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by gbin
February 25th, 2015, 8:40 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71721

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

From Wikipedia's entry concerning the barely concealed racist expression Trey used above and is now trying to dismiss as merely an "extremely common colloquialism": "The term [upon which this phrase relies] declined in use during the 20th century, and now the occasional use of this phrase by public ...
by gbin
February 25th, 2015, 5:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71721

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

Trey wrote:Hmm crickets huh? Smells like a "cricket" in the wood pile to me :roll:
Hmmm, smells like an extremely thinly veiled outrageously racist expression to me. :shock:

Gerry
by gbin
February 21st, 2015, 7:29 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Mammals of the Pantanal, Brazil: Jaguars and more
Replies: 6
Views: 12756

Re: Mammals of the Pantanal, Brazil: Jaguars and more

I've got a photo of that same sign from Iguazu from 2013 when I went down there. I saw a guy shooting a selfie with one as he was holding it close to his lap. I so wanted it to bite him right in the balls to teach him a lesson. Sadly, it did not. Yeah, when my wife and I were studying (white-nosed)...
by gbin
February 20th, 2015, 10:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6823

Re: Incubator Inquery

trickling a little water into the jar whenever I visited said privy, Are you sure it was "water?" :P Perhaps you've stumbled upon a magic formula! :lol: When I saw the way I'd written that, I knew somebody was going to say such a thing - and I should've known it would be you ! :P What I did was let...
by gbin
February 20th, 2015, 6:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp activity
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp acti

The reason I'm potentially interested in canopy cover is because available sunlight in the 0m-3m regions could have a major influence on whether certain diurnal reptiles will frequent the area... I see. Then you might want to measure available sunlight in that (or those?) 0-3 m region(s) rather tha...
by gbin
February 19th, 2015, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day
Replies: 12
Views: 4520

Re: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day

That's a great anecdote, John! I once successfully gave mouth-to-mouth to a captive Sonoran lyre snake that I'd accidentally put into thermal shock (it's a long story which you might already have heard), too! :lol:

Nice photo series to start off this thread, lat! :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
February 19th, 2015, 6:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6823

Re: Incubator Inquery

Healthy eggs are durable and tolerant... This is definitely worth emphasizing. It may be that someone's eggs fail in incubation because s/he did something blatantly wrong (that is, blatantly wrong to others who better know what they're doing - we all start out uneducated, after all ;) ), but I bet ...
by gbin
February 19th, 2015, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp activity
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp acti

Yeah, measuring canopy cover can be tough. But is that something you really need, anyway? It seems to me... In terms of broad-scale data, you want to understand the general classification (e.g. seasonally dry tropical rain forest) and more importantly the seasonality of your site, for looking for se...
by gbin
February 19th, 2015, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp activity
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp acti

My basic methodologies have all been tried before, but I've become a little bit disillusioned with methodologies allowing comparisons from site-to-site except under extremely comparable circumstances. I read one paper which tries to set out a systematic methodology for sampling tropical forest that...
by gbin
February 18th, 2015, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp activity
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp acti

... The Ecology of a Tropical Forest: Seasonal Rhythms and Long-Term Changes , E.G. Leigh Jr. et al. (Eds.), 1996 ... ... the book was bought and has been sitting in Los Angeles waiting for me when I get there in April. :thumb: It's your call, but if it were me I'd have whoever go ahead and send it...
by gbin
February 18th, 2015, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp activity
Replies: 15
Views: 2797

Re: Environmental variables likely to affect Asian herp acti

Did you ever get your hands on a copy of the book I recommended to you some months ago, The Ecology of a Tropical Forest: Seasonal Rhythms and Long-Term Changes , E.G. Leigh Jr. et al. (Eds.), 1996 ? It could help you a lot in deciding which abiotic and biotic environmental factors to measure as par...
by gbin
February 15th, 2015, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)
Replies: 52
Views: 14081

Re: How to Hunt Rattlesnakes (WikiHow)

Plenty of people besides "rednecks" kill rattlesnakes in cruel and environmentally harmful ways. There are "rattlesnake abatement" and "dog training" services in white-collar-douche-bag areas as well. This particular act crosses many demographics Too many demos to tag with this one, unfortunately. ...
by gbin
February 4th, 2015, 7:21 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16597

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

I'm not about to naysay good hygienic field practices, but given some of the things that have been said in this thread, it seems time (yet again) for a reminder of something: Although early on some folks blamed scientists (and others who worked/played with amphibians afield) for the rapid spread of ...
by gbin
February 2nd, 2015, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dipnets
Replies: 3
Views: 1501

Re: Dipnets

It's been a long time since I shopped for or used an aquatic sampling dip net, so I'm afraid all I can offer is general advice. (Heck, I have a very old but still very nice one I would be happy to let you have if not for the fact that it's in a storage facility halfway across the country from where ...
by gbin
January 27th, 2015, 2:33 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: HERP NATION Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 7745

Re: HERP NATION Magazine

You can try adopting my view, Justin. I just think of the subscription cost as a nice, easy way to support this website (which I reckon it does to at least some extent) and think of the magazine itself as a nice bonus. ;)

Gerry
by gbin
January 27th, 2015, 11:27 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Koi carp .....
Replies: 5
Views: 10532

Re: Koi carp .....

