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by chris_mcmartin
August 14th, 2016, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help
Replies: 13
Views: 5517

Re: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help

I'm glad I went to the rain, rather than running to stay ahead of it like I'm used to doing. So, did you actually get into the rain for those 2 milks? Or just up close, into the cool humid gustiness and the lightning? If in the rain itself, was it a frog-drowning, face-lashing bastard of a storm, o...
by chris_mcmartin
August 14th, 2016, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Craziest Border Patrol Story
Replies: 41
Views: 18200

Re: Craziest Border Patrol Story

Border Patrol have been the most herper-friendly in my encounters (compared to police, sheriffs, and highway patrol). If you talk to them, they can give you info on what's been moving recently etc. and more of them have been genuinely interested in the various herps than fearful or hateful of them. ...
by chris_mcmartin
August 12th, 2016, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help
Replies: 13
Views: 5517

Re: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help

You were there right after the humidity and storms cleared out. It rained enough to close the two roads at Comstock when I was there so I could only hunt 90. I was there for some of the rain. In fact, while hunting Langtry and after some other herpers had just found an alterna[i/], I drove west dow...
by chris_mcmartin
August 3rd, 2016, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help
Replies: 13
Views: 5517

Re: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help

Interesting. I was there 6/30 to 7/03 and saw 56 herps--20 snakes, 12 lizards, 2 turtles (counting the drive to/from West TX), and 24 amphibians, plus lots of mammals.

You should consider attending Snake Days next year! I think for 2017 it's going to be 6/23 to 6/25.
by chris_mcmartin
July 29th, 2016, 5:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help
Replies: 13
Views: 5517

Re: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help

Was in the Langtry area last month for 3 nights. Did not see a thing and I mean nothing. It was threatening rain the whole time. Have not been there in a long time and was bummed by all the truck traffic plus I saw no herpers. Are people hunting there anymore and do you think the weather was the re...
by chris_mcmartin
July 27th, 2016, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99579

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Collecting, unless for actual scientific research that is being carried out to protect and conserve the species and habitat, or some other legitimate beneficial reason, is solely based on our selfish human desire to take and keep for ourselves what we find. I offer the following items for thought: ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 26th, 2016, 11:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46247

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Mark Brown wrote:One small oddity I noticed about the book - the title on the binding is printed upside-down. So when it is on the bookshelf you have to tilt your head to the left to read it as opposed to the right, which is normal. Interesting.
http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/arc ... 19320.html
by chris_mcmartin
June 15th, 2016, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any herpers near Manhattan Kansas?
Replies: 1
Views: 1904

Re: Any herpers near Manhattan Kansas?

Historical data, you say? If you haven't already exhausted this site, it may help:

Kansas Herp Atlas
by chris_mcmartin
June 15th, 2016, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

Kevin Blakely, Wildlife Division Deputy Administrator for ODFW, stated the following when Alan asked for clarification as to what "hold" means, regarding studying native amphibians/reptiles in the wild: "In the scenario you identified regarding field work and photo-documentation, a scientific takin...
by chris_mcmartin
June 14th, 2016, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

Some of this discussion reminds of a similar one from times past. I might need to revisit the graph.
by chris_mcmartin
June 9th, 2016, 4:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Herp Seniors
Replies: 10
Views: 16320

Re: Herp Seniors

I don't think the Slavens update the page linked below any more--I offered to take up the responsibility a few years ago but never heard back--but it's a decent resource for longevity records. Based on the information on the site I hold the record Terrapene ornata , Coleonyx brevis , and Coleonyx va...
by chris_mcmartin
June 8th, 2016, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: High blue Red Spotted Gartersnake
Replies: 2
Views: 2014

Re: High blue Red Spotted Gartersnake

Very nice!
by chris_mcmartin
June 8th, 2016, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

