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by mtratcliffe
February 17th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5630

Re: florida herp activity question

...king snakes...have been being turned up left right and center these past few weeks by some people I know down there... Are there still a lot of people collecting what they find here? And to what end? Or is it more observing, photographing and releasing? I was only planning on photographing. If a...
by mtratcliffe
February 9th, 2016, 10:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your 2016 SE Chapter Officer Team and a call to action
Replies: 10
Views: 3072

Re: Your 2016 SE Chapter Officer Team and a call to action

Question. I noticed that there is a Mexico, California & Arizona chapter seperate from their Geopgraphical region... yet no Florida chapter.As residents of South Florida, it makes it very difficult for those representatives whom reside in Florida to attend events in the Southeast. So I move for Flo...
by mtratcliffe
February 8th, 2016, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica December 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 9084

Re: Costa Rica December 2015

Awesome photos, Kevin! You had some very cooperative subjects (apart from the Boa constrictor). The hermit crab was a nice little gem.
by mtratcliffe
January 31st, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your 2016 SE Chapter Officer Team and a call to action
Replies: 10
Views: 3072

Re: Your 2016 SE Chapter Officer Team and a call to action

Peninsular Florida here, more specifically Gulf Coast/Central FL. I need to ask Noah if he's down for planning another "Herp-a-palooza" somewhere in our region this year.
by mtratcliffe
January 14th, 2016, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer 2015 (GA, AL, TN, SC, NM, TX) (same as main)
Replies: 8
Views: 3295

Re: Summer 2015 (GA, AL, TN, SC, NM, TX) (same as main)

What an awesome summer for snakes, Noah! Congrats on the alterna and the Rainbow Snake. Those two right there are enough to make a year of herping worthwhile.

Great photos, as usual. Look forward to seeing more. How bad was hiking White Sands during the day?
by mtratcliffe
January 5th, 2016, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year in Review, Final Third of 2015 and Herp List
Replies: 13
Views: 5662

Re: Year in Review, Final Third of 2015 and Herp List

Nice list, Berkeley! Though I'm really puzzled as to how you only heard one Southern Leopard Frog chorus all year.
by mtratcliffe
December 25th, 2015, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jewel of the Flatwoods.
Replies: 6
Views: 3074

Re: Jewel of the Flatwoods.

I didn't realize they grew that large - very nice!
by mtratcliffe
December 23rd, 2015, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Okefenokee Trip 2015 (same as main forum too)
Replies: 9
Views: 3657

Re: Okefenokee Trip 2015 (same as main forum too)

Very nice, Berkeley! You gave me flashbacks to my trip as I recognized a lot of the locales, such as the boardwalk and the landscape around the Eco Lodge (we stayed there as well). What month was this? We went in mid-September, so the frogs had stopped calling at that point. I would have loved to ha...
by mtratcliffe
December 13th, 2015, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Orlando in January
Replies: 5
Views: 1618

Re: Orlando in January

For walking on trails, I can recommend Circle B Bar Reserve in Polk County, although you probably won't turn up anything too fancy there. The Green Swamp/Richloam Tract (Withlacoochee State Forest) have some dirt roads that go deep into the woods that aren't in too bad of shape. I've gone back in th...
by mtratcliffe
December 6th, 2015, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 18
Views: 5935

Re: Elections

Matt - I understand your wanting a more structured, well-defined role. Unfortunately the way NAFHA is now there aren't a lot of people who are very committed to it time-wise. That includes me, and I'm completely OK with that - I have other priorities (God, family, job, my own professional developme...
by mtratcliffe
December 2nd, 2015, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Elections
Replies: 18
Views: 5935

Re: Elections

I didn't mind serving as VP this past year, and would consider running again if I weren't going to be deployed through April, but one thing I wish NAFHA (or even our chapter) had was more guidelines for what each elected official should be doing. Maybe it's because I'm in the military and I'm used t...
by mtratcliffe
November 30th, 2015, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Little Thanksgiving Salamander Love
Replies: 15
Views: 4101

