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by Ribbit
December 23rd, 2016, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99141

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I know that the pretty box doesn't help anything. But at least in the case of the museum I mentioned, it is one of several indications that the animals seem to be cared for carefully and with respect to the way they would otherwise live. The fact that the animals there were all healthy-looking and n...
by Ribbit
December 22nd, 2016, 9:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99141

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Kelly, I have some feelings like the ones you described so poetically, and I doubt if I am the only here who does. I don't understand how someone could have empathy for other humans and have no empathy for other living things. Of course it is a sliding scale: I have no guilt about squashing a mosqui...
by Ribbit
December 21st, 2016, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99141

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I love your apology for trying to return the thread to its actual topic. How dare you, sir!

But your answer leaves me unsatisfied. Is there no reasoning behind your choice?

John
by Ribbit
December 20th, 2016, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99141

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I was going to suggest that we might need some new Trump-based form of Godwin's Law but then I read Porter's post and nearly spat out my lunch at the final photo. Thanks Porter!

John
by Ribbit
December 12th, 2016, 1:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Calotes bachae
Replies: 5
Views: 4978

Re: Calotes bachae

I look forward to the day when some Calotes fall on my head. Beautiful lizards!

John
by Ribbit
December 11th, 2016, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #84: What happened to "Borneo Dispatches"?
Replies: 6
Views: 5031

Re: Borneo Dispatches #84: What happened to "Borneo Dispatch

You rest that knee up! You will need it to show me all the herps around Kuching in six weeks.

I'm glad to hear that you are getting some writing done, but sad to hear that it's because you are not out there enjoying the herps.

John
by Ribbit
December 4th, 2016, 10:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yourself)
Replies: 10
Views: 11356

Re: Great Christmas gift for your herping friends (and yours

It is an extremely entertaining book! I think of my copy as a perpetual Christmas present.

Still waiting for the followup Borneo tome...

John
by Ribbit
September 29th, 2016, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Thailand, september 2016
Replies: 26
Views: 11787

Re: Southern Thailand, september 2016

Fantastic photos! They really capture some personality in the animals. I think my favorite in that regard is the Leiolepeis belliana.

John
by Ribbit
September 29th, 2016, 8:10 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Rattlesnakes of Arizona
Replies: 3
Views: 9186

Re: Rattlesnakes of Arizona

I looked through it when I was at the Chiricahua Desert Museum recently. It's huge and gorgeous. Note that it is Volume 1. They told me Volume 2 should be out by the end of the year.

John
by Ribbit
September 12th, 2016, 9:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back
Replies: 12
Views: 6537

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back

I can never see enough of your beautiful in situ photographs. Just outstanding!

John
by Ribbit
September 11th, 2016, 1:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Singapore and Borneo Pictures
Replies: 7
Views: 3593

Re: Singapore and Borneo Pictures

I love the way these in situ photos show what it's like to actually see these animals in the wild. They make me imagine being there myself. My favorites are the Ophiophagus hannah, the Boiga dendrophila, and the Varanus nebulous. Thanks for posting!

John
by Ribbit
September 11th, 2016, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 5182

Re: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!

I just stumbled across this months-old post while searching for something else. What an amazing story! It shows that the rare combination of compassion, intelligence, and patience can do wonders. Thanks for telling us about this (not to mention doing it!).

John
by Ribbit
September 5th, 2016, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp ID, Belize
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: Herp ID, Belize

OK, back to responding to the rest of your post. I love the in situ style of the photographs on your website. You've seen some wonderful animals and really captured what it feels like to see them living in nature. As far as finding snakes in tropical rainforests... I am by no means an expert, but I ...
by Ribbit
September 5th, 2016, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp ID, Belize
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: Herp ID, Belize

Ah, good call about that gecko. There is one photo in the book, and it's very speckled with light spots on a mid-dark brown background. But the text says "During day, dorsal ground color is rich chocolate brown." There is no mention of the white upper lip exactly, though it does say "The sutures of ...
by Ribbit
September 4th, 2016, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp ID, Belize
Replies: 10
Views: 3751

Re: Herp ID, Belize

I'm looking at Julian C. Lee's Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of the Maya World... I think you're right that the frog is a particularly beautiful Smilisca baudinii . There don't seem to be any other candidate Smilisca species that aren't ruled out easily. I can't tell which of the two Ki...
by Ribbit
September 1st, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland trips overview [pic heavy]
Replies: 16
Views: 8194

Re: Queensland trips overview [pic heavy]

Wow, I think my head just exploded from the beauty of your photographs!

John
by Ribbit
August 31st, 2016, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 10839

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

Kelly, agreed! I can see why all the parks that have Yellow-footed Rock Wallabies want to advertise that fact.