Whew! I've been sans Internet since the end of last week, so I'm working to catch up on this great discussion. I do need to revisit one comment: What you lament as vulnerability Just one little note - I wasnt "lamenting" about "vulnerability" wrong floor there, the term was used as mechanical fact -...
by chris_mcmartin
June 3rd, 2016, 2:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

of course there is always the repeated sentiment of how without being able to catch and hold herps we will suffer a disconnect from the natural world. Really? Yes, really--in my and many others' opinion. What you lament as vulnerability does have a silver lining, that being accessibility. Here's a ...
by chris_mcmartin
June 2nd, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

Whats your evidence for that, telepathy? It seems like an inflammatory statement. Wilson County, Texas, is the most recent example with which I'm familiar...one vet (large farm animal specialist) in this rural county attempted to push through a ban on several types of herp (some constrictors and ve...
by chris_mcmartin
June 2nd, 2016, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26309

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

I've seen this sort of thing happen before--sometimes the animal-rights groups work diligently "under the radar" to keep pushing things through just when the herpin' community thinks matters are settled...

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by chris_mcmartin
June 1st, 2016, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Update 6/1/2016: New ODFW regulations, call to action
Replies: 1
Views: 1300

Re: Update 6/1/2016: New ODFW regulations, call to action

I think this should be cross-posted to the main Forum, to spread the word...I've seen this sort of thing happen before--sometimes the animal-rights groups work diligently "under the radar" to keep pushing things through...
by chris_mcmartin
June 1st, 2016, 5:37 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP AND OCD
Replies: 25
Views: 24287

Re: NAHERP AND OCD

Yes to the money facing the same way and the volume needing to be at regular intervals (for me it's 5). I also count stairs--number of steps per landing, etc. For example, in the last building where I worked, there was a landing between each floor (i.e. two flights of stairs), and four stairwells to...
by chris_mcmartin
May 30th, 2016, 4:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 5213

Re: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, e

Allen Tennent's Snakes of Texas. I am not speaking about the little Field Guide but the giant book on Texas Snakes. That book goes into incredible detail. I think you might be mixing up books...there are three to which you may be referring: Alan Tennant's "Texas Snakes" book (now in its third editi...
by chris_mcmartin
May 30th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP AND OCD
Replies: 25
Views: 24287

Re: NAHERP AND OCD

this is GREAT... :beer: are you seriously (as in diagnosed) as OCD??? and if so... kudos on making it a positive aspect in your life... :thumb: If just a joke... well, then... I'm stupid... but then again, so are you for poking fun at those with mental health issues. I have mild OCD; nestled in wit...
by chris_mcmartin
May 29th, 2016, 7:41 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28108

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

Very brief night drive tonight around the extended neighborhood. As expected, video quality is not quite as good using default settings...might have to play around with the various exposure compensations. It's still decent for objects larger than herps, as long as you know what you were looking at (...
by chris_mcmartin
May 28th, 2016, 3:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28108

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

First test today. Near as I can tell, There's no way to determine if, when you hit "lock" to prevent a clip from getting overwritten when the camera loops back, you are doing so at the beginning, middle, or end of a particular time-slice (I have mine set to 2 minutes). For example, I announced the t...
by chris_mcmartin
May 27th, 2016, 3:03 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28108

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

How much video can you record with the max sized card (32Gb) before it begins to overwrite the beginning? From what I can read online, estimates for 32Gb of video at 1080p (30fps) range from 20 minutes to about 4 hours depending on the amount of compression. The manual says for 1080p, the camera wi...
by chris_mcmartin
May 26th, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Herp Seniors
Replies: 10
Views: 16320

Re: Herp Seniors

I still have a female Ornate Box Turtle ( Terrapene ornata ornata ) which was given to me in 1983. She was an adult at that time, so I'm pretty sure she's at least 40 years old. I'd always said she'd outlive me, but last spring she was diagnosed with cancer. Rather than invasive surgery involving sa...
by chris_mcmartin
May 25th, 2016, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPS OF TEXAS . ORG
Replies: 6
Views: 4333

