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by mtratcliffe
September 25th, 2016, 4:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamander Movement Question
Replies: 5
Views: 3161

Salamander Movement Question

Hey everyone, I've posted here a few times before, but my name is Matt and I just moved from Tampa, FL to Fairfax County, VA. While I'm still in the Southeast Chapter (geographically speaking), the climate and terrain around my new home is more in line with that of the Northeast. Tampa was a tough s...
by mtratcliffe
September 10th, 2016, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Double Mamushi
Replies: 4
Views: 1768

Re: Double Mamushi

Great finds, Lou! You do a good job of keeping the videos interesting. It's always fun to see what you can find during your layovers. How many total species of herps have you seen at this spot?
by mtratcliffe
September 4th, 2016, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots & Hermine
Replies: 2
Views: 1784

Re: Spadefoots & Hermine

Great video, Noah! Glad you were able to confirm that Spadefoots breed in that pond. Thanks more making the effort to go in deep to get a good shot! I wish I weren't in the process of moving as Hermine hit - I can only imagine how crazy the frogs were going at night. The Spadefoots were probably cal...
by mtratcliffe
August 29th, 2016, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

A second opinion I received elsewhere says they are likely P. ferarium tadpoles that are ready to morph. Seems to be quite late in the year for them; I'll have to check out this spot again throughout the year.
by mtratcliffe
August 28th, 2016, 4:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field herping in Central Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 3544

Re: Field herping in Central Florida

You should roadcruise the Green Swamp. You should explore it first during the day to get the lay of the roads, as some of them go off the beaten path and are closed at night. Roadcruising during the summer or after heavy rains should be productive. Sounds like you have quite the selection of herps i...
by mtratcliffe
August 26th, 2016, 3:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

Coluber Constrictor wrote:seems late in the year for it to be a pseudacris sp?
It does, but I'm having a hard time figuring out what else it might be. They look somewhat like Wood Frog tadpoles, but again their eyes were lateral instead of dorsal.
by mtratcliffe
August 25th, 2016, 7:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

Found some tadpoles in a vernal pool in Fairfax County, VA the other day and managed to get a few photographs. Any thoughts on what it might be? It had lateral eyes, and given the locale, possibilities are Green Treefrog, Gray/Cope's Gray Treefrog, Spring Peeper, Eastern Cricket Frog, or Upland Chor...
by mtratcliffe
August 18th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole Visual Guide - Seeking Photo Contributions
Replies: 2
Views: 1754

Tadpole Visual Guide - Seeking Photo Contributions

All, I'm getting closer to making the visual guide of Tadpoles and Morphs of the East a stickied thread on the Southeast Chapter forum ( http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=11&t=22489 ). I had to delay work on this guide while I was deployed, but now that I'm back in action, I'm seek...
by mtratcliffe
August 17th, 2016, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

Great post and thanks for the updates. Tadpoles are another dimension when it comes to IDs. I am fairly certain that those tadpoles you have labeled as leopard frog with the extremely dorsal eyes and very visible intestinal coils are spadefoot. They tend to travel in pretty tight schools so you can...
by mtratcliffe
August 14th, 2016, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

Long overdue update. I haven't forgot about this thread, and I will be pushing to have it stickied shortly. Before I do, I'm putting one last call out there before I start the new (stickied) thread. Updates will still be accepted after that point, of course, as this guide will always be a living pro...
by mtratcliffe
August 10th, 2016, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some stuff
Replies: 8
Views: 3125

Re: Some stuff

Sorry about the bad luck with Blue Garters. Given how common the Eastern variety is, I figured our night in Dixie where we didn't see one was an aberration. You've still got some time left this summer!
by mtratcliffe
August 5th, 2016, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Appalachicola National Forest
Replies: 16
Views: 4606

Re: Herping Appalachicola National Forest

Croakersoaker wrote:Not sure why my images oarent working can anybody help?
Use the BB Code links for each photo from imgur. Just copy and paste and it will work.
by mtratcliffe
August 4th, 2016, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 22454

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

I'm not aware of any habitat restoration that is targeted at a single species and only benefits that species at the expense of others. In general, restoring any land that was altered by humans or taken over by non-native growth is a good thing. Where I'm from in Maryland (Anne Arundel County), the c...
by mtratcliffe
July 31st, 2016, 4:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpoles
Replies: 2
Views: 1930

Re: Tadpoles

Noah,

I do have plans to resurrect the tadpole thread. Maybe after my move. I know you've got some other good tadpole pics this year, so I may hit you up for those. At that point, I'll push to have it stickied.

