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by Shane_TX
July 20th, 2013, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #57 - Japan
Replies: 29
Views: 10454

Re: China post #56 - Japan

Much like chicken, but very oily. They sold habu meat every where, Are you sure about that? I did mean to comment on how everyone else did. We had a lot of herpers out walking that first night, and if you combine everyone's efforts, we found the 3 species of snakes (Dinodon, Amphiesma, and Protobot...
by Shane_TX
July 19th, 2013, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #57 - Japan
Replies: 29
Views: 10454

Re: China post #56 - Japan

Much like chicken, but very oily. They sold habu meat every where, Are you sure about that? I did mean to comment on how everyone else did. We had a lot of herpers out walking that first night, and if you combine everyone's efforts, we found the 3 species of snakes (Dinodon, Amphiesma, and Protobot...
by Shane_TX
July 18th, 2013, 8:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One year's damage
Replies: 17
Views: 2910

Re: One year's damage

That's a good ops write-up! Most people don't realize what it takes to make things run. And of course the bane and culprit and horror and bliss is energy. It's good to have and all people want it. In the bliss, some mentally decide to grant pardons to those who actually do the work and supposedly ba...
by Shane_TX
July 15th, 2013, 8:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #57 - Japan
Replies: 29
Views: 10454

Re: China post #56 - Japan

When I first read the title I was thinking the main islands: handful of hynobiids and a giant sally and all of the snakes, etc. But nope, Okinawa, and the north end to boot. Good showing on the herps! One never had to worry about beer.......guess they tightened up on the 100 yen vending machine deal...
by Shane_TX
July 15th, 2013, 8:00 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Thamnophis eques "rediscovered" in New Mexico
Replies: 4
Views: 2690

Re: Thamnophis eques "rediscovered" in New Mexico

"This is a huge find for our team. We have spent nearly three years and thousands of man-hours looking for the northern Mexican gartersnake,"
That's some serious focus!

Shane
by Shane_TX
July 11th, 2013, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One year's damage
Replies: 17
Views: 2910

Re: One year's damage

This is a good thread with mostly aligned viewpoints. Luckily it's short so far and Chrish provided decent perspective with the imagery. Minus the cool species possibilities, this is the reality: This is mostly cleared post oak savannah and sandy mesquite woodland. And that's a fact! I'm not so good...
by Shane_TX
July 11th, 2013, 6:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Our species list for the year so far - 153 and counting
Replies: 49
Views: 14948

Re: Our species list for the year so far

I can add cyanogenys and a tortoise to the list with pictures. I do lack photos of mydas and marcianus and schotti. Can someone bump this again in December?

Shane
by Shane_TX
July 4th, 2013, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: One year's damage
Replies: 17
Views: 2910

Re: One year's damage

New drilling/extraction technology and the effect is dramatic in some areas. Kinda looks like Grimes County or the Permian Basin. Quite a bit of exploration eastward (i.e. Eaglebine) but successes are limited, so far. As much as it sucks on the short-term scale, and not getting into the controversia...
by Shane_TX
June 19th, 2013, 7:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Smuggler's Blues
Replies: 4
Views: 3345

Re: Smuggler's Blues

Boardline news now and rightfully so, however, HERPNATION got a blurb, lol: William Wylly Lamar is something of a rock star amongst readers of sites like HerpNation.com and WildHerps.com. His reptile-capturing skills -- we're talking herpetology here, folks -- are unparalleled, as is his knowledge. ...
by Shane_TX
June 19th, 2013, 7:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Smuggler's Blues
Replies: 4
Views: 3345

Re: Smuggler's Blues

Yep, pretty boneheaded! My first thought was: why didn't he just do the paperwork hassle and not worry about it. And apparently Peru's export regs are the issue. No mention of rare/endangered/threatened species. I guess he wasn't expecting the porno-scanner at DFW? For those of you who don't want to...
by Shane_TX
June 2nd, 2013, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green Sea Turtles FYI (Houston-area herpers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

