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by Mike VanValen
April 20th, 2014, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 2014 Species Count
Replies: 27
Views: 5467

Re: April 2014 Species Count

Today in Fairfield County, CT

18 painted turtles
3 spotted turtles
1 red-eared slider

1 gartersnake

5 newts
1 four-toed salamander
16 red-backed salamanders
1 pickerel frog
1 green frog calling
several peepers calling
3 wood frog egg masses
several dozen american toad egg strands
by Mike VanValen
April 16th, 2014, 9:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID help
Replies: 3
Views: 1572

Re: Turtle ID help

Red-bellied thirded.
by Mike VanValen
April 16th, 2014, 4:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thamnophis ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1339

Re: Thamnophis ID

I agree with sirtalis.
by Mike VanValen
April 15th, 2014, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rainbow Snake
Replies: 8
Views: 3181

Re: Rainbow Snake

Jealous over here! :thumb:
by Mike VanValen
April 14th, 2014, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Terrapin hatchling delayed emergence
Replies: 3
Views: 1703

Re: Terrapin hatchling delayed emergence

Yes, every April I find hatchling eastern painted turtles at a particular spot. Some of them still have their umbilical scar. I have also found "hold-over" snappers,eastern box turtles, and spotted turtles. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3382/4645971948_412f02b89d.jpg https://farm8.staticflickr.com/...
by Mike VanValen
April 14th, 2014, 1:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 2014 Species Count
Replies: 27
Views: 5467

Re: April 2014 Species Count

04/13 New Haven County, CT

1 spring peeper chorus
1 pickerel frog calling

04/14 New Haven County, CT

1 DOR painted turtle
3 bullfrogs
by Mike VanValen
April 14th, 2014, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sirtalis Tail Question
Replies: 4
Views: 1820

Re: Sirtalis Tail Question

It's a sirtalis, and no, the tail doesn't look unusually long for a snake right out of brumation. It's a little thin.
by Mike VanValen
April 13th, 2014, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Got EDB sightings?
Replies: 22
Views: 4656

Re: Got EDB sightings?

Nice request! :beer:
by Mike VanValen
April 13th, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New paedomorphic Eurycea described from the Ouachitas
Replies: 9
Views: 3132

Re: New paedomorphic Eurycea described from the Ouachitas

The head morphology is really different, but I still would have probably dismissed it as another larvae. Good job.
by Mike VanValen
April 12th, 2014, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A lifer 12 years in the making.
Replies: 9
Views: 2530

Re: A lifer 12 years in the making.

Congratulations, that pine is gorgeous.
by Mike VanValen
April 12th, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 2014 Species Count
Replies: 27
Views: 5467

Re: April 2014 Species Count

Today in Fairfield County, CT

Quick stop

1 DOR american toad
TMTC bullfrog larva
2 bullfrog (adult)
1 pickerel frog
by Mike VanValen
April 10th, 2014, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 North FL thus far (photos added 4/18/14)
Replies: 18
Views: 3603

Re: 2014 North FL thus far

When are we going herping? :beer:
by Mike VanValen
April 10th, 2014, 12:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three Turtle Questions
Replies: 12
Views: 1871

Re: Three Turtle Questions

I've seen other turtle species with white heads, shells, feet, etc. Usually these come from small, dirty, urban ponds. I once grabbed a stinkpot from one of these ponds that had a white film on it's head and carapace. I think it's some kind of silt or other pollutant that covers them.
by Mike VanValen
April 4th, 2014, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?
Replies: 14
Views: 5290

Re: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?

As far as I know, it has not been confirmed from CT yet.
by Mike VanValen
April 2nd, 2014, 11:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ^%$#@KingCobra&^%#!grrrrhhhh!!!!
Replies: 16
Views: 4318

Re: ^%$#@KingCobra&^%#!grrrrhhhh!!!!

A road-cruised king cobra.

What more can be said? :thumb:
by Mike VanValen
April 2nd, 2014, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?
Replies: 14
Views: 5290

Re: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?

