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by BillMcGighan
July 1st, 2021, 12:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)
Replies: 3
Views: 1571

Re: Tadpole ID assistance (southeastern WA)

Jeffs recommendation would prove conclusively.

Totally useless to you now, but if you ever work in the east, this can be handy:
https://ashtonbiodiversity.com/home/edu ... mmon-name/

It was started by one of our own herpers a while back.
by BillMcGighan
January 8th, 2021, 5:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Need day old pinkys in SF South Bay Area
Replies: 6
Views: 3088

Re: Need day old pinkys in SF South Bay Area

Way more than you probably need, "RodentPro" offers "very small mice".
Some petshops raise there own and may part with them from breeders.
by BillMcGighan
December 23rd, 2020, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 26
Views: 21480

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

Merry Christmas Brian.
Cheers to all, regardless of your seasonal holidays.
by BillMcGighan
December 12th, 2020, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Disease in Wild Green Anoles?
Replies: 5
Views: 1742

Re: Disease in Wild Green Anoles?

Also, I recieved a comment from a person who has a bit more experience in such things, and he graciously commented: Yes, this looks like an individual parasitized by sarcophagid fly larvae as well. You can see the small hole with black bordering that is typical of this. They also sometimes have some...
by BillMcGighan
December 11th, 2020, 5:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Disease in Wild Green Anoles?
Replies: 5
Views: 1742

Re: Disease in Wild Green Anoles?

Was the overnight temp below freezing?
The black spot behind the eye was typical in central Florida when they were caught by a sudden, freezing cold snap and died.
by BillMcGighan
December 7th, 2020, 4:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Etymology of snake genera
Replies: 12
Views: 1918

Re: Etymology of snake genera

Gotcha
Maybe a help:

Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
ISBN-13: 978-0874840537
ISBN-10: 0874840538
by BillMcGighan
December 7th, 2020, 4:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Etymology of snake genera
Replies: 12
Views: 1918

Re: Etymology of snake genera

Are you looking for the synonyms over the years like? https://reptile-database.reptarium.cz/species?genus=Gonyosoma&species=oxycephalum or how the herpetologist decided on a particuar genus name? or the Greek or Latin origins of the genus name? This may help also: https://www.iczn.org/the-code/the-i...
by BillMcGighan
November 27th, 2020, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 2917

Re: South Florida

even a few loose alien species is quite exciting for me. SE Florida = nothing but alien species. Just being out of the hotel you will most likely see Brown Anoles, Peters's Rock Agama ( Agama picticauda ), Brown Basilisk ( Basiliscus vittatus ) especially around canals, Northern Curly-tailed Lizard...
by BillMcGighan
November 25th, 2020, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona
Replies: 15
Views: 4191

Re: 2020 EOY Report - Arizona

All super...
Especially the "in situ" shots.
The C. molossus in the tree was special.
by BillMcGighan
November 25th, 2020, 5:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Florida
Replies: 7
Views: 2917

Re: South Florida

Do you have any specific areas of South Florida (SW, SE, Central, extreme south, keys, etc.) or any specific target species?
by BillMcGighan
October 28th, 2020, 5:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 75+ species in 5 square miles
Replies: 2
Views: 1572

Re: 75+ species in 5 square miles

WOW!.. Just WOW!
by BillMcGighan
October 22nd, 2020, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper
Replies: 10
Views: 2041

Re: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper

A DOR is a herp that is "Dead On Road".
Yes there are AORs
by BillMcGighan
October 20th, 2020, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper
Replies: 10
Views: 2041

Re: Would a pit viper eat another pit viper

I've not witnessed live ophiophagous behavior in Cottonmouths but have occasionally found water snakes in the gut of DORs. From the 1907 edition of The Reptile Book by Raymond L. Ditmars where he describes herping in a swamp in South Carolina during a drought : “The drying up of the water appeared i...
by BillMcGighan
October 17th, 2020, 7:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Bullsnake observations 2020
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: Wisconsin Bullsnake observations 2020

Very impressive pics and animals
by BillMcGighan
October 17th, 2020, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020
Replies: 8
Views: 2343

Re: Wisconsin Hognose observations 2020

More good stuff, Mike.

Jeff, any idea of their decline in LA?
by BillMcGighan
October 17th, 2020, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin turtle observations 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 644

Re: Wisconsin turtle observations 2020

Excellent glimpses of our northern turtles
by BillMcGighan
October 14th, 2020, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road and Surrounding Area October 3-9
Replies: 2
Views: 851

Re: Snake Road and Surrounding Area October 3-9

Excellent, Tim.
Worthy of the best SR post we've seen.
Addition of all things nature, not only herps, gives the meal extra seasoning.
:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:
by BillMcGighan
October 10th, 2020, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK
Replies: 20
Views: 3116

Re: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK

You and I.....
And I'm not sure about you! :lol: ;) ;)


PM sent
by BillMcGighan
October 6th, 2020, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK
Replies: 20
Views: 3116

