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by Kfen
June 28th, 2018, 6:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Is a supertank possible?
Replies: 19
Views: 31388

Re: Is a supertank possible?

When I used to work at a pet shop, I made a paludarium with a 55 gallon that housed green tree frogs, anoles, and fire belly toads pretty successfully. I think we may have even had a few newts in there occasionally. We were conscious of feeding both during the day and after all the lights were out. ...
by Kfen
February 9th, 2018, 11:19 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: misting system questions
Replies: 16
Views: 26182

Re: misting system questions

Thanks Kelly for your always present good advice. I will definitely stay on top of them. I will be getting some hatchling henkeli in the near future, and don't want to have to worry about them if I go away for a few days. (Also hoping to hatch my own sikorae this year). One of the perks of keeping r...
by Kfen
February 8th, 2018, 12:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: misting system questions
Replies: 16
Views: 26182

misting system questions

Does anyone here have experience with misting systems? I want to use it for Uroplatus and I have a few questions: What is your preferred brand? From a little bit of searching it seems like MistKing gets the most attention Can I use regular tap water through it? My water is kind of hard. I know every...
by Kfen
November 13th, 2017, 5:20 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 74848

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

A cheap alternative to thermostats are dimmer switches that you can plug something into. They are under $15 at the big box stores. They have to be monitored more closely than a traditional thermostat, but I have had good luck with them as long as the room temp doesn't swing too much. I am sure every...
by Kfen
October 26th, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell death
Replies: 10
Views: 8941

Re: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell de

I have been way less active lately, but not because of other media, because of personal time. I just wanted to say I actually like the posts NOT from my area better. Living vicariously. Why would I look at pictures of herps that I can go and look at in real life? I prefer the pics of the ones that I...
by Kfen
August 7th, 2017, 5:05 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Vermiclate water ratio
Replies: 11
Views: 24799

Re: Vermiclate water ratio

Update: Thanks for the advice everyone. Unfortunately I didn't fully take it. I made it drier than in the past, but I still went above the 1:1 ratio with water. I just cant believe how dry 1:1 is. I just went over a friends house and felt up his vermiculite that he made up and has success with, and ...
by Kfen
May 5th, 2017, 4:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Vermiclate water ratio
Replies: 11
Views: 24799

Vermiclate water ratio

Question for people that use vermiculate: Do you do the 1:1 weight ratio? I just weighed it out for the first time in m y life for some snake eggs and it is way drier than I have ever used before. I would ususally just wet it down and then squeeze out thw the water. I didnt have success with this pa...
by Kfen
April 2nd, 2017, 11:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Man Eaters
Replies: 91
Views: 33929

Re: Man Eaters

Narrowfellow, I did not read the paper, only the abstract you posted. Can you explain how you determined the strikes were " cases of “mistaken identity,” in which the python initiated a strike at a potential prey item but aborted its predatory behavior prior to constriction and ingestion", as oppose...
by Kfen
March 30th, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from Manu, Peru
Replies: 1
Views: 2104

Re: Photos from Manu, Peru

Looks like a great trip with great finds. The write up on your website is extremely informative. I hope to visit that part of the world in the next couple of years so I will definitely revisit your info when the time comes. Thanks for sharing
by Kfen
March 20th, 2017, 12:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 6257

Re: Peru

Those river otters must have been a real treat and it looks like you got some good views. The second butterfly is stunning.

I believe your treefrog is Trachycephalus typhonius (was venulosus) and your toad is a Cane toad Rhinella marinus
by Kfen
December 9th, 2016, 12:17 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: breeding loans
Replies: 5
Views: 13075

Re: breeding loans

I guess I should add in both of my situations, all adults will be moved. This is not a "I have a female and friend has a male" kind of thing. There are also no known or expected morphs to come from any of this. Who gets first pic (which likely wont matter but you never know), the owner or borrower?
by Kfen
December 9th, 2016, 12:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: breeding loans
Replies: 5
Views: 13075

breeding loans

Hey everyone, its been a little while since I was on here. Anyone ever been involved with a breeding loan? I am likely to get involved with 2, I will be the loaner with one friend and the loanee with another. Is there some general standard about who gets what? I was thinking of just splitting any of...
by Kfen
December 8th, 2016, 11:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone need roaches?
Replies: 8
Views: 15096

Re: Anyone need roaches?

