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by BillMcGighan
November 5th, 2010, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spiny lizard ID????
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Re: Spiny lizard ID????

Thanks a bunch, Guy.
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It's a female Yarrow's Spiny (Mtn. Spiny) Sceloporus jarrovi.
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I had ruled out Yarrow's because I remembered it as being way down in the valley, almost to Douglas.... But .....
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In retrospect, I'm sure you're right.
Thanks, Bill
by BillMcGighan
November 5th, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Caterpillar ID?
Replies: 6
Views: 1098

Re: Caterpillar ID?

You seem to always get good, non-herp, animal ID answers on our FORUM, and this was no different. . For what its worth, I have used the following web site with great success for insect and arachnid IDs. It seems to be akin to our own FORUM. . BUG ID. http://bugguide.net/node/view/6/bgimage . and for...
by BillMcGighan
November 4th, 2010, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spiny lizard ID????
Replies: 2
Views: 801

Spiny lizard ID????

Hey there AZ lizards wizards, a little help, please. I was taking advantage of cold weather and trying to enter in some NAFHA records from trips gone by. I came across this pic of a lizard from Cochise County back in 2008. I didn’t examine the animal up close. By range maps and general looks, it cou...
by BillMcGighan
October 30th, 2010, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can someone I.D. this snake food for me?
Replies: 26
Views: 2254

Re: Can someone I.D. this snake food for me?

Looks tame to me!!!!! ;) ;) :roll:
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Maybe you could shake a spear at it???
by BillMcGighan
October 11th, 2010, 4:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Do You Remember...
Replies: 44
Views: 5298

Re: Do You Remember...

Buzztail1 On a separate note, my favorite post (that I have made) of all time was on this forum and is now lost due to circumstances beyond belief. It was the one about searching for (and finding) Brown Tree Snakes in Guam. There are several from those years, Karl, that are special by several specia...
by BillMcGighan
October 5th, 2010, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Do You Remember...
Replies: 44
Views: 5298

Re: Do You Remember...

little one ran up at the same moment the camera clicked
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Now, that's funny.
by BillMcGighan
October 5th, 2010, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: my last few outings
Replies: 9
Views: 1812

Re: my last few outings

Super post… Thanks… Finding any of the Pseudotritons is always special; like finding a jewel in the mud or detritus. Good one…. . . Western Cope’s Tree frogs seem more definitive than here in the east. Often, there seems to be little difference between eastern Cope’s and Grays. Red Back, lifer This ...
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2010, 7:26 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Northern NM on the fly!
Replies: 6
Views: 3278

Re: Northern NM on the fly!

Good one, Brad.
Haven't peeked over here in a while. Seems to be coming alive.

Rio Costilla looks beautiful. Never been there.
Is there plenty of public access?
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2010, 7:22 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Some darters...
Replies: 16
Views: 8662

Re: Some darters...

Very, very nice post.

Jason B
I enjoy searching for darters almost as much as salamanders - both hunts involve exploring unique and tranquil settings.
That's a really good point, Jason. I think that has been one of the major factors for why I prefer wild trout fishing to all other fishing.
by BillMcGighan
October 3rd, 2010, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Do You Remember...
Replies: 44
Views: 5298

Re: Do You Remember...

I think this was mine for this forum. . A Sept, 2005, Davis Mtns' pictigaster that caused the real photographers here to wince with nausea. Camera, obviously, was a low resolution point and shoot that reset its date to 1997 every time you changed batteries (as metadata indicates)!! :lol: . http://i6...
by BillMcGighan
October 3rd, 2010, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hummingbird and Tree Viper
Replies: 13
Views: 4152

Re: Hummingbird and Tree Viper

Wonderful picture.. Good find, Hans. Not to take anything away from the shot (the effect is quite good), but my questions: 1. Could a Hbird feeder be just out of sight to the right? 2. Is the Hbird a species consistent with the snake range? 3. Did he use "Time Lapse" (I've used TL on an active Hbird...
by BillMcGighan
October 2nd, 2010, 1:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexico, Winter '09
Replies: 8
Views: 2427

Re: Mexico, Winter '09

Glad you posted all these older, pre-crash trips, Matt.
I hope they'll be filed in the archival section eventually.
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by BillMcGighan
September 30th, 2010, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Little Excitement at the Farm With an Uninvited Guest
Replies: 80
Views: 10165