Re: A Little Thanksgiving Salamander Love

Nice finds, Noah! Was this your best day for sallies yet? Wish I were back in the states to herp with you - it's slow going out here (herping wise - not that I have much time for it).
by mtratcliffe
November 27th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping the smokies
Replies: 14
Views: 4467

Re: Herping the smokies

Looks like you had an awesome trip! Congrats on the lifers.
by mtratcliffe
November 27th, 2015, 8:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Carolina in spring
Replies: 4
Views: 2246

Re: South Carolina in spring

I am from NJ and will also be in SC ( Charleston area FMNF then Mcbee area) and have many questions. Is late April, early May a good time for frogs and will they still be calling? Will it be to early to night cruise for snakes? To late for salamanders? What are daytime temps like that time of year,...
by mtratcliffe
November 26th, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Getting through the winter
Replies: 4
Views: 1456

Re: Getting through the winter

Nice! How many are in that photo - two?
by mtratcliffe
November 21st, 2015, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tantilla!!!
Replies: 17
Views: 5472

Re: Tantilla!!!

Glad you finally turned some up!
by mtratcliffe
November 13th, 2015, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID?
Replies: 4
Views: 2051

Re: Turtle ID?

That looks like a Slider to me. Saw lots of them like that up in NC.
by mtratcliffe
November 13th, 2015, 4:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So, I lied...
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

Re: So, I lied...

Awesome stuff, Matt! The Coastal Plain is a fun place to herp. While redbacks are a common species, that doesn't take away from their coolness. That racer doesn't look to be in very good shape. Are you sure he wasn't hit? The photo of the fox is really fantastic, too btw. Stay safe out there, and l...
by mtratcliffe
November 12th, 2015, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So, I lied...
Replies: 4
Views: 2340

So, I lied...

Some of you may recall during my Georgia trip report that I had claimed to have taken my last stateside herping excursion before my deployment. Well, that wasn't true. I left Florida for my deployment on the 5th of October, but I had to spend that night in Norfolk, VA. My flight out of Norfolk for m...
by mtratcliffe
October 29th, 2015, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Florida area
Replies: 16
Views: 4832

Re: New to Florida area

Stohlgren wrote:
mtratcliffe wrote:The winters can get too cold there for herps
False! Salamanders and chorus frogs all winter long.
Yeah, that was a misleading comment on my part. I think I meant to say that the Panhandle can get winter storms on rare occasions, but it's otherwise great for herping year-round.
by mtratcliffe
October 27th, 2015, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Florida area
Replies: 16
Views: 4832

Re: New to Florida area

Hi my name is Garrett brethauer I am originally from Pennsylvania and recently moved down to Florida for the navy I'm located in Pensacola wanted to know if anyone in the area is down for a meet up as I said new to the area and don't really know what I'm doing down here yet hahah I'm gonna be here ...
by mtratcliffe
October 24th, 2015, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID question and some herping
Replies: 5
Views: 2191

Re: ID question and some herping

That is one heck of a unique Squirrel Treefrog! Despite the coloring and patterning on it, it still has the H. squirella look to it. Good find!
by mtratcliffe
October 23rd, 2015, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: No Miss Salamanders
Replies: 5
Views: 2650

Re: No Miss Salamanders

Great finds! Thanks for sharing from an underrepresented corner of our chapter.
by mtratcliffe
October 18th, 2015, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelamis found in Cali.. pretty cool!
Replies: 6
Views: 2295

Re: Did He Really say that?

