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by intermedius
August 10th, 2016, 12:06 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 1st Half of 2016 - The Birds
Replies: 3
Views: 10868

1st Half of 2016 - The Birds

Hey there, Here's some of the birds that I photographed this year, largely from the states of New Jersey and New York. I am beginning to enjoy watching birds as much as I enjoy herping. The avian community I have been associating with in my neck of the woods (New Jersey) is a very supportive group o...
by intermedius
August 10th, 2016, 11:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to central Maryland
Replies: 6
Views: 3081

Re: New to central Maryland

Maryland's DnR website is pretty useful. The old 1991 version of Conant and Collins' Field Guide is still extremely useful, and should not be no problem. It might also be a good idea to buy "Amphibians and Reptiles of Pennsylvania and the Northeast" by Arthur Hulse, Ellen Censky and CJ McCoy (2001)....
by intermedius
August 8th, 2016, 2:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos
Replies: 11
Views: 6207

Re: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos

Impressive! I just love those Milk Snakes, and those erythrystic cinereus. I just wish we had some of those a little further south where I am, along with those Spring Sals.

I also enjoyed those Woodcock photos. So far, I've only seen them at night when they were breeding.

- Justin
by intermedius
August 3rd, 2016, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is going on here ... more accurately NOT going on here
Replies: 10
Views: 5202

Re: What is going on here ... more accurately NOT going on h

I have been chasing numerous "herps with wings" recently. Regular herps are often bycatch from these expeditions. Exhibit A https://c1.staticflickr.com/8/7269/26768177960_cbef09a7a8_c.jpg Eastern Box Turtle by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://c6.staticflickr.com/8/7292/27042455965_a6dbc87ea5_c...
by intermedius
July 15th, 2016, 9:52 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Identifying empid flycatchers...
Replies: 24
Views: 24325

Re: Identifying empid flycatchers...

Empids, the Desmognathus of the birding world.

- Justin
by intermedius
June 24th, 2016, 5:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 48890

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

I need this badly.

- Justin
by intermedius
June 13th, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: new European field guide
Replies: 7
Views: 16023

Re: new European field guide

Congratulations! I will make sure to order it.

- Justin
by intermedius
May 31st, 2016, 7:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 5433

Re: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, e

I agree with all the above suggestions (Kauffeld, Greene, Conant & Collins, and Dixon). Here are some other books that I have found extremely useful and influential. Not just for snakes, but for herpetology in general: "Reptile Biodiversity: Standard Methods for Inventory and Monitoring" by Roy McDi...
by intermedius
May 9th, 2016, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 4785

Re: Snake ID, Peru

#1, I agree is Erythrolamprus (Liophis) reginae

#2 is Chironius fuscus


- Justin
by intermedius
February 5th, 2016, 10:36 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds
Replies: 7
Views: 13778

Re: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds

Thank you very much.

- Justin
by intermedius
January 29th, 2016, 6:53 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds
Replies: 7
Views: 13778

Re: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds

Thank you Mark and Pete!

I strive to improve my photography as the years go on.

- Justin
by intermedius
January 29th, 2016, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - Herps
Replies: 4
Views: 2444

Re: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - Herps

Thanks guys.
Good stuff. Was the spadefoot, Gopher Frog and crowned snake from Martin County, by any chance?
The Spadefoot was found in Cumberland County, North Carolina

The Gopher Frog and Crowned Snake were found in Martin County.

- Justin
by intermedius
January 27th, 2016, 10:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main forum)
Replies: 5
Views: 2566

Re: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main for

Thanks Alex!

I feel pretty lucky to have seen so many things in the pines this year. Worm Snakes can be pretty abundant in the Pines, but they're pretty cool to find.

- Justin
by intermedius
January 27th, 2016, 10:11 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds
Replies: 7
Views: 13778

Re: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds

Thanks Kelly, glad you enjoyed
by intermedius
January 26th, 2016, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main forum)
Replies: 5
Views: 2566

Re: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main for

Thanks both! Glad you enjoyed. I'm especially impressed with that Green Salamander...one a trip to SW VA, one was spotted wedged deep in a crevice, but nobody got a shot or a clear look at it. I really want to get back within their range to try to find one again (hopefully in better weather for it; ...
by intermedius
January 26th, 2016, 10:05 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds
Replies: 7
Views: 13778

2015 Highlights (NJ & FL) - The Birds

Here is a summary of some of the birds I have found in New Jersey and Florida this 2015 season. I began to get interested in birds after I took a Field Ecology course during highschool, which focused on birds of prey. I got to spend my spare time at school raptor spotting with another student, who w...
by intermedius
January 24th, 2016, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - Herps
Replies: 4
Views: 2444

2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - Herps

A little late, but here are some of my favorite herps I saw over the 2015 herp season. My dad accompanied me in a lot of my herp expeditions, and has really gotten interested and thrilled with herping and birding. He even spots things an entire group misses! It was a great year. I got to travel to m...
by intermedius
January 24th, 2016, 2:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main forum)
Replies: 5
Views: 2566