I've said it before, Kerby, you do lovely work, and I look forward to seeing some of it in person someday! :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
January 27th, 2015, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to visually SEX a rattlesnake...
Replies: 24
Views: 14695

Re: How to visually SEX a rattlesnake...

John Delgado wrote:... I have learned here that "handling" is not necessary ... ill-advised.
Thanks for the clarification, amigo, and I'm glad to hear that you're herping safer these days! :beer:

Gerry
by gbin
January 27th, 2015, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

... please tell me where I can find a good source of horse meat for human consumption in the United States. ;) Hey, I'd like to know, too! I used to love horse meat summer sausage when I was a child. :P My family actually bought it because it better fit our budget, but we kids thought of it as espe...
by gbin
January 27th, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to visually SEX a rattlesnake...
Replies: 24
Views: 14695

Re: How to SEX a rattlesnake...

Complete aside the sexing discussion: Females aren't smaller solely due to the cost of reproduction, or female snakes of all species would reach smaller sizes than males. There are also pressures that cause males to be larger, such as the need to complete for mates. Or in your example, larger prey ...
by gbin
January 25th, 2015, 11:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

Where would Astray be? In this particular case? In the broadest sense, I guess toward advocating that no one should ever be allowed to keep animals because some people who do don't treat them right. In a more specific sense, toward advocating that classroom animals should never be allowed because s...
by gbin
January 25th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

Countless bent up bearded dragons, deformed RES (one that lived in a critter keeper with a chunk of street cement for a basking area, so small that its survival defied explanation) Leopard Geckos with necrosed toes, Leopard Geckos with no toes, Leopard Geckos with eyes sealed shut, Leopard Geckos w...
by gbin
January 25th, 2015, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

... I don't like the animals-as-props thing. I don't like to see animals kept poorly or without respect... These might occur together far more often than anyone here would like, but I feel compelled to point out that this need not be the case nor is it by any means always so. And such living props ...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 5:45 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

I didn't bother reading your reply Gerry... Ok, glad we have that settled then... :crazyeyes: Chris, I didn't know you have all that experience conducting surveys, as I mentioned, but I guess I'm not surprised you do, either. As I and others have said, you did a good job! And as you and I have said...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 2:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

I just think that people should be very careful in interpreting its results ( and should do so for themselves rather than buying into anyone else's interpretations/opinions/extrapolations based on carefully selected bits of it ), and that follow-up work is clearly called for. Which you yourself hav...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

Sadly, when I was teaching (college level, not high school) I encountered a small but steady trickle of students who weren't ready for the instruction they were receiving. Sometimes it was a lack of basic prerequisite knowledge but more often it was inadequate language skills. All I could do was try...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 11:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

Those are very worthwhile caveats and a laudably cautious approach, Chris. :thumb: Please don't think from what I wrote above that I consider your survey of little value, as that's not the case at all. I just think that people should be very careful in interpreting its results (and should do so for ...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

By the way, kudos to you for making the extra effort to have the snakes for your students! My teachers who made extra efforts like that made a huge positive impact on my life. Thanks, mfb, for bringing up something else I meant but forgot to say. You know, I still have strong, fond memories of beco...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 10:48 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

The data would show that 19 out of 19 "herp keeping only" respondents answered "I generally agree" to that question, while 7 out of 14 "field herping only" respondents answered "I generally disagree to the same question. Taking that as factually accurate for the sake of argument (it's not nearly im...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 9:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

Sure you can make a stand, if you feel your principles (or principals) are compromised... Well done! :thumb: FrogO asked where the line is drawn. I offered one such that makes sense to me: whether the animals or whatever are intergral to the class being taught. Still, it seems a pretty tough situat...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 9:46 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

... The fact that that particular survey question showed a 50% difference does lend evidence to my suggestion. Not really, as there's no way to assess the strength of that evidence; it may be so weak as to not be worth considering. A 50% difference pertaining to an extreme minority (for all we know...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 7:39 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

I forgot to include this in my post above (and I try never to edit my posts so people know they're what I really said): Chris, I can't imagine why you left your name off such a substantial piece of potentially useful work. Being officially a publication of SWCHR doesn't mean that you shouldn't have ...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 7:29 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

... Conflating these two aspects of the herping community [herp keeping and field herping] is a bit like conflating "people who like raising cattle and people who like eating hamburgers" or "people who like working on cars and people who like racing cars". Sure, there will be a lot of overlap in te...
by gbin
January 24th, 2015, 6:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9540

Re: Educational Ethics

It seems to me that the crux of the matter is whether the religiously/culturally offending object (be it an animal or whatever else) is integral to the subject being taught in the class. So for example if this student or his/her parents objected on religious grounds to your teaching evolution, well,...
by gbin
January 23rd, 2015, 2:03 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Are you inordinately fond of (American) beetles?
Replies: 0
Views: 1991

Are you inordinately fond of (American) beetles?

