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by BillMcGighan
May 14th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: question about moving turtles across roads
Replies: 13
Views: 5343

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: 2407

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: 9115

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: 2407

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: 8894

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: 3606

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: 3606

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: 2835

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: 2835

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: 5173

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: 8350

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: 9506

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: 2569

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: 2862

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: 10907

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: 9506

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: 6572

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: 5208

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: 9313

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: 47223

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: 3016

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: 5509

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: 2399

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: 13808

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: 5214

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: 3429

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.
by BillMcGighan
January 12th, 2017, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 10020

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Honestly, FOLKS, I would normally agree with all parties above100% and say don't encourage non-natives, ******* but ******* after living in Coral Springs for 4 years, I have to give way to OP's ideas in THAT LOCATION . I'm afraid those non-native cows got out of the pasture long, long ago inside the...
by BillMcGighan
November 24th, 2016, 6:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Firefighter bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake's head
Replies: 6
Views: 8130

Re: Firefighter bitten by a decapitated rattlesnake's head

What goes around, comes around. Added consideration, a 12 year old who finds a Ratsnake in his yard, keeps it to observe and learn, has broken Tennessee law. Had this guy been allowed to keep and understand these creatures better as a kid, very possibly he, his family, and the snake may have been sp...
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2016, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 10834

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

I stand corrected. You're right >4 oz is a no-no. (I knew 4 fishermen who all successfully carried it in their luggage to Yellowstone, but apparently that is prohibited by TSA.) Jonathan, There may be a source in India or contact the major manufacturers to see if they have a way. Jimi's right about ...
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2016, 5:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 10834

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Long talks with Yellowstone back country guides and rangers made me a believer of its effectiveness. http://www.backcountry.com/counter-assault-bear-deterrent-with-belt-holster-10.2oz?rr=t https://www.amazon.com/Udap-12HP-UDAP-Bear-Spray/dp/B001QGYH7Y http://www.bearspray.com/specification-chart/ bu...
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2016, 5:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 10834

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Great story, jonathan. One you can hold for years and years. I do wonder if you met Shere Khan instead, if it would have turned out differently? A serious question: Would it permitted for you to carry Bear Spray? We carry it always in grizzly country, and sometime Black Bear country. It doesn't shoo...
by BillMcGighan
August 23rd, 2016, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18190

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Are you required to let them if they pull you over down there? Short answer is “No” You still have constitutional rights concerning search and seizure; nothing wrong with this. Even level headed LEOs will often ask if you'd mind if the search, just to see your body language reaction. You can always...
by BillMcGighan
August 20th, 2016, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18190

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Just two tips to curtail badge heavy LEOs, which again, I have to say are the exception, not the rule. (These may have tempered you racist.) Generally, they don't want the higher ups to know about their actions (and may already have reports against them.) 1. Ask for the badge number, but make no thr...
by BillMcGighan
August 18th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hunting a new European viper species
Replies: 7
Views: 3306

Re: hunting a new European viper species

Spectacular habitat..... super post, JS.
by BillMcGighan
August 18th, 2016, 1:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18190

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Jimi Over the course of this thread I've sat and thought about the (jeez, what is it? 3-4 dozen?) field interactions I've had with cops, in all their splendid diversity. I wound up thinking, my general, declining order of preference of interactions looks something like "federal, state, city, univers...
by BillMcGighan
August 16th, 2016, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18190

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

I have to say that of all the law enforcement agencies I’ve encountered at 0-dark-thirty, herping, I’ve had only one “badge heavy” incident with Border Patrol. Most, today, are just young ex-vets, trying to do a thankless job, often in hostile environments, targeting poor folks trying for a better l...
by BillMcGighan
August 16th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: France
Replies: 4
Views: 2226

Re: France

Huck, if you and your family are staying in the city near the coast, a good bet is to have someone take you out just north of Nice, 10-20 kilometers. Here the human population starts to lessen and you can take advantage of the good suggestions that Jeroen and “Lateralis” has given you. You are much ...
by BillMcGighan
June 22nd, 2016, 1:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Counting Subcaudal Scales?
Replies: 6
Views: 3213

Re: Counting Subcaudal Scales?

