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by chris_mcmartin
July 2nd, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery
Replies: 6
Views: 3224

Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

Cool and interesting...Cemeteries as greenspace; that's thinking outside the box (coffin)!
by chris_mcmartin
June 15th, 2017, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper vs NAHERP vs iNaturalist
Replies: 21
Views: 10640

Re: HerpMapper vs NAHERP vs iNaturalist

I prefer NAHERP over iNat because I like its inclusion of more weather fields than iNat (which I think only includes temperature unless the user [or perhaps project creator?] creates additional fields), plus moon phase. I prefer NAHERP over HerpMapper because NAHERP was first, and though I haven't d...
by chris_mcmartin
June 10th, 2017, 3:15 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 31531

Re: FHF has moved chapter threads.....

In my mind, "chapters" is not synonymous with "subforums." It sounds like what is being proposed is the generation of regional subforums of FHF; not the same things as chapters of NAFHA which happen to have (had) forums hosted by FHF. The term "chapters" implies some sort of membership beyond regist...
by chris_mcmartin
June 9th, 2017, 4:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11084

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

In the late sixties, though none could probably prove it, or admit it, many folks interested in herps attributed the Lawrence, KS, 1962 population to a release by a herpetology student at the University of Kansas. This was often accompanied by a wink and a node! :lol: Hard to say definitively. Have...
by chris_mcmartin
June 7th, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Fresh Eye
Replies: 7
Views: 11628

Re: Fresh Eye

If you're looking for opinions as far as herpetoculture goes, respondents to the SWCHR 2015 Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey gave these as their top answers for U.S. Native herps they would like to keep (assuming it would be legal to do so--obviously some of these are listed at the State ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 5th, 2017, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reccomendations for pygmies
Replies: 12
Views: 5155

Re: Reccomendations for pygmies

I predict you will not receive many responses with the help you seek, since many people are not only protective of "their" sites, but of the animals themselves--especially when asked by someone who joined FHF four days ago and provides no name or background information. ;)
by chris_mcmartin
June 2nd, 2017, 3:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

I wonder, since it's an explicit method of take, would it thus broaden the scope of probable cause ? Could you be searched, or asked for a license, if you were cruising but had no hook, tongs, buckets or bags? You could be stopped for a number of things, by a number of different agencies. I've been...
by chris_mcmartin
June 1st, 2017, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11084

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

I've done literature research, a few articles I'm still digging for. Havnt checked out Vert Net, haft to do that, I also use iNaturalist & Eddsmaps a lot too. Had a few conversations with Dr. Bruke at Hofstra too. Was pretty proud I found the population in Joplin, MO a few months ago when I was out...
by chris_mcmartin
May 31st, 2017, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

Steve Stocking recently did an article for SWCHR comparing some herping regs for SW states (AZ, UT, NV, and...? CA? I forget). He may be able to recall or easily locate answers for a few states. He wrote our article for NV, third in our ongoing series addressing each state in the SWCHR region of pr...
by chris_mcmartin
May 31st, 2017, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11084

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

Sounds like a fun project. Have you done a literature search, and also checked out VertNet for records?
by chris_mcmartin
May 31st, 2017, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

How do you classify states which forbid picking up or otherwise interfering with a wild animal anywhere, roads obviously included? NJ is one, and there are others. If 'do not touch' laws are general why would roads have to be specifically mentioned? If your state has a general "no touch" statute fo...
by chris_mcmartin
May 30th, 2017, 5:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

Yes, sorry for not clarifying in my original post--I'm looking for wildlife-specific statutes pertaining to picking up an animal on the road (or demonstrable lack of such statutes). Completely understood about the standard motor vehicle regulations and other "rules of the road." I keep thinking the ...
by chris_mcmartin
May 29th, 2017, 1:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

Thank you, Jeff...only 48 states left! :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
May 28th, 2017, 3:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 4730

Re: Texas family visit, April 2017

You saw more species than I typically see on an outing here! :thumb:
by chris_mcmartin
May 27th, 2017, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

I think road cruising is legal everywhere as long as you stay in your vehicle. In many states, including NJ, if traffic allows it's ok if you stop but do not pick up or interfere with the creature in any way. Many road cruisers are wildlife thieves. In NJ exceptions to the do not touch rules are ma...
by chris_mcmartin
May 27th, 2017, 7:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: Coordinated hunting in Cuban Boas?
Replies: 4
Views: 10012

Re: Coordinated hunting in Cuban Boas?

