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by WSTREPS
April 17th, 2017, 9:45 am
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 11062

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

The ruling applies to everything on the Injurious species list, so it's worth looking at what's included. Asian carp, Bsal, and zebra mussels, coming soon to a state near you. USGS Invasive Species Branch Chief Bob Reed Reed forgot to mention the threat of Burmese python's ( Python bivittatus ) est...
by WSTREPS
April 8th, 2017, 5:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 28868

Re: Man Eaters

http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr180/wstreps/WESTWOODWOOD%20ACRES%20FARM/f1-medium.jpg Anthropologist Thomas N. Headlanda doesn't know anything about snakes and is terrified of them. This photo of a very small Agta Negritos man holding a truly massive reticulated python taken by Thomas N. Headl...
by WSTREPS
April 4th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 28868

Re: Man Eaters

Since it was brought up by Robert Reed himself. I took the time to look again at Bob Reed / Skippy Snows paper Assessing Risks to Humans from Invasive Burmese Pythons in Everglades National Park, Florida, USA . Burmese pythons are very rarely implicated in attacks on humans. We have identified only a...
by WSTREPS
April 3rd, 2017, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 28868

Re: Man Eaters

Hunter–gatherers and other primates as prey, predators, and competitors of snakes Thomas N. Headlanda,1 and Harry W. Greeneb,1 25% of Philippine Agta Negritos men had been attacked by pythons. Snake attacks were a part of life for those people. Perhaps our fear and fascination with giant man eating...
by WSTREPS
April 2nd, 2017, 5:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 28868

Re: Man Eaters

To put the Assessing risks to humans from invasive Burmese pythons paper into perspective. Reed and friends after years of trying to convince the public that python's pose a grave threat to humans and suffering the huge backlash received for their junk science antics. This paper was published as an ...
by WSTREPS
March 11th, 2017, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: High cost of antivenin
Replies: 16
Views: 5255

Re: High cost of antivenin

The problem of over the top medical expense's isn't a problem that's inherent to the insurance system in the US. Due to no regulation. That's a load of BS. There's two sides to that story. Poison pill: Inflated antivenom bills shed light on high drug costs http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/...
by WSTREPS
March 9th, 2017, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Clever Snake Mom?
Replies: 32
Views: 10037

Re: Clever Snake Mom?

In case anyone stumbles on this thread and is curious. The appearance of the eggs (if they are to clean blah blah ) is a moot point. In order for a guess to have merit it must take into account the verifiable facts. The snake egg guess fails. You can rule out snake eggs 100% for multiple reasons. Fi...
by WSTREPS
March 2nd, 2017, 9:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

What facilitates (not causes, but passively helps) dumb herp regs get created and to persist is the failure of herpers to show up. It works exactly the same way with traditional game animals. The animal welfare folks would gladly end hunting, but the hunters have learned how to "show up", and they ...
by WSTREPS
March 2nd, 2017, 1:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

Those defendants (just like the poachers...) lost in court because they were shown to be in violation of "the law" - either statute or rule. It's like I said before, laws will be enforced - good, bad, or indifferent. Read what JIMI incorrectly stated above. The link I provided completely supports w...
by WSTREPS
March 1st, 2017, 10:06 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...
Replies: 7
Views: 5439

Re: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...

This video ties in perfectly with this study and illustrates how lies, activist groups and the propaganda of junk science all go together and result in ineffective bans that do nothing for conservation or wildlife protection but do harm innocent people. With well over 600.000 views its clear this on...
by WSTREPS
February 28th, 2017, 9:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

You think you've got a serious beef with professional wildlife management, the cornerstone of effective wildlife conservation? Conservation being one of the core values of the NAFHA community? Really, I suggest you take some time and think about whether or not you belong here. Clearly my serious be...
by WSTREPS
February 28th, 2017, 8:16 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

All of those defendants were either federal agencies or their Directors (e.g., Dirk Kempthorne was GWB's Secretary of Interior). Those defendants (just like the poachers...) lost in court because they were shown to be in violation of "the law" - either statute or rule. It's like I said before, laws...
by WSTREPS
February 28th, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...
Replies: 7
Views: 5439

Re: Jungle Giants: Assessing Sustainable Harvesting...

Despite two decades of harvesting since our first survey, attributes of the commercial harvest of reticulated pythons were strikingly similar. Over the past 20 years, nearly one million reticulated pythons have been removed from the wild in the two provinces where our study facilities are located; ...
by WSTREPS
February 28th, 2017, 1:58 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

This is a good representation of what is taking place across the board in the phony and lucrative world of wildlife management and protection. Department of Justice Documents Confirm Center for Biological Diversity Received Millions in Taxpayer Funds from ESA-Related Lawsuits http://naturalresources...
by WSTREPS
February 27th, 2017, 11:16 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

Wildlife agencies getting sued certainly is some of it. Biological ambulance chasers like the Center for Biological Diversity are one example. Their lawyers are paid out of tax payer dollars (Millions). The dopes that support this crap have no idea their money is being used to pay attorneys and sett...
by WSTREPS
February 22nd, 2017, 5:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