Re: Green Sea Turtles FYI (Houston-area herpers)

Good pic, Chris. With the water as clear as it was in that photo I'm surprised you didn't stumble upon something like this one that I took a few years ago: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3518/3869611626_4f17a668c4_o.jpg Water was rough and murky today and the turtles weren't loafing, but it should ge...
by Shane_TX
June 2nd, 2013, 5:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green Sea Turtles FYI (Houston-area herpers)
Replies: 3
Views: 1386

Green Sea Turtles FYI (Houston-area herpers)

I spotted three Chelonia today at the Surfside jetty. They were all busy feeding and I didn't have the patience to hope for a good pic. All seen on the channel side. If anyone wants to see any of those fascinating beasts this upcoming week including next weekend it should be a great time based on th...
by Shane_TX
May 31st, 2013, 7:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Greater Houston area - very preliminary RFI
Replies: 11
Views: 3470

Re: Greater Houston area - very preliminary RFI

You'll be close to some fun general herping areas in the Woodlands and February won't be bad if it's warm and some locals help you with flipping spots......that's the action and normally not too bad that time of year if you have enough spots to hit.. Atrox on the coast are not unrealistic at all. It...
by Shane_TX
May 29th, 2013, 5:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bitten by a Snapping Turtle !
Replies: 11
Views: 7483

Re: Bitten by a Snapping Turtle !

Well, damn, no real carnage on google image searches. Apparently people give turtles more caution than snakes.....myself included. After the horrific incident of a pet box turtle latching onto my finger as a child, snake bites are pretty lame. To this day I handle all turtles as if they are dangerou...
by Shane_TX
May 22nd, 2013, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip thread
Replies: 28
Views: 4721

Re: Coachwhip thread

The one eating the rabbit was always interesting to me.

http://www.southwesternherp.com/snakes/testaceus.html

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 22nd, 2013, 8:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer!
Replies: 9
Views: 2187

Should be a fun area to explore further. You can bet that if cottons are there you will probably see some other less dramatic eastern species as well. Consider posting them to the TX iNaturalist page:

http://www.inaturalist.org/projects/herps-of-texas

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 21st, 2013, 8:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer!
Replies: 9
Views: 2187

Re: Lifer!

Congrats!

Always fun to live near the cross-roads. Do you find garter snakes of any flavor in the same habitat?

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 18th, 2013, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Islands of Bimini
Replies: 23
Views: 8931

Re: The Islands of Bimini

Awesome post and thanks for sharing! I foresee a good handful of South Bimini posts coming in the near future.

Cheers,

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 17th, 2013, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coming soon...."FHF Radio"
Replies: 9
Views: 1952

Re: Coming soon...."FHF Radio"

Awesome! Keep up the great work.

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 16th, 2013, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum
Replies: 10
Views: 2097

Re: New to the forum

Sept11thLie
Interesting. I thought it was September Lily.

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 16th, 2013, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thoughts and Prayers Go out those in the storm path in Texas
Replies: 1
Views: 920

Re: Thoughts and Prayers Go out those in the storm path in T

Thanks Fundad. All of the Cali prayers are appreciated.

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 16th, 2013, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My very first smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis)
Replies: 14
Views: 1726

Re: My very first smooth green snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Apparently the species (in Texas) is known only from six museum specimens and even the validity of those is questioned by some.
Validity is solid along the upper TX coastal prairies.

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 13th, 2013, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some thoughts to share
Replies: 11
Views: 2794

Re: Some thoughts to share

Glad I missed that. On the other side of the thought-sharing process for those who don't really care about wTX........WTF happened to sTX cruising? I had to flip to find (nearly) anything last weekend. When sTX is so relentlessly devoid of movement there's nothing better to do than play games in wTX...
by Shane_TX
April 28th, 2013, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Species Counts
Replies: 29
Views: 4710

Re: April Species Counts

Did an overnight run to the sTX thornscrub with my son on Saturday evening. First time I've been down there since 2004. Stayed in northern BP land to avoid the Eagle Ford and associated traffic. Quiet roads were not a problem at all and after the requisite BP radar-check we were left alone for the r...
by Shane_TX
April 25th, 2013, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo piracy
Replies: 16
Views: 2908

Re: Photo piracy

And I agree, IFLS (Andrews specifically) needs to make some changes (here's her chance to really win big). And can afford to, apparently.
I'm pretty good at acronyms even without photo piracy. What is IFLS? I * Love Snakes website?

