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by chris_mcmartin
October 6th, 2017, 3:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Huh. Good numbers on the snakes for CB breeding programs, and for many people enough left over to gift or sell to friends or selected clientele - it was stated more than once by the pro collect posters how tiny and insignificant the market is, remember? If I'm following the news correctly, the prop...
by chris_mcmartin
October 5th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The past few days at Snake Road and the Surrounding Area
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: The past few days at Snake Road and the Surrounding Area

mtratcliffe wrote:On another note, Chris alluded to your Two-lined Salamander as well, but that is definitely a Long-tailed Salamander (Eurycea longicauda). Which is a better find if you ask me.
Whew...I guess I haven't yet totally lost my mind! :lol:
by chris_mcmartin
October 5th, 2017, 4:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The past few days at Snake Road and the Surrounding Area
Replies: 6
Views: 3663

Re: The past few days at Snake Road and the Surrounding Area

Awesome as always; both the location and the photographer. What readily distinguishes the Two-lined Salamander you showed from the Long-tailed Salamander, in the field? That first timber shot has some crazy lighting--I'm guessing car headlights from the left and flashlight from the photographer's pe...
by chris_mcmartin
September 28th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I think the only thing that would stop her now, as a rat snake and a kind of 'sensitized' one as rat snakes go, is to be put on the defensive, by having her cage cleaned out, being handled, or a strong smelling mouse, but I dont think you would do any of those things, you wont admit it here ha, but...
by chris_mcmartin
September 27th, 2017, 7:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

UPDATE on my suboc (I know this is a thread on Coachwhips, but we're talking about transitioning between prey items): Tonight (1 week after she ate her last two one-day-old quail) I decided to try thawing a day-old quail and a "colored" mouse (i.e. dark gray, not a standard white mouse) in a Ziploc ...
by chris_mcmartin
September 24th, 2017, 5:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

And from his statements quoted by reporters, clearly he lacks an understanding of basic biological principles that govern populations of wildlife. I'm willing to give Mr. Jones the benefit of the doubt on this point--if you've ever been interviewed by the media, you know they can take your most bri...
by chris_mcmartin
September 23rd, 2017, 4:28 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Local TV News Story on Pitfall Traps 1. The way this piece reads, it's mammals that they're trying to get the public to save (cute and fuzzy--I get it) despite only reptiles being shown and discussed in the actual article. 2. The whole angle of the article is on banning pitfall traps--not banning c...
by chris_mcmartin
September 21st, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Its funny that I put my name on one of the posts about the method which really does streamline things and I realized if someone lurking did try it and it was effective for them, if in the future I saw it on a blog somewhere and it caught on, like things do, I wanted to be nerdily immortalized for m...
by chris_mcmartin
September 21st, 2017, 6:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

As I've stated before, the 700 traps I believe is a very conservative estimate. I estimate at least 1000 traps in the Amargosa valley alone, at least before removal efforts began. Whew! It almost sounds as if a two-pronged approach of 1) banning pitfall traps for ANY wildlife due to bycatch/ethical...
by chris_mcmartin
September 19th, 2017, 10:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

If it were me, and I found a pitfall trap with no such information, it'd be a relatively easy matter just to remove it and fill it in Yeah, you gotta be careful with that though. Sometimes you'd be in the right, sometimes you'd be in the wrong. Depends on the statute or rule. NV stakeholders could ...
by chris_mcmartin
September 18th, 2017, 8:43 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

I apologize for not checking this forum sooner. Chris - It wasnt clear to me that you were going to continue to feed her quail or that you preferred to achieve a transference to mice. . . . Because the topic was switching and scenting the method I described seem germane to the discussion. I plan on ...
by chris_mcmartin
September 16th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 12483

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

I'm surprised and disappointed if/that state wildlife commissions disregard nonresidents' opinions as non-stakeholders, considering the many-times-higher license fees those "non-stakeholders" pay for the privilege of wishing to do the same things said states' residents do; to wit: Nevada Resident Hu...
by chris_mcmartin
September 16th, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 12483

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

The idea behind signing a petition is make it publicly known one's support for the position stated. As it stands now, an unknown entity with a GMail account and a brand-new FHF account is attempting to gather (digital) signatures to support their position to move from one extreme (unlimited commerci...
by chris_mcmartin
September 16th, 2017, 5:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 8139

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

I found this (linked below) a very interesting read. Cover to cover. Partly entertaining, partly nostalgic, partly infuriating, partly uplifting. Some things change, for better or worse, while some things stay the same. Some prophets of doom are proven wrong, some wise people are ignored. Some assh...
by chris_mcmartin
September 16th, 2017, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles
Replies: 37
Views: 12483

Re: Herpetologists - you can help save Nevada's reptiles

How can a herpetologist support an outright ban on commercial collection? There is insufficient information given in both this post and either of the two NDOW-related PowerPoint presentations available to cause the pendulum to swing all the way from "no bag limits for commercial collectors" to a com...
by chris_mcmartin
September 16th, 2017, 4:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