What is even the context here? Gah.
by mtratcliffe
October 18th, 2015, 1:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urban Florida herping
Replies: 7
Views: 3611

Re: Urban Florida herping

I recommend skipping Crystal River unless the Gulf temperatures are in the low 70s and it has been confirmed that manatees are hanging out there during the day. Three Sisters Springs is a constant 72F year-round, and when it's still warm out, the manatees don't really spend much time there. They don...
by mtratcliffe
October 5th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia Trip Report
Replies: 12
Views: 3663

Re: Georgia Trip Report

Congrats on a great trip. South Georgia is awesome , everyone should go once or five times. Both the islands and the interior. Maybe when your kids are bigger you can do some longer camping trips, say to Cumberland or Sapelo, or do the canoe camping thing at ONWR or down a big river like the Altama...
by mtratcliffe
October 4th, 2015, 4:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll
Replies: 3
Views: 1645

Re: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll

A great location that doesn't get enough exposure on here. I probably won't be able to attend since I'm coming back from a deployment in April, but I voted anyways! Here's to hoping for a good turnout.
by mtratcliffe
October 2nd, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia Trip Report
Replies: 12
Views: 3663

Re: Georgia Trip Report

Thoroughly enjoyable: diversity of life, narration, and pics. :thumb: :thumb: The boy is still precious. Based on previous ratsnake post, how far inland was the final yellow rat? Good luck on deployment. Thanks Bill! The Yellow Rat was near Gainesville, so inland enough from where there is an inter...
by mtratcliffe
October 2nd, 2015, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia Trip Report
Replies: 12
Views: 3663

Re: Georgia Trip Report

Great post, looks like you and the family had an awesome trip. I really liked all the alligator shots and the Spanish moss in the cemetery. Diamondback tracking looks great. Interesting they use a press/trace method for snakes, we use that for species with fragile tails like skinks. Did they say wh...
by mtratcliffe
October 1st, 2015, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Georgia Trip Report
Replies: 12
Views: 3663

Georgia Trip Report

Hey everyone, It is with great pleasure that I share my finds from my last great herping trip of 2015. This trip was very dear to my family and I, as I am deploying for six months starting next week. We had a great time in Savannah, where we stayed four nights (including one night at a Bed and Break...
by mtratcliffe
September 30th, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6404

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the Southeast

Updated with pictures of Pig Frogs and Eastern Spadefoot Toads, courtesy of David Gilbert. With a few more updates, I'll be looking to make this a sticky thread.
by mtratcliffe
September 29th, 2015, 5:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and summer in south Georgia and North Florida
Replies: 13
Views: 8739

Re: Spring and summer in south Georgia and North Florida

What are you talking about? Your photos are excellent! Lots of great snakes you've found there - thanks for sharing.
by mtratcliffe
September 29th, 2015, 2:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gray Ratsnake Range Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4218

Re: Gray Ratsnake Range Question

Interesting stuff - Ratsnakes sure do have a lot of variability with all the subspecies and intergrades. Thanks for the input everyone!
by mtratcliffe
September 28th, 2015, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Black Snake from Lebanon
Replies: 33
Views: 9934

Re: ID Black Snake from Lebanon

This site sets the bar. It is of the highest caliber in members, photography, and mission. If someone has an avatar that isn't in good field behavior form, perhaps it could be addressed in a helpful spirit. For the collective good. Ohh, gotcha. It wasn't clear that you were referring to his avatar,...
by mtratcliffe
September 28th, 2015, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Black Snake from Lebanon
Replies: 33
Views: 9934

Re: ID Black Snake from Lebanon

Maybe someone else could say something, maybe it would be received better. I really don't want to be the one all the time. It could be a pm, or a friendly hey bro. Its not being soft or picky, its just encouraging good form, with the snakes we say we like so much. It also reflects our standard of b...
by mtratcliffe
September 28th, 2015, 1:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gray Ratsnake Range Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4218

Re: Gray Ratsnake Range Question

That's an interesting looking rat for the area. You don't really get any pure looking yellow rats in GA except very close to the coast or on the islands (and even those are typically a dull yellow or even gray base color). The background color of yours is normal, but they usually they have a combin...
by mtratcliffe
September 27th, 2015, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gray Ratsnake Range Question
Replies: 9
Views: 4218

