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by Antonsrkn
November 7th, 2014, 9:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22049

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

I never saw a Sumatran pitviper, a painted mock viper, the marquis dorias watersnake, or a retic! I was seriously bummed about the retic, before going to Borneo for the first time I thought finding one would be a breeze, afterall how could I miss a ginormous snake like that hanging about? Turns out ...
by Antonsrkn
November 7th, 2014, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]
Replies: 50
Views: 22049

Re: Borneo and King Cobras [pic heavy]

i have a massive soft spot for frogs :) As should everyone! Frogs are every bit as cool as snakes! Amazing post, I had seen alot of it on flickr but it was awesome seeing a compilation of it here. You had quite the trip and i'm very envious of some of your finds. You found species that I haven't se...
by Antonsrkn
November 7th, 2014, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 16231

Re: A Dream Come True in Borneo!

Thanks everyone, glad I could share this with you all! its something I will never forget, i'm super lucky to have gotten a chance to see one and to be able to show it to people who appreciate this animal. Do you have loads of pictures to share? I would love to see them. Great stuff, thanks for shari...
by Antonsrkn
November 6th, 2014, 4:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 16231

A Dream Come True in Borneo!

Hey guys and gals, its been a while since I posted anything. I spent the past 6 months or so in Asia mostly doing fieldwork in Borneo but with some memorable side trips as well. I was hoping to do a post but I'm leaving to go to Ecuador for another 6 months in about a week, with 1000s of photos to g...
by Antonsrkn
November 3rd, 2014, 11:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thailand Question
Replies: 12
Views: 4917

Re: Thailand Question

Crap, my wife is 100% Russian though being adopted at age 14 into an american family speaks very good english I doubt that would be an issue at all. I'm Russian and while I have no accent having grown up in the states I didn't make it any sort of secret that I spoke russian and didn't think twice a...
by Antonsrkn
November 3rd, 2014, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thailand Question
Replies: 12
Views: 4917

Re: Thailand Question

Would it be a safe place to travel, us being American?
Yes. Supposedly some of the provinces on the Malaysian border are considered unsafe, I don't know as I haven't been in those areas... but the rest of Thailand is pretty tourist safe.
by Antonsrkn
November 3rd, 2014, 7:39 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182269

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

A teeny little Rhacophorus kajau sitting on leaf, something up above had caught his attention.
ImageR. kajau by antonsrkn, on Flickr
by Antonsrkn
October 30th, 2014, 2:46 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115733

Re: What was your last lifer?

Got alot these past few months in Borneo. Some of the more exciting ones for me were Marbled cat, banded linsang, common porcupine (asian variety), brush tailed tree shrew, island flying foxes. There were more but I can't recall right now, i'll make a borneo post once I process photos.
by Antonsrkn
August 1st, 2014, 9:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 19994

Re: Head torches

I have a Fenix hp15 and it worked great until one day it didn't. It ended up going out on me here in borneo, there must be a bad connection in there somewhere but it had been flickering or spontaneously going out on occasion however at first I was able to just turn it back on. Then one night as I wa...
by Antonsrkn
June 15th, 2014, 3:22 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115733

Re: What was your last lifer?

Past few weeks, Philippine tarsier in the Philippines (duh) then silver langur and proboscis monkey in Borneo.
by Antonsrkn
June 4th, 2014, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: goodbye carl
Replies: 38
Views: 13889

Re: goodbye carl

Tragic news, Carl was a great guy always enthusiastic and a lot of fun to be out in the field with. I fell out of contact with him for the past year or so but always figured I'd get back in touch sooner or later, now I'm kicking myself for not keeping in contact better. The world lost a great man, h...
by Antonsrkn
May 15th, 2014, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

dendrelaphis wrote:good luck over there, looking forward to seeing what you found!
Thank you! My write up about my trip is going to be in this next issue of Herpnation if you're interested. I learned alot from my last trip and now armed with that knowledge I'm ready to get out there again and see what I can find!
by Antonsrkn
May 15th, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

G. Gading and Kubah are considered lowland, so I don't think that's a factor. Nevermind then, well I'll be out in Sabah once again in just a few weeks and for even longer this time so its almost time to hit the nighttime forest (armed with a better headlamp this time) and give it another go! Cat ge...
by Antonsrkn
May 14th, 2014, 1:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

Well, species may be common in some places and rare in others, that's for sure. I found ONE cat gecko in roughly 400 search hours (!) on the Santubong Peninsula, Sarawak. And I did a lot of nicht searches there. Yeah I got zero in a few months in the Bornean jungle (Sabah), not sure the exact hour ...
by Antonsrkn
May 13th, 2014, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: A Dumb Question?

