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by AndyO'Connor
January 9th, 2014, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 11908

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

That would be awesome, if it's not widely distributed and I don't have a chance at finding at at a big grocery store.
by AndyO'Connor
January 8th, 2014, 5:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 11908

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

Don't get your hopes up, I don't want to disappoint you, lol. I do always enjoy meeting new people when I am in new parts of the world. I also love food from the South, and look forward to trying some local IPAs. Hopefully I can find some Snake Handler, I don't know how common it is there, but it is...
by AndyO'Connor
January 8th, 2014, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: URGENT! PLEASE READ!!! Our future rests on it.
Replies: 48
Views: 9090

Re: URGENT! PLEASE READ!!! Our future rests on it.

I didn't start this post so we could continue because it was obvious we are going to have to agree to disagree, and I was trying to be diplomatic, but since you just can't help yourself, we can now cloud up this thread and possibly discourage the second person from stepping up (thanks Mike btw). Mik...
by AndyO'Connor
January 8th, 2014, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 11908

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

OK, I bought a plane ticket and will be with Joseph Jenkins for the Feb 28-Mar 2 weekend. I am looking forward to herping a new part of the country, and the prospect of seeing such an amazing snake (one that has been a favorite since childhood) makes the excitement that much more intense.
by AndyO'Connor
January 8th, 2014, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: URGENT! PLEASE READ!!! Our future rests on it.
Replies: 48
Views: 9090

URGENT! PLEASE READ!!! Our future rests on it.

Is there anyone (we need at least 2) that is willing to accept the title of President and Vice President of the chapter to keep it alive for another year? You don't actually have to do much, other than receive a couple Private Messages about voting on things and being on the IB. According to others,...
by AndyO'Connor
January 8th, 2014, 7:39 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

This is the last time I'll post anything in this thread. Why wouldn't I, or anyone else take it personally when you say "not you, but the northwest as a whole" which would include persons? I mean it's like saying "All people from California are elitist dicks who think the world revolves around them,...
by AndyO'Connor
January 7th, 2014, 5:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

Still unsure what the potshots at masculinity or fortitude or whether it's selfishness were hoped to accomplish, other than making you look like a jackass and burying whatever weak points you may have had. I am surprised at your attempts at making it personal though, Jim, especially since I'm unawar...
by AndyO'Connor
January 7th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

LMAO, your ass-chewing is fallin' on deaf ears here, no my face isn't turning red. Jumping through "hoops" that are "ceremonial" at best shouldn't be a problem if future members care that much. Those hoops you mentioned to START a chapter are as arbitrary as the requirements to REMAIN a chapter, the...
by AndyO'Connor
January 7th, 2014, 11:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

I don't. What is the point of having the chapter, and the officer titles, if they are just "ceremonial" titles and don't actually mean anything, nor require any actual participation? If none of the members in our region care enough to have titles that don't actually mean anything, we won't mind post...
by AndyO'Connor
January 6th, 2014, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)
Replies: 24
Views: 7286

Re: Australia: 2013 in review (pic heavy)

Amazing post. That lightning shot is something special. What lens do you use for the herp in habitat and landscape shots?
by AndyO'Connor
January 2nd, 2014, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post
Replies: 41
Views: 20602

Re: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post

I'm glad I was able to share some of the amazing finds with you from Baja and the Croatan. I hope we can meet up in the field again soon! Excellent post sir. Excellent.
by AndyO'Connor
December 12th, 2013, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 11908

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

What's the closest big airport?
by AndyO'Connor
December 9th, 2013, 3:57 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

Yes I do. I don't think it's the leading cause, but there are definitely some herpers who stay off the radar that I hear about or know of simply by the fact that I see evidence of herpers at some well known spots and I asked around and nobody I know says they've been there. I think part of it also c...
by AndyO'Connor
December 9th, 2013, 1:34 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nominations.
Replies: 63
Views: 21181

Re: If you guys want to keep your chapter we need nomination

I think it's just a matter of not many of us in the first place, we barely have enough active members. We are all spread out over the state, and the few times we've had scheduled chapter herping trips or meetings planned, only 3-5 people show up. Top that all off with some of the members just having...
by AndyO'Connor
December 5th, 2013, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 13400

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

Closest to home would be long-nosed leopard lizards in Washington state. There are museum records from the 1800s in places that are now populated or agriculture lands of eastern washington, and I've been told of anecdotal reports of them in other locations more recently, but it's most likely misiden...
by AndyO'Connor
December 2nd, 2013, 10:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #58, herping China with Noel, Shennongjia mostly
Replies: 15
Views: 6382

Re: China post #58, herping China with Noel, Shennongjia mos

Very cool post. Shennongjia was where this week's episode of "Finding Bigfoot" on Animal Planet was, searching for the Yeren. They also went to the gold snubbed nose monkies place, and actually showed that they found some frogs and salamanders, I think the same species you showed from the stream. Th...
by AndyO'Connor
November 19th, 2013, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3387