What are the rules on pitfall traps in NV (assuming people wish to legally use them for scorpions)? Many other forms of passive collection/harvest for other species in other states (e.g. juglines, crab traps, etc.) must be marked with the owner/user's name and address, thereby allowing accountabilit...
by chris_mcmartin
September 12th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Not an advertisement - just a source. Rodentpro has frozen day old quail in numbers. I went with Layne Labs as I've ordered feeders from them before (on recommendation of Scott Waters) and have been happy with their product and service. I can't speak as to consistent availability year-round; I have...
by chris_mcmartin
September 12th, 2017, 6:51 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

But IMO if you e.g. take a native snake out of the wild, you should not need to e.g. submit annual reports about that animal. Whether the animal is alive in a cage, or pickled in a museum jar. (Yes, the latter happens some places; it seems silly to me. Actually, the word "silly" trivializes it - ac...
by chris_mcmartin
September 11th, 2017, 7:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

The size/age of the suboc and the location collected can be a factor. Wild Subocs, especially over 24 inches, are mostly problematic feeders. The most successful method (albeit inconvenient in most of the east) is to start them feeding on Kargaroo rats, sometimes White footed mice, and sometimes ba...
by chris_mcmartin
September 2nd, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: iphone aps for field work?
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Re: iphone aps for field work?

Are those apps capable of keeping personal info, or is it shared? The last thing I am going to do is share my info with collectors! It goes into a database. I can only speak for NAHerp, since I use HerpMapper very little. NAHerp doesn't show localities past county to anyone but the person who submi...
by chris_mcmartin
September 2nd, 2017, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: iphone aps for field work?
Replies: 3
Views: 2289

Re: iphone aps for field work?

Sounds like the "Field Notes" app is horribly misnamed.

Have you tried the HerpMapper app? There's a field for notes. It logs the GPS coordinates. And you can designate either the NAHerp or Herpmapper databases to upload your records.
by chris_mcmartin
September 1st, 2017, 10:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I sure wish I could see the notes associated with each of the slides...Slide 14 implies the US is domestically producing and exporting over a quarter million brown anoles annually...I've never known anyone who breeds them for export. That is true. All the brown anoles exported are produced domestic...
by chris_mcmartin
August 31st, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 191154

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I'm still on the fence with this, depending on how a "commercial collection ban" would be worded. Many people are OK with selling domestically-produced animals...but where did the parents come from? If someone goes out, catches a pair of species X, and produces 50 offspring, should they be allowed t...
by chris_mcmartin
August 29th, 2017, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots
Replies: 5
Views: 3706

Re: Herp Nation Magazine question and some recent shots

Zach, I knew you had a gift for placing artificial cover objects to find herps. But tell me, how close to the water's edge did you place the cover object in order to attract the fish (flounder?) ? Hah When I first scrolled through the photos, I thought, "What happened to that poor leopard frog--tha...
by chris_mcmartin
August 28th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Field hardware
Replies: 2
Views: 6028

Re: Field hardware

If you're asking about cameras, there is a photography subforum here on FHF. It really depends on your experience level and personal preferences.

Tongs--get the ones with the wider grip to reduce the possibility of harming the snake. Several manufacturers offer them.
by chris_mcmartin
August 14th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 10880

Re: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?

I bought a book explaining most of the functions in more detail/plain English than the manual. I've only begun to scratch the surface. I'd like to put it out on the tripod at night and see how it does with long exposure/night sky photography.
by chris_mcmartin
August 13th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 23336

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

Weird...I can see it in your original post AND your most recent one now, too.

Good point about not having to limit FHF region boundaries to state lines. About the only "pro" for using state lines is that they may be easier for people to identify regions by widely-recognized boundaries.
by chris_mcmartin
August 12th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 23336

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

There is also the notion of commonality with other existing boundaries--such as aligning with National Park Service regions:

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by chris_mcmartin
August 12th, 2017, 12:21 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 23336

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

Steve, I can't see yours, but here's my hastily-thought-out idea--in keeping with my Northwest (as well as AK and HI), Southwest, Plains/Midwest, Northeast, and Southeast suggestion. Of course, subject to discussion and extensive modification. 8-) http://www.mountainboomer.com/junk/FHF%20Region%20Fo...
by chris_mcmartin
August 10th, 2017, 3:51 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: FHF has moved chapter threads.....
Replies: 33
Views: 23336

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

Fewer, generally speaking, would be better; at least for those of us who like to peruse all the forums...less clicks. 8-) Northwest, Southwest, Plains/Midwest, Northeast, Southeast. But you'll never please 100% of the people 100% of the time--someone will complain that these boundaries don't preserv...
by chris_mcmartin
August 9th, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern kingsnake with possible fungal infection
Replies: 11
Views: 5598

Re: Eastern kingsnake with possible fungal infection

I agree that it doesn't look like SFD, but for those interested in reporting suspected cases:

https://www.fs.fed.us/inside-fs/new-her ... eationists
by chris_mcmartin
August 7th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I need help plz read
Replies: 7
Views: 3960

Re: I need help plz read

RenoBart wrote:Milk snakes?
Perhaps thinking zonata?

You're more likely to get pointers on time of year and weather conditions than specific locations. I haven't herped that area so I can't help in that regard.
by chris_mcmartin
August 7th, 2017, 2:45 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 10880

Re: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?