Yes, leopard frogs are the standard "high school dissection" frog. I'm pretty sure pipiens was the majority. However, leopard frogs on Long Island and southeastern NY are actually L.s. utricularius, and are thought to have been established from escapes/released. A portion of leopard frogs in CT show...
by Mike VanValen
April 1st, 2014, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa : Kosi Bay / Hluhluwe. [Image Heavy]
Replies: 9
Views: 3367

Re: South Africa : Kosi Bay / Hluhluwe. [Image Heavy]

Great photography and finds! Any full body shots of the legless skink?
by Mike VanValen
April 1st, 2014, 12:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few herps
Replies: 5
Views: 1338

Re: A few herps

They're all brown anoles. Is this a known population?
by Mike VanValen
April 1st, 2014, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Turtle Species Discovered
Replies: 9
Views: 3044

Re: New Turtle Species Discovered

:beer:

well done
by Mike VanValen
March 29th, 2014, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few finds since Ive been back in the Northeast
Replies: 2
Views: 1269

Re: A few finds since Ive been back in the Northeast

Great stuff! Yes on the bullfrog.
by Mike VanValen
March 27th, 2014, 4:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled
Replies: 58
Views: 25745

Re: NM, AZ, FL, NC, CA, & TX - Shuffled

Very cool post...one of the best in a while around here. I love the scenery as much as the serpents.

Another ID correction : the Green Treefrog is actually a Squirrel Treefrog.
by Mike VanValen
March 27th, 2014, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Reptiles and Amphibians from Zululand,South Africa
Replies: 9
Views: 3416

Re: More Reptiles and Amphibians from Zululand,South Africa

Awesome photos! Several of those species have probably never been posted here before.
by Mike VanValen
March 26th, 2014, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Break
Replies: 17
Views: 2894

Re: Spring Break

Nice, you did well! Where did you see a green seaturtle?
by Mike VanValen
March 25th, 2014, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Post
Replies: 5
Views: 2760

Re: First Post

Hi Jake, welcome to the chapter. It's great to have another young herper to put through the ringer ;) Seriously, Maryland is a great place. Soon you'll be finding some seriously cool species. By the way, there are vernal pools to be found even on the sandy coastal plain. Keep looking and researching.
by Mike VanValen
March 21st, 2014, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring in Indiana
Replies: 13
Views: 3007

Re: Spring in Indiana

Jeez, what's your weather been like? Great stuff.
by Mike VanValen
March 20th, 2014, 10:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Relations among amphisbaenians, caecilians and coral snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 2990

Re: Relations among amphisbaenians, caecilians and coral sna

Fascinating! Thanks for sharing.
by Mike VanValen
March 18th, 2014, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinions Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1450

Re: Opinions Wanted

I don't know. Just brainstorming.
by Mike VanValen
March 18th, 2014, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinions Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1450

Re: Opinions Wanted

Sorry...I never have an opinion, on anything. :crazyeyes: Although obviously biased...I think I live in one of the very best places in Ca for nearby herp diversity. I live right on the transitional (intergradation) zone for coastal/desert, so not only do I see intergrades where I live...a 1/2 hr. t...
by Mike VanValen
March 17th, 2014, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's March, and Hubbs is coming to CA with a new camera...
Replies: 22
Views: 4436

Re: It's March, and Hubbs is coming to CA with a new camera.

Brian Hubbs wrote: but my goal for this trip is 500 vouchers.
So I guess you'll be hitting the pond turtle spots, huh?

:beer:
by Mike VanValen
March 17th, 2014, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinions Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1450

Re: Opinions Wanted

I did see the database records. What a shame if they are a hoax.
by Mike VanValen
March 17th, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinions Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1450

Re: Opinions Wanted

Thanks for the replies so far. I have another question to add to the original : when was the last time a gila monster was seen in CA?
by Mike VanValen
March 17th, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinions Wanted
Replies: 15
Views: 1450

Opinions Wanted

In terms of number of species, what is the best area in California for field herping?
by Mike VanValen
March 14th, 2014, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Epic Collier & Monroe (South Florida)
Replies: 17
Views: 4146

Re: Epic Collier & Monroe (South Florida)

Congrats on the panther! I have no idea what's going on with the swollen head on that Nerodia.
by Mike VanValen
March 7th, 2014, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies- Introduce Yourselves!
Replies: 32
Views: 12468

Re: Northeast Member Biographies- Introduce Yourselves!

