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by Paul Freed
June 14th, 2016, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bittersweet Babies
Replies: 3
Views: 2198

Re: Bittersweet Babies

WOW! Truly a legendary snake, congratulations on the breeding and good luck on the project!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 13th, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: new European field guide
Replies: 7
Views: 14717

Re: new European field guide

Thanks for the notice, Jeroen, nothing wrong with a little self promotion. I just ordered a copy unfortunately, it won't be available/shipped until mid August. And a hearty congratulations, a new field guide from Europe has been long overdue!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
April 7th, 2016, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan Lizard ID
Replies: 2
Views: 1846

Re: Taiwan Lizard ID

Mike,
It looks like Japalura polygonata, can you tell me where in Taiwan it was photographed? It would help to better identify it.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 27th, 2016, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo
Replies: 10
Views: 5245

Re: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo

A really nice tour of that region, well done! The Indian Scops Owl photo was fantastic! I think Jeroen is right, that Boiga is another dendrophila. Also, your photo of 'Mastigoproctus giganteus' is a Tailess Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). Mastigoproctus giganteus is the Vinegaroon, or Giant Whip Scorpio...
by Paul Freed
January 19th, 2016, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...
Replies: 7
Views: 3586

Re: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...

Andy, When you say: "This summer", do you mean our summer here in the U.S. or their summer in South Africa/Namibia? Since the seasons are reversed there our summer months are their winter months and having herped there in both seasons I can tell you that herping is much better during their summer mo...
by Paul Freed
January 15th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae)
Replies: 11
Views: 3003

Re: Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae)

Hi Heather, I too had searched for them previously in the area but was unsuccessful. Years ago I had read an account in James Petranka's 1998 book: Salamanders of the United States and Canada that in early September two researchers observed an aggregate of 259 newts in the water and that they found ...
by Paul Freed
November 12th, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.
Replies: 8
Views: 4227

Re: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.

Steve, We found a Protobothrops mucrosquamatus just pulling into the parking lot of a city park in the town of Taoyuan, near Taipei. You should have no problem finding that species or T. stejnegeri. In fact, if you go to Baling T. stejnegeri are extremely abundant there, our herp team found 17 of th...
by Paul Freed
November 12th, 2015, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.
Replies: 8
Views: 4227

Re: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.

Steve, I was also very interested in looking for Hynobius salamanders and ended up searching for them en route to Baling. Since they are supposed to be found at elevations higher than 6000-7000 feet I began by looking in the area of Hehuanshan, Taiwan (9000 feet elevation). I was disappointed that I...
by Paul Freed
October 15th, 2015, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Identity
Replies: 5
Views: 1898

Re: Snake Identity

There doesn't seem to be an image in your post, could you try posting it again?
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 11th, 2015, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It must be true - I read it on the internet
Replies: 5
Views: 2741

Re: It must be true - I read it on the internet

You have great restraint, Bill! I, on the other hand, did say something.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 9th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2266

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

I don't see any apical pits on the scales of the anterior region of the tail so I don't believe this is S. diehli. The photo does not show close-up detail of the body scales to determine if apical pits are present there. Perhaps if Mr. Lee has a clear photo of the dorsal scales it can be determined ...
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:16 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: DOR ID Request
Replies: 4
Views: 9596

Re: DOR ID Request

Chris,
I believe you're correct in that this is a Nerodia rhombifer.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2266

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

Hans,
Although it superficially looks like it, Lycodon does not occur in New Guinea. I believe that this is one of the 'Ground' Snakes in the genus Stegonotus, possibly S. guentheri or S. modestus.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador
Replies: 7
Views: 4018

Re: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador

The first snake initially looks like one of the species of Rhabdophis, or it could be the more obscure Gongylosoma baliodeirus. The Ecuadorian snake is almost certainly one of the species of Atractus, but with 2 dozen species occurring in Ecuador I would be hard pressed to hazard a guess. Hopefully,...
by Paul Freed
October 5th, 2015, 7:33 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Free to a good home
Replies: 1
Views: 8296

Re: Free to a good home

That's very generous, Jeff. I wish I lived in or near Louisiana. This would be a great opportunity for a young or novice herp person to acquire a great library. Thanks for making this offer!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 26th, 2015, 6:09 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp image from Badlands movie?
Replies: 3
Views: 10364

Re: Herp image from Badlands movie?

Ken,
It's a blurry shot of an Iguana.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
August 26th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 7400

Re: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015

Never mind Jim, as soon as I posted my last comment all the photos came up. Great to see them!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
August 26th, 2015, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 7400

Re: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015

Jim,
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Great photos and great post! However, only 2 images showed up for me. Guess I'm doing something wrong since you said the issue has been rectified. Thanks for sharing!