There is a video somewhere of a male king cobra that eats a large female king cobra, I seem to remember her dying from the venom after getting bitten. .... I've heard cobras too can bite themselves, yet some eat other cobras ??? Couldnt find the original video I was thinking of but searching keywor...
by Antonsrkn
May 12th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124655

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

A clip regarding global warming debate which some of you may find humorous, I know I did.

A statistically representative climate change debate:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjuGCJJUGsg
by Antonsrkn
May 12th, 2014, 5:58 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115733

Re: What was your last lifer?

yaaaaaaaay, i get to post here. i must be too interested in looking at the ground all the time and i never see many mammals. well the other day i FINALLY saw a live badger. DORS plenty but i saw one alive. it looked at me from outside it's burrow and bolted in. i was about twenty feet away so i pul...
by Antonsrkn
May 11th, 2014, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For Mother's Day: Gravid Western Banded Gecko
Replies: 1
Views: 1012

Re: For Mother's Day: Gravid Western Banded Gecko

Very cool, I'd love to see some of those someday. Nice shots as well.
by Antonsrkn
May 11th, 2014, 10:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What are the indentations on this Spotted salamander?
Replies: 7
Views: 1674

Re: What are the indentations on this Spotted salamander?

I would guess part of its lateral line system (I don't know for sure if Ambystomatids have a lateral line though). That was my assumption as well. Ambystoma definitely have a lateral line system as larvae, Im pretty sure they retain some of it as adults. I would say that those dots you are referrin...
by Antonsrkn
May 10th, 2014, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

I've found Cat Geckos to be numerous and very easy to find if you're looking in the right place
What kind of microhabitat did you normally see them in?
by Antonsrkn
May 9th, 2014, 9:31 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Spring Photodump (Lots of big white birds)
Replies: 3
Views: 2356

Re: Spring Photodump (Lots of big white birds)

Thanks guys, glad you enjoyed! Yeah the swans were a completely unexpected but very welcome surprise, this is the only time I have been able to observe them going about their business up close, it was amazing! Is that a Purple Finch? I have it IDed as a House Finch, I figured based on the habitat ar...
by Antonsrkn
May 9th, 2014, 9:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dumb Question?
Replies: 20
Views: 2423

Re: A Dumb Question?

There is a video somewhere of a male king cobra that eats a large female king cobra, I seem to remember her dying from the venom after getting bitten. Perhaps ophiophagous snakes such as King cobras and Coral snakes have a venom more geared towards taking out other snakes and thus are not immune to ...
by Antonsrkn
May 9th, 2014, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cat Gecko and snake
Replies: 16
Views: 3254

Re: Cat Gecko and snake

Beautiful work! Both of the geckos have amazing eyes, but yeah that first one is especially spectacular!
by Antonsrkn
May 8th, 2014, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake I.D. help? Ecuador
Replies: 1
Views: 827

Re: Snake I.D. help? Ecuador

To be honest I think that description is far too vague to get any sort of ID you might be able to narrow it down to a few dozen species. But if you want to give it a shot (and speak some spanish) you may want to check out reptiliaweb ecuador. I dont know if they include photos but its something. htt...
by Antonsrkn
May 7th, 2014, 9:25 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Spring Photodump (Lots of big white birds)
Replies: 3
Views: 2356

Spring Photodump (Lots of big white birds)

Hi all, Just thought I'd share some photos from this Spring. I'll keep the narration to a minimum, if anyone wants anymore info or species names follow the links at the bottom of the photos to the flickr page, I have each photo labeled with the common and scientific name and some additional info in ...
by Antonsrkn
May 7th, 2014, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: International Travelling with Herp Gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: International Travelling with Herp Gear

