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by R3dguitarist
January 20th, 2014, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Right right right, I vaguely recall seeing a documentary on the bear man haha. And ya Brian, cacti are no longer the festering pain they once were!
by R3dguitarist
January 20th, 2014, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

I wouldn't wear them in a desert; the areas I herp are largely knee high grass hence the reason for the armor.
by R3dguitarist
January 19th, 2014, 3:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Thanks zach! And ya Garry, muuuuuuuch cheaper!
by R3dguitarist
January 18th, 2014, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

The Monty Python and Kiss references are hysterical :P as for the full suit... I have the leg work and the arms completed, but the chest, back, and head have yet to be completed.. I had enough leather on hand for this, but it's pretty expensive in raw sheets of the thickness I use. I'll post when/if...
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

chris_mcmartin wrote: Just don't be surprised if you notice a marked increase in unsolicited offers to join biker gangs. 8-)
Hahahaha some might consider that an added bonus :lol:
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 8:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Exactly, never settle for less on safety. I've stepped on several snakes, including cottonmouths and rattlers. I didn't see because the grass was too thick to see them. Luckily I either had my boots on or the snake decided running was better than biting. Those are EXACTLY my thoughts on the matter.
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Are you fearful of being bit? I am 45, been blazing my own trails through the southeastern swamps since I was 11. I have never wore more than tennis shoes and shorts, no socks. I have never been bit and have only stepped on one snake, a garter in the smokies. You may be going a little overboard, es...
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 3:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

It IS a bit overkill, but I do feel safe with it so I'll go with it. And yes...it's partially to razz the nay-Sayers. Still I'm pretty sure it'll be worth the effort. :D
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 2:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Ironically I have made other pieces for a full suit .... Haha :P I've taken em on a trial run, 4.5 miles, and it wasn't too terrible. They're a little awkward at first but they aren't too bad . Besides I like the piece of mind it gives me :D
by R3dguitarist
January 17th, 2014, 12:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14560

Rattlesnake Armor!

So after last year's encounters I decided to step up the game and get myself some protection. I tried the "professionally made" gaiters at the store, and upon finding they were simply plastic inserts that I could push a needle through with relative ease, I returned them and searched for something be...
by R3dguitarist
December 13th, 2013, 1:43 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

Huh... That's fascinating!
by R3dguitarist
December 13th, 2013, 12:13 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

My bad Chris :P
by R3dguitarist
December 13th, 2013, 10:20 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

I once again side with Chris, different species have widely different personalities. If you are so diligently focused on hots, than take the example of C. ruber vs C. v. viridis... Almost anyone with experience in the field of crotalinae will tell you that ruber is renowned for being calm in demeano...
by R3dguitarist
December 12th, 2013, 10:17 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

+1 to Chris, to me my snakes are friendly pets (willingly or not haha, I've got a few... "love nips).... I love to hold em and interact with em. And I am a very firm believer in the "don't take the chance" rule; if it's an inconvenience of a few cents or an inconvenience of a few seconds of time, I'...
by R3dguitarist
December 6th, 2013, 2:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three Tailed Lizard
Replies: 9
Views: 1907

Re: Three Tailed Lizard

That's incredible; looks like one of those sci-fi monsters with the grabby tails...
by R3dguitarist
December 4th, 2013, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shining for chameleons with tim borski
Replies: 31
Views: 5107

Re: Shining for chameleons with tim borski

And how exactly was I supposed to know it was a CHILD posting on a site that is 99% adult until Tim mentioned it? Sometimes adults have a right to expect to be dealing with adults..... :( I'm sorry, I came across as a little harsh. But still, that doesnt give adults the free range to treat other ad...
by R3dguitarist
December 4th, 2013, 10:54 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

If you have an issue with him finding food, you may want to develop a routine. Most folks use a cardboard box, plate, or bowl for the food item. I hope you are using thawed. But it is a simple effective way to keep the critter fed. Remove the box, plate, or bowl after the item is eaten. Repeat at n...
by R3dguitarist
December 4th, 2013, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Desmognathus species ID help
Replies: 7
Views: 1432

Re: Desmognathus species ID help

justinm wrote:
...handy as I'm at work, ...


