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by VanAR
December 29th, 2013, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody see this movie where...
Replies: 27
Views: 8276

Re: Anybody see this movie where...

No one seems to want to venture a locality for the snakes (or even confirm them as bulls :roll: ) My point here is... if the correct snakes for Missouri, that speaks to incredible attention to detail, and makes me think that they were actually killed less likely, which is the direction I am leaning...
by VanAR
December 29th, 2013, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody see this movie where...
Replies: 27
Views: 8276

Re: Anybody see this movie where...

CGI doesn't mean that you have to completely create an artificial, animated snake. It just means that the shot you see is not a single, unmanipulated sequence. I'm not a film expert, but I think what they might do in this situation is get a shot of the real snakes being held by Brad Pitt and twitch...
by VanAR
December 28th, 2013, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody see this movie where...
Replies: 27
Views: 8276

Re: Anybody see this movie where...

It's definitely not CGI. As good as it is, no CGI in any other film animates natural behaviors/textures with that kind of accuracy, especially of snakes. CGI also wouldn't be able to replicate the tissue tearing away as the knife sweeps through- it would give a much cleaner cut. They could have been...
by VanAR
December 27th, 2013, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody see this movie where...
Replies: 27
Views: 8276

Re: Anybody see this movie where...

the scene in question: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x6ACOMVRs4 Looks pretty real to me given the tail movement post-decapitation, but I can't find any further info regarding it online (not really surprising). Do the film credits at the end include a statement that "no animals were harmed during f...
by VanAR
December 23rd, 2013, 9:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cutest lil snake of all
Replies: 11
Views: 3612

Re: Cutest lil snake of all

Wow, that little guy is only a few days, if not hours, old- it still has its egg tooth!

Very cool find and great photos!
by VanAR
December 22nd, 2013, 3:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milksnake changes published
Replies: 62
Views: 48405

Re: Milksnake changes published

To WW and others who have vastly more experience in phylogenetic techniques than I- to me this paper is better than a lot of earlier Burbrink-lab work, but there is one thing that isn't clear to me. This paper (as well as several others recently published from this group) uses a Bayesian method to a...
by VanAR
December 19th, 2013, 1:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion too
Replies: 30
Views: 8573

Re: Surf and Herp Summer Vacation 2013 - shark discussion to

Reading someone complain about shark attacks while surfing reminds me of hearing people complain about rattlesnakes in their backyard after they decided to move into the desert/prairie. The sharks are doing their thing. You are entering their habitat to do a recreational activity. You are far more l...
by VanAR
November 15th, 2013, 6:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Masters at A&M?
Replies: 23
Views: 3345

Re: Masters at A&M?

I've been tremendously lucky in my experiences with advisors and supervisors throughout my BS, PhD, and 2 postdocs so far. I agree 100% with Gerry that the primary key is to make sure you can work with the person, above all else. What you make out of your degree rests mostly upon your own shoulders ...
by VanAR
October 24th, 2013, 2:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 18551

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I completely disagree on the use of welding gloves for handling rattlesnakes. I personally know several long-time researchers who have been bitten by, of all things, pigmy rattlesnakes, through such gloves. The glove of power has rave reviews, but I wouldn't personally put my faith in it. Read Beaup...
by VanAR
October 24th, 2013, 3:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 18551

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I've worn gaiters but I don't like them because they get really hot in hot weather. Vigilance is the best method, though I have stepped very near (nearly on) rattlesnakes I didn't see before and gotten quite a shock to have something rattling so close. That said, each one has rattled and rapidly mov...
by VanAR
October 6th, 2013, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Good books on herps of Australia
Replies: 4
Views: 1735

Re: Good books on herps of Australia

Any idea on where you are going? There are state-specific guides for New South Wales and Queensland that are quite good, as well as one for the Sydney area alone. Note that they are all by the same authors and contain basically the same information, but the maps in the state-specific guides are more...
by VanAR
September 9th, 2013, 11:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: egg tooth photo request
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

