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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: 2459

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: 5489

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: 4120

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: 5827

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: 6016

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: 3422

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: 3422

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: 3422

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: 973

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: 3422

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: 5536

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: 7280

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: 3807

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: 5668

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: 3999

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: 5489

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: 4019

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: 2613

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: 5390

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: 38306

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: 856

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: 5318

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: 18915

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: 6608

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: 10652

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: 2977

Re: narrowmouth toad or narrowmouth frog

Sheep Frog. Makes sense huh?
Chris,
Didn't the "Sheep Frog" name come from the sound they make?
by BillMcGighan
July 2nd, 2010, 5:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Heterodon.
Replies: 23
Views: 4953

Re: Show me your Heterodon.

Just a year or two ago ;) ;) (1969/1970), there was a piece of tin in northern Virginia that was positioned next to a Groundhog hole. Under it regularly there were Copperheads, Black Rat Snakes, Eastern Chain Kings, and Ring-necked Snakes. Ring-necked Snakes http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/Bil...
by BillMcGighan
June 29th, 2010, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China, Dongxi, post #3 (extremely long entry)
Replies: 6
Views: 6562

Re: China, Dongxi, post #3 (extremely long entry)

Thanks for reposting. :thumb: :thumb: :mrgreen:
This was just as enjoyable as before.
I hope this one gets archived.
by BillMcGighan
June 29th, 2010, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Brief (but fun) Big Bend Sojourn
Replies: 18
Views: 6975

Re: Brief (but fun) Big Bend Sojourn

Boy, that area does have some of the most confusing scute/atrox animals. Wasn't there a discussion, years ago, about even some talk of hybrids??? . . You coming to Texas this Summer? Except for one Florida outing, my whole herping year has been a day here, a half day here, an hour over there. I fool...
by BillMcGighan
June 27th, 2010, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Heterodon.
Replies: 23
Views: 4953

Re: Show me your Heterodon.

SE AZ Mexican
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by BillMcGighan
June 27th, 2010, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Brief (but fun) Big Bend Sojourn
Replies: 18
Views: 6975

Re: Brief (but fun) Big Bend Sojourn

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Glad to see you back and hitting the bend.
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King is always special out there.
by BillMcGighan
June 26th, 2010, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I need some Lithium: A "DOR's" catharsis...
Replies: 29
Views: 5950

Re: I need some Lithium: A "DOR's" catharsis...

No one likes to see animals killed for no apparent good reason by a vehicle, but it does always make me feel better in warmer climes when I see dozens of DORs at night and, then, cruising the same roads at dawn, they’re mostly all gone, recycled if you will. . That said, I’ve always considered them ...
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2010, 4:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.
Replies: 69
Views: 11708

Re: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
Great job, Chad...
You really captured the essence of a trip to "alterna country"....
It's one of the truely magical herp spots in the country that keeps you coming back once you're hooked!
by BillMcGighan
June 19th, 2010, 10:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What about an Archival Section?
Replies: 42
Views: 18034

Re: Whab about an Archival Section?

A) Epic, meaning enormous in size, lots of pics and storytelling. Not just a ton of pics or just a ton of storytelling.......both. If the work, sweat, heart, and soul are put in to it, then clearly that user is going above and beyond a reg post. Ya know, like mine! I really need to work on my story...
by BillMcGighan
June 13th, 2010, 4:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What about an Archival Section?
Replies: 42
Views: 18034

Re: Whab about an Archival Section?

First, Kudos again to you guys for all your work and speedy recovery... . 2nd An archive for recaptured old posts and worthy posts is great. I would love to see some of the old ones, if folks can drag them out. Several come to mind. 3rd I want to do it in a way, though, that does NOT insinuate that ...
by BillMcGighan
June 12th, 2010, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1
Replies: 13
Views: 3661

Re: Extremely hot, dry, and only one snake found but........

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
June 10th, 2010, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VA salamanders and some odds and ends
Replies: 5
Views: 1941

Re: VA salamanders and some odds and ends

I sometimes think many users of this forum are on the other side of this wall.....
:lol: :lol: :lol:

I was cheering you on to find a Pit in that area. We lived in Charlottesville for a year and hit in and around Augusta County looking. .... No luck.....
by BillMcGighan
June 10th, 2010, 1:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: San Diego County freaks - why I go out when nobody else does
Replies: 43
Views: 11715

Re: San Diego County freaks - why I go out when nobody else

Those are amazing finds..... :thumb: :thumb:
Are they all from the same general area, other than southern Cal???
by BillMcGighan
June 9th, 2010, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: field guides
Replies: 15
Views: 3932

Re: field guides

I have to agree with Don. Of all the field guides in the last 10 years, I prefer Conant's. . . http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Books/newestB.jpg . . Of course, there are some interesting older ones. :thumb: . . http://i69.photobucket.com/albums/i57/BillMcgElaphe/Books/olderB.jpg ...
by BillMcGighan
June 7th, 2010, 8:32 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Message from Scott.......please read........
Replies: 54
Views: 24583

Re: Message from Scott.......please read........

Scott, I'm not sure where your funding comes from, but, if $$$ is the issue, I believe most folks here wouldn't mind some reasonable, token dues.