Re: NAFHA National Meeting 2014

Sweet! I've already got the vacation approved for the whole week leading up to that weekend. Can't wait to see everyone and herp a new part of the country. September is so far away!
by AndyO'Connor
November 13th, 2013, 1:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The past year. (Nov 2012-Nov 2013)
Replies: 6
Views: 3399

Re: The past year. (Nov 2012-Nov 2013)

Some excellent shots in here Josh, and some really cool encounters. I'm not a huge fan of the HDRs that look like cartoonish or paintings, but it's a taste thing. Some of your HDR habitat shots where it's more subtle are awesome. That very first yellow rat shot has one of those large spiders in the ...
by AndyO'Connor
November 12th, 2013, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 11279

Re: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread

From Washington: Long toed salamander Ambystoma macrodactylum http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac264/andyoconnor832/2013/Around%20the%20House/IMG_1409.jpg http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac264/andyoconnor832/2013/Around%20the%20House/IMG_1270.jpg http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac264/andyoco...
by AndyO'Connor
November 9th, 2013, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 3387

Re: NAFHA National Meeting 2014

Is there any other conversations on this meeting? Some of us are really excited about some potentially new herping destinations. I know Mack and I already made plans to herp AZ, NM, and TX if the meeting is in NM. There are a lot of details to bang out besides location, like time of year, targets, e...
by AndyO'Connor
November 7th, 2013, 7:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8298

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

No issues Tonia, other than a couple "traffic violations" or "roadside donations" to the locale law enforcement. Baja Sur really seemed completely safe and I think it is very different than the border areas most of us are worried about. David, they are the same species as the ones in the SW US altho...
by AndyO'Connor
October 30th, 2013, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Louisiana water snake ID?
Replies: 3
Views: 1305

Re: Louisiana water snake ID?

You are correct sir. Nerodia rhombifer
by AndyO'Connor
October 30th, 2013, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northbound - Frawg Legs, Norcal, Oregon.
Replies: 9
Views: 1695

Re: Northbound - Frawg Legs, Norcal, Oregon.

Yeah it's a valley garter then. Here's an Oregon red-spotted so you can see the difference in the side stripe absence.

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by AndyO'Connor
October 29th, 2013, 10:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northbound - Frawg Legs, Norcal, Oregon.
Replies: 9
Views: 1695

Re: Northbound - Frawg Legs, Norcal, Oregon.

Excellent shots. That isn't a T. s. concinnus , but depending on where you were is either T. s. infernalis or T. s. fitchi or possibly an intergrade of the two. If you were in Oregon, it's a valley garter. Oregon red spotteds don't have lateral stripes, just a dorsal stripe and red spots. Very nice ...
by AndyO'Connor
October 24th, 2013, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16942

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

As Chris put it, you don't need to tube the snakes or touch them with your hands at all to weigh and measure them and you can identify them via photographs of markings. I won't say that gaiters are a waste, although the chances of being tagged below the waste by a venomous snake you didn't say exist...
by AndyO'Connor
October 22nd, 2013, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Mexico?
Replies: 14
Views: 3189

Re: Herping Mexico?

What Kris and Chris said, and add Baja as a fairly safe and good herping destination.
by AndyO'Connor
October 22nd, 2013, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arizona EOY Post
Replies: 17
Views: 4935

Re: Another Arizona EOY Post

Wow, that story is crazy. The idiot that left his kid in the truck while he went in the bar is worse than the guy who stole the truck in my opinion and is lucky he got to see his son alive again. Anyways, thanks for sharing, and great post again!
by AndyO'Connor
October 21st, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA 2013 MEETING PHOTO CONTEST!
Replies: 11
Views: 5139

Re: NAFHA 2013 MEETING PHOTO CONTEST!

um, this can't be right. I didn't get an email about winning anything... lol :beer: congrats to the winners.
by AndyO'Connor
October 21st, 2013, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Arizona EOY Post
Replies: 17
Views: 4935

Re: Another Arizona EOY Post

Nice post. What's the story with the totaled new chevy?
by AndyO'Connor
October 16th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Copper-Gold King Cobra and Thailand's Deadliest!
Replies: 24
Views: 6357

Re: Copper-Gold King Cobra and Thailand's Deadliest!

pretty freakin awesome! I didn't know that kraits of any kind got that large, that snake is amazing.
by AndyO'Connor
October 14th, 2013, 7:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 End of Year post
Replies: 15
Views: 3493

Re: 2013 End of Year post

I'll echo fondness for the lightning and star trails shots! Some really nice animal shots as well. That red-backed whiptail DOES look like some of the central/south american species. Your tiger whip doesn't look like a tiger whip from what I can tell, looks too spotted in between the stripes, althou...
by AndyO'Connor
October 12th, 2013, 11:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short-tailed Snake!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 7312

Re: Short-tailed Snake?

