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by VanAR
July 14th, 2010, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DOR Hoaxes
Replies: 69
Views: 8910

Re: DOR Hoaxes

Yeah this happens to everyone. Its probably partly related to the fact that much of our visual perception is based off of pattern recognition, so that our brain pieces together quick "flashes" of images into something it recognizes. This is also why when you wake up at night sometimes you see someth...
by VanAR
July 6th, 2010, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: colorado king and collared
Replies: 32
Views: 4942

Re: colorado king and collared

Great photos and beautiful animals!

Van
by VanAR
July 3rd, 2010, 11:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moon or rain?...
Replies: 18
Views: 3316

Re: Moon or rain?...

I agree with Gerry. I had some amazing success in peninsular FL cruising in late March on rainy nights. Rain didn't seem to help as much in late summer/fall, but it was definitely dynamite in early spring.

Van
by VanAR
June 30th, 2010, 10:17 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photo Hosting Site questions
Replies: 7
Views: 3381

Re: Photo Hosting Site questions

I agree 100% with Chris. Pbase costs about $20 per year, but it is very well organized and easy to use. Its also a great site to use to research new equipment.

Van
by VanAR
June 29th, 2010, 11:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lost Arkansas stuff plus some newer finds.
Replies: 10
Views: 3319

Re: Lost Arkansas stuff plus some newer finds.

This post makes me jealous of having to work so much this spring. I haven't seen half the species I usually do by this time of year. Nice!
by VanAR
June 28th, 2010, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Little Bit of West Texas,.... DBD Style -
Replies: 73
Views: 14366

Re: A Little Bit of West Texas,.... DBD Style -

Cool stuff Dave, except for the bite. Its a good reminder to everyone else to watch where they put their fingers! I felt so bad as she was gravid. Do you think she suffered? What is the general consesnus about vipers that end up biting themselves??? I wouldn't worry about it. My research colony of c...
by VanAR
June 24th, 2010, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can this possibly be true?
Replies: 6
Views: 2182

Re: Can this possibly be true?

I wouldn't be at all surprised. As much as I hate to say it, this is probably an unavoidable consequence of the cleanup. There's a lot of oil out there to get rid of, and rescuing every animal trapped in the boom could greatly delay the rate of cleaning/burnoff. The animals trapped in the booms are ...
by VanAR
June 22nd, 2010, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hiking Boots/Shoes
Replies: 16
Views: 7703

Re: Hiking Boots/Shoes

I gotta agree with a lot of the comments on expensive boots- most of them are made to LAST and just as easily refurbished as replaced. Personally, Merrils have always been rather stiff and blistery to me- I had a pair for 3 years that NEVER broke in. Another European company to check out that makes ...
by VanAR
June 22nd, 2010, 6:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herp colleges
Replies: 5
Views: 2287

Re: herp colleges

Most "herpetologists" these days are experts in a given field of biology (ecology, physiology, molecular systematics, etc.) and use herps as model organisms to test questions broader to general biology. Its a sad reality that, to be able to compete for limited amounts of funding, you must make your ...
by VanAR
June 19th, 2010, 10:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Welcome To Arizona - Info for the Traveler and the Newbies
Replies: 37
Views: 27737

Re: Welcome To Arizona - Info for the Traveler and the Newbi

Permits/ Licenses/ Etc. Yes, you will need a hunting license if you are only looking for reptiles and a fishing license if you are only dealing with amphibians. If you want to have fun with all Herps in Arizona you can obtain a "combo" license instead which covers both. Here is a link to prices for...
by VanAR
June 19th, 2010, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.
Replies: 69
Views: 13045

Re: Back from the Bend...dial up warning.

Awesome! Love the in situ shots on the rock cuts. I wish we'd seen more snakes on the cuts like that when I went down there.

Van
by VanAR
June 19th, 2010, 7:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!
Replies: 122
Views: 37038

Re: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!

Thanks! Telemetry is a blast, except for the hottest, tickiest part of the summer. Your 'sauga shot is exceptional as well, by the way.
by VanAR
June 18th, 2010, 1:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!
Replies: 122
Views: 37038

Re: Your All-time Best Rattlesnake Shot!

I've got a couple of favorites: http://www.pbase.com/serpentchaser82/image/110651056/original.jpg For style- C. atrox in south TX. I put extension tubes on my 70-200 with a 1.4 teleconverter to make a 'super macro' for this shot. http://www.pbase.com/serpentchaser82/image/97408685/original.jpg For p...
by VanAR
June 18th, 2010, 9:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Topic: herpers herping.
Replies: 135
Views: 44655

Re: Topic: herpers herping.

http://www.pbase.com/serpentchaser82/image/93388413/original.jpg Cold February day in the Ouachitas looking for Salamanders: Me, Ryan Klare, Glenn Manning (ksuglennj), Brad Birchfield (mulebrother), and his son, Reagan, looking feisty with a tater-digger. Found a speckled king within 10 minutes of ...
by VanAR
June 16th, 2010, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Parts of AZ closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 3326

Re: Parts of AZ closed?

