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by Martti Niskanen
June 4th, 2019, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madison, WI
Replies: 2
Views: 4764

Re: Madison, WI

Thanks Jimi. Arrived in Madison this Sunday, June 2nd, and heading off back to Finland on June 15th. At work practically 6:30AM - 5:30PM during weekdays, so practically no time to herp after all. Also, didn't bring field gear. Will probably swap any herping for culture again and hit the museums and ...
by Martti Niskanen
May 31st, 2019, 10:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madison, WI
Replies: 2
Views: 4764

Madison, WI

Hi herpers.

I'll be in Madison, WI during 2-15.6 for work. Won't bring any herping gear, nor won't be ready for it, but if just by chance someone is up for a little walk in herp-country, I'd appreciate it. Very short notice.

Pm or maeranni (at) gmail.com

Cheers,

Martti (Helsinki, Finland)
by Martti Niskanen
September 27th, 2018, 4:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Singapore customs vs. snake hook
Replies: 3
Views: 11940

Re: Singapore customs vs. snake hook

The hook wasn't a problem. They weren't interested at Changi airport and I managed to avoid checks at the Johor Bahru causeway immigration, where a check would have been thorough.
The immigration-process at the land-border is interesting to say the least.
by Martti Niskanen
August 22nd, 2018, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Singapore customs vs. snake hook
Replies: 3
Views: 11940

Singapore customs vs. snake hook

I'll be off to Malaysia via Singapore in a couple of weeks and am planning on doing at least a bit of herping. The thing is, I'll have to stop at Singapore customs (got meds that need permission) at both Changi airport and the Johor Bahru causeway. I'll be taking the camera, lenses, flash and torche...
by Martti Niskanen
June 4th, 2018, 11:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming to Belgium, need help
Replies: 2
Views: 5810

Re: Coming to Belgium, need help

Try Fieldherping EU http://fieldherping.eu/Forum/index A lot of knowledgeable herpers and herpetologists there. Herpers tend to be quite secretive about specific V. berus locations, so you may or may not find help finding them. Also, you might have to travel as berus sites are hardly abundant in a p...
by Martti Niskanen
December 1st, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Martti, You were fine, I should have been more respectful of your time and I apologize - thank you, you are gracious and I understand. Thank you for your directives I will do it. :thumb: Cheers, Kelly. Not the slightest of problems. Haven't been here since your above post. Keep your good thing goin...
by Martti Niskanen
December 1st, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Martti, You were fine, I should have been more respectful of your time and I apologize - thank you, you are gracious and I understand. Thank you for your directives I will do it. :thumb: Cheers, Kelly. Not the slightest of problems. Haven't been here since your above post. Keep your good thing goin...
by Martti Niskanen
October 30th, 2017, 12:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Sorry for snapping, Kelly. Never any intention of shutting anyone up. Got a bit annoyed as the thread was originally one about photo requests. I offered you a reference from where you can start reading about eyesports and warning coloratons. Read the paper and the references within, no easy way arou...
by Martti Niskanen
October 28th, 2017, 11:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

I like your opinions, Kelly but sometimes you're just way off. Start here with the eye-spots and work your way back. http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/ ... 6/20150202
by Martti Niskanen
October 24th, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Marti, Tangential to your main topic, is defensive strategy combined with similar pattern and even behavior combined with noise. In the Americas, I'd find it very hard to believe that noise, when used, wouldn't be a part of it like in your example. Echis and Dasypeltis is another example that comes...
by Martti Niskanen
October 23rd, 2017, 11:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Here are a couple tricolors if that helps. If you like them let me know and I can send them to you to download. Nicholas Please do, Nicholas. Thank you. Kelly: I've got opinions on mimicry and flicker-fusion, but very busy atm, so will have to get into it another time. Antonsrkn: Just looking for s...
by Martti Niskanen
October 21st, 2017, 7:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Thanks Bill. Having worked in Coto Doñana I've got photos and data on Natrix maura. If you've got great dorsal photos I could use, please email me at maeranni (at) gmail.com

edit: the first photo is a do-touch/don't touch. Great zigzag. Pm sent.
by Martti Niskanen
October 21st, 2017, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10150

