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by mike h
January 8th, 2016, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea Turtle Stranding Beach Patrol (Cape Cod, MA) - Xpost NE
Replies: 11
Views: 7048

Re: Sea Turtle Stranding Beach Patrol (Cape Cod, MA) - Xpost

We're not always as successful as that weekend. This was one of two turtles we found on New Year's Day and yes... they wanted us to bring it in. You can see the tracks where the gulls dragged it 15' from our marker. It leaked stinky gore all over the place too. Turtle rescue isn't all glamour! haha ...
by mike h
July 2nd, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Andrea and Mike's 2015 Species Seen
Replies: 5
Views: 4152

Re: Andrea and Mike's 2015 Species Seen

Beautiful selection of photos!! I feel as if I was there!! ;)
by mike h
March 15th, 2015, 6:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 3511

Re: March Species Counts

It's still cold and icy up here. I got 8 Two-lined salamander larvae on Friday. Das ist es.
by mike h
February 17th, 2015, 8:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Massachusetts Blizzard Herping
Replies: 2
Views: 1531

Massachusetts Blizzard Herping

This post is originally from February, 2013 but it seems far more relevant today. Well, with weather reports of snow not bothering us in the least, we decided to try out a new place in Suffolk County MA... a place by the name of Dillage Vale. We got there at about noon... https://farm9.staticflickr...
by mike h
February 15th, 2015, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February Species Counts
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: February Species Counts

We just got another foot dumped on us last night. :(
by mike h
February 12th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February Species Counts
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: February Species Counts

Between battling pneumonia and the flu, the Boston area has been massacred with 6 feet of snow in 17 days. That makes for a pretty bad bit of herping for February. The other day, I managed to haul myself through knee/ thigh deep snow for a hundred yards or so and found a favorite nearby stream was s...
by mike h
January 2nd, 2015, 2:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Andrea & Mike's 2014 Wrap-up - The Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 3647

Re: Andrea & Mike's 2014 Wrap-up - The Snakes

Well, you know I loved that trip down memory lane!! 27 species is nothing to sneeze at!!! We'll see if we can top that this year!!
by mike h
November 4th, 2014, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your favorite find of the month - September 2014
Replies: 12
Views: 3173

Re: Your favorite find of the month - September 2014

This hatchling Common Snapper has to be one of the cutest things I saw in September!

ImageDSCN9395 by ZantiMissKnit, on Flickr
by mike h
November 4th, 2014, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nominations for 2015 Northeast Chapter President
Replies: 9
Views: 4437

Re: Nominations for 2015 Northeast Chapter President

Personally, I think you've done a pretty excellent job as this chapter's president and I nominate you to stay on. That is a completely non-biased nomination, by the way.
by mike h
October 1st, 2014, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Watershed Blitz 9-27-14 (Western MA)
Replies: 4
Views: 1416

Re: Watershed Blitz 9-27-14 (Western MA)

An excellent write-up from a very rewarding day!
by mike h
September 11th, 2014, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting Trip Report
Replies: 3
Views: 1681

Re: NAFHA National Meeting Trip Report

Ah, thanks for the kind words and the links! I would have posted this all here but I know folks hate clicking links! Andrea's write-up is quite awesome too!
by mike h
July 15th, 2014, 1:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping
Replies: 12
Views: 5004

Re: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping

Fantastic post!! The Anole enthusiast in me is amazed (and a bit jealous!)
by mike h
June 17th, 2014, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA
Replies: 13
Views: 4042

Re: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA

The wrap-up, Saturday and Sunday. Again, I'm sorry to the folks who won't click links.
http://hitmewithyournaturestick.blogspo ... art-2.html
by mike h
June 15th, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA
Replies: 13
Views: 4042

Re: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA

I know some folks can't be bothered with clicking links, but here is my write up for Day One of the NE Meet-Up! I have been very sick since then, that is why I'm so late in getting this up. But I hope you like the pics. I'm all for corrections, too. My brain has been pudding since getting home. (Wel...
by mike h
April 29th, 2014, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast in situ thread
Replies: 9
Views: 3932

Re: Northeast in situ thread

Red-bellies and Painteds basking in Bristol County, MA in April 2014. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3807/13925849946_276e94bfac_c.jpg DSCN9362 by ZantiMissKnit , on Flickr Eastern Garter snoozing by a pond in Suffolk County, MA https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5496/14016875361_15a5bd6a07_c.jpg DSCN95...
by mike h
April 23rd, 2014, 11:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Re: I learned something new yesterday

I dunno. Probably.
by mike h
April 23rd, 2014, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Re: I learned something new yesterday

I wasn't aware that I was anywhere near this guys tail. I found it three feet from where I laid my hand on top of him.
by mike h
April 22nd, 2014, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Re: I learned something new yesterday

I'm sorry... I have been away. Here is a very good article on tail-dropping and the Eastern Ribbon Snake is mentioned. http://www.ecogecko.co.nz/scritterblog.php In the "how does tail dropping work" section. "The Eastern Ribbon snake of Novia Scotia, Canada (Thamnophis sauritus: Colubridae) is one s...
by mike h
April 7th, 2014, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

