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by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8988

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

Thanks for the replies. Buying a different hook like a collapsible one isn't something I'm interested in. I didn't think about just carrying it on like a cane or something and I bet the only time it'd be a problem would be the pre-gate security. I found a 40" long duffle I bet it'd fit in diagonally...
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 7:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Sorta Cliche but.....
Replies: 11
Views: 3316

Re: Sorta Cliche but.....

I figured it was a young snake, not sure why, but everything Cole said is spot on with pits, if that's a sub adult or adult, I'd switch my answer to female.
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8988

Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

Wondering if anyone has suggestions for flying with snake hooks? I'd like to take my hook along (sentimental and all) on trips where it could be used, but it's 44 inches long and won't fit in any of my current luggage. Most airlines have a linear inches total of 62 inches which makes me wonder how a...
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 4:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Sorta Cliche but.....
Replies: 11
Views: 3316

Re: Sorta Cliche but.....

Looks like a male to me.
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone heard of this?
Replies: 2
Views: 1285

Re: Anyone heard of this?

From what I saw, they aren't commercially available yet? It seems like a pretty cool idea, I hope it is as effective as they say, for other country's health reasons first, and for my ability to herp without a mosquito banquet later.
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 7:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Anybody see this?
Replies: 104
Views: 33445

Re: Anybody see this?

that's a pretty narrow field of vision kricket. This MAY (and I don't think it is) only be about conservation right now, but it allows the future addition to the injurious species list without any due process. FWS will just be allowed to say, corn snakes could be bad if introduced in other locations...
by AndyO'Connor
July 24th, 2013, 7:37 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Salamander with other amphibian
Replies: 2
Views: 1427

Re: Salamander with other amphibian

Mixing species is a tough (but not impossible) thing to pull of right. I can tell you that a tiger salamander will eat ANYTHING that fits in its mouth (and some things that won't) and any frog that ends up in front of it might become a meal. If you could find a large enough frog that is native to ti...
by AndyO'Connor
July 23rd, 2013, 3:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28309

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

I've been researching this a bit too and thought a goPro would be awesome because it could be used for walking around on hikes and such too, but for the driving part, the problem you will run into is battery life. The memory usually outlasts the power. These links are interesting, keep us posted if ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 22nd, 2013, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Constantly Dreaming About Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 3538

Re: Constantly Dreaming About Snakes

I dream about reptiles in general, especially before a big herping trip, like this August/September I am going to Baja Sur and North and South Carolina on back to back 10 day trips. Even as a kid though, I would dream about snakes every so often, they were always good dreams. If you have been thinki...
by AndyO'Connor
July 21st, 2013, 4:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!
Replies: 16
Views: 3006

Re: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!

Very cool that you've found them like that in both species!
by AndyO'Connor
July 20th, 2013, 10:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West Texas work trip
Replies: 8
Views: 2150

Re: West Texas work trip

Looks like that night snake caught up to one of those banded geckos on the road. Some nice finds, thanks for sharing.
by AndyO'Connor
July 19th, 2013, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arkansas - First Half of 2013, Part 3
Replies: 10
Views: 3572

Re: Arkansas - First Half of 2013, Part 3

Excellent series of posts! I echo the admiration for the style of post with one big picture and a bunch of smaller pictures. How did you do that?
by AndyO'Connor
July 19th, 2013, 12:24 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Diamondback Terrapin symposium Sept 2013?
Replies: 0
Views: 2026

Diamondback Terrapin symposium Sept 2013?

http://www.bio.davidson.edu/terrapin2013/Welcome.html Anybody from here going to be there? I emailed them today to clarify a few things for an out of towner to plan for, but the 14th is my 30th birthday and I am going to be in NC from 13-22 for the NAFHA National Meeting on the 20-22, so I can't thi...
by AndyO'Connor
July 19th, 2013, 12:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Aussie elapids
Replies: 24
Views: 10487

Re: Aussie elapids

Justin I was going to say the same about Collett's black snake, I was not aware of that species of Pseudechis, they are amazing looking. Thanks for sharing, you have quite the collection. I have a life goal to get over there and find an inland taipan some day, I know they are tough to find from what...
by AndyO'Connor
July 19th, 2013, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA National Meeting Sept 20-22
Replies: 2
Views: 762

