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by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 24429

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Sometimes , when the prey snake stops struggling, a ringneck or king will backup to straighten out the meal that may well be longer than itself.

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by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 24429

Re: What's happening in this photo?

I have to vote for another " Diadophis eating a Chilomeniscus."

On Gray Sonora ..... Have there been any records of ophiophagy by Chilomeniscus or Sonora?
by BillMcGighan
March 14th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 8762

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

Precious. Precious. Precious.

Thanks for sharing.

I can honestly say that some of my most memorable and happiest herping experiences were those shared with my kids and grandkids.

Continue taking pics throughout and you'll be even more rewarded many times later in life.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 9505

Re: Florida trip January 2019

Still a good trip, Jack! :thumb:

Be nice to do exactly the same in April or May; probability of target raised exponentially.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more
Replies: 7
Views: 8068

Re: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more

Wow, just WOW!
Sensory overload!
Big thanks for that one!
by BillMcGighan
February 17th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska
Replies: 2
Views: 4640

Re: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

Very good - amazing February.
Has the weather been unusual?


45 MILES NORTH OF COLD BAY, ALASKA
I assume this means someplace at that same latitude like Stakroge or similar?
by BillMcGighan
February 11th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 17345

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

All these stories are great!
by BillMcGighan
February 3rd, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders
Replies: 6
Views: 9125

Re: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders

A refreshing, midwinter shot of eastern outdoors; script and pics. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 30th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 8
Views: 8269

Re: Start of 2019 field season

That is really cool (no pun intended), Richard.
Here in the northern southeast, we start in January, but it's 99.9% Amphibs.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 5553

Re: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019

As always, Kurt. :thumb: :thumb:
Thanks.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 14451

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Just an addendum to this post from last year: I stumbled onto this website that I think provides some useful reference in a succinct format: http://www.toxinology.com/ Folks I can imagine might benefit from this: … Anyone who lectures to the general public and gets those toxicity questions. … Anyone...
by BillMcGighan
January 19th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 17345

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Good stuff so far! :thumb: What might have been! (even without a voucher.) When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to live where my back yard butted up against thousands of acres of protected land. Virtually spending all my time in the forest, I would encounter a couple dozen Wood Turtles ( Glyptemys i...
by BillMcGighan
January 18th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 17345

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Bryan, you are the Timber Whisperer! :lol: Good story. Jimi, chill, my perception is that Kelly was just trying to have a non-traditional post "Where people tell their stories like in times when stories are believed because of honor and good will." ps We did this on the Fishing forum years ago with ...
by BillMcGighan
January 12th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A last couple for the year
Replies: 1
Views: 2615

Re: A last couple for the year

Good shot in the arm for this time of the year! :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 11th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 7467

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

all already said!!
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 10th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Large King Cobra
Replies: 12
Views: 8696

Re: Large King Cobra

Excellent. :thumb: :thumb: video in situ!
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 3358

Re: Hello

If you'd like to browse locality animals, I'd suggest browsing, and even joining, the database of H.E.R.P. Some examples you can do right now. Red Corns ( Pantherophis guttatus ) http://www.naherp.com/search.php?r_owner=&r_security=&r_group=6&r_genus=1815&r_species=1821&r_subspecies=&r_country=&r_st...
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 71656

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Jimi [/quote]In general I think arboreals are easier to tease-train, since their natural feeding modality is grab and hold, not stab and pull back.[/quote]I think thats why it works well with Pantherophis. Dropping the pink puts pressure on the teeth and arboreals eat hanging down regularly.
by BillMcGighan
January 2nd, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 71656

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

KF My schedule trying to feed hatchlings (I currently only breed Oreocryptophis and Rhadinophis frenata): 1. f/t pinkie 2. f/t pinkie again 3. live pinkie 4.force feed mouse tail 5.f/t pinkie I have had a surprising amount of snakes start eating f/t on their own after one force fed mouse tail. 6. I ...
by BillMcGighan
January 1st, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 71656

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

IMHO Searching youtube for the subject shows a spectrum of tease feeding: From: This seems very reasonable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFlzg8erQrQ To: Good technique, but questionably necessary. (Maybe for a commercial operation where time and cage space is limited? https://www.youtube.com/watc...
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year post
Replies: 3
Views: 2998

Re: End of year post

Very nice.

All over LA is one of my favorite herping states.

