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by Nick
September 27th, 2011, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: shed id please
Replies: 4
Views: 1286

Re: shed id please

Yeah, eastern milksnake is what it looked like to me.
by Nick
September 26th, 2011, 4:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this a Southern Hog or Eastern Hog?
Replies: 13
Views: 2588

Re: Is this a Southern Hog or Eastern Hog?

Without a doubt, both are easterns.
by Nick
September 26th, 2011, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Naturally Occurring KINKED snake
Replies: 6
Views: 1727

Re: Naturally Occurring KINKED snake

I found a badly kinked, ADULT garter snake in Clearwater, FL about 10 years ago.
by Nick
September 25th, 2011, 12:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: turtle ID help, please
Replies: 5
Views: 1397

Re: turtle ID help, please

Melanistic slider. 100% sure ;)
by Nick
September 23rd, 2011, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You're Invited - SE Chapter Data Collection Trip!
Replies: 39
Views: 7965

Re: You're Invited - SE Chapter Data Collection Trip!

I'll be driving right through that area at that time. I'd planned on doing some herping in NE Alabama/NW Georgia along the way, so I could probably join the group for a day or two.
by Nick
September 22nd, 2011, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1st Annual Center for Snake Conservation Fall Snake Count
Replies: 54
Views: 10091

Re: 1st Annual Center for Snake Conservation Fall Snake Coun

The whole lack of a good electronic form for entering data here just kind of makes the whole thing a pain.
by Nick
September 18th, 2011, 6:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Inbreeding in herpetoculture
Replies: 45
Views: 13830

Re: Inbreeding in herpetoculture

I believe in breeding gets blamed for a lot of deformities when there are unknown factors involved. I've inbred snakes and had some pairs produce perfect hatchlings one year, and doomed clutches the next. I've also outcrossed snakes and gotten the same effect. Now that I produce over 100 snakes a ye...
by Nick
September 16th, 2011, 7:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID
Replies: 4
Views: 1333

Re: Turtle ID

My first thought was map turtle, but the picture quality leaves me unsure. If you have a better quality original, you may be able to lighten it up enough to see what the pattern on the head and limbs looks like.
by Nick
September 13th, 2011, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short Rainbow River trip
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: Short Rainbow River trip

Carl D. May wrote: It does seem odd that they have been so successful but then I have also heard that G. barbouri is now established in some of the smaller drainages east of the Apalachicola River.
I like that. Weeki Wachee and Chasshowitzka ought to have loggerheads by now.
by Nick
September 13th, 2011, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S GREEN SWAMP Part 1 Life in the Swamp
Replies: 43
Views: 31903

Re: CENTRAL FLORIDA'S GREEN SWAMP Part 1 Life in the Swamp

Yeah, yeah. I once found an adult scarlet king at the old trash pile in Glades County that had white bands. I have a picture of it in a deli cup buried away somewhere :lol:
by Nick
September 12th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Short Rainbow River trip
Replies: 7
Views: 2851

Re: Short Rainbow River trip

Very cool post. The population of loggerheads in the Rainbow River are supposedly introduced. I've read that many years ago the only musk turtles that occured there were stinkpots. I'd never heard that. Loggerheads are found throughout the whole Withlacoochee system, which would make that a very su...
by Nick
September 11th, 2011, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IN Queen snakes?
Replies: 9
Views: 3312

Re: IN Queen snakes?

ThatFrogGuy wrote: I don't see why they couldn't exist there. There are plenty of good creeks with lots of crayfish.
It takes more than just good habitat. They would still need a means of dispersal into that region.
by Nick
September 10th, 2011, 1:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: IN Queen snakes?
Replies: 9
Views: 3312

Re: IN Queen snakes?

You ought to pick up Amphibians and Reptiles of Indiana by Sherman Minton, Jr. It is an excellent field guide, and could probably answer a lot of your questions. If you have trouble finding it, I have seen it for sale in the book store at Muscatatuck NWR near Seymour. Anyway, queen snakes don't have...
by Nick
September 9th, 2011, 7:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Computer program showing variation in road-cruising results?
Replies: 29
Views: 3470

Re: Computer program showing variation in road-cruising resu

I got a kingsnake on my first go at Tim's random night out. It's good to know that even in a simulation my luck with finding Everglades kingsnakes is with me!
by Nick
September 9th, 2011, 7:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Questions about force-feeding?
Replies: 16
Views: 4821

Re: Questions about force-feeding?