Paul
by Paul Freed
August 13th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pictures from Central America (Mainly Costa Rica) 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4045

Re: Pictures from Central America (Mainly Costa Rica) 2014

Great post and nice photos, Shani! [By the way, the turtle you called: "Mud turtle at one volcano summit (Ometepe)" is actually not a mud turtle but rather a Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys, likely R. annulata)]. That's a shame the guide wouldn't let you get closer to the Bothriechis lateralis, it's an im...
by Paul Freed
July 30th, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 6152

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

One more point, bgorum, I noticed that you said you would continue to submit images to Alamy; one of Animal Animal stipulations of being their client is that you have no other stock photo agency representing your work. However, just like the initial submission of 200 images has changed since I start...
by Paul Freed
July 30th, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 6152

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

Hi bgorum, Paul Freed here. I have been a client of Animals Animals since 1991 and although they are a fair company when it comes to selling images they are extremely strict and very picky when it comes to accepting images. For the initial submission they require 500 photos that are, as they put it,...
by Paul Freed
June 29th, 2015, 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Snake from the USA in Belgium
Replies: 7
Views: 12985

Re: Snake from the USA in Belgium

Peter,
When you click on the attached website it says: "Sorry that page was not found" . Can you try sending another photo?
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 23rd, 2015, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?
Replies: 17
Views: 6006

Re: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?

Chris, My most successful 24 hour period took place in Paraguay, back in 1996, where during a night drive up the Pan American Highway I encountered 16 species of snakes (from four families: Colubridae, Elapidae, Viperidae, and Boidae) representing about 35 individual snakes, as well as several lizar...
by Paul Freed
June 20th, 2015, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 19 June 2015. Herping at Northern Taiwan.
Replies: 2
Views: 1607

Re: 19 June 2015. Herping at Northern Taiwan.

Great stuff, Jerry! Brings back nice memories of herping in Baling. Really like the Elaphe carinata. Thanks for sharing.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 3rd, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: unknown blind snake from Hong Kong Island
Replies: 10
Views: 4242

Re: unknown blind snake from Hong Kong Island

dicephalics is correct, this is a pre-shed braminus, I observed a blind snake in India just like this and thought I had found an undescribed species.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
May 21st, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12759

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

hadar wrote Quote: Paul, I'm heading to Bend Friday. Never been out that way. Any suggestions? My dad is flying in from Illinois and we are checking out John Day Fossil Beds Saturday. That's funny, I'm heading to Bend a week from this Friday (not to herp, to help friends move). I will be visiting an...
by Paul Freed
May 19th, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 12759

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

Great questions, Heather and a nice way to bring herpers and their passions to the forum. 1. Where do you herp? Do you herp solely in one area, do you herp a large region, nationally, internationally, etc? Is there a particular habitat you prefer or species? I am actually your neighbor (I live about...
by Paul Freed
May 6th, 2015, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize Herp ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 3128

Re: Belize Herp ID's

Good catch, Justin! I had to go back to look at my slides from 1984 of my Belizian Stenorrhina to confirm that they were in fact Stenorrhina and they are. None of my specimens were as brightly colored as Gus' snake. Thanks.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
May 5th, 2015, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize Herp ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 3128

Re: Belize Herp ID's

Hi Gus, Gene is right, it's not Coniophanes, it's Stenorrhina freminvillei sometimes called a Blood Snake, Slaty Grey Snake, or Scorpion-eating Snake. They are quite variable in color ranging from tan to brown or even reddish-orange. The Anole is a bit more difficult as the best way to identify them...
by Paul Freed
May 5th, 2015, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with garter snake ID, Marion County, Oregon?
Replies: 10
Views: 3037

Re: Help with garter snake ID, Marion County, Oregon?

For the past ten years I have been conducting a daily herpetological survey on my road for a one mile stretch and of the three species of garter snakes (Red-spotted, Mountain, and Northwestern) found in this area (the western foothills of the Cascades in Clackamas County) the Northwestern is by far ...
by Paul Freed
April 14th, 2015, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 10830

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

I found a recently hit female in the ditch by the Kinabalu Park headquarters (back in 2004) which, at the time, was only the seventh known specimen observed. I'm guessing that more have been found since then.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
April 4th, 2015, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 10830

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

Simply an amazing post, Hans! Brings back great memories of Kinabalu. Those Nepenthes are just exquisite. That little frog you saw is most likely Philautus mjobergi, a common Rhacophorid frog from that area and you are correct in your identification of the Cinnamon Frog. The spectacular 'gliding' ge...
by Paul Freed
March 2nd, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Sea Snake ID, please
Replies: 2
Views: 1760

Re: Borneo Sea Snake ID, please

Hans,
This looks like a Common Beaked Sea Snake (Hydrophis schistosus), it used to be known as Enhydrina schistosa but was changed in 2012 to its current scientific name. I observed this species in Sri Lanka and it looks identical to the ones I found. I hope this helps.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 19th, 2015, 9:25 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon SX50/SX60
Replies: 3
Views: 2812

Re: Canon SX50/SX60

Mike, my wife uses the SX30 and the SX50 and they are extremely good cameras for shooting subjects at long distances. I use a Canon 7D and whenever I need to photograph something at a distance I use one of her cameras to get the shot. Of course the lens on a SX30 or 50 are not the high caliber they ...
by Paul Freed
February 19th, 2015, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Tiny Colombian Lizard ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1119

Re: Very Tiny Colombian Lizard ID?

