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by mtratcliffe
September 8th, 2015, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Must be hatching time.
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Must be hatching time.

Sometimes when first born they won't even dig their own burrow, so that could have the chance to be interpreted as pretty far. The farthest I think I've ever seen one ranging away from its first self-made burrow is about 400 feet, guestimate. At work we will occasionally back-track the tracks of ba...
by mtratcliffe
September 7th, 2015, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee
Replies: 14
Views: 3271

RFI: Savannah and Okefenokee

Hey everyone: for those of you who do not know, I will be deploying for 6 months starting in October. That means my last hurrah for herping the SE United States for quite sometime is drawing near. My wife and I are planning a trip to Savannah later this month, and we will be bringing our toddler wit...
by mtratcliffe
September 7th, 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Must be hatching time.
Replies: 4
Views: 1050

Re: Must be hatching time.

So small! I wonder how far they range from their birth burrows at that age?
by mtratcliffe
September 7th, 2015, 5:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole Guide - Requesting Photos
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Re: Tadpole Guide - Requesting Photos

Awesome shots - just what the guide needs. Thank you!
by mtratcliffe
September 7th, 2015, 5:08 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 Southeast

Updated with Tadpole photos for Gray Treefrog Complex and River Frogs, plus eggs for Wood Frogs. Photos courtesy of cbernz.
by mtratcliffe
September 6th, 2015, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole Guide - Requesting Photos
Replies: 3
Views: 976

Tadpole Guide - Requesting Photos

Hey everyone, For those who don't know me, my name is Matt Ratcliffe and I'm the VP for the Southeast Chapter of NAFHA. I am currently working on making a tadpole guide for anurans found within the Southeastern United States. The guide exists on the SE chapter forum, and is updated regularly. It is ...
by mtratcliffe
September 5th, 2015, 11:26 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 Southeast

Updated with more photos from Josh Holbrook and some from David Gilbert (double d). Green Treefrogs, Pine Woods Treefrogs, Barking Treefrogs, Pig Frogs, and Cuban Treefrogs represented. We are starting to build some good depth with some of the common species. Does anyone have some River Frog tadpole...
by mtratcliffe
September 3rd, 2015, 2:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF let me in on it's secret.
Replies: 13
Views: 3353

Re: ANF let me in on it's secret.

Congrats, Josh! I saw your post shared by someone on Facebook earlier yesterday and I wondered if you would share here. Finding one of these anywhere must be a real treat!
by mtratcliffe
September 3rd, 2015, 2:01 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 Southeast

A question of idle curiosity, once complete, will this become a pinned topic? It would be a good idea in my opinion to pin an ID guide. Let's give it a couple of weeks. Making something a sticky is a blessing and a curse. It keeps it at the top, but a lot of people (myself included) automatically o...
by mtratcliffe
September 1st, 2015, 4:21 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 Southeast

Large update for several new species today courtesy of some great shots from Noah Mueller and Josh Holbrook. Thanks guys!
by mtratcliffe
August 29th, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TERRIBLE NEWS
Replies: 10
Views: 4087

Re: TERRIBLE NEWS

I don't know Kent, but I remember one of his recent posts, and his passion for herping was evident. Prayers for him and his family...

Any updates?
by mtratcliffe
August 27th, 2015, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizona
Replies: 11
Views: 4012

Re: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizo

Saunders wrote: I agree that it looks more like an American, but the reason I call it a Fowlers is cause I sat and watched it call for a good long while, and it was definitely making a Fowler's call.
Interesting. And it's not like their calls are easy to confuse with one another.
by mtratcliffe
August 27th, 2015, 5:01 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 Southeast

Thank you - those are some high-quality shots! I've added them to the main post. Please let me know if you plan on removing the photos from your flickr account because that is where I am linking from (I'll save local copies on my laptop as a backup). Would you like me to credit the photos to your us...
by mtratcliffe
August 27th, 2015, 1:49 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 Southeast

Coluber Constrictor wrote:if this is for the entire southeast you forgot the Gulf Coast Toad (Bufo valliceps, Ollotis nebulifer or whatever it is now). Those go into MS a bit.
Thank you - I knew I was forgetting something!
by mtratcliffe
August 26th, 2015, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6409

Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

This post is meant to serve as a guide that is updated on a recurring basis using user-submitted photos. I've noticed that there is a lack of guides and information on the internet regarding tadpole identification, at least when it comes to photographs. Tadpoles within a species can vary in appearan...
by mtratcliffe
August 26th, 2015, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizona
Replies: 11
Views: 4012

Re: Summer 2015, Tennesee, Georgia, Florida, Texas and Arizo

Great shots and awesome finds all around - lots of diversity, too! I think your calling Fowler's Toad at Sewanee (where is that, by the way?) is an Eastern American Toad. The warts aren't in clusters like they are with Fowler's, and the toad pictured has spurs between the paratoid glands and cranial...
by mtratcliffe
August 25th, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID request
Replies: 8
Views: 2550

Re: Frog ID request

Based on photos I've seen elsewhere, that could be any one of a number of Central American-ish treefrog species.
by mtratcliffe
August 23rd, 2015, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May through beginning of August. (Updated)
Replies: 8
Views: 3054

Re: May through beginning of August.

I've never seen a Gartersnake like that, and that last shot with the Cottonmouth is really awesome! How long was the exposure on that shot?
by mtratcliffe
August 23rd, 2015, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize
Replies: 9
Views: 4688

Re: Catching up after 3 years: USA (SW/SE), Ecuador, Belize

What a great variety of finds, Mike! How did you get involved in the invasive removal down in the Miami area? Is that part of your profession?

Sorry to see the DOR Short-tailed Snake you came across.
by mtratcliffe
August 22nd, 2015, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Below the Mason Dixon
Replies: 13
Views: 3870

Re: Below the Mason Dixon

Wow, well done! How many different Pine Snakes did you find? I know people who have been searching for years and have yet to turn one up.
by mtratcliffe
August 22nd, 2015, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie looking for herpers in FL for a short trip?
Replies: 4
Views: 1257

Re: Aussie looking for herpers in FL for a short trip?

Ollie, I won't be able to make it out there, but it will still be very hot and humid here in Florida during your visit, so your best bet is to herp in the morning and then pick up again in the evening. Road cruising the Main Park Road in the Everglades at night will undoubtedly turn up some snakes f...
by mtratcliffe
August 20th, 2015, 5:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick Trip to MD/DE
Replies: 6
Views: 1471

Re: Quick Trip to MD/DE

incuhead2000 wrote:Yes I am his brother. Chris was actually telling me a story the other day that I think involved you and a Swamp eel!
Yup, that was me. I thought it was a lightly-colored Amphiuma until he corrected me. He knows his non-herps very well!
by mtratcliffe
August 19th, 2015, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)

I've got an update on the tadpole situation. On Sunday night, after another heavy storm came through, I went back to the spot where I dipnetted Easter Narrowmouth tadpoles, along with Cuban Treefrog and what I thought were Squirrel Treefrog tadpoles. This time, however, I took nine of them home with...
by mtratcliffe
August 19th, 2015, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guess the Swamp Denizen!
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: Guess the Swamp Denizen!

Looks like a Synbranchus marmoratus to me. I think they're established in a few places in Florida now. I think it has a different scientific name, but you are close. Bill got it right - Asian Swamp Eel. I wasn't even aware of their existence until someone ID'd it for me. And there I was, hoping it ...
by mtratcliffe
August 18th, 2015, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guess the Swamp Denizen!
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Guess the Swamp Denizen!