Re: egg tooth photo request

Hi all, Thanks for the comments thus far. I echo Kelly's point that this may not end up being as useful as I'd hoped (though it wasn't meant to provide strong evidence, just a starting point). Most viviparous pit vipers in particular appear to have egg teeth (according to preserved specimens), but t...
by VanAR
September 5th, 2013, 3:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This one can kill ya
Replies: 13
Views: 3620

Re: This one can kill ya

Deadly or no, they're beautiful snakes. Nice to see one posted here.
by VanAR
September 3rd, 2013, 8:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: egg tooth photo request
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

Re: egg tooth photo request

Also- if a species clearly lacks an egg tooth, we'd be interested in photos of that as well
by VanAR
September 3rd, 2013, 8:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: egg tooth photo request
Replies: 9
Views: 3123

egg tooth photo request

Hi all, Do any of you have any pictures of an egg tooth on a lizard, snake, or amphisbaenian soon after hatching? My colleagues and I are collating available data on egg teeth to try to determine whether it is present in live-bearing species specifically, but we are also interested to see if there a...
by VanAR
August 21st, 2013, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peeling Bark?
Replies: 29
Views: 9685

Re: Peeling Bark?

can count on one hand the number of SK's I've ever seen under loose, dead bark. (Heck, I've seen more in palm trees than pines.) On the other hand, I've seen a couple hundred or so while flipping AC early in the mornings and on the crawl while shining on foot after dark. Where I live, if you want n...
by VanAR
August 11th, 2013, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: curious what you guys think
Replies: 16
Views: 2857

Re: curious what you guys think

Flipped some tin in north FL one time that had a rubber snake and a note that said "find your own tin site", or something to that effect. That's the only similar experience I can think of.
by VanAR
August 8th, 2013, 10:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant control to use on alligator nest

That's an interesting observation. In my experience, its rare for hatchling turtles or snakes to emerge before they internalize yolk sacs if they pip before doing so, and I agree that their survival in those cases is likely to be low. I've removed them from their shells and they always seem pretty l...
by VanAR
August 8th, 2013, 5:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

The mode of embryonic gas exchange is characterized as passive. The structure of the shell facilitates its steady rate. Unlike Respiration per lungs in air breathing organisms, or gills in aquatics, which are defined as active. The more I think about it, the less I agree that embryonic gas exchange...
by VanAR
August 8th, 2013, 12:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

None of what you are saying is all that correct - especially if you are talking about some of the more absorbent collagen character reptile eggs. Care to elaborate on what you think isn't correct? The absorbance of the eggshell protein itself makes no difference. If a chemical gets absorbed into th...
by VanAR
August 7th, 2013, 10:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

Most insecticides act by targeting neurological capacities, or most currently they are designed to interrupt developmental stages and reproductive cycles of the bug. Most. Not all. Gases transfer through the eggshell of a living embryo albeit passive - is absolutely unrelated to the permeability of...
by VanAR
August 7th, 2013, 8:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

Regarding my original post I was talking to one of my younger brothers friends earlier today who told me there was an episode of the Billy The Exterminator show last season where he was at an alligator farm applying a pesticide directly to an alligators nest because they were losing too many babies...
by VanAR
August 6th, 2013, 9:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 45595

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

I don't disagree with the point of most of these responses, i.e. there are few effective insecticides safe to use on the eggs or in the surrounding environment, tell someone trained to deal with the situation, don't handle it yourself, etc., but this quote: so don't watch, already Jesus, when did we...
by VanAR
July 26th, 2013, 4:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 10104

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

You can get shorter hooks, too. M1 and whitney-style tongs are much less dangerous for snakes than pilstrom snake scissors. You can still pinch smaller species with the tooth in the front, but with careful use they can be 100% safe. If they injure the snake, they aren't being used properly, pure and...
by VanAR
July 26th, 2013, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 10104

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

I'm not a big fan of collapsible handling tools because most of them are not very strong, IMO. I prefer to pack shorter-length hooks/tongs in checked bags. I've found that a 24-30" set of tongs works for nearly every snake I'm likely to encounter.
by VanAR
July 22nd, 2013, 11:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Constantly Dreaming About Snakes
Replies: 18
Views: 3993

Re: Constantly Dreaming About Snakes

When I was working with venomous species on a daily basis, I had a semi-annual recurring dream where I'd get envenomated by something. Occasionally waking up soaked in sweat thinking I was hooked to an IV in a hospital bed was always a good way to stay focused on safety and avoid complacency.
by VanAR
July 8th, 2013, 1:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Victoria (australia!) Herping!
Replies: 9
Views: 3725

Re: Victoria (australia!) Herping!

