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by AndyO'Connor
October 3rd, 2013, 6:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8289

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

Norm, I didn't upload any other speck shots (and only photographed one other animal) so we may need to wait and see if anyone else makes a post at some point. We had talked about making a group post at one point or another, I just got caught up in editing and uploading and it seemed like the next st...
by AndyO'Connor
October 2nd, 2013, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8289

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

How about enyo? Those guys can turn up in great numbers but it doesn't look like they did so for you all. Looks like you rocked it on the ruber though - congrats. In one city, we stayed at what we all have decided to call "The sex hotel". Funny. Was it one of those outskirts-of-town jobs with the i...
by AndyO'Connor
October 2nd, 2013, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8289

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

We turned up a few mitch mitch, but it certainly was not the most common snake seen and we had a lot more eyes and cars doing the searching. I definitely plan on going back.
by AndyO'Connor
October 2nd, 2013, 11:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?
Replies: 18
Views: 5030

Re: Has anyone ever encountered Bipes?

Our group (a majority of us, my car with 2 other people missed out, we got caught up in a storm and were about 2 hours behind) did find one live adult and there are photographs that I am sure will get posted sooner or later. Tim is still on the road, but there are a few active users that were there ...
by AndyO'Connor
October 2nd, 2013, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8289

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

OK so technically this all started on August 28th, but it was still my best September to date. Last year at the NAFHA National Meeting at Snake Road, passing a bottle around the campfire, Tim Warfel looked at Mack and I and said, "You boys like Me-xi-co?!". At first I thought he was just quoting Sup...
by AndyO'Connor
October 1st, 2013, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seattle Oct Request for Information
Replies: 7
Views: 1934

Re: Seattle Oct Request for Information

Being days of the week, I wouldn't be much help as I work until 4pm and by the time we got anywhere worth searching it'd be dark (which isn't a bad thing with the weather we've been having, probably amphibs allover!) but if he has a day off, Josh may be your man. I'll direct him to this post.
by AndyO'Connor
September 30th, 2013, 9:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What could I do better?
Replies: 10
Views: 4177

Re: What could I do better?

A couple tips I can offer, one is unless you are going for a strict head shot close up, try to make sure the whole animal is in frame, there's a few shots where a coil is cut off. Also, closer is not always better. It looks like you are using a point and shoot, and a draw back to getting really clos...
by AndyO'Connor
September 30th, 2013, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA 2013 - Croatan NF North Carolina
Replies: 27
Views: 4740

Re: NAFHA 2013 - Croatan NF North Carolina

Here's a few shots, including one of the williamengelsi that was found while I and others were camping with Tim. A sunset view from John's Island, SC where my trip began with the Diamondback terrapin working group meeting. http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l304/andyoconnor83/2013/Carolinas/IMG_6258_...
by AndyO'Connor
September 27th, 2013, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snapping turtles in the Northwest?
Replies: 6
Views: 1844

Re: Snapping turtles in the Northwest?

Like Mike mentioned, they've turned up in Lake Washington near Sandpoint and Bellevue a few times, and I've also heard they are in Green Lake, though I've never looked for them. The other turtle that turns up in that area is the spiny softshell. I heard from a WDFW friend that at one point a study w...
by AndyO'Connor
September 27th, 2013, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada
Replies: 33
Views: 8053

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

I haven't herped much northeast of Vegas, but immediately northwest of Vegas there are panamints and immediately south and southeast of vegas are specks, so I think the line between them may run west-east as opposed to north-south? Just a guess, I don't have the personal knowledge or data to back it...
by AndyO'Connor
September 27th, 2013, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA 2013 - Croatan NF North Carolina
Replies: 27
Views: 4740

Re: NAFHA 2013 - Croatan NF North Carolina

I didn't know a pinewoods snake was found, very cool. Next time I'm over there I think I will focus a bit more on flipping and walking through the right habitats. It was nice meeting you and everyone else, until next time, :beer:
by AndyO'Connor
September 26th, 2013, 7:43 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Mantis Mating Ball?
Replies: 4
Views: 2608

Re: Mantis Mating Ball?