2015 Highlights (Northeast, KS & FL) - (same as main forum)

A little late, but here are some of my favorite herps I saw over the 2015 herp season. My dad accompanied me in a lot of my herp expeditions, and has really gotten interested and thrilled with herping and birding. He even spots things an entire group misses! It was a great year. I got to travel to m...
by intermedius
January 22nd, 2016, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dangerfield Herps
Replies: 21
Views: 11285

Re: Dangerfield Herps

This is a great thread. Here's some of the common amphibians from New Jersey / Northeast https://farm1.staticflickr.com/664/22798840112_6ca41b69d6_c.jpg Northern Two-lined Salamander by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://farm1.staticflickr.com/766/22780540474_d2f00b1786_c.jpg Northern Two-lined ...
by intermedius
January 20th, 2016, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes
Replies: 43
Views: 20297

Re: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes

Individual Sirtalis that I have found in Cape May County, NJ have a substantial amount of red. This might be due to residue tannin. Another Pine Barrens specimen that sadly slid away before I could photographed it was a gorgeous rusty red. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/13747377685_d903b0af30_c...
by intermedius
January 14th, 2016, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...
Replies: 7
Views: 3831

Re: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...

"Field Guide to the Snakes and Other Reptiles of Southern Africa" by Bill Branch "A Complete Guide to Snakes of Southern Africa" by Johan Marais "A Complete Guide to the Frogs of Southern Africa" by Louis du Preez and Vincent Carruthers "Amphibians of Central and Southern Africa" by Alan Channing I ...
by intermedius
January 14th, 2016, 4:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 38822

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

ImageNorthern Pinesnake by Justin (NoNameKey), on Flickr



- Justin
by intermedius
December 29th, 2015, 11:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two new species of pitvipers from North America
Replies: 4
Views: 3865

Re: Two new species of pitvipers from North America

Excellent paper. Enjoyed every page.

- Justin
by intermedius
December 15th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders
Replies: 9
Views: 4659

Re: Aneides- the Climbing Salamanders

In Situ Aneides aeneus I found this August from West Virginia:

ImageGreen Salamander by Justin (NoNameKey), on Flickr

Was a sublime experience.

- Justin
by intermedius
December 1st, 2015, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard
Replies: 4
Views: 3177

Re: My milk snake brings all the boys to the yard

Excellent selection of Milks. They're probably my favorite snake in my area just because of all the polymorphism. Always a thrill and adventure to search for them as well.

Thanks for sharing,

-Justin
by intermedius
November 14th, 2015, 6:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology
Replies: 15
Views: 7697

Re: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology

The first one looks a bit more like a hyoprora based on the rostral. The second one looks more like a microphthalmus. I'm not sure based on these pictures. The best way to differentiate the two species is by looking at the subcaudal scales underneath the tail. In hyoprora, most of the subcaudals are...
by intermedius
November 10th, 2015, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Plz Help Snake ID - Dallas Tx Area
Replies: 2
Views: 1348

Re: Plz Help Snake ID - Dallas Tx Area

Your snake is a Rough Earth Snake - Virginia (Haldea) striatula

- Justin
by intermedius
November 7th, 2015, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)
Replies: 8
Views: 3679

Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

I thoroughly enjoyed.

Your Desmognathus sp. is an ochrophaeus.

- Justin
by intermedius
November 7th, 2015, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights of 2015
Replies: 6
Views: 2938

Re: Highlights of 2015

A fine selection of photographs and snakes. Looks like you had a great year

- Justin
by intermedius
November 4th, 2015, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November 2015 Species Counts
Replies: 4
Views: 3950

Re: November 2015 Species Counts

November 1st - Hunterdon County, NJ
Temperature was 62-65 degrees

3 Marbled Salamander larvae
9 Northern Slimy Salamanders
4 Northern Two-lined Salamanders
>10 Northern Redback Salamanders
1 Eastern Gartersnake
by intermedius
October 9th, 2015, 9:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

After looking at some guides, I agree that it might not be S. diehli. I counted the upper labial scales and it looks like there are eight with the fourth and the fifth labial are in contact with the eye. Usually with diehli, modestus and guentheri, they have seven upper labials with the third and fo...
by intermedius
October 9th, 2015, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2351

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

Fantastic photograph, first of all!

I think this is Stegonotus diehli

- Justin
by intermedius
October 9th, 2015, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador
Replies: 7
Views: 4260

Re: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador

For the bornean species, I agree on Coelognathus flavolineatus The ecuadorian snake is not an Atractus . Based on your location and morphology I can say with confidence that you found Saphenophis boursieri - the Spotted Genuine Snake. It is closely related to several dipsadid snakes in the region an...
by intermedius
October 7th, 2015, 7:47 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: If there could be a book
Replies: 12
Views: 17069

Re: If there could be a book

Myanmar would be my #1 choice for me. The literature from that region is highly fragmented and it's a critical spot with lots of ecoregions and unresolved problems with taxonomy and which species live there. Other places I'd like to see some more comprehensive or updated guides would be: Sumatra, Ph...
by intermedius
September 30th, 2015, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show Some September Snakes!
Replies: 9
Views: 2703

Re: Show Some September Snakes!