Justin
Great use of your time, being on the forum :thumb:
by R3dguitarist
December 4th, 2013, 9:40 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

I figured you have an adult Pituophis, and not a neonate, correct? It'd be tough to find a neo in that large of a tank! Imagine trying to feed it! I've got both, I'm referring specifically to the lil guy though. He isn't a neonate, he's just shy of (though it's been a while since measured.... he mi...
by R3dguitarist
December 4th, 2013, 9:14 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

Re: 55 Gal too big?

Alright, I thought it would be fine but I'd heard all sorts of stories of Ball Pythons and Corns not thriving in tanks that were "too big".
by R3dguitarist
December 3rd, 2013, 9:06 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 55 Gal too big?
Replies: 37
Views: 10113

55 Gal too big?

I think it's time to move my lil Bull snake from his 15 gallon tank. He's about 23", do you think a 55 is too big of a jump?
by R3dguitarist
November 27th, 2013, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shining for chameleons with tim borski
Replies: 31
Views: 5107

Re: Shining for chameleons with tim borski

Sorry everyone, I hadn't seen this thread since he replied the location. I feel it's my fault this hit the fan, when I asked where I simply meant which state out of curiosity. I do agree however that using that kind of language and degrading commentary on a CHILD's post is completely uncalled for. S...
by R3dguitarist
November 14th, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 4,000 Record Club
Replies: 32
Views: 13197

Re: 4,000 Record Club

For the NAHERP database, I presume?
by R3dguitarist
November 9th, 2013, 4:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The past several months...'short version. (Pics added 11/8)
Replies: 27
Views: 9335

Re: The past several months...'short version. (Pics added 11

Hollllllllllllly Lord that King is amazing!
by R3dguitarist
November 8th, 2013, 8:20 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My first hatchlings ever! UPDATED
Replies: 15
Views: 5552

Re: My first hatchlings ever!

Wow, I love the look of that sire :D Cresties are probably my favorite to work with, they're so interesting and active, and always have some sort of lovable personality.... Even the ornery ones have some kind of lovable side! Congrats :)
by R3dguitarist
November 7th, 2013, 6:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Experience with Rattlers Brand Snake Gaiters?
Replies: 1
Views: 877

Experience with Rattlers Brand Snake Gaiters?

I just bought a pair of Rattler's Brand Scaletech snake gaiters. Has anyone here had experience with them? They seem a little flimsy, and I can find no videos of them being used or testimonies from people who have actually been bitten with them, so I am hesitant to use them next spring/summer. I wou...
by R3dguitarist
November 7th, 2013, 1:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I think that if you had to ask this question, that you shouldn't be handling the snakes at all. I think that if you have such an attitude you shouldn't participate in a forum such as this. Any serious question is a good one, especially one concerning personal safety, and I see nothing in the OP's i...
by R3dguitarist
November 7th, 2013, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I would just add to Kris' commentary - the Rocky Mountain NAFHA Chapter is well-represented on the Front Range. It has been developing relationships and working on projects with CO Parks & Wildlife for years. Chapter members may not be willing or able to overtly give you their support as you engage...
by R3dguitarist
November 5th, 2013, 11:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I am not belittling you. I am giving criticism of what you are doing. You should be able to take criticism and learn from it, rather than becoming completely defensive about it. Look at how many people have already suggested that you not handle the snakes at all. These are not just random people wh...
by R3dguitarist
November 5th, 2013, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern IL: Copperhead Heavy
Replies: 14
Views: 4308

Re: Southern IL: Copperhead Heavy

I love the look on that watersnake, looks so... brutish :D
by R3dguitarist
November 5th, 2013, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I never said I was going to accept their opinion, I just wanted to fuel a discussion. I don't buy it. There is no need to be belittling, it's people like you who drive otherwise excited and potentially fantastic members of the herping society away with such negative comments. Just think, the people...
by R3dguitarist
November 5th, 2013, 8:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I just wanted opinions on the effectiveness of gaiters and preferences to brands and whatnot. It was merely a question of preference. No need to be condescending, that's uncalled for. You are basing your safety, and possibly risking your life, based on the opinions of random people on the internet....
by R3dguitarist
November 4th, 2013, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

