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by chris_mcmartin
December 21st, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts
Replies: 90
Views: 29021

Re: Female herpetologists or herp enthusiasts

Since this topic is about women herpers I thought I would post this idea proposal in this thread:I have been corresponding with a couple of other Lady Herpers on this Message Board regarding the planning and organizing of a "Ladies Only Herperama" Event that will probably be based out of the Terlin...
by chris_mcmartin
December 15th, 2015, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

I apologize for driving the thread off-topic somewhat. Jimi, I agree that the "one thing" is a flawed proposition from the outset. Not really, picking at least one thing is taking a step in the right direction. You're already moving the goalposts! So now it's "at least" one thing... :P How about re...
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 7:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Surely man-buns can't be good for the environment. Dreads...possibly (but I just keep my hair short, requiring less maintenance).
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help--Chorus Frog? Treefrog?
Replies: 3
Views: 2150

Re: ID Help--Chorus Frog? Treefrog?

My best GUESS would be the highly variable Hyla squirella . :? Hmm...I think that may be it. I've never encountered one before so this one, with its tan coloration, threw me for a loop. Someone else mentioned it may be a squirella today as well. I'll consult with some other folks who had a much wid...
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Oh, golly. Man-buns. I just found out about those a couple of months ago and now it seems I can't escape them, even in the relative sanctuary of FHF! :P
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 12:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Kelly Mc wrote:I suspect they don't really have the initiative to do anything too pro active most of the time in making decisions reality, which is probably a blessing in disguise.
:lol:
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 12:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help--Chorus Frog? Treefrog?
Replies: 3
Views: 2150

ID Help--Chorus Frog? Treefrog?

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=243023

Image

Montgomery County, TX, in pine forest near a pond. The pattern is throwing me off. This frog was about an inch long; maybe a juvenile.
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 11:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Holiday gift for the kids
Replies: 4
Views: 1685

Re: Holiday gift for the kids

Verdi http://www.amazon.com/Verdi-Janell-Cannon/dp/0152010289/ref=zg_bs_2863_18 We Can't All Be Rattlesnakes http://www.amazon.com/We-Cant-All-Be-Rattlesnakes/dp/0060821175 I've read these and they're pretty good. Unfortunately more of these are related to taking animals out of nature than I would ...
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 11:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

People tend to adopt, maintain, and improve what they worked for, what they earned or paid for, what they invented or created. People tend to ignore, reject, or destroy what they didn't ask for, didn't pay for, or had no part in creating. Unfortunately, when you're in a position of leadership (part...
by chris_mcmartin
December 13th, 2015, 5:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Coercion is the worst way to wield power. The best way is to allow people to do the right thing, the fair and moral thing. The second best way is to allow people to act in their own best interests, in a transactional manner. Both of these approaches requires offering people choices, and having peop...
by chris_mcmartin
December 10th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Water management, another arena where taking individual "tactical" action feels very good, isn't actually harmful, and unfortunately, will hardly roll up into much of the solution. Another place that requires BIG, collective (in a democracy, = political) action. Which means the best individual acti...
by chris_mcmartin
December 3rd, 2015, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30
Replies: 8
Views: 4110

Re: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV

Survey closed Monday night. I've got 997 pages of results to analyze, so I thank you in advance for your patience. 8-)
by chris_mcmartin
December 3rd, 2015, 8:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Pick one thing"
Replies: 115
Views: 31937

Re: "Pick one thing"

Road cruising/shining cuts is one of my favorite means of herping, but I do it infrequently (one to two times per year). Even though when I do it, I drive long distances, my entire household uses little more than half the average US household consumption of gasoline annually. I bike to work 4 days a...
by chris_mcmartin
December 2nd, 2015, 4:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting
Replies: 99
Views: 41081

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting

Kelly Irwin requested that we have some kind of plan/system so that excess numbers of animals are not brought back for photographic purposes. I'll be happy to throw out some suggestions for consideration, if we want to open up that discussion. Here's an idea (this wouldn't be 100% foolproof, but I'...
by chris_mcmartin
November 21st, 2015, 7:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4083