Awesome! Can't wait to see lizard behaviours you uncover and write up! Heh, nothing out of the ordinary...mating, eating, fighting, shedding. :lol: I'm mostly interested in tracking their spread. I'm apparently at the periphery of their northern expansion in the Houston area so I'm trying to find o...
by chris_mcmartin
August 6th, 2017, 3:38 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 10880

Re: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?

I bought it about 3 weeks ago. The zoom can be tricky (especially since I'm naturally a little shaky), but I've made some good shots with it. It has really helped out my Brown Anole research as I can get clearer photos from further away (and photos of them at all, because with my previous 20x zoom t...
by chris_mcmartin
August 4th, 2017, 4:42 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip
Replies: 93
Views: 66117

Re: Switching an Eastern Coachwhip

Re: avian liver: I've also heard of tuna juice (from the can) as a bridge scent. I have a problem feeder; a Trans-Pecos Ratsnake ( Bogertophis subocularis ) that I acquired WC over a month ago. I can't get it to eat. It seems to show interest initially in anything presented to it, but once it gets a...
by chris_mcmartin
July 25th, 2017, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: arizona herping
Replies: 2
Views: 1776

Re: arizona herping

SWCHR featured an article addressing AZ herping regs last year, written by AZ native Diego Ortiz. If you send an email to info(at)southwesternherp.com I can send the Bulletin issue in question to you.

Chris
by chris_mcmartin
July 25th, 2017, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin Texas herp types???
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Re: Austin Texas herp types???

But seriously: Barton Creek Greenbelt. That's the "proper name" for what I referred to in my previous reply. https://www.google.com/maps/place/Barton+Creek+Greenbelt/@30.2281681,-97.7724001,13.56z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x8644c0c487d2a4db:0x7486e48c8c2d3407!2sManor,+TX+78653!3b1!8m2!3d30.3407629!4d-97...
by chris_mcmartin
July 24th, 2017, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Austin Texas herp types???
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

Re: Austin Texas herp types???

I don't live there, but hit the Austin Greenbelt (riparian corridor in town) for amphibians, turtles, and snakes of several species, TX spiny lizards, and potentially TX alligator lizards. Whattaburgers are in me! Based on other autocorrect-type misspellings, I assume that's just a funny and hopeful...
by chris_mcmartin
July 16th, 2017, 8:20 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 451247

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

I have friends who collect. They are conscientious, and I have no problem with what they do. I don't care to collect, but when it is done intelligently, and with studied respect towards what the animals need, I'm ok with it. I can't really throw stones...I keep native fish, so I'm living in a glass...
by chris_mcmartin
July 15th, 2017, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp-Inspired Music
Replies: 23
Views: 19612

Re: Herp-Inspired Music

I don't know if I'd call this "inspired," but listening to some "nostalgia rock" the other day I heard this lyric:
Quiet Riot wrote:I'm like a laser six streamin' razor
I got a mouth like an alligator
Quiet Riot, "Metal Health (Bang Your Head)"
by chris_mcmartin
July 15th, 2017, 7:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 41892

The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_EIha0 ... ture=share

Brought to you by National Geographic. A little over 5 minutes long.
by chris_mcmartin
July 11th, 2017, 4:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: asking for identifying what species that i found
Replies: 5
Views: 3698

Re: asking for identifying what species that i found

Can you post photographs?
by chris_mcmartin
July 10th, 2017, 2:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake
Replies: 66
Views: 30727

Re: Fluorescent CA Kingsnake

If you can buy or borrow one of these, include it in the photo with the snake...that way, people can calibrate their monitors to show the true colors. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?A=details&O=&Q=&ap=y&c3api=1876%2C%7Bcreative%7D%2C%7Bkeyword%7D&gclid=CNeRo4fb_9QCFQQvaQods1AI9g&is...
by chris_mcmartin
July 8th, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question: What is the etymology of the word oreganus
Replies: 8
Views: 3175

Re: Question: What is the etymology of the word oreganus

A less thorough explanation than Jeff's excellent answer: Crotalus viridis oreganus Holbrook, 1840 Northern Pacific Rattlesnake NL belonging to the state of Oregon — ref. to type locality, "banks of Oregon or Columbia River" OD Crotalus viridis oreganus Holbrook, 1840 - N. Amer. Herp., Ed. 1, Vol. 4...
by chris_mcmartin
July 8th, 2017, 4:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?
Replies: 8
Views: 10880

Nikon Coolpix P900 Thoughts?

We're considering getting one of these, with its 83x optical zoom(!), to replace our current Canon Powershot SX20IS with its comparatively wimpy 20x zoom. I've been reading reviews and the only major downside I've found is that it can't shoot RAW, which I haven't been doing anyway. I've been a dieha...
by chris_mcmartin
July 8th, 2017, 4:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 8537

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

Awesome stuff all around. Has the observation of whiptails digging up camel crickets been previously documented? It's fascinating.
by chris_mcmartin
July 2nd, 2017, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery
Replies: 6
Views: 2989

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: 9054

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: 23336

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: 10501

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...