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by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2019, 4:21 am
Forum: News
Topic: Another threat - invasive Pentastomid
Replies: 5
Views: 1153

Another threat - invasive Pentastomid

Looks like the cows are out of the pasture on this one. Another example of ignorance of the jackasses who released the Burmese Pythons in the Glades! https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331985998_Spillover_of_Pentastome_Parasites_from_Invasive_Burmese_Pythons_Python_bivittatus_to_Pygmy_Rattlesn...
by BillMcGighan
April 7th, 2019, 2:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Mojave Finds
Replies: 1
Views: 990

Re: A few Mojave Finds

Lots of nice stuff.
You folks must have gotten some serious rain?!
by BillMcGighan
April 7th, 2019, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.
Replies: 9
Views: 4081

Re: Highlights of 2018: Hong Kong, Singapore and Taiwan.

All is great, Jerry. :thumb: :thumb: Thanks for that one. That last " Sinonatrix " ( percarinata ?) really reminds us here across the pond of how similar they look to some North American Nerodia ! And, of course, the Hong Kong Newt ( Paramesotriton hongkongensis ) is really Godzilla! :lol: ;)
by BillMcGighan
April 1st, 2019, 5:40 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 2
Views: 971

Re: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

Excerpt from this paper's conclusion: There are two parts to the reptile industry—the one for pets and the one for enthusiasts.” (J. Coote, pers. comm.). There will always be that responsible group who keep living herps for personal enjoyment, contentment, and increase of knowledge, but perhaps the ...
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: FL, March 2019
Replies: 8
Views: 4103

Re: Trip Report: FL, March 2019

Patrick, this post is up there with the fine posts on this forum of years gone by in that the combination of narration with pics takes us right along on the trip!
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats
Replies: 1
Views: 1304

Re: Rattlesnakes striking at kangaroo rats

Makes those powerful legs a real asset!! :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 7395

Re: What's happening in this photo?

a Ground Snake. The locality precludes the victim being a Sand Snake.
Brian, is this because of range or habitat?
by BillMcGighan
March 31st, 2019, 9:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: La Rue/Pine Hills area
Replies: 1
Views: 1096

Re: La Rue/Pine Hills area

(618) 684-6192
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 6:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Kevin, This is such an upbeat topic that I'll answer in a separate thread as to not be a Debbie Downer:

viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25500
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 6:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 2
Views: 971

Re: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

A far as history, I really recommend this paper: [/color][/quote]Quote from Reptile Dealers and Their Price Lists By James B. Murphy (Research Associate, Department of Herpetology, Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park) and Ken McCloud (Research Associate, Steinhart Aquarium, California ...
by BillMcGighan
March 27th, 2019, 5:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad
Replies: 2
Views: 971

A Little history of herpeoculture - good and bad

First, an answer to a question from this post: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=35&t=25483&p=269357#p269357 My statement: I understand. I've been to those types of markets in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Peoples Republic of China and the first thing that hits you is the si...
by BillMcGighan
March 24th, 2019, 6:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 5668

Re: Sick

The weather was cool and cloudy so I didn't really expect much, went for a short walk to clear my head anyway. Not a bad decision... Found 13 adders - new record for the spot - incl. the first female of the year. Also the first grass snake and the first slow worms of the year. Proof again that herp...
by BillMcGighan
March 22nd, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

The trick is starting with healthy animals, like not getting them from markets like you saw. That too must have been quite an experience. Im sure you saw quite a few species that are rare now. I understand. I've been to those types of markets in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and the Peoples Republic...
by BillMcGighan
March 22nd, 2019, 3:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

Bill, do you keep Spilotes as well? Any luck breeding? Sorry, No. I've caught a few in the field, kept a male, but never kept a pair. If I had, I would have guessed your arrangement would be the thing to do. Those black-breasted leaf turtles are truely amazing. I've seen them only once before in a ...
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A week in Ghana, August 2018
Replies: 7
Views: 2240

Re: A week in Ghana, August 2018

I always love the fact that you add the inverts as well as a spectrum of herps.
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: The Dams and Sires of Spring
Replies: 14
Views: 3261

Re: The Dams and Sires of Spring

That's great Kevin.
Your cage looks much more natural than mine that have only a suggestion of habitat!
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 2:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 7395

Re: What's happening in this photo?

Sometimes , when the prey snake stops struggling, a ringneck or king will backup to straighten out the meal that may well be longer than itself.

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=264517
http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=161314
by BillMcGighan
March 21st, 2019, 10:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's happening in this photo?
Replies: 28
Views: 7395

Re: What's happening in this photo?