Perhaps it's a strength in numbers thing? male 1 "Ok guys, I'll go first, and when she goes in for the bite of love, one of you jumps in, got it?" male 2 "Yeah man, but why do you get to go first?" male 3 (Jed) "uhhuhhuhh, derp derp" male 1 "Ok, I'm good to go, now I will distract her so she doesn't...
by AndyO'Connor
September 11th, 2013, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick ID - Speck or Panamint? And sheds also - Nevada
Replies: 33
Views: 8053

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

I would say SW speck for the snake, the sheds, I'm not sure, but I would think atrox before scutulatus in that habitat, and I've seen a couple specks on those hills with very diamond-ish saddles.
by AndyO'Connor
September 10th, 2013, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising near Johns Island, SC??
Replies: 0
Views: 1132

Road cruising near Johns Island, SC??

I'll be at the Diamondback terrapin symposium this weekend before I drive north to the NAFHA Meeting in NC. I was just wondering if there is anyone near Johns Island, like Charleston or anywhere that would like to meet up and go roadcruising, or maybe point me towards a decent road (via PM) for Frid...
by AndyO'Connor
August 25th, 2013, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (1) herp-free intro
Replies: 13
Views: 16315

Re: Amazonia (Peru) July 2013 – (1) herp-free intro

Wow, how did I miss this... As others have said, glad to hear that your buddy recovered fully from the bite. This post is an awesome introduction post, and I like the scenery and stories with just a hint of what we can expect in the 2nd part, thanks for sharing.
by AndyO'Connor
August 25th, 2013, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to Arizona, 2013
Replies: 7
Views: 2143

Re: Trip to Arizona, 2013

Some very cool critters and excellent photography. I didn't realize Chiricahua leopard frogs were so large. What's up with the coral snake biting the photo box? Is it alive, and was it trying to eat some animal that it could smell from earlier photos?
by AndyO'Connor
August 25th, 2013, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The California Gartersnake Post.
Replies: 67
Views: 8931

Re: The California Gartersnake Post.

Here's a few I've found, but I hope to greatly increase my list next year with a road trip to SF. poor photo of a baby atratus hydrophilus from trinity county 2013 http://i906.photobucket.com/albums/ac264/andyoconnor832/2013/Redwoods/IMG_0985.jpg sirtalis infernalis from Humboldt county 2013 http://...
by AndyO'Connor
August 22nd, 2013, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A 24 hour ringneck run
Replies: 11
Views: 2726

Re: A 24 hour ringneck run

Super awesome find, feels good when all the conditions are right AND it pays off. Probably my favorite U.S. species, if not top 3.
by AndyO'Connor
August 20th, 2013, 10:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Safe "Handling" of Venomous Snakes
Replies: 17
Views: 2623

Re: Safe "Handling" of Venomous Snakes

I didn't say anything about your wife, you mentioned that it was your rule that you set and are trying to follow, you'll need to amend it because at some point, especially when road cruising on public roads, there will come a time when you need to move a venomous snake off the road quickly, and usin...
by AndyO'Connor
August 20th, 2013, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skink Id?
Replies: 4
Views: 1237

Re: Skink Id?

When they are young, many species of lizards in the whiptail group have blue tails and unless it's broken off, it just fades over time, I've found some pretty large whiptails that still had a blue tint in their tails.
by AndyO'Connor
August 19th, 2013, 7:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Safe "Handling" of Venomous Snakes
Replies: 17
Views: 2623

Re: Safe "Handling" of Venomous Snakes

Yeah, I think that the extension of your hand rule might be a bit strict, and a rule that I'm sure you will NEED to break eventually. Imaging roadcruising and seeing a venomous snake in the road and a car coming up and not looking like it's going to stop and it will kill the snake right in front of ...
by AndyO'Connor
August 19th, 2013, 7:35 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Hybrid Lampropeltis looks like another species?
Replies: 12
Views: 4810

Re: Hybrid Lampropeltis looks like another species?

Justin, who mentioned holbrooki? Anyways, as others have mentioned, it is more or less to be expected to get "splendida looking" babies from this pairing as it is more or less a naturally occurring intergrade (in a vague sense). Also as a couple mentioned, since they are technically the same species...
by AndyO'Connor
August 16th, 2013, 8:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best Editing Software
Replies: 10
Views: 4833

Re: Best Editing Software

I use PS Elements 7 right now (won it in an online photo contest a few years ago so it was "free"). It has worked well for everything I needed, but I recently was told it won't handle RAW and I am about to switch since I've been using my 7D for about 7 months now and am shooting full manual and I wa...
by AndyO'Connor
August 6th, 2013, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes from the hood.
Replies: 10
Views: 3768

Re: Some snakes from the hood.