I never even thought to freeze them. Is it really just as simple as putting live ones in a bag and then into the freezer? How long will they keep for, same as any other meat product?
by Kfen
July 8th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone need roaches?
Replies: 8
Views: 15096

Re: Anyone need roaches?

These have been spoken for.
by Kfen
June 29th, 2016, 4:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone need roaches?
Replies: 8
Views: 15096

Anyone need roaches?

I have way too many dubia roaches at the moment. I have an adult colony of 10 males and 30 females and a few hundred small nymphs from just born to about 3/4". If someone wants to paypal me $20 to cover shipping/box etc they are yours.
by Kfen
May 14th, 2016, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?
Replies: 25
Views: 10180

Re: Are these king snakes fighting or courting?

Here is copulation out in the open as found with visible hemipenes as requested:

Image
by Kfen
May 8th, 2016, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Mexican Vipers
Replies: 2
Views: 3008

Re: Some Mexican Vipers

WOW! Those are some beautiful snakes. I know very little about Mexican herpetofuana, and have never heard of either, so thanks for sharing!
by Kfen
May 7th, 2016, 4:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peruvian Amazonia 2016, part 3 of 3: Santa Cruz
Replies: 14
Views: 8115

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

Thanks for taking us along on this trip! Your writing is very entertaining and of course the pictures are great. Its amazing that something like an Emerald tree boa was just found for the first time, and so close to camp. Do their eyes shine like the Amazon tree boas?
by Kfen
May 7th, 2016, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon
Replies: 5
Views: 4233

Re: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon

Another great post from Peru! Thanks for sharing. I cant stop looking at that cribo, and I am also very jealous of your Cruziohyla. I wonder why the tried and true method of collecting moths here didn't work out for you there.
by Kfen
April 9th, 2016, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Egg Mass Identification
Replies: 54
Views: 141641

Re: Amphibian Egg Mass Identification

I realize I am late to the party, but here are some blue spot eggs. Well, at least they are laid like blue spots, I cant say if there is any Jeff influence or not. http://i250.photobucket.com/albums/gg246/yousuckk77/IMG_0126_zpsilfekqhw.jpg you can see the top egg was infertile. http://i250.photobuc...
by Kfen
April 9th, 2016, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Quarter 2016 Review
Replies: 6
Views: 3204

Re: First Quarter 2016 Review

I was going to say something similar to what Kelly said, but she said it way more eloquently than I ever could have so: ditto what Kelly said. To measure that marbled in retrospect, just hold your hand in the same position it was, and measure to the points on your hand it reached. For future referen...
by Kfen
February 26th, 2016, 11:21 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Thanks Regal, that is an awesome enclosure.
by Kfen
February 21st, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Regal, that is a very nice looking enclosure. Can you give some details about the materials used. You wouldn't do it again because it was too much work to build, or keep up?
by Kfen
February 20th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5996

Re: florida herp activity question

mtratcliffe wrote: Well, sounds like it was a good trip still! Where did you go kayaking?
A small park right in Hollywood called West Lake park. You can canoe through mangroves. I didn't see any herps while there, but I keep going back in hopes of spotting a salt marsh snake.
by Kfen
February 18th, 2016, 5:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5996

Re: florida herp activity question

My canefield day was my only dedicated herp day, but yeah I did a bunch of other outdoor things with family- airboat, kayaking, and the shark valley bike trail. I saw the usual south florida herps- alligators, red belly turtles, cooters, softshells, green iguanas, curly tail lizards, anoles, and one...
by Kfen
February 17th, 2016, 10:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5996

Re: florida herp activity question

...king snakes...have been being turned up left right and center these past few weeks by some people I know down there... Are there still a lot of people collecting what they find here? And to what end? Or is it more observing, photographing and releasing? I was only planning on photographing. If a...
by Kfen
February 17th, 2016, 10:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: different snake species basking together?
Replies: 23
Views: 8494

Re: different snake species basking together?

