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by Mike VanValen
August 6th, 2014, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamanders as Environmental Quality Indicators?
Replies: 8
Views: 2362

Re: Salamanders as Environmental Quality Indicators?

In CT and NY at least, D. fuscus is sensitive to streams that have been heavily affected by silt due to dredging, and the "scouring" that occurs due to heavy run-off and flooding. In fact, duskies have disappeared from many historic populations in NY and CT. The silt and run-off removes the fine det...
by Mike VanValen
August 3rd, 2014, 5:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes, turtles, frogs and sallies...another weekend in WI.
Replies: 4
Views: 1854

Re: Snakes, turtles, frogs and sallies...another weekend in

I wanted to come out from lurking and say WOW that Bullsnake is gorgeous.
by Mike VanValen
August 3rd, 2014, 5:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes, turtles, frogs and sallies...another weekend in WI.
Replies: 4
Views: 869

Re: Snakes, turtles, frogs and sallies...another weekend in

I wanted to come out from lurking and say WOW that Bullsnake is gorgeous.
by Mike VanValen
August 2nd, 2014, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33240

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

When you guys say "west Texas", are there certain counties that have this law in place, and the rest of the state does not?
by Mike VanValen
August 2nd, 2014, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Toad Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2609

Re: Toad Questions

Jake Schneider wrote: Who cares about finding Lampropeltis or Copperheads or a Queensnake, I'm getting myself a Toad!
Oh no, no, no. That reverse herping psychology doesn't work. :lol: I know you're really hoping to stumble upon a king, copper, or queen while looking for a toad.
by Mike VanValen
August 2nd, 2014, 2:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obx HERPS on vacation
Replies: 9
Views: 2914

Re: Obx HERPS on vacation

Anyone know if canebrakes and pigmy rattlers are found out there?
by Mike VanValen
August 2nd, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?
Replies: 23
Views: 6730

Re: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?

I'm with Trey on this one. I get out herping maybe once a week these days. Finding what I'm looking for is my goal. I hope to one day be able to herp almost daily and find every species in the general area like some folks do....then maybe I can stop and smell the roses as well.
by Mike VanValen
August 1st, 2014, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

I like what you're saying, Jim. This chapter is struggling a bit to recruit new members who do more than just sign up and have their name put on the membership list. I think it takes a certain type to really get into keeping records and submitting data. We have that with the core group here, but the...
by Mike VanValen
August 1st, 2014, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little S. TX Bull
Replies: 9
Views: 2618

Re: A little S. TX Bull

Impressive snake and great shot!
by Mike VanValen
August 1st, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Toad Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2609

Re: Toad Questions

I have never found both species in one spot, though I know they do occur together in Connecticut. american X fowleri hybrids have been documented from 3 Connecticut counties. From time to time, I have found toads that share characteristics of both species, but I've never had a verified hybrid.
by Mike VanValen
July 31st, 2014, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Obx HERPS on vacation
Replies: 9
Views: 2914

Re: Obx HERPS on vacation

Dude, I was just researching OBX herps. I might have a chance in the future to stay out there for a while. You have an eastern mud turtle, and yes, a southern leopard frog. That OBX king is gorgeous....you found it on the crawl? Even better!
by Mike VanValen
July 30th, 2014, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud and Musk Turtles
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Re: Mud and Musk Turtles

I like those light-colored baurii.
by Mike VanValen
July 30th, 2014, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33240

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Not agreeing with the laws is one thing, but going out into the field without the license because "you don't feel you should have to" is just plain stupid. Buy the license, folks!
by Mike VanValen
July 29th, 2014, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33240

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I wish there was a license or stamp I could get to make things a bit easier. But, herping is not big enough here to warrant it. My problem is when I am questioned or harassed for simply walking around the woods with a camera in my hand. It's becoming more and more difficult in this paranoid world we...
by Mike VanValen
July 28th, 2014, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33240

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

chris_mcmartin wrote: 2. Should go without saying, but Game Wardens read Field Herp Forum. This is a good thing.
This needs to be said because there are people who don't believe it. I've known it for at least 7 years, because I've been straight up told by them.
by Mike VanValen
July 25th, 2014, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oahu: Sea turtles, anoles, day geckos, oh my!
Replies: 9
Views: 2912

Re: Oahu: Sea turtles, anoles, day geckos, oh my!

Great photography! I have a friend who lives out there and keeps bugging me to fly out...
by Mike VanValen
July 25th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud and Musk Turtles
Replies: 6
Views: 3240

Mud and Musk Turtles

Can we get photos of all native U.S. species and subspecies in this thread? I'll start with the only one native to my area, the Stinkpot (Sternotherus odoratus).