Aposematism and mimicry

I'm looking for photos of aposematism and mimicry for a talk. Proper brightly obvious and tricolor-ones, but mostly interestested in species that have a dorsal pattern that can be perceived as zigzag-pattern as in European vipers. Thinking Sistrurus and Ophryacus s.l. Tons of them in Africa. teach m...
by Martti Niskanen
June 1st, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11263

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

I'm expecting a paper or a thesis of your work. QI.
by Martti Niskanen
April 22nd, 2017, 10:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 20519

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Hi Martti, nice to hear from you again. I hope spring in Finland is coming along nicely. See any adders yet? Are you guys typically as early as over in Norway? The March adders there always impress me. This article on the perils of user-friendly modeling software might well interest some people: ht...
by Martti Niskanen
April 22nd, 2017, 5:58 am
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 20519

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Is Ernie an actual person, or just a troll poster?
by Martti Niskanen
February 2nd, 2017, 9:58 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 49527

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

Cue the active poaching-denier from other threads in one, two....
edit: Good that they release the names, but then again, there are known poachers and smugglers that are still highly regarded by many.
by Martti Niskanen
December 1st, 2016, 1:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tibet and Yunnan 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 4801

Re: Tibet and Yunnan 2016

Cheers for this. The scenery is stunning.
by Martti Niskanen
November 22nd, 2016, 1:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016
Replies: 20
Views: 12227

Re: Namibian Field Herping Trip November 2016

Excellent post. I think Namibia should be on anyone's list, whether a herper or not.
by Martti Niskanen
November 8th, 2016, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Planet Earth TWO is out!!!
Replies: 5
Views: 3265

Re: Planet Earth TWO is out!!!

Watched the episode straight away after it came out. Excellent camerawork and production as always. The BBC has previously received criticism for excessive sound effects, and they didn't fail. Scratching, screeching, and dramatic background music, which I found distracting from the visuals. http://w...
by Martti Niskanen
September 27th, 2016, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Thailand, september 2016
Replies: 26
Views: 12112

Re: Southern Thailand, september 2016

Great finds and shots as always, Thor.
by Martti Niskanen
September 5th, 2016, 3:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazon, July-August 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 4038

Re: Peruvian Amazon, July-August 2016

Excellent post! beautiful photos, and the macaws one is a bit special.
by Martti Niskanen
August 30th, 2016, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2016 - Picture heavy
Replies: 9
Views: 4333

Re: Malaysia 2016 - Picture heavy

A very cool post, and big congrats on finding your target species.
by Martti Niskanen
August 28th, 2016, 12:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few lizards of Malaysia
Replies: 10
Views: 5134

Re: A few lizards of Malaysia

Fantastic, as always, Kurt.
by Martti Niskanen
August 7th, 2016, 3:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation
Replies: 2
Views: 2357

Re: NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation

Nice, and very interesting behaviour by the Timon.
by Martti Niskanen
June 26th, 2016, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Corsica
Replies: 3
Views: 3352

Re: Corsica

Great to see a Euro-post. Nice stuff.
by Martti Niskanen
June 21st, 2016, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 47863

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

^ You're right, Jimi. My words were poorly chosen. Will try and obtain a copy of the book. I own books that are valuable, and consider them investments (books first). Nothing too significant. As for your question: Not herped in Finland for ages, but a trip to Lithuania is on the cards for July/Augus...
by Martti Niskanen
June 21st, 2016, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 47863

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

To wait or not to wait? 98€ on the website, and a tennerandabit for shipping costs. Investing on books is a tricky game.
A bit of a bastard buying a book for 100+€, and there being a further print for 50€.
by Martti Niskanen
June 15th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best country to herp in october!
Replies: 5
Views: 3148

Re: Best country to herp in october!

That is a massively vague question. Where are you based and what have you thought of by now?
I'd head to South Africa/Southern Africa or Malaysian Borneo. Spring in the former, getting to the start of the wet season in the latter.
by Martti Niskanen
May 9th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Excellent footage of Vipera berus mating behaviour.
Replies: 1
Views: 1778

Excellent footage of Vipera berus mating behaviour.