I was going to comment also on the species above, timbers and copperheads in the northeasten USA. I always GUESSED they were doing it because of the limited shared(seasonally) habitat, and not because of any of the behaviors you mentioned.
by Kfen
February 4th, 2016, 6:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: captive bred zonata and chuckwallas needed for nature ctrs
Replies: 1
Views: 3778

Re: captive bred zonata and chuckwallas needed for nature ct

Not sure if this person still does this or participates in this forum, but check this thread out:

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=5180&hilit=zonata
by Kfen
February 4th, 2016, 6:24 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

I am also considering outdoor enclosures. It seems like a good way to go but as I am also in CT, the 4' frost line is a big concern. I cannot dig so deeply. I would like to put out an enclosure with European Legless lizards but have yet been unable to convince myself of how I could keep the frost t...
by Kfen
January 25th, 2016, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5996

Re: florida herp activity question

That's funny you say that, I was in the canefields in March several years ago and found everything BUT a king. That is the one reason I would go there, kind of a redemption trip.
by Kfen
January 25th, 2016, 11:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: florida herp activity question
Replies: 14
Views: 5996

florida herp activity question

I am going to be in south Florida (Hollywood) this coming weekend and will have a few hours during the day next Monday to do some herping. My options were going to be head north to the canefields for some flipping or south to ENP for some daytime cruising/hiking. Obviously the weather of that day wi...
by Kfen
January 22nd, 2016, 10:55 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: sphagnum moss fungus problems
Replies: 3
Views: 5255

sphagnum moss fungus problems

I use sphagnum in most of my enclosures, mostly inside humid hides. I used sphagnum I purchased at home depot for a long time without many issues. I recently started using the exo terra sphagnum that comes in a brick. It initially seemed nicer- fluffier and cleaner, the HD stuff would come with twig...
by Kfen
January 15th, 2016, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...
Replies: 7
Views: 3852

Re: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...

I will second number 1 above, as well as number 3 to cover all bases.
by Kfen
January 9th, 2016, 6:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10745

Re: Pond build

Thanks Reptologist. Is the pond you built the one in your wood turtle enclosure, or a separate one? If separate, do you have pics? Were the minnows breeding in there or you just kept it stocked and fed them off.
by Kfen
December 22nd, 2015, 9:39 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10745

Re: Pond build

Out of curiosity, what is your plan to deal with fecal buildup? Periodic draining or perhaps fish? If you are talking about physical fecal matter build up, that will dissolve and breakdown pretty quickly. I am sure I will have to net out a bunch of "debris" once a year or so. Fortunately for this a...
by Kfen
December 21st, 2015, 12:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January
Replies: 12
Views: 7204

Re: Seeking Advice for Costa Rica in January

I have been 2 CR a few times, once in January. January was the toughest month to find things, but in 11 days you should still have a blast and see a bunch of cool things. My January species list in 7 days is below (there have been some taxonomic changes since I made the list). I would recommend pick...
by Kfen
December 21st, 2015, 5:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology
Replies: 15
Views: 7736

Re: Bothrocophias Research. need info on spatial ecology

Stream orders are a way to categorize them loosely based on size. 1st order streams are headwaters, when two 1st order come together they make a 2nd order, two 2nd order make a 3rd order, etc.

OP- nice shots and good luck with your research. Those look like some cool snakes to work with.
by Kfen
December 21st, 2015, 5:42 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10745

Re: Pond build

That is a great project that will surely keep you busy. I am learning a lot, you are a year or two ahead of me, I wish to do similar. Is there a way to drain the pond? Will you be filtering and aerating the water? I hope you will keep us updated, I am sure spring will be a fun time with the plantin...
by Kfen
December 17th, 2015, 7:09 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10745

Pond build

Since I purchased my house 3.5 years ago, I have wanted to put in a pond. I purchased the turtles (European pond turtles- Emys orbicularis) that were going to be the inhabitants of the pond more than a year ago. They have been patiently waiting and growing to a safer size in glass aquaria inside. I ...
by Kfen
December 15th, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Peninsula Malaysia post
Replies: 13
Views: 10125

Re: Another Peninsula Malaysia post

Great post! Looks like you saw quite a bit. I would love to get to SE Asia one day.