I have to vote for another " Diadophis eating a Chilomeniscus."

On Gray Sonora ..... Have there been any records of ophiophagy by Chilomeniscus or Sonora?
by BillMcGighan
March 14th, 2019, 3:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping with baby Sophia
Replies: 7
Views: 3733

Re: Herping with baby Sophia

Precious. Precious. Precious.

Thanks for sharing.

I can honestly say that some of my most memorable and happiest herping experiences were those shared with my kids and grandkids.

Continue taking pics throughout and you'll be even more rewarded many times later in life.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 6714

Re: Florida trip January 2019

Still a good trip, Jack! :thumb:

Be nice to do exactly the same in April or May; probability of target raised exponentially.
by BillMcGighan
February 24th, 2019, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more
Replies: 7
Views: 4784

Re: South Africa - Bitis cornuta, Aspedilaps, more

Wow, just WOW!
Sensory overload!
Big thanks for that one!
by BillMcGighan
February 17th, 2019, 6:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska
Replies: 2
Views: 2777

Re: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

Very good - amazing February.
Has the weather been unusual?


45 MILES NORTH OF COLD BAY, ALASKA
I assume this means someplace at that same latitude like Stakroge or similar?
by BillMcGighan
February 11th, 2019, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 8205

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

All these stories are great!
by BillMcGighan
February 3rd, 2019, 4:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders
Replies: 6
Views: 5341

Re: Winter Break Happenings-Eastern US Salamanders

A refreshing, midwinter shot of eastern outdoors; script and pics. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
February 2nd, 2019, 4:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In Sierra De Mayo -parte uno
Replies: 47
Views: 10395

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In Sierra De Mayo -parte uno

Okay, guys, there is a disconnect on the messages here. When Jimi said: Aww man, I was fully on-board until the tongs made their appearance at a den/rookery. Bit o' bummer. Not hating, just a little bummin' Of course, Porter’s egocentric response/reaction was off mark, which spun this in the wrong d...
by BillMcGighan
January 30th, 2019, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Start of 2019 field season
Replies: 8
Views: 4716

Re: Start of 2019 field season

That is really cool (no pun intended), Richard.
Here in the northern southeast, we start in January, but it's 99.9% Amphibs.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 3358

Re: Borneo (Sabah) Jan 2019

As always, Kurt. :thumb: :thumb:
Thanks.
by BillMcGighan
January 28th, 2019, 5:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 9302

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Just an addendum to this post from last year: I stumbled onto this website that I think provides some useful reference in a succinct format: http://www.toxinology.com/ Folks I can imagine might benefit from this: … Anyone who lectures to the general public and gets those toxicity questions. … Anyone...
by BillMcGighan
January 19th, 2019, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 8205

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Good stuff so far! :thumb: What might have been! (even without a voucher.) When I was a kid, I was lucky enough to live where my back yard butted up against thousands of acres of protected land. Virtually spending all my time in the forest, I would encounter a couple dozen Wood Turtles ( Glyptemys i...
by BillMcGighan
January 18th, 2019, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen
Replies: 20
Views: 8205

Re: If There Isnt A Photo, It Didnt Happen

Bryan, you are the Timber Whisperer! :lol: Good story. Jimi, chill, my perception is that Kelly was just trying to have a non-traditional post "Where people tell their stories like in times when stories are believed because of honor and good will." ps We did this on the Fishing forum years ago with ...
by BillMcGighan
January 12th, 2019, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A last couple for the year
Replies: 1
Views: 1219

Re: A last couple for the year

Good shot in the arm for this time of the year! :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 11th, 2019, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project
Replies: 9
Views: 2717

Re: Flat-Tailed Horned Lizard Project

all already said!!
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
January 10th, 2019, 6:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Large King Cobra
Replies: 12
Views: 3841

Re: Large King Cobra

Excellent. :thumb: :thumb: video in situ!
by BillMcGighan
January 10th, 2019, 5:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In Sierra De Mayo -parte uno
Replies: 47
Views: 10395

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In Sierra De Mayo -parte uno

I’ve been doing this forever and I know for a fact that not a single little bone in that delicate little baby was injured. And only did it because I was 100% sure of that. I’ve got a better sense of things like that than average person on things of that nature. I was born with it. Sensitive touch. ...
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello
Replies: 5
Views: 1448

Re: Hello

If you'd like to browse locality animals, I'd suggest browsing, and even joining, the database of H.E.R.P. Some examples you can do right now. Red Corns ( Pantherophis guttatus ) http://www.naherp.com/search.php?r_owner=&r_security=&r_group=6&r_genus=1815&r_species=1821&r_subspecies=&r_country=&r_st...
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 18805