Gary N's post about combatting kingsnakes reminded me of this. An active herper and photographer, Antti Koli, filmed this excellent footage of both intrasexual combat and not-so-intrasexual copulation in adders in SW Finland. Note the sexual dimorphism and the males' color contrasts being high. They...
by Martti Niskanen
May 9th, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 9929

Re: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

Intrasexual combat.
by Martti Niskanen
March 10th, 2016, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Russia, Dosang, Astrakhan region
Replies: 12
Views: 5845

Re: Herping in Russia, Dosang, Astrakhan region

Nice stuff, Seva. Keep it coming. Great to see posts by a young herper. Looking forward to more posts.
by Martti Niskanen
March 10th, 2016, 8:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: RIP Don Broadley
Replies: 1
Views: 2994

RIP Don Broadley

Dr. Don Broadley died a few hours ago. A great loss to herpetology.
https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_George_Broadley
by Martti Niskanen
March 4th, 2016, 1:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID please, lizard from Germany.
Replies: 2
Views: 1792

Re: ID please, lizard from Germany.

Zootoca vivipara.
by Martti Niskanen
February 21st, 2016, 1:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 39459

Re: "Pick one thing"

Tl;dr. Literacy.
by Martti Niskanen
January 19th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...
Replies: 7
Views: 3737

Re: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...

As already mentioned by others. The Bill bible is a great field guide and represents good value. It's a bit dated, but then again the latest print is 18 years old. If you want the most up-to date reptile info for your library, check out Atlas and Red List of the Reptiles of South Africa, Lesotho and...
by Martti Niskanen
December 15th, 2015, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Peninsula Malaysia post
Replies: 13
Views: 9707

Re: Another Peninsula Malaysia post

Great post! Both find- and photo-wise. More of a snake guy, but lovely Manouria.
by Martti Niskanen
October 30th, 2015, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fort Myers Chameleoning
Replies: 6
Views: 3110

Re: Fort Myers Chameleoning

^
Cheers for the info, Josh.
by Martti Niskanen
October 29th, 2015, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fort Myers Chameleoning
Replies: 6
Views: 3110

Re: Fort Myers Chameleoning

Got to ask why people tend to get shot there? Crime or trespassing on private property?
Asking as a nordic european, to whom the US-style high prevalence of guns is pretty alien.
by Martti Niskanen
October 21st, 2015, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Tiger Sal vs. Midland Brown Snake
Replies: 7
Views: 4659

Re: Eastern Tiger Sal vs. Midland Brown Snake

Great documentation!

edit: if captured in situ.
by Martti Niskanen
September 26th, 2015, 9:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie elapids
Replies: 11
Views: 7949

Re: Aussie elapids

Excellent!
by Martti Niskanen
September 21st, 2015, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes
Replies: 19
Views: 9342

Re: One last post from prairie Canada - lots of rattlesnakes

Nice post. Had no idea Phrynosoma occur in Canada. Learnt (learned) something new today.
by Martti Niskanen
September 9th, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Hooks from Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 11050

Re: Hooks from Australia?

justinm wrote:Midwest tongs has a new really cool hook coming out. It's folds up in three sections. Take a look at their site.
Midwest's shipping costs to Europe are around 100USD.

Thanks captainjack. That looks pretty good.
by Martti Niskanen
September 9th, 2015, 7:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Hooks from Australia?
Replies: 3
Views: 11050

Hooks from Australia?

A friend is heading off to Melbourne later on in the year and is looking for a good quality collapsible or folding hook. It would be easiest to get the hook from the US, but everyone's quoting ridiculous shipping costs, and finding suitable hooks in Europe has been surprisingly difficult. Any advice...
by Martti Niskanen
September 4th, 2015, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo
Replies: 13
Views: 5959

Re: Borneo

Excellent first posts.
by Martti Niskanen
July 27th, 2015, 10:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia (Balkan) help
Replies: 1
Views: 1323

Re: Georgia (Balkan) help

You might want to try fieldherping.eu. There are some reports from Georgia and Armenia.

Georgia isn't anywhere near the Balkans, btw.
by Martti Niskanen
July 27th, 2015, 8:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in the United Arab Emirates
Replies: 26
Views: 13368

Re: A week in the United Arab Emirates

Great photography!
by Martti Niskanen
June 12th, 2015, 4:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bitten - A Gallery of Horrors
Replies: 28
Views: 8770

Re: Bitten - A Gallery of Horrors

Yup, one can at least use LD50 to get an idea and it's the best we've got.