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by TNWJackson
April 10th, 2013, 10:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python venom?
Replies: 88
Views: 30305

Re: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python ven

Hi Gerry, I understand what you're saying, both about the etymology of the word "venom" and about your concerns relating to people misinterpreting the "technical" usage of the term. By the "traditional" definition, I was obviously referring to the "modern" scientific definition, not the meaning of t...
by TNWJackson
April 10th, 2013, 3:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python venom?
Replies: 88
Views: 30305

Re: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python ven

Hi Scott, I definitely didn't think you were citing anything in a pretentious manner, and agree it's relevant to have all opinions available here. I think the reason both "sides" were not initially referenced is because the OP was about misconceptions relating to a paper which largely discusses heno...
by TNWJackson
April 10th, 2013, 2:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python venom?
Replies: 88
Views: 30305

Re: Anyone see the National Geographic article on Python ven

I find it somewhat amusing that this entire discussion has been sparked off by an article discussing a paper which does not in fact state that pythons are venomous . As is abundantly clear if you read the paper, it is an investigation of the relictual and/or incipient venom systems of certain toxico...
by TNWJackson
December 30th, 2012, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australian Herping 2:2 Mt Isa and Sleep Deprivation
Replies: 5
Views: 2408

Re: Australian Herping 2:2 Mt Isa and Sleep Deprivation

Fantastic photos! Looks like it was a great trip.
by TNWJackson
December 7th, 2012, 12:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #61: Boiga jaspidea "Black Velvet"
Replies: 11
Views: 4269

Re: Borneo Dispatches #61: Boiga jaspidea "Black Velvet"

Fantastic Hans, I was never lucky enough to find one of these.
by TNWJackson
December 4th, 2012, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #60: Seven Snake Adventures
Replies: 22
Views: 6291

Re: Borneo Dispatches #60: Seven Snake Adventures

Great post Hans. I haven't visited the forum in quite a while but it's comforting to know that some things never change and that whenever I do you will be posting a serious of lovely photos of amazing Bornean snakes. I'm particularly fond of the shot of the L . effraensis ventral surface in this post.
by TNWJackson
December 4th, 2012, 6:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South-east Queensland
Replies: 18
Views: 7632

Re: South-east Queensland

Wow Matt. It doesn't matter that I have seen a lot of your photography before, I am seriously gob-smacked by the quality of the photos in this thread (nothing surprising about that though of course). You have completely killed my motivation to post anything from SE Queensland on this board for the n...
by TNWJackson
June 15th, 2012, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #42: The Reluctant Naja Nemesis
Replies: 27
Views: 6025

Re: Borneo Dispatches #42: The Reluctant Naja Nemesis

I'm sure there is a sumatrana conspiracy. The snakes all get together and agree not too hood and spit for anyone who looks somewhat inexperienced. They'll wait until after you've caught your 20th specimen or so and get lulled into a complacent "cobras don't spit, leave the glasses at home" attitude...
by TNWJackson
June 13th, 2012, 11:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A year in Australia - some of the highlights.
Replies: 19
Views: 4290

Re: A year in Australia - some of the highlights.

Lovely series of photos Tom!
by TNWJackson
June 13th, 2012, 10:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #41: Dulce et decorum est...
Replies: 16
Views: 6318

Re: Borneo Dispatches #41: Dulce et decorum est...

Agreed that the Boiga is a juvenile B. cynodon - I have slides of baby albinos somewhere. Corals in general have very long venom glands, I believe. The long-glanded condition is unique (amongst coral snakes) to Calliophis intestinalis and Calliophis bivirgata (i.e. the species that used to be classi...
by TNWJackson
June 13th, 2012, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #42: The Reluctant Naja Nemesis
Replies: 27
Views: 6025

Re: Borneo Dispatches #42: The Reluctant Naja Nemesis

Nice Hans! Always great to find a snake you've been after for a while. As for the temperament, my personal experience with wild N. sumatrana (In Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore and Borneo) has been that they are generally very reluctant to bite, reluctant to sit still and hood and reluctant to spit. ...
by TNWJackson
May 17th, 2012, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hong Kong Herping 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 4192

