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by reptologist
October 30th, 2017, 1:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?
Replies: 17
Views: 25293

: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?

I highly recommend keeping Leptophis a ahaetulla. I had a pair for over 3 years and I found them to be very rewarding captives. I have not kept many other species of snakes, maybe 5 or 6 but these were by far the most interesting. I kept a journal so if you or anyone else decides to work with them I...
by reptologist
August 28th, 2017, 3:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs
Replies: 9
Views: 5477

Re: help sought finding an old thread re unethical photogs

I always thought that picture was staged. I have no proof but it seems so staged. Even if the snake did eat the gator and burst, why would half the gator be sticking out? Wouldn't there be just a tear in the snake with the gator still inside the snake? I think the snake did eat the gator but was the...
by reptologist
July 14th, 2017, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery
Replies: 6
Views: 3220

Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

That's a cool find. I also had a cemetery herping experience recently. While attending a friend's father's burial in Camden NJ I was completely shocked to hear a few northern grey tree frogs calling. His dad was ex-military and got a military burial complete with "Taps" performed with a bugle. They...
by reptologist
July 6th, 2017, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery
Replies: 6
Views: 3220

Re: Eastern box turtle nesting in cemetery

That's a cool find. I also had a cemetery herping experience recently. While attending a friend's father's burial in Camden NJ I was completely shocked to hear a few northern grey tree frogs calling. His dad was ex-military and got a military burial complete with "Taps" performed with a bugle. They ...
by reptologist
April 1st, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone near Frederick, MD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2229

Re: Anyone near Frederick, MD?

kentoid wrote:Thanks for the offer, don't think I'll make it up to NJ. Would love to, so I'll let you know if I can swing it. I'll be in the area Apr 28 thru May 1.

Best, Kent


:thumb:
by reptologist
March 24th, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone near Frederick, MD?
Replies: 4
Views: 2229

Re: Anyone near Frederick, MD?

I don't have any experience in MD but if you want to take a ride up to NJ I will show you around the Pine Barrens. That time of the year can be quite fruitful.
by reptologist
February 13th, 2017, 4:17 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 315148

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Recently I added a verdin, costas hummingbird, and a phainopepla. That one was easier to find than it was to pronounce.
by reptologist
February 11th, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Verdin
Replies: 4
Views: 11354

Re: Verdin

Nice shot. I just recently saw one when I was in Mesa AZ. It was a lifer for me, I'm from the east coast.
by reptologist
February 8th, 2017, 2:37 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Re: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

He looks great! I'm glad to hear he is progressing right along. The enclosure looks really cool too. Looking forward to seeing some more. --Berkeley Thank you, you know how I like to make custom enclosures. I really believe that letting him out of his house has greatly increased his confidence. It'...
by reptologist
February 8th, 2017, 2:30 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Re: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

A handsome fellow he is. What are you feeding him? -nightdriver Mostly he eats dark greens like collards and broccoli leaves. Other greens include dandelion, chard, bok choy, mixed greens, and rarely a little spinach. Occasionally he gets some flowers. He does not fancy fruit and rarely eats any. I...
by reptologist
February 5th, 2017, 11:13 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Re: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

I figured it was time for an update on my Cuban. He is just over a year and a solid 2' long. He has already out grown his original digs. I custom built his new home. It's 6'x3'x3'. It features many levels and multiple lighting/heating. I read somewhere that changing their home can be stressful and i...
by reptologist
January 16th, 2017, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Quote: Complete change of topic and not useful to the OP. You could have just said no. My $.02. Actually, I would have had to say "yes" - I would be opposed to releasing non-native lizards there. And pretty much anywhere. Pretty much any species, anywhere. But not the species he's mentioning, withi...
by reptologist
January 16th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Have those sicula spread further??[/quote] I'm really not qualified to answer that. The area in question is partially public/commercial land and partially private residential land. I have only been able to access the former. From my own observations, they seem to set up small territories and don't r...
by reptologist
January 15th, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

What if you lived in a residential area much farther like in the north east US. You have lived in this location for 30+ years and have never seen a lizard. Would you still be opposed to releasing a breed of non-native lizard that would survive in this particular area? Complete change of topic and n...
by reptologist
January 15th, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Interesting topic and I would like to add a condition to see if anyone would change their mind. What if you lived in a residential area much farther like in the north east US. You have lived in this location for 30+ years and have never seen a lizard. Would you still be opposed to releasing a breed...
by reptologist
January 13th, 2017, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 9953

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Interesting topic and I would like to add a condition to see if anyone would change their mind. What if you lived in a residential area much farther like in the north east US. You have lived in this location for 30+ years and have never seen a lizard. Would you still be opposed to releasing a breed ...
by reptologist
October 14th, 2016, 3:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID help? Red-bellied perhaps?
Replies: 2
Views: 1217

Re: Turtle ID help? Red-bellied perhaps?