Re: HerpARTolgy

I haven't learned the art of mold making and casting yet. I've been threatening to get my feet wet, but I just haven't had the time to get into it. The materials are pretty expensive too. I've been considering getting into molding/casting for rocks--for naturalistic terrarium furniture (i.e. making...
by chris_mcmartin
November 17th, 2015, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpARTolgy
Replies: 16
Views: 4083

Re: HerpARTolgy

How about some hand painted full scale replicas? Wow! Are those handmade or are they commercially-available (but unpainted)? I have a chuckwalla and two eastern collared lizards that are cast from real specimens. I need to paint them but first I need to remove the flashing from around the feet.
by chris_mcmartin
November 15th, 2015, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30
Replies: 8
Views: 4110

Re: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV

The survey ends in two weeks--if you've been putting off taking it, don't wait too much longer! 8-)

www.surveymonkey.com/r/2015SWCHR
by chris_mcmartin
November 13th, 2015, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting
Replies: 99
Views: 41081

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting

jonathan wrote:

Don't make fun of us. I was really excited to get my first five-lined!
I wasn't!

You should've seen ME with my first ringneck...in Kansas... :P It actually took me several attempts!
by chris_mcmartin
October 29th, 2015, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 11928

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

Brian Hubbs wrote::lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: 8-)
You need to make that into your FHF avatar/Facebook profile pic.
by chris_mcmartin
October 13th, 2015, 6:04 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll
Replies: 8
Views: 8496

Re: 2016 NAFHA Annual Meeting - Mena, Arkansas - Dates Poll

ksuglennj wrote:We will do the best we can to help out. We will schedule our annual spring trip to coincide with this event to encourage our participation.
That's a fantastic idea. The AHS is a good group of folks. :thumb: Sure hope I can make it, work permitting.
by chris_mcmartin
October 11th, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It must be true - I read it on the internet
Replies: 5
Views: 2643

Re: It must be true - I read it on the internet

BillMcGighan wrote:Check out the picture of the "Gulf Hammock Ratsnake".
You'se a long way from home, suboc!
by chris_mcmartin
October 8th, 2015, 5:13 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: DOR ID Request
Replies: 4
Views: 6191

Re: DOR ID Request

As far as the ID of the animal, it doesn't look like any of the cottonmouths I've seen. Not my photo, and this animal looks like it's fairly young, but if the crossbands' centers fade sufficiently... http://farm8.static.flickr.com/7097/7049135693_2211718a7f.jpg I've seen a handful of LARGE cottonmo...
by chris_mcmartin
October 8th, 2015, 3:05 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: If there could be a book
Replies: 12
Views: 11356

Re: If there could be a book

I wonder hard it would be translate some of those books. That is, hire a translator and rewrite the book in English so it can reach american and many European audiences. Maybe pick a couple of the more recent publications and shop the idea around to publishers. I translated a German herp book into ...
by chris_mcmartin
October 7th, 2015, 4:53 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: DOR ID Request
Replies: 4
Views: 6191

DOR ID Request

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=240373 Found this on the way home from work today. Wasn't there this morning. It appears to have been run over with extreme prejudice. It was at the end of a short bridge so I'm not sure if it was killed near the pond below and tossed onto the bridge, or was...
by chris_mcmartin
October 3rd, 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Drift Fence Designs w/ OR w/o Traps & Trap Designs
Replies: 14
Views: 15281

Re: Drift Fence Designs w/ OR w/o Traps & Trap Designs

Animals cross using the palmetto fronds and continue on their merry way, without falling into the trap? ;)
by chris_mcmartin
October 3rd, 2015, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened
Replies: 24
Views: 6732

