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by WSTREPS
September 5th, 2017, 12:39 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

The following is something for Ernie E. to consider. Bryan is correct when he mentioned “Their biologists are not stupid. They are not scam artists.” I concur so let me explain as at times, I believe you are sometimes too harsh because you may have overlooking some realities. After all, someone in ...
by WSTREPS
September 3rd, 2017, 1:36 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

Lets look at some REAL numbers and claims as reported by NDOW Biologist , Jason Jones. Please keep in mind I'm only scratching at the surface of this guys unhinged comments and analysis. Jones claims and highlight's that in a single yr one collector accounted for this number. A total of 5,907 reptil...
by WSTREPS
September 3rd, 2017, 4:36 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

I think there is a genuine need for all animal people to come together and realize that some give and take could go a long way toward making sure the future is bright and that we crank out as many people who want to preserve reptiles and other animals for the future as possible exist. That's a nice...
by WSTREPS
September 2nd, 2017, 7:07 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

you might understand how laughable it is to think that biologists are pulling the strings in the agencies Bryan Hamilton What's laughable is to imply that the impute of state and federal biologist doesn't play a major role in these situations. Why do you think they are called upon in the first plac...
by WSTREPS
September 2nd, 2017, 5:59 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 11793

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

Ernie, I agree with you that what their doing isn't doing any good confiscating animals that were likely on deaths doorstep), but ideally China would just allow export so no one needs to risk life searching pringles cans? agree? Ideally that would be great. But its not that simple. In China cobras ...
by WSTREPS
September 1st, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

banning commercial collecting really only prevents 7 people from going out and catching things, so that's why I remain largely uninterested in the result. I completely understand but, This involves only 7 people and a very small number of reptiles (when placed into the proper perspective and factor...
by WSTREPS
September 1st, 2017, 12:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

I use the term "domestically produced" to imply produced under human care, not "domestic" in the Constitutional sense ("all enemies, foreign and domestic"). Most people call this "captive bred" and that is what the slideshow implies. Exactly the point I wanted make. That's what these scientist do. ...
by WSTREPS
September 1st, 2017, 9:56 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 11793

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

36 yrs later Federal Fish and Wildlife are still talking about the time they ran a 7 million dollar sting to bust a bunch of small time collector's and a few dealers that were hanging on by their finger nails. Now 36 yrs later wildlife law enforcement is still spinning their wheels trying to justify...
by WSTREPS
September 1st, 2017, 4:23 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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 WSTREPS
August 31st, 2017, 4:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

Ernie, I sympathize with you that banning it won't do any good as I doubt it has any effect anyway, but do you think it will cause any harm either so long as personal and educational use remains open? If it only effects 7 people, hard to imagine the average joe really worrying too much about it. It...
by WSTREPS
August 31st, 2017, 1:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240140

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

Patrick Donnelly, who runs the Center for Biological Diversity’s regional office in Las Vegas, argued collection can have “huge, cascading effects on overall (reptile) population numbers.” He added that the commission, a nine-member panel appointed by the governor and charged with protecting the st...
by WSTREPS
August 24th, 2017, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs
Replies: 9
Views: 5480

Re: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs

My personal opine is that some airboat jockey came across the snake, decapitated it and the bloated body eventually went boom. I doubt eating that gator caused the mother of all digestive problems. That's possible. As famous and controversial as this photo is. You would think that someone who was a...
by WSTREPS
August 22nd, 2017, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs
Replies: 9
Views: 5480

Re: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs

A request was made involving a thread about unethical photos. I supplied the requested link along with what might have been the most unethical reptile photo ever taken . A subsequent question was posed to me about that photo. I answered that question. Never in history has a reptile issue gotten the ...
by WSTREPS
August 22nd, 2017, 7:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Since no expert stepped forward to address my simple questions Ill go over a few comments made by DR. FRANK MAZZOTTI one of the "key" Python go to guys. MAZZOTTI: But the problem is that they're an invasive species, and the danger that they cause is really to the ecosystem. Well, this isn't top pred...
by WSTREPS
August 21st, 2017, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs
Replies: 9
Views: 5480

Re: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs

They were staged, for real? The one is staged for sure. The other the famous "exploding" python next to the helicopter photo. Here's what I can definitely say about that. That is the most publicized snake photo of all time. It was delivered to the press by the USGS and received unprecedented nation...
by WSTREPS
August 20th, 2017, 8:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs
Replies: 9
Views: 5480

Re: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs

Truths behind fake nature photography http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=21596&hilit=fake+herp+photos Animal planet crap, National Geographic, Nature documentaries, whatever. Its almost all staged. This photo is real nature. My cat confronting a flying squirrel in my office and ...
by WSTREPS
August 18th, 2017, 4:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Since this thread is still riding at the top and getting views I would like to touch on a few more things. Panther Chameleon's imported from Madagascar at this point I believe are all captive born and raised animal's. The article said that Panther Chameleon's sell for as much as $1000.00.This is tru...
by WSTREPS
August 12th, 2017, 1:19 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4431/35692748134_7a922cff53.jpg No not that! Not slimy chameleon's on my porch! Yep, 13yr olds know about the Veiled in a bucket breeding trick. But I bet most of the people who read this thread don't. 20yrs ago scientist thought these lizards were rare. They couldn't...
by WSTREPS
August 11th, 2017, 2:01 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