Hi Nick- do you have any pictures of P. entrecasteauxii from that area? The reason I'm asking is I'm working on the reproductive biology of this genus and have some ideas for future work in Victoria. They're really easy to tell apart in NSW, but it seems like the Victoria/Tasmania animals are a lot ...
by VanAR
July 5th, 2013, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Victoria (australia!) Herping!
Replies: 9
Views: 3725

Re: Victoria (australia!) Herping!

Great pics! How sure are you that your P. pagenstecheri is not a P. entrecasteauxii? I know entrecasteauxii often have spots in central/west Victoria, but pags usually have multiple dorsolateral lines in addition to the lateral lines.

Van
by VanAR
June 17th, 2013, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakedays, Sanderson Texas
Replies: 11
Views: 4770

Re: Snakedays, Sanderson Texas

Cool trip yall!
by VanAR
June 11th, 2013, 10:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ethical Education Question
Replies: 28
Views: 6566

Re: Ethical Education Question

I have not put much thought into having classroom pets but can see valid points on both sides. So the question, if you were to have your own high school biology classroom, would you include live animals? I think its a good idea, with some caveats. Like others have said, its a great way to spark int...
by VanAR
May 31st, 2013, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Justified" Season 4 Ep 1 (Hole in the Wall) snake species?
Replies: 5
Views: 1502

Re: "Justified" Season 4 Ep 1 (Hole in the Wall) snake speci

jdustin- that is it, thanks. I forgot- it looks like a really big jungle corn to me, but could also just be a big anerythistic corn.
by VanAR
May 31st, 2013, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Justified" Season 4 Ep 1 (Hole in the Wall) snake species?
Replies: 5
Views: 1502

Re: "Justified" Season 4 Ep 1 (Hole in the Wall) snake speci

Been some time since I saw it, but I thought it looked like a big desert kingsnake. I could see gopher as an alternate.

Funny thing is, if you look close, you can tell they either taped and/or photoshopped a rattle onto its tail to make it look like a Crotalus.
by VanAR
May 27th, 2013, 5:45 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: non-fiction pleasure reading?
Replies: 29
Views: 13141

Re: non-fiction pleasure reading?

"The Last Place You'd Look for a Wallaby: My Obsessive Quest to Seek Out Alien Species"

By Glen Chilton
by VanAR
May 19th, 2013, 3:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EDB-like WDBs?
Replies: 25
Views: 6344

Re: EDB-like WDBs?

LOL! - I know because it's mine
That's what I get for linking directly from google image!
by VanAR
May 19th, 2013, 1:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EDB-like WDBs?
Replies: 25
Views: 6344

Re: EDB-like WDBs?

To me, it looks like an EDB. EDBs can have a slight coontailish look similar to WDBs, but without the extreme contrast of white/black, which that animal doesn't seem to have, or else is not clearly visible (to me at least) even when blown up. Here's an example (not my photo): http://www.venombyte.co...
by VanAR
May 10th, 2013, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

I'm pretty sure that the any chemical cycle in herps is highly affected by temperature... Why would freezing be considered by many to be a humane way to put down a herp. I would think that the availability of the ions and the activity of the ion pumps are highly reliant on temperature were herps ar...
by VanAR
May 10th, 2013, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

VanAR... I notice that you keep saying that the metamolism in a reptile is not directly related to the pain cycle... aren't the chemicals directly responsible for the pain governed by the reptiles metabolic rate... No. Neuronal action potentials are unaffected by metabolic rate. The sodium/potassiu...
by VanAR
May 10th, 2013, 5:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