Re: HERPS OF TEXAS . ORG

As fun as it would be to meet up with others from the forum or from NAFHA I don't enjoy the big group outings with herpers tripping over each other in the field or on the roads and what not. I haven't had the experience of feeling that "crowded" at the previous four Snake Days...literally tens of t...
by chris_mcmartin
May 24th, 2016, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPS OF TEXAS . ORG
Replies: 6
Views: 4333

Re: HERPS OF TEXAS . ORG

Marc, any chance you're going to attend Snake Days in Sanderson?
by chris_mcmartin
May 24th, 2016, 9:12 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28108

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

chrish wrote:That unit does look interesting although I'm curious about the looping.
I ended up getting it but haven't played around with it yet.
by chris_mcmartin
May 17th, 2016, 9:19 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Raising mosquitofish
Replies: 8
Views: 13661

Re: Raising mosquitofish

Any status updates? I've been toying with the idea of getting into aquaponics, and using mosquitofish to control the inevitable wrigglers in the setup. Wouldn't be doing this for at least a year--too many other projects to wrap up right now.
by chris_mcmartin
May 2nd, 2016, 7:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?
Replies: 23
Views: 28108

Re: Anyone Use a Dash Cam?

Wow, almost three years have elapsed since I first posted on this topic, and here I am STILL without a dash cam. :lol: HOWEVER, I think I'm finally going to get one in the next week or so, in preparation for heading out to Snake Days . One I've been looking at is the KDLINKS X-1 . Doesn't sound like...
by chris_mcmartin
April 25th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You Know You're a Herper....
Replies: 36
Views: 13961

Re: You Know You're a Herper....

hellihooks wrote:You know you're a herper, when... your vacations are planned around herping destinations... :)
Every time we plan a family outing, my wife warns me, "This isn't going to be a reptile trip."

Yet somehow, they always are.
by chris_mcmartin
April 21st, 2016, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Alabamian Visiting Kansas
Replies: 5
Views: 3055

Re: RFI: Alabamian Visiting Kansas

I was completely unaware about Kanza. Just spitting out a few things I saw on a Google search. Glad I mentioned it, as it seems like it would have been a wasted trip. Thanks for the heads up. Won't be a wasted trip--just don't go to the actual Kanza Prairie reservation...the entire area looks about...
by chris_mcmartin
April 21st, 2016, 6:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays time again
Replies: 5
Views: 3071

Re: SnakeDays time again

Snake Days in June; how 'bout any of you Texas Folk fixin' to attend the Southwest PARC Meeting in August in Alpine? Herping Trip in Big Bend included in the programs. Dates? It'd be fun, if I don't have work during that time frame. When you say "Big Bend," do you mean within the NP or just the Big...
by chris_mcmartin
April 19th, 2016, 3:52 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to May 1
Replies: 10
Views: 14400

Re: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to Ma

It pains me to not be able to attend. Work obligations Friday evening, and Saturday/Sunday is the Lone Star Rattlesnake Festival in Austin where I'm manning a booth for SWCHR (and I need to see what people think of the festival logo... 8-) ). I hope y'all have a successful outing!
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Alabamian Visiting Kansas
Replies: 5
Views: 3055

Re: RFI: Alabamian Visiting Kansas

How are you going to get into Kanza? It's maintained by the University of Kansas for their various environmental-related programs and I don't think you can just walk in. That being said, there are lots of other areas nearby that have plenty of herps. Find one of the back roads along the interstate a...
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help
Replies: 13
Views: 5517

Re: Preparing for another West Texas Trip. I need your help

Before you spend money, do you have a smart phone? It may be a better investment of funds to rely on the phone for video, and use the money on a good flashlight or two.
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)
Replies: 10
Views: 5787

Re: Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)

Official position of Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (thank to Jeff Boundy for providing): LAKE PROVIDENCE SNAKE RODEO The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF) is aware of the snake rodeo, and our staff, as well as other informed professionals, are working to educate th...
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SnakeDays time again
Replies: 5
Views: 3071