Cheers to worrying about photos!

Shane
by Shane_TX
April 25th, 2013, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April Species Counts
Replies: 29
Views: 4710

Re: April Species Counts

Not much this spring on the local commute through natricine and mudsnake-land compared to last year. Judging by lack of dors I think that natricines and mudsnakes are less rambunctious this year....ratsnakes, coachwhips and crotes too. Alligators are apparently causing a problem. Twice since Februar...
by Shane_TX
April 17th, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)
Replies: 41
Views: 12594

Re: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)

if you mean those of German and Japanese descent
It was just too easy with the old one-liner about Germans.... ;) Apparently Crutchfield is now a star for being locked up abroad (heard it on facebook anyway).

:beer:
Shane
by Shane_TX
April 17th, 2013, 8:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)
Replies: 41
Views: 12594

Re: Bornean Earless Lizard (Lanthanotus borneensis)

Neat. Hans is about to be stormed by Axis herpers :lol:

Seriously though, thanks for the update! That's a bucket-list herp for almost every herper, past and present.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 31st, 2013, 7:46 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: New Zealand - December and January - around the house
Replies: 5
Views: 4230

Re: New Zealand - December and January - around the house

Do kiwi herpers have a problem seeing tuataras in the field?

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 24th, 2013, 6:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Count
Replies: 39
Views: 5311

Re: March Species Count

I took my boys out for a day of enjoying the outdoors. The wind was strong and steady. If I'd have planned it right I would have brought along a batwing jacket and a short tether line to give my youngest son his first flying lesson. Probably a day too early for that but he did learn the importance o...
by Shane_TX
March 23rd, 2013, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders
Replies: 8
Views: 3634

Re: Black vultures preying on live red eared sliders

Thanks for posting this! I was a bit surprised to see a recently dead RES on its back and nothing eaten to speak of. My first thought was that it baked in the sun and a racoon played with it, but that didn't make much sense at this time of year and very close to several water bodies. Hundreds of vul...
by Shane_TX
March 22nd, 2013, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New introduced species in Alabama
Replies: 19
Views: 5108

Re: New introduced species in Alabama

Rio Grande Chirping Frogs (Eleutherodactylus cystiganthoides) have been turning up in Mobile County lately.
What are the odds that they were already there, say a decade or more ago? I doubt that the answer is a recent aloe shipment! Good notice though, in any case.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 22nd, 2013, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Count
Replies: 39
Views: 5311

Re: March Species Count

Couple of cottonmouths still basking outside of their concrete dens. Surprisingly no speckled kings...perhaps a bit late. Shane Not late. You should be finding plenty of them! Movement should definitely be good now (I really need to go walk some canal banks). Last year I noticed a couple of kings b...
by Shane_TX
March 22nd, 2013, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Count
Replies: 39
Views: 5311

Re: March Species Count

Couple of cottonmouths still basking outside of their concrete dens. Surprisingly no speckled kings...perhaps a bit late.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 21st, 2013, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 15293

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

Hope this clarifies some stuff. Beneficiaries, do your thing. Give more money to veterans, teachers and police. Or maybe invest in radio-controlled bullfrog patrols and NAFHA. Does NASA get any money these days? So many decisions, but coyotes and burms and even nutria are a real problem to some. Sh...
by Shane_TX
March 14th, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bog Turtles mentioned in Nature
Replies: 16
Views: 4541

Re: Bog Turtles mentioned in Nature

Gotta love the zeroes; I thought the rule was 500.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 14th, 2013, 8:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mexico Chapter Probation
Replies: 6
Views: 3183

Re: Mexico Chapter Probation

North of Mexico is definitely the way to go fundaddy'o.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 13th, 2013, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SC Chapter projects question
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

Re: SC Chapter projects question

Shane, If you think that the only thing NAFHA members do is enter "everything they see" than you are seriously misinformed and out of loop in regards to the projects and accomplishments the NAFHA membership and Chapters are involved in. Fundad PS Thanks for trying Chris, this shouldn't have turned ...
by Shane_TX
March 13th, 2013, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is this snake called now?
Replies: 5
Views: 1776

Re: What is this snake called now?

