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by BillMcGighan
June 12th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 18269

Re: Is a supertank possible?

I think with much thought and consideration, this sounds like a great project. Good luck with it. . . . . As an aside: Chris And of course, don't put lizards which eat other lizards, with other lizards you want to keep more than a few days! :lol: :lol: :lol: Old guy story; quit reading while you can...
by BillMcGighan
June 2nd, 2018, 3:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 16183

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

intesting stuff, thanks.
by BillMcGighan
June 2nd, 2018, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my
Replies: 3
Views: 5383

Re: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my

They like our big trees. :thumb: ;)
Now that makes me wonder if they find agatized Ents, like a petrified Ent forest. :?: :o
by BillMcGighan
June 2nd, 2018, 9:59 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 16183

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

Anyone have any strong oppinions on "nolvasan s" (chlorhexidine diacetate) when used as directed as a cage surface disinfectant?
by BillMcGighan
May 30th, 2018, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my
Replies: 3
Views: 5383

Re: ... ancient hairy reptile ... oh my

:lol: :lol: :lol:
dat tricky debil b try'n 2 fool us agin
:lol: :lol: :lol:


Really a neat find.

I'm waiting for paleontologists to find Sasquatch tracks in that same area! :?
by BillMcGighan
May 29th, 2018, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris
Replies: 8
Views: 7399

Re: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris

Though these two reads are about H. (A.) regilla , there’s a high probability A. sierra does the same. Someone with access to JSTOR may have more. “Previous investigators have generally assumed that the green and brown body colors represent a “fixed” polymorphism and that seasonal changes in the pro...
by BillMcGighan
May 29th, 2018, 4:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!
Replies: 16
Views: 13920

Re: Costa Rica the pacific coast from Panama to Nicaragua!

Wonderful post... Took us right along with you.... Too many highlights to mention.

The real question is did you have the lucky knife with you? ;)
by BillMcGighan
May 27th, 2018, 1:57 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 16183

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

The ozonater sounds good, Bryan, and I'm asking out of ignorance, but isn't 03 possibly harmful to pets and humans?
by BillMcGighan
May 27th, 2018, 4:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris
Replies: 8
Views: 7399

Re: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris

Here's the more specific point to my question... the green treefrogs look dark green when they're flipped and when they warm up, they're still green. Just a lighter/brighter shade of green. Green frogs don't ever look tan or gray or red. (however there are multi colored gray frogs that display gree...
by BillMcGighan
May 26th, 2018, 5:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris
Replies: 8
Views: 7399

Re: The Mystery of the granted green Pseudacris

Just addressing the frogs: Color is only a general field mark in Acris and Pseudacris , and can change based on temperature and possibly anxiety level. in these 3 examples, this is the same frog in a period of 5-10 minutes: First, as found, on road, temp 43F. Second, jumped off road. Third, sitting ...
by BillMcGighan
May 25th, 2018, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...
Replies: 19
Views: 13446

Re: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...

Awsome, Owen,
I used to think Border Collies were the most intelligent dogs ever till I saw Belgian Malinois dogs working with K9 officers and military.
by BillMcGighan
May 25th, 2018, 6:50 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tips for cleaning snake cages
Replies: 20
Views: 16183

Re: Tips for cleaning snake cages

All so far are great. After a fresh deposit, especially with animals in the house, a $100 investment can speed up the smell going away. All my animals are in an outdoor shed now (but once were in the house). If I feed 20 animals at a time, 20 poop about the same time. Even with prompt cleaning and f...
by BillMcGighan
May 25th, 2018, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...
Replies: 19
Views: 13446

Re: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...

That's great, Bob. She looks like a dog that you could work with and be great for the family as well. For herping the east, the most important commands to teach, so you can check cover are sit, down, wait, and stay. For the west rattlesnake avoidance is important. As far as her breeds go, pick somet...
by BillMcGighan
May 23rd, 2018, 4:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: Florida man admits to eating Gohper Tortoise's
Replies: 1
Views: 4976

Re: Florida man admits to eating Gohper Tortoise's

Eating Gophers still continue among lower income, rural folks. Some are poor enough to depend, in part, on harvesting wild fish and game to feed their families. Many I've met believe they have a divine right.
by BillMcGighan
May 23rd, 2018, 3:30 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Field guide for Yucatan trip?
Replies: 2
Views: 8013

Re: Field guide for Yucatan trip?

