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by gbin
December 3rd, 2014, 5:47 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: roaches for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 5694

Re: roaches for sale

Do Dubia not smell as other roaches do? I've encountered numerous roach species over the years, in the wild and in captivity, and to my nose they all have more or less the same awful stink (which would certainly keep me from being fooled about what my wife was keeping ;) ). Cricket species bother me...
by gbin
December 2nd, 2014, 10:56 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: American Fisheries Society End-of-Year Book Sale
Replies: 0
Views: 7753

American Fisheries Society End-of-Year Book Sale

I just wanted to let those who might be interested know that the AFS End-of-Year Book Sale just started and continues until Jan. 12th. These are mostly scientific titles, but that's not to say a fisherman or other kind of fish hobbyist won't find something of interest. I just ordered a copy of Biolo...
by gbin
November 26th, 2014, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

... we have all done that... This is the most popular rationalization for setting boards or other herp-loving trash out without the landowner's/manager's permission. Unfortunately for those who rely on it: - It is far from true. - Littering/illegal dumping laws and the perceptions of non-herpers ar...
by gbin
November 24th, 2014, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Thanks for clarifying that, Kel!

I'm hitting the road tomorrow morning to spend some time with distant family, so I'd better say it now:

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving, everybody! (Yes, even those of you who don't live in the U.S. and won't be celebrating the holiday! ;) )

:beer:

Gerry
by gbin
November 24th, 2014, 12:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Now, now... I'm not complacent about this stuff. I just think we're better off focusing on what we can and should do about it rather than what we might wish we could do about it.

But your comeback was witty, in any event. :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
November 24th, 2014, 12:19 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: For those interested in herp translocation
Replies: 1
Views: 2937

For those interested in herp translocation

The December 2014 issue of Animal Conservation is a special one focusing specifically on herp translocation, and is open access (i.e. free)!

Special Issue: Moving Towards Greater Success in Translocations: Recent Advances from the Herpetofauna

Gerry
by gbin
November 24th, 2014, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

It's not a question of scientists being embedded in an ideology (antiquated or otherwise), Kelly, but of their being (rightfully) reluctant to abide by the judgment of people who are not sufficiently educated or experienced to determine a study's scientific merit. Or worse, who display an emotional/...
by gbin
November 24th, 2014, 8:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Gerry: Yes I did talk to them about it, but their response gave me the impression that it was common practice (at least for their lab!), which is what prompted me to start this post in the first place. Great to know of the self policing in science. But just a follow up question: if the author was t...
by gbin
November 21st, 2014, 8:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Good follow-up, yuesam. :thumb: It's too bad you had such a negative experience, but remember that wildlife scientists are still people; there are plenty who do a great job, a few who do an awful job and plenty more who fall somewhere between the extremes. At least science has a profound interest in...
by gbin
November 19th, 2014, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need help
Replies: 26
Views: 7872

Re: Need help

I'm talking to every species on earth, here, not just humanity...

Can't we all just get along?

;)

Gerry
by gbin
November 17th, 2014, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

1. Ignore Gerry. ... 6. Ignore Gerry. I suppose I should have warned you, Nick, that my participation in this thread on a sometimes contentious topic was likely to draw the occasional comment from one or another person who has foolishly deemed me some kind of enemy. :roll: As I mentioned, lots of g...
by gbin
November 17th, 2014, 7:37 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Seeking advice for a relatively young/new herper
Replies: 1
Views: 9547

Seeking advice for a relatively young/new herper

A discussion concerning setting up board lines in order to obtain herp data for one of the official data sets has arisen on the Board Line, and I think the young man who initiated it (and others who might be thinking of acting as he has done) would benefit from hearing your thoughts on the subject, ...
by gbin
November 17th, 2014, 7:35 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Seeking advice for a relatively young/new herper
Replies: 0
Views: 2306

Seeking advice for a relatively young/new herper

A discussion concerning setting up board lines in order to obtain herp data for one of the official data sets has arisen on the Board Line, and I think the young man who initiated it (and others who might be thinking of acting as he has done) would benefit from hearing your thoughts on the subject, ...
by gbin
November 17th, 2014, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

Nick, I almost forgot, re: your PM to me, I was going to PM this reply to you but decided it would best be placed here, too... ****************** I'm not offended at all, Nick, and I appreciate your taking my criticism rationally rather than emotionally as well. It's unfortunately true that lots of ...
by gbin
November 17th, 2014, 6:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

Don't get me wrong, Nick, I think it's great that you want your hobby to serve a higher purpose than merely your own entertainment. But that's no excuse for unethical and illegal behavior. (Nor will it save you from unemployment or legal prosecution.) Indeed, I would hope that most in NAFHA - and ce...
by gbin
November 16th, 2014, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

Most of the boards have been placed on private property with permission from the owners. Other areas are harder to reach. I do utility work for a living and have acquired keys to some gates here and there. Most of the lines are near service roads and aren't more than 15-20 boards each. I'm trying n...
by gbin
November 16th, 2014, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seasoning Boardlines
Replies: 38
Views: 43719

Re: Seasoning Boardlines

Dare I ask whether you and your friend restrained yourselves to placing your 300(!) boards only on property you own or have permission to treat thus? I certainly hope that's the case!