Politician's don't get out of bed and start thinking about stupid reptile legislation. They are approached and pushed. Often behind closed doors. Stupid or not Laws do get enforced but sometimes selectively and with prejudice. 4" turtle law anyone? The law enforcers who collected three year's worth ...
by WSTREPS
February 20th, 2017, 3:28 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

The tip of the iceberg. In around 73 with the rise of the animal's rights and environmental group crazies. Many events took place in short succession pushed for by these groups. The thoroughly corrupted rewritten ESA, the CITES Trade Agreement or as it was known the Washington act and a bill under t...
by WSTREPS
February 18th, 2017, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Clever Snake Mom?
Replies: 32
Views: 10037

Re: Clever Snake Mom

100% not snake eggs....100% not lizard eggs.....100% Musk turtle eggs......100% Egg bound The shell is female. The eggs are heavily calcified and past the point that they could have been deposited. The cracks are an indicator of this. The shell was found near logs, they often use logs as nesting sit...
by WSTREPS
February 17th, 2017, 9:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Clever Snake Mom?
Replies: 32
Views: 10037

Re: Clever Snake Mom

Could they not just be from the Musk Turtle? One of the eggs looks heavily calcified, thus rendering it more difficult to lay. The turtle could've gotten egg bound and died. The shell seems pretty fresh. That's the right call. The size and shape and number of eggs is correct for the species. Even w...
by WSTREPS
February 16th, 2017, 1:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

The most important lesson is that money talks , and those two groups have a lot of it. We herp enthusiasts have historically been a stingy bunch. That's what I've been saying all along. But to classify the reptile crowd as being a historically stingy bunch is unfair. Its not an apples to apples com...
by WSTREPS
February 3rd, 2017, 6:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 30382

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

From 2008 through 2012, Collalto was part of a group of individuals who trafficked hundreds of illegally collected snakes to or from Oregon, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut and Canada, according to the Fish and Wild...
by WSTREPS
January 31st, 2017, 4:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 9105

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

The idea of having Irula snake trackers train to target python has been percolating for years among Mazzotti; award-winning herpetologist Romulus Whitaker, a leading conservationist in India and alum of the old Miami Serpentarium; and another Serpentarium alum, South Florida herpetologist Joe Wasil...
by WSTREPS
January 25th, 2017, 7:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 9105

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

The pilot project, being funded by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, is also relatively cheap: just $68,888 for two tribesmen and two translators for two months. Armed only with tire irons to punch through dense burma reed and sharp limestone rock and trailed by biologists, the...
by WSTREPS
January 24th, 2017, 6:03 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 24186

Re: Global Warming?

There is no proof that humans, cattle or God is causing any sort of Climate change. When the word evidence is thrown around the source of that evidence must first be considered. What do the providers of the evidence have to gain based on their findings. The one thing that is certain is that the Clim...
by WSTREPS
January 24th, 2017, 10:15 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 24186

Re: Global Warming?

The attack on the cattle industry and trying to tie it to "Climate change" represents nothing more then the piggy backing of activist groups. One using the other to further their own agendas. The liars can get away with so much more when they back each others lies up. The subject of some forum discu...
by WSTREPS
January 22nd, 2017, 5:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

In regards to blanket statements of poaching and climate change as a cause for a decline in any population whether isolated or not there has to be evidence to support it. Lacking that evidence it brings into question the integrity of the science used to prove other aspects of any report that so sta...
by WSTREPS
January 17th, 2017, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 7755

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

"Invasive species" means an alien species whose introduction does or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health." I posted that years ago. To date no introduced exotic reptile (including Burmese pythons) has been demonstrably shown to cause harm or be likely to cause ...
by WSTREPS
January 17th, 2017, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 7755

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

change back. There are no invasive non native reptile species in North America I see where Carl Hiaasen gets his material, you just can't make this chyt up! I guess these are natives or non-invasive? African clawed frog Bullfrog Burmese pythons Nerodia sipedon Iguana Basilisk Niloticus What about r...
by WSTREPS
January 15th, 2017, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 7755

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Hello everyone. I just acquired a bit of acreage in palm beach county. While I was talking to my wife about landscaping she brought up how nice it would be to have those pretty chameleons I take pictures of in Homestead. At first I was against it but I after some thought I can't help to say why not...
by WSTREPS
January 12th, 2017, 3:55 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Has there ever been a study conducted to specifically prove or disprove the hypothesis of field collection as a cause of the decline in a specific snake population? The first question is. What constitutes a snake population? There have been collection study's (Joan Berish, Kevin Enge's 102-page tre...
by WSTREPS
January 11th, 2017, 10:02 am
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Make no mistake Dave Prival is a lying radical activist. Obsessed with his dislike of snake hunters/collector's. In his press interviews, in his personal writing's, even in his "official research" he try's to manipulate the truth at every turn. He is so wacked out that even when his own research pro...
by WSTREPS
January 10th, 2017, 7:47 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Birds of a feather . Like Brown , Dave Prival loves to expound his own personal obsessions about snake hunters. And both are more then happy to do this with a great deal of distortion. In the case of Brown and his buddys Stechert, Harwig and Martin. They leveraged their position by lying about how t...
by WSTREPS
January 10th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