That is definitely a northern red-bellied turtle.
by reptologist
July 23rd, 2016, 1:52 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 28556

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

When choosing the power that you want to use in the field, the most important thing to consider is your own skill level. I started with 7X and have worked my way up to 12X. The ability to quickly find an object with your binoculars is probably is the determining factor on what magnification you sho...
by reptologist
July 23rd, 2016, 5:13 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: HELP! Two binocular questions
Replies: 18
Views: 28556

Re: HELP! Two binocular questions

When choosing the power that you want to use in the field, the most important thing to consider is your own skill level. I started with 7X and have worked my way up to 12X. The ability to quickly find an object with your binoculars is probably is the determining factor on what magnification you shou...
by reptologist
April 19th, 2016, 6:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Find the Herp - The Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4817

Re: Find the Herp - The Game

Reptologist you got it. Any thoughts on species? Looking forward to more photos. I do not know which species based on the picture. I spent some time looking through my pictures to add one but it must be my style because every picture of an obscure reptile photo that I have is always the same with t...
by reptologist
April 16th, 2016, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Find the Herp - The Game
Replies: 16
Views: 4817

Re: Find the Herp - The Game

I see a horny toad in the last new picture in the lower right corner.
by reptologist
March 10th, 2016, 1:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 9991

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

Ernie - You keep saying these words, I don't think mean what you think they mean. reptologist - I believe in the context of this study the 'experimental manipulation' meant releasing Marsh Rabbits in the two areas. Generally, scientific studies are 'experiments,' in which the variable(s) to be test...
by reptologist
March 9th, 2016, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 9991

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

The McCleery paper (http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/282/1805/20150120) is the definition of strong inference in field research. The gold standard, incredibly good science. They manipulated python and marsh rabbit abundance and determined the strength of the predation interaction. Thi...
by reptologist
March 8th, 2016, 5:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 9991

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

reptologist, I have no doubt that the python population is enormous in number and having an adverse impact on many native species of animals. With regards to the python challenge, it's common knowledge by scientists to be an ineffective method for controlling the python population for a number of r...
by reptologist
March 7th, 2016, 5:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ...florida python hunt results ...
Replies: 35
Views: 9991

Re: ...florida python hunt results ...

I want to ask a question. I don't want to come off as a wise guy or even a person who doesn't support the eradication of the invasive pythons. I'm simply asking because I really want to fully understand the results of such an unintended release of an invasive species. If a thousand herpetologists sp...
by reptologist
February 14th, 2016, 4:12 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Re: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

nightdriver wrote:I've been wanting to do a large outdoor enclosure with cyclura for years. Some day.

-nightdriver
I would if the weather here was conducive. Maybe I will end up farther south and that would be an option.
by reptologist
February 10th, 2016, 10:33 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Re: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

Thanks Berkley. I requested a male and the breeder said he probed this one and it is a male. He told me it's not 100% for sure but he feels strongly that it is. I'm sure there are exceptions but from what I gathered the cyclura don't get aggressive like male green iguanas. Only time will tell, but e...
by reptologist
February 9th, 2016, 1:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia
Replies: 11
Views: 15214

Introducing my new project: cyclura nublia nublia

I thought I would share my new rock iguana. I got him in November and only after years of wanting a rock iguana and researching the different breeds available, did I choose to purchase one. The decision to get a Cuban was based on the general consensus, at least from my research, that this species u...
by reptologist
January 10th, 2016, 5:04 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10298

Re: Pond build

Thanks Reptologist. Is the pond you built the one in your wood turtle enclosure, or a separate one? If separate, do you have pics? Were the minnows breeding in there or you just kept it stocked and fed them off. Yes it was the pond for my woodies. There was no breeding going on by the minnows. I wo...
by reptologist
January 7th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pond build
Replies: 10
Views: 10298

Re: Pond build

Nice pond. I took the plunge this past Spring and built one myself. Mine is smaller, approximately 250 gallons. I put a drain on it to do water changes. I also put a group of minnows in the pond for insect control. I had a couple dozen in there at any given time. They did their job and I never saw a...
by reptologist
December 16th, 2015, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Another Peninsula Malaysia post
Replies: 13
Views: 9333

Re: Another Peninsula Malaysia post

Great post! Looks like you saw quite a bit. I would love to get to SE Asia one day. My vote on your turtle is Manouria. It would take some strong evidence to convince me otherwise. What other species besides spinosa did people mention? Do you have any other photos? I also agree with your assessment.
by reptologist
November 25th, 2015, 9:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: outdoor enclosures
Replies: 40
Views: 32267

Re: outdoor enclosures

http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... 35&t=22286 (wood turtle enclosure)
Here are some pictures and details about my enclosure. Feel free to ask any questions.
by reptologist
November 20th, 2015, 2:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: wild collected feeders
Replies: 17
Views: 10600

Re: wild collected feeders

I have used wild or field collected feeders for many years without issue. As a rule I never collect from areas that I am not sure are pesticide free. I also use plants grown in my yard (weeds) as well.
by reptologist
November 17th, 2015, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with hook.
Replies: 15
Views: 5932

Re: Traveling with hook.

