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by Mike VanValen
June 16th, 2014, 5:48 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Sceloporus
Replies: 0
Views: 1943

Sceloporus

Is there anything recent (since the shuffle in 2005, I believe) on the distribution of North American Sceloporus?
by Mike VanValen
June 16th, 2014, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA
Replies: 13
Views: 3892

Re: 2014 NE Chapter Outing to Mt. Rogers, VA

I'm glad it was successful. This was hands down the most unique chapter trip...very salamander-centric. And that's not a bad thing.
by Mike VanValen
June 16th, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Results from Weekend in the Mountains
Replies: 4
Views: 1979

Re: Results from Weekned in the Mountains

Smooth Greens are usually considered "more common than we think" due to their secretive nature, but in certain areas (such as New England) they are declining due to habitat loss and heavy pesticide use. I'd imagine in those mountains they are fairly common.
by Mike VanValen
June 14th, 2014, 4:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: is it "typical" for ringnecks to be holed up w/ milksnakes?
Replies: 6
Views: 1754

Re: is it "typical" for ringnecks to be holed up w/ milksnak

If the conditions are right, it is not unusual to find snakes of various species together. I know a den which is used by ringnecks, watersnakes, black rats, garters, and copperheads.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2014, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hognose snakes
Replies: 3
Views: 1469

Re: Coppers and Timbers in CT

Sensitive topic here in the Northeast, but I'm glad you had success. Please ignore all PMs asking for locations!
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2014, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Mojave Desert
Replies: 29
Views: 7011

Re: The Mojave Desert

Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing that experience. :beer:
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2014, 7:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D

Bingo. I knew there was an explanation for the red. It's true, melanism in Pseudemys is poorly represented in the literature.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2014, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few babes
Replies: 7
Views: 2448

Re: A few babes

Awesome! These are from NJ?
by Mike VanValen
June 6th, 2014, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat snakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat sna

Saybs444 wrote: Are they the biggest snake In CT also?
Yes, with the black racer a close second.
by Mike VanValen
June 6th, 2014, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat snakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat sna

This particular snake actually bit me. Overall, they are calm but some individuals may hiss and lunge, but it's mostly bluff. 99% of the rats I've encountered were dog-friendly. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2574/3862447904_5054ef226f_o.jpg https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4010/4577263062_32d4b2d8e3_...
by Mike VanValen
June 6th, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat snakes?
Replies: 17
Views: 2806

Re: Has anybody in MA had any experiences with black rat sna

Yup, I photographed this ratsnake at one of my "go to" spots in southwestern CT. I totally understand about wanting to discover a local population.
by Mike VanValen
June 6th, 2014, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D

Saybs444 wrote:oh, did you mean you've never seen a cooter with red on the legs? haha sorry, im overtired :? lol
Yes ;)
captainjack0000 wrote:Or is it more likely that a cooter just had a high amount of red in it?
I think that might be the most reasonable explanation.
by Mike VanValen
June 6th, 2014, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D

Right. No painted turtles down that way. I agree with nelsoni, but I've never seen one with red on the legs.
by Mike VanValen
June 3rd, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D
Replies: 15
Views: 3072

Re: Some Recent Herps, and a turtle I.D

When asking for ID's, it's important to give us the location of the animal in question.
by Mike VanValen
June 3rd, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby softshell
Replies: 3
Views: 1412

Re: Baby softshell

:thumb:
by Mike VanValen
June 3rd, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what's everyone's experience with northern WATER SNAKES?
Replies: 26
Views: 2754

Re: what's everyone's experience with northern WATER SNAKES?