... After you finish high school, seek out a college where a professor is doing snake research (check out Van's alma mater, Arkansas) and inquire about working or volunteering as an undergraduate assistant. That way you can get proper training in handling them. You just need to be patient. In the e...
by R3dguitarist
November 4th, 2013, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

psyon wrote:I think that if you had to ask this question, that you shouldn't be handling the snakes at all.
I just wanted opinions on the effectiveness of gaiters and preferences to brands and whatnot. It was merely a question of preference. No need to be condescending, that's uncalled for.
by R3dguitarist
October 24th, 2013, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

You have responded very maturely to the suggestions given in this thread. Hopefully some of them have curved your thoughts about handling these snakes. I think we can all appreciate your desire to get out and chase down some rattlesnakes, but forget about tubes and I'm sure you will find that you n...
by R3dguitarist
October 24th, 2013, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

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 Beau...
by R3dguitarist
October 24th, 2013, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

ok, i just skipped past a bunch of posts. what are you gathering data for? are you pit tagging or marking in any semi-permanent fashion? -ben I'd be gathering data to help better understand the species' behavioral patterns and growth patterns in the area. Marking would mostly be photographic; I've ...
by R3dguitarist
October 24th, 2013, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

... as Tim said, the biggest concern is ones I don't see... I don't see where Tim said that, and I'm willing to bet he doesn't believe that, either. Gerry He had mentioned taking whacks from two unseen cottonmouths, which is MY biggest concern (I should have reworded that, my apologies). And please...
by R3dguitarist
October 23rd, 2013, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

Rattlesnakes are a personal fascination of mine, hence the reason I want to tube, to get fairly good data regarding size, girth, pattern, etc. It also allows for identification of individuals. And as Tim said, the biggest concern is ones I don't see. That happens a lot to the people I talk to; only ...
by R3dguitarist
October 23rd, 2013, 4:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shining for chameleons with tim borski
Replies: 31
Views: 5107

Re: Shining for chameleons with tim borski

Ah, some nice finds :)
by R3dguitarist
October 23rd, 2013, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Shining for chameleons with tim borski
Replies: 31
Views: 5107

Re: Shining for chameleons with tim borski

Where were you guys hunting?
by R3dguitarist
October 23rd, 2013, 3:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 16950

Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

I'm looking at hitting next year especially hard for rattlesnakes (in addition to whatever else I can get my hand on that has scales....) And that being said, I'm working at building up some better gear... ie a more solid hook, tubes, etc. I currently have a pair of greaves (leg armor) that are made...
by R3dguitarist
October 22nd, 2013, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber video
Replies: 4
Views: 1386

Re: timber video

Amazing footage, great work :D Not gonna lie, I'm not a fan at all of the music and sound choices haha but otherwise very enjoyable!
by R3dguitarist
October 18th, 2013, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tennessee's latest herps
Replies: 13
Views: 2236

Re: Tennessee's latest herps

Dang, I like that shot of the tadpole! And that baby king is soooo cute :D
by R3dguitarist
October 16th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Copper-Gold King Cobra and Thailand's Deadliest!
Replies: 24
Views: 6362

Re: Copper-Gold King Cobra and Thailand's Deadliest!

I'm LOVING that Krait.... insane!
by R3dguitarist
October 16th, 2013, 6:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opportunity at the museum - annual pickle party 10/26 @ UVU
Replies: 9
Views: 3256

Re: Opportunity at the museum - annual pickle party 10/26 @

herpseeker1978 wrote:


OH MY LORD, YES!!!! JUST YES!!!!
by R3dguitarist
October 10th, 2013, 12:05 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!
Replies: 10
Views: 5009

Re: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!

Alright, thanks everyone for the replies! What time period should I brumate for? In other words, when should I cut the heat and when should I bring her back out?
by R3dguitarist
October 7th, 2013, 8:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!
Replies: 10
Views: 5009

Re: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!

Alright, thanks for the help!
by R3dguitarist
October 7th, 2013, 8:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!
Replies: 10
Views: 5009

Re: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!

So then would it be best to try a live pinkie to just get a bit of food in there, or leave her be for the winter? I've never brumated any of my reptiles before.