Gerry
by gbin
November 16th, 2014, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: That moment when you're excited to see your work cited...
Replies: 14
Views: 5783

Re: That moment when you're excited to see your work cited..

I liked the article, jonathan!

Just wait until someone cites you in a manner that attributes to you something you never said nor believed - in a real scientific article in a legitimate journal, no less. Oh yes, get your writing around enough and it will happen. :x

Gerry
by gbin
November 15th, 2014, 6:01 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

As long as you don't call her Nurse Ratched in reply, Kel, I reckon you two will be all right! ;) There must be some nice rock guides out there, but I've never sought such and so can't advise. I'll be curious to see what advice others might have, though. Before leaving the subject of FR I'll emphasi...
by gbin
November 14th, 2014, 2:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

If it's the same FR I'm thinking of, he's doubtless provided the folks at that other website with plenty of reason to bash him - as he did back when he participated here. All his narcissism would allow him to accept from other people was deferential, preferably downright worshipful, behavior, wherea...
by gbin
November 14th, 2014, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9176

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Bryan Hamilton wrote:... this seems to be an obvious trolling attempt...
Indeed.

Gerry
by gbin
November 11th, 2014, 6:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

Hey, Kel. I've been meaning to tell you that I like your new avatar! :thumb: Yeah, I actually used to enjoy reading MSDSs, too, until I regularly had to read many tens of them at a time and assiduously apply what I learned from them to ensure the safety not only of myself but also a variety of stude...
by gbin
November 11th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

... Kelly brings up something (toxicity) that I recollect being discussed somewhere in all my online research into sculpting materials and coatings. Apparently in some of the modeling/sculpting epoxies, there's something really nasty. The original poster there mentioned looking at the MSDS, page 2,...
by gbin
November 11th, 2014, 6:26 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

The stuff I mentioned is sculpting epoxy... Jimi, do I recall correctly from past discussions that you've also tried the Apoxie Sculpt that I mentioned? If so, how would you say the two products compare? Apoxie Sculpt works much like putty, whereas the stuff you're talking about sounds wetter and s...
by gbin
November 10th, 2014, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10552

Re: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?

Ok, I've looked over your responses here and by PM and thought things over a bit more. I hope you don't mind if I just respond here to try to keep everything in one place and to enable others to help you spot where I might be saying something that's actually irrelevant to your situation or just plai...
by gbin
November 9th, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

Don't worry, Jimi, I'm not interested in fighting and I didn't think you were either. I just offered my thoughts that appear counter to yours, and took the opportunity to point out that the way you expressed your thoughts came off with me in a manner that perhaps you didn't intend. And I couldn't ag...
by gbin
November 9th, 2014, 9:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

... I build for the animals, not the living room, the delight of visitors, or to make a coffee-table book... I was thinking more along the lines of a how-to guide - partly meant to emphasize the importance of building for the animals, which virtually all the tutorials I've seen online seem to ignor...
by gbin
November 9th, 2014, 9:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10552

Re: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?

Thanks in turn for taking my advice as it was intended (even where you felt it didn't really pertain to your situation), jonathan. :beer: And for explaining the situation more fully to me, too. I do feel I understand better now. So, assuming for the sake of discussion here that you have or will acqu...
by gbin
November 7th, 2014, 2:45 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79397

Re: zoo med excavator clay

some of the best work we have ever done we have never photographed couldn't agree more Kelly, I've built and renovated or torn down more enclosure boxes and decor than I care to think about...all virtually picture-free Indeed! My wife and I let nearly the entire three years we spent living and work...
by gbin
November 7th, 2014, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10552

Re: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?

I see there are two threads currently running on more or less the same subject. This seems the more general thread (the other appears to be focusing specifically on drift fence and pitfall trapping), so I'll put my comments here. My apologies for chiming in so late, but I was traveling most of the t...
by gbin
October 29th, 2014, 8:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need trash or rocks
Replies: 41
Views: 9269

Re: Need trash or rocks

Huh, there used to be a Gainesville Herpetological Society based right there in town. Does it no longer exist? If not, that's a pity.

Gerry
by gbin
October 28th, 2014, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need trash or rocks
Replies: 41
Views: 9269

Re: Need trash or rocks

cj0000, if I still lived in the Gainesville area (I did for a long time) I'd happily take you out and show you some places I especially liked. If you've been trying without luck to find something in particular and I know a good spot for it I'd be happy to share that with you by PM, too. But then you...
by gbin
October 28th, 2014, 5:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 88479

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

... we can, however, do our best to search for it, and if we find it, the debate will end. If we don't, then the search will continue, the dreams will never die, and the allure of the hunt will always be there... If one enjoys such searching then I think that's great; I'd suggest folks dream bigger...
by gbin
October 27th, 2014, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 88479

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

Welcome back doc, even if it is w/ your mamalogist hat on ... 300 miles & across the US border isn't a mere modest range extension when it comes to our legless friends! Such a (possible) range extension distance might be more impressive for a snake than a mammal, rxr, but that doesn't mean it's any...
by gbin
October 26th, 2014, 1:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 181
Views: 88479