Good idea. Here's an updated intro. I developed my love for herpetology as a toddler in North Florida, chasing lizards and watching Alligators being fed at the local 'gator farm. My parents encouraged my interest, and in later years, I began reading books and dreaming of catching things like alligat...
by Mike VanValen
March 7th, 2014, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wetland Documentary
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Wetland Documentary

Good to hear. There's nothing quite as effective than for people to see what wild animals are living in their community. I wish you luck with the completion of your project.
by Mike VanValen
March 7th, 2014, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wetland Documentary
Replies: 10
Views: 1622

Re: Wetland Documentary

Nice work on the trailer.

A couple of pointers : You want to present the wildlife as pristine and untouched as possible. The garter dangling from a stick detracts from that.

Some amphibian shots/calls would have been nice for the trailer.
by Mike VanValen
March 3rd, 2014, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First field trip of 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2506

Re: First field trip of 2014

I'm loving the recent Africa posts. If you have more please share. The scenery is amazing!
by Mike VanValen
March 3rd, 2014, 10:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New-Amphibians
Replies: 9
Views: 2503

Re: New-Amphibians

Great photos. Welcome to the forum.
by Mike VanValen
March 3rd, 2014, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Movement in southern maryland
Replies: 11
Views: 2337

Re: Movement in southern maryland

Excellent. We are creeping closer to that time up here in southern New England.
by Mike VanValen
March 2nd, 2014, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (updated species names)
Replies: 18
Views: 4795

Re: Southern Africa

Really awesome stuff. I'm kind of obsessed with Africa at the moment. Thanks for sharing.
by Mike VanValen
February 27th, 2014, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum)
Replies: 20
Views: 5108

Re: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum

I was at Flamingo twice ; once in the afternoon, and once at night. I was skunked on crocs both times. :x
by Mike VanValen
February 27th, 2014, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum)
Replies: 20
Views: 5108

Re: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum

Unbearable is a good way to describe it. They go up your nose, in your ears, and in your mouth as if sucking blood isn't enough.
by Mike VanValen
February 27th, 2014, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum)
Replies: 20
Views: 5108

Re: Mid-Winter Trip to S. Florida/ENP (xposted from NE Forum

It's hard not to get lifers down there. How were the mosquitoes? I was there in August and it was BRUTAL, but of course that's the wet season.
by Mike VanValen
February 20th, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?
Replies: 29
Views: 7337

Re: Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?

No, I didn't see that. Thanks!
by Mike VanValen
February 20th, 2014, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?
Replies: 29
Views: 7337

Blind Snakes and Screech Owls?

I was looking up info on screech owl nest boxes and came across this paragraph : Perhaps the oddest part of screech owls' behavior is their association with blind snakes, which have been found in the owls' nests. These odd snakes, which resemble large earthworms, normally appear only at night. Gehlb...
by Mike VanValen
February 20th, 2014, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern KZN, South Africa- Reptiles, Amphibians and more.
Replies: 25
Views: 8407

Re: Northern KZN, South Africa- Reptiles, Amphibians and mor

Can I come visit? :beer:

There is one caecilian sp. nearby in Malawi and Tanzania. Kirk's Caecilian (Scolecomorphus kirkii).
by Mike VanValen
February 20th, 2014, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.
Replies: 23
Views: 5303

Re: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.

I didn't keep many snakes when I was keeping herps, but many turtles, monitors, and other lizards. I had a savannah monitor that loved to hunt down adult mice. Well, one time the mouse swung around and bit down on the lizards eye-ridge, narrowly missing the eye. I didn't know exactly what to do but ...
by Mike VanValen
February 20th, 2014, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum. Pictures fixed*
Replies: 9
Views: 2249

Re: New to the forum. Pictures fixed*

Welcome to FHF. I have never seen a racer curl up in hand!
by Mike VanValen
February 18th, 2014, 9:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping
Replies: 154
Views: 26576

Re: What I Learned About Life from Field Herping

The early bird gets the worm. Or...the herp.

There are, of course, exceptions to this rule.