When article's like this pop up no one is talking about people road cruising for glossy snakes. I've never seen a biologist say a word in any interview about the illegal collection and sale of long nose snakes or garter snakes in Arizona. Its always about the rattlesnakes and Gilas. Because that's w...
by WSTREPS
January 7th, 2017, 9:04 am
Forum: News
Topic: Poaching in Arizona
Replies: 46
Views: 20365

Re: Poaching in Arizona

Typical Bullshit. The Russ Johnson interview was a joke. He makes all the typically outrageous (lies) statements regurgitated by all these clowns . He talks about poaching in others states and mentions the southeast, diamondback's as an example. Why mention diamondbacks? Its completely legal to coll...
by WSTREPS
December 26th, 2016, 9:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

This study demonstrates that's its virtually impossible to detect snakes. The extremely low detection rate encountered when searching for these reptiles. Even when in a contained area. Naturally talking out of the other side of their mouth's. These are the same people that will tell you that over co...
by WSTREPS
December 25th, 2016, 4:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I went for a nice walk on this warm Christmas morning and guess what ? A rattlesnake. OMG. Thank god it rattled loudly before I stepped on it. http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr180/wstreps/untitled_1.png Joan Diemer Berish published in the Journal of Herpetology.  Information regarding the harves...
by WSTREPS
December 24th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

In South Dakota it is been noted that prairie rattlesnakes are being seen with tail muscles that have apparently atrophied. This could be the result of anything from a genetic defect to an evolutionary response caused for a variety of reasons. No one knows. Ernie Eison Alright, you don't understand...
by WSTREPS
December 21st, 2016, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I'm going to believe the published literature over someone who depends on collection for making money. Simple as that. You're arguing with science and science doesn't care what you think. It just is what is. Likewise, there are plenty of actual experts (i.e., not you) that have been observing incre...
by WSTREPS
December 20th, 2016, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

However the purpose of the CITES convention is to monitor , control, regulate the commercial trade in wildlife and wildlife products. Species are listed based on potential and or current international commercial usage. All species listed or not are required to have CITES documentation for internati...
by WSTREPS
December 20th, 2016, 9:08 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What are your thoughts?
Replies: 13
Views: 11296

Re: What are your thoughts?

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by WSTREPS
December 11th, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I ignore questions and accusations that I have fully addressed in the past. I'm sure that's a lie. We'll just say you don't know a damn about Timber Rattlesnakes or rattlesnakes in general, since you cannot prove anything otherwise. And we'll just say you don't actually know what constitutes good o...
by WSTREPS
December 10th, 2016, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

It does not matter that I don't research rattlesnakes. Do you think that the people making decisions at CITES or the IUCN are rattlesnake researchers? Nope. Just like me, they're capable of using their experience on other species and apply it to the species at hand. No not like MonarchzMan. Unlike ...
by WSTREPS
December 10th, 2016, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

You're ignoring a number of reasons that were made (16 years ago, I'll note) to include the Timber Rattlesnake as being CITES listed. Human exploitation, which included collection, persecution, and road mortality, was the third reason to include it. You're making it out to seem like it was the only...
by WSTREPS
December 10th, 2016, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Rather then sort thru the silly meanderings made in response to my post on a complete point by point basis. It is not an interesting endeavor. Ill let the general silliness of those responses speak for themselves. ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''...
by WSTREPS
December 9th, 2016, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

No, Ernie, you don't know what you're talking about. I do. I absolutely do. I'm fairly certain I have more qualifications to back my statements than you do. You simple lack of grasp of common vernacular is astounding. I work on frogs in northeastern French Guiana. I'm not working on every populatio...
by WSTREPS
December 9th, 2016, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Jeremy's statements are not in conflict with what you've posted about the IUCN. He was clearly talking about localized population-level effects. While the IUCN uses statements like "Population Trend," it's not talking about localized populations, but the species as a whole. It is entirely possible ...
by WSTREPS
December 8th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I was talking to a herpetologist who did his research on montane rattlers in South Arizona and he told me there is 100% much lower numbers of all 3 species then the 70s and 80s when he did the bulk of his research. Ok , now the trurh. The IUCN Global Species Programme, working with the Species Surv...
by WSTREPS
December 7th, 2016, 3:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy
Replies: 15
Views: 7880

Re: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy

Another incident - a very well dressed man tried to sell me two juveniles of a very protected exotic tortoise species that he pulled out from the inside of his suit jacket. Their shells were oiled up shiny. I told him sorry, cant do it and then found it very chilling that he left through the back d...
by WSTREPS
December 7th, 2016, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 67599

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I posted a short version of this video on the board line. This is the full version.

George Carlin - Saving the Planet , he hits the nail on the head. Brilliant.


by WSTREPS
December 6th, 2016, 2:27 pm
Forum: News
Topic: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy
Replies: 15
Views: 7880

Re: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy

So since your here, I want to ask you - when you were a Burmese Python breeder/seller in Fl, and you sold pythons, what did you advise customers to do when they no longer wanted an animal that had grown into adulthood? I think the total number of Burmese python's I sold to private collector's in 20...