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by Soopaman
October 13th, 2014, 11:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas the Big Bend
Replies: 22
Views: 9370

Re: Texas the Big Bend

Great post and nice photos, Jake. Good to see some folks really wreck it out there.
by Soopaman
September 26th, 2014, 6:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Petition To Stop The Kentucky Snakeslayers
Replies: 21
Views: 6554

Re: Petition To Stop The Kentucky Snakeslayers

Are they actually breaking any laws, or do we just not like them because they're killing snakes?
by Soopaman
September 16th, 2014, 7:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby Rat Snake ID Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1877

Re: Baby Rat Snake ID Help

You can get lighter colored specimens in the eastern part of the state, but in general they are darker. It's likely that yours will grow up to be fairly dull colored. I would let it go.
by Soopaman
September 16th, 2014, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with TX rattlesnake ID
Replies: 2
Views: 1403

Re: Help with TX rattlesnake ID

Atrox
by Soopaman
September 16th, 2014, 6:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Baby Rat Snake ID Help
Replies: 4
Views: 1877

Re: Baby Rat Snake ID Help

It's a Texas Rat because the Black Rat subspecies doesn't range this far west. We only have the one subspecies in Texas.

That said, those in the eastern portion of the state tend to look darker than those in the field dominated habitats of the east-central and central parts of the state.
by Soopaman
September 9th, 2014, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ and NM, 12 days including the NAFHA meeting
Replies: 20
Views: 6794

Re: AZ and NM, 12 days including the NAFHA meeting

Andy, it sounds like you had a helluva trip! Kind of hard not to with Mack around!

Great, and impressive, species list. The speck is gorgeous.
by Soopaman
September 9th, 2014, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Year So Far in Florida (Updated)
Replies: 27
Views: 13452

Re: Year So Far in Florida

Cool stuff, Jack.

I really like the canebrake and the EDB! Keep finding more big rattlers!
by Soopaman
August 27th, 2014, 5:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: Snake head fatally bites chef.....karma is a b!tch
Replies: 8
Views: 5530

Re: Snake head fatally bites chef.....karma is a b!tch

Why would you consider this karmic justice? Because it's a herp its not okay to eat? If he was slaughtering an animal just to kill it because he didn't like it, I could see your point. But here we've got a man that was preparing the animal to be consumed, like many other animals, and unfortunately h...
by Soopaman
August 26th, 2014, 8:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Snake drool?
Replies: 10
Views: 4884

Re: Snake drool?

I believe it is, to keep the glottis clear from aspirating fluid. You misunderstand. I believe that for the coachwhip, the drooling is involuntary. Because of the dry conditions and lack of rain, the coachwhip was likely parched. Because of the involuntary drooling response as a result of playing d...
by Soopaman
August 24th, 2014, 6:57 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Snake drool?
Replies: 10
Views: 4884

Re: Snake drool?

I've had a lot of coachwhips do it when picked up and they start playing dead. Interestingly, I've seen a coachwhip drink it's drool, making me believe it's an involuntary response. https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2903/13731477445_c32850ba58_b.jpg Coluber flagellum testaceus (Western Coachwhip) by Ky...
by Soopaman
August 24th, 2014, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A find in S. TX last night
Replies: 8
Views: 2979

Re: A find in S. TX last night

Always love seeing micrurus.


Generally I let them run around on the road/open area a bit before trying to photograph them. Tough little suckers but you can them to pose with some persistence.
by Soopaman
August 20th, 2014, 8:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collecting?
Replies: 230
Views: 190839

Re: Should the term "field herping" exclude animal collectin

Gerry, you say you are more than happy to let the thread die and drift down the board, yet you keep replying to it and then asking for more opinions. My only opinion, at this point, is that you're the vociferous twat we should be ignoring on this thread and this board. You keep stirring up arguments...
by Soopaman
August 18th, 2014, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: August Species List
Replies: 2
Views: 1677

