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by Mike VanValen
June 11th, 2010, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need your shades for this sipedon!
Replies: 16
Views: 2975

Re: Need your shades for this sipedon!

The colors are reversed. Cool animal.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crocodile+fish/Alligator+turtle
Replies: 11
Views: 3794

Re: Crocodile+fish/Alligator+turtle

WAYNE13114 wrote:that last shot is fantastic
It really is. Amazing observations. Judging just by the pics, the Am Croc looks huge so that fish must have been pretty large itself.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vilano Beach, Florida Help
Replies: 0
Views: 1052

Vilano Beach, Florida Help

I'm still trying to come up with a vacation / herping trip spot to accommodate both herper and non-herper. Someone recommended Vilano Beach. Looks like there is a ton of parks and wildlife areas around there. If anyone has experience in the area, please give me some reviews, etc. PMs are fine. Thanks.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: the most effort I've ever put into a single stupid frog
Replies: 11
Views: 3809

Re: the most effort I've ever put into a single stupid frog

I think we should label every picture with both common and scientific name. There are always people new to the hobby who may be looking at these animals for the first time.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Around this time last year
Replies: 7
Views: 2152

Re: Around this time last year

Awesome. I like that melanistic snake. We supposedly don't get them in the isolated CT population. I did see a shed once that was really dark so maybe there's at least one out there. Genetic bottlenecking is taking it's toll.

The 'bender rules. Enough said.
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alright, time for something different (DUW)
Replies: 34
Views: 7822

Re: Alright, time for something different (DUW)

*sneaks into the Cali Chapter*

WOW, great post! Love the rubber boas and great turkey shot! Can I come out there and herp with you? :thumb:
by Mike VanValen
June 10th, 2010, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viewer's Choice/Best of the Best Section?
Replies: 16
Views: 4301

Re: Viewer's Choice/Best of the Best Section?

It sounds like a good idea. Perhaps we can choose a thread from each section of the country to showcase. i.e. feature a thread from the northeast, southeast, Pacific Northwest, etc. Members from those areas can keep an eye out for reports from those areas that have been posted in the main forum and ...
by Mike VanValen
June 9th, 2010, 9:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another GREAT week of northern Ohio herping!
Replies: 21
Views: 5286

Re: Another GREAT week of northern Ohio herping!

The greensnake eating the spider is a cool observation. Your guarantee came through and then some. I really need to get out that way some day.
by Mike VanValen
June 9th, 2010, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: .
Replies: 10
Views: 3011

Re: Highlights From the Past Few Years

Cool stuff. The hatchling mud turtle and nerodia are really neat finds.
by Mike VanValen
June 9th, 2010, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Variation in P. cinereus
Replies: 28
Views: 5334

Re: Variation in P. cinereus

Star-Spangled Phase - Fairfield County, CT

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Pink Coral Phase - New Haven County, CT

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by Mike VanValen
June 9th, 2010, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: the most effort I've ever put into a single stupid frog
Replies: 11
Views: 3809

Re: the most effort I've ever put into a single stupid frog

Congrats. That is one frog I hope to see someday. I guess VT would be the closest for me.
by Mike VanValen
June 9th, 2010, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finds from this year-Part 1-South Florida.
Replies: 11
Views: 4119

Re: Finds from this year-Part 1-South Florida.

Great finds. That coralsnake story is heartbreaking. I hope the next one you see is alive and away from a road.

What species of frog do you have left to see?
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Man Who Injects Venom
Replies: 6
Views: 2799

Re: The Man Who Injects Venom

I'm kinda watching it right now but it's on DVR for later viewing. Just saw the king cobra segment.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Special Dark
Replies: 14
Views: 3537

Re: Special Dark

Neat. I think it looks pretty cool.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OH, NY, PA, WV herping extravaganza weekend...pics
Replies: 20
Views: 7544

Re: OH, NY, PA, WV herping extravaganza weekend...pics

Yeah, I forgot to mention the Timbers. I call that the "rocky road" phase. Great finds.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OH, NY, PA, WV herping extravaganza weekend...pics
Replies: 20
Views: 7544

Re: OH, NY, PA, WV herping extravaganza weekend...pics

I've never seen a garter like that. Nice looking habitat in WV.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 6:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New England Vipers
Replies: 3
Views: 1920

Re: New England Vipers

Thanks guys. I love the variability in the coppers. I've seen them very pale and very dark, like the pair pictured.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Once, In a Former Life . . .
Replies: 40
Views: 9271

Re: Once, In a Former Life . . .