Gee, I guess I'm a freakin genius..... Must be, give yourself a pat on the back champ! How about my friends that take fishing tackle with fillet knives ? This was either pre 9/11 or was an oversight on the part of the airline or you have your story confused. There is no way any airline is going to ...
by Antonsrkn
May 6th, 2014, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: International Travelling with Herp Gear
Replies: 11
Views: 2729

Re: International Travelling with Herp Gear

I certainly wouldn't risk it, i'd definitely expect things like tongs or hooks to get confiscated. As Chris already suggested its easy to fashion hooks while you are there, when i went to Malaysia I took a wire coat hanger with me and just bent it into shape and attached it to a piece of bamboo, i n...
by Antonsrkn
May 1st, 2014, 9:27 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 28512

Re: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?

Present actual evidence not just that herp poaching exists (which we all know to be the case) but also that it's genuinely significant in scope and I'll readily change my view. Not until. (Mind you, I'm not saying that the evidence suggests it's only a small problem, but that it suggests it's no pr...
by Antonsrkn
April 30th, 2014, 6:20 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: New species of Cartwheeling spider!
Replies: 0
Views: 1451

New species of Cartwheeling spider!

A nightmare for arachnaphobes; they can drop down on you, scurry after you, waft in your direction on air currents, swim towards you, and now it turns out there is a species that can cartwheel after you!!! Haha :crazyeyes: http://www.senckenberg.de/root/index.php?page_id=5210&kid=2&id=3095 I dont sp...
by Antonsrkn
April 30th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Frog Road in Wisconsin
Replies: 1
Views: 2457

Frog Road in Wisconsin

Link to story/video and text below, not too far from here and its the first I have heard of this frog migration. Anyone have any idea why or what species this is? According to the map in the video, looks like they're going from a perfectly good pond with cover to a larger more open water source wher...
by Antonsrkn
April 30th, 2014, 9:31 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182269

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

Despite having taken it years and 2 camera bodies ago this remains one of my favorite shots, and it was in-situ!
ImageAlligator with Turtle by antonsrkn, on Flickr
by Antonsrkn
April 27th, 2014, 12:10 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Octopi, my babies!!!
Replies: 9
Views: 3713

Re: Octopi, my babies!!!

Fantastic, thanks for sharing!
by Antonsrkn
April 27th, 2014, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ozzie mulgas bite people in their sleep?
Replies: 3
Views: 1026

Re: Ozzie mulgas bite people in their sleep?

And why only mulgas? This is the one question I'm be able to answer. The study only examined mulga bites, had they looked at other similar species there might be similar results. Very surprising results, I would have thought in a place like australia the amount of people snake bit while sleeping wo...
by Antonsrkn
April 26th, 2014, 5:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 22472

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

To those who think it might have been a racoon or a bear? There are no bears in Kansas, that I know of, and if a raccoon had flipped the rock, he would have eaten the snake, right? Also, what is the most parsimonious explanation in this situation. 1. That a racoon lifted and nearly perfectly replac...
by Antonsrkn
April 25th, 2014, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vietnam 2013: Part 4 (series finale)
Replies: 9
Views: 3838

Re: Vietnam 2013: Part 4 (series finale)

Excellent series! I have enjoyed them all, thanks for sharing with us. I was curious, are undetonated landmines a concern at all while herping down there? I was speaking to my parents after their trip to Cambodia and they told me how they frequently saw warning signs about landmines as well as a num...
by Antonsrkn
April 25th, 2014, 10:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks
Replies: 80
Views: 22472

Re: Snake Killers In Our Own Ranks

but will black bears? What about badgers? Boars? I observed a black bear tearing logs apart and flipping them on one occasion, didn't see it do the same with rocks but if it thought to flip a log then why not a rock? If all the rocks were fairly small, then perhaps raccoon? I have not heard of them...
by Antonsrkn
April 25th, 2014, 9:01 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered bird
Replies: 13
Views: 5206