Skin an adult mouse.

Remove the tail (does not blend well)

Remove any noticeable poop (optional)

Add a little water.

Blend.

Tube feed.
by Nick
September 3rd, 2011, 11:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The subject of snakes ability to hear.
Replies: 34
Views: 4052

Re: The subject of snakes ability to hear.

I would like to add a recent observation of mine:

I just turned the light off in my hall closet, which houses my AC unit. The AC unit shut off the very moment I switched the light off.

Total coincidence.
by Nick
September 3rd, 2011, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why on earth...?
Replies: 23
Views: 4323

Re: Why on earth...?

You guys are all just a bunch of whiners. :lol:
by Nick
August 16th, 2011, 12:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 in the Carolinas so far (New Pics added)
Replies: 38
Views: 5650

Re: 2011 in the Carolinas so far (lots of pics)

Did you go out of state for the smooth greens? To my knowledge they don't have any confirmed populations in the Carolinas.
by Nick
August 15th, 2011, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia erythrogaster ssp.?
Replies: 10
Views: 1755

Re: Nerodia erythrogaster ssp.?

According to this, http://www.in.gov/legislative/iac/T03120/A00090.PDF, Indiana protects them at the subspecies level, so you should be good on that. A receipt stating what they are down to the subspecies level might keep you out of trouble in the unlikely event you were ever investigated.
by Nick
August 15th, 2011, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mammoth cave herping?
Replies: 6
Views: 1821

Re: Mammoth cave herping?

The week before last. It was about a half moon by the time I was done.
by Nick
August 14th, 2011, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia erythrogaster ssp.?
Replies: 10
Views: 1755

Re: Nerodia erythrogaster ssp.?

The color of the belly isn't foolproof. The copperbellies I've seen have been pretty much identical to the redbellies I've seen. The same snake as far as I can see. I've also found yellowbelly water snakes with bellies as red as a typical redbelly water snake.
by Nick
August 14th, 2011, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mammoth cave herping?
Replies: 6
Views: 1821

Re: Mammoth cave herping?

To add to that, cruising at this time of year usually isn't very good for corns. I just spent a week in the Carolinas in areas where I usually see lots of them, and didn't even see a DOR.
by Nick
August 13th, 2011, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where exactly is "snake road" Illinois?
Replies: 19
Views: 5655

Re: Where exactly is "snake road" Illinois?

It's a road that runs through Shawnee National Forest that goes between a swampy area and bluffs. Every spring the snakes and such crawl out of the bluffs and into the swamps, and every fall they go the opposite way. The road is open to vehicle traffic most of the year, but gets closed for a couple...
by Nick
July 28th, 2011, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ringneck trouble
Replies: 22
Views: 4023

Re: Ringneck trouble

ThatFrogGuy wrote: I know that arnyi is found in extremely large numbers out west, but i don't think edwardsi will do that, at least not here in IN. Could be wrong though.
I flipped around 30 together under a board in Greene County, IN. Maybe you're hunting the wrong area. :lol:
by Nick
July 27th, 2011, 4:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Old World Rattlers???
Replies: 20
Views: 3995

Re: RFI: Old World Rattlers???

Wolfgang commented here but the question is, why tail shake at all? I guess any sound is better than no sound. It's a little scary if you're facing your first snake and it starts rattling (against dry leaves with a normal tail). Could allow it to escape from a young, inexperienced predator. Just en...
by Nick
July 27th, 2011, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ringneck trouble
Replies: 22
Views: 4023

Re: Ringneck trouble

In Indiana I see ringnecks most commonly in upland forested areas in the vicinity of creeks/rivers, etc.
by Nick
July 25th, 2011, 11:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What kind of snake is this DOR?
Replies: 10
Views: 2168

Re: What kind of snake is this DOR?

