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herpetological parenting

Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » September 15th, 2016, 4:03 am

I'm going to annoy people who hate pics of kids now. Be warned.

Before this summer, my son got of course already some essential species.

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fire salamander Salamandra salamandra & Bas (1yr)

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smooth snake Coronella austriaca and Bas (2yr)

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admiring a Plethodon yonahlossee, I believe, last year, when he was 3.

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same trip, Crotalus horridus

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Lampropeltis triangulum

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Hellbender!

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gator!

After a successful but too short trip to see Vipera walser (http://www.hylawerkgroep.be/jeroen/index.php?id=80), I spent the summer in my home country. Not as exciting as touring the eastern US (http://www.hylawerkgroep.be/jeroen/index.php?id=79), but at least my 4 year old hero did some serious lifelisting.

Slow worms Anguis fragilis are always fun. Bike had to hit the ground fast, because those boards needed to be flipped.

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Yellow-bellied toad Bombina variegata. The good thing about a kid of his age, is that he forgot he already saw this one two years ago, so fresh and wild enthusiasm again!

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A baby natterjack Epidalea calamita.

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Catching tree frogs should be a mandatory thing at school - the perfect poster frog to win a kid's (and people's) heart!

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Smelly snake - grass snake Natrix natrix

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Never drop the herp theme, even when it's cold and rainy!

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Any other sentimental herper parents around here? Let's see those happy herper kids!

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Post by craigb » September 15th, 2016, 9:43 am

I really like this thread....

Now 28 years old....
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His twin brother a few years back...
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This last summer in his lab at Oklahoma State...
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I know the kids are old now. But the pics I have them when they were younger are on 35mm slides.
He He He :P

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Post by Carl Brune » September 15th, 2016, 6:44 pm

Good times! But they go by too fast. My son is in college now... Here's a few:

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Catching tadpoles.

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Getting chewed out by a Milksnake.

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Gator.

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Spotted Salamander eggs.

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He found our first Ohio Rough Green!

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Wrangling a Brown Watersnake.

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Post by Antonsrkn » September 15th, 2016, 7:28 pm

Definitely thought this thread was going to be about parental behaviors in herps. Parental behavior in herpers is good too.

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Post by craigb » September 15th, 2016, 8:09 pm

Great stuff !!!! :thumb:

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Post by Jeroen Speybroeck » September 16th, 2016, 1:00 am

Great! You can obviously never force these things, but I sure hope my son keeps it up for years to come too...
Antonsrkn wrote:Definitely thought this thread was going to be about parental behaviors in herps.
That would be "herp parenting" ;) :crazyeyes:

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Post by mfb » September 17th, 2016, 8:51 am

nice to get the kids started on herps young! they pick so much up from how their parents approach herps and the rest of the natural world. Sometimes out in the metroparks or visiting the zoo I overhear parents telling their kids about how gross / scary / bad certain animals are. Just sad.

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