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by BillMcGighan
February 21st, 2018, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 8953

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: 8953

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: 8953

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: 7164

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: 8953

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: 8953

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: 3930

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: 8058

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: 8058

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: 3891

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: 11163

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: 2684

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: 21853

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: 4389

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: 9229

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: 2644

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: 2120

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: 51156

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: 110159

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: 110159

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: 18817

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: 2406

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.
by BillMcGighan
October 25th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10265

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Kelly: Ive seen the same innate caution in many dogs, towards dust busters and confounding mechanical toys. Kelly, of course, anyone who has had a dog or a cat has seen similar behavior to dust busters et al, but ask yourself, where did that innate behavior come from? You see it in a puppy’s or kitt...
by BillMcGighan
October 24th, 2017, 4:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers
Replies: 12
Views: 8544

Re: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers

the_cw1: In situ shots are not as "exciting" as posed pictures--I grant that--but they perhaps more accurately expose the animal's latent behavior(s). bgorum: Ohh, I'll have to disagree with that! I think a well done in situ picture is vastly more exciting than another, same old, posed picture becau...
by BillMcGighan
October 24th, 2017, 4:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10265

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Marti, Tangential to your main topic, is defensive strategy combined with similar pattern and even behavior combined with noise. In the North American southwest, any field herper knows that two commonly encountered species are rattlesnakes ( Crotalus ) and gopher/bull snakes ( Pituophis ). It is my ...
by BillMcGighan
October 21st, 2017, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 10265

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

Marti, Here's a Natrix maura ("Viper d'eau") from the south of Provence, France.
PM me if you need some more specific info.
by BillMcGighan
October 18th, 2017, 5:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 14450

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Great answers and discussion. It also should be mentioned that a high incidence of venomous bites have no or mild envenomation. Some put it as high as 20 to 25% of all bites of pit vipers. This generally is a function of the state of excitement, species, temperature, etc., of the animal. Herpers do ...
by BillMcGighan
October 13th, 2017, 4:03 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?
Replies: 17
Views: 27279

Re: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?

Jimi Oh, finally - most of the Boiga are gonna be WC imports. There's a strange phenom in imported snakes, in that the SE Asian stuff seems to be the most heavily parasitized or something, and definitely seems most likely to "roll". Die, that is. Compared to tropical African, or tropical American st...
by BillMcGighan
September 29th, 2017, 4:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110159

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Wow, Chris, Just got back from a month long herping/birding/fishing trip, mostly out of signal, and was really pleased to see this post. Good job. Couple quick thoughts: 1 I agree with Jimi. mix them for a couple feedings. 2. Wait a few days longer than an eastern ratsnake to provide food. 3. I'd us...
by BillMcGighan
September 12th, 2017, 9:23 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110159

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Kelly Hey Bill my remarks on the liver dab wasnt meant as an overstep of your suggestion at all, just a breakdown of another method that may have features some would find compatible with their routines. Not to worry... Anything that will get a captive eating is a good thing. There's very little righ...
by BillMcGighan
September 12th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ folks - Sonoran Green? toad ID clarification
Replies: 2
Views: 2172

Re: AZ folks - Sonoran Green? toad ID clarification

Thanks a bunch, Jeremy.

I just stumbled on to some pics of very young "alvarius" and you are absolutely right!

Good stuff.
by BillMcGighan
September 12th, 2017, 8:34 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110159

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Not an advertisement - just a source.
Rodentpro has frozen day old quail in numbers.
by BillMcGighan
September 12th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ folks - Sonoran Green? toad ID clarification
Replies: 2
Views: 2172

AZ folks - Sonoran Green? toad ID clarification

Quick clarification from AZ oriented folks… (This is where I really miss a regional forum!) I found this toad in Santa Cruz County in the range of the Sonoran Green Toad ( Anaxyrus retiformis ). It superficially “looks” more like a more eastern, Anaxyrus debilis . The greenish color is obvious as ar...
by BillMcGighan
September 1st, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pine Snake Breeding
Replies: 4
Views: 12441

Re: Pine Snake Breeding

Great attention to detail, Jack. I applaud your taking time to document your experience. It would be interesting now to interject variables to push the limits! I found that "published Care Sheets" are usually a recipe that someone on the internet, more often a commercial breeder, tried, succeeded on...
by BillMcGighan
August 15th, 2017, 5:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog
Replies: 6
Views: 3618

Re: Gartersnake swallowing a green frog

Zach, Good pic.
I really like natural history shots that capture wild activity.