Re: Hong Kong Herping 2012

Very nice post!
by TNWJackson
May 14th, 2012, 11:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper
Replies: 11
Views: 4094

Re: Borneo Dispatches #38: Bornean Leaf-nosed Pitviper

Very nice find Mr. Breuer! The P. breitensteini was great too - tried to post on that one but my internet chose that precise moment to have a fit of non-connectivity.
by TNWJackson
April 29th, 2012, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In search of Lataste's Viper, Madrid 2011
Replies: 12
Views: 3084

Re: In search of Lataste's Viper, Madrid 2011

Awesome post Tom, some really lovely photos there. How big was the Lataste's?
by TNWJackson
April 27th, 2012, 9:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysian roadkill ... I mean snakes
Replies: 4
Views: 1530

Re: Malaysian roadkill ... I mean snakes

I think DavidG has a plausible explanation. Having said that, the snake is not Cerberus rhynchops . Although it's hard to tell from the photos I'd say it's actually Homalopsis buccata - a freshwater species. So, if there are any streams or ponds nearby, it may just be that the snake was crossing the...
by TNWJackson
April 27th, 2012, 4:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

DanTheMan wrote:I knew it! Just Golden-crowned's though, right? White-crowned's are rarer than adders! ;)
Hahaha of course - golden-crowneds have more appropriately shaped heads too ;)

Whatever Scott, you're just sore because my study animals eat your study animals.
by TNWJackson
April 27th, 2012, 4:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A.P.T- Another Pilbara Thread (Australia)
Replies: 16
Views: 3570

Re: A.P.T- Another Pilbara Thread (Australia)

Great post Henry - nice work if you can get it!
by TNWJackson
April 24th, 2012, 2:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012
Replies: 40
Views: 11248

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012

Wonderful stuff David - I always love how your posts just keep going and going, there's always something new to see each time I click on the link. Agreed with Cole that your gecko is a Cnemaspis sp. - kendalli is also the only species of that genus I'm familiar with. Agreed with Hans - the huntsman ...
by TNWJackson
April 23rd, 2012, 12:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Thanks DaveR! Awesome post, Tim!! But whats with that little brown skink you photographed? I had no idea you were that way inclined!! ;) You certainly live in a great part of SE Qld. As for those Adders... I think you're lying! Yeah...I still feel dirty about that skink. I keep washing my hands but ...
by TNWJackson
April 23rd, 2012, 12:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Top End, Darwin, NT - Kununurra, WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3662

Re: Herping the Top End, Darwin, NT - Kununurra, WA

DanTheMan wrote:Found Varanus primordius!!!

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Nice!! :thumb:
by TNWJackson
April 21st, 2012, 11:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Top End, Darwin, NT - Kununurra, WA
Replies: 10
Views: 3662

Re: Herping the Top End, Darwin, NT - Kununurra, WA

"NT to just north of 3 ways (giggity)"

Hahahahahaha, nice.

Awesome post mate, stunning photos and some great critters (and country).....here I thought you were busy working, but you have plenty of time to make FHF posts apparently (but still not comment on my Nebo/Glorious post...jerk).
by TNWJackson
April 18th, 2012, 3:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 13585

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

Wow, that baluensis is stunning.
by TNWJackson
April 18th, 2012, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?
Replies: 43
Views: 7741

Re: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?