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

The best part of this thread in my opinion: ... Science has a way of correcting itself: that is what it is intended to do and why it is an open-ended process available to amendment with additional data... I find biogeography very interesting, but I've never understood why people get so excited over ...
by gbin
October 25th, 2014, 10:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need trash or rocks
Replies: 41
Views: 9269

Re: Need trash or rocks

For the record, I have no aliases on FHF. Those days have been gone for 10 years. I'm thinking of resurrecting Manual Labor though...just for old times sake...I theen so... I thought it had been a good long while since I'd seen a post by one of your aliases, Brian. Please don't go back to using the...
by gbin
October 25th, 2014, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need trash or rocks
Replies: 41
Views: 9269

Re: Need trash or rocks

So my asking is really a nothing to lose and everything to gain type scenario... This is the exact same motivation as that behind the Nigerian prince scam... :lol: Folks here know that I see nothing wrong with sharing herping information - including on locations where one has had success finding th...
by gbin
October 21st, 2014, 12:31 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Jobs Board?
Replies: 5
Views: 3465

Re: Jobs Board?

Check out Texas A&M's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Job Board

There are other such internet job boards out there, but this is the most comprehensive one I'm aware of.

Gerry
by gbin
October 17th, 2014, 6:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 7472

Re: zoos in the US that have best representation of Asian he

Does the AZA have a way of searching for zoo holdings on their website? Another organization maintains a database of zoo animal holdings, ISIS (International Species Information System) . They used to allow internet searching of their database, but don't at present. Apparently one can e-mail them w...
by gbin
October 14th, 2014, 3:19 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Is This Spider Story For Real?
Replies: 2
Views: 2522

Re: Is This Spider Story For Real?

My wife and I once lived in a rental house in rural north-central FL that was infested by an amazing number of spiders. We attributed it to the fact that the previous tenants were disgusting pigs who apparently routinely threw edible garbage into the backyard for their dog, which dragged it all unde...
by gbin
September 23rd, 2014, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

I frankly dismiss the question of where animals are better off, on grounds of both inadequate information and irrelevance. I'm not sure if this was directed at me... Not personally, cj0000. It's directed at any and all who pose this question about zoo animals, or believe they can answer it. ... it ...
by gbin
September 23rd, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

I miss spending the occasional morning alone in the company of those tigers, too... :| We really got to know each other during my time working with them. I was even blood brother to one of them, having accidentally stuck myself with a syringe full of his blood while transferring it to a red-top tube...
by gbin
September 23rd, 2014, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

I don't differentiate between zoos and aquariums, except that I do recognize we've much further to go with respect to keeping large aquatic organisms (e.g. cetaceans). If I recall correctly, hippos kill more people in Africa than do any other kind of animal there. Elephants and tigers not too infreq...
by gbin
September 21st, 2014, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

I don't know what if any role grudges play in it, but I do know that chimps are also quite dangerous to work with. When they really go after someone - which they seem to do without warning, as if someone simply flipped a switch inside their heads - they start by biting/tearing into the person's limb...
by gbin
September 20th, 2014, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

Back when my dad was first looking for a zoo job, he applied to 100 zoos, which I think wasn't far from every institution in the country... I was much more selective when I graduated from college, sending resumes to only 52 zoos across the country. :lol: And I got 0 interviews or offers for my trou...
by gbin
September 19th, 2014, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

... turned down the chance to head up the Reptile House at the Santa Barbara Zoo because their pay scale was to low... I know where you're coming from there, too! One can have all kinds of education and experience, and yet the zoo job one applies for will offer an astonishingly low salary and still...
by gbin
September 19th, 2014, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

... they wanted me to work with Elephants (the most dangerous job at a Zoo)... We certainly agree on this, Jim! I worked with tigers for years and loved it, even after one genuinely close call. Though I've had opportunities to work with elephants, the closest I've been willing to come to doing so i...
by gbin
September 18th, 2014, 10:49 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?
Replies: 121
Views: 115734

Re: What was your last lifer?

On the topic of squirrels, I saw my first (and second, and third...) Kaibab squirrel(s) while visiting the North Rim of the Grand Canyon last week. Beautiful species, very similar but in my opinion even prettier than its close cousin the Abert's squirrel on the South Rim. Tried hard to get pictures,...
by gbin
September 17th, 2014, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

I meant to include in my post above but forgot: I'm sorry if some think I'm being overly defensive of zoos (and I don't even work for one anymore) or overly harsh toward some of their critics, but I have seen too much nonsense posted about them on these message boards at times in the past. Zoos in g...
by gbin
September 17th, 2014, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhibit
Replies: 55
Views: 24161

Re: Zoo destroying Alameda Whipsnake habitat for Bison exhib

... like you said, they run it like a business, and the gate receipts most often take precedence over everything else... That's not actually what I said. To clarify: - I said there is a tendency toward zoo administrations trying to run their zoos strictly as businesses, i.e. with an eye toward noth...