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by Kfen
December 5th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bagging snakes for photos?
Replies: 50
Views: 17158

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: 5692

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: 5692

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: 5692

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: 4229

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: 22028

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: 4829

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: 4829

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: 12418

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: 12418

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: 12418

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: 79377

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...
by Kfen
October 19th, 2014, 5:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: zoo med excavator clay
Replies: 79
Views: 79377

zoo med excavator clay

I just used zoo med's excavator clay for the first time. I was pretty excited to try it out for a bearded dragon. I thought it would look very natural, and solve the problem of possible ingestion because it is supposed to harden similar to concrete. I am happy with the first goal, it looks great. Ho...
by Kfen
October 12th, 2014, 4:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2014
Replies: 13
Views: 6265

Re: Costa Rica June 2014

Your photography is spectacular. It helps that I am a big frog lover and you saw some incredible species. I have thought about going to the CRAC before. Can you walk around by yourself, or do you always have to have a guide with you? I have also heard that Brian kills snakes, is there any truth to t...
by Kfen
September 27th, 2014, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC
Replies: 12
Views: 5484

Re: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC

Just looked at some of my turtle references, and number 8 is definitely geoffroanus by range. Tuberosus is not found in Bolivia. That would have been my highlight for the trip. After looking at a bunch of pics, turtle 9 looks still looks more like P. unifilis and not expansa, due to the possible kee...
by Kfen
September 26th, 2014, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC
Replies: 12
Views: 5484

Re: Bolivian herps - many ID's needed, some photos GRAPHIC

I also thought Leptodeira annulata for number 7, but am unfamiliar with ranges in Bolivia. Number 8 is either Phrynops geoffroanus or tuberosus . tuberosus was a subspecies of geoffroanus until recently and I am not sure how to tell them apart. Again I am unsure of range. Number nine is a Podocnemis...
by Kfen
September 21st, 2014, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie herps in habitat
Replies: 20
Views: 8297

Re: Aussie herps in habitat

I too enjoy the herps in habitat shots the most. You have some very eye pleasing photos there! I have recently been dreaming about going to Australia so this post was doubly exciting for me. Thanks
by Kfen
September 16th, 2014, 10:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving
Replies: 7
Views: 3030

Re: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving

Aside from salamanders, the everglades/big cypress are going to be your best bet. The further north you go, you run into the possibility of adverse weather conditions for reptiles that time of year (again excluding salamanders). I have only been to everglades/big cypress(many times), myaka (couple t...
by Kfen
August 13th, 2014, 10:27 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Heat in back of the rack vs belly. What is your preference?
Replies: 7
Views: 4653

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

I'm sure ambient air temp relations to mass temps and spaciousness of the cage to provide real choices are factors. I second this as an important consideration. I only have a rack with back heat in a room with low ambient temps. To help alleviate this, I added ridged insulation onto the back and si...
by Kfen
August 4th, 2014, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.
Replies: 135
Views: 27536

Re: Everglades monster constrictor hunt. Doing my part.

When I think of predation of mammals and the impact of burms my mind immediantly thinks not of mature burms and larger fauna, but of healthy hungry juveniles competing with other snakes that are natives that would be targeting same prey. They are hungry active little youngsters and want to eat more...
by Kfen
August 4th, 2014, 8:37 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 77006

Re: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 20

I'm not sure how I missed this the first time around, but these posts were spectacular! Superb photography and stunning exhibits. Thanks for putting it together.
by Kfen
August 3rd, 2014, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

About the vest

I asked because what is the point if you cant move a snake on the road? You have to wear a vest when you are out in the woods at night?
by Kfen
August 2nd, 2014, 3:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes
Replies: 43
Views: 17892

Re: Color and Pattern Variations in Eastern Garter Snakes

This was a cool post, I love the variety. When I was a little kid and solely id'ing stuff from the pics in the Audubon field guide, I thought I was finding several species of garter snakes around my grandparents house in upstate NY. Only as I got older did I realize they were all the same.
by Kfen
August 2nd, 2014, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer Herping in the RGV - Part 1: The Quest for Leptodeira
Replies: 11
Views: 4514

Re: Summer Herping in the RGV - Part 1: The Quest for Leptod

Congratulations! Those cat eyes are stunners, and look very different than the costa rican septentrionalis I have seen.
by Kfen
August 2nd, 2014, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?
Replies: 23
Views: 6696

Re: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?