John
by Ribbit
August 31st, 2016, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 10839

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

that Tympanocryptis looks like it has a pale band across the head, above the eyes- if so its likely T. lineata Thanks Scott. Here's another photo of the same lizard from a better angle to see the top of its head. I don't see a pale band here, though there are some light-and-dark markings on the top...
by Ribbit
August 30th, 2016, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 13723

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

Chad: Thanks a lot! It's hard to go wrong, herping in Australia. Kelly: Thanks for the kind words. I love snakes, frogs, turtles, etc., but I do think lizards are my favorite. Partly it's due to their tremendous diversification in size, shape, color, lifestyle, etc., and partly it's because you can ...
by Ribbit
August 30th, 2016, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 13723

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

Scott, I see that my Gehyra info is confusing and out of date. I have the latest Cogger and the latest Wilson & Swan, but neither of these include G. versicolor . Furthermore, Wilson & Swan shows a continuous range for G. variegata from the west coast to nearly the east coast, whereas Cogger shows t...
by Ribbit
August 20th, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National Park
Replies: 22
Views: 13723

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 5, Flinders Ranges National

Thanks Scott! (And I see that I called it Dtella variegata when of course I meant Gehyra variegata .) I just assumed it was variegata since I had seen those elsewhere and it looked "the same". Bad assumption in Australia! I'm currently away from my reference books -- can you please tell me how to di...
by Ribbit
August 4th, 2016, 6:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 4816

Re: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

Thanks for the link to moloch's report. He is a wonderful, knowledgeable naturalist who has also posted on this forum many times. I had the good fortune of being able to look for herps with him near his home south of Sydney, Australia. I hadn't seen this post of his before.

John
by Ribbit
August 4th, 2016, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 4816

Re: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

That's a young Anolis bombiceps or possibly a closely-related species.

John
by Ribbit
July 19th, 2016, 4:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat
Replies: 8
Views: 4099

Re: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat

Jeroen Speybroeck wrote:Preparing a trip, John? ;)
Jeroen, you are a wise man.

John
by Ribbit
July 16th, 2016, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat
Replies: 8
Views: 4099

Re: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat

Re-reading all of the Borneo Dispatches, it is clear that this post deserved some responses, but got none. That is just wrong. I could not let it stand.

What an amazing sight!

John
by Ribbit
July 14th, 2016, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 4816

Re: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

I also agree with Kentropyx altamazonica.

John
by Ribbit
June 8th, 2016, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 7653

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz

Thanks very much, NACairns and lanceolatus!

John
by Ribbit
May 12th, 2016, 7:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ecuadorain Chocó
Replies: 7
Views: 3497

Re: Ecuadorain Chocó

Wow, fantastic photos of wonderful frogs. I hope to visit the Choco region someday soon. Looking forward to the reptiles!

John
by Ribbit
May 12th, 2016, 5:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 7653

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz

Thanks Muchobirdnerd. Anolis bombiceps is a great anole. Not as beautiful as Anolis transversalis , but I'm a sucker for great camouflage. davidburkart: That's wild! It wasn't too far from there; we had been coming up the trail that starts behind the "river house" and heads up the hill parallel to t...
by Ribbit
May 11th, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon
Replies: 5
Views: 4008

Re: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon

Hi Cliff! It's great to see your photos. I recognize many specific animals but I always like seeing them again, and you got much better photos than I did for some of them, like the "antis" and the leaf-mimic grasshopper. I wish I had been with you on the night of the Cruziohyla and Epicrates . Maybe...
by Ribbit
May 8th, 2016, 2:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 7653

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz

Thanks Kfen. The emerald tree boa stood out clearly because it had a different reflection than the leaves, but I don't remember noticing any eyeshine

John
by Ribbit
May 5th, 2016, 8:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 9236

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

Completely fantastic! I had no idea such diversity could be found anywhere in Europe. Your storytelling and photos make me feel like I was there, tagging along.

John
by Ribbit
May 4th, 2016, 11:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 7653

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz

Thanks everyone. Needless to say, we were all pretty excited about the snakes from Santa Cruz. Overall we didn't see that many individual snakes, but we more than made up for it in quality.

Cliff, I'm so glad my posts were an inspiration. It was great herping with you!

John
by Ribbit
May 3rd, 2016, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 4567

Re: Snake ID, Peru

It looks a fair amount like Drymoluber dichrous, but that species has 15 scale rows and your photo seems to show fewer.

Could be Chironius fuscus, which has 10 scale rows.

