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by justinm
August 27th, 2014, 5:33 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings)
Replies: 128
Views: 116555

Re: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings

BillMcGighan wrote:
You can place an object down the wall on the floor, like this copy of Ditmar's Reptiles of North America and when the snake reaches it, mark the spot where the tail is, then measure.
My Ditmar's of the same title is Faded to a Teal Green, on a Wooden binding.
by justinm
August 27th, 2014, 5:19 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8588

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

I'm going to add a few works to this while I'm sitting in a conference call that I don't have much to do with. The books below are some of the best that I've seen for their topics. Some may be a little outdated, but are sincerely valuable books for any herper. "Salamanders of the United States and C...
by justinm
August 26th, 2014, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Answer to all our ID problems
Replies: 11
Views: 3247

The Answer to all our ID problems

We've all joked about it for years. Now who's going to be the first one to get their very own "Handheld DNA Tester"?
by justinm
August 25th, 2014, 2:54 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: There are books, and then there's Herp Canon
Replies: 18
Views: 8588

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

I have around 430 herp books. I've weeded out my kiddie books, and books that I didn't feel helped my collection. I will look over the stacks and try to give you some thoughts on what books I think are outstanding. I remember being young and asking my mother for this enormous book that started my he...
by justinm
August 25th, 2014, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Predation captured
Replies: 6
Views: 2559

Re: Predation captured

I looked this over multiple times, this is incredible. I'm sure you didn't believe the photos either. Thanks for sharing this is a very cool moment to witness.
by justinm
August 25th, 2014, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can snakes control disease?
Replies: 10
Views: 4950

Re: Can snakes control disease?

Anecdotal but I had a huge problem with bunnies living under my shed, and eating my garden. So I caught a Bullsnake in my front yard. I threw him into the rabbit warren under my shed and I didn't have rabbits any longer.
by justinm
August 25th, 2014, 12:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunistic Ratsnake
Replies: 5
Views: 2396

Re: Opportunistic Ratsnake

Looking for snakes under bridges in Illinois is often very productive. They will slide up into the cracks where the pillars meet the bridge and escape the heat of the day. Hooks made from wire coat hangers are great for getting them out. Garters, Fox Snakes, Kings, Rat snakes all sorts of things can...
by justinm
August 25th, 2014, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice sought: spring peepers Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas
Replies: 6
Views: 2575

Re: Advice sought: spring peepers Texas, Louisiana and Arkan

I've seen Peepers out in February quite often in Central Illinois. Seems that all that needs to happen for the males to call is for the ice to melt.
by justinm
August 22nd, 2014, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: all amphibian species of Europe – an overview
Replies: 8
Views: 5393

Re: all amphibian species of Europe – an overview

I can't help but be amazed at the convergence I'm seeing between old world and new world species. I had no idea that there were European spadefoot toads. Do you know the phylogeny? Did the two develop independently? You're certainly putting together some of the most memorable and impressive posts I'...
by justinm
August 21st, 2014, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID--Red Ear/Melanistic Red Ear?
Replies: 5
Views: 2426

Re: Turtle ID--Red Ear/Melanistic Red Ear?

Yes that looks to be a Red Eared Slider.
by justinm
August 20th, 2014, 7:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: time sensitive request
Replies: 2
Views: 1261

Re: time sensitive request

I've seen this plenty of times, I'll see if I have pics. I might have pics of snakes in this way as well. I'll check as my time allows and get them to you, if I can.
by justinm
August 18th, 2014, 6:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kankakee Sand Prairies
Replies: 5
Views: 2246

Re: Kankakee Sand Prairies

It's generally frowned upon to openly discuss areas that aren't nature preserves and have protection. Have fun looking for Bullsnakes up there...
by justinm
August 15th, 2014, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Center for North American Herpetology
Replies: 8
Views: 2910

Re: Center for North American Herpetology

Travis_W_Taggart wrote:What problems are you experiencing? Hubbs... please elaborate.