If you can get out of Cancun to the countryside, the area is rich in herps, especially at night, and especially in the rainy season. I've used A Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World: The Lowlands of Mexico, Northern Guatemala and Belize successfully. It's a 2000 copyright, so...
by BillMcGighan
May 12th, 2018, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first post
Replies: 18
Views: 12022

Re: My first post

Jhon Can someone help me fix the size difference? I don't know why some came out different sizes they are all large on flickr. In FLICKR, or in another editor, the easiest way to adjust your pics is to set the width of your pic to about 800 pixels. Set your software automatically to proportionally a...
by BillMcGighan
May 12th, 2018, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So many teeth in the river
Replies: 7
Views: 6971

Re: So many teeth in the river

Lots of good stuff Jhon, but the Gharials alone where special.
by BillMcGighan
May 9th, 2018, 4:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 10052

Re: Licensing Question

Approximately 17 hours and change if you take the Florida Turnpike.
by BillMcGighan
May 3rd, 2018, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Licensing Question
Replies: 17
Views: 10052

Re: Licensing Question

Dave, IMHO, LA has some of the most reasonable herping laws of all the states. They take a reasonable position for visiting herpers, resident herpers, private collectors, protected species, and even managing commercial folks. "You must have a basic fishing license to collect and/or possess native re...
by BillMcGighan
April 23rd, 2018, 5:27 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 64982

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Just another after, after thought, Noah. You seem to be doing well with the animal. :beer: Grasshoppers and cicadas from areas you trust to not have insecticide are taken often in the wild. (Starting hatchling Northern Black Racers, also primarily a sight feeder, is also easier when they take cricke...
by BillMcGighan
April 22nd, 2018, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Wow, still fascinating and curious. Also I forgot about Enhydris plumbea . Seems like you could find them day or night, rain or shine in creeks and rice paddies, like most NA watersnakes. Looking at your coolest high temps for flipping (lowest 22C / almost 72F), and comparing to central Florida, on ...
by BillMcGighan
April 22nd, 2018, 5:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That one day a year I can flip snakes here
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: That one day a year I can flip snakes here

Johnathan, Interesting observations. What are the average month temps where you are? I saw something similar in Viet Nam in the mountains. Any snake I found was NOT under cover, except for a couple incidents, during the cool weather (around February), and at least one at the beginning of the rainy s...
by BillMcGighan
April 18th, 2018, 3:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...
Replies: 19
Views: 13446

Re: Herping with a Dog - Advice sought...

Topic close to my heart also as a lifelong dog owner.... ( 2 weeks away from 70 years) Lots of variation here and your type of herping can even enter into it. Craig's advice is right on: training, training, training. And after a few fundamentals, like come, sit, stay, wait, down, on leash and off le...
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2018, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My best Find of 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 5176

Re: My best Find of 2018

Very cool, Lloyd.
by BillMcGighan
April 1st, 2018, 3:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Do the Wood Frogs call and mate during the daylight hours? I know the American Toads will mate during the day but the Spring Peepers tend to only call and mate at night. Yes, but not as commonly, usually on overcast or rainy days, and they are much spookier. Your approach to the pool must be super ...
by BillMcGighan
March 30th, 2018, 6:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Tokay Gecko eating Stink Bugs
Replies: 4
Views: 8848

Re: Tokay Gecko eating Stink Bugs

Herps get lost and deactivate in cool places, and dessicate. Let alone the good providence that whatever it is you are targeting them to eat - may not target the herp or even cross paths with it. Kelly's response here is the best reason not to generally let them run free. I've seen captive and wild...
by BillMcGighan
February 27th, 2018, 7:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Starting off 2018 Right
Replies: 5
Views: 3916

Re: Starting off 2018 Right

Just south of Quantico.

Here's a glimpse into this from Cornell:
https://vimeo.com/158670276

There are probably 30 - 40 animals here. Triple that number and it makes the pond surface boil!
by BillMcGighan
February 27th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Starting off 2018 Right
Replies: 5
Views: 3916

Re: Starting off 2018 Right

Wow, Matt, that many "Spotted"s. That's great. Two locations I've been lucky enough to be in at the right time to see a "Spotted" mating frenzy was in the northern Appalachians and not far from where you are now! PS The marbled larva should already be hatched. I find them by stirring up the detritus...
by BillMcGighan
February 21st, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

There may be an advantage to wood frogs laying multiple egg masses in the same spot, some, on top of each other. In this forest puddle the fringes of all the Wood Frog egg masses are being gnawed away by newts, so maybe those on top and in the center have a higher probability of survival! https://ww...
by BillMcGighan
February 20th, 2018, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Okay.
Is there anything cuter than that? Now that's a herper!
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PS
Spotted Salamanders are like Wood Frogs in that they are amphib harbingers of spring.
5 days ago, a local forest pond (alt 1700 ft) had no Spotted Salamander eggs.
Yesterday there were more than 50 egg clusters.
by BillMcGighan
February 7th, 2018, 2:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Derek, did you do any good? Josh, any movement over on your side? Today I checked two low altitude locations, 1650 feet and approx 2000 feet. Both had frogs. Air 53 F - water 36 F Not a good video - had only the 105mm fixed macro lens, but you get the idea. These same frogs, of course, if approached...
by BillMcGighan
February 7th, 2018, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where do you get your AC?
Replies: 9
Views: 5825

Re: Where do you get your AC?

Also, check with roofers for sheets of plywood
by BillMcGighan
January 30th, 2018, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

PS
If you miss that batch you'd be welcome to come over here to increase your window of time for capturing a pic.
by BillMcGighan
January 30th, 2018, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 7679

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Optimum would be rainy night / heavily overcast skies day. Temps down to almost freezing are ok with L. sylvaticus . Where I grew up in the northern Appalachians, the breeding pond could freeze after they started, they would pause, and resume when the skin ice melted. Same here in the southern Appal...
by BillMcGighan
January 24th, 2018, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 in review! Part 2 of 2. (To large for one!).
Replies: 5
Views: 3450

Re: 2017 in review! Part 2 of 2. (To large for one!).