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by Mike VanValen
July 25th, 2014, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

Why is this your last rant here? I like what you have to say and would like to hear more of it. I also agree with what you and Andrea are saying and I am on board completely if the culture of the Northeast chapter begins to move in this direction. It's my last rant in this thread. Trust me, I will ...
by Mike VanValen
July 23rd, 2014, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

Getting skunked was part of the learning process. It made me take notice of weather patterns, water quality, wind, sun angles, moon phases, vegetation, etc. These are all important pieces of the puzzle. I just find it frustrating when I see this new way of field herping being encouraged. I've seen p...
by Mike VanValen
July 22nd, 2014, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mud Snake Overload
Replies: 14
Views: 3248

Re: Mud Snake Overload

When can I come herping with you guys??? :shock:
by Mike VanValen
July 22nd, 2014, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifelisting San Diego County 2014 – Part 1: Spring
Replies: 13
Views: 4658

Re: Lifelisting San Diego County – Spring through Summer 201

Wow, great post! Makes me want to drop everything and come out there. Everything would be a lifer.
by Mike VanValen
July 21st, 2014, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle Nest Raids
Replies: 3
Views: 1211

Re: Turtle Nest Raids

It wouldn't hurt. I know of some folks who have put chicken wire around spotted turtle nests, but obviously you'd have to be able to check it daily to release the hatchlings.
by Mike VanValen
July 18th, 2014, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

Hi Mike, I think that any herper would understand the importance of such discretion. My post was more in the spirit of sharing knowledge about the natural history of the species, behaviors or adaptations that may make a species of interest unique. A hypothetical example might be, newer herper #1 st...
by Mike VanValen
July 18th, 2014, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

The more experienced folks have seen the problems associated with sharing too much info on the forums, myself included. I bring to attention the unfortunate incident from a few years back where a forum member gained the confidence of a few folks, then went on to poach eastern massasauga from spots t...
by Mike VanValen
July 17th, 2014, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: July Species Count
Replies: 8
Views: 2504

Re: July Species Count

New spot in..

Tolland County, CT - today

1 eastern ribbonsnake
5 northern watersnakes
1 musk turtle
8 painted turtles
green frogs calling
bullfrogs calling

And across the line in New London County

1 wood frog
1 pickerel frog
by Mike VanValen
July 17th, 2014, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: eastern box turtle help :( anyone know what this could be?
Replies: 4
Views: 2339

Re: eastern box turtle help :( anyone know what this could

Wild box turtles are susceptible to respiratory infections, and epidemics are known in wild populations. It's terrible, but normal for the species.
by Mike VanValen
July 14th, 2014, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions from your President
Replies: 43
Views: 13361

Re: Questions from your President

Also, as much as I hate to say it, I think Facebook is swiftly filling the role of both the forum and NAFHA. This is true. In all honesty, NAFHA only exists within these forums, on facebook, and the occasional trip/meeting. When HERP separated I as afraid we would have a hard time fleshing out the ...
by Mike VanValen
July 13th, 2014, 5:52 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 10,000 Record club?
Replies: 17
Views: 6347

Re: 10,000 Record club?

Hell of a job, Brian. Hell of a job. :beer:
by Mike VanValen
July 12th, 2014, 9:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping
Replies: 12
Views: 4805

Re: Opportunistic Caribbean Cruise Herping

Really great post. It's a refreshing change from the usual FHF offerings.
by Mike VanValen
July 11th, 2014, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes of Mexico book?
Replies: 3
Views: 977

Re: Snakes of Mexico book?

Like you mentioned, there is only regional guides (as far as I know). Once in a while I hear of a full Mexico herp guide "in the works". I think it's just a myth at this point :crazyeyes:

By the way, we do have a literature forum.
by Mike VanValen
July 9th, 2014, 1:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ocala NF for Scrub Jays and herps?
Replies: 12
Views: 2100

Re: Ocala NF for Scrub Jays and herps?