Hi DavidG, That definitely sounds sad - maybe I'm not so anxious to return to Singapore anymore. So much development has occurred there too (it's never-ending isn't it?), the very backyard from which I pulled 7 species of snake has been filled in and made a parking lot. Certainly a depressing situat...
by TNWJackson
April 18th, 2012, 3:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012
Replies: 40
Views: 11248

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012

M. bivirgata Manticora bivirgata is now Calliophis bivirgata Hans, nitpickingly Hahaha...you got me there, fair enough. Maticora (without an n - just nitpicking) was synonymised with Calliophis some years ago (I also mistakenly wrote " M. intestinalis "). My bad, obviously a brain fart after a full...
by TNWJackson
April 18th, 2012, 12:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012
Replies: 40
Views: 11248

Re: Malaysia Natural History Report, March 2012

You may be amazed at the skill of other lepidopteran photographers David, but I am amazed by your skill and patience in that very same discipline! Extremely impressive array of lepidopteran (and the other inverts too) photos...and a few lovely herp shots for good measure. I was with Tom in that I th...
by TNWJackson
April 17th, 2012, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?
Replies: 43
Views: 7741

Re: HERPING IN THE TROPICS – ECSTASY OR NIGHTMARE?

Very interesting thread, I haven't the mental energy to contribute much to it right now, although as usual I find my inner skeptic jumping up and down :lol: One thing I will say is that I wouldn't call the herping in Singapore "tough" - I caught 7 species of snake in my own backyard whilst living th...
by TNWJackson
April 17th, 2012, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 13585

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

Heresy! Blasphemy! Iconoclasty! I based an entire chapter of my book on the fact that the Many-banded Krait is the baddest (terrestrial) snake outside of Oz! :lol: In the paper referenced above, the average intravenous LD50 (in micrograms per gram) was 0.083 for candidus and 0.0975 for multicinctus...
by TNWJackson
April 17th, 2012, 3:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 13585

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

All of which are more venomous than fasciatus?? Yep, all are about 20-fold more toxic than fasciatus on average. Remember this is in rodents, which may or may not be informative on relative toxicity for humans and almost certainly isn't informative on relative toxicity to natural prey items. Regard...
by TNWJackson
April 17th, 2012, 12:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 13585

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

How about multicinctus? ;) Unfortunately I'm unable to locate any studies in which the lethality of both flaviceps and multicinctus were tested, but by comparing the overlapping results of a couple of studies it looks as though flaviceps and multicinctus venoms are similarly toxic in rodents. My co...
by TNWJackson
April 16th, 2012, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Thanks Jordan - indeed you do, plenty of stuff to see around here (and everywhere else in Australia - I need to see more of the West!). Thanks Joey - that particular bandy picture is probably the highest I've ever seen one throw a loop. I wouldn't read too much into the Dendrelaphis photo, that is a...
by TNWJackson
April 16th, 2012, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Krait)
Replies: 41
Views: 13585

Re: Borneo Dispatches #34: Bungarus flaviceps (Red-headed Kr

Very cool Hans, a great find and I'm very impressed with your patience. As you know, there are plenty of deaths on record for Bungarus so they certainly do bite in defence from time to time (and I have seen flaviceps have a good chew on a snake bag so they can't be all that reluctant!). John - accor...
by TNWJackson
April 10th, 2012, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Thanks guys! I'm not aware of any work having been done on the efficacy (or otherwise) of the bandy bandy defensive display. Interesting that you reference "ophiophage defence" in crotalids - in the bandy bandy's world it is the ophiophage (its diet largely consists of blind snakes but it will also ...
by TNWJackson
April 9th, 2012, 10:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

It's presumed to be a form of threat display. They seem more inclined (Macdonald, pers. comm. and personal experience) to do it when caught out in the open than when they see the option to flee (when they may rely on the "flicker fusion" effect caused by their striking bands). To be honest I can't i...
by TNWJackson
April 9th, 2012, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern and Western Cape - South Africa January 2012
Replies: 17
Views: 6738

Re: Eastern and Western Cape - South Africa January 2012

Great post - we certainly don't see enough African posts here :thumb:
by TNWJackson
April 9th, 2012, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Ha, its not the case of them hearing him coming a mile off, its more the case of him driving past them at 300km an hour whilst 'road-cruising'! Haha very true! I was overtaken by some fools driving at similar speeds last night....a few kms down the road I found a fat female adder split in half by o...
by TNWJackson
April 8th, 2012, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Azemiops wrote:Fantastic post Tim, I'm incredibly jealous of all those adders you've been finding! Perfect excuse to head back over to Brisbane sometime though.
I suspect the main problem is that you did too much herping with Jonno - the adders hear him coming a mile off.

