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by Kfen
November 19th, 2015, 10:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: wild collected feeders
Replies: 17
Views: 11550

Re: wild collected feeders

What kind of variety are you looking for? The sensate enrichment of diverse prey dispatch or a desire to fill potential gaps in nutrition? I suppose both, but with more emphasis on the nutrition aspect. Another reason would just be availability. There is always something to be found while out worki...
by Kfen
November 18th, 2015, 5:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: wild collected feeders
Replies: 17
Views: 11550

wild collected feeders

What are everyone's thoughts on wild collected feeders? I guess I am specifically referring to insects/invertebrates, but if you would like to add about rodents, fish, etc, just specify. Assuming you collect from an area without pesticide or chemical use, the question is: are the benefits from a var...
by Kfen
November 18th, 2015, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with hook.
Replies: 15
Views: 6332

Re: Traveling with hook.

Get a collapsible hook from John Zegel. You will not regret it. My Midwest collapsible broke with limited use, as did a friend's. The John Zegel hooks are bulletproof. (Except when you use it as a baseball bat with a rock, but that's my own stupidity. And for the record it just put a small dent in i...
by Kfen
November 15th, 2015, 5:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: small scale mouse breeding
Replies: 67
Views: 48886

Re: small scale mouse breeding

People have noted the downsides, I think the upsides are strong too - e.g., there's nothing like fresh, live pinks whose mothers' diet and living environment you are providing. Nutritionally, they're top-shelf. I was one of the people noting the downsides. However, I just got some locally bred live...
by Kfen
October 29th, 2015, 11:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: small scale mouse breeding
Replies: 67
Views: 48886

Re: small scale mouse breeding

You will be able to accomplish a smelly room! Females can give birth about every month or so. I would usually get 7-10 pinkies per litter, sometimes more, sometimes less. You can keep more females with a single male if you need more. They are not much work, easy to change the bedding, pelleted food,...
by Kfen
October 22nd, 2015, 8:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short Film about Crotalid Research
Replies: 12
Views: 4713

Re: Short Film about Crotalid Research

Like Bill above, I also very rarely watch any videos posted. I happened to click on this one and was pleasantly surprised. It was very well done and a joy to watch. Thanks for taking the time, both the filming/editing, and the actual research.
by Kfen
September 21st, 2015, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID?
Replies: 4
Views: 1576

Re: Turtle ID?

My vote is good ole melanistic red ear.
by Kfen
September 13th, 2015, 4:27 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pics of some critters, just because it's been a while
Replies: 16
Views: 13842

Re: Pics of some critters, just because it's been a while

Beautiful animals! I agree wholeheartedly!! How long do you keep the stars outside? Edit: I guess what I am really asking is what kind of environmental conditions do you keep them outside during? What are the temp extremes and does the Georgia( I think that's where you are) humidity negatively effe...
by Kfen
September 13th, 2015, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: High cost of antivenin
Replies: 16
Views: 6825

Re: High cost of antivenin

From what I understand, pygmies and southern copperheads are not lethal to healthy people. I was also (mistakenly?) under the impression that there have not been any confirmed fatalities due to copperheads that did not involve some other complication, i.e. allergic reaction, prior heart condition, ...
by Kfen
September 13th, 2015, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 34652

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

PS, if its not too much to ask, labeling the photos with species names would be appreciated.
by Kfen
September 13th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 34652

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

Chrish, are those texas indigos and is it common to find them in trees? not uncommon to find wood turtles with some schmutz all over their faces http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg246/yousuckk77/IMG_0552_1_zpstbfmhjcv.jpg Northern water snake having trouble swallowing a catfish the "wrong way" htt...
by Kfen
September 6th, 2015, 11:50 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Removing eyecaps
Replies: 21
Views: 9100

Re: Removing eyecaps

I'm surprised no one has suggested tape yet. FIRST soak the snake. I like a combo of the above, damp sphagnum in a wet pillowcase. The wrap some scotch or masking tape around your finger, obviously sticky side out. Then GENTLY touch the snakes eye and pull straight off. It has worked for me several ...
by Kfen
September 2nd, 2015, 11:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Defining Naturalistic
Replies: 73
Views: 71197

