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by BillMcGighan
October 25th, 2017, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 9820

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: 7961

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: 9820

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: 9820

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: 13821

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: 25274

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: 101872

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: 101872

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: 2110

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: 101872

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

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by BillMcGighan
September 12th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ folks - Sonoran Green? toad ID clarification
Replies: 2
Views: 2110

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: 11491

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: 3463

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 12th, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Private Messages and having to Log In Again
Replies: 2
Views: 7852

Re: Private Messages and having to Log In Again

One approach here, Kelly (and forgive me if you know this and there's a bigger problem): When you write a PM, with your cursor still in the script box, hit CTRL A in that order, but holding both keys down simultaneously. This will highlight all you've written. Release the keys. Do the same with CTRL...
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: 31463

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: 13735

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: 101872

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: 101872

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: 6359

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: 6435

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: 6359

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: 72559

Re: Invert forum?

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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: 51968

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: 51968

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: 9112

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: 17484

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.
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 497848

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Wow the 2011 discussion on this topic was excellent. stlouisdude Unfortunately, the habitat destruction and road building cannot be stopped. We will never regulate the human population until we are at the absolute, complete and total carrying capacity and it will largely be regulated then by death a...
by BillMcGighan
July 7th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice herping in Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 2792

Re: Advice herping in Florida

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by BillMcGighan
July 7th, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice herping in Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 2792

Re: Advice herping in Florida

Damien, Matt's suggestions are good. It's not good form to ask specific locations on this forum, but, even if someone shares a spot with you, there are many other factors that lead to success (e.g. target species, temperature, humidity, moon phase, season, etc.), and even the best road may have nigh...
by BillMcGighan
July 5th, 2017, 8:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 29436

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

A lay person’s thoughts on modern herp taxonomy: I can empathize with all parties and their positions, but since my formal zoological training was “long ago in a galaxy far away”, my thoughts now are merely opinions. Although interested in all aspects of herpetology as a young man, I particularly wa...
by BillMcGighan
July 5th, 2017, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 3946

Re: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

I forgot to ask, Nick, but, did you see some of the interesting studies they've done in Colorado on canabalism in paedomorphic adult tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum nebulosum)?

Just a place to start: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1 ... 1.1.50/pdf
by BillMcGighan
July 5th, 2017, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 9823

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

"We're not worthy. We're not worthy." As always, Bill, besides the diversity, script, in situ pics, and picture quality, your eye for aesthetics is excellent, a quality that escapes many of us creatons when photographing the wild! :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Though it would be tough to pic a favorite, I...
by BillMcGighan
July 2nd, 2017, 2:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Quarter 2017: Alabama and Colorado
Replies: 7
Views: 3861

Re: Second Quarter 2017: Alabama and Colorado

:thumb: :thumb:
Looks like you got to make a midwestern trip, Adam?
:thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2017, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oak ridge Tennessee
Replies: 1
Views: 1329

Re: Oak ridge Tennessee

You may want to touch base with the folks at Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO). They do a lot of work at Oakridge.
by BillMcGighan
June 15th, 2017, 2:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK
Replies: 7
Views: 3946

Re: Year so far AR, OK, IL, MO, ON, AB, SK

Super post, Nick.
A good story, good pics, a great variety of nature, scaled, slimy, furry, feathered, leaved, etc.
:thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
June 10th, 2017, 12:47 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 31463

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

I agree that regional subforums could fit the niche of more regionally specific questions, regional general information, finds of small outings (e.g. I took a night hike last night and found X, Y, and Z), local ID questions, etc., etc., using the main forum for larger herping trips, like most of tho...
by BillMcGighan
June 9th, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11069

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

CNAH has what is probably a more credible history where it was the Topeka population that was recorded in 1962!

http://www.cnah.org/khs/khs_pubs/JKH_34.pdf
by BillMcGighan
June 9th, 2017, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11069

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

The Kansas Herp Atlas ( http://webapps.fhsu.edu/ksfauna/herps/index.asp?page=species&species_id=419-1027&dots=yes&tributaries=yes&isAnura=&map=ks ) shows them appearing in 1999, but I talked to folks in 1969 that had caught some near the university, and they said it was a 1962 population. Your right...
by BillMcGighan
June 8th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11069

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

In the late sixties, though none could probably prove it, or admit it, many folks interested in herps attributed the Lawrence, KS, 1962 population to a release by a herpetology student at the University of Kansas. This was often accompanied by a wink and a nod! :lol:
by BillMcGighan
June 6th, 2017, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reccomendations for pygmies
Replies: 12
Views: 5140

Re: Reccomendations for pygmies

Road cruising on non-paved roads (many) is most efficient, particularly at dusk and dawn.


There are times as summer continues, and places, where the mosquitos will have fights with yellow flies, ticks, and red bugs (chiggers) as to who will eat you first! :lol:
by BillMcGighan
June 6th, 2017, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reccomendations for pygmies
Replies: 12
Views: 5140

Re: Reccomendations for pygmies

As a general rule, telling a given National forest is obscure enough to not qualify as a "specific location", especially with such a large area and such a wide variety of habitats. (The flies criterion may well be true at some times of the year! :lol: )


It's difficult to NOT find Pygmies in ANF.
by BillMcGighan
June 4th, 2017, 10:29 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 31463

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

A few years ago, Scott, you know I was opposed to this, because our subchapter was thriving as a cosmopolitan group of herpers from real herpetologists to beginners, joined at the hip regardless of background, politics, belief systems, etc. Several of us were cheerleaders to appreciate posts and vic...
by BillMcGighan
June 4th, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.
Replies: 12
Views: 10856

Re: Visual Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Eastern U.S.

I’ve been one of Matt's strongest moral supporters of this ambitious task, and hope some from other geographical areas will contribute material. Without subchapters, a general sub forum would be constructive, where folks can feel comfortable asking basic questions on "how to", Is this a *****?, can ...
by BillMcGighan
May 30th, 2017, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15480

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

in short.... no.... however..... I understand, Chris, your topic is the herping specific laws on roads (such as Texas has.), so Tennessee doesn’t have any such specific laws, but, as in all states, herpers need to be mindful of any state motor vehicle laws. Under Tennessee criminal traffic laws, you...
by BillMcGighan
May 29th, 2017, 6:14 am
Forum: News
Topic: Coordinated hunting in Cuban Boas?
Replies: 4
Views: 9995

Re: Coordinated hunting in Cuban Boas?

Here's Vlad's paper: http://animalbehaviorandcognition.org/uploads/journals/14/02%20Feb2017%20Dinets_HH(7)_final.pdf In his discussion section he says: "The present study suggests that boas take the positions of other individuals into account when choosing the hunting location. They position themsel...
by BillMcGighan
May 28th, 2017, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians
Replies: 7
Views: 3626

Re: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians

Excellent!!!
Eight lifers in seven days - not bad!

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
May 28th, 2017, 3:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Adult frog eating tadpole, fighting frogs and toads, etc.
Replies: 5
Views: 3150

Re: Adult frog eating tadpole, fighting frogs and toads, etc

I have to add "very cool", Mike.
Thanks for posting.


I recently watched some Spotted Salamander larvae doing the same thing, staying quietly at the edge of the tadpole swarm until one came into striking range.