Re: Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered

I have seen a footprint of a Javan Rhinoceros in the rainforest of western Java. Does that count? :lol: Almost haha, thats still awesome though. I was always on the look out for Sumatran rhino prints while I was field assisting in Borneo last summer, saw some wallows they may or may not have used b...
by Antonsrkn
April 23rd, 2014, 9:10 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Slide scanner recommendations
Replies: 13
Views: 6040

Re: Slide scanner recommendations

Forgot to ask, is that milk, or whatever it is, wild?
Thats a micrurus, and its stunning! I'd love to hear some more abou it too.
by Antonsrkn
April 23rd, 2014, 4:49 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered bird
Replies: 13
Views: 5206

Re: Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered

Seems a bit of a silly list in some regards. Why aren't any hummingbirds on there? Surely they are among the most unusual birds? And why a Northern Brown Kiwi but not one of the other more endangered Kiwis or the Southern Brown Kiwi which I have seen? Like any list of this sort, there is bound to b...
by Antonsrkn
April 23rd, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered bird
Replies: 13
Views: 5206

Scientists name world's 100 most unusual and endangered bird

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/scientists-name-top-100-unusual-and-endangered-birds So I heard this news not long ago but didn't see a complete list until today at the above site. Checked to see how many of them I have seen in the wild... Drumroll please... Grand total: 0 I know many o...
by Antonsrkn
April 23rd, 2014, 8:32 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
Replies: 9
Views: 4723

Re: Convince me to buy a Canon EFS 100mm f/2.8 macro lens

If Ryan's and Nathan's photos didn't convince you I don't know what will, those were all excellent! I use a 105 mm for my nikon and while its perfect for salamanders, frogs, smaller snakes, and portraits, as well as inverts but its kind of a pain in the ass for full body shots of large snakes for th...
by Antonsrkn
April 23rd, 2014, 8:24 am
Forum: News
Topic: Desert tortoise being used as scapegoat in Nevada conflict
Replies: 24
Views: 9796

Re: Desert tortoise being used as scapegoat in Nevada confli

I just pulled this little gem off facebook: feds are completely out of control. i don't know if you heard about the ranch in nevada but they are trying to kick people off land their families have owned since the 1800s, and coming in with guns blazing, snipers pointed at property owners... they kille...
by Antonsrkn
April 22nd, 2014, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Frog ID, please!
Replies: 7
Views: 3782

Re: Borneo Frog ID, please!

My thoughts were Theloderma horridum as well!
by Antonsrkn
April 21st, 2014, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Snake Road trip
Replies: 22
Views: 5834

Re: Spring Snake Road trip

Glad you had a good time! What did you see down there? Did you see any snakes? I'll be there Thursday. I was down there the weekend before last as well. Sightings were upwards of 20 cottonmouths, 4 ribbonsnakes, 2 brown snakes, 3 ringneck snakes, 1 black ratsnake. Some other folks I talked to repor...
by Antonsrkn
April 21st, 2014, 5:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2014...my 4th trip
Replies: 13
Views: 5080

Re: Costa Rica 2014...my 4th trip

Excellent! In my opinion Corcovado outshines the rest of Costa Rica in terms of nature and thats no easy feat! Its probably the best place in the world to see Tapir and amazing for all kinds of other wildlife too. I think if/when I make it back to CR next time, I will try to maximize my time in Corc...
by Antonsrkn
April 21st, 2014, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ALL NEW Field Guide to the Snakes of Borneo!
Replies: 5
Views: 1613

Re: ALL NEW Field Guide to the Snakes of Borneo!

Excellent! Congratulations Hans, that's very exciting to have your images used in there and get the recognition for it! I'll try to pick a copy up before my next trip out there. I dont see it for sale just yet, i may just have to pick up a copy in Borneo.
by Antonsrkn
April 20th, 2014, 2:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Snake ID, please: Blue Beauty
Replies: 5
Views: 1404

Re: Borneo Snake ID, please: Blue Beauty

I've never seen Dendrelaphis in the wild (or captivity for that matter), so I can't comment on them - but do they have that extremely high keel going down the back? kind of like Ptyas has? I haven't seen the species that has been mentioned but other Dendrelaphis species I have seen did not have any...