Gray Ratsnake Range Question

Hey All, I was fortunate to turn up my lifer Gray Ratsnake (Pantherophis obsoletus spiloides) the other day while on my trip in Georgia. I found this individual in a cypress swamp in Charlton County, which is a new record for the H.E.R.P. database. I was surprised to see it as I thought I was still ...
by mtratcliffe
September 27th, 2015, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3267

Re: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

Well, we are back from our trip, and we had a great time! Next to the trip I took out to New Mexico last August, this was probably my second best trip for herping yet. I turned up three lifers and my target species of Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnakes! I hope to have a trip report posted later this w...
by mtratcliffe
September 26th, 2015, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: H. simus
Replies: 7
Views: 1994

Re: H. simus

An awesome snake, and probably the cutest species in existence. Great find!
by mtratcliffe
September 19th, 2015, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3267

Re: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

Thanks again to everyone who gave me some advice. We are heading up to Savannah tomorrow and will be back this time next week. I hope to have a great trip report to give after then!
by mtratcliffe
September 18th, 2015, 1:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need I'd please !!
Replies: 13
Views: 3522

Re: Need I'd please !!

I'm not an expert in invasive geckos, but I have lots of H. mabouia at my house and that does not appear to be one. I don't see the backwards chevrons.
by mtratcliffe
September 16th, 2015, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamania 2015 - more details
Replies: 53
Views: 19518

Re: Salamania 2015 - more details

So...how did it go? Pics, please! :thumb:
by mtratcliffe
September 13th, 2015, 3:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Week in Florida
Replies: 4
Views: 1582

Re: First Week in Florida

Tristan, Welcome to the Forum and welcome to Florida! It's a great place to herp year-round. I envy you as you are in the most herpetologically diverse parts of the state. ANF probably has enough opportunities to keep you busy for a lifetime. You have some very nice pics. You should be able to get a...
by mtratcliffe
September 12th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why Did the Crayfish Snake Cross the Road?
Replies: 5
Views: 2404

Re: Why Did the Crayfish Snake Cross the Road?

That's a large range extension for this species! Good finds as usual. Are you thinking of targeting any spots between Alachua and Baker counties where they might also be found?
by mtratcliffe
September 12th, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamania 2015 - more details
Replies: 53
Views: 19518

Re: Salamania 2015 - more details

Hope all is going well so far, even though it seems the rains might be staying away.
by mtratcliffe
September 11th, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights from 2014-15 Canada (updated Bigger Images)
Replies: 16
Views: 4226

Re: Highlights from 2014-15 Canada (updated Bigger Images)

Great photos! I love the Twelve-spotted Skimmer and those Painted Turtles are among the most striking I've ever seen. But what is that Bald Eagle doing up in Canada? There's a home for you down here in 'murica, buddy!
by mtratcliffe
September 11th, 2015, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3267

Re: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

He wasn't anything special in terms of size, maybe a 4 footer or so, but that was back in 2012. Very pretty snake, though. Glad to hear he is still around. Found him in some really dense, nasty stuff, that nobody in their right mind would have any business walking through. This photo is more or les...
by mtratcliffe
September 11th, 2015, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3267

Re: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

Stohlgren - Hannibal is still around, though they aren't tracking him. Is he a whopper of an EDB? I also appreciate the Terrapin advice. Noah - I agree that those are good temps for having the roads warm up, but I was referring to before sunrise occurs. Though my kid likes to wake up early so I may ...
by mtratcliffe
September 10th, 2015, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person...
Replies: 44
Views: 53507

Re: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person..

Berkely Boone because from reading his posts and watching his videos, he seems like the nicest and most genuine guy one could meet, and it's clear he has a true passion for his work. Also, Kyle Loucks and Bree (soul survivor) because I'm friends with them on Facebook and feel like I should know them...
by mtratcliffe
September 10th, 2015, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3267

Re: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

As far as Jekyll Island, I'm not aware that they do snake-tracking stuff, but I do know they do loads of work with Carolina Diamondback Terrapins. Earlier in May when our larger Eastern Indigo Snake at work has a mysterious illness, we took her to the Sea Turtle Center to see Dr. Norton, the head v...