- Matt
by mtratcliffe
July 26th, 2016, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99555

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I don't collect because, frankly, I find it very selfish if it is conducted for the purposes of one's long-term collection. I can sympathize with collection for educational purposes, but snatching up an uncommon snake because it's an awesome find comes across as juvenile. My mantra is that if my sel...
by mtratcliffe
July 9th, 2016, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need a frog I.D.
Replies: 12
Views: 3936

Re: Need a frog I.D.

What county in NC? That could help eliminate a few species.
by mtratcliffe
July 6th, 2016, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Massive sea turtle deaths in Florida following fireworks
Replies: 23
Views: 7919

Re: Massive sea turtle deaths in Florida following fireworks

Has anyone seen reports of this? One would think a story such as this would make the local news. A link to photographic/video evidence would greatly help.
by mtratcliffe
June 28th, 2016, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Second Quarter Post
Replies: 3
Views: 1594

Re: Second Quarter Post

Great finds and impressive Salamander diversity! That's cool that you got to herp the Pacific NW. I really like the Shenandoah Mountain Salamander - do those tend to have variable patterning?
by mtratcliffe
June 26th, 2016, 4:27 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Manipula
Replies: 9
Views: 15030

Re: Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Mani

You are using your biases to draw your own conclusions. It's almost as if you are arguing that because some scientists used unethical methods in their research, then all scientists must be suspect. Inspector General offices are very thorough. I know because I've worked in one before. They have no ve...
by mtratcliffe
June 25th, 2016, 6:27 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Manipula
Replies: 9
Views: 15030

Re: Federal Lab Forced To Close After ‘Disturbing’ Data Mani

A source would be nice, but a Google search revealed it came from The Daily Caller, which is certainly not the most reputable of sources. Not sure what you are trying to show here - that the government is corrupt and scientists are liars? Read the Inspector General report from the US Department of t...
by mtratcliffe
June 24th, 2016, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.
Replies: 11
Views: 4648

Re: Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.

All good stuff. I haven't been over to dip that area in awhile but it is usually quite productive. Water levels have fluctuated due to the dam temporarily allowing more water into the St. Johns, which may be the reason for lower numbers. Glad you are getting out and seeing some cool animals. -Jake ...
by mtratcliffe
June 22nd, 2016, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.
Replies: 11
Views: 4648

Re: Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.

A great example of enjoying ALL of the critters that a specific region offers. I too try and learn about even the obscure invertebrates, mollusks, insects and the like. For me the most interesting shots in this group are those of the fallen trees and their roots along the coast! One wonders how old...
by mtratcliffe
June 21st, 2016, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.
Replies: 11
Views: 4648

Post-Tropical Storm Colin and a Day with Noah M.

Hey everyone, it's been a little while since my last update, and with the relative inactivity on this board, I figured it could use some life. It's been two weeks now since Tropical Storm Colin hit Florida. Here in Tampa, we received 6+ inches of rain over the course of about 48 hours. Given the rai...
by mtratcliffe
June 17th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fieldherping everglades this weekend
Replies: 1
Views: 1454

Re: Fieldherping everglades this weekend

You won't see much during the day, but cruise the Main Park Road at night and you will not be disappointed. Start just before sunset.
by mtratcliffe
June 4th, 2016, 9:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Triple Cruise FL Pines
Replies: 2
Views: 1793

