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by Jeff
May 19th, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Standard English and Scientific Names — Now Online
Replies: 63
Views: 5048

Re: Standard English and Scientific Names — Now Online

They'll stop when they get to humans. Can you imagine if they said Native Americans were not the same species as Native Europeans for example?. Holly smokes would there be a back lash, and rightfully so.. Not so fast... Linnaeus divided humans into at least four subspecies. Hall and Kelson (1959. T...
by Jeff
May 7th, 2011, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping suggestions for New Orleans? - Needed FAST!
Replies: 5
Views: 1328

Re: Herping suggestions for New Orleans? - Needed FAST!

Jean Lafitte NHP Barataria Unit south of New Orleans or Bayou Sauvage NWR east of New Orleans
by Jeff
May 3rd, 2011, 7:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First time I've seen this
Replies: 5
Views: 1325

Re: First time I've seen this

Maybe it's the Hurricane Ale, but I see two lizards and one tail. Astounding!! Likely worth a note in the 'Catcrapistan Urinal of Stoology'.
by Jeff
April 16th, 2011, 2:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in Thailand
Replies: 22
Views: 5693

Re: Blind Snakes in Thailand

Jonathan Here's a link to a pdf of a key to the Typhlopids of Thailand... http://www2.biology.sc.chula.ac.th/web%20of%20NHJCU%20PDF/1-1,%2047-52.pdf You need a dissecting scope to see the scale features, though a very good macro lens could suffice. You'd need to get the light to reflect off the actu...
by Jeff
April 15th, 2011, 6:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 100 years ago
Replies: 14
Views: 3242

Re: 100 years ago

Why would you expect to have seen a tortoise in Houston/Dallas/St. Louis? Fossil tortoise species ranged northward in the Great Plains in pre-Pleistocene era, but were extinct many thousands of years ago.
by Jeff
April 15th, 2011, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone know what this book is?
Replies: 30
Views: 4034

Re: Anyone know what this book is?

What in heck does that guy have on his hook!?? Twelve feet of Virginia Creeper?

Someone who buys a $190 tungsten-tip, one-ounce stump-ripper special will probably 'purchase' the 'book'. Please report back to us.

Grim curiosity....
by Jeff
April 5th, 2011, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early Spring Herping in Louisiana (DUW)
Replies: 16
Views: 3436

Re: Early Spring Herping in Louisiana (DUW)

Phil That is a very nice array of late winter critters for Louisiana. Most will not realize how difficult it is to get a picture of a ground skink. The thing you call a Mud Turtle is a Musk Turtle. The broad band of pink interstitial skin on the plastron is a characteristic of Sternotherus. Kinoster...
by Jeff
April 5th, 2011, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in Thailand
Replies: 22
Views: 5693

Re: Blind Snakes in Thailand

Jonathan The middle (thicker) snake appears also to be braminus. The last I agree is albiceps. The "fat" blind snakes (diardii, muelleri, siamensis) have 22-28 midbody scale rows as opposed to 20. There are some photos online that better show the differences between the fatties and braminus. Braminu...
by Jeff
March 24th, 2011, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Snow
Replies: 14
Views: 2236

Re: Spring Snow

Tell me about it! I saw my first T. sirtalis of the year two days ago. Problem is we had no winter, and it looks like we're headed straight for summer. We had one day of frost earlier this month, but the past week nighttime lows were in the 60s. By 1030 AM it's in the high 70s and lizards and snakes...
by Jeff
March 22nd, 2011, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID
Replies: 7
Views: 1172

Re: Snake ID

Nerodia cyclopion is correct!
by Jeff
March 21st, 2011, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID help
Replies: 15
Views: 2144

Re: Turtle ID help

I just happened to have a spare moment to browse the site when something pertinent appeared I occasionally encounter the melanistic male redears, but I've not seen one that appeared intermediate between stages. I suppose that is what they would look like. It appears things are changing as for the Ba...
by Jeff
March 21st, 2011, 7:00 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Sierra Leone
Replies: 4
Views: 3913

Re: Sierra Leone

Dan There's a relatively old, but useful paper on snakes.. MENZIES, J. 1966. The snakes of Sierra Leone. Copeia 1966:169-179. also of some value.. TAYLOR, E.H. and D. WEYER. 1958. Report on a collection of amphibians and reptiles from Harbel, Republic of Liberia. Univ. Kansas Sci. Bull. 38:1191-1229...
by Jeff
February 26th, 2011, 2:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID from Huatulco Mexico, por favor...
Replies: 10
Views: 2090

Re: Snake ID from Huatulco Mexico, por favor...