Excellent on both posts. :thumb: :thumb:
You certainly challenged our Eastern North America for salamander diversity.
Sensory overload. Good stuff.
by BillMcGighan
January 24th, 2018, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 6527

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

She must have used a scent trail to find her way back is all I can think! Although I've never seen a study on Milks, it does seem more and more studies with transmitters attached show many genera with mini-ranges where possible olfactory queues may be involved, hence the debate on relocation of nui...
by BillMcGighan
January 22nd, 2018, 3:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!
Replies: 12
Views: 6527

Re: Update on my milk snake that came home after escaping!

Fascinating story, Gary. :thumb: :thumb: Nothing surprizes me anymore. Questions that come to mind are: Can cage escapees get into and out of your building where the cages are? Do you raise mice here? When I was a kid I had a 30" western gopher snake (non-native to my location) escape a cage in my u...
by BillMcGighan
January 22nd, 2018, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Magnificent 7 - Episode IV - Timber Rattlesnake
Replies: 6
Views: 3350

Re: The Magnificent 7 - Episode IV - Timber Rattlesnake

BethH I know the two listed are native, but I'd always heard that a grivid female western diamondback "escaped" from a circus train after it derailed, and that due to that, there was a small population of wester diamondback rattlesnakes in Wisconsin. Interesting.. I forgot about that. :lol: Back bef...
by BillMcGighan
January 20th, 2018, 4:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monster on Google Street View
Replies: 13
Views: 8801

Re: Gila Monster on Google Street View

Very cool.
It also looks like the camera vehicle did not run it over, which is better yet!
by BillMcGighan
January 15th, 2018, 4:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Calotes in Florida??
Replies: 3
Views: 2358

Re: Calotes in Florida??

You certainly weren't too far from significant populations of African Rainbow Lizards (Agama agama), Northern Curly-tailed Lizard (Leiocephalus carinatus), and Brown Basilisks (Basiliscus vittatus), Carl.
by BillMcGighan
December 22nd, 2017, 5:26 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Basically I was called full of mierda...
Replies: 11
Views: 12468

Re: Basically I was called full of mierda...

I think if you bird, herp, fish, etc., John, long enough, these things happen. :lol: Even here on herps, years ago when there were many, many contributors, a bigger cross-section if you will, one could easily get flak from a less probable, unvouchered observation. It seems armchair academics can be ...
by BillMcGighan
November 26th, 2017, 7:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, or, Don't Mess with Mama.
Replies: 3
Views: 4010

The Killer Rabbit of Caerbannog, or, Don't Mess with Mama.




I love the little kids cheering on the rabbit.
by BillMcGighan
November 21st, 2017, 5:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Requesting Images of the Commonly CB in the Wild
Replies: 14
Views: 7848

Re: Requesting Images of the Commonly CB in the Wild

Herpers in south Florida on night hikes very often find Corns low in trees as they forage for sleeping lizards and tree frogs:
by BillMcGighan
November 21st, 2017, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very cool find in New Mexico
Replies: 1
Views: 2320

Re: Very cool find in New Mexico

really interesting... Makes you wonder if it maintains that as it gets older?
by BillMcGighan
November 12th, 2017, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern US Tadpole Guide - New Location
Replies: 1
Views: 1954

Re: Eastern US Tadpole Guide - New Location

Glad to see all your good work will be preserved and accessible.
by BillMcGighan
November 12th, 2017, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?
Replies: 97
Views: 39631

Re: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?

umop apisdn wrote: I question whether the bright colors of some aposematic species are more representative of a shared ancestral trait that hasn't evolved to be otherwise, given the fact that so many of these aposematically colored species are either fossorial or otherwise very secretive. What good ...
by BillMcGighan
November 1st, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 64982

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I understand this is a strong opinion that you have, and I respect it, but I see no proof to support much benefit to introducing UVB lighting to snake cages, even after reading the other UVB post. We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one. You're right in that I misspoke saying "Since sna...
by BillMcGighan
November 1st, 2017, 7:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 64982

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Noah, This is an after-thought, a long after-thought :lol: . This is in "for what it’s worth" category. As you know, young coachwhip diet, at least in Florida, is primarily lizards and small snakes then a host of all others (baby birds, large insects, small rodents, etc.) The calcium content in liza...
by BillMcGighan
October 27th, 2017, 2:12 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Centruroides are now in CA
Replies: 6
Views: 10697

Re: Centruroides are now in CA

Any idea of species? AZ Bark Scorpions?
by BillMcGighan
October 25th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID help - Mexico (Yucatan)
Replies: 2
Views: 2252

Re: Frog ID help - Mexico (Yucatan)

My best guess from what I can see is a Sabinal Frog Leptodactylus melanonotus.
It seems to have a triangle on back of head and some animals have white markings on lips.