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by Jeff
March 6th, 2016, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A question on wild snake growth rates.
Replies: 7
Views: 3241

Re: A question on wild snake growth rates.

I have only done mark/recapture on racers and coachwhips, and didn't measure them -- just wanted to check for return offenders in the pine snake traps. I had a look at Fitch's study on Red-sided Garter Snakes in northeastern Kansas, and he has some growth records. Average snout-vent length of young ...
by Jeff
February 28th, 2016, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is calling?
Replies: 5
Views: 2443

Re: What is calling?

Nick

Last week a few peepers were calling at midday, full sun, about 63°F, southeast Louisiana at just under 31° Lat. That was unusual, as there have been some good rains this winter, and I haven't heard them calling in a few weeks. I thought it would be over, but there are stragglers.

Jeff
by Jeff
February 10th, 2016, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake
Replies: 14
Views: 6058

Re: The interesting story of the Clarion Island Nightsnake

Beebe did, in fact, keep the specimen, which went to his base of operations at the American Museum of Natural History. Using that pickled specimen, Wilmer Tanner described it as a new subspecies (Hypsiglena ochrorhynchus unaocularis) in 1946, and using the newly collected things, Mulcahy recently el...
by Jeff
January 12th, 2016, 8:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Andrea and Mike's 2015 Species Seen (xposted from NE Chapter
Replies: 15
Views: 7215

Re: Andrea and Mike's 2015 Species Seen (xposted from NE Cha

The funny rat from Collier County looks like what was known as Elaphe obsoleta deckerti into the 1970s - the Key Rat, which was a yellow rat that kept the baby blotches. My Massachusetts Blanding's Turtle story was posted prior to the crash, so I will repeat: In 2nd grade, about 1967 in Acton, Mass,...
by Jeff
January 12th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake on Google Earth
Replies: 2
Views: 1369

Snake on Google Earth

I'm not saying you can see snakes using Google Earth, but there is a young adult San Joaquin Coachwhip that someone posted in the Cuyama Valley. The icon is at 35-03-21 N and 119-54-49 W.
by Jeff
October 4th, 2015, 3:32 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Free to a good home
Replies: 1
Views: 8309

Free to a good home

I have many journals, fairly complete sets, mostly 1960s-1990s of

Copeia
Herpetologica
Journal of Herpetology
Herpetological Review
Herpetological Natural History

They are free, you just have to come to Louisiana to pick them up.

Send me a PM if interested,

Jeff
by Jeff
September 17th, 2015, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduced Aspidoscelis sonorae, or is it something else??
Replies: 10
Views: 3038

Re: Introduced Aspidoscelis sonorae, or is it something else

Those look like Giant Spotted Whiptails as they look in the Pajarito Mountains.

Jeff
by Jeff
September 9th, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamander ID request from Oregon
Replies: 8
Views: 2405

Re: Salamander ID request from Oregon

It's a Plethodon dunni, but of a morph that was known for some time as the Mary's Peak Salamander, Plethodon gordoni.

Jeff
by Jeff
September 9th, 2015, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF let me in on it's secret.
Replies: 9
Views: 5657

Re: ANF let me in on it's secret.

Eight known from Louisiana, last one in 1990.
by Jeff
September 9th, 2015, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Valley Gartersnake?
Replies: 13
Views: 2986

Re: Valley Gartersnake?

The quick ID character for it being a Mountain Garter is the finely serrate margins of the vertebral stripe, which can be seen as tiny pale marks extending outward from the stripe.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 20th, 2015, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not the only one out looking for 'snakes'
Replies: 33
Views: 8819

Re: Not the only one out looking for 'snakes'

I'm hearing you Musk, I guess I didn't have the looks back in the day (1960s-1970s).