I didn't expect any expert testimonies on the shipping of chameleons. “You can’t do overnight shipping from Yemen,” says Holbrook. Maybe someone should inform Holbrook that we have something called the jet airliner. A miraculous vehicle capable of transporting a "shipment" from Yemen to the US more ...
by WSTREPS
August 10th, 2017, 1:54 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Arboreal don't ship well ? An odd and poorly supported generalized statement. Not true. You can make a case for some specific species. Some of the species out of Africa (Mellers or Senegal chameleons for example).That don't generally don't fare well for various reasons (that I can explain in detail)...
by WSTREPS
August 10th, 2017, 11:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

A drop in chameleon imports would be positive from a welfare perspective: Chameleons shipped overseas in boxes and crates do not fare well during transport. “You can’t do overnight shipping from Yemen,” says Holbrook. “By the time they are here. it’s a sick animal sent out to pet shops.” Yet anothe...
by WSTREPS
July 29th, 2017, 6:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4314/35847420400_4b5e509a32.jpg This photo is of the exact location near the rt 80 exit of I 75 that the first chameleons were introduced. I believe in 2002. At this location not only could you find veiled chameleon's but also all sorts of pill junkie's, drunks and ga...
by WSTREPS
July 26th, 2017, 8:51 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Is it really illegal to collect a non-native species (aside from trespassing if you don't have permission)? You can legally catch all you want. There are no laws about collecting, its releasing that's illegal. Chameleon collecting has taken the place of brown anole collecting. The lizards already a...
by WSTREPS
July 22nd, 2017, 5:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Notice at 1:56 they have a drawing of a shady and villainous looking guy with stacks of crates on ether side of him. At the top the name: Reptile Guy with the word eviction written in big red letters across the picture to the left are crates maked in large bold letters TEGU, PYTHON and to the right ...
by WSTREPS
July 21st, 2017, 2:39 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

First off the attention grabbing title. The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching, They filled the video with cartoons of villainous looking men in coats and hats hiding in the shadows and exchanging fistfuls of money. All very calculated. They wanted to portray this as villainous and ev...
by WSTREPS
July 20th, 2017, 1:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

and why you keep sidestepping the implications of these escapes Anti ownership nutjobs and their limp noodle political friends live for these moments. It gives them an excuse. Ernie Eison I quoted line one from my first post in this thread. Obviously I never sidestepped anything. Between that and t...
by WSTREPS
July 19th, 2017, 9:21 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 52014

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Another typically moronic and misleading piece of National Geographic click bait complete with cartoons and the obligatory squeaky voiced cutesy sorority girl narrative. This looks like something straight out of an episode of Bill Nye the ALL LIE NO SCIENCE GUY. Strange they didn't mention that Nati...
by WSTREPS
July 19th, 2017, 6:08 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

But you seem to know everything, so maybe you could enlighten the rest of us. I cant "enlighten" someone who is overly biased in their view or overly obsessed with being right or just FK'n stupid. Sometimes all three. For example, - Keeping non-native venomous snakes in CA requires a state permit. ...
by WSTREPS
July 18th, 2017, 6:11 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

It's called inventory control. It's simple in concept. What did you start the year with, and what did you end the year with? Where was it, and where is it all now? What have you brought in, what have you bred? What has died or been sold/traded/given away? Who from, and who to? There's reporting, an...
by WSTREPS
July 17th, 2017, 4:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

- Somewhere, maybe several in somewheres, the process of getting a permit(s) and keeping it/them (due to satisfying the stipulations) broke down. Obviously that is the fault of the keeper, but the permitting agency/agencies also have some egg on their face. Try to follow this. The guy was keeping s...
by WSTREPS
July 15th, 2017, 12:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

As for "a snake is a snake" - wow, that one is waaaay too smart for this dope, I just can't fathom it. "A snake is a snake." Yeah, I'm just too dumb to ever understand that little pearl of wisdom. Clearly. I didn't think anyone could not comprehend my statement based on the context of the conversat...
by WSTREPS
July 13th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

Ernie, I think the difference is a native species was unavoidable and anti-venin more likely available, yes? Exotic venomous, at least to me, should be kept under very very careful attention. I don't want to encourage a witchhunt, but I do make a distinction. Anti-venin availability is not an issue...
by WSTREPS
July 12th, 2017, 7:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 17502

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

Anti ownership nutjobs and their limp noodle political friends live for these moments. It gives them an excuse. About a year ago a similar thing happened a few miles from my house. The anti ownership asshats wasted no time launching a full attack to try and bully their way to bans or at the very lea...
by WSTREPS
June 23rd, 2017, 1:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 42399

Re: Global Warming?