Every situation could be different but my own personal experience is I had no problems with collapsible tongs in a carry on bag several times in Costa Rica and Panama. Then on a trip to Panama they let me bring them into the country and then refused to let me carry them on the return flight. I ended...
by reptologist
November 8th, 2015, 5:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)
Replies: 8
Views: 3465

Re: 2015 in the New York State (Pic Heavy!)

Nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.
by reptologist
September 17th, 2015, 11:08 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Pics of some critters, just because it's been a while
Replies: 16
Views: 13194

Re: Pics of some critters, just because it's been a while

Nice to see your animals are thriving. I have a question. If the tortoises are in the burrows because it gets cool, and the burrows are 8' deep, how do you retrieve them to bring them in?
by reptologist
August 25th, 2015, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID request
Replies: 8
Views: 2548

Re: Frog ID request

looks like a Cuban tree frog. Osteopilus septentrionalis
by reptologist
August 11th, 2015, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami
Replies: 14
Views: 5218

Re: cherries and trash - from DC to Miami

Thanks for taking the time to post. There are some great pics and more than a few species that I want to see.
by reptologist
August 5th, 2015, 10:55 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: misting snakes
Replies: 11
Views: 5312

Re: misting snakes

I regularly mist my parrot snakes. Their reaction is very predictable. I have not experienced any negative response from them. They tend to take that opportunity for a quick drink. It is not their only water source but they seem to enjoy it.
by reptologist
July 29th, 2015, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late spring / early summer in North Alabama
Replies: 5
Views: 3330

Re: Late spring / early summer in North Alabama

Really nice pics, thanks for sharing.
by reptologist
July 27th, 2015, 7:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some Recent Pics at Home
Replies: 3
Views: 3034

Re: Some Recent Pics at Home

Nice pics. I really like the Gallotia. They have been on my radar for years. He looks like a healthy adult. How long is he and how are you keeping him? Obviously he is doing great.
by reptologist
July 24th, 2015, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: To share or not to share?
Replies: 18
Views: 5353

Re: To share or not to share?

Another option may be to PM someone here that you trust.
by reptologist
July 17th, 2015, 9:26 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood turtle enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 5503

Re: Wood turtle enclosure

Dang, this is one the coolest set-ups ever. Doesn't look too expensive either; was it? Thanks. It is made from (3) 4'x8' pieces of sheet metal. I used to be in the HVAC trade and learned duct fabrication. I went to my ex-employer and asked if I could buy the metal and I ran it through the slicer. I...
by reptologist
July 14th, 2015, 12:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood turtle enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 5503

Re: Wood turtle enclosure

That is a beautiful enclosure. I used to keep some turtles outside and loved it. Even when I would keep tortoises outside for a few months I could see the improvement in there overall appearance and growth. For fertilizer I used to do exactly what Kelly suggested. You can also start a worm bin to m...
by reptologist
July 14th, 2015, 11:44 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood turtle enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 5503

Re: Wood turtle enclosure

Kelly Mc wrote:I was in a hurry when I posted before.

I find your work stellar, beautiful and strategically intelligent.

Thank you for sharing here, looking toward to hearing and seeing more. So deserving insculpta are of such a living space.
Thanks so much for the kind words.
by reptologist
July 11th, 2015, 2:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood turtle enclosure
Replies: 10
Views: 5503

Wood turtle enclosure

Here are a few pictures of the enclosure that I keep my wood turtles in. It has grown over the years and this year I added the pond and a few more square footage. Each piece of driftwood was collected by me. A couple of them were heavy and I had to carry them at least a quarter mile. The turtles wil...
by reptologist
July 9th, 2015, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Florida/Everglades May 2015
Replies: 7
Views: 2471

Re: South Florida/Everglades May 2015

Cool pics, you must have had a great time. I haven't been there in years and your pics brought back good memories. I believe the box turtle you photographed is a florida box turtle.
by reptologist
June 27th, 2015, 1:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?
Replies: 17
Views: 6003

Re: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?

In my own experience I would have to say it was quite a few years ago but for sure it would be diamondback terrapins. My neighbors had a house directly across the street from the beach in South NJ. They would take me there for the weekend to hangout with their son and every June the terrapins would ...
by reptologist
June 9th, 2015, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Most Common Herp in Your Area
Replies: 16
Views: 5036

Re: The Most Common Herp in Your Area

Here where I am from in southern NJ the most common turtle is the northern red bellied cooter. http://farm1.staticflickr.com/271/18631166216_44c4724aab_b.jpg http://farm1.staticflickr.com/387/18471303639_86fe0a99c1_b.jpg http://farm1.staticflickr.com/322/18469702698_d0e1a5e47a_b.jpg This is the most...