Re: NAFHA National Meeting Sept 20-22

Plans for my actual bday may have changed Justin, there is a really cool meeting for diamondback terrapins in SC that I may try to get to that first weekend Sept 13-15. But I'm sure we can work something out :beer: ;)
by AndyO'Connor
July 18th, 2013, 3:20 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Telephoto help needed
Replies: 14
Views: 7074

Re: Canon Telephoto help needed

borrowlenses has it for only $600 a week!! LOL
by AndyO'Connor
July 18th, 2013, 11:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 National Meeting!
Replies: 4
Views: 1739

Re: 2013 National Meeting!

Yeah, it was a for sure thing around the beginning of the year or maybe even late last year, but I just posted it in our chapter recently at someone's request. I knew I was going by February though. I don't know how soon the 2014 location and dates would be set.
by AndyO'Connor
July 18th, 2013, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinion on keeping WC herps
Replies: 27
Views: 4087

Re: Opinion on keeping WC herps

Do we have a thread about how we all used to herps as children? .... Do we have a thread about how our moms would ban certain herpes but not others? (For the longest time snakes were banned from my house, but not frogs... matt Quote edited for my sad joke, but I personally ban all types of herpes f...
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 9:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinion on keeping WC herps
Replies: 27
Views: 4087

Re: Opinion on keeping WC herps

Without sounding negative, keep in mind that there are laws about collecting certain species and also about breeding species because you are increasing the number of animals in your posession, and also that it is typically illegal to breed wild caught animals with the intention to sell the offsprin...
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinion on keeping WC herps
Replies: 27
Views: 4087

Re: Opinion on keeping WC herps

Without sounding negative, keep in mind that there are laws about collecting certain species and also about breeding species because you are increasing the number of animals in your posession, and also that it is typically illegal to breed wild caught animals with the intention to sell the offspring...
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake hook: Carbon-fiber, aluminum or stain-less steel?
Replies: 3
Views: 1204

Re: Snake hook: Carbon-fiber, aluminum or stain-less steel?

The bend you would get out of a carbon fiber shaft would probably only matter if using the hook for flipping heavy objects, I doubt it would bend from the weight of even a large rattlesnake. Think about the force of inertia on a carbon fiber golf club, if it had THAT much give, they wouldn't use the...
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rains begin
Replies: 12
Views: 3418

Re: Rains begin

Excellent message and photography as I've come to expect from your post.
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!
Replies: 16
Views: 3006

Re: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!

I don't think it's an ontogenetic thing gluesenkamp, these patternless or nearless patternless gators show up in some northern alligator ssp and although that lizard isn't fully grown, it's well beyond the size they have usually changed from the hatchling color phase to the adult color phase, they a...
by AndyO'Connor
July 17th, 2013, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!
Replies: 16
Views: 3006

Re: cool alligator lizard! front yard find!

It is more common in Sierra alligators, and occasionally with San Frans and I've heard of it happening with a northwestern. I think they are cool looking. Nice find.
by AndyO'Connor
July 16th, 2013, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Kingsnake ophiophagy. Eating Nightsnake
Replies: 18
Views: 3000

Re: California Kingsnake ophiophagy. Eating Nightsnake

Very cool series of events and congrats. I think the staged accusation was unnecessary. As others have addressed, Chad is a stand up guy and herper as evident by his long history on these forums and interactions with many of us (although I still need to get down there and herp with ya!) and such an ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 15th, 2013, 6:54 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Telephoto help needed
Replies: 14
Views: 7074

Re: Canon Telephoto help needed

Yes, I picked up the 300 f/4 as it was last week's deal of the week on borrow and I got it for 14 days, insured, shipped, for $130. If I had ~$900-1100 I would have just bought one of these lenses in the discussion, but I definitely don't right now so renting was my only option, otherwise you are ri...
by AndyO'Connor
July 13th, 2013, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know where I can find some Garter Snakes?.....
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: Anyone know where I can find some Garter Snakes?.....