Re: A Little Excitement at the Farm With an Uninvited Guest

Without getting negative towards those who pontificate a better solution, Daniel, you did the right thing.
Here’s my stance, I’ll never elevate a snake, insect, mammal or human above the safety of my family or any invited guest that’s in my care.
This says it all. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
September 30th, 2010, 6:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the Central FL springs
Replies: 13
Views: 4746

Re: Herping the Central FL springs

Nice post. Thanks for sharing... Pretty neat to see a Brown without blood!!!! :lol: Also from G-vilie, try Alexander Springs, Manatee Springs, Wekiwa Springs, Juniper Springs (nice 6 hour canoe trip), and talk to dive clubs on several "un-touristy" spring runs, including some that clear up only duri...
by BillMcGighan
September 30th, 2010, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus pics
Replies: 14
Views: 2955

Re: Crotalus pics

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by BillMcGighan
September 30th, 2010, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You're All Misinformed
Replies: 21
Views: 2822

Re: You're All Misinformed

Nice animals..... BUT......... I, for one, was offended in that you are not taking this as serious as it truly warrants. There is no room for levity in herpetology… This is serious business…. … Many of us here take pride in our anal retentive posture, and have honed it to a fine point… Shocked, Bill...
by BillMcGighan
September 29th, 2010, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Missouri Calligaster Regurgitates Small Mammal (Shrew?)
Replies: 37
Views: 8568

Re: Missouri Calligaster Regurgitates Small Mammal (Shrew?)

I’d vote for rat pup. Of course, I want it to be a Vole. I’m currently still at war with Voles. This winter they cleaned out a 30 foot lineup of Hosta roots, 3 or 4 clusters of Tulips bulbs, 3 or 4 clusters of special Irises. Death to Voles…. To add insult to injury, some young insensitive people re...
by BillMcGighan
September 23rd, 2010, 7:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My boring contribution from the Midwest
Replies: 6
Views: 1399

Re: My boring contribution from the Midwest

Nothing boring about any herp outing.... Thanks for posting....
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mactans male (in female's nest):
I don't think I've ever noticed a male before!!!! Poor guy!!! :)
by BillMcGighan
September 20th, 2010, 4:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexico 2010, part II (the Yucatan)
Replies: 12
Views: 4876

Re: Mexico 2010, part II (the Yucatan)

Excellent, Kevin.

Your great pics and prose of both places and creatures brought back many memories for my wife and I.
I think April to June is the best for that area, depending on the rain.

Was it very wet on this April trip?
by BillMcGighan
September 19th, 2010, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: roadkill of a different sort
Replies: 15
Views: 2001

Re: roadkill of a different sort

.... Sign in a Campwood restaurant....
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We serve our frogs legs grilled only..... :P
by BillMcGighan
September 14th, 2010, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: E. o. quadrivittata
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

Re: E. o. quadrivittata

It’s a Yellow. SnakeStick, your SC coastal yellows hold their juvenile patterns much longer than Florida yellows. There is often a hint of a blotch pattern as adults. This is also a Beaufort County yellow: As first seen…. At this distance and in this habitat, I expected a King: http://i69.photobucke...
by BillMcGighan
September 13th, 2010, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We need more garters and browns!
Replies: 43
Views: 10941

Re: We need more garters and browns!

Just a few more Garters and Ribbons Apache National Forest (AZ) Wandering http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Snakes%20by%20type/Thamnophis/ANF-1.jpg Black hills (SD) Wandering http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Snakes%20by%20type/Thamnophis/BlackHills1.jpg http://i6...
by BillMcGighan
September 11th, 2010, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Something tells me he was heading to Snake Road
Replies: 14
Views: 2119

Re: Something tells me he was heading to Snake Road

Incredible.... . . But maybe not so unusual, since he was in his Spiderman PJs.. . . After all, Mike, a little less than 50 miles the other side of Shawnee is Metropolis: . http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Trips/2008/Az%20Trip%20Oct%2008/11Metropolis.jpg . . And his buddy, Superma...
by BillMcGighan
September 6th, 2010, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gophersnake bluffing ... Why is my wife mad at me?
Replies: 21
Views: 5150

Re: Gophersnake bluffing ... Why is my wife mad at me?

