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by BillMcGighan
July 15th, 2017, 9:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 55248

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: 9886

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: 18964

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: 514154

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: 3170

Re: Advice herping in Florida

email sent from BillMcgNAFHA
by BillMcGighan
July 7th, 2017, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice herping in Florida
Replies: 5
Views: 3170

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: 31902

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: 4210

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: 10548

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: 4095

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: 1365

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: 4210

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: 33906

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: 11383

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: 11383

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: 11383

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: 5384

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: 5384

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: 33906

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: 11538

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: 15982

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: 10871

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: 3862

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: 3329

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.
by BillMcGighan
May 14th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: question about moving turtles across roads
Replies: 13
Views: 5670

Re: question about moving turtles across roads

Zach, This is a worse response than anecdotal; it’s a recollection of an anecdote and an opinion! In 2008 I was privileged to hear a presentation of a Box Turtle study by Clinch River Environmental Studies Organization (CRESO) concerning the turtle’s response to certain silvaculture treatments (clea...
by BillMcGighan
May 9th, 2017, 7:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Florida Invasives
Replies: 5
Views: 2570

Re: RFI: Florida Invasives

When I replied to your PM, J-Miz, I got the following error message:

"Some users couldn’t be added as they have disabled private message receipt."

Need to change your settings.
by BillMcGighan
May 9th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A cardinal Rule
Replies: 0
Views: 9829

A cardinal Rule

Just a pleasant thought for some to enjoy regarding some birds in my yard:


by BillMcGighan
May 9th, 2017, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Florida Invasives
Replies: 5
Views: 2570

Re: RFI: Florida Invasives

I have no problem giving out locations for non-natives.
PM me for specific, pretty-much-guaranteed locations for Agamas and Basilisks in Martin County.
by BillMcGighan
April 28th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dog does herps.
Replies: 18
Views: 9371

Re: Dog does herps.

Can't believe I missed this one, Owen.
Excellent...

How does she react to a rattlesnake in defensive mode?
by BillMcGighan
April 27th, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: dark southern pine vs ???hybrid
Replies: 9
Views: 3734

Re: dark southern pine vs ???hybrid

Go to this URL: http://www.naherp.com/ On the main screen, select "search records". (It's on the left.) With this search screen menu, use applicable pull down menus. http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Miscellaneous/herp%20menu_zpswdqusljo.jpg Example: For these 4 records, pull down ...
by BillMcGighan
April 27th, 2017, 4:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: dark southern pine vs ???hybrid
Replies: 9
Views: 3734

Re: dark southern pine vs ???hybrid

Jimi’s right. The Pit variation in that county with integration is neat.
Check the diversity of DB records 266150, 263843, 116167, and 74653
by BillMcGighan
April 27th, 2017, 4:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2973

Re: What I do Instead of Prom

Round tail, terrestrial habitat, 6000 ft You're probably right; probably my pic perception The pic made the tail look more trapezoid. Some of our high altitude Seals don't show a knife edge and can be very light, if far from a stream. If you look at Bethany's DB record, record 274923, you can see t...
by BillMcGighan
April 25th, 2017, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2973

Re: What I do Instead of Prom

Excellent post Kevin.

Nice script and pics.


You may want to take another look at your "Blue Ridge Dusky Salamander " (D. orestes). Pay attention to the tail if you could cross section it.
by BillMcGighan
April 23rd, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 5447

Re: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017

Okay, Jeroen, This post is superb, especially in this current forum desert. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Definitely the best post in a long time for story, pictures, herp diversity, and, the Pièce De Résistance, the kids. You took us with you all the way. They add a dimension of depth that we often leave...
by BillMcGighan
April 22nd, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Man dies after eating dish with toads
Replies: 1
Views: 9064

Re: Man dies after eating dish with toads

A symptom apparently was that he had a frog in his throat.

The article didn't mention that he was pulling his camper at the time, and exceeded the speed limit clearly marked for towed vehicles.

At least his two friends didn't croak.


What else can be said about this? :roll:
by BillMcGighan
April 21st, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Spider ID Please...
Replies: 4
Views: 10349

Re: Spider ID Please...