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Jimi [/quote]In general I think arboreals are easier to tease-train, since their natural feeding modality is grab and hold, not stab and pull back.[/quote]I think thats why it works well with Pantherophis. Dropping the pink puts pressure on the teeth and arboreals eat hanging down regularly.
by BillMcGighan
January 2nd, 2019, 7:47 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 18805

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

KF My schedule trying to feed hatchlings (I currently only breed Oreocryptophis and Rhadinophis frenata): 1. f/t pinkie 2. f/t pinkie again 3. live pinkie 4.force feed mouse tail 5.f/t pinkie I have had a surprising amount of snakes start eating f/t on their own after one force fed mouse tail. 6. I ...
by BillMcGighan
January 1st, 2019, 4:45 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 18805

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

IMHO Searching youtube for the subject shows a spectrum of tease feeding: From: This seems very reasonable: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFlzg8erQrQ To: Good technique, but questionably necessary. (Maybe for a commercial operation where time and cage space is limited? https://www.youtube.com/watc...
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year post
Replies: 3
Views: 1205

Re: End of year post

Very nice.

All over LA is one of my favorite herping states.

I always love seeing those eastern LA Corns, especially comparing them to the our eastern variants, and , of course, LA Kisatchie animals (P. slowinski).
by BillMcGighan
December 30th, 2018, 6:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?
Replies: 65
Views: 18805

Re: Do You Have Husbandry Secrets?

Kelly I guess this is odd, a wee confession of a sort, but Ive not found getting a snake to strike defensively and eat to work for me. Ive had times when ive wanted a snake to get on with it, and nudged and had them strike and let go, and then seem to have switched gears because they were ordinarily...
by BillMcGighan
December 26th, 2018, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 22
Views: 10918

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

I hope this post will be a tribute to Kent every year.

Merry Christmas to all.
by BillMcGighan
December 22nd, 2018, 3:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US
Replies: 4
Views: 2110

Re: Reticulated Siren - New Salamander Found in Southern US

Good stuff, Hans.
Thanks for that one.
by BillMcGighan
December 22nd, 2018, 3:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: old story about taxonomic adventure
Replies: 9
Views: 2718

Re: old story about taxonomic adventure

Very interesting story. :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
December 15th, 2018, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: north florida in Feb
Replies: 1
Views: 1275

Re: north florida in Feb

pm sent
by BillMcGighan
December 15th, 2018, 6:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film
Replies: 40
Views: 22324

Re: What is Herping? Why I do it. - A short Documentary film

Jimi: Lots of familiar, even universal themes & feelings & instincts & skills. OkanaganSFLT: This captures the feeling of success and deep satisfaction that one can get from herping. Fire Drake: That was very nicely done--and very tasteful. Vic: you took an event/discipline/fascination that is hard ...
by BillMcGighan
November 29th, 2018, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Yucatan Peninsula
Replies: 8
Views: 5576

Re: trip report Yucatan Peninsula

Super Jeroen. :thumb: :thumb: Many good finds. Your pic at Casa Selva Orquideas made me smile for two reasons: 1. When we went through there regularly years ago, that town was just a sleepy Mayan village with no tourist facilities. 2. We were sitting in an identical setting as you guys were, up in U...
by BillMcGighan
November 29th, 2018, 5:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida trip January 2019
Replies: 7
Views: 6714

Re: Florida trip January 2019

I was looking at daytime in suitable habitats (any edges of water bodies) and at night with a flashlight. Nothing happened. Night with light can be good where there are shrubs on the edge of everglades canals. Daytime in habitat, as you know, unlike Northern Smooth Greens that can be under flat roc...
by BillMcGighan
October 26th, 2018, 4:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bull Wars
Replies: 6
Views: 8961

Re: Bull Wars

Excellent, Mike. :thumb: :thumb: My favorite videos are of our animals "in situ" with little or no human presence. craigb Believe it or not Mike, there was a time when a video of this quality would have had over 500 hits in 3 hours. Life here is a bit slower now.... Sad but true. Some of the newer f...
by BillMcGighan
October 17th, 2018, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Waters: Part 4 with Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs and other NorCal aurans
Replies: 11
Views: 13355

Re: California Waters

Okay, Jonathan, That article is first class. :thumb: :thumb: Without knowing exactly where you were, you took us along and succinctly explained the plight of the two primary amphibs. I know euthanizing individual invasives is futile and probably only makes a conservationist feel righteous, but do yo...