How about books about (American) beetles? I just wanted to let folks here who might be interested know about a great deal I recently came across. The University of Nebraska State Museum must be trying to lessen their stocks of their various publications, as they're selling them at decent prices - or...
by gbin
January 19th, 2015, 7:05 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia
Replies: 5
Views: 4152

Re: Amphibians and Reptiles of Georgia

Huh. On the contrary, I tend to think of edited books as the literary equivalent of baseball's All-Star Games. On a broadly ranging subject (e.g. a taxonomically diverse group such as the herps of a region), no single author could ever know as much as do several authors each of whom was presumably s...
by gbin
January 19th, 2015, 6:37 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 37917

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

From Oxford Dictionaries:
    • poach (verb with object) - Take or acquire in an unfair or clandestine way: 'employers risk having their newly trained workers poached by other companies'
Gerry
by gbin
January 17th, 2015, 7:03 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

Unfortunately, Hans, I think formaldehyde preservation really damages the display potential of a specimen. As I understand it, freezing is the way to go (though I imagine a 13ft king cobra would take up a lot of freezer space ;) .

Gerry
by gbin
January 17th, 2015, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short trip to Panama December 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4418

Re: Short trip to Panama December 2014

A thoroughly enjoyable travelogue, Roki! The narrative that accompanied the photos really helped me to feel I was there with you! :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
January 14th, 2015, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps
Replies: 12
Views: 3260

Re: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps

I'd love to offer more serious help, but unfortunately it's been a long time since I used a camera very much, and even when I did I foolishly neglected to photograph my companions on group outings. Hopefully others here will come through - and in the meantime we're at least helping to keep the reque...
by gbin
January 13th, 2015, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps
Replies: 12
Views: 3260

Re: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps

I wasn't along on the outing, sadly, but if I recall correctly I was told that Pierson was just expressing the joy of field herping. :lol:

Gerry
by gbin
January 13th, 2015, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps
Replies: 12
Views: 3260

Re: Request for Photos of Herpers with Herps

I suppose the picture below isn't really appropriate for your purpose, either, though it's long been my favorite photo of a field herper in situ. Taken by Sean Belanger, of Pierson Hill. :)

Gerry

Image
by gbin
January 13th, 2015, 5:48 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

Huh, shows how much I know about the subject! :? Maybe I've just never seen a good skin mount of a snake, as the freeze-dried specimens I've seen have definitely been better. In fact, I can think of at least a couple of the latter that I've seen over the years that I thought looked good enough to pu...
by gbin
January 13th, 2015, 1:17 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

Yeah, I suspected they were freeze-dried, as have been the most lifelike preserved snakes I've seen to date. Kerby, if you don't mind my asking, why do you still do skin mounts rather than freeze-drying, yourself? If I'm under some misconception - and I can readily believe I am, as I'm just an inter...
by gbin
January 7th, 2015, 5:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 4548

Re: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?

... As far as a field guide, I thought I remembered that Twan Leenders just came out with a brand new Costa Rica field guide this past year, but I can't find it anywhere, which leaves his earlier edition that came out in the early 2000s.... Leenders' (2001) publisher, Zona Tropical Publications, do...
by gbin
January 4th, 2015, 5:44 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: The Better Guide?
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

Re: The Better Guide?

I have had both books since they first came out and think well of both, though unfortunately neither was published in time for me to put them to good use while I was actually working in Tikal National Park, Guatemala. (That certainly made it tougher, but I got along.) I accordingly recommend getting...
by gbin
January 1st, 2015, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everything that happened with NAFHA in 2014
Replies: 6
Views: 2494

Re: Everything that happened with NAFHA in 2014

Kudos to all involved! :thumb:

And Happy New Year to them and everyone else here at FHF! :beer:

Gerry
by gbin
December 6th, 2014, 9:08 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: roaches for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 5694

Re: roaches for sale

... The last straw was my wife and kid finding a male in our living room (the roaches are maintained in the basement) which then flew off the wall at them... That would do it for me, too! :lol: (Yes, it's true, I'm a wildlife biologist who has spent considerable time afield - but finding a roach cl...
by gbin
December 6th, 2014, 9:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

He doesn't pay his snake suppliers much if anything, I'll bet. There isn't all that much call for snake carcasses out there. Probably he pays more for bird, butterfly and maybe other animal artifacts he uses.

Gerry
by gbin
December 5th, 2014, 5:04 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

Actually, that pricing quite surprises me! :shock: I'm used to seeing art that, while expensive, could nonetheless be considered a pretty good deal due to all of the time and effort that must have gone into creating it, whereas I can't imagine anything more than a modest amount of time and effort we...
by gbin
December 4th, 2014, 6:37 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Preserved Reptiles as Art
Replies: 13
Views: 6774

Re: Preserved Reptiles as Art

It's art, all right, and rather different art at that - but it definitely doesn't fall within my personal tastes. (A nice corn snakeskin hatband made from a deceased pet or DOR found in good condition, on the other hand... ;) ) I've long thought that zoos/aquariums/museums should make way more use o...