It was picked up by several outlets, including LiveScience (I think)...but not having seen the paper itself and the implications the authors may make, it seems a little misleading. The news articles claim the snakes hunt in "packs," which to me connotes a social animal (e.g. wolves) hunting together...
by chris_mcmartin
May 27th, 2017, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 15516

QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

Need some forum input on this one. Specifically, I need to know if it is written into your state's wildlife code somewhere that prohibits touching a reptile or amphibian on a roadway. I already know Texas does (since 2007), but to my knowledge this is the only state to ban this activity. Where possi...
by chris_mcmartin
May 24th, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: vehicle light bars for road hunting
Replies: 23
Views: 8333

Re: vehicle light bars for road hunting

Most of the CREE lightbars are all about the same, and IMO, unless you have a real need for something high end, just about any of the CREE bars off eBay will give you a ton of light. http://www.ebay.com/itm/20inch-120W-LED-Light-Bar-Curved-2x-4-CREE-Led-Pods-Truck-ATV-SUV-Off-Road-24/282258787794?_...
by chris_mcmartin
April 27th, 2017, 5:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 15761

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

This was 70K spent on a self serving publicity stunt by a couple of buddy's, Joe Wasilewski , Rom Whitaker and Frank Mazzotti who are part of a little club they call the "Croc Docs". If any of the money was spent on housing it went to Wasilewski. That is where the Irula "snake trackers" stayed. Whi...
by chris_mcmartin
April 24th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79380

Re: zoo med excavator clay

Ive been toying around with new substrate and media ideas lately and looked at this thread again. I have been thinking how cool it would be to acquire virgin, heat sterilized soils for herpetoculture use - . . . get nice dirt and treat it yourselves for biologicals On the other hand, rather than st...
by chris_mcmartin
March 24th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle
Replies: 3
Views: 1665

Re: VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle

craigb wrote:Very Cool... I bet it was a blast !
It was fantastic. The hawskbill was a lifer for me; previously all I'd seen was Green Sea Turtles. But then once we found one, we found lots. All appeared to be female (assuming the male's tail is appreciably longer than a similarly-sized female's).
by chris_mcmartin
March 22nd, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle
Replies: 3
Views: 1665

VIDEO: Hawskbill Sea Turtle

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cw8VSwttQ-I Hawksbill Turtle ( Eretmochelys imbricata ) feeding on sponges on the bottom of Paso de Cedral Reef, Cozumel, Mexico last week. The fish are there to eat whatever else the turtle scares up. Fish species near the turtle are a pair of French Angelfish ( Pomo...
by chris_mcmartin
March 22nd, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herps Spooked by Your Camera?
Replies: 2
Views: 9138

Re: Herps Spooked by Your Camera?

Maybe it's not really IR, but it definitely has a component visible to the unaided human eye. Officially, it's the "AF Assist Light" (not a pre-flash mechanism) and it's green. This model is nearly 9 years old. I noticed a similar problem when photographing a Hemidactylus frenatus last week--as soon...
by chris_mcmartin
March 21st, 2017, 5:46 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herps Spooked by Your Camera?
Replies: 2
Views: 9138

Herps Spooked by Your Camera?