Pretty much what everyone else is saying : The are definitely quick to bite, quick to musk, and quick to flee into the water....but they are approachable with a little patience. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7446/9272441969_01f8c958fd_o.jpg https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8411/8777380188_b371440501_...
by Mike VanValen
May 31st, 2014, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Union County, IL and ID Help
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: Union County, IL and ID Help

I was considering texanum, and I wouldn't doubt it. I don't have any experience with those.
by Mike VanValen
May 31st, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Union County, IL and ID Help
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: Union County, IL and ID Help

Thank you! The ribbon is perhaps an orange-striped ribbon Thamnophis proximus proximus? based on other HERP records. Is the race runner different than the six-lined we have here in Florida? It looks different to me. Yes, orange-striped is, I believe, the subspecies up there. I'm not sure about the ...
by Mike VanValen
May 31st, 2014, 1:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May 2014 Species Count
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: May 2014 Species Count

05/29 Middlesex County, CT

2 american toads
1 bullfrog

2 northern ring-necked snakes

My May TOTALLY SUCKED!
by Mike VanValen
May 31st, 2014, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Union County, IL and ID Help
Replies: 11
Views: 1915

Re: Union County, IL and ID Help

#3. Red-bellied snake #4. Long-tailed Salamander (maybe an intergrade with dark-sided) #5. Slimy #11. Looks like a western ribbonsnake (but definitely a ribbon) #12. looks like another red-bellied #18. Intergrade zone I believe #19. no way to tell without hearing call (unless someone has specific in...
by Mike VanValen
May 30th, 2014, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana snakes- a photolog
Replies: 23
Views: 14240

Re: Guyana snakes- a photolog

Hey Andrew, awesome collection. I love the Anaconda shots, pipe snake, and rainbow boas. I assume the anaconda is in situ?
by Mike VanValen
May 30th, 2014, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: goodbye carl
Replies: 38
Views: 13879

Re: goodbye carl

We had only talked a few times, commented on each other's finds, and shared photos...you really do take for granted that the wonderful people in this community will always be here. The time we all have here is very short. I, too, anticipated the yearly hognose posts. Somewhere there is a sandy field...
by Mike VanValen
May 29th, 2014, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida herping, catching up after my FHF absence
Replies: 31
Views: 7818

Re: Florida herping, catching up after my FHF absence

That dark SK is very cool. Crazy stuff, as usual...love the swimming EDB.
by Mike VanValen
May 28th, 2014, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Prairie Racerunner?
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Re: Prairie Racerunner?

Thanks, Chris. That looks right.
by Mike VanValen
May 27th, 2014, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Prairie Racerunner?
Replies: 3
Views: 1485

Prairie Racerunner?

North Central Texas (I don't have county)

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by Mike VanValen
May 26th, 2014, 4:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: From NJ to S. Florida
Replies: 11
Views: 2203

Re: From NJ to S. Florida

It is a squirrel treefrog, and the brown tympanum is a good field mark. Some green treefrogs lack a white dorsal stripe, and on the other hand, some squirrels have one.
by Mike VanValen
May 26th, 2014, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: L.t.t, or integrade with elapsoides?
Replies: 10
Views: 2206

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

Whatever is going on with these snakes (relict syspila ;) ), they are really nice looking specimens across the range.
by Mike VanValen
May 22nd, 2014, 5:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Garter sp.
Replies: 14
Views: 2241

Re: Melanistic Garter sp.

OK, I have to ask. How can you tell that it's a garter snake? There are definitely morphological characteristics that would indicate a garter snake, but mostly it's just that we've all seen enough garters/pictures of garters to recognize them on sight. I know it's not very helpful at all, but with ...
by Mike VanValen
May 19th, 2014, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Melanistic Garter sp.
Replies: 14
Views: 2241

Melanistic Garter sp.

This photo was shared with me, and I got permission to post it here. A melanistic gartersnake from one of the islands off British Columbia, Canada. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5040/14039087240_010a2208da_o.jpg The person who took the photo said the snake looked "ominous". It's amusing how folks r...
by Mike VanValen
May 16th, 2014, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Trip Species List (If you went, report in here!)
Replies: 48
Views: 5852

Re: ANF Trip Species List (If you went, report in here!)

The hatchling is a gulf-coast boxie. The subspecific status is muddy in that area, but that one looks like a clear cut gulf coast.
by Mike VanValen
May 16th, 2014, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Spring in Indiana, and a white whale
Replies: 8
Views: 2807

Re: Late Spring in Indiana, and a white whale

Nice finds. It's interesting to see a pickerel frog calling on the surface. They normally call from underwater.
by Mike VanValen
May 11th, 2014, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Trip Species List (If you went, report in here!)
Replies: 48
Views: 5852

Re: ANF Trip Species List (If you went, report in here!)

