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by MCHerper
March 24th, 2015, 4:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dream find, GABOON!
Replies: 18
Views: 6159

Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Beautiful! What an amazing serpent, and lucky you for seeing it!
by MCHerper
March 23rd, 2015, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?
Replies: 9
Views: 2737

Re: Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?

Thanks Andrea! Did one of those redbacks end up doing a disappearing act shortly after that first photo was taken? They definitely look like they have the attention of the big guy there in the pool.
by MCHerper
March 23rd, 2015, 5:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Article on Opossum and antivenom development
Replies: 3
Views: 1377

Re: Article on Opossum and antivenom development

Thank you for sharing. A few of the related articles looked interesting too.
by MCHerper
March 23rd, 2015, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: senior project a success!
Replies: 9
Views: 2736

Re: senior project a success!

Great job Axeman! Keep getting the word out! I don't believe that there is enough appreciation for herpetofauna among the general public, and now more than ever awareness and education are key. Keep up the good work!!
by MCHerper
March 22nd, 2015, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?
Replies: 9
Views: 2737

Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?

Hi Folks, I saw something that I thought was out of the ordinary today. While flipping rocks in a feeder stream that led into a larger creek, I found two red-backed salamanders, one in red phase and one in lead phase. This is the first time that I've ever observed them in an aquatic habitat. Has any...
by MCHerper
March 22nd, 2015, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 3062

Re: March Species Counts

Sunday, March 22nd, Mercer County, NJ. 43 degrees F, winds 10-20 mi/hr, abundant sunshine.

10 two-lined salamanders
2 red-backed salamanders (in the same feeder stream as the two lined).
by MCHerper
March 19th, 2015, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

Between what I have read and what I've observed, it seems to be the same with the spotteds, the males move first to the pool to drop spermatophores and then the females come. Does anyone know (in general) how long their time together in the pool tends to overlap? I have read about the courtship play...
by MCHerper
March 18th, 2015, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

Currently watching, with interest, the forecast for Thursday, March 26th in our area.
by MCHerper
March 11th, 2015, 1:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

Now the predicted temps for Saturday are highs of 55 degrees F and rain, with 50-degree or higher temps on Thursday and Friday.

Looking better by the day...
by MCHerper
March 10th, 2015, 6:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

Alright now I am following Justin's prediction with interest. Tonight (Tuesday March 10th): anticipated rain event, possibly 1/4 inch rain, highs 52 degrees, low 41. Drizzle in morning tomorrow then clearing, high 61 low 29. Sunny with temps over next few days in mid-50's. Saturday (the 14th): antic...
by MCHerper
March 10th, 2015, 4:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Resources for Larval Amphibian ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Re: Resources for Larval Amphibian ID?

That looks great! Thanks Mike!
by MCHerper
March 9th, 2015, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Counts
Replies: 12
Views: 3062

Re: March Species Counts

Mercer County, NJ. Sunday, March 1st, 2015. Approx 30 degrees F, cloudy, winter precipitation forecast for early afternoon. Winds approx. 10- 15 mi/hr

5 Desmognathus fuscus
1 Pseudotriton ruber larva
1 Eurycea bislineata
by MCHerper
March 9th, 2015, 10:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

Most of the vernals here are still frozen. I think a couple salamanders will move here in NJ this week during the rains, but I anticipate a big movement on March 14th - Justin That would be nice, but I'm still thinking that near the 23rd of March will be the big push where we are. Time will tell-at...
by MCHerper
March 8th, 2015, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

58 degree rain event predicted for our area on Wednesday. Lows in the mid-30's at night. I'm not suggesting that anything will move in our area yet, but conditions seem to be improving quickly.
by MCHerper
March 5th, 2015, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Resources for Larval Amphibian ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1257

Resources for Larval Amphibian ID?