However, we were well warned......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pcy_6anmVUc
by Jeff
June 11th, 2015, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Most Common Herp in Your Area
Replies: 16
Views: 5044

Re: The Most Common Herp in Your Area

My home in suburban Baton Rouge Backyard http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m581/JeffBoundy/DSC_0428.jpg Most common (only) salamander is the Three-toed Amphiuma http://i1133.photobucket.com/albums/m581/JeffBoundy/DSC_0755.jpg Most common anuran is the Eastern Narrowmouth Toad http://i1133.photobuc...
by Jeff
June 8th, 2015, 7:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake Game - what am I?
Replies: 8
Views: 2552

Re: Gartersnake Game - what am I?

This was a trick question.
I would refer you to a book, "Harmless Snakes of the West", which provides the necessary, um, diagnostic..., um, photograp....

...nevermind

what Owen said.

Jeff
by Jeff
June 5th, 2015, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aquatic garter snake question
Replies: 7
Views: 1980

Re: Aquatic garter snake question

I just got a Hubbs alert about this critter, and see that before I could hang up the phone he had already edited his post, riding my coattails to correctness. It is, indeed, a Diablo Range garter. They occur on the southeast flank of the Santa Cruz Mountains in the semi-open country, and mingle with...
by Jeff
June 1st, 2015, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A froggy night north of Houston
Replies: 4
Views: 2530

Re: A froggy night north of Houston

Matt That is a great peak of activity. Unless you are under water now due to subsequent floods... Is that a place that might have Houston Toads? You heard Strecker's Chorus frogs: a colleague thought he might have heard some in central Louisiana at the same time. How does a guy know for sure that is...
by Jeff
May 29th, 2015, 2:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: BioBlitz 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 5551

Re: BioBlitz 2013

Heather

Are you SURE that the Sceloporus and pine tree were part of that particular Bioblitz? Neither are native inhabitants south of Lake Pontchartrain. As the semi-official herpetogeographer for Louisiana, I must ask.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 29th, 2015, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Snake ID (Enhydris)
Replies: 3
Views: 2203

Re: Bornean Snake ID (Enhydris)

It looks like Homalophis doriae, formerly Enhydris doriae.

Jeff
by Jeff
May 13th, 2015, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We've lost another great herpetologist
Replies: 8
Views: 3227

Re: We've lost another great herpetologist

Charlie was a great guy, and I consider his a very untimely, and misfortunate passing. The last time I spent time with Charlie was at a Federal meeting in 2010. He sat next to me for four days, and we grilled each other during the tedium about herpetofaunal exploits over the years. He spent much of ...
by Jeff
April 18th, 2015, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My FIRST in situ photographs - POST YOURS
Replies: 33
Views: 9874

Re: My FIRST in situ photographs - POST YOURS

Draco

Amazing spot on that alligator lizard.

Jeff
by Jeff
April 13th, 2015, 4:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Pond Turtle endangered?
Replies: 14
Views: 3085

Western Pond Turtle endangered?

The US Fish & Wildlife Service has determined that a petition to list the Western Pond Turtle as federally Threatened or Endangered is warranted, and they are soliciting information that supports or contradicts that determination.

http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04 ... -07837.pdf

Jeff
by Jeff
April 3rd, 2015, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Four Corners lizard ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1584

Re: Four Corners lizard ID

Second on Telegans
by Jeff
April 1st, 2015, 6:58 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: New Thailand Guide
Replies: 0
Views: 3775

New Thailand Guide

This just in... 314 pages, $40 paperback....

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Jeff
by Jeff
March 16th, 2015, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help
Replies: 6
Views: 1733

Re: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help

First lizard looks like Gonocephalus grandis
by Jeff
March 16th, 2015, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help
Replies: 6
Views: 1733

Re: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help

Kongi

Second lizard looks like a female Calotes mystaceus

First snake looks like a species of Calamaria

Second snake is Pseudoxendon macrops

Jeff
by Jeff
March 10th, 2015, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The First 2 Months
Replies: 6
Views: 3364

Re: The First 2 Months

Noah

I also heard the crickets chirping. Snake and lizard activity is really up over here as well. I think the folks north of the 31st parallel are in denial. By the time their snow melts we will be contemplating the Fall activity peak. Hasta Septiembre!