Correct ID and Excellent find!
by AndyO'Connor
October 10th, 2013, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake pupils
Replies: 5
Views: 1599

Re: snake pupils

Yes most nocturnal species have vertical pupils, including many non-venomous snakes in the U.S. such as Lyre snakes, night snakes, etc. There are lots of theories about what advantages vertical pupils provide such as improved depth of field in certain situations, having more sensitive vision at nigh...
by AndyO'Connor
October 8th, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My overly ambitous target species list for 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2497

Re: My overly ambitous target species list for 2014

ah gotcha, thanks for clarifying. Good luck on your targets!
by AndyO'Connor
October 8th, 2013, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My overly ambitous target species list for 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 2497

Re: My overly ambitous target species list for 2014

What do you mean by "just photos" vs. "species plus photos"?
by AndyO'Connor
October 8th, 2013, 7:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road October 3-7 2013
Replies: 26
Views: 6639

Re: Snake Road October 3-7 2013

Some really nice finds, I wish I could go more often.
by AndyO'Connor
October 8th, 2013, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road and the Shutdown
Replies: 21
Views: 4830

Re: Snake Road and the Shutdown

Do you know the people personally, that were caught?
by AndyO'Connor
October 7th, 2013, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada
Replies: 33
Views: 8067

Re: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada

Yes Jimi, the ones in NV.
by AndyO'Connor
October 7th, 2013, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road and the Shutdown
Replies: 21
Views: 4830

Re: Snake Road and the Shutdown

I can three finger you Justin, what's the fine for that?
by AndyO'Connor
October 7th, 2013, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?
Replies: 18
Views: 5040

Re: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?

Baja is extremely safe, safer than many US locations are to herp. There are obviously "sketchy" places in mainland Mexico, or so I'm told. But after spending 12 days in Baja Sur, I can say comfortably that I'd go back with a smaller group than this frist trip or alone if I got better with the langua...
by AndyO'Connor
October 7th, 2013, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada
Replies: 33
Views: 8067

Re: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada

I don't have any top of the head shots, just side profiles and portraits. First 4 shots are two panamints from Clark county, little less than an hour northwest of Vegas proper. http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac264/andyoconnor832/Field%20Herps%202011/Nevada/Nevada344.jpg http://i906.photobucket.c...
by AndyO'Connor
October 5th, 2013, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8298

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

Here's a phone pic of the little grey speck we cruised.

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by AndyO'Connor
October 4th, 2013, 12:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seattle Oct Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1935

Re: Seattle Oct Request for Information

Jason, it partially depends on how far you can travel. Josh found some range extensions cope's giants near his house I think, and this time of year is good in most of the western part of the state for salamanders since the rain started falling about 2 weeks ago, and won't stop til May.
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 300mm f4 vs 17-40
Replies: 8
Views: 3701

Re: Canon 300mm f4 vs 17-40

I have the 100L and the 17-40L, and I rented the 300 f4L for 4 weeks in my September post. I am not a huge fan of the 17-40 for herp shots so far, although partly due to me not getting used to it yet as I've seen some excellent shots from other users of that lens (although I think it's better on ful...
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?
Replies: 12
Views: 4721

Re: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?

Thanks Cole. It wasn't TOO far of a stretch, I'm just surprised that it's the ONLY picture of such an amazing Atelopus, I mean they are all pretty spectacular, but that one is so different from the others I've seen.
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 11:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?
Replies: 12
Views: 4721

Re: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?

Don, the first one looked really fake to me, but the obviously real frog was the one I was referring to, I was wondering if someone turned the normally yellow/gold coloration pink/purple because it is the only picture of that color combo for an Atelopus I could find anywhere online, and I can't find...
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 8:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8298

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

No, none of the rock lizards were captured, and they had lost their breeding colors, although some still had some brilliant blue spots, none were like the one on Grismer's book cover. I think they can be captured with a better approach, we had a long noose but were going after them mid afternoon, an...
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?
Replies: 12
Views: 4721

Purple and black Harlequin toad, is it real?

I was asked by a friend about a picture on facebook of a black harlequin toad (Atelopus sp.) with purple squiggles on it. I found one other similar picture on google, but to me it looks like a REALLY well done photoshop... Every other reference to the species is yellow and black or orange and black,...
by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 7:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8298

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

Marisa has some AWESOME herp in habitat shots on her flickr here http://www.flickr.com/photos/marisa_ishimatsu/ and will likely upload more as she gets to them. And I'm sure we will see something awesome from other members of the team in time. This trip was 12 days long for me, and nearly as long fo...