This is how I handle naherp taxonomy :lol:

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=409

Anyone really wanting the record would hopefully be smart enough to search for all Pantherophis.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 12th, 2013, 7:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 15293

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

Yeah, but there remains the problem of the million+ acres of ENP/Coastal SFL that's mangrove swamp and isolated keys, which in my experience can be the densest burm populations, but also can be the areas toughest to survey if there's no roads. Isn't florida going to be flooded in the near future du...
by Shane_TX
March 10th, 2013, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 15293

Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

Cruise the first thread here: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=14348 Yada, yada and yada. Another yada-esqe thread: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=14367 Media report from a month ago: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/11/3229100/python-haul-hits-tar...
by Shane_TX
March 8th, 2013, 8:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston area mid may
Replies: 4
Views: 1348

Re: Houston area mid may

Prairies are hot and forests are cool.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 6th, 2013, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Okefenokee 2013 (DUW)
Replies: 15
Views: 3131

Re: Okefenokee 2013 (DUW)

Great post!

Especially liked this picture of a big boy:

Image

Good example of how a big, cryptic snake will normally go unnoticed. Must be just as fun and frustrating to look for bushmasters and forest-dwelling Bitis.

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 27th, 2013, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SC Chapter projects question
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

Re: SC Chapter projects question

I just brought up Toby because he's local and doing a good job on focusing efforts. Obviously not anti-NAFHA so I should have just left his name out of it; I doubt he'll be offended. Absolutely focus on rare/endangered species, but don't ignore the common stuff. Many things that are now rare used to...
by Shane_TX
February 25th, 2013, 8:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SC Chapter projects question
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

Re: SC Chapter projects question

Weak link = population density of NAFHA members in my area. I think that is a real shame. I hate to see the efforts of groups of dedicated people divided by stupid politics. That's one way to look at it. My way of looking at it is that it's better to focus local talent on finding the rare stuff. It'...
by Shane_TX
February 25th, 2013, 8:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Turtles in Hawaii?
Replies: 24
Views: 5122

Re: Spotted Turtles in Hawaii?

Interesting.

I guess it's safe to say that mongoose don't eat turtle eggs and raccoons/skunks don't exist in those key habitats?

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 25th, 2013, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SC Chapter projects question
Replies: 10
Views: 2600

Re: SC Chapter projects question

I think Chris W. covered it. I attempted a group field-survey project with the FWS and NAFHA was a weak link in this area. Good people but Toby H. is channeling most/all of the talent on more important things :)

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 25th, 2013, 7:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Marylander heading to Texas. info request
Replies: 4
Views: 1500

Re: Marylander heading to Texas. info request

Not a herp related interview?

The common stuff won't disappoint in that area.

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 23rd, 2013, 9:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: February Species Counts
Replies: 16
Views: 3052

Re: February Species Counts

Some stakeout time watching turtles today. One spiny softshell and 47 RES. Also a lot of 'gators.

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 18th, 2013, 9:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Meanwhile, across the pond, at 53 degres latitude N....
Replies: 16
Views: 3636

Re: Meanwhile, across the pond, at 53 degres latitude N....

Probably warmer than today at 31 degrees N in Louisiana, didn't quite hit 20 C, but then I'm 2 degrees north of Mt. Everest. No Thermophis and Gloydius reports lately? Must be winter doldrums in this herposphere. Interesting factoid that I never considered: chord-line navigation would offer a sight...