Here's some of the snakes I saw this September https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5744/21040874844_67e0f9989a_b.jpg Northern Black Racer (Juvenile) by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5725/20953154994_1b4c219705_b.jpg Eastern Milksnake by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https...
by intermedius
September 29th, 2015, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9139

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

Similar to other members of the genus Stegonotus, they are terrestrial snakes that may live around water sources like streams and ponds in search of amphibian prey. The genus is interesting, because Stegonotus is mainly an Australasian group (most species are found on New Guinea or Australia) but a ...
by intermedius
September 28th, 2015, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Black Snake from Lebanon
Replies: 33
Views: 10460

Re: ID Black Snake from Lebanon

It is hard to tell due to the photograph not showing the lateral side of the head, but it is either Dolichophis jugularis , a harmless colubrid related to the racers of eurasia and North America or Walterinnesia aegyptia . The latter is a highly venomous relative of the cobras, often called the "Des...
by intermedius
September 27th, 2015, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garters, northern water snakes, September, So New England
Replies: 9
Views: 2770

Re: Garters, northern water snakes, September, So New Englan

Apparently, lots of rain will drop down around Monday and Tuesday (if the Radar and forecast is correct). All is not lost :mrgreen:

So far the only boards that have had snakes underneath in my area are ones a few dozen meters from a water source.

- Justin
by intermedius
September 22nd, 2015, 7:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)
Replies: 26
Views: 9139

Re: Snake ID please (Halmahera, Indonesia)

This snake is Stegonotus batjanensis, a frog-eating Colubrid that is closely related to the Slaty-Grey Snake of Australia and New Guinea. It is endemic to the Maluku Island region of Indonesia (Ambon, Halmahera, Bacan, Morotai, etc) and is characterized by its brilliant yellow speckled head, but the...
by intermedius
May 26th, 2015, 7:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LECHs go West, a trip to SoCal.
Replies: 3
Views: 1625

Re: LECHs go West, a trip to SoCal.

Looks like a fantastic trip!
by intermedius
May 5th, 2015, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize Herp ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 3280

Re: Belize Herp ID's

The Stenorrhina looks more like an Adelphicos quadrivirgatum. Striped morphs of Stenorrhina have a rounder head with a stripe above the upper labials, and the top of the head is usually plain (the same coloration as the dorsum)

Awesome finds

-Justin
by intermedius
April 25th, 2015, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List
Replies: 44
Views: 58230

Re: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List

In the United States- 10. Flint Hills - KS 9. Red Hills - AL (A particular salamander) 8. Appalachicola National Forest - FL (The diversity) 7. Lower Peninsula - MI 6. Hyde County - NC (Red things) 5. Chihuahuan Desert - TX and NM 4. Ouachita Mountains - OK and AR 3. North Georgia Mountains / Piedmo...
by intermedius
March 27th, 2015, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 20757

Re: salamander migration

Spotteds, Wood Frogs and Peepers were moving in force last night in Hunterdon County, NJ
by intermedius
March 9th, 2015, 6:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 20757

Re: salamander migration

Most of the vernals here are still frozen. I think a couple salamanders will move here in NJ this week during the rains, but I anticipate a big movement on March 14th

- Justin
by intermedius
February 23rd, 2015, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 6610

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

I agree! Those posts are very therapeutic. It's hard to imagine Spring is nearby, but slight signs are optimistic. There's been some cool "Herps with Wings" about however. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8616/16615613071_4f7e599400_c.jpg Northern Mockingbird by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://...
by intermedius
February 18th, 2015, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for help on an ambitious plan
Replies: 13
Views: 6862

Re: Request for help on an ambitious plan

Here in NJ, most Ambystoma (both laterale and jeffersonianum) will be moving by the end of March if the weather permits. We also have some frigid temperatures right now, and a sufficient amount of snow. So far the only things moving around here are herps with wings and whatever lurks near spring see...
by intermedius
February 4th, 2015, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Hopes and Dreams.
Replies: 13
Views: 3729

Re: 2015 Hopes and Dreams.

I'd love to see more Milksnakes this year.
by intermedius
January 28th, 2015, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake identification in the Kinabatangan river, Borneo.
Replies: 7
Views: 2598

Re: Snake identification in the Kinabatangan river, Borneo.

Looks like Ptyas fusca. Though not 100% certain

-Justin
by intermedius
January 15th, 2015, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of 2014 and a Taste of 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 3461

Re: End of 2014 and a Taste of 2015

Loved every herp, looks like you had a sublime year.

- Justin
by intermedius
January 14th, 2015, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Belated 2014 End of Year Post: NJ and some Florida
Replies: 3
Views: 1624

Re: The Belated 2014 End of Year Post: NJ and some Florida

Thanks! :thumb: I missed a couple other things from this year as well. https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8637/15546413104_50d3147769_c.jpg Oak Toad by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7465/15966700599_be6827f8e4_c.jpg Florida Banded Watersnake by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Fli...