That was perfect, Daryl...... .....not as good as your "Transpecos Rat males sparing in the desert", better than "Transpecos Rat eating bats from the bridge", and this is still great. . . Show this to the kids where an AZ Gopher keeps a "PREDATOR" (Our Pomeranian) at bay. Of course, neither were hur...
by BillMcGighan
September 6th, 2010, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best US Army base area for field herping? (TX, WA, SC?...)
Replies: 14
Views: 2557

Re: Best US Army base area for field herping? (TX, WA, SC?..

I have to put another vote for Ft. Huachuca, AZ, Dave.
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Even though we had some good herping bases in the Marine Corps, all the Corps herpers I knew agreed that first choice would be to have a couple years at Ft. Huachuca.

Regards, Bill
by BillMcGighan
September 3rd, 2010, 6:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Melancholy Subject...
Replies: 33
Views: 5850

Re: A Melancholy Subject...

My Newt differences
The best, Jim

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Since they are not all herp puns....
Dated old question????
Where do cantaloupes and baby mountain lions go in the summer???
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To John Cougar Meloncamp.... :( :roll:
by BillMcGighan
August 30th, 2010, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE AZ this week...a Hoppin' Good Time
Replies: 26
Views: 4272

Re: SE AZ this week...a Hoppin' Good Time

Still better than sitting in the hotel room or at the bar, Brian!!
by BillMcGighan
August 29th, 2010, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baird's Rat Snake Status?
Replies: 35
Views: 6127

Re: Baird's Rat Snake Status?

Daryl Eby They can be found on the crawl mid-morning in at least one remote location in south Brewster county. All I've ever found (but, that's only about 5 adult animals) were crawling early to mid morning or just at dusk, with the exception of YOY hatchlings at night. . http://i69.photobucket.com/...
by BillMcGighan
August 29th, 2010, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The year of the FROG
Replies: 22
Views: 6326

Re: The year of the FROG

Can't say enough.... Great stuff, Jake... Three thoughts hit me reading your post. 1. You've almost created a visual field guide of eastern animals. 2. As follows, you need to hit the west now!!! 3. Cringe – Even though I’m sure it was a labor of love, I couldn’t help but think of the exponential qu...
by BillMcGighan
August 27th, 2010, 6:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ
Replies: 31
Views: 3586

Re: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ

Wow.. Your post took on a life of its own in a positive way, several interesting sub threads!!!! . Still, not to take away from the original, It's still very laudable that you saw the animal off to safety, with several people around. More than once, I’ve had to stop some twit from picking up a rock,...
by BillMcGighan
August 26th, 2010, 9:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ
Replies: 31
Views: 3586

Re: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ

Have you done this count first hand and seen the results? First hand .... Of course, I can't give (or won't give) the location beyond Sussex Co., especially with the NJ population growth. This was regularly herping, birding, hunting, fishing, etc. and observing a semi-protected area continuously fo...
by BillMcGighan
August 26th, 2010, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ
Replies: 31
Views: 3586

Re: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ

Why do people know this
Which part???
by BillMcGighan
August 25th, 2010, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new frog discovered
Replies: 2
Views: 993

Re: new frog discovered

jim
Mini Frog,
Is that like a

Jim
Mini Cricket ????? :roll: :roll:
by BillMcGighan
August 25th, 2010, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ
Replies: 31
Views: 3586

Re: Nice Black Eastern Hog in Sussex County, NJ

Very cool...
Kudos for watching over it, especially with other general public hanging around.
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Just as a pointless aside, there is a location in Sussex Co. where 3 out of 4 Hogs are black. Most other areas melanistics are a small percentage.

Regards, Bill
by BillMcGighan
August 24th, 2010, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Last AZ post
Replies: 25
Views: 5711

Re: Last AZ post

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Thoroughly enjoyed the entire series, Van, et al. . Combination of scenic, habitat, animal pics (mix of field guide grade and macros), human interest, and script took us all along with you, which is everything you'd want in a post to make a vicarious field tri...
by BillMcGighan
August 22nd, 2010, 6:37 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's not the camera.....
Replies: 31
Views: 7557

Re: It's not the camera.....

