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by justinm
January 13th, 2015, 1:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog
Replies: 7
Views: 2657

Re: HerpMapper Highlight - Wood Frog

You can tell where the fields and suburbs are across their range. Timbers are the same way. It's sad that the dots aren't all over their range contiguous.
by justinm
January 12th, 2015, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014: Illinois, Missouri, and the Smokies
Replies: 12
Views: 5886

Re: 2014: Illinois, Missouri, and the Smokies

Wow, this was an awesome post. Thanks for sharing all this good stuff.
by justinm
January 6th, 2015, 6:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Range Extension for Crotalus molossus molossus
Replies: 6
Views: 2589

Re: Range Extension for Crotalus molossus molossus

Where and how is Chip? He's my hero and I haven't seen him in years.
by justinm
January 5th, 2015, 4:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Plains Toad (Anaxyrus cognatus) - HerpMapper
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: Great Plains Toad (Anaxyrus cognatus) - HerpMapper

I've seen a lot of these guys in some years past. The problem being that I didn't/don't have GPS on them. I have really neat shots though...
by justinm
January 2nd, 2015, 9:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Year in Review: IL, KS, MO, OK, TX
Replies: 12
Views: 4803

Re: 2014 Year in Review: IL, KS, MO, OK, TX

Chris, you're 40 wow you're old... LOL hey let's definitely do a Spring Trip to Southern Illinois. Give me advanced notice, like you I often have a busy schedule. We'll make a real go of it though. Also I'll see if I can't make a Kansas trip again soon.

Justin
by justinm
January 2nd, 2015, 5:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END
Replies: 13
Views: 3340

Re: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Late July to THE END

Kory,

Your posts are unique, and wonderful. I love the formatting you do. The Ringed Salamanders are wonderful to see in large numbers. Great photos as well. Overall this is a fantastic post. You seriously put the time in and it shows.
by justinm
December 31st, 2014, 11:51 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Heloderma venom evolution paper
Replies: 2
Views: 2805

Re: Heloderma venom evolution paper

Thanks Doc. Happy to hear you're still writing things up, and not otherwise succumbed to the dangers of your research.

Justin Michels
by justinm
December 30th, 2014, 11:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping, 2014
Replies: 28
Views: 11187

Re: Hot Stove Herping, 2014

Mike,

I've been far too busy and neglected too much time in the field. You've obviously taken advantage of your free time. I can't say how impressed I am at the photography and finds. Great work man. I'm going to Peru next time. I just have to get there.


Justin
by justinm
December 22nd, 2014, 7:07 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Observations from Mexico
Replies: 12
Views: 9232

Re: Observations from Mexico

Wow this is super cool! I can't wait to add some data to Mexico someday.
by justinm
December 15th, 2014, 6:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: HerpMapper challenge!
Replies: 9
Views: 7808

Re: HerpMapper challenge!

This is a tremendous effort. I'm very excited to see the project doing so well. This year was pretty much a wash for me. I wasn't able to get out nearly as much as years past. My projects for work are wrapping up this week. So look for more records from this guy in 2015. Again this is something to b...
by justinm
December 5th, 2014, 7:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more
Replies: 14
Views: 5007

Re: summer 2014- Massasaugas and more

jason folt wrote:Bill - Too much to single out, but loved every minute of it.

Jason

Agreed, I can't single anything out as there's so much good stuff here. Oustanding quality of those shots. Thanks for sharing it all.