Re: August Species List

Armin and I went out on his property and did a little canebrake hunt on 08-17-14. Black Masked Racer - 1 hiked Copperhead - 1 hiked Eastern Garter - 1 hiked Speckled king - 4 flipped Canebrake - 6 hiked The six canebrakes beats our previous record of four in one day, and amazingly none were found un...
by Soopaman
August 18th, 2014, 6:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182282

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

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3860/14712516204_e39f5af07a_b.jpg Coluber constrictor etheridgei (Tan Racer) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5570/14868358766_98e6bc5cf2_b.jpg Agkistrodon piscivorous leucostoma (Western Cottonmouth) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr https://farm4.stati...
by Soopaman
August 8th, 2014, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer Herping in the RGV - Part 1: The Quest for Leptodeira
Replies: 11
Views: 4537

Re: Summer Herping in the RGV - Part 1: The Quest for Leptod

Blake's pretty good at finding those Leptodeira down there.

Good stuff and nice photos.
by Soopaman
August 3rd, 2014, 9:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: North Texas Herping
Replies: 5
Views: 2370

Re: North Texas Herping

Newts aren't too tough to find, but I wouldn't look until December/January.

Some places in east Texas they can be plentiful:

Image
Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis (Central Newt) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
by Soopaman
August 3rd, 2014, 9:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33076

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

regalringneck wrote:... seems like some of you have a vested interest in this ...
:thumb:
by Soopaman
August 3rd, 2014, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33076

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Why is the vest a problem? Because you don't look cool? Herpers aren't particularly cool in the first place, a vest isn't taking you down much further. The vest isn't the problem, it's the ridiculous required amount of reflective material that's the problem. If we could go buy a regular ANSI vest (...
by Soopaman
August 2nd, 2014, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33076

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I think I have been wrong about something and need some clarification. (Let's leave t&e species out of my questions for simplicity) 1.) Is it illegal to move a snake off the road in Texas even with a hunting license and herp stamp? 2.) If yes, what is the purpose of the reflective vests? 3.) Prior ...
by Soopaman
July 28th, 2014, 10:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33076

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

If they read the forums then maybe they'll read this: I'd love to have a game warden help to get canebrakes off the road during their peak road active season out here, and do something about the locals that brag about killing them. I was taking photos of a DOR canebrake the other day and had a polic...
by Soopaman
July 27th, 2014, 9:26 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: high ISO - 10 years worth of progress - Wow!
Replies: 5
Views: 4352

Re: high ISO - 10 years worth of progress - Wow!

I rarely need to shoot with high ISO, but I've always been satisfied with the results when I do: ISO 1600 https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3905/14705862615_ebf917a1ea_b.jpg Opossum by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr ISO 1600 https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5057/14075764063_91b25cfba9_b.jpg Pantherophis guttatus ...
by Soopaman
July 24th, 2014, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coppers in mid TN??
Replies: 33
Views: 4942

Re: Coppers in mid TN??

I don't know if it escaped your notice, Bill, but he started this thread in 2011 and still hasn't found one.
by Soopaman
July 23rd, 2014, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo Theme! "Striking!"
Replies: 18
Views: 5640

Re: Photo Theme! "Striking!"

This rambunctious yard milk was getting ready to strike! During the photo shoot it would lunge forward and strike, advancing a few inches with each attempt: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2910/13744615865_7400b0f9d5_b.jpg Lampropeltis triangulum amaura (Louisiana Milk Snake) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr
by Soopaman
July 23rd, 2014, 6:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI - Houston & more, October
Replies: 5
Views: 2443

Re: RFI - Houston & more, October

Kris,

I can't promise right now that we'll have time to meet up.

That said, I don't have any problem giving you some spots for coastal atrox. You may luck into a getula (not really the season for them, but I've flipped them in October). Western Coachwhips are also common along the coast.

-Kyle
by Soopaman
July 23rd, 2014, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coppers in mid TN??
Replies: 33
Views: 4942

Re: Coppers in mid TN??