I always love seeing those eastern LA Corns, especially comparing them to the our eastern variants, and , of course, LA Kisatchie animals (P. slowinski).
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 71656

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Kelly I guess this is odd, a wee confession of a sort, but Ive not found getting a snake to strike defensively and eat to work for me. Ive had times when ive wanted a snake to get on with it, and nudged and had them strike and let go, and then seem to have switched gears because they were ordinarily...
by BillMcGighan
December 26th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 22
Views: 16650

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

I hope this post will be a tribute to Kent every year.

Merry Christmas to all.
by BillMcGighan
December 22nd, 2018, 3:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US
Replies: 4
Views: 5073

Re: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US

Good stuff, Hans.
Thanks for that one.
by BillMcGighan
December 22nd, 2018, 3:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 6795

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

Very interesting story. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
December 15th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: north florida in Feb
Replies: 1
Views: 2412

Re: north florida in Feb

pm sent
by BillMcGighan
December 15th, 2018, 6:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film
Replies: 40
Views: 31959

Re: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film

Jimi: Lots of familiar, even universal themes & feelings & instincts & skills. OkanaganSFLT: This captures the feeling of success and deep satisfaction that one can get from herping. Fire Drake: That was very nicely done--and very tasteful. Vic: you took an event/discipline/fascination that is hard ...
by BillMcGighan
November 29th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Yucatan Peninsula
Replies: 8
Views: 9225

Re: trip report Yucatan Peninsula

Super Jeroen. :thumb: :thumb: Many good finds. Your pic at Casa Selva Orquideas made me smile for two reasons: 1. When we went through there regularly years ago, that town was just a sleepy Mayan village with no tourist facilities. 2. We were sitting in an identical setting as you guys were, up in U...
by BillMcGighan
November 29th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 9505

Re: Florida trip January 2019

I was looking at daytime in suitable habitats (any edges of water bodies) and at night with a flashlight. Nothing happened. Night with light can be good where there are shrubs on the edge of everglades canals. Daytime in habitat, as you know, unlike Northern Smooth Greens that can be under flat roc...
by BillMcGighan
October 26th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 10942

Re: Bull Wars

Excellent, Mike. :thumb: :thumb: My favorite videos are of our animals "in situ" with little or no human presence. craigb Believe it or not Mike, there was a time when a video of this quality would have had over 500 hits in 3 hours. Life here is a bit slower now.... Sad but true. Some of the newer f...
by BillMcGighan
October 17th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 5 with Giant Garters, Oregon Spotted Frogs, and the future of California's herps
Replies: 12
Views: 26615

Re: California Waters

Okay, Jonathan, That article is first class. :thumb: :thumb: Without knowing exactly where you were, you took us along and succinctly explained the plight of the two primary amphibs. I know euthanizing individual invasives is futile and probably only makes a conservationist feel righteous, but do yo...
by BillMcGighan
October 13th, 2018, 5:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: U.S. field guides
Replies: 13
Views: 20693

Re: U.S. field guides

I preordered the latest and have used it since it came out. The newest has the most up-to-date taxonomy accepted by CNAH and SSAR, and some more real photos mixed in the text, so it is pretty good. I've been using that series since the 1958 edition and each release gets better. My issue was with a f...
by BillMcGighan
October 13th, 2018, 4:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: U.S. field guides
Replies: 13
Views: 20693

Re: U.S. field guides

Another vote for the Peterson Guide for the East, especially in the field. I'm not as pleased with the newest edition because he must have done range maps from preserved specimens only. There are several incidents of minor range differences with our own data base. Still it's the most comprehensive a...
by BillMcGighan
October 7th, 2018, 4:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: double post - ignore
Replies: 0
Views: 11394

double post - ignore

double post for some reason????
by BillMcGighan
September 28th, 2018, 5:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range extensions in Marin?
Replies: 28
Views: 31479

Re: Range extensions in Marin?