Re: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened

how many people call the geckos down here anoles and vice versa. The point is, they saw a lizard at night on their window. Beyond that, neither party cares. There's always the dreaded "salamander" for any of various species of gecko, anole, and skink (at least in the South). :x If anyone knows of c...
by chris_mcmartin
October 2nd, 2015, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened
Replies: 24
Views: 6732

Re: Ringed Wall Gecko? Wha...whaa... What happened

I used to think along the lines of "scientific names > common names," in no small part because a few of the books I read when I was younger tended to beat that drum (universal recognition of the scientific name, stability of the nomenclature, etc.). However, as an example, the animal many of us know...
by chris_mcmartin
September 28th, 2015, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Road cruising on Indian reservations
Replies: 61
Views: 11928

Re: Road cruising on Indian reservations

Porter wrote:field her purse
Image
by chris_mcmartin
September 27th, 2015, 6:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Keeping Texas Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum)
Replies: 14
Views: 6264

Re: Keeping Texas Horned Lizards (Phrynosoma cornutum)

Is he wild-caught from the Carolinas? I think there's still a population hanging on out there. If you aren't already checking out the Horned Lizard Conservation Society , you should--while their site doesn't have any care specifics, they can put you in touch with people who can share that sort of in...
by chris_mcmartin
September 27th, 2015, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to Far west San Antonio
Replies: 1
Views: 1613

Re: New to Far west San Antonio

Bexar County is one of the highest-diversity counties you can find in the US for overall (native) species. Granted, some of the records are older ones, and some species are likely overcome by urban sprawl, but there is still a lot to see. As it cools off there should be some interesting things pop u...
by chris_mcmartin
September 24th, 2015, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Invasive species reporting app
Replies: 1
Views: 969

Re: Invasive species reporting app

Jimi wrote: I do know my local weed managers use it both to make reports and also to target suppression efforts.
Taken out of context, I'd swear you were posting about Colorado flouting Federal law!
by chris_mcmartin
September 20th, 2015, 4:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping 2015 So Far
Replies: 5
Views: 2252

Re: Herping 2015 So Far

Lots of great finds and photos...and exclamation points! :lol: :thumb:
by chris_mcmartin
September 17th, 2015, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting - Can we do this?
Replies: 16
Views: 4742

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting - Can we do this?

I was part of the plans group for the 2015 National meeting and have most of the documents we drafted for the meeting (Waivers, Emergency Plan, check-in sheet etc.) which you are welcome to if you think these would be of some help. Just PM me with your e-mail and they're yours. I'd recommend making...
by chris_mcmartin
September 10th, 2015, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person...
Replies: 44
Views: 28476

Re: Who on the forum would you most like to meet in person..

I agree with klawnscale...I couldn't pick just one person. Plus--I've already met many of the frequent posters; it's a goal of mine (and at times I might enjoy that pursuit more than the actual herping!).
by chris_mcmartin
September 7th, 2015, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SRB History / taxonomy
Replies: 38
Views: 11082

Re: SRB History / taxonomy

Does anyone have any photographs of SRBs I could use in an article, based on Mr. Hoyer's post here and private correspondence? I'm giving it a home in the next SWCHR Bulletin (coming out at the end of the month) and have but one photograph from Mr. Hoyer himself. If you have closeups of the heads (s...
by chris_mcmartin
September 3rd, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Maintaining a collection and travel/living situations
Replies: 12
Views: 6002

Re: Maintaining a collection and travel/living situations

Jimi: I agree on captive herps. I feel like my observations of herps in the wild tend to be mere snapshots into their lives(I might try putting dabs of paint on a couple Sceloporus or Uta so individual observations are easier). It is difficult to be able to follow the more secretive ones for very l...
by chris_mcmartin
August 31st, 2015, 2:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting
Replies: 99
Views: 41081

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting

Alternatively, we could say screw it, let's just do the Trans Pecos cruise-a-thon, overlap with Snake Days (assuming they go again), They HAVE to go again--2016 is the 5th annual! Plus, it's already planned for the first weekend in June--the date chases the new moon in June each year, though it's b...
by chris_mcmartin
August 30th, 2015, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting
Replies: 99
Views: 41081