You may not be way off base for your location, or many others, but in my experience here in the northwest, there are definitely "hot spots" and I can often see the same snakes year after year in some of them.
by AndyO'Connor
July 12th, 2013, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know where I can find some Garter Snakes?.....
Replies: 8
Views: 1336

Re: Anyone know where I can find some Garter Snakes?.....

captainjack, they can be found in more or less the same areas within suitable habitat. I've flipped the same garter under the same cover several times over multiple seasons. If you spook one from a basking spot along a trail, and then stop and hold really still, you may see the snake return to that ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 12th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Creepy, or cool? You decide!
Replies: 17
Views: 6529

Re: Creepy, or cool? You decide!

You should see videos of the snake actually moving it like a centipede while luring, that makes it even cooler/creepier!
by AndyO'Connor
July 10th, 2013, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Highlights from Washington and a little bit of Oregon
Replies: 22
Views: 5319

Re: Spring Highlights from Washington and a little bit of Or

Regarding cheatgrass and whipsnakes, it's more believed that the cheat grass is detrimental for lizard breeding, which results in no prey items for the whipsnakes. I spoke with someone who did a radio study of an existing population and believes that the animals that are still around will likely be ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 10th, 2013, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I'm not a herper; I just like catching snakes-Norcal edition
Replies: 14
Views: 3394

Re: I'm not a herper; I just like catching snakes-Norcal edi

Some nice finds. That infernalis is amazing. I plan on coming down to the Bay next year and hope to find all those garter species you found and are still looking for.
by AndyO'Connor
July 10th, 2013, 12:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Yellowstone National Park
Replies: 26
Views: 6949

Re: Herping Yellowstone National Park

Yes Ian there are racers, although as it pertains to this discussion, there aren't any websites listing them, and the link I am about to reference doesn't have them on it, even though I am pretty sure I remember seeing them in the book? ... Brian, I went through the book when this post was made and ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 9th, 2013, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lined Snake caught by Spider
Replies: 18
Views: 3902

Re: Lined Snake caught by Spider

It would be cool if it's a natural situation, but I believe someone captured that snake and placed it in the web, I don't believe the snake would have fallen into the web from above and doubt the spider could have lifted it up into the web, so in that case, it's kinda sad/disappointing to me.
by AndyO'Connor
July 7th, 2013, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not-so-odd, after all, Ringneck
Replies: 13
Views: 2593

Re: Oddish Ringneck

If the eyes are clear and the belly looks that "milky" or pale, it's probably actually in really late shed cycle, meaning it will shed within a day or two, I've noticed that many snake's eyes will clear up a day or two before they shed. The dorsal also looks that way, basically the snakes scales are...
by AndyO'Connor
July 7th, 2013, 5:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not-so-odd, after all, Ringneck
Replies: 13
Views: 2593

Re: Oddish Ringneck

The only thing I could think of that could cause that is if the snake is ready to shed, that's how the bellies of rings in the blue I've seen look.
by AndyO'Connor
July 6th, 2013, 8:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: San Fransico golf course loses case over SF gater and frog
Replies: 7
Views: 3290

Re: San Fransico golf course loses case over SF gater and fr

And was I reading it with the misunderstanding that they were approved permits for "incidental take" for "accidentally" killing snakes and frogs with lawnmowers and pumping ponds used by both species? So basically going forward, they are not only going to keep doing what they are doing, but now have...
by AndyO'Connor
July 6th, 2013, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show your artistic side
Replies: 8
Views: 2069

Re: Show your artistic side

This Oregon spotted frog shot has been used in a few brochures and also as a conservation poster at a local zoo. http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l304/andyoconnor83/Field%20herps%202009/Conboy/DSC08263.jpg Not a herp, but it was while herping, I was playing around with cacti and other sharp stuff a...
by AndyO'Connor
July 6th, 2013, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtles or birds?
Replies: 64
Views: 37723

Re: Turtles or birds?

