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by James Condon
March 22nd, 2016, 5:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 9580

Re: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA

Here are some of the emails that have been sent to MassWildlife

https://d3gn0r3afghep.cloudfront.net/fo ... 74_RES.pdf
by James Condon
March 21st, 2016, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 9580

Re: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA

I suggest signing the petition of your choice, it can't hurt. Also, to go a step further, you could send your thoughts on the matter to the guy in charge, via email or letter: Matthew A. Beaton Secretary, Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Matthew.[email protected].ma.us 617-626-1015 10...
by James Condon
March 9th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 9580

Re: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA

Yes TravisK, unfortunately it looks like that. It is nothing new. Many people have fear of snakes, especially venomous snakes. It is possible that we are actually born with this, an evolutionary vestige from our time spent as monkeys! But that was a long time ago. If you think this project is worth ...
by James Condon
March 8th, 2016, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA
Replies: 14
Views: 9580

Quabbin Reservoir Rattlesnake Project, MA

This is an interesting topic, and has stirred up a bit of controversy. Mass. wants to introduce timbers to an island in the Quabbin, where they will be relatively undisturbed by and inaccessible to people. It's an interesting idea, and has the locals running for their snake shot shells. A group of p...
by James Condon
May 24th, 2014, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frustration
Replies: 28
Views: 6483

Re: Frustration

This is an interesting thread. Keep up the good work! I work with snakes in a unique habitat just outside Boston and encounter such "teaching opportunities" regularly. I also get reports of rattlers and such from communities in the area, and have learned something that seems important to share in th...
by James Condon
April 29th, 2014, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hey guys/gals
Replies: 17
Views: 4175

Re: hey guys/gals

Jeff Lorch from USGS did a webinar presentation in February
It's a good overview for anyone that wants to get up to speed on SFD
It is available here, second down on the menu, "Snake Fungal Disease"
http://nctc.fws.gov/topic/online-traini ... ience.html
by James Condon
August 3rd, 2013, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Disease
Replies: 95
Views: 17118

Re: Snake Fungal Disease

don't think my brush was "broad"

I am being very specific here...

Make no mistake I appreciate your love for herps!
YAY!
by James Condon
August 3rd, 2013, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Disease
Replies: 95
Views: 17118

Re: Snake Fungal Disease

hey kricket, thanks for the reply My hope is that this information helps other herpers to get a handle on the situation. Any specific info that a professional person might add is good food for thought. Not all of the "professionals" that I have dealt with are willing to "lower" themselves to my leve...
by James Condon
August 3rd, 2013, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Disease
Replies: 95
Views: 17118

Re: Snake Fungal Disease

kricket In an earlier post, you said "Since this fungus is present in soil, it is entirely possible that this is something that was always extant in the environment and is only now opportunistically infecting snakes." I don't have a degree in biology, nor have I ever studied fungus, at least, not ac...
by James Condon
August 2nd, 2013, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Disease
Replies: 95
Views: 17118

Re: Snake Fungal Disease

Hi kricket, thanks for being level-headed and interested enough to investigate this stuff. I am curious to know who cited that the fungus originated in the ratsnake? That is clearly specious reasoning. The fungus was first identified from the ratsnake, which is not the same as originating there. As ...
by James Condon
March 1st, 2012, 3:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The disease of herpetoculture killing endangered wild snakes
Replies: 9
Views: 5586

Wow...power of the press!

I have been following this issue very closely in regards to the NE timber populations. It is interesting to me that the press is catching up with it now. And more so, that 2 recent articles seem to put a captive spin on things. If there is a cautionary tale present here, I think that it relates to t...