MCHerper, because I'm old school, I'm sorry more authors and herpers are not in tune to scale meristics as they used to be. For what it's worth, here's a discussion (albeit not conclusive) that we had in the SE a few years ago where subcaudal pair became the center of attention. http://www.fieldherp...
by BillMcGighan
June 15th, 2016, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9785

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

I was about to give up on the forum, Nick, and I think a few of the old "theme" posts like yours here can breath life into it. West Texas Couch’s ( Scaphiopus couchii ) http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Trips/2007/LA%20TX%20May07/BSSpade2.jpg http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/B...
by BillMcGighan
June 5th, 2016, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A fellow herper in need of help
Replies: 2
Views: 1902

Re: A fellow herper in need of help

Hang in there, Jason
by BillMcGighan
April 2nd, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13305

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

KS Bill: the reason I publicly emphasized and encouraged a hands off perspective is because I do not support the excessive or unneccesary handling of anurans ;especially here in the Western States since they are more highly impacted by Chytrid and Ranavirus than amphibian species in other parts of t...
by BillMcGighan
April 2nd, 2016, 5:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS
Replies: 43
Views: 13305

Re: Don't Tread On Me... BLEACH & BOOTS

KS Carrying the pathogens from one body of water to another is what you should be most aware of. I do not encourage the handling of anurans unless it is necessary for data acquisition and tissue samples. if you do handle frogs or salamanders do so with disposable gloves. Use a fresh pair for each di...
by BillMcGighan
March 23rd, 2016, 5:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Rocket Run to NE NC - 3 RAINBOW SNAKES!
Replies: 6
Views: 1853

Re: A Rocket Run to NE NC - 3 RAINBOW SNAKES!

Excellent....
by BillMcGighan
March 23rd, 2016, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bite marks on deck post?!?
Replies: 7
Views: 2256

Re: Bite marks on deck post?!?

Of course, it could have been an attack of Wood Frogs! ;)
by BillMcGighan
March 23rd, 2016, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: news on salamander fungus in Europe
Replies: 3
Views: 1323

Re: news on salamander fungus in Europe

This subject is a significant concern to all herpers around the world.

On another note, Jeroen, I hope you and your family are doing well in light of the terrible events in Brussels.
by BillMcGighan
March 19th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)
Replies: 8
Views: 2521

Re: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)

With no tools available to refine your construction while on the road, go to Walmart and buy the cheapest potato rake you can find;

or, my preference, the cheapest hoe and bend the blade enough times to weaken the metal and break it off.

This has served me occasionally, even in other countries!
by BillMcGighan
March 11th, 2016, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)
Replies: 8
Views: 2521

Re: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)

I've only got there a 4 or 5 times and 2 of those was for the boat ramp. I've only seen glass lizards and gophers there, but the habitat looked good for several species. If you'll have a bike, you can cover good ground in short time. The 3 mile bike trail can be good early in the AM (of course, it o...
by BillMcGighan
March 11th, 2016, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?
Replies: 11
Views: 3092

Re: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?

Gotcha

I hope some folks here will be helpful.
As a rule when folks here know you're sincere, you'll get lots of good help.

Good luck on your work.
by BillMcGighan
March 11th, 2016, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?
Replies: 11
Views: 3092

Re: Where can I find Butler's Gartersnakes in Michigan?

RJ I would think someone doing research on the species would know their status in the province they are working in, especially with the permitting process involved when handling them here. Posting this inquiry with an alias also comes across as sketchy. Careful with sharing your locations folks. RJ'...
by BillMcGighan
March 7th, 2016, 2:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)
Replies: 8
Views: 2521

Re: Visiting Amelia Island next week (Mar 12)

If you're staying at one of the resorts like Amelia Island Plantation, use your access to the land, golf courses, water courses, and beaches, especially at night if temps are good. I've found 4 of your 6 right on the plantation: Corn, Yellow Rat, Coral, EDB. Check with grounds keepers for places tha...