Jeff
by Jeff
March 10th, 2015, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lunch break
Replies: 3
Views: 1607

Re: Lunch break

Are those desperate animals, or typical spring verdure? Folks in the United States may not realize that you are at the latitude of middle Canada and southern Alaska!
by Jeff
March 6th, 2015, 5:48 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: If there could be a book
Replies: 12
Views: 15620

Re: If there could be a book

it's no secret to those who pay attention to the literature that there simply are not enough books out there to satisfy one's appetite for herpetological knowledge. Particularly frustrating is the lack of books that discuss a country or region's herpetofauna in a monograph-type fashion. I have been...
by Jeff
January 23rd, 2015, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 9556

Re: Educational Ethics

Your statement "bring harm" is equivocal - bring spiritual harm? physical harm? Perhaps holding the snake and allowing each student, volunteer only, to come and touch the snake, as per potential physical agonistic reactions. The kid in question can watch through the classroom door. That would be edu...
by Jeff
January 23rd, 2015, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Officer List
Replies: 3
Views: 1946

Re: 2015 Officer List

Noah

I volunteered myself as Vice President

Jeff
by Jeff
January 5th, 2015, 5:37 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: The Better Guide?
Replies: 6
Views: 4455

Re: The Better Guide?

In addition to Jerry's comments -- I have both in hand, and have never been anywhere near that part of the world. Thus, with some objectivitiy: 1- Lee has range maps for each species, Campbell has none 2- Lee covers all of the Yucatan, Campbell only the southern base 3- Lee uses excellent ink drawin...
by Jeff
December 23rd, 2014, 3:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peepers calling yet? LA, TX, AR.
Replies: 5
Views: 1949

Re: Peepers calling yet? LA, TX, AR.

Peepers really going around Baton Rouge as of this afternoon, with more rain coming.
by Jeff
December 14th, 2014, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peepers calling yet? LA, TX, AR.
Replies: 5
Views: 1949

Re: Peepers calling yet? LA, TX, AR.

Nick

No rain in the southern half of LA for two weeks, and none forecast. The northern half of LA has gotten some light showers, but probably just the sort that gets the soil damp.

Jeff
by Jeff
December 13th, 2014, 2:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pa Timber at its finest.
Replies: 9
Views: 3326

Re: Pa Timber at its finest.

That's a very unique picture, and looks precarious as well! It reminds me of rock rattlesnake habitat at the top of the reef in Carr Canyon in the Huachucas.

Jeff
by Jeff
December 10th, 2014, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Always check those roadkills!
Replies: 18
Views: 5809

Re: Always check those roadkills!

John Presumably the isolated gulf coast populations of green snakes, 13-lined ground squirrels, and ring-necked snakes are derived from populations to the north. I say that because there are no populations nearby in the other directions. I've never seen those species depicted from the gulf populatio...
by Jeff
December 6th, 2014, 5:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Always check those roadkills!
Replies: 18
Views: 5809

Re: Always check those roadkills!

Chris That garter snake is a spectacular find. Thamnopis sirtalis was the topic of my dissertation, but I was not able to cover the Texas coast populations. They are not assignable to current subspecies, and there is no connection between them and T. s. annectens or T. s. sirtalis. Yours matches the...
by Jeff
December 1st, 2014, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida Herping 1950's trip
Replies: 4
Views: 1806

Re: Florida Herping 1950's trip

Dear Failedherper I guess we need an "attempted satire" alert (emoticon, please!). Neither Hubbs nor I were much out of diapers in the 50s. Also need a "waiting for the point" emoticon.... Scott.... anybody? Nevermind, got it :sleep: There are some true 1950s Florida field trip accounts in old local...
by Jeff
November 21st, 2014, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp collecting surveys
Replies: 29
Views: 9180

Re: Herp collecting surveys

Yuesam Can you tell us what country or organization you were associated with during your negative experience? Bryan, Cappy, Jerry, mfb and Bill M have countered with the modern explanations about why additional animals are collected, and I will try not to repeat their experienced responses. The mean...
by Jeff
November 7th, 2014, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 16249

Re: A Dream Come True in Borneo!