All I have to say is THAT KINGSNAKE!
by Mike VanValen
May 11th, 2014, 3:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.
Replies: 12
Views: 4336

Re: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.

bushmaster W30 wrote: Is that normal for Northern slimys?
While I have not seen it in person, I have seen several photos of slimies with the brassy speckling.
by Mike VanValen
May 10th, 2014, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.
Replies: 12
Views: 4336

Re: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.

All of those are slimy salamanders.
by Mike VanValen
May 5th, 2014, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A rainy night in Haliburton Co., Ontario....
Replies: 3
Views: 1420

Re: A rainy night in Haliburton Co., Ontario....

The front right foot is there, it's just in a kind of awkward position.
by Mike VanValen
May 5th, 2014, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few finds from the past 12 months in Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 2167

Re: A few finds from the past 12 months in Australia

That shark has seen some battles!
by Mike VanValen
May 5th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades herping questions?
Replies: 6
Views: 1566

Re: Everglades herping questions?

I agree with Josh. If you take some time and look around a little on the forums, you'll find some good discussions on the everglades and you'll be able to formulate a plan. Going to be in the National Park? Don't touch anything, and don't bring hooks, bags, containers, etc. in your car. Hit the trai...
by Mike VanValen
May 3rd, 2014, 12:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: May 2014 Species Count
Replies: 14
Views: 2701

Re: May 2014 Species Count

05/01 Fairfield County

1 snapping turtle
1 musk turtle DOR

05/03 Fairfield County

1 red-backed salamander
by Mike VanValen
May 2nd, 2014, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Trip IDs
Replies: 8
Views: 1894

Re: ANF Trip IDs

Ratsnakes in the Carolinas are often referred to as "greenish", with specimens showing traits from both yellow and black forms. Some are a really dark "mustard yellow".
by Mike VanValen
May 2nd, 2014, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frustration
Replies: 28
Views: 7695

Re: Frustration

The thing that really gets to me is when people kill a snake and then pose with it like they conquered a dragon. I just had someone post a dead southern copperhead on my facebook wall this morning. The typical "dogs & kids" excuse is what was used. After 25 years, that doesn't fly with me anymore. M...
by Mike VanValen
May 1st, 2014, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frustration
Replies: 28
Views: 7695

Re: Frustration

Admitting error is hard. We're only human, after all!
by Mike VanValen
May 1st, 2014, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frustration
Replies: 28
Views: 7695

Re: Frustration

Yeah, after all these years I have gotten kind of numb to it. I often just smile and nod my head. I was herping in Delaware once and I was taking photos of turtles at a pond. Two people came up and told me there were two dead copperheads in the road up ahead. Of course, it was two northern watersnak...
by Mike VanValen
April 30th, 2014, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast in situ thread
Replies: 9
Views: 3811

Re: Northeast in situ thread

Here's a male Red-spotted Newt periscoping at the bottom of a vernal. No doubt on the lookout for rivals and mates.

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by Mike VanValen
April 25th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 2014 Species Count
Replies: 27
Views: 5467

Re: April 2014 Species Count

Today in Fairfield County, CT

5 red-backed salamander
4 red-spotted newts

1 green frog
1 pickerel frog
3 gray treefrogs calling

3 snapping turtles
3 painted turtles
4 red-eared sliders
1 yellow-bellied slider

1 northern watersnake
1 eastern gartersnake
by Mike VanValen
April 24th, 2014, 12:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If humans were to go extinct ...
Replies: 4
Views: 1370

Re: If humans were to go extinct ...

I think house mouse, brown rat, and pigeon are up there on the list.
by Mike VanValen
April 22nd, 2014, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Lizard ID - Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 763

Another Lizard ID - Peru

Trying to get an ID for this lizard seen in Western Peru.

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by Mike VanValen
April 21st, 2014, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard ID - Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Re: Lizard ID - Peru

moloch wrote:Looks like a Microlophus occipitalis or relative to me. Tropiduridae
Thanks, that's it.
by Mike VanValen
April 20th, 2014, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizard ID - Peru
Replies: 2
Views: 1350

Lizard ID - Peru

Trying to help someone ID this lizard seen in Peru. I am stumped.

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