KingCam wrote:
Coluber Constrictor wrote:Cottonmouth. Very unusual color though :shock:
How can you tell?
They're usually dark toward the tail like that, and it's the most likely of species present in that area. It looks like a cotton to me, but I would want to see bigger pictures. At this size its hard to make out much detail.
by Nick
July 23rd, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: My Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster Enclosure
Replies: 24
Views: 5612

Re: My Lampropeltis calligaster calligaster Enclosure

Very cool. I wish I could give all my snakes big cages like that.
by Nick
July 21st, 2011, 7:33 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding Feeder Mice
Replies: 47
Views: 14342

Re: Breeding Feeder Mice

Where would one buy these rats, and how much do they cost? Is it more complicated to breed them? They're not as universally available as lab mice, but you can usually pick them up at reptile shows. Ever had one bite right through a finger nail and not let go? These are literally the most vicious ro...
by Nick
July 21st, 2011, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need Advice Herping in the Ozarks or NE Oklahoma
Replies: 6
Views: 2094

Re: Need Advice Herping in the Ozarks or NE Oklahoma

I did some cruising around the Ozarks and Ouachita Mountains during the first week of July. It was ridiculous hot, with triple digit temps most days. I don't imagine it has gotten any better. I'd suggest canoeing or doing something else in the water during the day. I saw quite a variety of turtles c...
by Nick
July 21st, 2011, 10:16 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding Feeder Mice
Replies: 47
Views: 14342

Re: Breeding Feeder Mice

If I were going to go back to breeding my own rodents I would work with African Soft Furred Rats. Their smell is a lot more tolerable, and our native colubrids like them just as much, if not more than standard lab mice.
by Nick
July 14th, 2011, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Behind the Cheese Curtain... (pics added)
Replies: 19
Views: 4529

Re: Behind the Cheese Curtain... (pics added)

Nick, I also found 2 other sites in a different county that had the burrowers, only I didn't know what I was looking at, at the time. Once Carl sent me the image, I realized, I'd walked right by...even dug around a bit in a couple Hog "holes." Not seeing the critter in the process, I didn't put two...
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 9:45 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: See through eggs
Replies: 8
Views: 2809

Re: See through eggs

Post current pics!
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Behind the Cheese Curtain... (pics added)
Replies: 19
Views: 4529

Re: Behind the Cheese Curtain...

bladerunner8u wrote: I need a road trip so bad!
Nah dude. You got all you need within an hour of home. :lol:
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 6:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Behind the Cheese Curtain... (pics added)
Replies: 19
Views: 4529

Re: Behind the Cheese Curtain...

Looks like you had fun. I still haven't quite figured out a good situation for walking hogs around here. :lol: I'll have to try your method of shining RR tracks for milks sometime. You mentioned fox snakes being diurnal. I do find them basking in the day sometimes, but I also find them crossing road...
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Common stuff from the last couple weeks
Replies: 18
Views: 2775

Re: Common stuff from the last couple weeks

Nice milks, nice hogs. Hideous rat snakes. :lol:
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Species I can't find in South Carolina
Replies: 18
Views: 3353

Re: Species I can't find in South Carolina

I've seen scarlet snakes when I've roadcruised in sandhill habitats in the Carolinas. They did not seem at all uncommon. Crowned snakes are fairly common in sandhill habitats under cover. I have also flipped earth snakes under cover in the Carolina sandhills.
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Going to Disney next week
Replies: 50
Views: 7094

Re: Going to Disney next week

MHollanders wrote:Wasn't Disney World built on top of a known gopher tortoise population? That's another reason never to go to Disney.
Everything in Central FL was built on top of a gopher tortoise population. :(

Despite development, tortoises are still pretty widespread and common in Central FL.
by Nick
July 13th, 2011, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: best month for cruising for red pygs?
Replies: 16
Views: 3520

Re: best month for cruising for red pygs?

Late summer/early fall is about the best time for all pygmies throughout their range, especially daytime activity.
by Nick
July 1st, 2011, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting box turtles
Replies: 3
Views: 2269

Re: Interesting box turtles

That blonde colored box turtle looks a lot like a Louisiana Gulf Coast Box Turtle.

