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by Kfen
September 14th, 2019, 12:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 90
Views: 51350

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I thought this was discussed before, and it looks like I started it last time! Lol
by Kfen
September 14th, 2019, 3:21 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 90
Views: 51350

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I too would like a definitive answer to this. I've heard some different things but never anything concrete backed by evidence.
by Kfen
September 7th, 2019, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: wanted box turtle photos
Replies: 3
Views: 1118

wanted box turtle photos

I am going to be giving a presentation on North American box turtles in a couple weeks and am looking for a few more photos. I am specifically looking for ones showing the habitat in the background and showing box turtles only partially exposed, like in their forms. I do not need any more portrait o...
by Kfen
September 7th, 2019, 5:33 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 90
Views: 51350

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Thanks for that link Bill. Interesting stuff. Its funny how some things just become "fact" and gets repeated by everyone. Maybe the freezer is the best. I also agree that blunt force trauma is humane, and can be a good tool which I have used in certain instances, but a hammer on a small frog could g...
by Kfen
August 31st, 2019, 4:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report
Replies: 6
Views: 3298

Re: Costa Rica - June 2019 Report

Wow, it looks like you killed it! And your photos are real eye candy. I've been to CR a few times and still hoping to see a Pseustes, and some of the others you saw. Mind sharing some of the places you stayed at? It's always difficult to find places to herp at night.
by Kfen
August 30th, 2019, 8:14 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 90
Views: 51350

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Great to see updates posted. Wouldn't be a complete story without. Thanks for that. What is a good way to humanely euthanize frogs to use as feeders? I've used benzocaine before, but when they were not being fed to something. I doubt that would be safe. I also don't plan on building a CO2 chamber.
by Kfen
June 16th, 2019, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Royal Tree Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 5745

Re: Royal Tree Snake

It may not have been the best view, but congratulations on such a cool find! Thanks for sharing
by Kfen
June 9th, 2019, 6:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Plated lizard with eye problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5059

Re: Plated lizard with eye problem

I would also add if you can get him outside, even for short periods, nothing beats the sun. Just make sure to do it safely so he has a place to retreat and not overheat. I have seen it work wonders on sick/injured herps. Here is a plated lizard taking advantage of the South African sun: IMG_6821size...
by Kfen
June 8th, 2019, 5:49 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Plated lizard with eye problem
Replies: 17
Views: 5059

Re: Plated lizard with eye problem

I agree with Kelly that it looks like an "internal" issue and not something caused by external injury or infection. Is it in both eyes? That would add further evidence to the above.
by Kfen
April 28th, 2019, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New York salamander ID help
Replies: 2
Views: 3294

Re: New York salamander ID help

Looks like a northern dusky. Desmognathus fuscus
by Kfen
March 29th, 2019, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: FL, March 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 6432

Re: Trip Report: FL, March 2019

Nice trip report. Thanks for sharing. While you may not have seen the species you were after, at least the Everglades are pretty much guaranteed to find something. My first instinct is Island glass lizard as well, but it has been a long time since I thought about them whatsoever, so I could also be ...
by Kfen
March 26th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 7632

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Bill, do you have pictures of any of those markets?
by Kfen
March 22nd, 2019, 10:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 7632

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Bill, do you keep Spilotes as well? Any luck breeding? Sorry, No. I've caught a few in the field, kept a male, but never kept a pair. If I had, I would have guessed your arrangement would be the thing to do. Those black-breasted leaf turtles are truely amazing. I've seen them only once before in a ...
by Kfen
March 21st, 2019, 4:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 7632

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Thank you Kfen, beautiful Spilotes pair, I love how you treat them. I think its hilarious how the black hides, who are really nice in every way except how tough the lable is to get off, look exactly like ones ive had. Thanks. The picture makes the cage look bigger than it is. Its 3' x2' x 3', and I...
by Kfen
March 21st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in Ghana, August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 5236

Re: A week in Ghana, August 2018

Your posts never disappoint. Thanks for sharing. Excellent report.
by Kfen
March 19th, 2019, 9:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 7632

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

This was going to be a longer post but I just spent an hour trying to figure out how to resize images on my new phone. I can't. So I then read lots of reviews and downloaded two different photo editing apps. Anyway, I am excited about this possibility: IMG_20190318_202721700~2-02.jpeg I've had these...
by Kfen
March 7th, 2019, 5:29 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mercury Bulb Longevity, Maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 4031

Re: Mercury Bulb Longevity, Maintenance

LOL. Seriously, timers are your friends. I haven't manually switched on reptile lights in probably 20 years.
by Kfen
March 7th, 2019, 5:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Earth Colored UTH mats
Replies: 6
Views: 6339

Re: Earth Colored UTH mats

Its interesting you brought up heat mats on the vertical walls, because I was considering trying that out soon. I am in the process of building a 3/4" wooden cage that I wanted to raise the ambient slightly. I did not want to mount anything to the ceiling (lights that give off heat or heat panels) b...
by Kfen
March 5th, 2019, 7:50 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mercury Bulb Longevity, Maintenance
Replies: 3
Views: 4031

