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by Kfen
August 9th, 2015, 5:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who's your daddy?
Replies: 4
Views: 3457

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: 6765

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: 6765

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: 8913

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: 3078

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: 5068

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: 8913

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: 4694

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: 6765

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: 6765

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: 6765

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: 6765

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: 5139

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: 5777

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: 59829

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: 3835

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: 3835

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: 5927

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: 17055

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: 2309

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: 2731

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: 4291

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: 3434

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: 2191

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: 2191

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: 5954

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: 5954

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: 5954

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: 2631

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: 5007

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: 2766

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 ...
by Kfen
January 24th, 2015, 3:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Educational Ethics
Replies: 54
Views: 8243

Re: Educational Ethics

To play the Devil's Advocate- how do we KNOW their (or anyone else's belief) is wrong if it applies to spirituality and not actual physical harm? How do we KNOW that we (snake lovers) are not going to to come back as a lesser being/go to hell/ pay in the afterlife etc. because we put ourselves in th...
by Kfen
January 24th, 2015, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to visually SEX a rattlesnake...
Replies: 24
Views: 12079

Re: How to SEX a rattlesnake...

I havent worked with that species before, but my guess is both males because of tail length in proportion to rest of body. As someone else mentioned, its not a perfect way to sex rattlesnakes and mistakes can be made by the most seasoned herpers/researchers. Some of them are just difficult to tell. ...
by Kfen
January 8th, 2015, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 3474

Re: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?

Just another plug for Savage's book. Some taxonomy (especially anurans) has changed, but you can figure out the name changes online. Otherwise, the book has all the info you could hope for. It is pretty inexpensive for what you are getting as well. As others have said, you cant walk around with it i...
by Kfen
December 27th, 2014, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help needed please
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Re: ID help needed please

I found the gecko post for you, you should find your answer here:
http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... ko#p153074
by Kfen
December 27th, 2014, 8:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help needed please
Replies: 3
Views: 1436

Re: ID help needed please

Assuming the turtle pics were also taken in Florida, they are either peninsula cooters ( Pseudemys peninsularis ) or florida red bellies ( Pseudemys nelsoni ). If I were to guess, and thats all it really is, your first is peninsularis and second is nelsoni . Hopefully someone with more experience wi...
by Kfen
December 12th, 2014, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI/Suggestions - Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD
Replies: 3
Views: 1409

Re: RFI/Suggestions - Cairns and Port Douglas, QLD

So I wish I had first person experience to share with you, but unfortunately I have never been to Australia. I was recently researching OZ and came across two resources that may help you out: I joined this forum to ask a couple questions and got a warm welcome and responses to my questions: https://...
by Kfen
December 9th, 2014, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica Info Request
Replies: 21
Views: 6118

Re: Costa Rica Info Request

Unfortunately I do not have any experience with the places mentioned, but I do have a question. I thought I heard once that you cannot handle any animals at all (no posing etc) at La Selva. Is that true?
by Kfen
December 5th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bagging snakes for photos?
Replies: 50
Views: 11733

Re: Bagging snakes for photos?

I meant to start a post about this a long time ago and planned on writing a long and more eloquent rant than what I will do here. I am not going to speak much about bagging or not, but things you should/should not do IF you bag. Bring the animal back to its point of capture. Don't be lazy and releas...
by Kfen
December 3rd, 2014, 6:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: roaches for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 4990

Re: roaches for sale

The general consensus is that dubia roaches do not smell. I definitely agree. I have never kept any other species of roach so I cannot compare, however, I can't stand the smell of crickets. Haha its no surprise your production is so high and I wish you were closer for sure! I actually think I could ...
by Kfen
December 2nd, 2014, 5:24 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: roaches for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 4990

Re: roaches for sale

If you would've told me two years ago I'd wind up raising roaches in my basement, I'd have thought you were crazy (and my wife would think so even more!). I agree with that! My wife doesn't even know I have them. She knows I have another "feeder insect", but she does not know that they are roaches....
by Kfen
December 2nd, 2014, 12:39 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: roaches for sale
Replies: 13
Views: 4990

roaches for sale

I'm not sure if we are allowed to post things for sale here or not, so please delete if not. My dubia roach colony got way out of hand and I have a lot of extras. Make me an offer on any of the following: 400-500 1/2 -3/4" 800-900 3/4"- 1.5" most of which are on the larger size, some adults. 50+ bre...
by Kfen
November 28th, 2014, 10:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Please enlighten a naive young man
Replies: 7
Views: 3103

Re: Please enlighten a naive young man

Guanacaste is going to be VERY dry at that time, so focus your efforts around any water you can find. If you can get on a boat while there, sea snakes can be found along the slicks. The further south you go, i.e Golfito, and further onto the OSA, the wetter it will be so the herping will be better. ...
by Kfen
November 18th, 2014, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: InSitu Rattlesnakes
Replies: 48
Views: 17059

Re: InSitu Rattlesnakes

Very nice post. Its good to see some people can still take awesome photos of rattlesnakes without disturbing them. I find in situ photos way more enjoyable. You have also captured some great behaviours! Is that one speckled drinking off of itself?
by Kfen
November 18th, 2014, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa, Field herping it's been a long Winter.
Replies: 5
Views: 4270

Re: South Africa, Field herping it's been a long Winter.

This book was very useful. It had good range maps, decent photos, good descriptions, and even a little natural history which helps to try to find one's targets. It is getting a little old and I am not sure if much taxonomy has changed in that region or not, nor do I know if there is a newer better o...
by Kfen
November 15th, 2014, 8:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa, Field herping it's been a long Winter.
Replies: 5
Views: 4270

Re: South Africa, Field herping it's been a long Winter.

Awesome post.
The Pseudocordylus was a real treat, but the dwarf chameleons were amazing! I only saw one species of Bradypodion on my trip to SA despite hours and hours of searching for 2 other species.
by Kfen
November 13th, 2014, 6:14 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?
Replies: 31
Views: 10461

Re: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?

I think I should also expand on Kelly's warning of distilled water. It should never be used for drinking water. Distilled water can sometimes burst cells trying to reach equilibrium of ions/minerals.
by Kfen
November 12th, 2014, 10:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?
Replies: 31
Views: 10461

Re: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?

At least in my case, I have two theories, neither one of which involves a bad mouse. The snake did not actually ingest the mouse, and it was from the same bag of frozen that was fed to that snake, and others, before and after. The first theory is that it was a freak accident that the snake injured i...
by Kfen
November 11th, 2014, 7:17 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?
Replies: 31
Views: 10461

Re: sudden death of a seemingly healthy gopher snake?

No ideas here either, but also had it happen recently. Had an adult bamboo rat for ~1.5 years. Always ate frozen but still wrapped them up. I fed it like normal, it struck and wrapped up the mouse. A few minutes later I heard a commotion, and the snake was writhing around with some blood around its ...
by Kfen
November 10th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 59829

Re: zoo med excavator clay

I start the thread, don't check for a few days, (ok maybe weeks), and wham! Come back to all sorts of discussions. Glad to see this forum is alive. I meant to take a pic of the original tank I mentioned, but we sold the dragon and cleaned it out before a got a chance. A coworker had just sprayed the...