Thanks, Gordon....
Always a knowledgable source....
by BillMcGighan
April 21st, 2017, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring, then Winter, then Spring again
Replies: 4
Views: 2697

Re: Spring, then Winter, then Spring again

Wood Frog larval series is great
by BillMcGighan
April 21st, 2017, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Carolina's Caudates on my Mind
Replies: 4
Views: 3057

Re: Carolina's Caudates on my Mind

Snot Lizards.... bah ... :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
April 21st, 2017, 8:15 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Stripe-tailed Scorpion (East Ventura County)
Replies: 5
Views: 11789

Re: Stripe-tailed Scorpion (East Ventura County)

For what it's worth.... You probably know this, but, when our Florida home had a good population of scorpions, I got my son to scan the whole house with a blacklight to find as many as possible.
by BillMcGighan
April 21st, 2017, 8:12 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Spider ID Please...
Replies: 4
Views: 10349

Re: Spider ID Please...

Asking out of ignorance:
Could this be a Lampshade Weaver Spider?
by BillMcGighan
April 7th, 2017, 7:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: Timber rattlesnakes and an island of their own
Replies: 2
Views: 6672

Re: Timber rattlesnakes and an island of their own

It's very unfortunate that the Fish and Game folks didn't include a public hearing, but here's hoping they repair the damage.

Of course, this does conjure up visions of MA folks dressing like Native Americans and throwing cases of snakes off a boat in a harbor! ;)
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2017, 5:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Vernal Pools Life in ephemeral ponds
Replies: 3
Views: 5367

Re: Vernal Pools Life in ephemeral ponds

Wow.
A herp feel-good presentation.
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2017, 5:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?
Replies: 22
Views: 9930

Re: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?

Chris By law in Texas, you can't pick up, touch, or "encourage" an animal off the roadway. That being said, I've taken two Texas Parks and Wildlife employees road cruising and they both agreed that's crazy. Nightdriver If somebody want's to give me a ticket for assisting a Desert tortoise across HWY...
by BillMcGighan
February 21st, 2017, 8:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 50903

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

But laws get enforced, whether they are stupid or not. Follow them or break them, that's every individual's decision to make. If you don't like them, try to get them changed, or prevent more bad ones from passing. At some levels of government, and in some locations, that's a tall or even hopeless o...
by BillMcGighan
February 21st, 2017, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter So Far
Replies: 6
Views: 3226

Re: Winter So Far

Excellent, Matt.
Great post. :thumb: :thumb:

This warm winter is turning out as a real amphib boom.



Boy looks like a real keeper!!!
I always show the kids's pic to my wife, 'cause it enhances up our motivation to visit ours' and our grandkids.
by BillMcGighan
February 21st, 2017, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rogue Year
Replies: 10
Views: 5893

Re: Rogue Year

Super post, worthy of the posts from the days of a thriving SE forum. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Sals are sensory overload. Seal variations are intriguing. Muds are a plus. Mole Kings in VA seemed to hug the piedmont. NC? Yellow rat is sensory overload... I bet I can guess where it came from ... but pr...
by BillMcGighan
February 12th, 2017, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Tejas- Summer of 2016
Replies: 4
Views: 2521

Re: West Tejas- Summer of 2016

Super, JD, :thumb: As goes life and luck, we never connected with even the first Mojave on the trip. The excessive rain and unseasonably cool temps made even the snakes we did find very welcome sights. It's the "big one that got away", that keeps us returning to these wonderful places. The green "sc...
by BillMcGighan
February 12th, 2017, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Clever Snake Mom?
Replies: 32
Views: 14526

Re: Clever Snake Mom

Noah,
Those eggs were lain by a BotSnake.
It's a well known fact they lay their eggs in a turtle shell and, when the kids hatch, they eat the shell.
;)


I know it's true because I saw it in a early morning tweet!
by BillMcGighan
February 12th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still
Replies: 7
Views: 5532

Re: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still

Good work, Jonathan. In some scenarios where I had high probability of success, like Tim, I've used a folding chair and binoculars. One that comes to mind is an abandoner sand pit, where in the 2nd or 3rd week of June, I'd set up at about 4PM, then sit till a little after dark. The target was Spotte...
by BillMcGighan
January 18th, 2017, 7:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Greetings from the southwest
Replies: 5
Views: 3710

Re: Greetings from the southwest

Good to see you back again, Jordan.

The forum is beginning to have some good old U.S. herping trip meat again with pics and script (our foreign friends have been holding it up very well).

We'll look forward to more.