Hi Folks, I'm wondering if anyone could point the way to some resources for larval amphibian ID, especially anurans? I have the larval salamander ID guide by Nate N (which is a great resource!), but am looking to expand and have resources for as many NE amphibians as possible. Also, I read in the de...
by MCHerper
March 3rd, 2015, 11:19 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 10022

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

Good luck with your search! :beer:
by MCHerper
March 3rd, 2015, 4:56 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 10022

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

Chrish, I think you missed my post where I clarified what my concern was. The concern is that someone (not a herper) would find and post the location of a sensitive species without knowing that it is sensitive. I wasn't concerned about herpers posting on it (as I know that herpers are aware of any n...
by MCHerper
March 2nd, 2015, 10:55 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 29216

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

Chris, you did a tremendous job with that report!
by MCHerper
March 2nd, 2015, 10:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 10022

Re: Potential Problems with New Website

I don't see that website as an issue, of course. If a herper is concerned about having to share his/her special spot with other people, then s/he probably shouldn't be posting that spot's coordinates online (though other people will doubtless eventually find it, anyway). If said herper is instead c...
by MCHerper
March 2nd, 2015, 6:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Potential Problems with New Website
Replies: 11
Views: 10022

Potential Problems with New Website

Hi Folks, I came across this website this morning: http://www.inaturalist.org/ It's a site where people can post pics of whatever flora or fauna that they find, along with the location right down to the GPS coordinates where they find them. I think that everyone here knows what I am thinking, and I'...
by MCHerper
February 25th, 2015, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 5079

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

ZantiMissKnit wrote: Racer kisses:

Image100_1097 by ZantiMissKnit, on Flickr
Good grief, that's a big one!
by MCHerper
February 25th, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 5079

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

Mc herper, you made my day w the bloodroot shot! So anxiously awaiting the snow to melt so they will pop open in my yard. Cute milk, pg county? I grew up in Montgomery county on the dc line. Milks were an obsession during my teen years ;) Glad to hear that I made your day! I am happy that someone a...
by MCHerper
February 23rd, 2015, 8:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 5079

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4da32b3127ccef58e102a57bc00000030O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720140414010234684.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/ http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d823b3127ccef61127134f8c00000030O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720140603000413...
by MCHerper
February 23rd, 2015, 7:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 5079

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

I'm just going to keep adding to it, this is therapeutic for me too. Negative 4 degrees tonight, yeah buddy!
by MCHerper
February 23rd, 2015, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be here.
Replies: 22
Views: 5079

Re: Please show me reminders that spring will someday be her

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3db38b3127ccef373721ffd4f00000030O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720130519154828268.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/ http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a3db38b3127ccef3734c157c6a00000030O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720130519154004...
by MCHerper
February 17th, 2015, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia Sipedon Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: Nerodia Sipedon Question

Beemaster,

Thanks for the info, I am actually in New Jersey! That being said, your habitat tips will be helpful, thank you!

MCherper
by MCHerper
February 16th, 2015, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia Sipedon Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: Nerodia Sipedon Question

Thank you Beemaster, your input is greatly appreciated!
by MCHerper
February 12th, 2015, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: salamander migration
Replies: 61
Views: 15310

Re: salamander migration

I keep flip-flopping between March 18th and March 23rd. I'll go with the 23rd.
by MCHerper
February 12th, 2015, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Hopes and Dreams.
Replies: 13
Views: 3128

Re: 2015 Hopes and Dreams.

Enjoy every day in the field like it's my first.
by MCHerper
January 24th, 2015, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Preserved snapping turtle shell
Replies: 3
Views: 1764

Re: Preserved snapping turtle shell

Very cool!
by MCHerper
January 22nd, 2015, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

Hi Ebit, my apologies for the delay in my response. Late April-early May should be fine. Good luck with your trip!
by MCHerper
January 22nd, 2015, 10:03 am
Forum: News
Topic: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied
Replies: 4
Views: 3681

Re: Idaho Giant Sally State Symbol Denied

"But Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, voted against the salamander after recalling being repulsed by them as a young boy. "They were ugly, they were slimy, and they were creepy," he said. "And I've not gotten over that. So to elevate them to the status of being the state amphibian, I'm not there...
by MCHerper
January 21st, 2015, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East Central GA 2014 EOY with a couple AZ trips
Replies: 22
Views: 5850

Re: East Central GA 2014 EOY with a couple AZ trips

Incredible! Great stuff, and I hope that this year is as good or even better for you! Thanks for sharing!
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

Alex, thanks for the kind words. Maybe you should come down our way! Yes the Southern leopard frogs in the Pine Barrens definitely have an interesting metallic luster to them! ...and now for some snakes: We found this little red-bellied Storeria on a hike: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d838b31...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

I was fortunate with frogs and toads as well: Fowler's toad: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d838b3127ccef63327f8eb9900000070O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720140620003907580.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/ baby Fowler's: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d807b3127ccef6213c...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 1:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

Lots of sallies this year. I found my first marbled sal: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d823b3127ccef61109824f0a00000060O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720140603000421721.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/ Lots of duskies: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d904b3127ccef6e63f96...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

