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by will lattea
March 26th, 2012, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Jersey Queensnakes?
Replies: 20
Views: 2643

Re: New Jersey Queensnakes?

They were thought to be extirpated from Maryland for a while too. From what I understand we lost one of our native cray fish, but now a different species is repopulating our waters which may or may not be native. As a result I've seen more and more queen snakes every year. Now I'm able to see them a...
by will lattea
March 22nd, 2012, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year End Review - Mexico Galore! DUW
Replies: 38
Views: 12981

Re: Year End Review - Mexico Galore! DUW

I kinda feel like I'm gona throw up after looking at this. I'm absolutely filled with jealous rage haha. Time to go quit my job...

:beer:
by will lattea
March 19th, 2012, 7:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Salamander Photography?
Replies: 52
Views: 13026

Re: Salamander Photography?

ahhhh.... I never thought about the flash being close to the lens and how the angles could make that bad. right on. thanks!
by will lattea
March 16th, 2012, 11:24 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Salamander Photography?
Replies: 52
Views: 13026

Re: Salamander Photography?

Holy moly those are some big rigs! At one point in time I opted to buy an external flash but I found even that extra piece to bothersome to carry. Any suggestions for minimizing glare when using an on-board flash? Sometimes it works out alright for me, other times not so much. In particular, I have ...
by will lattea
March 16th, 2012, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waking the timber - USA 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 3116

Re: Waking the timber - Pennsylvania, USA 2011

Great photos! I dig the low angles.

Don't tell anyone where you went! ;)

:beer:
by will lattea
March 15th, 2012, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late winter purposed herping...
Replies: 5
Views: 796

Re: Late winter purposed herping...

wow... the green tree frog is more surprising in my opinion... they seem less concerned with these early warm spells than the other amphibians and turtles in the area. Hit me up if y'all want any help this season... I know that area pretty well.
by will lattea
March 14th, 2012, 7:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Leopard Frog species found in New York.
Replies: 12
Views: 1833

Re: New Leopard Frog species found in New York.

F that... still not going to NY. I wonder if the 1936 herpetologist they mention was Kauffeld.
by will lattea
March 12th, 2012, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor
Replies: 9
Views: 1380

Re: Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor

I figured I'd come back after the weekend with these things labeled and full of interesting natural history notes... nope... still just the little brown frogs in the leaves... haha
by will lattea
March 8th, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor
Replies: 9
Views: 1380

Re: Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor

dang... I can see them... I'm new to posting with flickr... anyone else having issues??
by will lattea
March 8th, 2012, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor
Replies: 9
Views: 1380

Game: Name that Costa Rican Craugastor

Hi! I’m trying to come up with IDs for all the little brown frogs I saw bouncing around in the leaf litter on a recent trip to the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. Since they switched all of the Elutherodactylus to Craugastor my field guide is pretty much worthless- some of these I’m surer of than other...
by will lattea
March 5th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is your favorite rattlesnake species?
Replies: 37
Views: 7001

Re: What is your favorite rattlesnake species?

gentle or just gnarly ambush hunters?!





by will lattea
March 5th, 2012, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your migration
Replies: 43
Views: 3948

Re: Show your migration

Millside- you have to open up the photo full size (i.e. not just in photostream- right click and choose view med, large, etc.) and then right click and copy img info. Pain in the butt but at least you still own your photo rights when using flickr. Here's another shot of the freak- you can blame me f...
by will lattea
March 5th, 2012, 5:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Drought Double Down
Replies: 14
Views: 3669

Re: Drought Double Down

Great post!

:beer:

w
by will lattea
March 1st, 2012, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring migration photos
Replies: 11
Views: 1304

Re: Spring migration photos

dude... i'm pretty sure I saw 10 kalmi in the road while you stopped to talk to kyle! seriously!?

Out of 100,000 chorus frogs, possibly 200,000- I didn't see a single pickerel haha

w
by will lattea
March 1st, 2012, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mas Panama
Replies: 14
Views: 4725

Re: Mas Panama

that was kick ass! thanks for sharing.

your sila look mighty sordida-ish to me though.

:beer:

w
by will lattea
February 23rd, 2012, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA Trip
Replies: 62
Views: 7434

Re: NAFHA Trip

Western Maryland has a few good spots around Swallow Falls, etc. that are nice to camp, but over all Deep Creek Lake is a big tourist spot and a lot of the species you'd expect to find are pretty spotty. There are a good amount of V. v pulchra out there tho and I'm sure that'd be a good tick for the...
by will lattea
February 15th, 2012, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Use of small streams by spiny softshells
Replies: 46
Views: 3747

Re: Use of small streams by spiny softshells

I have a bunch of family near Weston, WV and while driving around I've seen tons of adults- not monsters, but around a foot long- basking along the local creeks- most of which are only about 10' wide. I've never messed with them though. The more rural the stream the better- never saw them around the...
by will lattea
February 1st, 2012, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lets go spring!!
Replies: 19
Views: 1722