Original : mikefuture

Real name is the way to go, I think.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: over a year of herping FL - DUW
Replies: 7
Views: 7642

Re: over a year of herping FL - DUW

Really nice stuff. I love snakes on white sand. Great contrast.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 4:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A pretty from S Florida last night
Replies: 10
Views: 3442

Re: A pretty from S Florida last night

Target Acquired. Excellent! That's one sight I had hoped for down in south florida. Didn't get to see one.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 4:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: turtle photos from 2006
Replies: 3
Views: 2345

Re: turtle photos from 2006

Beautiful. Nice to see some pics of these little guys.
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New England Vipers
Replies: 3
Views: 1920

New England Vipers

Time to reminisce a little... http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2689/4399620029_62cec0ae7a.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2562/4211563975_ac17c2a3f1.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2596/4211563793_6320ff813f.jpg http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2605/4183393618_91acc1a7d3.jpg http://farm4.static.fl...
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 3:32 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Recommended Reading
Replies: 21
Views: 8721

Re: Recommended Reading

Familiar Reptiles & Amphibians of America - Will Barker I read this book over and over when I was a kid. It was first published in 1964. It lists the genus for Red-Spotted Newt as Diemictylus and Narrow-Mouthed toads as Microhyla . The Eastern Milksnake is Lampropeltis doliata triangulum . Gotta lo...
by Mike VanValen
June 8th, 2010, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Okanagan valley snake ID
Replies: 8
Views: 3658

Re: Okanagan valley snake ID

No doubt it's Coluber
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 8:19 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A couple of plugs
Replies: 8
Views: 4062

A couple of plugs

Discovering Amphibians : Frogs and Salamanders of the Northeast A neat little book with some great field stories, by fellow CT herper, John Himmelman. A Guide to Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica A true guide for the field. If you have to bring a book to Costa Rica, bring this one. Authored by ...
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 8:09 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Message from Scott.......please read........
Replies: 54
Views: 24586

Re: Message from Scott.......please read........

I'd like to know as well.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few saves
Replies: 5
Views: 2142

Re: A few saves

Love that mint green treefrog.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 8:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gharials of the Chambal revisited
Replies: 8
Views: 4005

Re: Gharials of the Chambal revisited

Cool. I don't recall many indian posts.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Good to be back
Replies: 4
Views: 2625

Re: Good to be back

Gotta love those juvy milksnakes. Nice post.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 44755

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Hey folks, My name is Mike VanValen and I have been field herping for a long, long time. One of my earliest memories is of chasing lizards in Florida. I was encouraged by my parents at an early age to pursue my interest in herpetology. I have herped the everglades, the pine barrens of NJ, the sand h...
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new registration suggestion: Use your real name.
Replies: 35
Views: 7953

Re: new registration suggestion: Use your real name.

I wanted to change over right before the FHF crash of 2010

Mike VanValen formerly known as mikefuture
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: recent finds
Replies: 4
Views: 2737

recent finds

These pics are from the past few months in the field. Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) - Connecticut http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4070/4645358295_0f4130f9dc.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4068/4504403112_632e51e224.jpg Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) - Connecticut http://farm5.static.f...
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1
Replies: 16
Views: 4660

Re: Some finds from over the weekend - ANF and Eglin AFB

Nice stuff. Corns are a favorite of mine.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Check in thread
Replies: 42
Views: 9323

Check in thread

Hey guys, mikefuture here. We all need to spread the message so we can get the Northeast folks back here and re-registered. Use Facebook. Myspace, Twitter...whatever you can and contact whoever you know.

In the mean time let's use this thread as a check in for Chapter members as they trickle back in.
by Mike VanValen
June 7th, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Message from Scott.......please read........
Replies: 54
Views: 24586

Re: Message from Scott.......please read........

I also just sent out the word via facebook. Like the old snapping turtle in the neighborhood pond, we will survive!!!!!

(Mike VanValen formerly mikefuture)