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by WSTREPS
December 24th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 18961

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 104352

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: 8815

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: 104352

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: 8815

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...
by WSTREPS
December 6th, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy
Replies: 15
Views: 8815

Re: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy

A typically lie filled article, to many to break down one by one in full detail but I'll touch on a few. a dealer was nabbed with one of Dave Prival’s twin-spotted rattlesnakes in 2006. On popular internet reptile-trading sites such as "not allowed", a prime twin-spot can easily fetch $1,500. Are yo...
by WSTREPS
October 7th, 2016, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Feynman was a brilliant scientist but by many accounts a pretty rotten human to be around. Think of how much greater he could have been at communicating his scientific brilliance if he was also a decent human being. FACT: Feynman was widely known and remembered for being an amazing professor and te...
by WSTREPS
October 5th, 2016, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Ouch. Here's a link to the summary of the studies in case you want to confirm there isn't much in the way of good science to be found in that project like that. http://toddlab.ucdavis.edu/publications%20...%20cience.pdf Good science in that? Obviously you need to finish that biology survey course a...
by WSTREPS
September 30th, 2016, 8:17 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman
Replies: 8
Views: 13442

Re: A great Herpetoculture resource from a noted Dutchman

Other than the financial incentive and bragging rights, I'll never understand the allure of keeping The Invisible Ark: In Defense of Captivity by David and Tracy Barker 2014, is suggested reading. As for Asian Pitvipers - Breeding Experience and Wildlife, by Dick Visser, its true that "Books that a...
by WSTREPS
September 21st, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattlesnake
Replies: 10
Views: 14905

Re: America's Snake: The Rise and Fall of the Timber Rattles

Some facts that might not be in the book. The overall Timber rattlesnake population is in the millions. A species whose distribution range comprises almost half the landmass of the contiguous United States. The focus of the demise is almost always in the North. Even by the most parsimonious estimate...
by WSTREPS
September 12th, 2016, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

The posted blog link. Filled with possibly, maybe , could be, probably must be etc. With plenty of drama thrown in. Typifies many snake study's. Essentiality a patchwork of uncertainty. The blanks filled in with a narration that leads readers on to support the writers wants. That is the writer wants...
by WSTREPS
September 10th, 2016, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Daylighting improves gestation sites so that gravid females don't have to travel long distances from dens and risk predation or road mortality. Site fidelity for overwintering areas is locally variable and depends on the geology and landscape. There actually are single dens that support huge number...
by WSTREPS
September 5th, 2016, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

There's not nearly enough presented on the forest canopy study to say if its flawed or not. The bottom quote is enough to determine that the study is lacking scientific protocol beyond what would be acceptable for an extra credit project in high school. Unfortunately this is what you get from colle...
by WSTREPS
September 5th, 2016, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Speaking of determining canopy effects on species, I accidentally stumbled across a study site doing just that one day. They were taking out sections of forest after sampling for a time to see how many salamanders still migrated to and egg masses laid at a given site. They also had some little encl...
by WSTREPS
September 3rd, 2016, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Its impossible to compare the Manhattan project and the real science that took place to the Cargo cult science found in so many of todays environmental biology projects that display the ethical failures (and lack of intelligence) of todays scientific community. Richard Feynman one of the projects ma...
by WSTREPS
September 2nd, 2016, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An interesting article on the place of science in society
Replies: 68
Views: 35473

Re: An interesting article on the place of science in societ

Science, pride of modernity, our one source of objective knowledge, is in deep trouble. Stoked by fifty years of growing public investments, scientists are more productive than ever, pouring out millions of articles in thousands of journals covering an ever-expanding array of fields and phenomena. ...
by WSTREPS
September 1st, 2016, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 23569

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

Well, let's just call that a minority opinion. I'm sure the Melaleuca, Hydrilla, Salvinia, and Lygodium would appreciate being left alone. They are indeed very productive. Lets just call it a very informed opinion and that does place it in the minority. That's pretty funny, you post links to inform...
by WSTREPS
August 31st, 2016, 5:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 23569

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

Hydrologically - return flows to a southward direction, instead of the newer east- and west-flowing canals. To counter saltwater intrusion into the aquifer, and thus maintain the human drinking-water supply of S FL. As well to improve estuarine & nearshore habitat conditions - fewer harmful algal b...
by WSTREPS
August 26th, 2016, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 23569

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

If there is no true balance of nature to which we must restore environmental conditions, and if there is no pristine nature untouched by human action, then on what basis should we determine environmental policies? Entire ecological sub-disciplines, “embrace normative science postulates as the core ...
by WSTREPS
August 17th, 2016, 2:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Not on a witch hunt. Just curious about who's behind the name and what the animal related charge is about, but I now think I maybe should drop it and I apologize for what seems bad taste indeed. I may also lack insight in your (or any) legal system, indeed, which is why I probably would not conside...
by WSTREPS
August 16th, 2016, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Containment techniques and technologies are pretty good. Coordination & logistics are always going to be hard - they're much less money problems than people problems, intercultural problems. But are the program's results better than they would have been without the effort? I think so. And here's th...
by WSTREPS
August 15th, 2016, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Nobody has failed to reduce the number of snakes on Guam, because nobody has tried. In recognition of the need to control brown tree snake populations, the United States Congress incorporated a section into the Nonindigenous Aquatic Nuisance Prevention and Control Act of 1990 authorizing such a pro...
by WSTREPS
August 14th, 2016, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