That is really surprising to hear about Ocala. I figured it would be a gold mine!
by Mike VanValen
July 7th, 2014, 2:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North
Replies: 16
Views: 6788

Re: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North

Kyle from Carolina wrote:I didn't know there was anywhere in MA or CT that isn't near a road. :)
Hard to believe, I know, but there are some places.
by Mike VanValen
July 7th, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Report timber sightings to a reptile distributor? ....huh?
Replies: 6
Views: 2052

Re: Report timber sightings to a reptile distributor? ....hu

It's really simple. Follow my personal rule and you'll be good. I don't care who you are, how fancy your website is, what "credentials" you claim to have, or which publication your name is printed in ; NO I will not give you coordinates to my timber spots, and NO you cannot come with me. :beer: http...
by Mike VanValen
July 6th, 2014, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first official post- Brevard Cty, FL June to present
Replies: 19
Views: 3415

Re: My first official post- Brevard Cty, FL June to present

Curlytails are quite common in Broward County. Take a ride through Fort Lauderdale or Hollywood and you'll see what I mean.
by Mike VanValen
July 5th, 2014, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anaxyrus Americanus?
Replies: 9
Views: 3243

Re: Anaxyrus Americanus?

I echo what spinifer is saying, except for the concave/convex paratoid (learn something new everyday).

Throw in the fact that fowleri and americanus sometimes hybridize, and you often have to use your best judgement. They just sometimes don't fit into the perfect field guide description.
by Mike VanValen
July 5th, 2014, 3:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Needed
Replies: 4
Views: 1126

Re: Turtle ID Needed

Looks like a western, but should be midland at that location.
by Mike VanValen
July 1st, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some 2014 turtles
Replies: 15
Views: 3333

Re: Some 2014 turtles

The tiny baby is a mud turtle (Kinosternon subrubrum)...either an eastern or Mississippi.

As you know, Tamara, I love turtles. Awesome post! I am forever jealous.
by Mike VanValen
July 1st, 2014, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and NM)
Replies: 5
Views: 2283

Re: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and

Great post. I love the habitat/AOR shots and all the Lampropeltis. That second mole king is really nice.

Congrats on the lifers.
by Mike VanValen
June 30th, 2014, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best product to use as a field journal?
Replies: 16
Views: 4058

Re: Best product to use as a field journal?

I tried voice recording this year a couple of times. It is very convenient, but I'm still going to put notes down in my notebook (which is just a simple composition notebook). I started keeping written records in 2007, but have been herping since a kid (over 25 years now).
by Mike VanValen
June 27th, 2014, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North
Replies: 16
Views: 6788

Re: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North

The habitat usage is a lot different in the southern copperhead, and even the intergrades in Maryland/Delaware.
by Mike VanValen
June 27th, 2014, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cambodia ID help Please
Replies: 6
Views: 1530

Re: Cambodia ID help Please

Rhinella marina
Gastrophryne carolinensis
Osteopilus septentrionalis
Acris crepitans

:lol:
by Mike VanValen
June 27th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North
Replies: 16
Views: 6788

Re: Road cruising for Copperheads in the North

I speak only for CT, but the areas where copperheads are common are usually not near any roads. I'm sure it happens but all of my copperhead spots are a bit of a hike.
by Mike VanValen
June 26th, 2014, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: Return to MD and DE
Replies: 3
Views: 1964

Re: Trip Report: Return to MD and DE

MD and DE are great places to herp. Thanks for posting.
by Mike VanValen
June 23rd, 2014, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID?
Replies: 6
Views: 1248

Re: Tadpole ID?

It looks like a hylid, so I'm going to hazard a guess and say Pseudacris ocularis.
by Mike VanValen
June 23rd, 2014, 2:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: L.t.t, or integrade with elapsoides?
Replies: 10
Views: 2235

Re: L.t.t, or integrade with elapsoides?

These are morphologically closer to Lt.triangulum, than elapsoides....which is now considered a full species. No one is confusing a full grown elapsoides for a triangulum, if that's what you're hinting at. I know nothing about the milks in question, nor their ranges... but I had a weird idea pop int...
by Mike VanValen
June 19th, 2014, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anaxyrus Americanus?
Replies: 9
Views: 3243

Re: Anaxyrus Americanus?

I love this game :?

It looks like a fowleri to me. Did you leave location out on purpose?
by Mike VanValen
June 19th, 2014, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who doesn't love the Appalachian foothills
Replies: 16
Views: 3112

Re: Who doesn't love the Appalachian foothills

That triangulum is one of those coastal-ish specimens. I've only seen a few photos from GA, and now this one. Awesome trip.
by Mike VanValen
June 19th, 2014, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April to now(pics added 9/14/14)
Replies: 24
Views: 5924

Re: April to now.....mostly chelonians

I appreciate the turtles. As a New Englander, I always get a kick out of gopher tortoises in residential yards. That's one lifer I can't wait to see.