Re: Mercury Bulb Longevity, Maintenance

Always great tips from Kelly. I have also found putting lights on a timer can increase the longevity of both cheap fixtures and of the fragile bulbs. Plus there is not reason not to use timers.
by Kfen
March 5th, 2019, 7:46 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Earth Colored UTH mats
Replies: 6
Views: 6339

Re: Earth Colored UTH mats

I really like the leaf shaped heater idea! Do you put the heat mats on the inside or outside of your vertical enclosure walls? Are they effective in raising the ambient that way? Eheim canister filters come with green tubing, and Ive always thought that was a good idea, in addition to them being gre...
by Kfen
March 5th, 2019, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more
Replies: 7
Views: 6289

Re: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more

Wow! Thanks for putting that post together for us. It was quite enjoyable. How long were you there for?
by Kfen
February 2nd, 2019, 2:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: going to ocala in february
Replies: 0
Views: 3714

going to ocala in february

I will actually be in Silver Springs FL from Feb 13-18. I will have from about 9-5 to do some herping on that Thurs, Fri, and Mon. I have already gotten a few tips (Thanks Bill!) but will welcome any more for that area or within a reasonable driving distance. I was also curious if anyone wanted to m...
by Kfen
February 1st, 2019, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 11458

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

One day several years ago (like everyone else's story starts) I was hiking up a mountain side in northern NJ looking for prospective timber rattlesnake dens. I was in an area with some open canopy so there was a good amount of grasses growing on the forest floor. I caught some movement waving around...
by Kfen
January 9th, 2019, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 4485

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

Really neat shots of the lizards and sidewinders partially buried in the sand. You must have some good eyes. How many of those did you find because of tracks or disturbance in the sand? Thanks for sharing
by Kfen
January 9th, 2019, 9:11 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Approaching from below is often helpful. This can across taxa. When getting baby terrestrial turtles to eat off tongs, they are much more receptive at first when the prey is on the ground rather than "magically" hanging in the air. You may wonder why I feed baby turtles from tongs. The answer is so...
by Kfen
January 3rd, 2019, 6:04 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

I have never attempted to maintain any snakes on mouse tails, I have never given more than two. I think it works by either triggering their digestive system and appetite or by showing the snake that mice are in fact a food source. If it doesn't work the first one or two times, I move onto a differen...
by Kfen
January 2nd, 2019, 8:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Bill,
I totally forgot to mention the braining part, I do that as well and can definitely be successful. I have never tried boiling a pinky, interesting idea. Some species are just easy, 90% of my coxi eat f/t without any tricks.
by Kfen
January 2nd, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Like Kelly, I have never been able to get a non-eating snake to eat by tease feeding. They strike the pinky for sure, but never ever hold on for me. I do have a friend that currently has to tease feed his rhino rat exactly like Bill wrote about. My schedule trying to feed hatchlings (I currently onl...
by Kfen
December 20th, 2018, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US
Replies: 4
Views: 3292

Re: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US

Wow!! That is exciting stuff. Its too bad its December and I live in CT because all I want to do is go out in the field right now.
by Kfen
December 16th, 2018, 5:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

One of the concerns or arguments for not providing water is that they could knock over the bowl and dampen the bedding. I check all of my animals every three days or more during this time, so that would not be an issue. I would simply replace the bedding. Isnt the easy solution to the above to use ...
by Kfen
December 14th, 2018, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: north florida in Feb
Replies: 1
Views: 1777

north florida in Feb

My wife will be going to Ocala in February for work for a few days. I am trying to figure out if it is worth me going as well. Are there any herps to be found that time of year near there? If I go, I will have the days to myself so will need to occupy my time. I have been to south FL many times duri...
by Kfen
November 26th, 2018, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 16
Views: 10565

Re: Costa Rica

Lots of great tips already mentioned. The only thing I have to add is all the national parks close EARLY. That means no night hiking there. So either plan on roadcruising or plan on staying at a lodge/hotel/camp with their own property. National Parks also don't like hooks.
by Kfen
July 11th, 2018, 2:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: fatty liver question
Replies: 16
Views: 16178

Re: fatty liver question

As far as i know, there were no abnormal signs that my friend saw before death. Tortoise was eating and acting as usual. Thats why I immediately questioned the fatty liver diagnosis. I did send him a link, not sure if he read it yet. Would be better if he joined this discussion.
by Kfen
July 9th, 2018, 5:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: fatty liver question
Replies: 16
Views: 16178

Re: fatty liver question

Again, all great thoughts and responses. The liver was white. I'll send a link to this thread to my friend and see if he wants to chime in. Im not really sure why I haven't already. Jimi, you brought up something that I thought about when I was typing my last response: pesticides. Some store bought ...
by Kfen
July 1st, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: fatty liver question
Replies: 16
Views: 16178