In retrospect, I think every time I've found a rep of Natricidae eating a frog or toad, except on a roadway, was because the amphib was screaming! This makes your observation even more special.
by BillMcGighan
August 10th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 33621

Re: FHF has moved chapter threads.....

Steven
Or maybe only 5 regions: Northwest, Southwest, Midwest (or Central), Northeast and Southeast.
2nd
by BillMcGighan
August 8th, 2017, 9:12 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Critters from NE Arkansas
Replies: 5
Views: 14510

Re: Critters from NE Arkansas

That first Elk Stag Beetle really looks like an alien life form!
by BillMcGighan
August 8th, 2017, 9:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110159

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Chris I have a problem feeder; a Trans-Pecos Ratsnake (Bogertophis subocularis) that I acquired WC over a month ago. I can't get it to eat. It seems to show interest initially in anything presented to it, but once it gets a sniff, it goes the other direction. So far I've tried: F/T fuzzie F/T pinkie...
by BillMcGighan
August 8th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 110159

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Sounds like you're over the first hump by getting it to take anything, Noah. First rule with a primarily sight feeder, stating the obvious, is that even wild parasite carrying food is better than no food to get them started. (Probably greater than 90% of the parasites are helminthes that can usually...
by BillMcGighan
July 23rd, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from larva
Replies: 10
Views: 6724

Re: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from l

I'm not sure what happened, Jeff. It seems okay now. Please try again. ................................................................ Okay, change number 42, I just tried to look with iexplorer and the same two pics wouldn't show. They're fine with chrome. I'll research it further. Okay, Got it. :...
by BillMcGighan
July 23rd, 2017, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello all, new here introducing myself
Replies: 11
Views: 6709

Re: Hello all, new here introducing myself

Have you ever thought of setting up decoy turtles with nails in them? I know this was in jest, but be advised, such an act that caused an accident would make you liable, and rightly so. There are those that intensionally hit reptiles but most DORs are caused by everyday people who are, more often a...
by BillMcGighan
July 23rd, 2017, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from larva
Replies: 10
Views: 6724

Marbled salamander (Ambystoma opacum) progression from larva

If this can help in the field, this is one of those “for what its worth” posts for anyone interested, or would like to add more. Marbled salamander ( Ambystoma opacum ) progression from larvae to sub-adult. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4328/36109078255_0343c2e952_b.jpg A (1) by Bill McGighan , on ...
by BillMcGighan
July 21st, 2017, 3:43 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Invert forum?
Replies: 91
Views: 76398

Re: Invert forum?

mistake
Photobucket test
by BillMcGighan
July 18th, 2017, 4:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 54833

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

You folks are right... the key lime shake is a must have!!!

But did you all see our movie star Josh???
There will be no talking to him now!
by BillMcGighan
July 15th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 54833

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

That is great... Very balanced and informative. We also get to see couple of our own members. I was once scanning the road near a known site, met a commercial collector, and asked why not just breed his own? His response was that at least one of the species, breeds only every other year, collecting ...
by BillMcGighan
July 13th, 2017, 10:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: Another CA. snake on the loose....
Replies: 3
Views: 9793

Re: Another CA. snake on the loose....

From this video it looks like a leucistic TYexas Ratsnake.

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/video/36 ... e-bathtub/
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2017, 10:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 18746

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

The really sad part, because of a jackass like this, ignorant kneejerk politicians will try, and sometimes succeed, placing lunatic laws or regulations into place.