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by WSTREPS
December 6th, 2016, 12:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: In Arizona, Reptile Poaching Made Easy
Replies: 15
Views: 7880

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 7085

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: 8023

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 15871

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: 15035

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: 15035

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: 15035

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 67599

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: 8394

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: 8394

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: 8394

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: 26189

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: 67599

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: 26189

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: 26189

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: 3125

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...
by WSTREPS
July 18th, 2016, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

I posted a list of thoughts composed by biologist Dean Ripa about his experience involving a new protection policy to be implemented. Below are his recommendation's to address the issues found in that policy. (1) Abolish the North Carolina "nongame" status in North Carolina and reclassify all herpti...
by WSTREPS
July 17th, 2016, 6:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

In my previous post I included a statement from researcher and biologist Dean Ripa about his experience involving a new protection policy to be implemented. What happened when he asked to see the data surrounding that issue. The dishonesty he encountered on both the part of wildlife biologist and wi...
by WSTREPS
July 16th, 2016, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

It seems Richard F. Hoyer is not alone in his experience. Below is what research scientist and herpetologist Dean Ripa had to say about a North Carolina rattlesnake "protection" regulation he questioned. Since the pamphlets offered by the state did not cover any justifications for the ruling except ...
by WSTREPS
July 14th, 2016, 8:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

Ernie; You mention, "Also in that post I provided another detailed scenario demonstrating how a rare snake is created by the use of data manipulation. This time the biologist responsible was Whit Gibbon's." Can you give me a citation to that paper. Tuberville, T. D., J. R. Bodie, J. B. Jensen, L. L...
by WSTREPS
July 13th, 2016, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

But let me share something I've been holding back. When I was in Florida, from 2004-2008, and I went to some of those stakeholder meetings (as a venomous keeper, not as a state biologist - I was actually both at once), one of the things that struck me most odd was how nobody from industry was willi...
by WSTREPS
July 12th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

Bottom line - not showing up is a guarantee for getting nothing whatsoever. Ernie is bitter as hell about the python ban. That's fine, he can feel whatever he likes. Don't let him trick you into thinking you have no hopes or options working with state wildlife agencies. That is a deceit, with who k...
by WSTREPS
July 12th, 2016, 1:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

Another example of how biologist cook the books. The author of deceit this time is Whit Gibbons who has a long and close relationship with Bob Reed(usgs) and was chosen to head the Savannah River Ecology Lab [SREL] experiment . A project whos results completely contradict countless statements and pr...
by WSTREPS
July 8th, 2016, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

A few words about letter-writing. I've never really seen it work. Letters are like petitions - they might make you feel better. But you need to actually physically show up. . You might not have ever seen it work. But it has been an instrumental part of the successful push back against outrageous wi...
by WSTREPS
July 8th, 2016, 6:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

The right question, IMO, is what can we do to change the current results? We are being slaughtered at the national, state, and local level and that bodes poorly for keepers, breeders, and herpers of all levels and the future, both captive and wild, of the many species we are dedicated to keeping ar...
by WSTREPS
July 6th, 2016, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

When I worked in Florida (only 4 years) I saw an engaged, pretty organized herp community, largely comprised of importers and dealers and commercial collectors, and hardly at all of of "everyday field herpers", who were pretty effective at seeing that their interests were not (the state wildlife ma...
by WSTREPS
July 6th, 2016, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

Anyway, instead of complaining about the outcomes of not engaging effectively with state wildlife agencies on the matter of herp management (e.g., regs that really, truly, seem to make no sense whatsoever), why don't you guys learn how to engage effectively with the agencies, and then just do that?...
by WSTREPS
July 5th, 2016, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

In 1988 I saw 6, 89-4, 90-2, 92-1, I have not seen 1 since 1992. They are being collected and shipped to Asia as food. This is how skewed opinion's are formed. This person has NEVER seen many spotted turtles. His best listed year a whopping total of 6. Based off this small sample. This person has c...
by WSTREPS
July 3rd, 2016, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 26189

Re: Dishonesty in government

The topic is dishonesty in Government. The names of two scientist (Rodda, Reed). Scientist who have been at the forefront of garbage science involving reptiles has been brought up. They are shinning examples of how a system of corruption not only exist but thrives today. Dishonesty in Government and...
by WSTREPS
July 1st, 2016, 11:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: USGS Fraud brought to light
Replies: 9
Views: 3465

Re: USGS Fraud brought to light

It's always troubling when issues like this arise, but I don't think "The Daily Caller" or any equivalent source is the best place to go for information on the subject. Why not link the actual report from the Office of the Inspector General instead. The link to the Inspector General report has alre...