Search found 2123 matches

by spinifer
March 28th, 2015, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?
Replies: 9
Views: 3293

Re: Aquatic Behavior in Red-Backed Salamanders?

Ive found them in 4 feet of water in a springhouse, I assumed they recently fell in, but who knows.
by spinifer
February 17th, 2015, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?
Replies: 8
Views: 2953

Re: Has anyone studied Northern x Southern ringneck hybrids?

I'm curious where you heard that the condition is not present in Northerns.
by spinifer
January 1st, 2015, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 3,665 records in 30 days
Replies: 8
Views: 3849

Re: 3,665 records in 30 days

I fell really behind in 2014 and pretty much gave up on adding most of my records past June.
Dont give up!!!! You can still get them in. 5 years from now you will regret it!
by spinifer
December 26th, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: found a spotted turtle very sluggish near a river bed. help
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Re: found a spotted turtle very sluggish near a river bed. h

Should be fine if you left it alone. Its not uncommon for turtles to emerge on warm days in the middle of winter. Bringing it indoors and warming it up even more is far worse for it.
by spinifer
December 19th, 2014, 8:30 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: First Annual Summer Herp Count (Results)
Replies: 11
Views: 6347

Re: First Annual Summer Herp Count (Results)

Point of clarification - we had 1,926 records representing 370 species. Oh my bad :lol: ....that number makes a lot more sense. :oops: I could go record by record and make note of the person who contributed, but I really have no interest in doing that. Yeah I wouldn't expect you to. Don would have ...
by spinifer
December 19th, 2014, 5:59 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Second Annual Summer Herp Count starts May 30th???
Replies: 12
Views: 6974

Re: Second Annual Summer Herp Count starts May 30th???

I think this is a great idea. Your date range sounds fine to me. Perhaps a bit more promotion this year will get better results. Post on facebook, get Herp Mapper and other partners involved, etc.
by spinifer
December 19th, 2014, 5:56 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: First Annual Summer Herp Count (Results)
Replies: 11
Views: 6347

Re: First Annual Summer Herp Count (Results)

Good work compiling the data.

I'm interested in how many people contributed, but I guess you cant pull this directly from the website? 370 is not very many records, I entered 38% of these. We can do way better.
by spinifer
December 16th, 2014, 9:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast NAFHA accomplishments in 2014 - complete list
Replies: 18
Views: 5989

Re: Northeast NAFHA chapter accomplishments in 2014 - more i

Im still entering records, so if you pull the quantities again right before your write-up they will likely be higher.
by spinifer
December 16th, 2014, 9:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71777

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

For example, my estimation of the distance between said animal and the nearest intersection is subject to my ability to guess distances, and try to remember that when it comes time to enter data. My guess is that your guess of distance is not very good. I pull up Google Earth real quick and use the...
by spinifer
December 16th, 2014, 7:12 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71777

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

I dont think anyone is questioning your data here, captainjack. Its sounds like you do the best you can to provide an approximate location. On the other hand, it sounds like Dery is using a coordinate finder (like this http://www.latlong.net/ ) and typing in a county, city, or zip code to get coordi...
by spinifer
December 16th, 2014, 2:32 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71777

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

What I would suggest is figuring out a consistent but repeatable circle of confusion (say 10km/6mi) and pick a point within that distance a random direction away from the precise spot. Enter that spot and enter 10km as your accuracy. There is no reason to obfuscate data that is hidden from public v...
by spinifer
December 16th, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account
Replies: 69
Views: 71777

Re: Termination of my HERP and Herpmapper account

For those of you arguing that Dery's data is important to keep, you are missing the big picture. The issue here is Dery's GPS locations seem to be a gross misrepresentation of the actually locality of a large quantity of data. This is not a handful of records in question, it is over 3,000 records. I...
by spinifer
December 11th, 2014, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 3,665 records in 30 days
Replies: 8
Views: 3849

Re: 3,665 records in 30 days

Also, putting your records in the db within a day or two of discovery will lessen the burden
huh? what burden? :crazyeyes:
by spinifer
November 28th, 2014, 4:44 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: What do I see now on naherp since I registered for 2015?
Replies: 2
Views: 3092

Re: What do I see now on naherp since I registered for 2015?