Leptodeira nigrofasciata
by Jeff
February 26th, 2011, 2:19 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: free eBooks
Replies: 5
Views: 3213

Re: free eBooks

Mikez One of my favorites... http://www.biodiversitylibrary.org/ It also focuses on older things but the resolution is exquisite. It has all of the antiquarian journals that could be found on google:books. Also, http://www.animalbase.uni-goettingen.de/zooweb/servlet/AnimalBase/search Just animals, w...
by Jeff
January 26th, 2011, 1:44 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Looking for feedback on Garter Snakes Evolution and Ecology
Replies: 8
Views: 3795

Re: Looking for feedback on Garter Snakes Evolution and Ecol

There's a German book, Die Strumpfbandnattern. I can't remember the author's name right now. I sent him a bunch of color slides for use but received neither the slides nor a promised copy of the book in return. The Rossman et al book remains The One. I was a graduate student of Rossman when he was w...
by Jeff
January 7th, 2011, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in South Louisiana 2010 (DUW)
Replies: 17
Views: 6898

Re: Herping in South Louisiana 2010 (DUW)

Phil For what these IDs are worth -- maybe more lifers... The second fiveline skink looks like a second-year or subadult Broad-headed Skink, this based on the relative amount of black, plus deeper blue tail than P. fasciatus. The box turtle looks like a Gulf Coast Box Turtle, which are characteristi...
by Jeff
December 31st, 2010, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cajun Country in the winter?
Replies: 31
Views: 3927

Re: Cajun Country in the winter?

Natalie

Good to hear you had a great trip. I managed a few salamanders and a garter snake the past week. For what it's worth your toad is a Gulf Coast Toad (Incilius [or Bufo] nebulifer).

Jeff
by Jeff
December 26th, 2010, 2:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: L. g. goini vs. L. g. meansi
Replies: 79
Views: 13690

Re: L. g. goini vs. L. g. meansi

Lampropeltis getula east of river, L. nigra west of river,

and Merry Christmas Brian
by Jeff
December 23rd, 2010, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South American fieldguides..
Replies: 3
Views: 785

Re: South American fieldguides..

Ronny Contortrix For snakes in that part of Brazil try Marques, O.A.V., A. Eterovic and I. Sazima. 2001. Serpentes da Mata Atlântica. Guia illustrado para a Serra do Mar. Holos, Ed. Ltda-ME, São Paulo 184 pp., 56 mostly color figures. for the State of Bahia.... Freitas, M.A. de. 1999. Serpentes da B...
by Jeff
December 16th, 2010, 6:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new to forum
Replies: 20
Views: 2382

Re: new to forum

Brennan

I found 0 herpetofauna. It was a self-mandated survey in habitat that sucks in December, so I was not disappointed. Where, specifically, do you occur?

Jeff
by Jeff
December 15th, 2010, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: new to forum
Replies: 20
Views: 2382

Re: new to forum

I'm sitting in Baton Rouge right now, waiting for the coffee to activate, then headed to Tangipahoa Parish to hunt the longleaf.
by Jeff
October 23rd, 2010, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus ID ?
Replies: 25
Views: 3801

Re: Crotalus ID ?

"nuntius"
by Jeff
September 18th, 2010, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thailand with Mathias
Replies: 20
Views: 3523

Re: Thailand with Mathias

Mourits

Your Ramphotyphlops is not braminus, but R. albiceps -- much more interesting.
by Jeff
June 11th, 2010, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Repellent Testing - Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 6510

Re: Snake Repellent Testing - Advice

Obtain access to an empty, escape-proof room with good lighting Put a large hide box in a corner Release a mid-sized active snake into the room (i.e., gopher snake) Let it imprint on the hide box for a day or two Begin adding small amounts of repellant inside the hide box Note at what quantity the s...