Re: Triple Cruise FL Pines

That...is something. I was expecting to see three different Pines cruised in one day, not a Lovecraftian horror of a mating ball! Awesome stuff.
by mtratcliffe
June 3rd, 2016, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Half-ish Year Review 2016
Replies: 1
Views: 1435

Re: Half-ish Year Review 2016

Great finds and pictures, Tyler! Did you post some of these on the SE Chapter Forum earlier? The one of the Rainbow by the lake looks familiar.
by mtratcliffe
June 1st, 2016, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Megolithic May
Replies: 4
Views: 2090

Re: Megolithic May

Those are some unique finds! Do you have any pictures?
by mtratcliffe
May 31st, 2016, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!
Replies: 10
Views: 4829

Re: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snake

That first pic looks like an old school postcard or something. The saturation is great. I love it. What camera do you use now? Thanks! That one was actually taken on my old camera. I love the contrast in colors and how there are three bridges paralleling each other, extending out of frame. I was im...
by mtratcliffe
May 30th, 2016, 10:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!
Replies: 10
Views: 4829

Re: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snake

I love your shot of the Crocodile teeth, very sharp! The Mud snakes and the Alligators fighting are also super cool. Thanks for posting. Thanks Kevin! I'm very impressed with the zoom on my camera - I took that photo from a good 40 feet away, on a bobbing kayak at that. But it looks like I was righ...
by mtratcliffe
May 30th, 2016, 10:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?
Replies: 14
Views: 6306

Re: NAFHA Meeting, Mena, AR?

Awesome trip report! I'm glad you all were able to have some success despite the torrential downpours. It's always good to see these annual meetings continue!
by mtratcliffe
May 24th, 2016, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Heading to Orlando area, May 23-27
Replies: 6
Views: 4214

Re: Heading to Orlando area, May 23-27

Berkeley! Read your PMs!
by mtratcliffe
May 22nd, 2016, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!
Replies: 10
Views: 4829

Re: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snake

Great post! Even though I'm mostly a snake guy, I definitely enjoyed all the photos. 1. Nice find with the Scarlet King! I'm still trying to get my lifer.....definitely a great species. 2. Yeah, Mud Snakes can be a pain to photograph. I'm glad I got my lifer outside of ENP because it gave me more o...
by mtratcliffe
May 22nd, 2016, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!
Replies: 10
Views: 4829

Re: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snake

That corn snake is a beauty. The sea life is pretty cool. I think your nudibranch is exactly that. I love birds with pointy wings and the frigate and kite are two of my favorites. Cool post. Yeah, the FL Keys Corns have their own unique look it seems. Thanks for the comment and the Anole ID! I wish...
by mtratcliffe
May 19th, 2016, 4:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!
Replies: 10
Views: 4829

2016 Everglades/Keys Trip Report - Scroll Down for Snakes!

Hey all, I've been back in the states for more than four weeks now and I've finally found the time to post a report of my trip to the Keys and the Everglades two weeks ago with my wife! This was my post-deployment vacation, and it was heavily centered around outdoor activities, which my wife did not...
by mtratcliffe
May 19th, 2016, 2:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Heading to Orlando area, May 23-27
Replies: 6
Views: 4214

Re: Heading to Orlando area, May 23-27

PM sent!
by mtratcliffe
May 14th, 2016, 11:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blackwater River State Forest?
Replies: 6
Views: 3115

Re: Blackwater River State Forest?

I haven't been there except for driving through, but it looks like great habitat! Are you into kayaking? I hear that stretch of the Blackwater River is a great paddling spot.
by mtratcliffe
April 26th, 2016, 1:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back in Action
Replies: 4
Views: 2266

Re: Back in Action

Noah - I've bought a new camera since last we met, and it is much better at taking shots at range. Turns out it can do zoomed in shots of small subjects a few feet away really well, too. That second Anole picture still amazes me. There are a few canals near me, but they don't really parallel the roa...
by mtratcliffe
April 23rd, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back in Action
Replies: 4
Views: 2266