Hang in there, you will get an email shortly.
by spinifer
November 24th, 2014, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: senior project about reptiles and amphibians
Replies: 10
Views: 3434

Re: senior project about reptiles and amphibians

I managed to get PARS surveying approved as my activity, so I basically just went herping as usual, but wrote a description of what I did.
Next figure out how to get paid to herp, and you will be set for life.
by spinifer
November 20th, 2014, 4:53 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?
Replies: 9
Views: 6618

Re: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?

dery wrote:So I should pay on the 2nd of January to try a full year?
No if you pay now, we'll let you in now and you will also be covered for all of 2015.

Paying dues is optional. All features of the database are free.
by spinifer
November 20th, 2014, 6:43 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?
Replies: 9
Views: 6618

Re: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?

Yeah I plan to put together an email over thanksgiving hopefully.
by spinifer
November 19th, 2014, 8:37 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?
Replies: 9
Views: 6618

Re: When to pay HERP 2015 Membership Dues?

It runs per calendar year, so termination would be Jan 1, but if you pay early (now until Dec 31), your membership would start immediately.
by spinifer
November 17th, 2014, 9:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Larval salamanders. Any guesses?
Replies: 3
Views: 2453

Re: Larval salamanders. Any guesses?

You are terrible :cry: These are all two-lines. 8-)
by spinifer
November 17th, 2014, 12:52 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16604

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

If you really dont want to see our populations decimated by this new disease you will support importation bans on animals that could be infected (ie. salamanders from Europe and Asia). IMO, this is a bad or worse policy to take. I don't think bans would be good because it would force the market und...
by spinifer
November 17th, 2014, 9:09 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?
Replies: 31
Views: 16604

Re: NAFHA - Hands off Amphibs policy?

As MonarchzMan said, a hands-off only approach does not make sense. The fungus is transmitted through soil, so if you enter the habitat contaminated you are just as likely to harm the population than if you touch an animal. Decontamination of shoes and equipment is the best way to slow the spread. B...
by spinifer
November 12th, 2014, 5:24 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP--Is There a Way to...
Replies: 13
Views: 7009

Re: NAHERP--Is There a Way to...

Oh, they both work now. The second map looks nice, but I cant get it to pan at all. Must be too large.
by spinifer
November 11th, 2014, 4:34 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: NAHERP--Is There a Way to...
Replies: 13
Views: 7009

Re: NAHERP--Is There a Way to...

I only get one map and a message that says "Your browser does not support SVG." I am using google chrome. Does it just not work with chrome or do I need to download something?
by spinifer
October 30th, 2014, 6:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?
Replies: 3
Views: 2467

Re: Wood Frogs as Environmental Indicators?

PM Matt J, he did his MS thesis on this topic.
by spinifer
October 3rd, 2014, 3:29 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: HERP Records Entered This Year vs previous years.
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

Re: HERP Records Entered This Year vs previous years.

jonathan wrote:That's a huge number nate.
I know. Its a problem.
by spinifer
October 1st, 2014, 7:07 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: HERP Records Entered This Year vs previous years.
Replies: 9
Views: 5474

Re: HERP Records Entered This Year vs previous years.

I am sitting on over 1000 records for 2014 that ill be putting when I can find the time....
by spinifer
August 1st, 2014, 3:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Toad Questions
Replies: 7
Views: 2594

Re: Toad Questions

Yes, hybrid population....http://www.naherp.com/viewrecord.php?r_id=76369 The call is much more easy to distinguish hybrids than characteristics...across the street from this spot I only get americanus

See also record number 145149, 145148
by spinifer
July 27th, 2014, 10:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: eastern box turtle help :( anyone know what this could be?
Replies: 4
Views: 2325

Re: eastern box turtle help :( anyone know what this could

pictures would be helpfull..... :roll:
by spinifer
July 5th, 2014, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anaxyrus Americanus?
Replies: 9
Views: 3223

Re: Anaxyrus Americanus?

The 1-2 warts per spot is a "rule of thumb" that describes most individuals, some individuals dont follow the rule. There are several characteristics that can be used to distinguish fowlers vs american, but you have to be careful because among the variation within each species there is a little bit ...
by spinifer
June 20th, 2014, 3:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.
Replies: 12
Views: 4337

Re: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.