Re: fatty liver question

Thanks for your input. Jimi, he knew the risks going with a non-herp vet. He has a close relationship with her and got it done for free, within 24 hours, and was involved. And I wouldn't mind your "ignorant" speculation, because I doubt it would be ignorant at all. I am open minded and like to hear ...
by Kfen
June 28th, 2018, 7:01 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: fatty liver question
Replies: 16
Views: 16178

fatty liver question

A friend of mine just recently had a spider tortoise die. He had it necropsied by a vet who does not have much experience with reptiles. She determined the cause of death to be fatty liver. My friend was there and the liver was fatty and discolored. I am skeptical if that was the true cause of death...
by Kfen
June 28th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 12403

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

Is Hydrogen peroxide better at disinfecting than chlorhexidine? I use chlorhexidine pretty regularly to clean enclosures and water bowls. I have used it to soak a snake and turtles directly before so it seems safe.
by Kfen
June 28th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 14504

Re: Is a supertank possible?

When I used to work at a pet shop, I made a paludarium with a 55 gallon that housed green tree frogs, anoles, and fire belly toads pretty successfully. I think we may have even had a few newts in there occasionally. We were conscious of feeding both during the day and after all the lights were out. ...
by Kfen
February 9th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: misting system questions
Replies: 16
Views: 11654

Re: misting system questions

Thanks Kelly for your always present good advice. I will definitely stay on top of them. I will be getting some hatchling henkeli in the near future, and don't want to have to worry about them if I go away for a few days. (Also hoping to hatch my own sikorae this year). One of the perks of keeping r...
by Kfen
February 8th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: misting system questions
Replies: 16
Views: 11654

misting system questions

Does anyone here have experience with misting systems? I want to use it for Uroplatus and I have a few questions: What is your preferred brand? From a little bit of searching it seems like MistKing gets the most attention Can I use regular tap water through it? My water is kind of hard. I know every...
by Kfen
November 13th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 30161

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

A cheap alternative to thermostats are dimmer switches that you can plug something into. They are under $15 at the big box stores. They have to be monitored more closely than a traditional thermostat, but I have had good luck with them as long as the room temp doesn't swing too much. I am sure every...
by Kfen
October 26th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell death
Replies: 10
Views: 6219

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

I have been way less active lately, but not because of other media, because of personal time. I just wanted to say I actually like the posts NOT from my area better. Living vicariously. Why would I look at pictures of herps that I can go and look at in real life? I prefer the pics of the ones that I...
by Kfen
August 7th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Vermiclate water ratio
Replies: 11
Views: 11604

Re: Vermiclate water ratio

Update: Thanks for the advice everyone. Unfortunately I didn't fully take it. I made it drier than in the past, but I still went above the 1:1 ratio with water. I just cant believe how dry 1:1 is. I just went over a friends house and felt up his vermiculite that he made up and has success with, and ...
by Kfen
May 5th, 2017, 4:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Vermiclate water ratio
Replies: 11
Views: 11604

Vermiclate water ratio

Question for people that use vermiculate: Do you do the 1:1 weight ratio? I just weighed it out for the first time in m y life for some snake eggs and it is way drier than I have ever used before. I would ususally just wet it down and then squeeze out thw the water. I didnt have success with this pa...
by Kfen
April 2nd, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 29407

Re: Man Eaters

Narrowfellow, I did not read the paper, only the abstract you posted. Can you explain how you determined the strikes were " cases of “mistaken identity,” in which the python initiated a strike at a potential prey item but aborted its predatory behavior prior to constriction and ingestion", as oppose...
by Kfen
March 30th, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from Manu, Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 1711

Re: Photos from Manu, Peru

Looks like a great trip with great finds. The write up on your website is extremely informative. I hope to visit that part of the world in the next couple of years so I will definitely revisit your info when the time comes. Thanks for sharing
by Kfen
March 20th, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 4973

Re: Peru

Those river otters must have been a real treat and it looks like you got some good views. The second butterfly is stunning.

I believe your treefrog is Trachycephalus typhonius (was venulosus) and your toad is a Cane toad Rhinella marinus
by Kfen
December 9th, 2016, 12:17 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: breeding loans
Replies: 5
Views: 6527

Re: breeding loans

I guess I should add in both of my situations, all adults will be moved. This is not a "I have a female and friend has a male" kind of thing. There are also no known or expected morphs to come from any of this. Who gets first pic (which likely wont matter but you never know), the owner or borrower?
by Kfen
December 9th, 2016, 12:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: breeding loans
Replies: 5
Views: 6527

breeding loans

Hey everyone, its been a little while since I was on here. Anyone ever been involved with a breeding loan? I am likely to get involved with 2, I will be the loaner with one friend and the loanee with another. Is there some general standard about who gets what? I was thinking of just splitting any of...
by Kfen
December 8th, 2016, 11:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone need roaches?
Replies: 8
Views: 8627

Re: Anyone need roaches?

I never even thought to freeze them. Is it really just as simple as putting live ones in a bag and then into the freezer? How long will they keep for, same as any other meat product?