Just found this on Buenos Aires NWR's webpage:

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/ar ... 202010.pdf

probably media hype after all, but I'm still interested in whatever opinions people have.
by VanAR
June 16th, 2010, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Parts of AZ closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 3326

Re: Parts of AZ closed?

Yep! It's all true...every word of it! The "Fox Nation" reports only the gospel! Should you have any concerns for your safety...STAY THE HELL AWAY from southern AZ. This place is the cartels' playground now!!!

And it only gets worse during the monsoons!!!!

LOL!
I hope so! :thumb:
by VanAR
June 16th, 2010, 1:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Parts of AZ closed?
Replies: 10
Views: 3326

Parts of AZ closed?

For you AZ-locals, how much of this is legit? Was sent to me by a friend, but only Fox has picked up on it.

AZ south of I-8, between Gila Bend and Casa Grande, closed to Americans
by VanAR
June 15th, 2010, 3:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What crote would you rather be bitten by?
Replies: 44
Views: 17697

Re: What crote would you rather be bitten by?

The chief says," Fine. Death by Unga Bunga." :shock:
bwahahahaaha!


To the OP: IMO, the most dangerous snake is the one that just bit you, so I'd rather not put myself in a position to be bitten by any.
by VanAR
June 11th, 2010, 10:33 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: facebook
Replies: 6
Views: 3058

Re: facebook

I usually only friend people I've personally met, but what the heck...

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php?id=20619249
by VanAR
June 11th, 2010, 10:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need your shades for this sipedon!
Replies: 16
Views: 3206

Re: Need your shades for this sipedon!

I've never seen any that were that bright, but in my field work catching them last summer, I was amazed by the variability they show, even from a single creek. Red, brown, gunmetal grey, bluish, strongly patterned, faded, etc. Great animals, even if they are bitey, smelly, and generally disgusting, ...
by VanAR
June 10th, 2010, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viewer's Choice/Best of the Best Section?
Replies: 16
Views: 4623

Re: Viewer's Choice/Best of the Best Section?

I like the idea, but what happens if the OP is forced to delete (or loses) all of their photos?

Van
by VanAR
June 10th, 2010, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VA salamanders and some odds and ends
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

Re: VA salamanders and some odds and ends

Thanks all! Brad- its very similar, just higher and different in rocks and plants. About the same level of retardation, though, haha Ryan- thanks, I had to shoot something up there! Paul- Wish I'd known about all those salamanders when I was living there. I'd probably have found a lot more of them. ...
by VanAR
June 8th, 2010, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VA salamanders and some odds and ends
Replies: 5
Views: 2128

VA salamanders and some odds and ends

In May, my cousin got married to his longtime girlfriend in Rhode Island. I used that as an excuse to go home to VA for a week, before driving up with my folks. I really got into herping after I had left to go to school in Florida in 2000, and so had never spent much time herping the area I grew up ...
by VanAR
June 8th, 2010, 1:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Dust bunnies. We all get 'em....
Replies: 7
Views: 3616

Re: Dust bunnies. We all get 'em....

I use the copperhill method on my D80. Beware that it will negate your warranty. Warnings aside, its quite easy to do and is very safe as long as you don't press too hard on the sensor- if you do, you will crack the plastic or glass cover over the sensor and cause a permanent line through every phot...
by VanAR
June 8th, 2010, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas Panhandle, June 5-7
Replies: 7
Views: 4304

Re: Texas Panhandle, June 5-7

Love that area! Nice finds, especially that monster atrox
by VanAR
June 8th, 2010, 12:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW

Those are nasolabial grooves- most Plethodontid salamanders have them, but they may or may not be visible without magnification. It plays a role in chemical senses, either olfaction or taste, but I'm not sure to what degree.
by VanAR
June 8th, 2010, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW

We'll see what my job situation is by that point. It would be pretty awesome!
by VanAR
June 7th, 2010, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW
Replies: 10
Views: 3568

Re: My Year to Date (Panama, East TX, & LA) DUW

Great to see some of those pics, again, Chris!
by VanAR
June 7th, 2010, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 5/31 Palo Duro Canyon
Replies: 5
Views: 2807

Re: 5/31 Palo Duro Canyon

Yep, second snake is atrox. I think they're the only rattlesnake to live in Palo Duro proper but there are viridis near by... Though I haven't seen viridis in Palo Duro itself, I've seen them all over the roads in the area, both up on the plateau and in some of the lowland/canyon areas nearby, so I...