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by chris_mcmartin
November 10th, 2019, 4:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 23421

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: 23421

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: 10
Views: 10212

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: 89720

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: 8628

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: 18401

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: 3626

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: 8079

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: 9382

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: 3695

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: 12372

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: 11607

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: 11607

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: 19193

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: 19193

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: 9584

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: 7273

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: 24569

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: 35846

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: 6943

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: 13982

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: 12763

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: 4207

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: 10850

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: 12763

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
April 17th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 36132

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

I wonder if the door might open to some further simplification and reduction in those regs you guys gotta live with. Not just the breeding, but the (low) possession limits etc. Two banded geckos? Two sidewinders? A day maybe, but...total possession? Seems goofy-low to me. And isn't the total posses...
by chris_mcmartin
March 26th, 2018, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hitting the Slopes in SoCal
Replies: 9
Views: 6071

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: 4930

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: 13832

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: 8217

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: 13832

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: 7758

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: 5763

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: 13832

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: 13832

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: 13832

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...
by chris_mcmartin
November 10th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 57518

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

For snakes and the Coleonyx, I will often make a shallow depression in the DG, then place a large flat rock or piece of wood over the depression, leaving a small opening for the animal to go under the object. I've always heard to be careful of placing rocks on substrate for fear of the tunnels coll...
by chris_mcmartin
November 2nd, 2017, 8:14 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservation
Replies: 11
Views: 12911

Re: rxr : Values, trust, and cultural backlash in conservat

regalringneck wrote:.. good stuff ...
We missed you, but you don't have to make up for your hiatus entirely in one post! :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
November 2nd, 2017, 8:06 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 19497

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

Jeff wrote:I hope this has answered some of the questions and comments.
It did for me. Disappointing information but good to know nonetheless.
by chris_mcmartin
October 31st, 2017, 1:10 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 19497

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

The reported numbers of wild-caught turtles that leave the United States are false due to reporting requirements on export forms. All farm-raised hatchling turtles that leave Louisiana, typically around a million per year, are required to be reported as "W" for wild-caught. Sounds like perhaps ther...
by chris_mcmartin
October 28th, 2017, 4:44 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 19497

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

How many snapping turtle farms are in existence? There must be at least some. Sounds like an enterprising person could get a rotating schedule of maturing turtles to produce a practically-guaranteed number of offspring every year, much like monoculture (for better or worse) plots of pine trees produ...
by chris_mcmartin
October 26th, 2017, 4:52 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89720

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Well, I'm talking to Dustin Rhoads as we speak (author of The Complete Suboc) and he's interested in seeing what we can do about this, maybe next summer...thanks for the idea, Kelly! :beer:
by chris_mcmartin
October 26th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89720

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

That would be totally enough of a good image to capture behaviors..! That would be really cool for someone to get obsessed with - i would imagine some careful, careful editing skills among others, time lapse etc but thats in excellent supply here - it should be done!! It WOULD be...but it's very, v...
by chris_mcmartin
October 26th, 2017, 3:52 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 89720

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I'd kill to see some nocturnal video of suboc forage behavior at night. It would be a cool albeit daunting project for someone if they had the equipment - i would think it possible. Im guessing there are little night capable cameras? Absolutely, just like the night-vision-goggle-looking cameras the...
by chris_mcmartin
October 25th, 2017, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell death
Replies: 10
Views: 7672

Re: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell de

You've been a member on here for two and a half years and this is the topic of your first post? When you start trying to point the finger, remember three are pointing back at you. 8-) The DFG started monitoring the forum and hassling those posting images. Which one of the 50 state departments, or mu...
by chris_mcmartin
October 23rd, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers
Replies: 12
Views: 7463

Re: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers

Let me put it this way: the photos that will generate more views will *probably* not be in situ. This is why "O'Shea's Big Adventure," easily the most accurate/realistic portrayal of field herping to hit the television airwaves (cable), was not as big a success as its contemporaries pushed by Anima...
by chris_mcmartin
October 20th, 2017, 5:54 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: HERP Mobile App Not Working
Replies: 10
Views: 11691

Re: HERP Mobile App Not Working

Computer companies call it 'upgrading'. I call it extortion! Just repeat the mantra: "It's not a bug, it's a feature !" :lol: The app still works on my Android device. Too bad the GPS hardware itself is lousy on this particular phone. Still, I'm trying to hold out at least another 6-12 months befor...
by chris_mcmartin
October 20th, 2017, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers
Replies: 12
Views: 7463

Re: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers

My understanding, having spoke with a local guide, is that sometimes the snake is moved onto a flower for photography. This is unfortunate as it changes our perception of what "natural" behavior is for the snake. ...or lizard. Dr. Richard Montanucci took this photo in the 1970s, I believe. When I b...
by chris_mcmartin
October 19th, 2017, 3:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 224527

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Kelly Mc wrote:There is no attempt at connection or dialogue, just accusatory alienation from biologists and agencies you critique. Your simple and obvious omission is just as unhelpful.
Richard and Ryan have detailed their rubber boa experiences and interactions with agencies extensively elsewhere on this forum.