Hey all, Just a quick update with a few recent finds. Some of these photos were taken with my new camera (Nikon Coolpix P610S), which has a much better zoom and flash on it than my previous camera. I'm hoping for some higher-quality pics at medium range as a result. Also, I have two photos of differ...
by mtratcliffe
August 17th, 2015, 4:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video on eastern indigo reintroduction
Replies: 10
Views: 2455

Re: Video on eastern indigo reintroduction

Awesome work, Jim! I hope to visit when 300 snakes have been reintroduced!
by mtratcliffe
August 17th, 2015, 11:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick Trip to MD/DE
Replies: 6
Views: 1471

Re: Quick Trip to MD/DE

Nice stuff, love the spiders! MD can be a tough place to herp sometimes but ever now and again you get lucky. I hope to be able to herp more in-depth there sometime, especially during salamander movements. By the way, if you are who I think you are, I know your brother Chris. MCHerper: Thanks! I'm ...
by mtratcliffe
August 13th, 2015, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Excellent weekend
Replies: 7
Views: 2911

Re: Excellent weekend

Congrats on the find! I'm not too knowledgeable on Kingsnakes in FL - is that the same as a Brook's Kingsnake?
by mtratcliffe
August 13th, 2015, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)

Most of the tadpole IDs I make I make by already knowing what to expect in the area from what I've seen and heard, and then narrow it down from there. Narrowmouth "toads" certainly are the easiest to ID here in the SE for sure, in my opinion. I'd say they are closely followed in ease-to-ID by Hyla ...
by mtratcliffe
August 12th, 2015, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urgent Photo Request (UPDATE: Case Closed!)
Replies: 12
Views: 3818

Re: Urgent Photo Request--Snakes and Lizards

Sent two Diamondback Watersnake pics just now. I have pics of a Longnose Snake, but none of them are really that great. You can tell what it is, but the subject is never shown in its entirety.
by mtratcliffe
August 12th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Re: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)

Thanks David. You can post the pics in this thread or just text them to me. Be sure to get underside shots, tail shots, and see if the eyes are located close together nearly on top of the tadpole or on the sides opposite each other.
by mtratcliffe
August 11th, 2015, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami
Replies: 14
Views: 5227

Re: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami

Jeroen,

You killed it on your trip! Very nicely done. I'm not sure you could have done any better for a summer trip. Looks like your son had a blast as well! I'm glad David was able to show the Green Swamp to you - it is an excellent place for herping.
by mtratcliffe
August 11th, 2015, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)
Replies: 7
Views: 1504

Recent Tadpole Finds (And Future Guide!)

Hey everyone! It's been raining a lot here in Tampa, and with heavy rains, that means lots of tadpoles! Just about every flood field, depression, and ditch is teeming with tadpoles right now. I'm trying to hone my tadpole ID skills, so I thought I'd bounce some of them off of the forum to see what y...
by mtratcliffe
August 6th, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January through March (Looooooong)
Replies: 3
Views: 1667

Re: January through March (Looooooong)

Looks like you've had a great year so far - thanks for sharing! It's good to see some herps from Kentucky, which is underrepresented here.
by mtratcliffe
August 4th, 2015, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick Trip to MD/DE
Replies: 6
Views: 1471

Quick Trip to MD/DE

Hey everyone, my name is Matt and I'm a Florida resident who grew up in Maryland and spent eight years of my live living in Delaware. All of that time predates my passion for herping, so whenever I am up there, I try to make up for that fact. I recently just returned form a short trip up there with ...
by mtratcliffe
July 31st, 2015, 5:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What About Gus?
Replies: 5
Views: 11944

Re: What About Gus?

I like how there's a portion of his page dedicated to Bible verses, and another section with attractive girls hired for some music video or something grinding on a dude.

Also, what's the most recent thing on his page? Perhaps his luck already ran out.
by mtratcliffe
July 31st, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Herping
Replies: 3
Views: 1634

Re: ANF Herping

CoolCatCalvin wrote:I'm going down to the ANF the end of next month and wanted to know if any herpers would be interested in meeting up? Thanks!
Still itching to get up there. I may have to before I deploy this October. Good luck and we look forward to a trip report later on!
by mtratcliffe
July 22nd, 2015, 1:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Family trip out to Cape Hatteras
Replies: 4
Views: 1651

Re: Family trip out to Cape Hatteras

That's a good selection of herps for a short trip. We don't see too many posts from that stretch of NC - thanks for sharing!
by mtratcliffe
July 18th, 2015, 6:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You Got Something in Your Teeth
Replies: 2
Views: 1098

Re: You Got Something in Your Teeth

You saw a crazy amount of Blue-sided snakes that night! It's always fun being able to watch a snake devour its prey. Seeing a Northern Watersnake eat a fish is what got me to first look up local snake species because I didn't know what it was, but thought it was awesome! Shame about the EDB though. ...
by mtratcliffe
July 17th, 2015, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nesting green salamander!
Replies: 4
Views: 2056

Re: Nesting green salamander!