That coral squeezing through that little hole is pretty amazing, and a good lesson could be learned by it for other herpers that might use a similar container for snakes that burrow or have similar builds like regals, shovelnose, etc. The atrox' head is huge.
by AndyO'Connor
August 5th, 2013, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new to the forum
Replies: 18
Views: 4183

Re: new to the forum

Ditto to what everyone else said, some amazing color displayed here, nive finds.
by AndyO'Connor
August 5th, 2013, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Do racers do this?
Replies: 10
Views: 2023

Re: Do racers do this?

As others have mentioned I've seen one western yellow-bellied racer, and one racer from the Snake Rd area do the lateral compressing, and my red coachwhip (similar enough?) does the neck puffing occasionally. It still COULD have been Drymarchon... I took pics of the black racer, but must not have up...
by AndyO'Connor
August 4th, 2013, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Final West Malaysia Adventure - July 2013
Replies: 14
Views: 9209

Re: Final West Malaysia Adventure - July 2013

Super awesome finds.
by AndyO'Connor
August 4th, 2013, 2:47 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Marine inverts from the Puget Sound
Replies: 3
Views: 2268

Re: Marine inverts from the Puget Sound

Very cool, thanks for sharing.
by AndyO'Connor
August 3rd, 2013, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtles or birds?
Replies: 64
Views: 37658

Re: Turtles or birds?

This is a crude first display, but I promise I can use my DSLR and a 100mm to be further away ( this was with my cell phone) to not have someone say my breathing on her or a scent from me could have woke her up, but I said her name, and then made a tsk tsk noise with my tongue and teeth, and she see...
by AndyO'Connor
August 2nd, 2013, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3152

Re: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend

Right Brian, sorry I meant to say a couple MORE lampros, we have zonata in 2 counties in the Columbia River gorge, they are tough to find compared to Oregon or Cali, but yeah I like it here, I just like reptiles MORE than amphibs so I feel at home in the SW even though I've lived up here all my life.
by AndyO'Connor
August 2nd, 2013, 8:34 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D
Replies: 14
Views: 6224

Re: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D

Yeah, I came from a P&S that had it, and now I use the viewfinder 90% of the time now, but I do miss it on the 7D, but I figured the weather sealing of the 7D was more important than the folding LCD. I've seen other herpers with DSLRs that have that option and it gets used at some point during a pho...
by AndyO'Connor
August 2nd, 2013, 7:48 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D
Replies: 14
Views: 6224

Re: Rebel T5i of EOS 60D

Bob, one thing a lot of herpers don't know the benefit of until they get it, a flip out LCD, which the 60D has. frogs and other arboreal animals over head, or eye level shots of an animal with having to lay down on your stomach, are both MUCH easier with a screen the you can flip out and angle up or...
by AndyO'Connor
August 2nd, 2013, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lampropeltis californiae ??
Replies: 15
Views: 3184

Re: Lampropeltis californiae ??

I think there are more obvious groups of snakes they could research if they want to split, like some of the western ringnecks from each other and the eastern ssp. I think they are all, or at least mostly, getula, there may be a couple of valid splits, but like everyone else here, when these papers a...
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 Season
Replies: 8
Views: 2222

Re: 2013 Season

Courtship/copulation shots of several different species + a predation shot+ a coral snake + a gila = one of my favorite posts of the year. Welcome and thanks for sharing!
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3152

Re: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend

Probably, but there's access issues. Tigers aren't very common here, I've found every other sallie I care to look for in Washington (I haven't found Olympic torrents either, but that's ok). A like the credit you gave us with garters and sallies, it makes us sound better, but we don't have near the s...
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Graptemys ID help sought
Replies: 9
Views: 1940

Re: Graptemys ID help sought

Some very beautiful turtles, I like that Genus. Thanks for sharing the photos, glad you got an ID on them.
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 9:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mystery Snake
Replies: 45
Views: 11488

Re: Mystery Snake

As others have said, I agree it looks like a getula of some SW blend, and is probably a bit emaciated which would make it look skinnier. To add, I have seen californae compress laterally when threatened, it's not that uncommon in my experience with them. All of that combined with low resolution woul...
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend
Replies: 14
Views: 3152

Re: A couple of Tiger Salamander photos from the weekend

I really like the picture of the lake... The salamanders are cool too and I wish I knew of some fishless lakes in Washington where I could find tigers, maybe some research is in order.
by AndyO'Connor
July 31st, 2013, 7:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: ... anudda bust ... utah ...
Replies: 3
Views: 2364

Re: ... anudda bust ... utah ...