This is of course a gecko and it looks like a juvenile Lepidoblepharis xanthostigma, sometimes called an Orange-tailed Gecko or Litter Gecko but I'm not 100% sure. It is certainly one of the geckos in the genus Lepidoblepharis.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 4th, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 5943

Re: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Afri

Fantastic photos, Nick! That Amblyodipsas polylepis is a dead ringer for an Atractaspis. The Zygaspis vandami is an amazing find, I'm extremely jealous, and the Breviceps is such a fun species (did you get to see any males riding on the females?). Even the non-herp animals you saw are spectacular, t...
by Paul Freed
January 28th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Endangered Salamander: Tastes Like Bald Eagle
Replies: 1
Views: 2452

Re: Endangered Salamander: Tastes Like Bald Eagle

It's an interesting article, Chris, but apparently not very accurate. I recently visited China and was taken to a man-made cave where more than 100,000 Chinese Giant Salamanders (called Wa Wa Yu by the local people) were being raised for food. This cave extended for more than a mile and contained ye...
by Paul Freed
January 11th, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: Passing of Dr. James R. Dixon
Replies: 2
Views: 2658

Re: Passing of Dr. James R. Dixon

He was an amazing man, a true 'old school' herpetologist who taught so many of us about the world of amphibians and reptiles. His passing will leave an enormous void in those that knew him. He will be sorely missed. Condolences go out to his wife, Mary and his entire family.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
January 6th, 2015, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11202

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Yes, I post here, but I'm too computer illiterate to post anything substantial other than a comment (that is, I can't add any photos and contribute one of my own travel adventures since I don't know how to do that. Someone explained that you have to have your photos on the web or the cloud or in the...
by Paul Freed
December 26th, 2014, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11202

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Paul Freed wrote: The Ptenopus were another outstanding find. All yours seem to be females, did you find any males?l People need to appreciate how cool finding Ptenopus are. Not an easy task. The ones in the photos were what we found. My first time there, so no idea of gender. You are absolutely cor...
by Paul Freed
December 26th, 2014, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11202

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Fantastic post, Martti! So many outstanding herps. Your post brought back so many wonderful memories of herping in that region. I was quite impressed at the turnout at Gobabeb, especially given the remoteness of the place. Nice also to see a good representation of women at the conference. (By the wa...
by Paul Freed
October 22nd, 2014, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: International Herping
Replies: 10
Views: 3182

Re: International Herping

Welcome to the forum! You request is a bit more complicated than you might realize. There are so many factors in selecting a place to herp whether here or outside the U.S. For example, what are your specific goals, are you seeking a particular group of animals, how much time do you have, how much fu...
by Paul Freed
October 21st, 2014, 7:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Global Report
Replies: 6
Views: 11241

Re: Global Report

I tried joining HerpMapper but after signing up and choosing a password it wouldn't let me log in. I re-tried 6 times each time using the new password that was sent to my email address but it still wouldn't let me register. I wrote a note to the site manager but have not heard from anyone. I have nu...
by Paul Freed
October 19th, 2014, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10551

Re: If you had a month to herp the jungle, what would you do

Hey Jonathan, My first question to you would be: what is the purpose of your intended research; i.e. is it for school, for the park, or will you be trying to publish a paper privately? What and how you conduct a project would be based on why you're doing it. I can think of a number of potential proj...
by Paul Freed
October 13th, 2014, 9:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 7472

Re: zoos in the US that have best representation of Asian he

Kevin, Many of the Texas Zoos (Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio) have fantastic herpetological collections and likely have a good cross-sampling of Asian species. I retired from the Houston Zoo ten years ago and we had a rather significant collection from that region. Are there any specific ...
by Paul Freed
September 27th, 2014, 12:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC
Replies: 12
Views: 5484

Re: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC

Just to be clear, when you stated:

"I'm not much of a turtle guy so the Hypsiboas punctatus were my highlight because they were my first glass frog."

Those are Hylids (treefrogs) and NOT Glass Frogs (Centrolinidae).

-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 27th, 2014, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 5868

Re: Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo 2014

Great post, Tom! Like Mike asked, I am also curious about your observations of the gorillas. My wife and I did the tour thing in Rwanda and we had to pay for permits to see gorillas (at $500 each for a mere 60 minutes!). Did you have to do that as well?
-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 27th, 2014, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC
Replies: 12
Views: 5484

Re: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC

Kfen is correct, Number 2 are not Hyalinobatrachium, they are Hypsiboas punctatus (Spotted Treefrogs).
-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 17th, 2014, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 2875

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

Kent,
This looks like a California NIghtsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha nuchalata), and a really nice photo!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 17th, 2014, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what kind of night snake is this?
Replies: 6
Views: 1521

Re: what kind of night snake is this?

Kent,
This looks like a California NIghtsnake (Hypsiglena ochrorhyncha nuchalata), and a really nice photo!
-Paul