Justin
by justinm
December 2nd, 2014, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herper Bios
Replies: 92
Views: 43276

Re: Herper Bios

Hello to the new people. This is a great bunch of folks so I hope you all take some time to post and get to know people.
by justinm
November 26th, 2014, 10:24 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 7947

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

Chris, As always your input is helpful, insightful, and has a lot of weight with me. I'm so casual anymore with photography, that I may just go for the 70D. I haven't purchased anything as I've been traveling and working too many hours. I rarely have free time right now, and likely won't until Janua...
by justinm
November 26th, 2014, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: InSitu Rattlesnakes
Replies: 48
Views: 17200

Re: InSitu Rattlesnakes

Brendan, I'm sure I can't appreciate how much work goes into finding this many neonates. I've only seen it twice and I know I was lucky, but had worked the field a lot. Your posts are always a favorite. Thanks for the photos and documentation. This is simply outstanding, I will revisit this a few ti...
by justinm
November 26th, 2014, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Six-lined racerunners and racers
Replies: 12
Views: 4260

Re: Six-lined racerunners and racers

For me it's early morning or don't bother. My boys a few weeks ago learned this the hard way, diving on them (attempting to) and getting cactus spines for the effort. Early morning you can photo them en situ and noose or net them easily enough if you need to hold one.
by justinm
November 26th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Should we start an annual Herpmapper record contest?
Replies: 2
Views: 4753

Re: Should we start an annual Herpmapper record contest?

My opinion on that is that like most things we'll only have a select few people with the time, or ability to herp a lot. By a lot I mean 4 days or more a week. I used to be able to, but I work 70 hours a week now and I have toddlers. So the will is there, but time is a killer. The other issue is how...
by justinm
November 26th, 2014, 7:35 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: For those interested in herp translocation
Replies: 1
Views: 2608

Re: For those interested in herp translocation

Thanks Gerry.
by justinm
November 22nd, 2014, 8:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1
Replies: 40
Views: 14535

Re: My Quest: Salamanders of the U.S. - Year 1

JP, I want to buy this right now. This is a great idea, well executed. I am bookmarking the post as a favorite and will continue to look it over. I love it. Habitat shots have their place but this shows the animals clearly, and the map is so cool. I totally agreed with the ranges of the species I kn...
by justinm
November 21st, 2014, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes of 2014-Florida, Georgia and North Carolina Part 2
Replies: 9
Views: 4500

Re: Snakes of 2014-Florida, Georgia and North Carolina Part

Man you make me crave this area. I want to see so many things there. Awesome, thanks for sharing.
by justinm
November 21st, 2014, 5:36 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?
Replies: 31
Views: 10472

Re: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?

Andy,

I've seen this twice. I don't attribute mine to husbandry issues, so I don't feel bad or guilty. Neither should you, I know you put time and care into your animals, always have. For me this happened with a Corn Snake, and a Chain King. At different times years apart.
by justinm
November 7th, 2014, 5:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Dream Come True in Borneo!
Replies: 33
Views: 14062

Re: A Dream Come True in Borneo!

Anton,

This is in my top 5 to photograph. I can only imagine the excitement. Do you have loads of pictures to share? I would love to see them. Great stuff, thanks for sharing.
by justinm
October 28th, 2014, 2:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 7947

Re: Canon VS. Nikon Debate

I have a Canon 30D, it's been a reliable and solid DSLR. At the time it was the right price, and my step father's large collection of Canon lenses played a part in my decision. The camera is starting to act up. Rather than get it fixed, or look into doing so, I'm looking at replacing it. I think in ...
by justinm
October 21st, 2014, 7:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 59932

Re: zoo med excavator clay

I would try mixing the clay with Torpedo Sand. Torpedo sand will pack very tight, and it's thoroughly washed. This might work out really well for making a foundation that you're looking for.
by justinm
October 21st, 2014, 6:25 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Global Report
Replies: 6
Views: 6256

Re: Global Report

I think that's one of the most significant things about HerpMapper. It's going to reach a wide audience being that it's global. I can't get the word out enough. I would love for our knowledge of herps to increase dramatically worldwide. This is just starting to snowball into a really big thing.
by justinm
October 21st, 2014, 6:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HerpMapper turns one and surpasses 37,000 observations
Replies: 2
Views: 1186

Re: HerpMapper turns one and surpasses 37,000 observations

Wow, that's an impressive compilation. Great work guys!
by justinm
October 17th, 2014, 5:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Well, well, well- looky what we got here!
Replies: 13
Views: 6366

Re: Well, well, well- looky what we got here!