*On another note completely but something to consider is I feel the scientists who do participate in FHF have been, and continue to be very gracious in professional restraint on many topics here where members have revealed gaps or misunderstandings in knowledge - in subjects where scientists concei...
by WSTREPS
August 12th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

The Brown Tree Snake Control and Eradication Act authorized $15 million per year for fiscal years 2006-2010, or a maximum of $75 million over 5 years, not $104 million....and the act only authorized these as maximum amounts....the annual budget appropriation bills may not have fully funded the prog...
by WSTREPS
August 11th, 2016, 2:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

................................................................................................................... Gosh I hate to bore Jeroen and make my audience even smaller but, Brown tree snake , Current population estimates are in the millions, Invasive Species Branch Chief Bob Reed, "we have ...
by WSTREPS
August 10th, 2016, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

So... can I assume you think that pythons being a "juicy deal" means they generate "millions or hundreds of millions of dollars in funding"? What do you think the USGS total budget is for invasive species? ( Go's on about USGS budget . And how little funding is brought in etc. ) Another what do you...
by WSTREPS
August 9th, 2016, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I don't have time to argue over anything else right now, but just how much money do you think there is in this? How many scientists? In the case of USGS, what do you think the percentage of a person's salary or workload go to working on pythons? How much money do I think there is in this? What perc...
by WSTREPS
August 8th, 2016, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Well, now we're not talking about scientific collection anymore, are we? Like I said, there's bad apples in any bunch, and if a scientist is breaking the law or acting unethically for any reason, then they need to be held to the same standard as anyone else... and both Silva and Lamar were eventual...
by WSTREPS
August 8th, 2016, 4:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Even using Ernie's example of Mearns collecting "thousands" of birds, let's say he collected 10,000 of a single species in a single year, year after year- ignore the dubious fact that every museum in the world would be full of just that one species of bird by now- there still needs to be 12 more pe...
by WSTREPS
August 8th, 2016, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

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by WSTREPS
August 7th, 2016, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

. 120,000 individuals of ONE species per year? For use as a sustainable resource. And as previously stated that's an estimate of the number of permits issued. Not the actual number shipped. Permits equal the maximum number determined by African based biologist that can be sustainably harvested. All...
by WSTREPS
August 3rd, 2016, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

If collecting animals for profit constitutes the lowest form of human in the uneducated small minded opinion of some. The scientific community must then account for the lowest rung of that ladder. They are some of history's biggest and most self-serving commercial collectors. Certainly the most wide...
by WSTREPS
July 30th, 2016, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

The biggest target right now is probably turtles, but I don't know the actual numbers exported and how many were wild caught as opposed to captive born. I cant tell you the exact numbers exported. But its both cb and wc. Again numbers have to be kept in proper perspective to the overall numbers of ...
by WSTREPS
July 29th, 2016, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 13231

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Lets see, Climate change is going to create an environment that is to hot and arid for the survival of a relatively small burrowing lizard that is well adapted to desert life but........will create an environment that is favorable for a giant tropical terrestrial constrictor that is so strongly tied...
by WSTREPS
July 28th, 2016, 4:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 13231

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

If what I've typed already doesn't explain it well enough for you, and you can't begin to understand how water physiology is important to know for managing an animal that lives in the desert, in the face of a changing climate, extremely altered hydrology, and pockets of major habitat disruption, th...
by WSTREPS
July 28th, 2016, 1:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?
Replies: 32
Views: 13231

Re: Gila Monsters threatened by climate change?

Unfortunately NG seems to have adopted an activist role in issues pertaining to the environment and political events. They have coupled this activism with a writing style that has been crafted for the non-discerning majority. The present piece announces that Gila Monsters are in trouble due to clim...
by WSTREPS
July 28th, 2016, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 33214

Re: Dishonesty in government

Government bureaucracies seem to exist in an entirely different social world that can sometimes be characterize as lacking common sense and rational thinking. With the Oregon wildlife agency now proposing they need to protect species that are not rare, you have a prime example. Richard F. Hoyer I c...
by WSTREPS
July 28th, 2016, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 104352

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Why I collect or don't . Different reasons for different situations. I really don't do it anymore with few exceptions . In the past, in the very beginning, when I was small. It was to study the animals, and it still is. Every once in while I'll get a native specimen, something I normally don't work ...
by WSTREPS
July 23rd, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 33214

Re: Dishonesty in government

Wow, nearing 3000 views and over a hundred replies. Its funny how people will bump a thread back to the top just to complain about the threads content and/or to take a personal shot at someone that threatens them in some odd way. None the less if it helps to bring attention to this important topic i...
by WSTREPS
July 20th, 2016, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 33214

Re: Dishonesty in government

If the ESA worked there should be less species on its list from year to year. The fact that there are always more, and more of them being upgraded, only shows that, like every bureaucracy, wildlife protection is self-aggrandizing and self-generating. Like the 300 billion dollar a year drug war (an ...
by WSTREPS
July 19th, 2016, 8:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 9
Views: 3826

Re: Undescribed species

I'm going to hesitantly agree with the post Id'ing the snake as Bothriechis thalassinus. This based on locality information. Without having the snake in hand or having highly detailed photos its impossible to make a positive ID. The general appearance is shared by Bothriechis bicolor (probably the m...