I went out last night and nothing besides a DOR green snake. I wish I were more familiar with the area and knew some good roads to cruise. I think I'm just not far enough out in the sticks to see anything. I wonder what's around Manchester??? Looking for copperheads, at least in the south, you don'...
by Soopaman
July 23rd, 2014, 10:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red-bellied Snake Lip-Curling Behavior
Replies: 14
Views: 4674

Re: Red-bellied Snake Lip-Curling Behavior

I would imagine that due to the size of potential assailants, opening the mouth wide enough to elicit a bite is difficult if not impossible for this diminutive animal. By curling the lips and exposing the teeth, it has a chance to jab the assailant with these teeth and inflict a small amount of pain...
by Soopaman
July 20th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip 7/17-19
Replies: 2
Views: 1445

Re: trip 7/17-19

I'm sorry to hear about your bummer of a trip.

Here's some punctuation guides you may find useful: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/section/1/6/
by Soopaman
July 20th, 2014, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo Theme! "Striking!"
Replies: 18
Views: 5640

Re: Photo Theme! "Striking!"

The diminutive and striking Tantilla nigriceps: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2915/14168366189_1ed0c4cd16_b.jpg Tantilla nigriceps (Plains Blackheaded Snake) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr And a rat snake that recently struck: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5315/14228530602_942e6f0b3c_b.jpg Pantherophis ...
by Soopaman
July 19th, 2014, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ever found the same herp twice?
Replies: 14
Views: 3547

Re: Ever found the same herp twice?

I've got a few that I've run into more than once. This yard milk was found in summer 2011 and again in summer 2012: https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8215/8306812865_96bc6dc219_b.jpg Lampropeltis triangulum amaura (Louisiana Milk Snake) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr Found this huge getula (Sharon) in Nov 20...
by Soopaman
July 19th, 2014, 6:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your Favorite Herp Eye?
Replies: 21
Views: 6380

Re: Your Favorite Herp Eye?

Maybe not the coolest eye, but my favorite photo I have featuring one:

ImageCrotalus atrox (Western Diamondbacked Rattlesnake) by Kyle L.E., on Flickr
by Soopaman
July 17th, 2014, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For those who order on amazon frequently
Replies: 5
Views: 2243

Re: For those who order on amazon frequently

Good stuff, man, I had no idea about this. Basically anything I can order off Amazon, I do. Love my prime membership.
by Soopaman
July 11th, 2014, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Freaky getula
Replies: 4
Views: 1418

Re: Freaky getula

Brian Hubbs wrote:Samuel, Samuel, Samuel... :roll: I thought you had my getula book... 8-) :lol:

Highly recommended.

Always fun to read in January when you want to get pumped up about the start of the season in February.
by Soopaman
July 10th, 2014, 6:53 am
Forum: News
Topic: Bathroom breaks reveals venemous snake...
Replies: 5
Views: 3610

Re: Bathroom breaks reveals venemous snake...

If it's the snake in the picture, then it certainly wasn't a cottonmouth.

Glad they released it, regardless.
by Soopaman
July 9th, 2014, 6:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cool looking Ratsnake
Replies: 8
Views: 2754

Re: Cool looking Ratsnake

Definitely not a corn snake, Muskie.

Looks like a lot of the Texas Rats just west of Houston, but with a lot more red. Good looking rat snake.
by Soopaman
July 6th, 2014, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and NM)
Replies: 5
Views: 2270

Re: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and

Those mole kings are tasty. Good stuff, Noah, it looks like you've had a fun and varied year of herping so far.
by Soopaman
July 6th, 2014, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Appalachian Summer
Replies: 6
Views: 1788

Re: An Appalachian Summer

Definitely not reading this until some paragraphs happen.
by Soopaman
July 2nd, 2014, 6:17 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30513

Re: New Flickr

Robert, that's a lot more work than necessary. Click the right pointing arrow "share photo." Select type (BBcode for forums) and size. Press Ctrl+C. Paste into your post. After the first one, it remembers why type/size you prefer. It takes literally less than 2seconds to get the code and paste it in...
by Soopaman
June 25th, 2014, 7:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30513

Re: New Flickr

I kind of liked the new-old format with the all black viewing screen and larger photo.