Re: Defining Naturalistic

I think a lot of people, myself included, think of naturalistic vivaria to mean pleasing to the human eye, with natural substrates, live plants, etc. That does not mean they are best or "natural" for the animal in the enclosure, however they also can be. You can certainly provide proper environmenta...
by Kfen
August 25th, 2015, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID request
Replies: 8
Views: 2738

Re: Frog ID request

If your friend still has it, tell him to rub the skin on the frogs head. (I am being serious) If it does not move, it is Osteocephalus and likely a Cuban treefrog. Their skin is fused to their skull. If it does move, then I have no idea.
by Kfen
August 15th, 2015, 4:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 5
Views: 3285

Re: Costa Rica

Are photography classes required in Australia? It seems like everyone that posts here from OZ takes stellar pictures. I particularly like the double hummingbird and the green basilisk. Great post all around.
by Kfen
August 11th, 2015, 5:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami
Replies: 14
Views: 5498

Re: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami

Great report! Glad to see you found a bunch of your targets.
by Kfen
August 11th, 2015, 5:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: At what temp will eggs cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 7732

Re: At what temp will eggs cook?

In the Canadian study, where high temps were recorded, did the eggs cool at night? That might make a big difference, 86f for a few hours might be tolerated but not necessarily for 24/7 in an artificial incubation situation. I was going to mention the same thing as above. Also, even if your room tem...
by Kfen
August 9th, 2015, 5:13 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: At what temp will eggs cook?
Replies: 18
Views: 7732

Re: At what temp will eggs cook?

Is 94 a normal incubation temperature for them? Man, that just seems high to me.
by Kfen
August 9th, 2015, 5:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who's your daddy?
Replies: 4
Views: 4370

Re: Who's your daddy?

I would also GUESS that the aberrant male is the father because there is no striping in any of the babies. I'm not sure of the breeding biology of kingsnakes, is it possible to have babies from the same clutch have different fathers? I have bred cal kings in the past. My first pair was a striped mal...
by Kfen
August 3rd, 2015, 1:46 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

Re: eggs splitting ? -update

Thanks everyone!

Bill, I did think about the calcium thing. I think I will supplement to be on the safe side. This is my first time with them and this was her first clutch as well. She just laid another clutch so we will see how they look when I incubate a little drier.
by Kfen
August 1st, 2015, 5:06 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

Re: eggs splitting ? -update

So one of the splitting eggs actually started to leak. I thought it was going to get moldy and die but it didn't. A little less than a week after it leaked, it along with both other eggs hatched! I guess the theme of this thread and another recent one is good eggs are hardy. Here is a pic: http://i2...
by Kfen
July 28th, 2015, 5:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: think this one will hatch?
Replies: 18
Views: 11288

Re: think this one will hatch?

Kelly Mc wrote:Has anyone ever used methylene blue?
Not on eggs, but for fish, and directly on turtles.
by Kfen
July 26th, 2015, 4:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unidentified tree frog
Replies: 13
Views: 4220

Re: Unidentified tree frog

I agree it is Pseudacris. I don't know the species, but it is not a native NJ Pseudacris. So it would be ethically and legally wrong to release them. Even it is was the native species, it would still be illegal in NJ to release any captive animal. If you have that many and cant find a home for them,...
by Kfen
July 26th, 2015, 3:46 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rapid metabolism
Replies: 13
Views: 6349

Re: Rapid metabolism

General vets can do a fecal float on a snake and other exams. They can. Or they can send it to a lab which can. That seems to be the case by me. None of the local vets do their own fecals. I've tried to find a lab that I can just send my own samples to so far have been unsuccessful with the excepti...
by Kfen
July 26th, 2015, 3:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: think this one will hatch?
Replies: 18
Views: 11288

Re: think this one will hatch?

zwhitman wrote: Have you tried candling it?
That's a good question. What does the candling look like?
by Kfen
July 12th, 2015, 3:45 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood turtle enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 6007

Re: Wood turtle enclosure

That is a beautiful enclosure. I used to keep some turtles outside and loved it. Even when I would keep tortoises outside for a few months I could see the improvement in there overall appearance and growth. For fertilizer I used to do exactly what Kelly suggested. You can also start a worm bin to ma...
by Kfen
July 11th, 2015, 5:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

Re: eggs splitting ?