Travis you know he's just trolling and waiting for you to see it. BTW did you know he wrote a book?
by justinm
August 13th, 2014, 7:08 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod Suggestion Request
Replies: 5
Views: 3571

Re: Tripod Suggestion Request

lateralis wrote:http://www.manfrotto.us/pixi

...you can't go wrong with Manfrotto
I told her the same, I love mine. The issue is that she wants light and flexible for a smart phone. Gorilla pod I think is the best way to go in this case.
by justinm
August 13th, 2014, 10:34 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Lizards: Least Favorite Herp of the United States and Canada
Replies: 5
Views: 4784

Re: Lizards: Least Favorite Herp of the United States and Ca

This is a great discussion, and I hope I see it in my lifetime. I own the books mentioned except Dodd's and I will have it. He has some great books out there.
by justinm
August 12th, 2014, 1:48 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: County Fair Photography Entry
Replies: 9
Views: 4959

Re: County Fair Photography Entry

The Gopher snake in hand is well done with the flash fall off. I like that one, along with the spadefoot. The Scorpion is pretty cool as well, but I don't think you're going to win hearts at a County Fair with the inverts. I would say the Toad is your best bet for winning.
by justinm
August 11th, 2014, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little summertime help
Replies: 16
Views: 4307

Re: A little summertime help

Lou,

Looks like you did well for such a short time herping. Yes that's Poison Ivy.
by justinm
August 10th, 2014, 6:12 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Herp Tracking Book Progress Report
Replies: 78
Views: 67388

Re: Herp Tracking Book Progress Report

Great stuff, you've been on this for a long time. Of course after so long a wait, the expectations are high! How many pages do you have it set for so far? How many pictures? Is it in color?
by justinm
August 10th, 2014, 6:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping south florida
Replies: 6
Views: 2906

Re: Herping south florida

Looks like you're having a blast. Do you have any more shots of that Brook's king? It looks awfully dark, almost like it has something else in it.
by justinm
August 10th, 2014, 6:05 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Heat in back of the rack vs belly. What is your preference?
Replies: 7
Views: 4654

Re: Heat in back of the rack vs belly. What is your preferen

I have found in my juvenile bins, that if the substrate is deep enough, flex watt on the back can be set at higher setting, creating a broader band of warm temperature options usable to the snakes, which labyrinth positions of favor in the sub. I agree. Both of my racks are setup with a heating cab...
by justinm
August 8th, 2014, 5:53 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tripod Suggestion Request
Replies: 5
Views: 3571

Re: Tripod Suggestion Request

If you're needing a tripod just for the Smart phone, I would say look into the Gorilla pod. I have one, it won't support my DSLR, but certainly would a point and shoot or a phone. It can bend into almost any position as well. http://www.amazon.com/Joby-GP1-A1EN-Gorillapod-Flexible-Tripod/dp/B000EVSLRO
by justinm
August 4th, 2014, 6:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Condensed Version (January to July)
Replies: 6
Views: 3714

Re: 2014 Arkansas Herping - Condensed Version (January to Ju

This is an epic post. You have put a clinic on how to capture the essence of these animals. Wonderful post. The aquatic shots are super cool. The first lesser Siren is really special I love that. I also love the Bird Voiced with it posed nicely. I knew instantly it was a Bird Voiced. You have a way ...
by justinm
August 1st, 2014, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bioblitz if any one is interested.
Replies: 4
Views: 1821

Re: Bioblitz if any one is interested.

I'm not on Facebook. Can you post the details?
by justinm
August 1st, 2014, 5:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little S. TX Bull
Replies: 9
Views: 2604

Re: A little S. TX Bull

I just caught a Bull in the neighbors yard the other day. I usually get at least one a year, but up to 5. More often than not I'm picking up fresh DOR from 3 houses away... This is an attractive animal I'll have to put pics of the one I shot pics of.

Justin
by justinm
July 31st, 2014, 11:01 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Spider ID?
Replies: 11
Views: 4457

Re: Spider ID?