This isn't bad. I like the layout of comments and the various info buttons better, though.
by Soopaman
June 24th, 2014, 7:21 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 182282

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

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5079/14228974772_53f5242e54_b.jpg Sistrurus miliarus streckeri (Western Pygmy Rattlesnake) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2898/14044675230_d3909cb61f_b.jpg Sistrurus miliarus streckeri (Western Pygmy Rattlesnake) by Kyle L.E. , on Flickr
by Soopaman
June 20th, 2014, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Houston next week
Replies: 2
Views: 840

Re: Houston next week

What days?

I'll be going out herping on Monday with a friend as it's my day off. I am going out of town on Thursday.
by Soopaman
June 16th, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Temp for Snakes/ General HELP
Replies: 35
Views: 7676

Re: Best Temp for Snakes/ General HELP

General advice: flip boards and debris anytime in April and October. Flip warm days March, cool days in May. Cruise evenings and mornings 75-85°F. Hike when you feel like walking around and don't care about seeing stuff, because for the most part it's a pretty unproductive method of locating snakes,...
by Soopaman
June 13th, 2014, 9:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber or wdb
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

Re: timber or wdb

Get the pics then. 6miles east of Huntsville is piney woods. I could see maybe a WDB in the post oak/savannah habitat to the west of there, but that's still a stretch.
by Soopaman
June 11th, 2014, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber or wdb
Replies: 7
Views: 2207

Re: timber or wdb

I guarantee they've never killed or seen a wdb there. The only rattlers that can potentially be found there are timbers and pygmies. I highly recommend they not kill any if they can't tell the difference as killing a timber can result in the loss of their hunting license and a hefty fine.
by Soopaman
June 7th, 2014, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 4937

Re: June Species Counts

Sweet! Nice find on that mud, Chris. Hope you took pics.
by Soopaman
June 6th, 2014, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber
Replies: 6
Views: 2031

Re: timber

MassHorridus wrote:Imagine if this was in the min forum??? 3...2...1...

Right? There'd be a veritable sh*t show.
by Soopaman
June 5th, 2014, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Central Chapter field trip
Replies: 19
Views: 4804

Re: South Central Chapter field trip

Good luck! Sounds hot and full of mosquitoes. Little late for any of the interesting snakes unless you're doing night hikes, I think. If you go out there at night in a boat in some of the swamps you may be able to shine a mud snake on the bank.
by Soopaman
June 4th, 2014, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber
Replies: 6
Views: 2031

Re: timber

Please remove the exact locale from your post.
by Soopaman
May 28th, 2014, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: sustained pretty decent bite/ northern black racer. OPINIONS
Replies: 47
Views: 8691

Re: sustained pretty decent bite/ northern black racer. OPIN

Paragraphs? Sounds to me like there may have been a tooth of the snake knocked loose into the bite and your skin may have healed over it, which is why it is causing lasting pain. I've had it happen before. Eventually it may work itself out, or you can dig through and try to find it with a sterilized...
by Soopaman
May 27th, 2014, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014
Replies: 19
Views: 4864

Re: LA TX NM AZ CA NV - roadtrip 2014

Good stuff, Jeroen, I'm glad we could help you have a good time here in the Southern US! I do think it's important to share, since you failed to mention, the fantastic greeting your first snake of the trip gave you. How could we ever forget the titty-twister delivered by that rat snake at Armin's ca...
by Soopaman
May 27th, 2014, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1 day = 4/5 venomous for sabine parish (dead or alive)
Replies: 7
Views: 2075

Re: 1 day = 4/5 venomous for sabine parish (dead or alive)

Nice finds, Jeff! Those corals don't seem to turn up to often in y'all's state.