Re: I learned something new yesterday

By the way, it's an 8 second video attached. Don't be afraid. I just don't know how to embed it here.
by mike h
April 7th, 2014, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3344

I learned something new yesterday

I pursued an Eastern Ribbon snake (Thamnophis sauritus sauritus) through some thorn bushes to document our first sighting of this species this year. As I was extricating myself from a knot of prickers, I saw something moving by my knees... a tail was wiggling. The Ribbon Snake had dropped his tail, ...
by mike h
April 2nd, 2014, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southborough MA: Herp Survey Volunteers Needed
Replies: 1
Views: 1362

Re: Southborough MA: Herp Survey Volunteers Needing

This is awesome stuff. I would love to do something like this closer to home. The distance to this one makes it impractical for me... :(
by mike h
April 1st, 2014, 8:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?
Replies: 14
Views: 5649

Re: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?

Hmmm.... that oddball at Cutler Park comes right to mind. I hope we see more there, even if it's just a plain ol' Northern!
by mike h
March 14th, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Epic Collier & Monroe (South Florida)
Replies: 17
Views: 4306

Re: Epic Collier & Monroe (South Florida)

Yeah, we're all herpers here. But the Panther is almost like Sasquatch. Nobody EVER thinks they'll see one and others wonder if there are even any still there! Congratulations!

The wee Moccasin is a beauty too!
by mike h
February 26th, 2014, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP
Replies: 7
Views: 1334

Re: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP

I was pretty solid on Penn Cooter until I threw it to the experts. I could go either way now. But the "hairpins" on the sides of the heads made me think that.
by mike h
February 19th, 2014, 7:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Countdown to Spotted Salamanders!
Replies: 65
Views: 16036

Re: Countdown to Spotted Salamanders!

March 13th.
by mike h
January 27th, 2014, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Suggestions for 2014 NE Chapter Trip
Replies: 27
Views: 9345

Re: Suggestions for 2014 NE Chapter Trip

cbernz wrote: Image
Yonahlossee Salamander
That Yonahlossee Salamander is ridiculously beautiful!
by mike h
January 24th, 2014, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Suggestions for 2014 NE Chapter Trip
Replies: 27
Views: 9345

Re: Suggestions for 2014 NE Chapter Trip

After seeing some of species that live on Mt. Rogers, I'm very excited to visit. I will make it a point whether on the Chapter Trip or not!
by mike h
January 16th, 2014, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January Species Counts
Replies: 8
Views: 3046

Re: January Species Counts

Tues 1-14-14

One Redback and one Blue Spotted Salamander.
by mike h
January 13th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Goals for 2014
Replies: 23
Views: 6188

Re: Herping Goals for 2014

Also in Massachusetts... Spring Salamander and Wood Turtle!! How dare they not be easy to find in this state?!
by mike h
January 1st, 2014, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Officers
Replies: 12
Views: 3135

Re: 2014 Officers

As first lady, I will try to do my best and keep the great Northeast Chapter foremost in my mind.
by mike h
December 6th, 2013, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: December Species Counts
Replies: 5
Views: 2312

Re: December Species Counts

It took 45 minutes of sifting through an icy stream (after flipping for almost an hour) but I finally scored...

2 Two-Lined Salamanders!
by mike h
December 6th, 2013, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT
Replies: 20
Views: 6453

Re: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT

A tough challenge for me this time... I'm so keen on getting all up their grills for photos. So if you'll indulge me, I'll add a few favorites from this year... common though they may be... A plethora of pictas! http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7372/8717974637_b6683b279a_b.jpg DSC_0181 by ZantiMissKnit...
by mike h
December 2nd, 2013, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #8 - VENOMOUS SNAKES
Replies: 16
Views: 3593

Re: End of the Year 2013... #8 - VENOMOUS SNAKES

I figured I'd better get this one posted quickly before anyone gets sick of Timbers!
Image
DSC_0394 by ZantiMissKnit, on Flickr

Seen on our very memorable trip to herp with friends in PA!
by mike h
December 2nd, 2013, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURANS
Replies: 13
Views: 3743

Re: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURAN

I'll go with three frogs that I got pretty good pictures of. I'm not the world's best photographer but sometimes I do all right! My best Green Frog (Lithobates clamitans) shot of the year: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3719/9301449453_e28e0f91a1_b.jpg DSCN5698 by ZantiMissKnit , on Flickr Sylvaticus...
by mike h
November 25th, 2013, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2012, Let's Keep it Going... #6 - LIZARDS
Replies: 11
Views: 3869

Re: End of the Year 2012, Let's Keep it Going... #6 - LIZARD

Living in Massachusetts, we don't get to see lizards too often. Our native lizard species? None. So, we visited my Mom in North Carolina in April. She lives just a stones throw from the Croatan. Her house is at least good for Green Anoles! My nephew had cleaned out her little stone pool a few years ...
by mike h
November 25th, 2013, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)
Replies: 15
Views: 2317

Re: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)

Having seen a couple up here since that North Carolina trip, I'm inclined to agree with you about #6 being a Red Belly. That wizened face, the stoic, proud profile. Hey, I'm being serious!
by mike h
November 25th, 2013, 9:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)
Replies: 15
Views: 2317

Re: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)

Cool! Thanks, Steve! So Andrea, take your River Cooter lifer again!