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting

Keep in mind, also, that what may be "mundane" species to folks who live in the area could be desirable lifers for people traveling from afar. 8-) No worries, Chris. Five-lined Skinks will be in no short supply. SWEET. :lol: But hey, maybe some Pacific-Northwesterner is really looking forward to se...
by chris_mcmartin
August 28th, 2015, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Annual Meeting
Replies: 99
Views: 41081

Re: 2016 Annual Meeting

Keep in mind, also, that what may be "mundane" species to folks who live in the area could be desirable lifers for people traveling from afar. 8-)
by chris_mcmartin
August 27th, 2015, 3:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lizards Eating Insects and other Animals
Replies: 22
Views: 5947

Re: Lizards Eating Insects and other Animals

I agree with the "prey item no bigger than the distance between the eyes" rule as being a little too conservative. That being said, because we keeper like to see our charges generally survive longer than they might in the wild, we don't tend to do anything that would jeopardize that goal. In other w...
by chris_mcmartin
August 23rd, 2015, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It's hatchling season in Wisconsin
Replies: 6
Views: 3622

Re: It's hatchling season in Wisconsin

"Totes adorbs." :mrgreen:
by chris_mcmartin
August 22nd, 2015, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping near San Antonio
Replies: 4
Views: 2797

Re: Herping near San Antonio

Herping licenses can be bought at many retail outlets...Wal-Mart being one. I think sporting goods places like Academy Sports have them too. You have to specifically ask for the reptile & amphibian stamp--I think it's #178 (but the stores usually have hard copies of the regs you can take with you th...
by chris_mcmartin
August 21st, 2015, 4:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping near San Antonio
Replies: 4
Views: 2797

Re: Herping near San Antonio

The San Antonio area has arguably the greatest (potential) diversity of herps in the US...I can't remember the total number of species documented from Bexar County, though some are much, much less common now (if they can be found at all) due to habitat loss over the past few decades. I'd buy the 5-d...
by chris_mcmartin
August 20th, 2015, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spot Recognition software
Replies: 8
Views: 2571

Re: Spot Recognition software

A recent Herp Review had an article on this topic.
by chris_mcmartin
August 18th, 2015, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer trip to central NM
Replies: 8
Views: 1870

Re: summer trip to central NM

I wouldn't normally think "central NM" and "summer" would sound like a great herping experience, but you did very well!

1. Are all your spadefoots (spadefeet?) bombifrons?

2. Good sized lined snake.

3. Cloacal popping on the longnose or hit by a car?
by chris_mcmartin
August 18th, 2015, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30
Replies: 8
Views: 4110

Re: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--Please S

Posting this on the HERP facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Herpetological-Education-Research-Project/309090445919788 Thanks! I haven't noticed a whole lot of shares on FB yet besides ones I did myself, so yours is much appreciated. I'll also be sending an invitation to herp orgs around ...
by chris_mcmartin
August 18th, 2015, 3:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30
Replies: 8
Views: 4110

Re: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--Please S

Scott Waters wrote:Posting it on the Herp Nation FB page tomorrow!
S w e e t . . . thanks!
by chris_mcmartin
August 15th, 2015, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30
Replies: 8
Views: 4110

2015 Reptile & Amphibian Public Opinion Survey--ENDS NOV 30

SWCHR cordially invites you, your friends, and family to take the 2015 Reptile and Amphibian Public Opinion Survey. This survey is for people who enjoy these animals as well as people who don't--all opinions are useful! The survey runs from August 15th through November 30th and can be accessed via h...
by chris_mcmartin
August 14th, 2015, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Urgent Photo Request (UPDATE: Case Closed!)
Replies: 12
Views: 3287

Re: Urgent Photo Request (UPDATE: Case Closed!)

I have what I need now; thank you everyone!