Re: Lets go spring!!

flickr gives you the copyrights to your photos too.
by will lattea
January 31st, 2012, 1:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about salamanders
Replies: 22
Views: 2887

Re: Question about salamanders

The full spectrum exists... some fish will keep certain amphibians out. Some amphibians are capable of taking on a different larval stage if there are predators such as fish- for instance one that comes to mind are grey tree frog tadpoles- they'll grow red tails if there is a higher predator concent...
by will lattea
December 29th, 2011, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Timber Rattlesnake Lesions (repost from main forum)
Replies: 4
Views: 1110

Re: Timber Rattlesnake Lesions (repost from main forum)

That's rad it made such a good recovery. Handsome snake too. I've seen a few snakes with lesions on their eyes- generally it looks like a big water droplet- I assume it's because there's a fluid build up during hibernation. We've had bog turtles with ear infections after emergence, but like you said...
by will lattea
December 20th, 2011, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: have you stayed in Liberia, Costa Rica before? help please!
Replies: 1
Views: 521

have you stayed in Liberia, Costa Rica before? help please!

Hi everyone, I'm planning a trip through Costa Rica and it looks like my original ideas for staying in Liberia fell through. We'll only be there for 2 full days/ 3 nights and will need to stay close enough that we can get a taxi to the airport very early- so I'm not looking to drive a few hours in t...
by will lattea
November 14th, 2011, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnakes 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 4312

Re: Rattlesnakes 2011

Man I love those low desert/ washed out black tails... esp when they come with gilas. Thanks for posting!
by will lattea
November 10th, 2011, 1:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wow, What a Year!!! It doesn't Get Any Better Than This!!!
Replies: 49
Views: 9511

Re: Wow, What a Year!!! It doesn't Get Any Better Than This

Awesome post!

Why didn't you go with nuntius on that "Crotalus ssp."?

The tails on the onocrepis look like they're glowing! too cool. thanks for posting.

-Will
by will lattea
November 10th, 2011, 12:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 26011

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Did KW pass away or something?
Nope. Like a lot of people he probably just got tired of threads like this.

:beer:
by will lattea
October 28th, 2011, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Serious Question
Replies: 49
Views: 8603

Re: Serious Question

Chad likes lampropeltis because it gives him something to do in flat boring Kansas :P

I'm not biased - I love finding lampro's when I'm out looking for crotes!

-Will
by will lattea
October 28th, 2011, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Canebrake dens?
Replies: 130
Views: 21786

Re: Canebrake dens?

It mostly has to do with what makes for adequate hibernacula as well as the space available given the micro habitat within the animals' range- it's a bit of a differential equation. Generally speaking the "timbers" are the montane race and the "canebrakes" are the lowland race- despite the current t...
by will lattea
October 18th, 2011, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: toad ID help- do not have a clue
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Re: toad ID help- do not have a clue

Yeah, they had to go and split up Bufonidae... I still prefer Bufo but I've been corrected recently for not using Anaxyrus and Incilius. From what I hear the pine toads may be complex species throughout the Sierras with mccoyi being the most recent description aside from occidentalis. I'm not sure e...
by will lattea
October 18th, 2011, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: toad ID help- do not have a clue
Replies: 16
Views: 2599

Re: toad ID help- do not have a clue

Looks like Incilius occidentalis to me assuming you were further South in Sonora. Further North/ East in the Sierras they've recently described a similar Incilius mccoyi so be on the look out for those as well depending on where you are. Don't be afraid to ask questions! I'd rather ask a dumb questi...
by will lattea
September 13th, 2011, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexican rattlesnake ID (also posted in the main forum)
Replies: 4
Views: 3763

Re: Mexican rattlesnake ID (also posted in the main forum)

So the current understanding is that basiliscus is related to molossus and not durissus? Is it Crotalus molossus basiliscus or is basiliscus a full species? What is that based on? Where does totonacus fit in now? My sources are apparently out of date...

-Will
by will lattea
September 6th, 2011, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Treasures of the Sierra Madre
Replies: 65
Views: 15617

Re: Treasures of the Sierra Madre

What... no Tropidodipsas? Don't be too upset about only finding the common stuff... maybe you'll have better luck next time :P

:beer:

-Will
by will lattea
August 30th, 2011, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pacific NW trip - 7/28-8/13
Replies: 11
Views: 3574

Re: Pacific NW trip - 7/28-8/13

Awesome stuff, Troy. I love the pretiosa and the sirtalis has some cool colors going on as well. Are you actually using 3 flashes or is that a head lamp or flash light in there as well?

