked...works for me. I've been editing records this week and haven't had an issue.
by chris_mcmartin
March 10th, 2019, 7:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Large Alligator Killed in Georgie
Replies: 5
Views: 10493

Large Alligator Killed in Georgie

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/03/02/massive-alligator-weighing-700-pounds-found-georgia/3039780002/ My concerns: 1. Forced-perspective shot. A gator this big needs no exaggeration...I'd lay down on top of or in front of it. 2. Article says it was euthanized due to its "poor conditi...
by chris_mcmartin
February 28th, 2019, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Citizen Science Award is OPEN for Entries
Replies: 0
Views: 12002

Citizen Science Award is OPEN for Entries

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SWCHR CITIZEN SCIENTIST AWARD SWCHR is proud to announce its second annual Jack Reid Memorial Citizen Scientist of the Year Award! This year we are happy to also offer a Junior category for up-and-coming citizen scientists under 18 years old. Entrants must be current members of SWC...
by chris_mcmartin
February 28th, 2019, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin in April
Replies: 1
Views: 4058

Re: Austin in April

Multiple species may be seen exploring these areas right in town.

https://austinparks.org/barton-creek-greenbelt/
by chris_mcmartin
February 9th, 2019, 3:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: SWCHR Photo Contest--$100 Prize
Replies: 0
Views: 16529

SWCHR Photo Contest--$100 Prize

CALL FOR ENTRIES: HERP PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD SWCHR is proud to announce the 2018 Hans F. Koenig Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography is now accepting entries! We now have a Junior Category for under-18 entries; both Adult and Junior Categories have a cash prize. Current members of SWCHR ca...
by chris_mcmartin
December 25th, 2018, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 13725

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Soopaman wrote:Thanks so much, Chris, that means a lot! It's one of my favorite photos I've ever taken, and has remained my desktop background since I took it! Maybe it could grace the cover of the SWCHR Newsletter one day :D
The annual Award for Photographic Excellence is coming soon... ;)
by chris_mcmartin
December 18th, 2018, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 13725

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Soopaman wrote: Image
Lampropeltis alterna (Gray-banded Kingsnake) by Kyle, on Flickr
ARE YOU KIDDING ME! This photo is the most amazing thing I've ever seen to capture the essence of West Texas herping.
by chris_mcmartin
November 11th, 2018, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Replicas
Replies: 18
Views: 21096

Re: Reptile Replicas

Thank you Zach. If your specimen is preserved in alcohol or formalin, it probably won't be pliable, or soft enough to re-position into a natural pose. Can you remove it from the jar to check? My experience with preserved specimens is that they get very stiff after a short while. But on the plus sid...
by chris_mcmartin
November 4th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Replicas
Replies: 18
Views: 21096

Re: Reptile Replicas

Those are amazing!
by chris_mcmartin
October 28th, 2018, 4:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Something to be aware of
Replies: 1
Views: 11663

Re: Something to be aware of

Link doesn't seem to work.
by chris_mcmartin
August 25th, 2018, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cuban Anole to identify
Replies: 4
Views: 7741

Re: Cuban Anole to identify

That's what I think too (since we have so many of them established in southeast TX now and I see them often), but I don't know what other closely-related anole species may be found sympatrically on Cuba or its smaller islands.
by chris_mcmartin
June 11th, 2018, 5:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 30192

Re: Is a supertank possible?

Consider an arid enclosure (e.g. a Southwestern US-type setup); dry environments can be easier to keep clean/hygienic as a consideration for maintaining multiple species. I've seen zoos keep 2-4 lizard species together in such an enclosure--desert iguanas, collared lizards, various spiny lizards, et...
by chris_mcmartin
June 9th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 39980

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

I've been away for a few days and am catching up--need to clarify a couple of points: 1. SWCHR's forums disappeared when we switched web hosts a year and a half ago--saved a bunch of money for the organization, but the scripts are unreadable by the new server. :( Theoretically there is a way to retr...
by chris_mcmartin
May 23rd, 2018, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Aid options
Replies: 5
Views: 7622

Re: First Aid options

I'm not bashing those products, but I favor building one's own kit. That way everything put in it is (ostensibly) something you KNOW how to use, and when to use it, and you're not buying extra stuff you'd never use (or know how to). I think people generally tend to overbuy and sometimes they're buyi...
by chris_mcmartin
May 12th, 2018, 6:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post
Replies: 18
Views: 15603

Re: 100 Species, A 2017 in Review Post

So much win.