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by Nick
June 30th, 2011, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Love walking out in the yard...
Replies: 11
Views: 2716

Re: Love walking out in the yard...

mikemike wrote:The whole black ratsnake/TX ratsnake complex is simply P. obsoletus... at the moment. It's definitely that, which now is just called a Texas rat. It's all a confusing mess for the most part. Haha
It's supposed to be "western" rat. Not sure why SSAR started calling them Texas rats.
by Nick
June 23rd, 2011, 12:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reelfoot lake areas to try?
Replies: 12
Views: 3264

Re: Reelfoot lake areas to try?

It is an interesting area, one that I have not given its full due. Box turtles, and quite a variety of aquatic turtles are abundant in that area. When I visited that area this past fall, I saw kingsnakes, rat snakes, diamondback water snakes, garter snakes, and hognose. Not a great variety, but I wa...
by Nick
June 20th, 2011, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hognose Snake Venomus?
Replies: 11
Views: 3005

Re: Hognose Snake Venomus?

KingCam wrote:According to most of the posts I've read on this board hognoses rarely (read: almost never) bite.
I got bit by a wild eastern hog a few days ago. It drew a little blood but otherwise there was no reaction.
by Nick
June 16th, 2011, 3:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taxonomy of southern Illinois kingsnakes?
Replies: 10
Views: 2575

Re: Taxonomy of southern Illinois kingsnakes?

http://i68.photobucket.com/albums/i25/PhilPeak/hickmanintergradeking-3.jpg Its really kind of hard to deny the existence of intergrades east of the Mississippi IMO. If not an intergrade, I don't know what you would call them. The snake in the photo above was found east of the Mississippi in KY and ...
by Nick
June 16th, 2011, 1:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taxonomy of southern Illinois kingsnakes?
Replies: 10
Views: 2575

Re: Taxonomy of southern Illinois kingsnakes?

I would use the old taxonomy. Nobody likes the new taxonomy.

I believe that the new taxonomy would recognize that as being just a Lampropeltis nigra. No intergrades. If I remember right they only recognize holbrooki as being west of the Mississippi.
by Nick
June 14th, 2011, 6:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID this ratsnake
Replies: 19
Views: 3061

Re: ID this ratsnake

Pantherophis obsoletus.

Does not look like emoryi, even though it has the spearpoint on its head. That trait is also typical of a lot of western ratsnakes.
by Nick
June 14th, 2011, 12:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: north ga
Replies: 21
Views: 3670

Re: north ga

As far as NW Georgia I know they've been recorded from Bartow County, GA.

This book might be okay. The reviews say its got detailed range maps:

http://www.amazon.com/Amphibians-Reptil ... 224&sr=8-3
by Nick
June 13th, 2011, 9:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lame, long post from the TX Panhandle (includes non-herps)
Replies: 32
Views: 8488

Re: Lame, long post from the TX Panhandle (includes non-herp

I like that hognose. Westerns are awesome.

As I was reading and scrolling through I caught the first glimpse of that first garter snake and for a second thought you might have found a radix!

It was an enjoyable account, either way.
by Nick
June 13th, 2011, 3:47 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: POLL - Should we undo the P. obsoletus split
Replies: 96
Views: 13439

Re: POLL - Should we undo the P. obsoletus split

SSAR's "standardized" common names for the P. obsoletus complex are wrong anyway. As described, they should be: P. obsoletus - Western Ratsnake P. spiloides - Central Ratsnake P. alleghaniensis - Eastern Ratsnake I'm not sure where they got Texas and Gray Ratsnake from. Those common names certainly ...
by Nick
June 9th, 2011, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: mole king
Replies: 8
Views: 2972

Re: mole king

Screamer! Thanks for sharing. I'm of the opinion that the north FL rhombomaculata blow away the occipitolineata to the south in terms of aesthetics. I've seen some coastal NC captive bred animals that resemble your critter, but maybe with a bit more of a crimson/deep red coloration. Keep it up, Mat...