Re: SnakeDays time again

What exactly are "SnakeDays" and how do we find out more about them? http://www.snakedays.com/ I'm finishing the analysis of last year's attendee survey...of note, the per-capita expenditures reported for the Sanderson area during Snake Days is EXACTLY THE SAME as that reported for the Sweetwater r...
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)
Replies: 10
Views: 5787

Re: Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)

If you can scroll through the photos on Facebook, you'll see the take is almost entirely Nerodia rhombifer . I saw only one cottonmouth, and even a bird someone brought in...I guess they're encouraging kids to pretty much shoot everything they see. :? In other photos, you can see some of the prizes,...
by chris_mcmartin
April 18th, 2016, 5:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)
Replies: 10
Views: 5787

Louisiana "Snake Rodeo" Killfest (GRAPHIC)

Saw this on Facebook. The East Carroll Parish Sheriff's Office is holding a "Snake Rodeo" on May 21st, 10am - 3pm. It doesn't even appear to be a fundraiser...the flyer says "all money paid back" (apparently for prizes etc.). Text of the flyer: Registration is $40.00 per team. Rules and regulations ...
by chris_mcmartin
April 14th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: NPS Removes Board Lines
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Re: NPS Removes Board Lines

The story seems to be picking up steam...must be "budget justification" time for the NPS.

http://www.nbcsandiego.com/news/califor ... 35391.html
by chris_mcmartin
April 13th, 2016, 4:59 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition
Replies: 7
Views: 13009

Re: Peterson Field Guide to Eastern/Central...Fourth Edition

I got mine on the 12th. I have several books ahead of it in the queue but I flipped through it briefly...just to see the range maps. They SEEM better in the sense that many are more refined (they reflect distribution based on habitat vs. simply filling in entire regions in between records); don't kn...
by chris_mcmartin
April 6th, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 6235

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

Nshepard wrote:Can anyone provide a citation for the GPS tracking of a Coachwhip in Herp Review? Greatly appreciated, thanks!
I mis-remembered. I found it in the June 2015 issue, and unfortunately (for purposes of this discussion) the snake was radio-tracked, not GPS-tracked.
by chris_mcmartin
March 28th, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 6235

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

Radio-telemetry is like a series of pictures, but GPS is like a video! There is so much potential to gain a more comprehensive understanding of these organisms with this technology. This application is absent in the literature Wasn't there a natural history note in one of the 2015 Herpetological Re...
by chris_mcmartin
March 23rd, 2016, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 10064

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

Congratulations on the reticulated collared!
regalringneck wrote:a natrix if you can believe that ...
You're giving away your age. :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
March 23rd, 2016, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Wisconsinite's trip to Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

Re: A Wisconsinite's trip to Texas

Pretty much everything is going to be great. Would love to see contortrix laticinctus/pictigaster, Micrurus tener, and Crotalus molossus. Our first day will be around Houston, and C. c. anthicus will be the target. Then, we will be heading deep south to have a shot at Drymobius, Drymarchon, and Lep...
by chris_mcmartin
March 21st, 2016, 12:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Wisconsinite's trip to Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

Re: A Wisconsinite's trip to Texas

Wish I could be of more assistance, but I just moved down here last summer so this is my first spring here and I haven't had much opportunity to herp other than incidental finds. What are you hoping to see?
by chris_mcmartin
January 13th, 2016, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Pennsylvania and NY field guides
Replies: 3
Views: 1989

Re: RFI: Pennsylvania and NY field guides

Can't speak for those guides, but here's a handy little guide for PA snakes: http://www.shoppaheritage.com/products/ ... nia-snakes

The late Joe Collins wrote this with Walt Meshaka.
by chris_mcmartin
January 4th, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 End-o'-the-year. Stuff happened.
Replies: 4
Views: 9680

Re: 2015 End-o'-the-year. Stuff happened.

Hey Ryan, sometimes you're alright.