John
by Ribbit
May 2nd, 2016, 9:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva
Replies: 7
Views: 6857

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva

I have finally finished the last part: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23381
by Ribbit
May 2nd, 2016, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 4567

Re: Snake ID, Peru

I haven't found any remotely complete references for neotropical snake identification, but there are at least a couple of helpful books for Peru: Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide by R. D. Bartlett and Patricia Bartlett University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 2003 Th...
by Ribbit
May 2nd, 2016, 9:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 7653

Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz

Previously, in this series of posts... I spent two days in Panama with Matt, Joe, Kevin, Ryan, and Hayley . We were then joined by a few more people for a day in Iquitos, Peru . Then everyone hopped onto a boat down the Amazon to our first multi-day Peruvian rainforest location, Madre Selva Biologic...
by Ribbit
April 22nd, 2016, 3:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva
Replies: 7
Views: 6857

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva

Thanks everyone! It's very nice to hear that each of you enjoy my posts. I try to get across the feelings I had from my travels, and not just the photos by themselves, and it's gratifying to hear from people who appreciate that. I'm getting close with the last part. I'm still on the road, but writin...
by Ribbit
April 12th, 2016, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 10839

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

Thanks for checking again, Field Herper, and I'm glad that the image sequence fixed itself. I blame web technologies!

The general sense of fun and good humor is one of the many excellent reasons to spend time in Australia. I'm sure I will be back again and again.

John
by Ribbit
April 12th, 2016, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkaroola to
Replies: 16
Views: 10839

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 6, Wilpena Pound to Arkarool

Thanks for the heads up, Field Herper. I'm not seeing the problem at a glance though. Could you please give one or two specific examples? (I have occasionally seen a problem with mixed-up images when loading posts with lots of images on my iPhone. After reloading such a page, the problem has gone aw...
by Ribbit
April 5th, 2016, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

The amount of poison in the frog varies a lot from species to species. I don't know how poisonous this particular species is, but I know it isn't one of the extremely poisonous ones. But more importantly, the poison is only a problem if it gets into your system, either by ingestion or into the blood...
by Ribbit
April 4th, 2016, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

Thanks everyone!

I've posted the much longer Part 2 now, here: viewtopic.php?f=2&t=23295
by Ribbit
April 4th, 2016, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva
Replies: 7
Views: 6857

Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 2 of 3: Madre Selva

As mentioned in my two recent posts, I recently visited Peruvian Amazonia with MT Amazon Expeditions for the third time. I first spent two days in Panama and then one day in Iquitos before leaving civilization for nine days at two field stations in the Amazon rainforest. The first of the two destina...
by Ribbit
March 25th, 2016, 8:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Re: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

Thanks everyone! Antonrskn: Ranitomeya are just amazingly beautiful, and with interesting habits and movements as well. A fine group of frogs to study! Jeroen: I find that it takes about two weeks between returning from Amazonia and wanting to go back. There are always more species to see. MonarchzM...
by Ribbit
March 24th, 2016, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos
Replies: 12
Views: 5863

Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 1 of 3: A day in Iquitos

As you might recall if you read my recent account of two days in Panama , I visited Peru with MT Amazon Expeditions in late January and early February, 2016. I had already been twice, in 2013 and again in 2014 . This is a part of the world you could visit every year for your entire life and still fi...
by Ribbit
March 7th, 2016, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo
Replies: 10
Views: 5239

Re: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo

A beautiful series of photos, in such vivid colors!

I believe your "Eutropis longicaudata" is instead some species of Sphenomorphus, perhaps Sphenomorphus melanopogon.

John
by Ribbit
March 3rd, 2016, 4:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian prequel to Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 4161

Re: Panamanian prequel to Peru

Thanks Matt and Kris and Jeroen! The Peru part will have a lot more of everything.

John
by Ribbit
March 1st, 2016, 3:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian prequel to Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 4161

Re: Panamanian prequel to Peru

Thanks Roki! But the coral snake turned out to be not a coral snake but rather a Halloween Snake (Pliocercus euryzonus burghardti). Obviously I have surrounded these photos with too many words!

John
by Ribbit
February 29th, 2016, 10:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian prequel to Peru
Replies: 7
Views: 4161

Panamanian prequel to Peru

In 2013 and 2014 I went on herping trips with MT Amazon Expeditions to the Amazon basin in Peru. I skipped 2015 for some reason, but the call of the Amazon rainforest is strong (and loud, mostly frogs and crickets, with an occasional bamboo rat). So this year I signed up for another herptastic adven...
by Ribbit
February 24th, 2016, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 8, Southern Eyre Peninsula
Replies: 21
Views: 12454

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Part 8, Southern Eyre Peninsula

danh, thanks for the additional info. If I zoom in on the photo where the snake is flattening its head, I can see that frontal scale clearly. My field guides do mention this measurement, but it just didn't occur to me that this solid-colored snake would be a Tiger -- obviously I will have to go back...