I am not a scientist but I have faith in science and have loved the concept of the scientific method since it was first explained to me. A tested hypothesis to explain something to the exclusion of other explanations with peer review is a beautiful way to reduce bias that humans tend to have. That'...
by WSTREPS
June 10th, 2017, 6:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

The question still stands why don't you need a "Fishing License" to play with rattlesnakes in Cali-Snowflake and you do for other reptiles ? You can road cruise and "Take" rattlesnakes everyday if you want . No extra payment / Fishing License required. The only logical reason for this discrimination...
by WSTREPS
June 7th, 2017, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

But all that being said, I truly enjoy picking up wild kingsnakes and rosy boas. I really have no intention to collect them, but it really takes me back to my youth when I did collect a few. For this I need a fishing license. Just like I do when I catch and release fish. The question still stands. ...
by WSTREPS
June 7th, 2017, 4:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

Say you paid your water bill and your light bill, and you also kept your truck's gas tank filled and went to work. You've got food in the cupboards and beer in the fridge. But ah, crap, now your cable got shut off and you also need some new tires. "What the hell?!?!? I'm paying out the nose already...
by WSTREPS
June 6th, 2017, 4:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

Until you're paying, you're not contributing much to management, you're largely a free rider. Don't blame the executive branch, blame the legislative branch if you've got a beef. And get out that wallet. As it was clearly explained you already are paying and paying and paying. Its not worth dissect...
by WSTREPS
May 28th, 2017, 6:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

Feel free to add more that I missed. What do you pay? You for pay Law enforcements salaries and everything else from the money you work for. When someone go's to court they are the ones paying LE to show up and try to hang them. All the expenses come from your tax money. If LE makes a dirty bust an...
by WSTREPS
May 27th, 2017, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

The thought here is that you should have been ticketed, because the officer was trying to fill his quota and entrap you. But you just proved my point. The officer did not ticket you even though you did not have the license. Without camera in hand the officer said he would have ticketed the guy. Yes...
by WSTREPS
May 25th, 2017, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

While I don't necessarily disagree with you (semantics I guess), FG is checking for licenses, no different than walking a shoreline checking fishing licenses, no baiting required...by them. If you make a few passes on a notorious snake road, that too is probable cause. Yes it is different. Walking ...
by WSTREPS
May 24th, 2017, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

You call it harass, I call it simple contact. The question was if you are stopped by a fake snake and go pick it up. What can they do? Yep, I call it harassment. One persons limited experience is just that. LE certainly does harass innocent people and do write up BS citiations etc. If it hasn't hap...
by WSTREPS
May 24th, 2017, 11:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: whitewater
Replies: 75
Views: 28048

Re: whitewater

By the way, if you are stopped by a fake snake and go pick it up. What can they do? It gives them an excuse. Once you take the bait they can stop you and have probable cause to harass you , root thru your stuff etc. Maybe even write up a BS citation for who knows what to pad the numbers. Ernie Eison
by WSTREPS
May 10th, 2017, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern kingsnake with possible fungal infection
Replies: 6
Views: 2730

Re: Eastern kingsnake with possible fungal infection

Well fungi like dampness, right? So what's the actual mechanism relating to extreme dampness that causes these lesions, if not fungal? I'm not making a definitive diagnosis but, blistering is a common issue in snakes. In short. Bacteria levels increase in damp situations. A snake for whatever reaso...
by WSTREPS
April 27th, 2017, 1:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 15756

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. Whit...
by WSTREPS
April 21st, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 19497

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Shamefully harder and stronger attacks on innocent reptile keeper's are in the works by the same core groups exposed here. A plan to amend the Lacey Act would not be a bad idea if it were handled correctly and without bias. To do it properly, The first step would be that what is listed must be caref...
by WSTREPS
April 19th, 2017, 8:13 am
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 19497

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

The facts behind the ban, DEAD LEGISLATION (111th Congress 2009-2010): Senate Bill 373 / ⦁ H.R. 2811 - Python ban companion bills sought to amend the Lacey Act to list all pythons (genus Python) as injurious wildlife. These bills were first amended to include only the nine constrictors proposed by t...
by WSTREPS
April 18th, 2017, 9:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 32164

Re: Man Eaters

Burmese pythons are very rarely implicated in attacks on humans. We have identified only a single credible report of a human fatality due to a free-ranging Burmese python, the death of an infant in Hong Kong about a century ago Invasive Species Branch Chief Bob Reed I touched on this in a previous p...
by WSTREPS
April 18th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 19497

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

A report was quickly commissioned and compiled by Robert N. Reed and Gordon H. Rodda ( government pest exterminators in charge of snakes) and issued by the USGS for the specific purpose of being used in the court case to add pythons and boas to the Injurious Wildlife List of the Lacey Act. Giant Con...
by WSTREPS
April 18th, 2017, 3:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 19497

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Remember all of the professional herpetologists who used to frequent this forum? How many are left? Why do you think they abandoned it? I don't know, why ? Do tell your theory. Most people aren't very dedicated. They come and go. They jump on the hot band wagon. Their lives change. Whatever...........