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"Can't Get Tired Yet" 2014 (EOY) Post

Post by Rman » December 20th, 2014, 1:45 pm

"Can't get tired yet" is a phrase used multiple times while snake hunting with Kyle (Soopaman). The trips in the field that we took together were designed to be pretty aggressive toward maximizing the time spent hunting and not doing any unnecessary things like eating and resting. This happens to be my preferred way to hunt and it always seems to pay off.

Thanks to Kyle (Soopaman), Brennan, Jeffro, Ana, Jeff, Ashley and others for enjoying fun times in the field this year and sharing helpful knowledge along the way.

Springtime!

ImageBlack Racer by rman2013, on Flickr
Southern Black Racer, Louisiana.
ImageFirst specled king of 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
Speckled Kingsnake, Louisiana

From East Texas to South Texas with Brennan and Kyle (Soopaman). We catch up with Blake when we make it to the Rio Grande Valley.

ImageSpeckled king snake. East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageKyle. Bringing out the best in these snakes again. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBrenan drew the first king that day. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBaby specled king. East Texas. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageThis Juvenile East Texas king was relaxing in a rodent nest. Bye, Bye, rodent. by rman2013, on Flickr
Speckled Kingsnake enjoying the nest of the late resident
ImageEast Texas Tantilla. ? sp. by rman2013, on Flickr
Flat Headed Snake, East Texas
ImageAnother juvenile East Texas king. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageKyle and Brenan with a long Texas Rat Snake. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageDouble East Texas Copper flip on a cold and rainy morning. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageJuvenile East Texas Buttermilk Racer. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageJuvenile East Texas Rat Snake. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageFrom an area west of Houston. Juvenile Desert king Spec. intergrade. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBroad Banded Copperhead/Southern intergrade by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas beach camp site by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas coast slender glass lizard by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSchott's Whip Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCoastal Texas Mexican Milk Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageThorn Scrub Rat Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageJuvenile Texas Indigo by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Patchnose Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTantilla sp? by rman2013, on Flickr
Plains Black Headed snake, South Texas
ImageJuvenile Western Diamondback by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Coachwhip by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Indigo by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Indigo by rman2013, on Flickr
The last thing many diamondbacks ever saw. RIP
ImageWestern Diemondback by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageFriends trying to get a shot at this volatile Western Diamondback by rman2013, on Flickr

Back to Louisiana.
ImageBack yard Speckled King by rman2013, on Flickr
ImagePolyphemus Moth by rman2013, on Flickr
I know, not a herp. It happens.
ImageTexas Rat Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Rat Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageJuvenile Canebrake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Rat Snake and I by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled King Snake, Kyle and Jeff by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled King Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Mud Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Rat Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled King Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
A nice in situ
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBlack Racer, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
Member Jeroen Speybroeck of Belgium came to Louisiana with his friend Jun? (I'm sure that's spell wrong) to see a Canebrake. Kyle and I were able to help.
ImageTexas Rat Snake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
First snake of the morning was this rat snake which bit Jeroen and giving him an obviously painful titty twister. Bienvenue en Louisiane! haha
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageRough Green Snake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake Forrest Co. Mississippi by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageEastern Coachwhip Forrest Co. Mississippi by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSouthern Copperhead Forrest Co. Mississippi by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSouthern Black Racer Forrest Co. Mississippi by rman2013, on Flickr
To Texas
ImageCoachwhip by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageRingneck Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageLouisiana Milk Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Pygmy by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Pygmy by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageTexas Coral by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSouthern Copperhead by rman2013, on Flickr
Home in Louisiana
ImageGlossy Crawfish Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageGraham's Crawfish Snake by
rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSaddleback Caterpillar by rman2013, on Flickr
Ouch!
ImageSpeckled King Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr

I'm getting tired. But "can't get tired yet".

Bought new camera.
ImageBaby Western Mud Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBaby Western Mud Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr

Kyle, Ashley Tubbs and Brennan visit
ImageSpeckled King Snake, louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageRed-bellied Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
Ashley spots this Canebrake on a vine.
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattle Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
Later that day
Image, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageLarge ~5' Canebrake insitu in Pointe Coupee Parish, La. by rman2013, on Flickr
Found while herping
ImageAWWWW..Too cute. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
Kyle and Ana visit to see a bit of Mississippi and load up on Canebrakes in Louisiana. 6 of them.
ImageSouthern Copperhead by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBlack Masked Racer by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBats by rman2013, on Flickr
Storm made us take shelter in an abandoned camp that some bats were using as well.
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
After the storm we found one last soggy cane for the day.

More Louisiana locals
ImageSpeckled Kingsnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageScarlet King from East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageScarlet King from East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
Brennan make a Canebrake appointment
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake Double, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageScarlet King by rman2013, on Flickr
Back to Texas
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCoachwhip, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageBroad- Banded/ Southern Copperhead, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageEastern Hognose Snake, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageEastern Hognose Snake, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Pygmy Rattlesnake, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Pygmy Rattlesnake, East Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Massasauga Rattlesnake, North Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageHappy herper with Western Massasauga by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Massasauga Rattlesnake, North Texas by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake with audience. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, North Texas by rman2013, on Flickr

Louisiana
ImageSpeckled Kingsnake, East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled Kingsnake, East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake Rattlesnake, East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageLarge Southern Copperhead, East Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCanebrake. November 22, Louisiana. by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageCorn Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageWestern Ribbon Snake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled Kingsnake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageSpeckled Kingsnake, Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr

Cool thing found this year while looking for snakes.
ImageMessage in a Bottle by rman2013, on Flickr
ImageMessage in a Bottle by rman2013, on Flickr
While looking for Kingsnakes along the Louisiana coast line and among the miles of shore trash I noticed something strange about this bottle laying in the sand. "Archive Fact Sheet: Atlantic Bottle Drop
The GUINNESS® Bi-centenary bottle was made famous in the Atlantic bottle drop of 1959. In July
of that year, Guinness celebrated 200 years since the establishment of the company. To mark the
occasion, an unusual publicity stunt was mounted, where some 150,000 specially embossed bottles
were dropped into the Atlantic Ocean from 38 different ships over a period of 6 weeks.
The bottles were sealed to protect the small number of documents they contained. The most
interesting of these was a colourful certificate from ‘the Office of King Neptune’. In addition there
was a little booklet recounting the story of Guinness, a special gold-coloured GUINNESS® Stout
label and some instructions on how to turn the bottle into a table-lamp. Sometimes the bottles
contained other items such as an advertisement for Ovaltine (who helped sponsor the bottle drop)
or a notice about the ship concerned.
These bottles are still turning up over 40 years after the event, making it the longest running
advertising promotion for GUINNESS®. In the past few years, bottles have been found in
California, Texas, South Africa, Wales, Canada and the Bahamas.
The bottles do not have a large financial value, but they do create interest as collector’s items
(especially if unopened)."


With my friends Kyle and Jeff we did spend a little time discussing the tremendous snake hunts we would take if it were worth a fortune. However, our dreams were dashed when we discovered the truth. Still pretty cool though.

Image
Indian Artifact from Louisiana by rman2013, on Flickr
While walking a small creek this Summer I glanced down and noticed this chipped stone. I believe it to be a scraper which was once used for preparing animal hides.

A big one from this summer. Louisiana
ImageBig Canebrake, Louisiana 2014 by rman2013, on Flickr
Thats all I have. Too tired now.

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Post by DracoRJC » December 20th, 2014, 2:22 pm

Gettin' reeeeeeeeeeeeal tired of all these horridus you and Kyle find - I'm gonna have to join yall next year!

Good stuff though :beer:

- Ryan C

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Post by brennan » December 20th, 2014, 5:35 pm

Love it man! What a year. Ready for more next year. Those SK's make my mouth water and the canes never get old. I have admit it's hard to keep up with you and Kyle, relentless is an understatement. The payoff speaks for itself though.

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Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » December 21st, 2014, 6:57 am

You sure are living in heaven, Armin! Next time, I'll be sure to leave the non-herper (spelled Jan ;)) at home, so I can herp too by that motto of yours.

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Post by LouB747 » December 21st, 2014, 8:53 am

A lot of beautiful snakes. That big copperhead looks massive. Congrats on a great year.

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Post by Rman » December 23rd, 2014, 2:23 pm

Gettin' reeeeeeeeeeeeal tired of all these horridus you and Kyle find - I'm gonna have to join yall next year!

Good stuff though :beer:

- Ryan C
Thanks! Come on over. There are a few horridus around here and they're often found in the direction Kyle is heading.
Love it man! What a year. Ready for more next year. Those SK's make my mouth water and the canes never get old. I have admit it's hard to keep up with you and Kyle, relentless is an understatement. The payoff speaks for itself though.
Thanks Brennan! You helped make it a great year for me. I'm spending the off season preparing places for more SK possibilities. I wan't to see more of everything. Minus cottons, of course.
You sure are living in heaven, Armin! Next time, I'll be sure to leave the non-herper (spelled Jan ;)) at home, so I can herp too by that motto of yours.
It does feel like heaven sometimes. You and Jan are welcome to return anytime. My apologies to Jan for misspelling his name. Some of us Americans are quite capable of screwing up a simple three letter name. :beer:
A lot of beautiful snakes. That big copperhead looks massive. Congrats on a great year.
Thank you! It was a fairly large copper. I'm guessing it was around three ft. long. Looking forward to finding a bigger one next year.

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Post by Mike Pingleton » December 26th, 2014, 5:40 pm

Excellent post! Some great photos in there. Hard to pick a favorite!
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Post by Soopaman » January 11th, 2015, 10:18 am

Hey bud, we certainly can't get tired yet! Lots more years of herping left for us, and lots of cool critters to see. I had a great year with you, and it's awesome to see your photography improve and all the stunning shots you produce.

Trips to your property and hiking up canebrakes all day are precious memories that I will cherish throughout my life, and am always grateful for the opportunity to do so.

Can't wait for our trips in 2015, it's gonna be a great year, again. Gonna finally break that callie curse of yours! But first, milk-a-thon!

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Post by JEDDLV » January 11th, 2015, 10:47 am

Nice post guys, some beautiful shots in there

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Post by Rman » January 11th, 2015, 12:44 pm

Thanks for the nice comments, guys.

Kyle, last year was really great for me and I look forward to many more of these trips. I'm pretty pumped at this point about our February run and not to mention the trip in April. Gonna be another great year in 2015.

One of the surprising things is that I havn't had much pushback from the wife with all of the expensive camera equipment purchased in the past year. I'll take it as silent approval from her and keep adding to the collection whenever possible. Haha

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