Back in Action

Hey all, I'm happy to report that I've finally returned from my deployment! It's been a long time since I last went herping. I saw a handful of lizard species over in the UAE, plus the briefest glimpse of a snake while dune bashing, but that was the extent of my herping over the past six months. It ...
by mtratcliffe
April 23rd, 2016, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Good Day
Replies: 4
Views: 2228

Re: A Good Day

Awesome photos, Noah! That Pinewoods Littersnake looks beautiful after it finished its shed. And photographing frogs while they are calling is never easy.
by mtratcliffe
April 9th, 2016, 2:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: NPS Removes Board Lines
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Re: NPS Removes Board Lines

Not to defend the dumping without authorization but poachers, really? How on earth do they know it was a poacher and not your run of the mill field herper? Dumping is dumping but it bothers me when people make statement that cannot be supported by facts. I caught that too, though they may have more...
by mtratcliffe
April 5th, 2016, 1:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping buddy request mid April in Highlands and Okeechobee
Replies: 4
Views: 1970

Re: Herping buddy request mid April in Highlands and Okeecho

I'm in the Tampa area and would totally herp with you, except I don't get back from my deployment until the 18th and I'll be spending time with my family for the two weeks after that. Try checking out Highlands Hammock State Park - the trails that go through the swamp/creek are the best for seeing h...
by mtratcliffe
April 5th, 2016, 12:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1st quarter 2016
Replies: 10
Views: 3817

Re: 1st quarter 2016

From my experience, the Gartersnakes I find in Florida/Georgia are more striking than their northern brethren.

Great photos, Tamara! I love seeing everyone's bevy of finds as the weather starts to warm up.
by mtratcliffe
April 4th, 2016, 12:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI Spring Hill, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 1725

Re: RFI Spring Hill, FL

So how did your trip go?
by mtratcliffe
March 25th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Few Things
Replies: 2
Views: 1165

Re: A Few Things

Nice pics, Noah. I hope grad school is going well - it's been a long journey. Did you just complete your annual South Florida trip?
by mtratcliffe
March 23rd, 2016, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Rocket Run to NE NC - 3 RAINBOW SNAKES!
Replies: 6
Views: 1852

Re: A Rocket Run to NE NC - 3 RAINBOW SNAKES!

Awesome finds! In that first Rainbow pic, my mind keeps trying to tell me that the log in the background is an Alligator. Now that would have been an impressive shot!
by mtratcliffe
March 11th, 2016, 10:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI Spring Hill, FL
Replies: 3
Views: 1725

Re: RFI Spring Hill, FL

Hi Tom! I live in Tampa, and I'm originally from the Annapolis area, not far from Owings. I hope the spring herping season has started off well in Southern MD! I'm currently deployed, so I won't be around during the time of your visit, but there are a number of places worth checking out within an ho...
by mtratcliffe
March 10th, 2016, 9:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 10064

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

***yawn*** I might take the time to make a more robust response, but I'm not really concerned with your viewpoint which is unlikely to change. For now, if anyone else has any discussions or questions I'd be glad to address them and converse with them... Although I'm largely against Python/exotic sp...
by mtratcliffe
February 25th, 2016, 12:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Palmetto State Madness
Replies: 3
Views: 1700

Re: Palmetto State Madness

Glad you were able to turn up a few lifers! I think I commented on your (our your friend's) Green Anole record in H.E.R.P.
by mtratcliffe
February 21st, 2016, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5641

Re: florida herp activity question

Well, sounds like it was a good trip still! Where did you go kayaking? A small park right in Hollywood called West Lake park. You can canoe through mangroves. I didn't see any herps while there, but I keep going back in hopes of spotting a salt marsh snake. I'm assuming they'd be there. I may try t...
by mtratcliffe
February 18th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5641

Re: florida herp activity question

My canefield day was my only dedicated herp day, but yeah I did a bunch of other outdoor things with family- airboat, kayaking, and the shark valley bike trail. I saw the usual south florida herps- alligators, red belly turtles, cooters, softshells, green iguanas, curly tail lizards, anoles, and on...