Did you mean the first one pictured? The top dusky is Desmognathus ochrophaeus. The one labeled as a seal is correct.
I meant the one labled "Desmog 1" which I guess has now been relabeled as a seal.
by spinifer
June 20th, 2014, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: County record gaps
Replies: 7
Views: 3195

Re: County record gaps

Actually some of those counties have records, but someone on here chooses to restrict public access to all of their records, so they dont show up on the map....
by spinifer
June 20th, 2014, 2:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Seep as a Microhabitat?
Replies: 2
Views: 1377

Re: Spring Seep as a Microhabitat?

springs have plenty of O2 in the winter, and maintain a relatively constant temperature of about 50F. Thats why several species overwinter in springs (e.g. pickerel frogs). Although stream salamanders are active year round in springs, there is very little if any feeding over the winter.
by spinifer
June 20th, 2014, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Red Salamander Egg + Larval ID Question
Replies: 3
Views: 1745

Re: Red Salamander Egg + Larval ID Question

The larvae are also two-lined.
by spinifer
June 20th, 2014, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anaxyrus Americanus?
Replies: 9
Views: 3223

Re: Anaxyrus Americanus?

I also would say fowlers.
by spinifer
May 8th, 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Musk or mud lifer
Replies: 2
Views: 1593

Re: Musk or mud lifer

YEs musk
by spinifer
May 3rd, 2014, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.
Replies: 12
Views: 4337

Re: Quick introduction and some WV Salamander ID's.

Your IDs are correct. Desmog 1 is a seal. the others I would want to see where those counties are located first.
by spinifer
April 23rd, 2014, 8:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3140

Re: I learned something new yesterday

well in pseudoatotomy there are no fracture places, so tissue has to tear, so there has to be some force working against the snake. Maybe you stepped on it?
by spinifer
April 22nd, 2014, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3140

Re: I learned something new yesterday

Ok, I thought you meant the tail fell off on its own. But that is not possible with pseudoautotomy.
by spinifer
April 22nd, 2014, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 3140

Re: I learned something new yesterday

Gyri wrote:
mike h wrote:I wasn't aware they could do this but subsequent research says they can
Would you mind sharing your research sources? I would like to read up on this. I always thought ribbonsnakes just had fragile tails that snapped off easily. Are you suggesting they can do this voluntarily?

me too.
by spinifer
April 21st, 2014, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless, Tailless Snake ID
Replies: 8
Views: 3625

Re: Headless, Tailless Snake ID

Should also submit to PAherpsurvey.org. They will want to scrutinize it too, and hopefully they agree and can change the PA status from extirpated to endangered. That level of protection might help protect nearby properties from development. I thought they were a Species of Special Concern in PA? (...
by spinifer
April 20th, 2014, 5:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless, Tailless Snake ID
Replies: 8
Views: 3625

Re: Headless, Tailless Snake ID

Should also submit to PAherpsurvey.org. They will want to scrutinize it too, and hopefully they agree and can change the PA status from extirpated to endangered. That level of protection might help protect nearby properties from development.
by spinifer
April 19th, 2014, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Headless, Tailless Snake ID
Replies: 8
Views: 3625

Re: Headless, Tailless Snake ID

Sure looks like an earth to me. How was it found? Why was it dead?

They have been found in DE less than a mile from the PA border in recent years, so I had no doubt they still occurred in PA. Kyle is going to be mad you beat him to it. ;)
by spinifer
April 16th, 2014, 7:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID help
Replies: 3
Views: 1573

Re: Turtle ID help

Agree with red belly.
by spinifer
April 5th, 2014, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 NORTHEAST DATA CONTEST
Replies: 6
Views: 2967

Re: 2014 NORTHEAST DATA CONTEST

Where do you find out if a species has never been vouched for a county? Not a new county record for the database but never vouched in any other sources for a county. Like the Four Toed I found in Ritchie county wv and the spotted salamander for Wetzel County wv. The range maps I look at do not have...
by spinifer
April 5th, 2014, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Re: Snake ID ?

Tim Borski wrote:Not a great photo but looks pictiventris from where I'm sitting.

Tim
Thanks, I found a pictiventris after this post, so I think thats what this one is.
by spinifer
April 4th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID ?
Replies: 4
Views: 1507

Snake ID ?

This was in the mangroves near Bonita Springs, FL. These are the best phtotos I could get from my kayak. Anyone able to ID this? Thanks.

Image

Image
by spinifer
April 3rd, 2014, 4:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?
Replies: 14
Views: 5295

Re: Are "New" Leopard Frogs in Massachusetts?

the new species has yet to be named, which makes it a little easier to miss.
by spinifer
March 28th, 2014, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Egg Mass Identification
Replies: 54
Views: 126952

Re: Egg Mass ID

Links broken!!!!!