I did not know that salamanders could lay their eggs out of water - now I do. Thanks for sharing!
by mtratcliffe
July 16th, 2015, 3:44 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Frog Gigging Ethicss?
Replies: 81
Views: 68702

Re: Frog Gigging Ethicss?

That's great news. Do you mind if I bring some spent fuel rods, crude oil, and a few acres worth of Japanese Barberry down to your backyard to test your theory? Another poor effort to take a cheap shot at me that has fallen flat. Your thoughts are short sighted, poorly thought out and lack perspect...
by mtratcliffe
July 15th, 2015, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID Request
Replies: 7
Views: 1930

Re: Tadpole ID Request

I think it helps to look at the eyes first thing to separate the ranids from the hylids. The ranids will have dorsal eyes which do not change the outline of the head when viewed from above while they hylids (most anyway) will have lateral eyes. I think the only exception to this is the cricket frog...
by mtratcliffe
July 15th, 2015, 2:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How many times shoud I voucher the same rattlesnake?
Replies: 9
Views: 2372

Re: How many times shoud I voucher the same rattlesnake?

I occasionally voucher the same species of herps (not necessarily the same individuals) from a previously vouchered exact location once a year, to show that they are still persisting there over the changing of the seasons.
by mtratcliffe
July 14th, 2015, 4:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)
Replies: 26
Views: 6227

Re: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)

All right, I've finally got my photos uploaded to Flickr! All of the big highlights of Herp-a-palooza 2015 (best seen to date!) are included: Manatee Springs - makes for a great dip on a hot day! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/534/19667439552_c23c10a32f_z.jpg DSCN8083 by Matthew Ratcliffe , on Flick...
by mtratcliffe
July 13th, 2015, 1:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)
Replies: 26
Views: 6227

Re: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)

captainjack0000 wrote:I didn't see any, but were there any cooters around?
We didn't see any, but I'm pretty sure they can be seen along the spring run while it's sunny out.
by mtratcliffe
July 12th, 2015, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)
Replies: 26
Views: 6227

Re: SE Summer BBQ Herp-a-palooza - Manatee Springs (results)

Thanks again, Noah, for organizing this outing! It was a great time, and we saw a decent selection of herps. I won't have my photos up until Monday or Tuesday, but in the meantime, here's a list of everything we found: Me only: DOR Gopher Tortoise DOR Striped Mud Turtle Loggerhead Musk Turtle (while...
by mtratcliffe
July 9th, 2015, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morning Roadcruising Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Re: Morning Roadcruising Advice

I think a month or so ago would have been better but I'd say you have a decent chance of seeing something - even if just racers, ribbons, and green snakes. Bill's advice is great - in sum "survey a LOT of transect, and be ready to react quickly". Animals out in these conditions are mainly going to ...
by mtratcliffe
July 8th, 2015, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morning Roadcruising Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Re: Morning Roadcruising Advice

Best AM road cruising times can be variable based on temp, humidity, cloudiness, barometer rising or falling..... This is virtually useless info since you have to be out on the road at the almost unpredictable magic moments. That said, a AM strategy that has worked for me in Florida, Mexico, Panama...
by mtratcliffe
July 8th, 2015, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morning Roadcruising Advice
Replies: 6
Views: 1746

Morning Roadcruising Advice

Hey everyone, I've got a quick question I'd like to have input on. On my drive up this Saturday to Manatee Springs State Park (Levy County, FL) for the Herp BBQ, I plan on making a short detour through a state forest for some mid-morning roadcruising. I'm targeting cruising between 8 and 9 AM, for n...
by mtratcliffe
July 5th, 2015, 12:19 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Second Annual Summer Herp Count Results
Replies: 10
Views: 11943

Re: Second Annual Summer Herp Count Results

Noah - do you plan on posting the species found during the Herp Count?