Roughly how far away is the marsh/bog/ponds the adults live in? There is a complex of wetlands that the turtles move about throughout the season, some of which is very close to both the cornfield, and a manmade nesting area. However there is one turtle from a different wetland 900 meters away that ...
by Kfen
July 1st, 2015, 5:53 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

Re: eggs splitting ?

Sorry for the late reply, you brought up lots of questions/points and I wanted to touch on all of them. My responses/thoughts are sort of random so bear with me. First- Kelly, you may have created the first "sim" incubator that is all the rage these days. I have found Phelsuma eggs to be exceptional...
by Kfen
June 22nd, 2015, 5:09 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

Re: eggs splitting ?

Thanks for the reply. I did put a paper towel in there to absorb some moisture. Once I used regular old scotch tape on a tortoise egg that I cracked a small hole into prematurely that worked. I like the idea of the liquid bandage. These types of things make me wonder about wild nests of all sorts of...
by Kfen
June 21st, 2015, 5:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: eggs splitting ? -update
Replies: 13
Views: 8614

eggs splitting ? -update

I have some bamboo rat snake eggs that are splitting (check out the pics to see what I mean). Anyone have this happen to them? Did they still hatch? Its been several days and hasn't seemed to get any worse. My guesses are that maybe the substrate was too wet and/or the eggs were poorly calcified. An...
by Kfen
June 21st, 2015, 5:08 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Radiant Heat Panels
Replies: 11
Views: 6705

Re: Radiant Heat Panels

I don't have any personal experience using them, however I have only ever heard good things about them. I even heard a claim ( I think from Pro Products) that respiratory infections in ball pythons were cured using only rhp's. I have seen them on some friends cages and on vendor displays and like th...
by Kfen
March 24th, 2015, 6:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dream find, GABOON!
Replies: 18
Views: 7883

Re: Dream find, GABOON!

Spectacular! How did you find it? Was it in the leaves like that? If so you have some great eyes!
by Kfen
March 20th, 2015, 1:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 87389

Re: zoo med excavator clay

Just wanted to give a quick update regarding the excavator clay. I just rebuilt a tank with it, and made sure I really packed it down this time. Again this was for a bearded dragon of similiar size to the first one. The excavator clay is holding up better this time. Not as many small sand like piece...
by Kfen
March 14th, 2015, 8:57 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding H. platirhinos Qs
Replies: 11
Views: 4628

Re: Breeding H. platirhinos Qs

If you end up without eggs, or without fertile eggs this year, I would suggest trying to cool them as much as you can. Putting them in a garage, basement (not sure if they exist anywhere in FL), or even on the floor, may get you a few degrees cooler than your regular room temp. Hopefully your slight...
by Kfen
March 13th, 2015, 12:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding H. platirhinos Qs
Replies: 11
Views: 4628

Re: Breeding H. platirhinos Qs

Did you cool or brumate them? I have no captive experience with any hogs, but going by all other North american colubrids, cooling will certainly help, and may be needed.
by Kfen
March 13th, 2015, 11:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January in Peru (lots of pics)
Replies: 17
Views: 8744

Re: January in Peru (lots of pics)

Great photos! A few of your habitat/landscape shots really make me feel like I am there. How did you find the mata-mata? That was a species I really wanted to find while there, but did not.
by Kfen
March 11th, 2015, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Truths behind fake nature photography
Replies: 69
Views: 22132