Just saw this and agree this is Neoscona.
by justinm
July 31st, 2014, 10:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pituophis experts, ID assistance?
Replies: 17
Views: 7600

Re: Pituophis experts, ID assistance?

To me it looks like a really pretty sayi. I just caught one two days ago at the neighbors house, and have fresh pics of it.
by justinm
July 31st, 2014, 6:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake road fall trip
Replies: 21
Views: 6422

Re: Snake road fall trip

chris_mcmartin wrote:I MAY go there sometime over Columbus Day weekend in October.
Chris let me know when. We'll try to get to some different areas than last time. I did have fun with the kiddos but would like to do a more serious trip if you're interested let me know.
by justinm
July 31st, 2014, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 19994

Re: Head torches

Thanks again guys. This is very informative. Fenix seems to be the most popular, with the Fenix HP15 getting the thumbs up. Just one last thing to keep in mind if you travel, CR123s are much more common than they have been, and cheaper too, but in some locations, finding AAs (recharge and not) is m...
by justinm
July 30th, 2014, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grant County, IN Suggestions
Replies: 5
Views: 1745

Re: Grant County, IN Suggestions

Find any water ways. It's going to be hot and won't be the ideal time to herp to be honest. It can be a productive area, but this isn't a good time. Creeks, Rivers and lakes will be the best bet, if not going out when the temps come down at night or early mornings.
by justinm
July 30th, 2014, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27546

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

I think it's funny how many commenters on this thread are not Floridian. Regardless, you can't have a bunch of ignorant people killing every snake they see. I'm not sure if this is just xenophobic, or ignorant on your own part? So I can't understand the effect of an invasive species unless I live i...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 19994

Re: Head torches

I have the Fenix HP 30. It's just nuts. I don't use the highest setting except to show it off. I can see the tops of trees bright and clear. If you're one of the road cruising crew that would be a good lamp as it's brighter than headlights on bright. It's heavy, bulky and awkward but it's so bright...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 7:03 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: HerpMapper flyer
Replies: 14
Views: 15733

Re: HerpMapper flyer

Another difference is that NAHERP has far more records and more ongoing relationships that Herpmapper does. (Just me deleting my records would reduce Herpmapper's database by close to 15%, and its been almost a year since I put those records there.) If its greater control over data is appealing to ...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27546

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

The latest "research" shows the pythons will reach the North Pole before Christmas, endangering all of Santa's helpers and threatens to cancel the holiday season. The cancellation of Christmas could cost billions of dollars in economic damage as Santa would be unable to purchase and deliver the toy...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Illinois Herpers
Replies: 6
Views: 2599

Re: Northern Illinois Herpers

Some of this is just going to be trial and error. Just like Fishing you don't always have a great day, if you're gauging that by your catch. Research specific animals. If you are in the correct habitat then usually it's a matter of time to learn the temps time of day, rain or dry etc. One thing that...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 4:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33070

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

As a guy from the Great Plains, I'm not in the know on how to get legal in Texas? I'm in Texas every two weeks or so for work. I would like to make sure I'm not going to wind up on the wrong side of the law trying to see some snakes. Can anyone give me the gist of what I need to do? Thanks I've neve...
by justinm
July 29th, 2014, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Head torches/headlamps
Replies: 57
Views: 19994

Re: Head torches

I have the Fenix HP 30. It's just nuts. I don't use the highest setting except to show it off. I can see the tops of trees bright and clear. If you're one of the road cruising crew that would be a good lamp as it's brighter than headlights on bright. It's heavy, bulky and awkward but it's so bright ...
by justinm
July 25th, 2014, 4:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?
Replies: 12
Views: 2446

Re: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?