Are you in Australia permanently now?
by TNWJackson
April 8th, 2012, 2:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

To be fair Hans I've not broken double figures in snakes on a single night since moving here...the potential is there but everything has to fall into place for one of those magical (or maybe that's "mythical") nights to occur. You definitely should come visit Kevin, you're welcome any time but you s...
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 11:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Uh, no. You are lucky, are you not?
Haha I'm very lucky. People might say that you have also recently moved to a herp paradise though ;)

Thanks Vic, I'm a big fan of Burton's legless lizards too, they are a unique and exceptionally variable species.
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 8:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:Nothing short of amazing. You're so lucky to be able to up and move to a herp paradise.

I'm going to assume you're being intentionally ironic :lol:
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Thanks David, I wanted to get a photo of the katydid on the ground but by the time I got my camera out she had stopped displaying.
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Coluber Constrictor wrote:Man, Australia has some weird stuff. Love the Bandy-bandies!
I love them too, they're common but I never tire of them and their ludicrous defensive displays.
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

Re: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Ql

Thanks guys! Definitely feeling lucky to be living here. Yes Dave, I finally got around to it....and I haven't forgotten you either (see below). A few more piccies: Tusked frog - Adelotus brevis http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h136/semiremex/adelotus.jpg White-crowned snake - Cacophis harrietae ht...
by TNWJackson
April 7th, 2012, 2:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dugite, Tiger Snake and Blue-Tongued Skink - Perth, WA
Replies: 5
Views: 2286

Re: Dugite, Tiger Snake and Blue-Tongued Skink - Perth, WA

Nice Tom, congratulations on the dugite!
by TNWJackson
April 6th, 2012, 11:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #32: Less Talk. More Kraits.
Replies: 7
Views: 1811

Re: Borneo Dispatches #32: Less Talk. More Kraits.

Very cool Hans, B. fasciatus are certainly special snakes.
by TNWJackson
April 6th, 2012, 11:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: North Queensland Reptiles
Replies: 11
Views: 2197

Re: North Queensland Reptiles

Tim, i've been keeping an eye on the adder pics you've been putting up on facebook - I drove that road every weekend for 5 months whilst we lived in Brisbane and didn't get one! The Stephen's banded almost made up for it though... Haha it's funny like that isn't it? I have seen Stephens' up here in...
by TNWJackson
April 6th, 2012, 10:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld
Replies: 41
Views: 12193

My first couple of months living in herp paradise, SE Qld

I've been wanting to make this post for some time but have been far too busy with work. I'm no less busy now, but I figured I better get it out of the way so I could concentrate more effectively on work (that's my excuse to myself anyway). A little over two months ago I moved to a place I've been vi...
by TNWJackson
April 2nd, 2012, 1:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: North Queensland Reptiles
Replies: 11
Views: 2197

Re: North Queensland Reptiles

Great post Tom - lovely photos! The praelongus is indeed a cool find :thumb:
by TNWJackson
March 26th, 2012, 12:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West of Rocky - Queensland, Australia
Replies: 3
Views: 1454

Re: West of Rocky - Queensland, Australia

Very cool Stew - that Dendrelaphis looks more like a Dendroaspis! How long was that guy?
by TNWJackson
March 20th, 2012, 1:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central Australia (yes another one!)
Replies: 14
Views: 2469

Re: Central Australia (yes another one!)

Really enjoying this so far Jordan, looking forward to the rest (hopefully some elapids!).
by TNWJackson
March 20th, 2012, 1:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QLD, SA, WA, Australia
Replies: 15
Views: 3224

Re: QLD, SA, WA, Australia

Awesome selection of photos!