It depends on the day. If I am by myself specifically herping, than it is definitely about the prize. If I am out herping with friends, it is more about the entire social experience. That does not mean I don't go out other times to enjoy being outdoors and nature in general.
by Kfen
August 2nd, 2014, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

I think I have been wrong about something and need some clarification. (Let's leave t&e species out of my questions for simplicity) Is it illegal to move a snake off the road in Texas even with a hunting license and herp stamp? If yes, what is the purpose of the reflective vests? Prior to the roadcr...
by Kfen
August 2nd, 2014, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Australia time of year question
Replies: 7
Views: 2520

Re: Western Australia time of year question

Thanks Nick for such a detailed response! I am looking for the most diversity, I just happened to mention a few species that would be extra exciting to find. Just one question, what exactly do you mean by "shoulder seasons"? I haven't heard that term before.
by Kfen
July 31st, 2014, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Australia time of year question
Replies: 7
Views: 2520

Re: Western Australia time of year question

Regarding thorny devils, according to http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~varanus/moloch.html , "These lizards move little during ... the hottest summer months (January and February)", making that an unlikely time to see them. John Unfortunately I did read that same thing, I was hoping someone local would be...
by Kfen
July 31st, 2014, 4:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

If looking for herps is hunting why do other states require a fishing license? Or why is there no license required for looking for birds, trees, or flowers? The answer is because the end result DOES matter. The problem is that herpers fall into a grey area that LE cant always determine what their i...
by Kfen
July 30th, 2014, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Australia time of year question
Replies: 7
Views: 2520

Re: Western Australia time of year question

Thanks for the info. Is earlier in January going to better than going in Feb? Any other tips would be greatly appreciated.
by Kfen
July 30th, 2014, 5:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

And I bet some of the people who don't manage to have a successful deer hunt think what they paid for a license just to try was excessive, too. The fact of the matter is that you're not paying for a hunt's success by buying a license, but for the hunt itself. Focusing on a lack of hunting success -...
by Kfen
July 29th, 2014, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

Setting aside apparent math errors, I wonder, how much did your trip to TX cost overall? Including travel expenses, going out to dinner, whatever other recreation you engaged in, etc.? I wonder, too, do you think deer hunters shouldn't bother to buy licenses given that some of them won't manage to ...
by Kfen
July 29th, 2014, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Australia time of year question
Replies: 7
Views: 2520

Western Australia time of year question

I am considering taking a trip to Western Australia in either January of Feb. A very preliminary itinerary is to fly into Perth and make my way north to Broome over the course of 2 weeks or so. Is January/February a good time of year for herps in those areas, or is it already too hot? A couple speci...
by Kfen
July 29th, 2014, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)
Replies: 130
Views: 33058

Re: Game Warden Feedback (TX Specifically)

One quick note to those who say just buy the license and be done with it: A couple of years ago I went to Texas with my wife to visit some friends. I wasn't sure if I was going to have time to go out road cruising or not. An out of state hunting license was going to cost me over $100. I don't know a...
by Kfen
July 27th, 2014, 4:35 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pipa pipa toad question
Replies: 8
Views: 4502

Re: Pipa pipa toad question

I only have a little to add: I cared for some for short periods of time while working at a pet shop many years ago. We would feed them live fish, but they would also take frozen blood worms, brine shrimp, and Mysis shrimp from a turkey baster. If I remember correctly, I think I read that they need s...
by Kfen
June 24th, 2014, 9:01 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Discussion: full term snakes dying in the shell
Replies: 9
Views: 4071

Re: Discussion: full term snakes dying in the shell

Sounds like you may have already it figured out, lower than optimal humidity. The two that didn't make it were probably just slightly weaker than the rest. I once had what I believe to be the opposite problem. The humidity was too high and I had a few snakes that were full term in the egg, a few tha...
by Kfen
June 23rd, 2014, 8:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!
Replies: 34
Views: 12221

Re: Stolen Tortoises-- UPDATE!