My vote on your turtle is Manouria. It would take some strong evidence to convince me otherwise. What other species besides spinosa did people mention? Do you have any other photos?
by Kfen
December 11th, 2015, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo
Replies: 7
Views: 3890

Re: Trip To Australia, Part 3: Taronga Zoo

That zoo looks amazing!
Berkeley Boone wrote:

Then, other creatures I did not ever expect to get to see in real life: Fiji Iguanas, of both types!
In case you wanted to see Fiji iguanas again without going back to Australia, or Fiji, they have them at the National Zoo in DC.
by Kfen
December 11th, 2015, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where do snakes winter if there isn't a rocky den place?
Replies: 35
Views: 15441

Re: Where do snakes winter if there isn't a rocky den place?

While I'm asking questions... do snakes stop growing once they reach maturity? So if there is a large, long rattlesnake, did it grow a lot in it's youth and adolesence? Do snakes stop growing? Thanks again, Beth The answer has already been posted, I just wanted to share the term for this in case yo...
by Kfen
December 9th, 2015, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area
Replies: 21
Views: 16681

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming: Prelude and Part 1, Sydney area

Great start, I cannot wait to read the remaining installments. I will also have to read through your past reports on your website. I briefly looked at one and it was quite a treat. Thanks for putting this together.
by Kfen
December 7th, 2015, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to differentiate between Clelia, Pseudoboa, Drepanoides?
Replies: 6
Views: 2843

Re: How to differentiate between Clelia, Pseudoboa, Drepanoi

You can tell by dorsal scale row counts Clelia has 19 rows and a divided anal plate Pseudoboa has 17 rows and an entire anal plate Drepanoides has 15 rows and a divided anal plate. (I'm not that good, I had to look up the numbers) This snake gave us trouble until we counted. It was either a very lar...
by Kfen
December 2nd, 2015, 5:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Wow! 10x18! I presume you are going to line the pond? That is awesome! I can't wait to see that. --Berkeley Me either! haha. It's taking me a little longer than I wanted to get it set up. Yes I am using an EDPM liner, and hoping to pick it up tomorrow. It is mostly dug, but I still have to wrestle ...
by Kfen
December 1st, 2015, 5:20 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Berkeley, do your "tough boy" cats not bother any of the chelonians? Do you have anything going into the soil to prevent digging escapes? I have seen liftable mesh covers before, and they can look very clean and unobtrusive. However, It wont work on my enclosure because of size. The pond itself is 1...
by Kfen
November 30th, 2015, 12:54 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Berkeley, thanks for all the pics! I would love to see your new design for Manouria. I am trying to find a happy medium between function, aesthetics, and cost. Are you not concerned about predators because of that chain link I saw in one of the pics? There are a few cats that belong to my neighbors ...
by Kfen
November 30th, 2015, 6:22 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

Re: outdoor enclosures

Thanks for all the tips and ideas. I'll eventually put up a post detailing my pond build.
by Kfen
November 25th, 2015, 8:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 34440

outdoor enclosures

I would love to see pics and hear about everyone's outdoor enclosures for their herps. I am most interested in the materials used and construction design. I just started digging a pond for turtles but haven't settled on what the perimeter is going to made of or look like. If anyone has any tips or t...
by Kfen
November 19th, 2015, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica -Monteverde
Replies: 3
Views: 2333

Re: Costa Rica -Monteverde

Wow, I am very jealous of the nigroviridis. After reading your previous post, which was excellent by the way, I was hoping you were going to be putting up pics from all the other places you visited. Can I ask what hotel you stayed at in Monteverde? I plan on returning at some point (was there a few ...