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Very Short Post... Late October and November Herpin'

Post by snakemastermyke » December 2nd, 2013, 11:07 am

Haven't done much herping the past few months, but did get dive certified so I plan to do some sea herping for sea snakes in the coming year... that should be epic fun.

I know this is not a herp, but who doesn't love a baby horned shark?
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That said I did mosey on over to Louisiana for a few days on the last week of the month and found...

Water, lots of very cold water.
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And Mr. Spit Mouth
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And a "Congo" as the locals call them...
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A Cool in situ of a "congo" basking on a palm leaf...
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Of course Nerodia...
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And frogs...
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Then "Black Friday" in November some friends and I saw some newts...

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And my personal favorite shot...

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Thanks for viewing and happy holidays!

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Post by sawfish » December 2nd, 2013, 11:23 am

Boss on the shark shot!!

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Post by dery » December 2nd, 2013, 11:26 am

Cool post.

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Post by snakemastermyke » December 2nd, 2013, 12:49 pm

Thanks!

Planning out my 2014, hoping to make it my "Big Year".

And btw, if you have not seen the film "The Big Year"... even though it is about birds, I think every herper can appreciate that film.

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Post by Coluber Constrictor » December 2nd, 2013, 5:19 pm

That shark is pretty cool. :thumb:

Where in Louisiana were you where they called cottonmouths "congos"? Never heard that term.

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Post by MattSullivan » December 2nd, 2013, 5:56 pm

love that horn shark. probably my number 1 goal whenever i get to dive cali

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Post by snakemastermyke » December 3rd, 2013, 12:12 am

Coluber Constrictor wrote:That shark is pretty cool. :thumb:

Where in Louisiana were you where they called cottonmouths "congos"? Never heard that term.
First person I heard that from I believe was Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty while working on the pilot... so Northern Louisiana around Monroe... but I have also heard it down in Venice (south of NOLA) while doing a pick up shoot for a short lived show on Discovery.

They also call nerodia "Fish Snakes" and pantherophis "chicken snakes" or "pilot snakes".

In Venice they called alligator snapping turtles "logger heads" which at first was alarming to hear about people catching logger heads in traps. No less upsetting to know they were eating alligator snappers, but made more sense.

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Post by snakemastermyke » December 3rd, 2013, 2:04 am

MattSullivan wrote:love that horn shark. probably my number 1 goal whenever i get to dive cali
Well when you get here hit me up and we will go for a dive. Saw two in a half hour, they are rather common just minutes from my hibernaculum (home).

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Post by hellihooks » December 3rd, 2013, 7:24 am

Robert Hess and his son Nicholas are/have done undersea photography...Nicholas was shooting sharks when he was like 8... and he's become a top-notch photographer...Dad's not bad either... :crazyeyes: :lol: :lol: Tell um you're a friend of mine... :thumb: jim

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Post by Kelly Mc » December 3rd, 2013, 9:55 am

oh I like Congo for them.

Its too luscious a word not to get a good home.

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Post by MattSullivan » December 3rd, 2013, 7:58 pm

snakemastermyke wrote:
MattSullivan wrote:love that horn shark. probably my number 1 goal whenever i get to dive cali
Well when you get here hit me up and we will go for a dive. Saw two in a half hour, they are rather common just minutes from my hibernaculum (home).
awesome :D

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Post by jason folt » December 3rd, 2013, 8:19 pm

Ditto. That shark is badass. You in a dry suit or just 7mm? I would love to log some dives out there. That shot is real interesting with the lighting from the hand light.

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Post by snakemastermyke » December 3rd, 2013, 11:11 pm

jason folt wrote:Ditto. That shark is badass. You in a dry suit or just 7mm? I would love to log some dives out there. That shot is real interesting with the lighting from the hand light.

Jason
7mm was good enough really. I was offered a dry suit, but want to get comfortable in a wet suite since that is what I will be using most the time. I have a lot of underwater film shoots coming up and hope to become much more agile in the wet suite before changing things up. Need to master my buoyancy control first.

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Post by Tim Borski » December 4th, 2013, 10:49 am

I'm calling them "Congos" from now on. I dig the first newt pic and the Horned shark.
Read the book "Big year." Outstandingly intruiging...especially the Attu island stuff.

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Post by jason folt » December 4th, 2013, 11:34 pm

Cool. I figured you were in a 7 if you just learned to dive. I have logged a few dives over the years, but I am always working on keeping that buoyancy dialed in. Adding a big underwater camera rig really throws you off at first. My air consumption also sky rockets when I bring my camera. I have to really work on staying focused and calm when shooting underwater. I haven't tackled the dry suit yet either. Diving rocks...

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