Re: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK

Many herp faceted interests used this as a central place for cussing and discussing. It was entertaining, enlightening and brought together research folks, hobby herpers, delicup herpers, etc. Facebook seriously impacted this by separating the groups, enabling like thinkers to consolidate. Final nai...
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2020, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK
Replies: 20
Views: 3116

Re: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK

Perfect...
Let us know when all is finished.
by BillMcGighan
October 4th, 2020, 8:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK
Replies: 20
Views: 3116

Re: Bornean Earless Monitor (Lanthanotus borneensis) - THE BOOK

Be interesting to preview a sample, Hans.
Keep us posted when all is complete.
by BillMcGighan
September 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Amen Brother
Replies: 75
Views: 17503

Re: Amen Brother

Scott,
I know we've gotten pretty lean with herp tales, but this load of crap needs to go to board line.
This country is so great where everyone has the right to believe what they want, but not dump it on this section of the forum.
by BillMcGighan
September 4th, 2020, 2:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: God is an octopus 🐙
Replies: 5
Views: 1790

Re: God is an octopus 🐙

Scott,
I know we've gotten pretty lean with herp tales, but this load of crap needs to go to board line.
This country is so great where everyone has the right to believe what they want, but not dump it on this section of the forum.
by BillMcGighan
September 2nd, 2020, 6:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Golden Guide
Replies: 11
Views: 2193

Re: Golden Guide

Jeff In several professional correspondences with Hobart Smith Hobart Smith was apparently a real human. I wrote a letter to him in Ubana in 1958 and he responded to this nobody, 10 year old, 1500 miles away. Reflecting on these years later, I was impressed that this Professor/Author took the time. ...
by BillMcGighan
August 31st, 2020, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Golden Guide
Replies: 11
Views: 2193

Re: Golden Guide

herper1:
I think most of our love of herps started from this book.
Maybe you had to be in a certain location or financial group, but the "golden" was the start for me also, then Pope and Ditmars from the library, and the coveted 1958 edition of the Conant Field Guide...
by BillMcGighan
July 30th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 28
Views: 8820

Re: I-10 Chronicles

Jimi:
Good to hear from you. I had to chuckle at your discovery that tent camping in the SE USA in July is f*ckin rugged. I got my ass handed to me in the Boy Scouts. Taught me good. Ha ha ha.
Yup.
I turned into a "camping" wus in old age and now my wife and I use this:
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by BillMcGighan
July 30th, 2020, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 28
Views: 8820

Re: I-10 Chronicles

Dave, Glad you got to make your trip, considering our national state of health siege. You know this in your home area, even a less successful trip; you learn things about areas you haven't experienced. Then there are the side experiences of non herp discoveries. Plan another. PS I've herped the Big ...
by BillMcGighan
July 19th, 2020, 4:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Country Records for the US
Replies: 194
Views: 121958

Re: Possible Country Records for the US

On the subject of GPS
A very useful phone APP we use in the east, but probably works out west, is "HUNTSTAND".
It's useful because it can show who's land you are on.
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 5:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 28
Views: 8820

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Smart man...
Especially that time of year.

Let us know how you do.
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Paraguay : Herp guide or structure that can help
Replies: 1
Views: 1217

Re: Paraguay : Herp guide or structure that can help

Not much help here. I guess you've seen this: http://www.faunaparaguay.com/litherpetology.html I am obligated to say, as a Dad and Granddad, if you have no field guide going in, treat every snake as venomous, till you can verify no fangs forward or rear! In my life I've herped tropical zones that ha...
by BillMcGighan
June 20th, 2020, 4:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I-10 Chronicles
Replies: 28
Views: 8820

Re: Future I-10 Chronicles

Yes I know the mosquitoes are deadly this time of year in the Glades but I'll have to deal with it.Yes I know the mosquitoes are deadly this time of year in the Glades but I'll have to deal with it. Worse yet in some areas of Florida, especially around mangroves, are the No-see-ums (biting midgies,...
by BillMcGighan
June 7th, 2020, 6:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 161495

Re: Climate change revisited

On Harper August 2015 Leading climate-sceptic academic, Professor William Happer, agreed to write a report for a Middle Eastern oil company on the benefits of CO2 and to allow the firm to keep the source of the funding secret. In emails to reporters he also revealed Peabody Energy paid thousands of ...
by BillMcGighan
June 7th, 2020, 6:37 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 161495

Re: Climate change revisited

Richard, know that I have utmost respect for your work on herpetology, but that doesn’t just transfer automatically to other subjects. Hoyer: Now I can foresee individuals using the same tiresome ploy of indicating that CFACT is funded by conservatives, the fossil fuel industry, etc. thereby dismiss...
by BillMcGighan
June 2nd, 2020, 5:13 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 161495