I've not noticed this behavior until the last few months, but it seems more and more that various herps are frightened by my camera's auto-focus light (greenish cast; I assume it's using and IR beam). For example, I was trying to take photos of my daughter's Virginia striatula (yes, it's her "pet" :...
by chris_mcmartin
March 17th, 2017, 3:58 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: 55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten
Replies: 6
Views: 12255

Re: 55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten

That is not a 55in. rattlesnake...more like 36 inches... I think all that birdwatching has thrown off your mental-calibration skills. :lol: Let's say the measurement across the guy's fist is a not-very-impressive 4 inches (I'm using his fist as a reference, since he's holding up the snake in one of...
by chris_mcmartin
March 9th, 2017, 4:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: SWCHR Annual Award for Photographic Excellence
Replies: 0
Views: 8176

SWCHR Annual Award for Photographic Excellence

Hello everyone, The Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research 2016 Annual Award for Photographic Excellence competition is underway. This year's cash prize is $100. The winning photo will also grace the cover of our four SWCHR Bulletin issues this year. - Must be a current SWCHR member ( only ...
by chris_mcmartin
March 8th, 2017, 7:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?
Replies: 22
Views: 9296

Re: Question / Poll : How Far do you move herps from roads?

By law in Texas, you can't pick up, touch, or "encourage" an animal off the roadway.

That being said, I've taken two Texas Parks and Wildlife employees road cruising and they both agreed that's crazy.
by chris_mcmartin
February 27th, 2017, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SWCHR Membership Drive and Photo Contest
Replies: 0
Views: 1995

SWCHR Membership Drive and Photo Contest

Posting with permission from Scott Waters (if you need it moved to a different forum, I'll do so). 1. In honor of the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research's ten-year anniversary, we have lowered membership dues for 2017 to only TEN DOLLARS! Also, every 50th signup (or renewal) will receiv...
by chris_mcmartin
February 24th, 2017, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston Texas questions
Replies: 8
Views: 3047

Re: Houston Texas questions

I live about 45 min driving time NE of where you'll be, but I work 6 days a week, with Sunday being reserved for church and family. Plus, I haven't lived here long enough to find "dependable" sites of my own--unless you're interested in seeing lots of invasive Brown Anoles!
by chris_mcmartin
February 16th, 2017, 12:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 47114

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

The irony is that the one group that has had some public relations and political success are the "every feral cat is sacred" groups, i.e. PETA and HSUS. . . . I wonder what we can learn from them in developing a PR campaign and communicating with a dummed-down public? The most important lesson is t...
by chris_mcmartin
February 16th, 2017, 12:50 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 47114

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

And yes I would like to see more government involvement in a National Herptile count day, much like the bird counts that are sponsored or attended by these agencies. How about Reptile days at local parks with USFW and CDFG educating the public much like they do with fishing/hunting opening days and...
by chris_mcmartin
February 2nd, 2017, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer South Africa, a month in review.
Replies: 15
Views: 5835

Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Awesome photos.

Interesting to see the mites in the skin folds of the sand lizards.
by chris_mcmartin
January 31st, 2017, 3:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Nevada Field-Herp Regulation Expertise
Replies: 1
Views: 977

Seeking Nevada Field-Herp Regulation Expertise

I'm looking for someone with knowledge of not only the regulations as published, but their application/interpretation by LE in the field. Please PM.

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
January 25th, 2017, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions about artificial cover
Replies: 7
Views: 3532

Re: Questions about artificial cover

tomharten wrote:I check them on a fairly regular basis (at least once or twice a week) in April and May-more sporadically after that. My guess is that it is too shady back there(?)

That may be the case. Hopefully you have some at the "edge" of the woodlot where they can get at least morning sun.
by chris_mcmartin
January 24th, 2017, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions about artificial cover
Replies: 7
Views: 3532

Re: Questions about artificial cover

I have seen numerous species out on the crawl on my property, so I do know that they're around-just not under my cover boards. Do you systematically check them from, say, February through June? The cover I placed in Kansas was typically productive for a few-week span in the spring. Depending on wea...
by chris_mcmartin
January 24th, 2017, 3:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Questions about artificial cover
Replies: 7
Views: 3532