Your "severely edited" Rock Rattlesnake pic would look great on a black T-shirt...
by chris_mcmartin
May 12th, 2018, 6:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first post
Replies: 18
Views: 13890

Re: My first post

BillMcGighan wrote:J
chris_mcmartin
Anableps?
Part of the world that Jhon is in notwithstanding, I thought that was a good guess, Chis.
Now I feel dumb. That's what I get for going purely off memory, and not having thought about four-eyed fish in a LONG time!
by chris_mcmartin
May 12th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 4559

Re: SnakeDays 2018

This will be the first Snake Days I must miss, due to job requirements.

Of course, my absence may motivate other people to go for the first time! :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
May 8th, 2018, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 12048

Re: Licensing Question

I'm bummed I have to miss both Snake Days (first one missed) and IHS this summer due to work requirements. :( In between, I have a trip to FL to see family friends. Maybe I'll get some incidental herping in.
by chris_mcmartin
May 6th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first post
Replies: 18
Views: 13890

Re: My first post

Jhon the herper wrote:
DarwinsBulldog wrote:"This looked like a cross between a frog and something else so I couldn't identify it. It was almost like a sea monster in the water. Matty told me to mark it as possible new species"

That is likely a mudskipper.
This is just a retreat center pond though - there is no mud or ocean.
Anableps?
by chris_mcmartin
March 26th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hitting the Slopes in SoCal
Replies: 9
Views: 6696

Re: Hitting the Slopes in SoCal

Porter--check your PMs. 8-)

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
March 16th, 2018, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TEXAS RESIDENTS: Invasive Brown Anole Survey
Replies: 0
Views: 5339

TEXAS RESIDENTS: Invasive Brown Anole Survey

Looking for citizen-scientist input on where these critters are turning up these days:

http://www.southwesternherp.com/survey.html

This online survey is for Texas residents and aims to determine where they're spreading, and factors which may be correlated. Thank y'all for your participation!

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
February 1st, 2018, 3:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 16816

Re: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!

Reminder: survey closes Feb 15th. If you've been meaning to take it but have been putting it off, now's the time!

http://www.southwesternherp.com/survey.html
by chris_mcmartin
January 31st, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SWCHR Photography Contest, Citizen Scientist Award, & Grant
Replies: 0
Views: 10263

SWCHR Photography Contest, Citizen Scientist Award, & Grant

SWCHR announces the following award and grant opportunities: 2017 Hans F. Koenig Award for Excellence in Herpetological Photography--$100 cash prize and the winning photo will be on the cover of all four issues of our quarterly SWCHR Bulletin for 2018. Deadline to enter is Friday, February 16th. De...
by chris_mcmartin
January 17th, 2018, 3:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 16816

Re: 2017 SWCHR Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey OPE

Just under a month remaining on the survey window. If you haven't yet taken it, please do...and encourage your non-herper family and friends to do so as well!

http://www.southwesternherp.com/survey.html

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
December 14th, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 recap
Replies: 18
Views: 8756

Re: 2017 recap

Are ALL of your herping seasons this amazing? You really cleaned up on some traditionally "hard to find" species.
by chris_mcmartin
December 9th, 2017, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter herping in socal?
Replies: 7
Views: 6723

Re: Winter herping in socal?

Hey everyone, In a few weeks I'll be moving to southern California for a couple months. I've never lived out west and don't really know the best places to go herping in the winter. Are snakes active enough in the winter months to make herping worthwhile? If it's worth it, where are some good places...
by chris_mcmartin
November 19th, 2017, 5:45 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 16816

Re: 2017 SWCHR Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey OPE

indeed there are rarely ideal solutions, everythings a compromise but again megakudoes to you & your team for giving enough of a damn & then rising to actually do something! If you'd like assistance in synthesizing your results to a 1 page abstract for dissemination to the media / agencies & NGO's ...
by chris_mcmartin
November 18th, 2017, 4:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 16816

Re: 2017 SWCHR Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey OPE

I apologize for not replying sooner. As you speculated, yes, I am pretty busy (but I'll also take your "smart" comment as well). :lol: I did solicit input on this year's iteration and received feedback in the testing phase, but there's always room for improvement. i humbly suggest you break your big...
by chris_mcmartin
November 15th, 2017, 4:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!
Replies: 8
Views: 16816

Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--2 WEEKS LEFT!

2017 Public Opinion Survey Invitation SWCHR needs your help sharing this with friends, family, coworkers, agencies, organizations, Facebook groups, etc. now through February 15th, 2018: SWCHR invites you to take the 2017 Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey. This survey is for everyone —both...