Re: Climate change revisited

$$$$$$$$ Dr. Richard S. Lindzen ( b. February 8, 1940) is the Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Meteorology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[1] He is funded by fossil fuel interests, such as Peabody Coal.[2] Lindzen is perhaps best know...
by BillMcGighan
June 1st, 2020, 5:21 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Climate change revisited
Replies: 185
Views: 161495

Re: Climate change revisited

$$$$$$$$ Hmmm $$$$$$$ Jimi, IMHO, I think you're being too hard on these speakers and bloggers. Just like the 90+ % of independent scientists who are concerned with the negative aspects of climate change, these naysayers are just ordinary people who are motivated only by their strong beliefs, nothin...
by BillMcGighan
May 25th, 2020, 5:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica
Replies: 11
Views: 2928

Re: End of Decade Post: USA, Mexico, Costa Rica

Thanks for that one, Mike.
You brought back some of the forum quality from yesteryear!
by BillMcGighan
May 17th, 2020, 12:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 2821

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

Interestingly, he's also an extremely strong advocate of climate change. This is consistent with the "make money on fear" ideology. What he truly thinks, and what he is right or wrong about, we may never know. There's allot of "tell folks what they want to hear, sincere or not, for alternate gains"...
by BillMcGighan
May 17th, 2020, 8:20 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19
Replies: 6
Views: 2821

Re: Putting the blame on Asian Wet Markets and Covid-19

We don't seem to know conclusively where this damn thing came from yet, but be cautious of anyone overtly or subtly trying to answer, who isn't on the front line. If you agree or not, always follow the money to verify the source: Like a political party that seems to be full of folks who value money ...
by BillMcGighan
April 25th, 2020, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 2229

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

This one was just north of the SHNF.

http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=255991
by BillMcGighan
April 24th, 2020, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Houston, late April RFI
Replies: 5
Views: 2229

Re: Herping Houston, late April RFI

Chris;
Further north still, you get into the Sam Houston National Forest. It can be like finding a needle in a haystack, but you get into timber rattlesnake and pygmy rattlesnake habitat.
Just some additional candy in the SHNF:
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by BillMcGighan
April 18th, 2020, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rought night for peepers: predation by a turtle, bullfrog and beetle.
Replies: 3
Views: 1736

Re: Rought night for peepers: predation by a turtle, bullfrog and beetle.

Okay, Mike,
Those are great. Capturing each is a "National Geographic" moment.
by BillMcGighan
April 17th, 2020, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Everglades National Park in the rain
Replies: 22
Views: 8297

Re: Everglades National Park in the rain

PM sent
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2020, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 3392

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

Florida doesn't require any license, Dave, unless you are selling Florida natives. Some restrictions on venomous; permit required for collecting. No touching endangered, threatened, species of special concern, conditional reptiles, or otherwise regulated species. from FWC: https://myfwc.com/license/...
by BillMcGighan
April 14th, 2020, 7:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge

AEthelred: “I am not a professional scientist by any means and maybe it's just coincidence that there are similarities between snake species of eastern Asia and North America..” First, a disclaimer: My thoughts here are those of an interested lay person. My formal zoological training was many, many ...
by BillMcGighan
April 12th, 2020, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge
Replies: 4
Views: 2268

Re: Snakes and the Alaskan land bridge

I understand why you may think the land bridge was a factor, but, IMHO , it doesn’t seem likely; timing doesn’t seem to match up. According to ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA, “about 80 million years ago , North America separated from Europe, Australia began to rift away from Antarctica, and India broke awa...
by BillMcGighan
April 4th, 2020, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?
Replies: 17
Views: 13493

Re: Lower Coastal Plain Pine Snakes Advice?

Though I have found a pine under cover, it was half raised tin not tight to the ground, like you may expect an EDB . In North Carolina I had a "Kauffeld" day in early June with an overcast, warm day with high humidity and hiked up a couple males out cruising. Many Oak Toads were also out. One of the...
by BillMcGighan
March 18th, 2020, 5:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Florida nemesis species
Replies: 10
Views: 3392

Re: Some Florida nemesis species

Hey, Tom,
PM sent.

I the area in the PM most Corals were found on the crawl in Oct / Nov; males hunting females (about 70%), and about 30% in spring under cover and crawling early AM.
by BillMcGighan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:50 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Spidering around Kolkata, E.India !
Replies: 4
Views: 4945

Re: Spidering around Kolkata, E.India !

Super cool post, even to us who are "arachnid challenged". :thumb: :thumb: Besides the wonderful photography, I couldn't help be be impressed of the long, carefully searching hours it must have taken to accumulate all these. I'm totally really impressed with the fact that you even found the "bark lo...
by BillMcGighan
February 22nd, 2020, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Not my board line
Replies: 18
Views: 3710

Re: Not my board line

You're a good herping person for even asking this question. Jimi pretty much hit the nail on the head. When forming your personal morality, I'd like to add two things to consider: 1. If you are harvesting, and not just observing, consider that someone else put in many hours and sweat putting the boa...