Re: Truths behind fake nature photography

I am guessing the first is posed because of the strangely bent toe on the rear foot, and weirdly angled front foot. But I think that might be the trick you are playing on us, that it is in fact the opposite.
by Kfen
March 5th, 2015, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central American amphibian Identification help
Replies: 5
Views: 2870

Re: Central American amphibian Identification help

I agree with the amphibiaweb suggestion above. Also The CR savage guide with have a lot of overlap with the other central american countries and is comprehensive of CR. Here is one book where a lot of the author's experience comes from Peru: http://www.amazon.com/Reptiles-Amphibians-Amazon-Ecotouris...
by Kfen
March 4th, 2015, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa Herping
Replies: 4
Views: 3171

Re: South Africa Herping

Looks like an awesome time! I think you made the right choice. How big was that python that regurged?
by Kfen
March 4th, 2015, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4845

Re: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.

Please bump this post when they are available again. I right clicked a few and they look awesome. It got tedious so I will wait, but I would love to see them all. You can also upgrade your pb account.
by Kfen
February 21st, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 4098

Re: Wood Turtles

I agree, they look great! How long did it take you to raise your male from hatchling to adult size?
by Kfen
February 21st, 2015, 10:16 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Chelodina longicollis?
Replies: 4
Views: 2617

Re: Chelodina longicollis?

That's funny. That is the last time I was there also. Like I said, my info was dated! A friend of mine has gone to Daytona recently, and said it has gotten smaller and not as good. He isnt really an aquatic turtle guy, so maybe it will still be good for you.
by Kfen
February 20th, 2015, 12:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Chelodina longicollis?
Replies: 4
Views: 2617

Re: Chelodina longicollis?

I have not kept up on the kingsnake turtle classifieds in a few years, but there used to be a guy name Paul Vander Schouw that posted pretty often. I am almost positive he breeds/bred longicollis. I think he is out of Florida. Try looking him up. Also not current info, but a long time ago I went to ...
by Kfen
February 20th, 2015, 12:12 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

KFEN, interesting point about wood turtles, that is they are genetically sex determined, not temperature dependent. I did not know that. Is that true for other Clemmys species as well? I sure hope Reptologist figures out what is best, gets the suitable incubator or creates a suitable microclimate f...
by Kfen
February 19th, 2015, 6:52 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

chris_mcmartin wrote:
1. "Vermiculate" is an adjective ("having wavy lines"); "vermiculite" is the incubation medium (among other uses). Sorry for the nitpick. :thumb:
I thought it looked a little funny when I was typing it. No need to apologize, thanks.
by Kfen
February 19th, 2015, 6:37 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 7179

Re: Incubator Inquery

To beat a dead horse, you may not have good eggs if you are having that many problems with mold on vermiculate. I have hatched a few species of turtle/tortoise eggs using vermiculate, straight sand, dirt, and mixtures of the above. With vermiculate, which I use exclusively now, I wet it and then squ...
by Kfen
February 17th, 2015, 6:22 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Cuban Crocodiles
Replies: 4
Views: 3317

Re: Cuban Crocodiles

Those things are pretty cool!
VICtort wrote:
. Anyone know their status in the wilds of Cuba?
Vic
I think they are limited to only 1 or 2 locations and hybridization with American crocs is a pretty big problem. Not sure how much the hybridization is caused by anthropomorphic reasons.
by Kfen
February 15th, 2015, 12:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thailand/Cambodia January 2015
Replies: 18
Views: 6177

Re: Thailand/Cambodia January 2015

Very cool post. All those turtles are awesome! I would call that a pretty successful trip!
by Kfen
February 10th, 2015, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Disparity of Sheds to Snake size
Replies: 9
Views: 3595

Re: Disparity of Sheds to Snake size

I have thought about this before as well. I even started a spreadsheet at one point. Unfortunately I did not have access to many snakes then, and also lost the spreadsheet. If I remember correctly, I had measured a Nerodia sipedon, and 2 Thamnophis species. The skins were 10-20% larger. I currently ...