Re: Questions about artificial cover

4 x 4 should be fine, and easier on the back to lift than a larger piece. I also use 4 x 2 (so you can get 4 pieces of AC out of one 4 x 8 sheet of plywood). I've used up to 1/2" thick plywood, sometimes 3/8". You might also consider tin (if you can find it) and old carpet remnants. Put some tin in ...
by chris_mcmartin
January 23rd, 2017, 10:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: 55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten
Replies: 6
Views: 12255

55" Timber Rattlesnake Killed and Eaten

Researching a different topic, I happened across this thread from approx. 4 years ago (warning, graphic photos): http://www.aldeer.com/forum/ubbthreads.php?ubb=showflat&Number=636668&page=1 If you read the thread, there are some large overall lengths reported, and in a pleasant departure from the st...
by chris_mcmartin
January 15th, 2017, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Greetings from the southwest
Replies: 5
Views: 3422

Re: Greetings from the southwest

Awesome. Hope to see more adventures in the coming years.

And PM is en route. 8-)

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
January 15th, 2017, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

This article about the lizards on Long Island suggests the limited access to the mainland is a barrier to range expansion in this case. There is also a population in New Jersey which may not face such barriers. I participated a couple of seasons in an unofficial long-term mark/recapture study on th...
by chris_mcmartin
January 14th, 2017, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9961

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Interesting topic and I would like to add a condition to see if anyone would change their mind. What if you lived in a residential area much farther like in the north east US. You have lived in this location for 30+ years and have never seen a lizard. Would you still be opposed to releasing a breed...
by chris_mcmartin
January 13th, 2017, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX in April - visiting family
Replies: 1
Views: 1591

Re: TX in April - visiting family

Will send PM. April's a LITTLE early for West TX, but you'll probably find an alterna and I'll be forever jealous.
by chris_mcmartin
January 13th, 2017, 4:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Species
Replies: 28
Views: 38889

Re: Need Your State's Regulations for Breeding Native Specie

I'm not the best guy to ask regarding breeding/commercialization of native species here in TX, because currently I don't do that. That being said, here are some of Texas' byzantine regulations and attempts at interpretation by TPWD officials who sometimes don't really understand what the statutes sa...
by chris_mcmartin
January 5th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: TX: State Herpetologist Wanted
Replies: 0
Views: 4055

TX: State Herpetologist Wanted

by chris_mcmartin
December 8th, 2016, 5:08 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone need roaches?
Replies: 8
Views: 13557

Re: Anyone need roaches?

Just a little share, Im actually stalling just a few minutes before I tackle my dubia bin its due. But if anybody raises these, and finds an overabundance of nymphs or smalls inconvenient i thought i would share a way to use them up. It works for all of the terrestrial lizards and geckos ive tried,...
by chris_mcmartin
November 23rd, 2016, 6:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: .
Replies: 8
Views: 14706

Re: The Sounds of the Herps

Cool! 8-)
by chris_mcmartin
August 23rd, 2016, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18162

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

You may ask yourself, if your car is clean, do you want to be be cooperative and get back to herping, or do you want to sit out in the boonies during prime herping time for an extra hour, waiting for a K9 unit to drive out to you position? Your decision… I'm very much on the fence with this concept...
by chris_mcmartin
August 23rd, 2016, 2:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18162

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Steve Bledsoe wrote:We recognized who they were by their uniforms.
*Not valid along some parts of the border... :?
by chris_mcmartin
August 16th, 2016, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18162

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

From the perspective of LE, pulling someone over in the middle of the night, in the middle of nowhere, has to be a little uneasy. In Texas, we have a fairly-recent law that if you're out herping the rights-of-way (roads are still off-limits), you have to wear a reflective safety vest. It sounded goo...
by chris_mcmartin
August 15th, 2016, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18162

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Twenty years ago I had just moved to Texas for the first time (of three, now). I still had Florida license plates on my car--a two-door, all-black sporty job with tinted windows. I was road-cruising in southern Texas around midnight. Coming to the end of my present road where it formed a "T" interse...