I always thought that the metabolism of a reptile is directly related to temperature...
It is, but neuronal function isn't directly related to metabolic rate.
Comparing human choices to wild animal prey and predator relationship is irrational to me.
So do you choose to eat meat?
by VanAR
May 9th, 2013, 10:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

Is pain related to metabolism? Pain is related to temperature, but not directly via metabolism. Action potentials (the changes in voltage that transmit information down neurons) work via the rapid fluxes of sodium and potassium ions into and out of neurons. Most motor/sensory neurons connect to one...
by VanAR
May 9th, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

Mywan- thanks for your take. Admittedly, I hadn't seen the term "superinfection" before, but after reading, it made sense that it was an infection caused by an antibiotic/antifungal-resistant strain. My skepticism however, was less technical than even your explanation. My understanding (perhaps flaw...
by VanAR
May 8th, 2013, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Disease
Replies: 95
Views: 21062

Re: Snake Fungal Disease

I would think that a cloth and rubbing alcohol wipedown of hooks and tongs between sites would do the trick and not leave any residue that would be harmful for snakes? Possibly, but when in doubt.... soak in 10% bleach. That'll kill EVERYTHING, and is safe for reptiles. The problem with alcohol is ...
by VanAR
May 6th, 2013, 9:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fishing Bycatch
Replies: 3
Views: 1076

Re: Fishing Bycatch

Big bathtowels are the best way to handle softies. Put them in the towel face first and wrap the ends over their carapace and plastron and they calm down pretty quick. It gently encourages them to retract their head into the shell and they don't struggle nearly as much. Of course, you have to get th...
by VanAR
May 4th, 2013, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

It is inhumane to put a reptile in the freezer. We went over this in a chameleon forum where vets chimed in. They said something to the point of: The blood capillaries will freeze and bust before the animal is dead causing immense pain. They also said that decapitation is quicker but still the anim...
by VanAR
May 4th, 2013, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

I like how you get snippy when your self-righteousness is questioned. I would also like to hear some of the other ways you think the enthusiastic jayder person who makes the youtube videos, and so many others who do the same, benefits the standing and face of herpetoculture , so as to stay on topic....
by VanAR
May 4th, 2013, 3:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

One item of proof is the extremis extent of the lesion presented in the snake. Which could happen even under the care of a vet who knew what they were doing. Fungal infections are very difficult to treat successfully. Also - Often when an individual is familiar with a singular issue - ie: because t...
by VanAR
May 4th, 2013, 2:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

First off , if you are able to do microbial cultures with your eyeballs by looking at photos on the internet - wow very impressive. I've seen a lot of them over the years in wild snakes. They're pretty distinctive, especially with his description of the lesion resembling a wart. Unfortunately, my s...
by VanAR
May 4th, 2013, 1:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

Yes, hearsay. The photo the OP linked of the guy getting an IV was (according to his FB post) due to a throat bacterial infection, not a snakebite . After a few minutes of searching, I can't personally find any reference to this on his FB site, and the only discussion of it I see on the Crotalus pag...
by VanAR
May 3rd, 2013, 9:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report
Replies: 62
Views: 16893

Re: Texas: animal cruelty and neglect report

While it is a terrible situation for the snake, it's difficult to blame the entire problem on the owner's cruelty and neglect based only on hearsay from you. It's quite possible the guy doesn't live near a vet who is comfortable working with venomous snakes, particularly in rural parts of Texas. It ...
by VanAR
May 1st, 2013, 5:05 am
Forum: News
Topic: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"
Replies: 20
Views: 9983

Re: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"

It has been pointed out in the comments that the wall sockets look Australian, although China and Israel have similar-shaped sockets. If it's real, I am sure all will come out eventually. I disagree- the sockets don't have built-in power switches, which seem to be ubiquitous in Australia (perhaps n...
by VanAR
April 30th, 2013, 5:02 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"
Replies: 20
Views: 9983

Re: Does this bite look real? "Bear Grylls's Producer"

It definitely could be real if the photo was taken very soon after some sort of tissue debridement/fasciotomy. Any word on where in the world the bite occurred, or the species?