OP (I can't bring myself to call you "Kook" :lol: :lol: ) Documenting range extensions is a really noble cause and many of us encourage you. Good on you. :thumb: Looking back at 50+ years of field guides, the range maps generally get better and better and drift away from political boundaries to natu...
by BillMcGighan
September 21st, 2018, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The East Coast Turtles of LA County
Replies: 7
Views: 16427

Re: The East Coast Turtles of LA County

Quick shot Jonathan: Let me guess. This was a public park?? 1 Yellow Belly Slider ( Trachemys scripta scripta ) 2 Yellow Belly Slider ( Trachemys scripta scripta ) 3 Red-eared slider ( Trachemys scripta elegans ) 4 Red-eared slider ( Trachemys scripta elegans ) (often dark when old) 5 Red-eared slid...
by BillMcGighan
September 20th, 2018, 1:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby rattlesnakes basking at their den (Video)
Replies: 5
Views: 8806

Re: Baby rattlesnakes basking at thier den (Video)

:thumb: :thumb:
Excellent....

Finding a den first is special. Your not being very intrusive was more so...

Finish was the best.

RESPECT PROTECT PRESERVE
by BillMcGighan
September 4th, 2018, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Corsica 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 14986

Re: trip report Corsica 2018

That is some awesome habitat, Jeroen.
I saw the stream and moss covered trees. Were the salamander areas as moist as our southern Appalachians?

Thanks for that one!
by BillMcGighan
September 2nd, 2018, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black/Yellow Rat Snake Intergrade?
Replies: 2
Views: 4621

Re: Black/Yellow Rat Snake Intergrade?

That's typical of the yellow/black variant integration area of the Eastern Ratsnake (Pantherophis alleghaniensis). Go south or to the coast, they tend to lighten to a light green. Go inland and by Raleigh or north by Virginia and they're already pretty black.
by BillMcGighan
September 2nd, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF in fall
Replies: 1
Views: 4055

Re: ANF in fall

PM sent Mike.
by BillMcGighan
August 31st, 2018, 4:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nice time back in Oregon
Replies: 7
Views: 7875

Re: Nice time back in Oregon

Good post, Jonathan. That was a great welcome home bunch of outings!! Are you going to be back in the states now? Of course, the kid pics are always the best to me. This one was special because it was both a nice-sized adult and in an area I'd already searched hard twice but kept coming back because...
by BillMcGighan
August 28th, 2018, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 25970

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Now that we all do have some agreement on some issues (to license or not), and we've scaled down confrontations, I just am curious how other folks in the US (and elsewhere) view confrontation with wildlife LEOs. (FD, tell your father "semper fi" for me.) . My opinion seems to be at odds with some of...
by BillMcGighan
August 27th, 2018, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15031

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

After thought.
One of the strangest southern mammals to us is the Mexican long-tongued bat (Choeronycteris mexicana).
by BillMcGighan
August 27th, 2018, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15031

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

That's great.
Seeing a whole troop of Coatis foraging in the Chiricahuas was a special treat for my wife and I last year.
We heard them coming before we saw them.
by BillMcGighan
August 27th, 2018, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2018: Good times
Replies: 16
Views: 15031

Re: Arizona 2018: Good times

Good stuff, Craig.
Thanks for that post.

AZ, especially on the southern border, has always been magic to me, especially all the animals that primarily range from further south.
Of course, to us easterners, every herp, bird, and some mammals are species we don't see back here.
by BillMcGighan
August 23rd, 2018, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 25970

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Just an afterthought on this issue: Many of us may choose to speed through states that do not have traffic ticket reciprocity like Georgia, Massachusetts, Michigan, Tennessee, and Wisconsin, knowing that we may pay a stiff fine for a speeding ticket, but not get points assessed to our driver’s licen...
by BillMcGighan
August 22nd, 2018, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 25970

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

Lots of good stuff. I side with Jimi's statements linking this to fishing, even catch and release. It's always best to get a license. The concept in most states is that fish and game (and even non-game) belong to all the people in the state. To do anything with those resources, you follow management...
by BillMcGighan
August 14th, 2018, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alien Lizard Identification Needed
Replies: 13
Views: 8458

Re: Alien Lizard Identification Needed

Whole post is great. :lol: :lol: I think as long as there have been herpers, there have been prank, fake herps! Every time I hear of one left on a popular herping area I smile. Interesting subset of this is when a neighborhood boy, a friend of my son, +25 years ago, threw a rubber snake up in a tree...
by BillMcGighan
August 11th, 2018, 3:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression from la
Replies: 9
Views: 8518

Re: Spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) progression fro

Thanks, Tamara,
Hope you and Ray are doing great, especially after the past few years of active weather systems.

Now you need to to do a similar progression of Rainbow Snakes! :lol: ;)