(The truth is, when I took this pic, it was a habitat shot... I couldn't even see this stack with the naked eye!! Gravy Turtles!)
by mike h
November 25th, 2013, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)
Replies: 15
Views: 2317

Re: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)

What are we looking at here? I called River Cooters again, because it was easier than researching it, I guess.
Image
DSCN4393 by ZantiMissKnit, on Flickr
by mike h
November 25th, 2013, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)
Replies: 15
Views: 2317

Re: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted on Forum)

My fault. I have such a tough time IDing the turtles on long distance basking shots. Heck, I have a tough time IDing them when their in my hands!
by mike h
November 24th, 2013, 4:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted in NE Chapter)
Replies: 10
Views: 2952

Re: 2013 - Year of the Lifer! (x-posted in NE Chapter)

Obviously, It was a huge, exciting year for us and Andrea captured our excitement and happiness in her usual vivid, fun way! It should be noted re: the Gila, the man who brought the animals to us not only showed us how to handle it (yes, I did as well) but stood over our shoulder as we enjoyed an up...
by mike h
November 22nd, 2013, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nominations for 2014 Northeast Chapter President
Replies: 14
Views: 5711

Re: Nominations for 2014 Northeast Chapter President

If Andrea should become Chapter President, what would my duties as first lady be?

I can organize a bake sale!!
by mike h
November 22nd, 2013, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #5 - BACKYARD HERPS
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: End of the Year 2013... #5 - BACKYARD HERPS

Trains run through my backyard, which is pretty urban and noisy. But a 3 minute walk up the street is our friend's house and they have a lovely stone wall with a healthy population of Dekay's Snakes. (OK, Northern Browns for you kids out there!) During the Spring and Summer months, we can find dozen...
by mike h
November 18th, 2013, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #3 - TURTLES
Replies: 27
Views: 7016

Re: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #3 - TURTLE

I'm in! Spotteds were tougher than Blandings this year for us, so I'm ecstatic for this shot that I got in early April! He was my last one, too! http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8253/8660681949_2197cabc4e.jpg Untitled by ZantiMissKnit , on Flickr How can I not choose this Snapper who made me wallow thr...
by mike h
November 15th, 2013, 1:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #2 - LAMEST LIFER
Replies: 24
Views: 8729

Re: End of the Year 2013... #2 - LAMEST LIFER

We got our first Chamberlain's this year too! Very cool little guys! Well, I love me some Dookies, but we had never stumbled across them until this year, having learned a little bit about their habits and habitat. So, lame though they may be, these guys always excite me! So, without further ado, I p...
by mike h
November 13th, 2013, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #1 - FAVORITE FIND
Replies: 32
Views: 10477

Re: End of the Year 2013... #1 - FAVORITE FIND

March 16th... 32° F... we were just out walking through a potential new place that is only about 4 mniles from our back door. We were cold and surely didn't expect to see any herps. Certainly not a reptile. We had found a deceased Eastern Garter Snake (thamnophis s. sirtalis) near a bulldozed pile. ...
by mike h
November 12th, 2013, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 11808

Re: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread

Better Maculatum than never!

March in Middlesex County, MA
Image
DSCN3770 by ZantiMissKnit, on Flickr
by mike h
October 25th, 2013, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species Counts
Replies: 16
Views: 2842

Re: October Species Counts

10-21-2013, all by my lonesome.
3 Redbacks
3 Two-Lined
1 Eastern Garter

The end.
by mike h
September 3rd, 2013, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Newly hatched Duskies!
Replies: 9
Views: 1566

Newly hatched Duskies!

Here's something you don't see every day... brand, spankin' new Dusky Salamanders. http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3827/9643144235_eb0eb1be92.jpg DSCN6340 by ZantiMissKnit , on Flickr I had flipped the adult and moved her before replacing the rock. While in my hand, I noticed the wee ones. They still ...
by mike h
August 27th, 2013, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Black-Eyed Toads of Bristol County, MA
Replies: 17
Views: 4708

Re: The Black-Eyed Toads of Bristol County, MA

This last guy, according to warts and paratoid glands at least, appears to be an American. The see-thru tummy, though...
by mike h
August 8th, 2013, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: August Species Counts
Replies: 28
Views: 6325

Re: August Species Counts

I haven't been able to get out much this week, but in under two hours total, I have found:
2 Bullfrogs
2 American Toads
18 Two-Lined Salamanders
2 Dekay's Snakes
All in Suffolk County MA

Can't wait for the weekend!