Good to hear one is back. Never give up hope for the second. Here are two stories for you to give you hope. I had a 3 toed box turtle that went missing for several YEARS before I refound it in my backyard. This was in a suburban neighborhood with small lots. A friend of mine lost an Asian rat snake ...
by Kfen
June 23rd, 2014, 8:28 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Multiple Track Style Lamp Strategy for Large Enclosures
Replies: 4
Views: 2541

Re: Multiple Track Style Lamp Strategy for Large Enclosures

I recently visited Clyde Peeling's Reptiland out in central PA. They just built a huge Komodo exhibit that uses multiple heat panels that turn on and off sequentially forcing the dragons to utilize multiple basking areas throughout the day, just like Chris is suggesting. It was pretty cool
by Kfen
June 11th, 2014, 11:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guyana-the other reptiles
Replies: 12
Views: 6601

Re: Guyana-the other reptiles

Wow! All 3 posts were incredible! I'm responding to this one because you rarely see south American turtles posted, and I appreciated every one of them. How big was that expansa, and how did you catch it? What type of habitat did you find the pipa pipa in? Thank you very much for putting this togethe...
by Kfen
May 14th, 2014, 12:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: testing for crypto
Replies: 4
Views: 3085

Re: testing for crypto

Kelly beat me too it, but yes, I confirmed it over the phone.
by Kfen
May 12th, 2014, 10:24 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: testing for crypto
Replies: 4
Views: 3085

testing for crypto

Just wanted to share my experience in having fecals tested for crypto. I initially paid about $150 for a single test from a vet. After looking around online, I found a place that does it for $24.50. It is called Avian Biotech and they are out of Florida (I think they also have a lab in the UK under ...
by Kfen
May 12th, 2014, 10:15 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: snake regurge question- what would you do?-another update
Replies: 36
Views: 12470

Re: snake regurge question- what would you do?-another updat

The snake with the swollen midsection- had it tested for crypto a second time just to be sure, negative. Had a fecal smear and float done, totally clean. The swelling has gone down considerably, maybe even totally. The snake has continued to eat and has also shed. Have no idea what happened or why i...
by Kfen
May 12th, 2014, 10:08 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: desiccation as a disinfectant
Replies: 5
Views: 3085

desiccation as a disinfectant

Taking this from a different topic. I have heard of using desiccation as a means of disinfection, but how would you go about doing that? How "dry" does something have to get? Leaving it out in the 40 degree garage in winter for a couple of weeks? Leaving something next to the radiator/hot air vent/e...
by Kfen
May 12th, 2014, 9:59 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Justification.............
Replies: 95
Views: 30854

Re: Justification.............

I am going to release excess into my backyard where the breeding parents were collected. Simus, I would encourage you to take Chris's suggestion of giving/selling your excess rather than releasing them back into the wild. There are a couple of reasons not to release animals that have been in captiv...
by Kfen
April 8th, 2014, 11:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Subs
Replies: 36
Views: 15416

Re: Subs

Kelly- I'm not sure what the sponges were like that you used. There was a product out there that was more foam like that I remember. The sponges that my friend had used were very much like soft kitchen sponges, just large thick sheets of them. This discussion made me go look more closely at the grou...
by Kfen
April 8th, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Necturus maculosus
Replies: 24
Views: 9031

Re: Necturus maculosus

Let me start by saying I have not kept any salamanders. I am surprised by the desire to not lower the ph. Shouldn't chytrid be a non issue in a sterile lab setting? I have had both turtles and amphibian eggs get fungus when kept with too high of a ph. Once lowered, the fungus went away quickly. I am...
by Kfen
April 8th, 2014, 8:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Subs
Replies: 36
Views: 15416

Re: Subs

Substrates can be just as important as any other aspect of a captive herps environment, so this is a great topic. I'll just share some of my experiences. Hemlock mulch: I have used hemlock mulch a lot; for lizards and tortoises without problems. The lizards (lacertas and adult giant day geckos) seem...
by Kfen
March 30th, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: snake regurge question- what would you do?-another update
Replies: 36
Views: 12470

Re: snake regurge question- update, what would you do?

The snake with the swelling was eating and defecating normally. I have not fed it since I started the amikacin per the vet's advice. I just gave it the 6th of 7 doses and I don't think it looks any better. Maybe slightly but I would have thought by now it should be gone if the antibiotics were worki...
by Kfen
March 30th, 2014, 4:14 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124633

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Some easy general things to say, though, are: Live in a much smaller home, and let your land be natural. Consume fewer things, especially resource-heavy things, and try to consume things that were ethically produced. Don't follow trends, hype, advertising built around consumption. Buy locally. Eat ...
by Kfen
March 28th, 2014, 3:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)
Replies: 189
Views: 124633

Re: Global warming effecting Amphibians (true or false)

Jonathan- Can you give some examples of the way you have changed your lifestyle to have less of a carbon footprint? Please don't take that as an attack, I am asking so that maybe I, or others reading, can try to incorporate them into our own lifestyles. I think it would go right along with what you ...