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by BillMcGighan
August 22nd, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 25995

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Lots of good stuff. I side with Jimi's statements linking this to fishing, even catch and release. It's always best to get a license. The concept in most states is that fish and game (and even non-game) belong to all the people in the state. To do anything with those resources, you follow management...
by BillMcGighan
August 14th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 8474

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

Whole post is great. :lol: :lol: I think as long as there have been herpers, there have been prank, fake herps! Every time I hear of one left on a popular herping area I smile. Interesting subset of this is when a neighborhood boy, a friend of my son, +25 years ago, threw a rubber snake up in a tree...
by BillMcGighan
August 11th, 2018, 3:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la
Replies: 9
Views: 8529

Re: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression fro

Thanks, Tamara,
Hope you and Ray are doing great, especially after the past few years of active weather systems.

Now you need to to do a similar progression of Rainbow Snakes! :lol: ;)
by BillMcGighan
August 6th, 2018, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la
Replies: 9
Views: 8529

Re: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression fro

Thanks Justin,
Hope all is well with you and yours.

I stared at each photo for a long time.
I do that allot with sun! ;) :lol:
by BillMcGighan
August 6th, 2018, 6:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: change of forum format
Replies: 39
Views: 72036

Re: change of forum format

I agree with bringing them back. The main forum with its great global posts and trips that most can only wish for, disuade the new and very local herpers from posting threads that they may perceive as mundane, inexperienced, or even naive. With the regionals folks feel free to ask tips, ids, general...
by BillMcGighan
August 5th, 2018, 3:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la
Replies: 9
Views: 8529

Re: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression fro

FH, Thanks B. I hope it's useful to someone in the field. Carl, Thanks. I was inspired to do these little projects from your Pseudotriton larvae paper that was such a help to me defining P. ruber from P. montanus larvae. Hey Josh, Hope all is going well on your side of the mountains. I'm going to ma...
by BillMcGighan
August 4th, 2018, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah
Replies: 9
Views: 11494

Re: Back to Borneo, part 3: Lowlands of Sabah

Another good one.
Great comments.

The "two frogs" pic was amazing.
by BillMcGighan
August 2nd, 2018, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park
Replies: 12
Views: 9945

Re: Back to Borneo, part 2: Mulu National Park

Wow...... Just Wow
Love the short scripts with the pics.


Planthopper/troll doll hybrid
:lol: :lol:

I think I have some parchute flies that look like that in my fly fishing vest!!!
by BillMcGighan
August 1st, 2018, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la
Replies: 9
Views: 8529

Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la

Spotted salamander ( Ambystoma maculatum ) progression from larvae to adult. If this can help in field identification, this is another one of those “for what it’s worth” posts for anyone interested, or would like to add more. This is similar to “Marbled salamander ( Ambystoma opacum ) progression fr...
by BillMcGighan
July 28th, 2018, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018 (lots of pics!)
Replies: 9
Views: 6564

Re: Borneo Herping Trip June/July 2018

As always... first class
Thanks for posting
by BillMcGighan
July 14th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: black lighting
Replies: 4
Views: 16394

Re: black lighting

Thanks for this post.
That's absolutely spectacular, Gordon

You could title the pic with the female Dobson Fly and the beetles "Jaws"... :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
July 10th, 2018, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: rarest snake in Northeastern US?
Replies: 8
Views: 5705

Re: rarest snake in Northeastern US?

I'd vote for the South Florida Rainbow Snake (Farancia erytrogramma seminola) . Last one seen in the field was 1952. Florida State Museum says it may be extinct. Just a note about the word "rare". To some it means rarely found by herpers. To some it means in need of protection because populations ar...
by BillMcGighan
July 10th, 2018, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountain Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5528

Re: Smoky Mountain Snakes

Spend a 1/2 day Trout fishing and you'll likely see Waters and Queens.
by BillMcGighan
July 5th, 2018, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountain Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5528

Re: Smoky Mountain Snakes

Have any of you had much luck finding snakes in the smoky mountains? I'm assuming you mean the GSMNP. We've regularly found Waters, Queens, Ringnecks, black Gray Ratsnakes, Garters, Copperheads, and an occasional Eastern Milk, Worm Snake, Timbers, and Brown Snake inside the park, but your probabili...
by BillMcGighan
July 2nd, 2018, 1:33 pm
Forum: News
Topic: ... florida iguanas ...4 the crockpot ...
Replies: 2
Views: 9346

Re: ... florida iguanas ...4 the crockpot ...

I'm surprized it took this long for the news to catch it.

It's common place in latin america.

PS
The meat is really good, if prepared well.



PPS
The way I always prepared them was to tell them "calm down, this isn't going to hurt." ;)
by BillMcGighan
June 30th, 2018, 4:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rainbow Snake
Replies: 4
Views: 5724

Re: Rainbow Snake

Congrats, Zach.
Alweays a special find nowadays.
by BillMcGighan
June 26th, 2018, 5:37 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Holtville locality Cal king
Replies: 6
Views: 18370

Re: Holtville locality Cal king

Thanks. It's really nice to see the incidence of locality breeders may be on its way back. Locality breeders seem to be generally more knowledgable. I've never been so disappointed at deli cup shows in the past 5 years with the overwhelming amount of ball Pythons coupled with the general feeling tha...
by BillMcGighan
June 26th, 2018, 5:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 29101

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

Bryan, Headland and Greene's paper ( http://www.pnas.org/content/108/52/E1470 ) is fascinating. Maybe I missed it in the paper, but they couldn’t address a member of the Agta folks just vanishing. It seems probable that when a community member just disappears, it may well have been a predation incid...
by BillMcGighan
June 23rd, 2018, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bullfrog call causing ripples in the water
Replies: 4
Views: 5138

Re: Bullfrog call causing ripples in the water

Come on, Michael, that's a male alligator booming!!
:lol: :roll:

Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen that in a Bullfrog... Very good... :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2018, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising Roanoke for Timbers
Replies: 3
Views: 6633

Re: Road cruising Roanoke for Timbers

This is certainly the type of behavior you don't regularly expect from average law enforcement.
I sent an email "ATABOY" to the Roanoke Police Department.

If you would like to do so as a gesture of support, here's the email:

[email protected]
by BillMcGighan
June 19th, 2018, 5:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]
Replies: 27
Views: 29101

Re: I wasn't convinced this was possible [Graphic]

I’ve seen many hoaxes but this one looks authentic.

If you ever travel to SE Asia you’ll appreciate that the average sizes and statures of these good folks are dramatically different than European and northern Asian decedents.
by BillMcGighan
June 19th, 2018, 4:34 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 30027

Re: Is a supertank possible?

Jimi I like a drain and a sump. More years ago than I care to mention, I made extremely low maintenance, low cost system for a small, indoor turtle pond with 3 screened overflow drains (for level control and triple redundancy for blockage) and one bottom drain for total draining, if necessary. The u...
by BillMcGighan
June 12th, 2018, 7:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 30027

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: 27823

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: 5701

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: 27823

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: 5701

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: 7891

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: 16599

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: 27823

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: 7891

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: 7891

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: 15927

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: 27823

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: 15927

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: 8861

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: 15732

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: 13868

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: 7665

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: 12037

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: 12037

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: 110404

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: 4022

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: 4022

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: 15927

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: 6835

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: 8956

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 ...