Berkeley,

I love this story. Thanks for sharing the babies. Turtles coming out of their egg are always a favorite picture of mine. Thank you! What are your long term plans for the neonates?
by justinm
October 17th, 2014, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More frogs from Malaysia
Replies: 8
Views: 2665

Re: More frogs from Malaysia

On the first pic Leptolalax cf. heteropus, which is lovely like all of them presented, are the orange spots tiny mites? Or are they just spots of color?
by justinm
October 17th, 2014, 4:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 5808

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

St. Louis and San Diego had the best array of Asian herps, but Saint Louis had a far larger reptile house than San Diego did. Huh. I wonder if you missed SD's big house and just hit the 3-4 little outliers down by the tortoises? I was also in St Louis late last week (rain!) and hit the zoo. Yes, ni...
by justinm
October 16th, 2014, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Michigan record gaps
Replies: 10
Views: 2591

Re: Michigan record gaps

Where's the Nick Scobel at when you need him?
by justinm
October 16th, 2014, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road & Southern Illinois October 2-6
Replies: 4
Views: 2572

Re: Snake Road & Southern Illinois October 2-6

I wanted to go that weekend, it's my son's birthday and he's not old enough (listening well enough) to take him during his birthday. I always enjoy Shawnee looks like you did as well. Did you eat at the lodge? If not the food is highly recommended at Giant City.
by justinm
October 16th, 2014, 1:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 5808

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

Just took my kids to the St. Louis zoo last week. It's world class for certain. The reptile house is very well done, and I know that they do often allow behind the scenes for herp groups, so I would think that it's not out of the realm of possibility. I had met someone from their herp keeping group ...
by justinm
October 10th, 2014, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: LaRue this weekend?
Replies: 1
Views: 1060

Re: LaRue this weekend?

Hi all, Is anyone going down to the road this weekend? Weather doesn't look ideal, but this weekend is the only time I have open. This is the first year I'll be on the road mostly solo, so I'm open to meeting other herpers, even if just to put a face to a name. -Zach I was going to but weather is h...
by justinm
October 2nd, 2014, 2:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake road fall trip
Replies: 21
Views: 5885

Re: Snake road fall trip

I think you'll be at the tail end of things by then, but who knows it's been warm so far.
by justinm
September 29th, 2014, 5:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Tortoises on way to supper table saved during safety checkpo
Replies: 5
Views: 3255

Tortoises on way to supper table saved during safety checkpo

http://www.andalusiastarnews.com/2014/09/18/tortoises-on-way-to-supper-table-saved-during-safety-checkpoint/ Tortoises destined for the dinner table cost one Florida man more in charges than his original DUI arrest. During a recent safety checkpoint in Wing, law enforcement officials discovered six ...
by justinm
September 28th, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Fossil Herps
Replies: 2
Views: 2767

Re: Fossil Herps

I have a book now packed away about the Burgess Shale. I really enjoyed and have planned on making a trip there to see it, but still haven't. It's a paper backed book, but I can't remember the name, and I don't think it's the Stephen J. Gould book that seems popular.
by justinm
September 11th, 2014, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica herping report, Osa
Replies: 27
Views: 11490

Re: Costa Rica herping report, Osa

There's too much to give a thoughtful comment on here. This looks like you had a great time. Are you taking special precautions with your camera gear? BTW you are just killing it with the closeups. The King Vulture, wow I have wanted to see one for so long. The herpetofauna was great I am going to l...
by justinm
September 8th, 2014, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Redemption
Replies: 1
Views: 1113

Re: Redemption

Nice shots, definitely a hemi. Good work.
by justinm
September 8th, 2014, 6:59 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Slowinski - The Snake Charmer
Replies: 9
Views: 5042

Re: Slowinski - The Snake Charmer

I pre-ordered this book and have been told by others that it's very accurate. I've read it full through, and grazed parts after that. Joe was a bit of hero of mine. I am sorry to say that this brashness is what likely was his undoing. I've never met anyone who said an unkind word of him, and think t...
by justinm
September 5th, 2014, 6:46 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon VS. Nikon Debate
Replies: 19
Views: 7947