Unless they have evidence that the rattlers were VERY recently wild caught, and know the exact locales in that hypothetical, isn't it illegal to release the rattlers? I didn't bother to look to see if Utah has a law about that, but even if not illegal, it's just not a good idea and I would hope that...
by AndyO'Connor
July 29th, 2013, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: snake id request
Replies: 8
Views: 1795

Re: snake id request

Looks just like the one at the Woodland Park zoo here in Seattle (just saw it yesterday). Awesome snakes.
by AndyO'Connor
July 29th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Skinning a snake
Replies: 3
Views: 2823

Re: Skinning a snake

nevermind, Chris beat me to it.
by AndyO'Connor
July 29th, 2013, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Hyla (?) id
Replies: 6
Views: 3914

Re: Peruvian Hyla (?) id

Well I've never been to Peru, and the closest I've been to clown frogs is on here via photograph, and I've seen them in person for sale before. It was just a first reaction that it looked like a metamorph due to the head shape (seems undefined, if that makes sense) and the colors seem like they coul...
by AndyO'Connor
July 29th, 2013, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Hyla (?) id
Replies: 6
Views: 3914

Re: Peruvian Hyla (?) id

I'm not saying what it is for sure as I don't know, but it reminds me of a clown treefrog (Dendropsophus leucophyllatus, formerly Hyla leucophyllata). It could be a metamorph at that size and could make ID more difficult too.
by AndyO'Connor
July 27th, 2013, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall Herping in March South African style!
Replies: 12
Views: 2833

Re: Fall Herping in March South African style!

Still cool to see any herps in another country, plus all of those big African cats and mammals you didn't have to go to a zoo to see. Thanks for sharing.
by AndyO'Connor
July 26th, 2013, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8905

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

I'm not a big fan of collapsible handling tools because most of them are not very strong, IMO. I prefer to pack shorter-length hooks/tongs in checked bags. I've found that a 24-30" set of tongs works for nearly every snake I'm likely to encounter. Well Van, I felt the same too but apparently the ho...
by AndyO'Connor
July 26th, 2013, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8905

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

Well since finding a bag large enough for my 44" long stumpripper was a problem (would have cost me $50ish for the bag, and still might have been charged as an oversized item by the airlines) I chose to order the highly recommended collapsible medium field hook from John Zegel. It was similarly pric...
by AndyO'Connor
July 26th, 2013, 10:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Anybody see this?
Replies: 104
Views: 33252

Re: Anybody see this?

Seeing an animal exhibiting natural behavior in the wild evokes a far different feeling than observing a captive animal. I recognize that other people want to keep these animals as pets and I'm not advocating banning that - but I do advocate more regulation so that the animals that are kept as pets...
by AndyO'Connor
July 26th, 2013, 9:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Anybody see this?
Replies: 104
Views: 33252

Re: Anybody see this?

... I also don't want to see herps in cages, period. They don't belong there - they belong in their native environments able to act out all their natural behaviors. I know many of you would disagree with that and I didn't always hold that opinion, but having the privilege of being able to spend my ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 25th, 2013, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8905

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

Well after several recommendations from several people who's opinions hold weight in my book, I am going to see if I can get a Zegel collapsible hook in time. I requested him as a friend on facebook, does anybody know how else to order one, I couldn't find a website of his.
by AndyO'Connor
July 25th, 2013, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8905

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

Thanks for the info Jon, I will look into that. I wondered if they were strict with inches if you are within weight. I'll see if I can find a hockey bag or similar at goodwill or somewhere similar. Josh, I am also an anti-midwest guy at this point. My first two hooks were midwest, one snapped in hal...