-Will
by will lattea
August 25th, 2011, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Timber Rattlesnake with babies
Replies: 149
Views: 12762

Re: Timber Rattlesnake with babies

I'm just gona throw this out there for what it's worth. These sites are very well known. Folks have been studying many of them since the 60's. Biologists, DNR/ USFWS (current and retired) frequent these forums and are friends with many of the forum participants. This topic has over 130 replies and o...
by will lattea
August 12th, 2011, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber babies
Replies: 56
Views: 4473

Re: timber babies

Publish or perish. Plenty of good observations and hypotheses get lost in time. You have to publish and have it subject to peer review before the scientific process is complete. I suppose ranting on a forum is some type of publication, and fellow rants are some type of review process though. Modern ...
by will lattea
August 12th, 2011, 11:40 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: AV mode on Rebel XTi
Replies: 9
Views: 2901

Re: AV mode on Rebel XTi

I shoot an xti and can never get anything out of the AV mode. I find it easier just to shoot in M. If you're trying to maximize your DOF you can sort of work backwards by maxing out some of your other settings first. Go with a 1/80 or 1/100 shutter- which is about as slow as you'll want to go withou...
by will lattea
August 12th, 2011, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber babies
Replies: 56
Views: 4473

Re: timber babies

When observing rookeries my main suggestion would be to keep as much of a distance as possible. If it's something you'll be doing in the coming years, invest in a zoom lens. The more you can keep a distance the better your observations will be. If you want to get in a snake's face for pictures, wait...
by will lattea
May 24th, 2011, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping rituals?
Replies: 47
Views: 4516

Re: Field Herping rituals?

The other is just to eat as much Mexican food as possible, lol.
+1 on that!

Just make sure to not keep your rice in the same container as any type of stove fuel. Ugh.

:beer:
by will lattea
May 16th, 2011, 10:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Let's play....Name that Skink!
Replies: 27
Views: 9385

Re: Let's play....Name that Skink!

Carl, could you talk about what field marks you're using? I only know fasciatus, and wouldn't have any idea how to identify laticeps, so it'd be helpful Without giving too much away for the game, it's a matter of one different scale on their face. I agree with Carl on the IDs. I can't imagine how m...
by will lattea
May 9th, 2011, 9:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Stuck Filter
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Re: Stuck Filter

that's funny you mentioned an oil filter wrench- i was wondering if something similar existed. I suppose taking it in will be cheaper than a new lens. thanks!
by will lattea
May 5th, 2011, 4:06 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: bog turtles? just a question.
Replies: 125
Views: 36700

Re: bog turtles? just a question.

:beer:
by will lattea
May 5th, 2011, 1:33 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: bog turtles? just a question.
Replies: 125
Views: 36700

Re: bog turtles? just a question.

All of this being said, I would encourage everyone to get out and find out how you can help out your local agencies with volunteer conservation work. Most of these folks are strapped for cash and appreciate all the help they can get. If you look online, I'm sure you'll find plenty of opportunities. ...
by will lattea
May 5th, 2011, 11:10 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: bog turtles? just a question.
Replies: 125
Views: 36700

Re: bog turtles? just a question.

Bog turtles are not hard to find
I would say they are not rare, but VERY hard to find.

-Will
by will lattea
May 5th, 2011, 11:01 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: bog turtles? just a question.
Replies: 125
Views: 36700

Re: bog turtles? just a question.

Alright, I'll bite. The best way to answer your question is to give you some insight on the large differential equation that is bog turtling. 1. I would say that good bog turtle habitat is rare when compared to historical levels- at least where I help study them in PA and MD. We're talking about one...
by will lattea
May 4th, 2011, 7:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Stuck Filter
Replies: 5
Views: 1676

Stuck Filter

I have a polarizer that is stuck on my lens like a MFer. Any suggestions for removing it? I feel like I'm going to break the lens trying to twist it off.

Thanks!

Will
by will lattea
May 4th, 2011, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF in April
Replies: 10
Views: 1863

Re: ANF in April

Nice... that first shot makes me want to leave with my hammock and never come home!
by will lattea
May 4th, 2011, 6:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast herping.
Replies: 20
Views: 2460

Re: Southeast herping.

awesome.
by will lattea
May 3rd, 2011, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring/summer wildfires...
Replies: 42
Views: 5382

Re: Spring wildfires...

I was under the impression that an area subjected to burning wouldn't burn again for something like 20 or 30 years (a full scale burn, not just a light undergrowth burn), and it's these natural barriers that are created from previous burns that will help limit the range of new fires. How quickly wil...
by will lattea
April 29th, 2011, 11:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?
Replies: 51
Views: 8351

Re: Has Arizona changed or am I the one who has changed?

I've enjoyed everyone's input on this thread. Where can I find information about the areas near Organ Pipe that are closed? As an east coaster that is obsessed with buzztails, I keep a pretty close eye on the news in terms of the border, and this is something that is absolutely not discussed. I skip...
by will lattea
April 28th, 2011, 6:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe
Replies: 21
Views: 3039

Re: Yes Virginia, South TX Looks Like a Giraffe

I don't know but I've had fun looking for clandestine airstrips in w. Durango/ e. Sinaloa. I have found a few in the past, don't have any coords right now, but I will post one next time I am on GE at the office! I have found many herp species and difficult to access mountains thanks to GE. Cheers, ...