Not to hijack this thread with the turtles hearing topic, but I can video it if need be, my diamondback terrapin can absolutely hear. You can "sneak" into the room her tank is in when she is basking with her eyes closed and say something and she will open her eyes at that second. I've also seen seve...
by AndyO'Connor
July 5th, 2013, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Yellowstone National Park
Replies: 26
Views: 6949

Re: Herping Yellowstone National Park

Nice job on the bullsnake. I found mine by flipping large flat rocks in an open field very near one of the campsites at mammoth hot springs. I flipped a large rock and found a very fresh shed of a yearling snake, leading towards another rock, flipped that one and there was the bullsnake! That was 15...
by AndyO'Connor
July 5th, 2013, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes Survival after Being Run Over
Replies: 39
Views: 20650

Re: Snakes Survival after Being Run Over

Josh and I cruised a GB gopher snake on the shoulder that we witnessed striking at a car as it passed. When we got out, we could see that the snake had been hit near the head, but it didn't seemed crushed, its eye was swollen full of blood and its mouth was crooked. We held onto it over night and th...
by AndyO'Connor
July 5th, 2013, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtles or birds?
Replies: 64
Views: 37723

Re: Turtles or birds?

Digital zoom, the best way I can explain it, is kinda like the camera doing it's own zoom and crop, and almost always leads to a greatly diminished image quality. optical zoom, on mand point and shoot cameras will deliver the same image quality across the whole zoom range, but as soon as you start u...
by AndyO'Connor
July 4th, 2013, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtles or birds?
Replies: 64
Views: 37723

Re: Turtles or birds?

I think they both have their challenges, but I find turtles to be more difficult because I am usually above them looking down toward the water and it's tough to get a decent shot framed. Your biggest challenge right now appears to be your camera and/or settings. I don't know of any point and shoots ...
by AndyO'Connor
July 3rd, 2013, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tanning Roadkill Skins
Replies: 26
Views: 7944

Re: Tanning Roadkill Skins

LOL Chad.

I haven't done it personally but I know it's been done for a variety of novelty items like bookmarks, knife sheaths, belts, hat bands, etc by a few people I've met over the years. Sorry I don't have techniques to add.
by AndyO'Connor
July 2nd, 2013, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix HP25 Review..
Replies: 16
Views: 7681

Re: Fenix HP25 Review..

Awesome review, very thorough. Any chance you can resize the images? I don't want to sound whiny, but my resolution is set at 1280x1024 on an 18" monitor and your pics were still nearly double wide and it took me awhile to read your review until I copy and pasted it into a notepad.
by AndyO'Connor
July 1st, 2013, 11:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Wanted
Replies: 4
Views: 1106

Re: Most Wanted

That's a tough list to narrow down to 5 as Jeremy mentioned. I'd have to say that a few of the first ones I thought of were mentioned by the two of you so I will try some of my wish list that hasn't been mentioned yet. 1. Tuatara. Two words; Living. Fossil. That has just stuck with me ever since I r...
by AndyO'Connor
July 1st, 2013, 7:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lost Maples SP photo from today
Replies: 12
Views: 1640

Re: Lost Maples SP photo from today

That first shot is the best anole photo I have ever seen. Excellent, thanks for sharing.
by AndyO'Connor
July 1st, 2013, 6:11 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Telephoto help needed
Replies: 14
Views: 7074

Re: Canon Telephoto help needed

The 100-400L would also be an option I suppose. Basically for now I'm waiting to see if any of the lenses becomes a deal of the week on borrowlenses and if they do, I'll go with that. Otherwise I am leaning feavily toward a zoom option.
by AndyO'Connor
June 30th, 2013, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013
Replies: 16
Views: 3164

Re: Wisconsin Reptiles - May and June 2013

I really like the third snapper shot, first painted turtle shot, and the last redbelly snake shot. Excellent shots all around but those were my favorites.
by AndyO'Connor
June 28th, 2013, 2:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For Pit Lovers
Replies: 7
Views: 1242

Re: For Pit Lovers

Very nice. I have seen a couple really black ones like that before, scattered through several parts of their range. The last one I remember like that was near Searchlight, NV.
by AndyO'Connor
June 27th, 2013, 3:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 National Meeting!
Replies: 4
Views: 1739

2013 National Meeting!

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If you can afford the trip, you should really try to go!!! I went to the Snake Road meeting last year, and will be at his meeting this year and it's a blast, a whole other type of herping/camping/meeting.