Ditto on the Wows! Your photo says much more about the species than published photos of dead or limply dying specimens. For example, at the midbody it is evident that the snake is extending its ribs outward, evidently to grip the rock. And if that is its typical habitat, the rib clutch is well suite...
by Jeff
November 1st, 2014, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: November Species List
Replies: 3
Views: 2668

Re: November Species List

Sorry Jeff Cricket frogs can be tough, even with a piece of note paper and pencil in my shirt pocket. One day along the sandy shore of the Comite there were seemingly 5-10 juveniles leaping at every step, and some would jump over each other, some landing ahead, perhaps to be counted again. To furth...
by Jeff
October 31st, 2014, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sometimes it pays to stop and watch a Uta.
Replies: 8
Views: 3097

Re: Sometimes it pays to stop and watch a Uta.

from what I can tell, it is a Desert Grassland Whiptail
Yes, DG Whiptail
by Jeff
October 27th, 2014, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aspidoscelis septemvittata?
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: Aspidoscelis septemvittata?

Oh, yes, the thighs. I'm with the young tesselata ID.

Jeff
by Jeff
October 24th, 2014, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-What is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 2987

Re: New Game-What is it?

Kermit
That's close...at least you identified it as a frog...
No, he identified it as a puppet
by Jeff
October 24th, 2014, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-What is it?
Replies: 10
Views: 1602

Re: New Game-What is it?

Kermit
That's close...at least you identified it as a frog...
No, he identified it as a puppet
by Jeff
October 21st, 2014, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Hybird Wandering Gartersnake
Replies: 24
Views: 6365

Re: Possible Hybird Wandering Gartersnake

Brian There is nothing behind the eyes that indicates that it is anything but a Wandering Garter Snake. Clearly, the rostro-ocular area is messed up, probably pre-parturition. The snout is blunted, the iris is black, the rostral area is non-pigmented -- these are not characteristics of T. sirtalis. ...
by Jeff
October 20th, 2014, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas ID ?'s
Replies: 12
Views: 3061

Re: Texas ID ?'s

The water is N. erythrogaster - pattern clear in the underwater shot
First lizard is Sceloporus merriami
Spiny is S. magister/S.bimaculosus, whatever you wish to call it
First whiptail is Asp. tessellatus
Second is A. septemvittatus

I'd be guessing on the rest....

Jeff
by Jeff
October 19th, 2014, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ontario Herping & Nature Images 2013-14
Replies: 19
Views: 9205

Re: Ontario Herping & Nature Images 2013-14

a

They vary geographically and ontogenetically in spot size and density.

Jeff
by Jeff
October 19th, 2014, 11:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ontario Herping & Nature Images 2013-14
Replies: 19
Views: 9205

Re: Ontario Herping & Nature Images 2013-14

a

That blue-spotted salamander looks VERY much like a Slimy Salamander (even spotting, nasolabial protrusions, round tail, etc.). I know they aren't supposed to be in Ontario, so did you take the photo elsewhere?

Jeff
by Jeff
October 6th, 2014, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Completed goals of 2014
Replies: 14
Views: 4706

Re: Completed goals of 2014

Darn well I got one less lifer I guess... but hey I still got quite a few!
Welcome, you are a herpetologist!

Jeff
by Jeff
October 5th, 2014, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species list
Replies: 3
Views: 1581

Re: October Species list

That's a pretty good haul for this time of year, especially the marbled salamander plus 3 racers.

If you can count the TMTC, please do -- it makes a difference for trend analyses.

Jeff