Canon VS. Nikon Debate

This is interesting if you're on the fence.

http://petapixel.com/2014/09/04/why-i-w ... on-debate/
by justinm
September 4th, 2014, 3:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amboli Herping(India) Monsoon 2014 whole bunch of lifers
Replies: 13
Views: 4873

Re: Amboli Herping(India) Monsoon 2014 whole bunch of lifers

Chaitanya, I'm so glad to see you posting here. This looks like you had an awesome trip. The ruins of that old house were really neat to see. I would have explored that to see what animals had taken over. The Caecilian was very nice, we don't see many posted of any kind. I love the Malabar Pit Viper...
by justinm
September 3rd, 2014, 4:50 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 7749

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

I don't have Grismer's book, as it seemed like a picture book and an expensive one at that. Grismers book has wonderful pictures but its far more than a picture book. Its incredibly detailed in natural history and has an excellent overview of Baja ecology. I took it with me to Baja and referred to ...
by justinm
September 3rd, 2014, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in the Home
Replies: 14
Views: 3355

Re: Herps in the Home

I don't have them in the house, but in the yard to be sure. Bull Snakes are common in my yard, along with American Toads, Fowler's toads, Plains Leopard Frogs, and my house in the evenings has had up to 12 Gray Treefrogs.
by justinm
September 3rd, 2014, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes from Selangor.
Replies: 25
Views: 7438

Re: Snakes from Selangor.

I don't know how you do it, but you capture things that the naked eye couldn't possible get seeing this animal. The light is gorgeous on your shots, and the animals are truly stars.
by justinm
September 3rd, 2014, 4:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hypermelanistic Gopher Tortoise
Replies: 5
Views: 1982

Re: Hypermelanistic Gopher Tortoise

Could just be what happens to an old one. This happens to a lot of Red Eared Sliders that are considered old.
by justinm
September 2nd, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer Kopsteins, 4th Blue Coral, and a selfie (VIDEO now)
Replies: 11
Views: 4269

Re: Lifer Kopsteins, 4th Blue Coral, and a selfie

Some enviable finds to be sure. You've found your groove on this site.
by justinm
September 2nd, 2014, 7:01 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Getting started with flash photography
Replies: 4
Views: 2911

Re: Getting started with flash photography

I have the 430 EX II. It's a good light but a little strong for macro, great for night stuff. You will want to look into something to diffuse the light at the least. The Sto Fen diffusers are a standard as they're light durable and cheap. For Macro work maybe look into a softbox that fits over the f...
by justinm
September 2nd, 2014, 5:23 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 7749

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

Wow, that'll teach me to abandon a topic as dead and gone! I really want to get Pianka and Vitt's book. Other than that, I've got my eye on a good thirty other book right now. The main ones I'm wanting are Grismer's Baja guide, Kauffeld's two classics, Sherbrooke's Horned Lizard book, Klauber's two...
by justinm
September 2nd, 2014, 4:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please donate!
Replies: 1
Views: 1155

Re: Please donate!

I was lucky enough to spend a day with this turtle hunting crew. Great people, great herpers, and I learned more in that day than I can begin to go into. This is truly great work that's being done. I'm sharing a few pics so that you can appreciate what they're doing in the field. As I understood it ...
by justinm
August 27th, 2014, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Answer to all our ID problems
Replies: 11
Views: 2830

Re: The Answer to all our ID problems

dumb. dna should not be part of taxonomy in my opinion. dna will always be different due to many years of fragmentation caused by humans. eventually, small populations will become different enough through dna. does that mean they are a distinct species? i'm going with no. i'm a grouper, not a split...
by justinm
August 27th, 2014, 1:41 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 7749

Re: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon

Gerry, I have lots of natural history books. I have some great stories laying around. Snakes and Snake Hunting is like a yearly read for me. Tracks and Shadows is my newest one, that's from Harry Greene and it's about his mentoring under Fitch. Lot's of books like that on the shelf. In Search of Rep...