It's tough for me to pick just one. I listened to the Lang Elliot CD with North American Frogs and Toads about 12 times in a row with Don B. on a road trip once. It was all music to my ears.
by justinm
July 25th, 2014, 4:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifelisting San Diego County 2014 – Part 1: Spring
Replies: 13
Views: 4621

Re: Lifelisting San Diego County – Spring through Summer 201

You've done very well I'd say. The red Coachwhip was really cool, is that typical for your area? I had thought they were only red in Texas, maybe I'm totally off? There are so many great animals there, I need to do that trip again. Last time I did was in '94 and I didn't have half the knowledge I do...
by justinm
July 24th, 2014, 8:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone Want To Help Chip Cochran (Volunteer)?
Replies: 1
Views: 1422

Re: Anyone Want To Help Chip Cochran (Volunteer)?

Chip's an awesome guy. I wish I was closer, I would love to help him out.
by justinm
July 24th, 2014, 4:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Missouri and Nebraska Trips
Replies: 3
Views: 1382

Re: Missouri and Nebraska Trips

Ben,

I agree with putting locations out, it's a bad idea in general. The Western Massassaugas are quite common out West. I don't think they're listed at all. If they are then I've been incredibly lucky to have found so many.
by justinm
July 23rd, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27546

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Ernie, If you have reel back and explain yourself, if you want to call it that, then I don't think your post had the impact you wanted. Attacking Dorcas isn't doing you any favors either. I'm really not sure what you're trying to accomplish other than telling everyone that we're following the crowd,...
by justinm
July 22nd, 2014, 3:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your Favorite Herp Eye?
Replies: 21
Views: 6378

Re: Your Favorite Herp Eye?

Strophurus, have to be the most complex and interesting eyes in my opinion. I've always envied the Aussies for finding them.
by justinm
July 20th, 2014, 6:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27546

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

Ernie, I knew you weren't smart and are delusional. This reinforces it, thank you for casting all doubt from my mind that you're ever going to post something legitimate. In your world all "field herping" is done by driving around. Any snake that isn't a monster burm proves your point that there aren...
by justinm
July 20th, 2014, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Michigan Sampler, and some Blue Ridge (UPDATED 7/19)
Replies: 9
Views: 2804

Re: Michigan Sampler, and some Blue Ridge (UPDATED 7/19)

You have a nice set of photos. The Oriole and Indigo Bunting are my favorite, I love both of those birds. The Blanding's yawning was awesome. Your Blue Racers are gorgeous, and so are the Easter Hogs. All around looks like you're having a great time. Keep up the good work. If you're on your way Sout...
by justinm
July 19th, 2014, 6:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little summertime help
Replies: 16
Views: 4307

Re: A little summertime help

There's good herping in Kansas to be sure. I would contact the Kansas Herp Society. They are some of the nicest people I've herped with. Someone should be willing to hook you up with some local knowledge so that you can maybe find some Milks, Worm Snakes, Speckled Kings, Horridus, or something cool....
by justinm
July 18th, 2014, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: For those who order on amazon frequently
Replies: 5
Views: 2243

Re: For those who order on amazon frequently

Soopaman wrote:Good stuff, man, I had no idea about this. Basically anything I can order off Amazon, I do. Love my prime membership.
Agreed, I do the same and I have been Smile on Amazon for a while now. I have mine setup for "The Nature Conservancy". Good to get the word out there though, to spread some good.
by justinm
July 15th, 2014, 4:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Balloon frog and bush frogs
Replies: 3
Views: 1796

Re: Balloon frog and bush frogs

Chaitanya, Congrats on such great shots. I hope to see more pictures as the monsoon season gets underway for you.
by justinm
July 11th, 2014, 1:06 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: What does a trilobite beetle look like underneath?
Replies: 6
Views: 3009

Re: What does a trilobite beetle look like underneath?

Flawless execution, I really look at your photos hard. Only because the detail you get has to exceed the naked eye. I love the light and perspective of that 2nd shot. Thanks for sharing your incredible body of work.
by justinm
July 11th, 2014, 9:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some more great herps from the Badger state
Replies: 11
Views: 2231

Re: Some more great herps from the Badger state

Nice shots all around, thanks for sharing them. I really enjoyed the Ornate Box and the Fox snake.