Spring and summer were good to me! Found lots of beautiful garters: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4da32b3127ccef58f5624f6ed00000080O00AbuGLly5aMWYPbz4I/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00301499918720140414010200005.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/ http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4da32b3127ccef58f7fa4b6e100...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

Re: End of Year 2014

Spring had sprung, the air was warming, and I became interested in finding some Pseudotriton ruber populations in our home county. Throughout the course of the spring and summer, I found them in 5 different locations: First specimen: http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4da32b3127ccef58f222ef6dd000000...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2014
Replies: 16
Views: 5958

End of Year 2014

Hi Folks, I realized that it's long overdue for me to catch up with the folks here on what I've been up to, especially with some of the beautiful pics that have been shared lately and the great end of year posts. Juggling being a parent and having a full time job with actually getting into the field...
by MCHerper
January 14th, 2015, 9:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Belated 2014 End of Year Post: NJ and some Florida
Replies: 3
Views: 1343

Re: The Belated 2014 End of Year Post: NJ and some Florida

Very nice finds Justin! I still have to get on an end-of-year post as well. You've inspired me! Keep up the good work!
by MCHerper
January 6th, 2015, 9:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Finding Direction within the Herp Community
Replies: 37
Views: 29216

Re: Finding Direction within the Herp Community

[quote="regalringneck The 3 "best defended" areas of rationale for what we do are; The right to pursue happiness (Constitution). The right to interact and/or utilize our wildlife in a sustained manner (nature deficit disorder). The obligation to participate and contribute as a citizen/scientist. Sor...
by MCHerper
December 22nd, 2014, 3:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia Sipedon Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: Nerodia Sipedon Question

This is great info. I will keep looking next year. Thanks for your help folks!
by MCHerper
December 13th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AC Line-Spread or Cluster?
Replies: 2
Views: 948

AC Line-Spread or Cluster?

Hi Folks, A hypothetical question about laying boards: suppose you had a dozen pieces of plywood to lay in a field. Would you distribute the boards evenly around the perimeter of the field, or would you cluster them strategically based on factors like proximity to a stream or a south-facing area? MC...
by MCHerper
December 12th, 2014, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds
Replies: 36
Views: 7221

Re: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds

That's interesting that you mention that mfb, I always wondered whether salamanders found any of the compounds in pine needles to be aversive? I have found A. opacum under pine bark and near pine needles, but I don't believe that I have found plethodons near pine needles. I realize that most pine tr...
by MCHerper
December 12th, 2014, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds
Replies: 36
Views: 7221

Re: Slope aspect in relation to herp finds

Funny that this topic came up, because a few times a similar question popped into my mind. I always trusted the wisdom that more herps were found on south facing slopes, and have found evidence to support it. The only species that I can think of that I believe to find more often on north facing slop...
by MCHerper
December 11th, 2014, 2:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia Sipedon Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Re: Nerodia Sipedon Question

Thanks Cliff. It is a small lake and I often see at least a few herons there, and I believe that they are nesting there. Could these guys be a factor in keeping the Nerodia population down to almost nothing?
by MCHerper
December 11th, 2014, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia Sipedon Question
Replies: 12
Views: 2342

Nerodia Sipedon Question

Hi Folks, I've got a puzzling circumstance that I was hoping the experts might shed some light on. There is a park nearby with a lake fed by several streams. The outflow stream leads directly to a major river, and the inflow stream originates in headwaters near former agricultural land, and empties ...
by MCHerper
December 11th, 2014, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 in Photography (mainly Northern California)
Replies: 30
Views: 10855

Re: 2014 in Photography (mainly Northern California)

This is one of those posts that makes me embarrassed that I've ever used the word "photography" to describe the photos I take. Exceptionally great work. Thanks for sharing! JimM I could not have said it better. Your photography is amazing, keep up the good work. I love photos that capture the natur...
by MCHerper
December 8th, 2014, 5:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cape Cod Turtle Deaths (Article)
Replies: 2
Views: 1181

Cape Cod Turtle Deaths (Article)

Hi Folks,

Since this is happening in the Northeast, I decided to put it here. Mods, if it's not the appropriate place, please move to the news section!

Thanks!

http://news.sciencemag.org/plants-anima ... esearchers
by MCHerper
December 8th, 2014, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: deleted
Replies: 6
Views: 2162

Re: Year In Review

Awesome stuff, and beautiful photos!