Rana luteiventris

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by BillMcGighan
August 22nd, 2010, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle highway "rescue" question
Replies: 21
Views: 3964

Re: Turtle highway "rescue" question

Too many to count, species and individuals. Hope to never stop... . A warning, however, to family members could be in order. This one was close to home since my daughter, son, and grandkids regularly save them in Florida: http://www.lakejacksonturtles.org/emily.htm A few more: http://www.lakejackson...
by BillMcGighan
July 21st, 2010, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Namibia Trip, June 2010 (with a stop in Germany)
Replies: 13
Views: 5843

Re: Namibia Trip, June 2010 (with a stop in Germany)

Great post, as always...
But, I got to say that the pic, at first glance, just before the Wolf Snake immediately made me think of the Edwards Plateau!!! :lol:
by BillMcGighan
July 20th, 2010, 8:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you like G. porphyriticus, clap your hands!
Replies: 16
Views: 4117

Re: If you like G. porphyriticus, clap your hands!

Southern Smokies
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by BillMcGighan
July 20th, 2010, 7:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Melancholy Subject...
Replies: 33
Views: 5850

Re: A Melancholy Subject...

You guys, these are great.... Can't believe someone found a lizard on a piece of melon offensive... :shock: :roll: I didn't catch what was offensive, Jim. I thought it was creative???? As much as I love puns (especially with coffee), the best I could come up with was to resurrect a true story on a t...
by BillMcGighan
July 17th, 2010, 3:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Trans-Pecos Trip...Pic heavy
Replies: 20
Views: 4185

Re: The Trans-Pecos Trip...Pic heavy

Magical place - magical pictures...
I introduced my son, my daughters and my niece to critter hunting and snake hunting. They all loved it.
= Very successful trip.

I am surprized, Jason, you didn't see more with all that rain!!!!!
by BillMcGighan
July 14th, 2010, 4:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Enjoying some herp history
Replies: 12
Views: 2729

Re: Enjoying some herp history

Very, very, very cool....
Does make you wish to have a few days there, just to read through some of the books!
by BillMcGighan
July 13th, 2010, 6:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Death of a Great Man
Replies: 29
Views: 5617

Re: The Death of a Great Man

Great post - Excellent tribute - Your grandfather would be very proud - sincere condolences
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2010, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPING FLORIDA'S BROOKSVILLE RIDGE
Replies: 40
Views: 38947

Re: HERPING FLORIDA'S BROOKSVILLE RIDGE

Super stuff (as always), Daniel. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: Wonderful place, wonderful story. I can't ever see or think of the central Florida spring runs without thinking about how close we came to losing it all in the early '70s with the Cross Florida Barge Canal!!! In fact, finding snakes ca...
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2010, 5:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Special guest star: Corn Snake
Replies: 1
Views: 880

Re: Special guest star: Corn Snake

Doesn't look much like a corn...
Looked more like a young Rat Snake.
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2010, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM and Texas the last month or so (leopard frog ID needed)
Replies: 16
Views: 5485

Re: NM and Texas the last month or so (leopard frog ID neede

Bravo on all.. :thumb: :thumb:
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Real bummer about the Tiger pond....

Bill
by BillMcGighan
July 11th, 2010, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camouflage pics
Replies: 72
Views: 19662

Re: Camouflage pics

Camoflage... Good stuff, guys. . Here's a couple: . Anole - east SC . http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Trips/2008/SC%20Trip%20MAR08/Anolesonground.jpg Anole close http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Trips/2008/SC%20Trip%20MAR08/Anoleinleaves.jpg Northern Copperhead...
by BillMcGighan
July 6th, 2010, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Habu & Owl - A Taiwan Adventure
Replies: 7
Views: 6798

Re: Habu & Owl - A Taiwan Adventure

Another excellent post, Hans. :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
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That third last shot gives me the heeby-jeebies! That flash hand looks a little close to the habu for my liking!
I have to agree with Chris on this.
First look, gut impression, "he's on the edge, maybe over, of the strike range!!!"
by BillMcGighan
July 5th, 2010, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bought vs Homemade
Replies: 40
Views: 11047

Re: Bought vs Homemade

Ok, I admit it. I'm a cretin, a Neanderthal, my knuckles scrape the ground.... . Maybe it's cause I grew up dirt poor.... Maybe it's that I don't stand around other herpers and have "hook envy". :lol: ;) . I don't know, but in 50+ years of herping, I've never felt the need for a hook beyond this mod...
by BillMcGighan
July 2nd, 2010, 5:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: narrowmouth toad or narrowmouth frog
Replies: 12
Views: 3076

Re: narrowmouth toad or narrowmouth frog

Sheep Frog. Makes sense huh?
Chris,
Didn't the "Sheep Frog" name come from the sound they make?