Search found 97 matches

by kevin h
December 30th, 2018, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorites of 2018
Replies: 1
Views: 1489

Favorites of 2018

Hey everyone, I figured that I should at least try to get on here and contribute once a year so here we go. I thought about doing and EOY post with a shitload of pictures and not much text but I think some of the stories behind the finds are what make a good post. That being said here are my top fav...
by kevin h
February 5th, 2018, 5:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: No party like an Ambystoma party
Replies: 4
Views: 3480

Re: No party like an Ambystoma party

You're very much welcome Jeroen! I'm glad you liked it, thanks! Derek, you're right about the rainy nights. That's by far the best way to find some either by cruising, hiking or shining the ponds due to the minimal impact on the salamander's life. That last method you might be able to do on a dry ni...
by kevin h
February 3rd, 2018, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: No party like an Ambystoma party
Replies: 4
Views: 3480

No party like an Ambystoma party

Hey guys, here are some local Ambystoma I turned up earlier this month enjoy. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4695/39118092714_b5a1b24561_z.jpg Jefferson Salamander by Kevin Hutcheson , on Flickr https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4719/38931252854_72a344bb35_z.jpg Spotted Salamander by Kevin Hutcheson , ...
by kevin h
December 16th, 2017, 10:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)
Replies: 9
Views: 7633

Re: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)

Wowza! Love the Lamp diversity you got Justin, some of those individuals are beautiful. Also congrats again on montanus, they're a pain in the butt to find just about anywhere. One minute you're flipping them in a hardwood floodplain, the next it's a rocky stream in shale dominant hills. Have fun in...
by kevin h
December 4th, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: tips on finding salamanders in CA
Replies: 5
Views: 4534

Re: tips on finding salamanders in CA

Night herping is key when searching for salamanders especially in areas like California. If you have any moisture at all at night go out and shine the forest floor, tree trunks and rock faces. Salamanders will be out foraging for food and you should be able to spot them on-the-crawl.
by kevin h
November 17th, 2017, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eurycea guttolineata x Eurycea longicauda Hybrid
Replies: 2
Views: 2723

Re: Eurycea guttolineata x Eurycea longicauda Hybrid

Freaky deaky Matt!! Thanks for sharing. I knew there was a population like this in N. Georgia but had no clue about this one. The patterning on these guys almost resemble the ones in W. Kentucky too. Makes one wonder... https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4245/33970169944_0957d732de_z.jpg Three-lined Sal...
by kevin h
October 5th, 2017, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Summer Endemics
Replies: 9
Views: 6701

Re: Some Summer Endemics (Fall edit)

I think you did a nice job of defining endemic. And great photos. Thanks, Carl! It's an interesting term to define, not to mention of my favorites to constantly throw around. Excellent photos! I saw a few of these species earlier this year and now I'm jealous with how your shots turned out. Did you...
by kevin h
September 28th, 2017, 2:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Summer Endemics
Replies: 9
Views: 6701

Re: Some Summer Endemics

Very, very nice set of sally photos. I study Blue spot and their hybrids, red backed, spotted, tigers and newts in Southern Michigan. Thanks, man! You can't help but love those tigers and laterale. Wicked nice! I want to see all those salamanders in the field. Your photographs are excellent. Everyt...
by kevin h
September 22nd, 2017, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Summer Endemics
Replies: 9
Views: 6701

Some Summer Endemics

So, what is an endemic? The term endemic I feel often has many meanings. For instance the dictionary definition is of one existing in a certain place. This means that when you describe an animal as endemic you must tack on a location to the end. However by this definition the Southern Two-lined Sala...
by kevin h
August 27th, 2017, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June trip to New Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 6088

Re: June trip to New Mexico

Very nice Brian! How I like 'em too, clean and ruby red. ;)
by kevin h
August 24th, 2017, 4:13 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Crayfish Interest
Replies: 0
Views: 10694

Crayfish Interest

Hi everyone, I for much of my life have always been strictly a herper and stuck mostly to the herp forum but as I've begin to see everything in my area new topics become more interesting. As of late I find myself getting very curious about crayfish. I frequently flip them up while looking for salama...
by kevin h
August 24th, 2017, 4:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June trip to New Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 6088

Re: June trip to New Mexico

The biggest thing I can tell you is to go in in late July or later. White Sands was really cool for lizards and I very much enjoyed seeing the endemic Little White Whiptail. The only thing I really targeted in Lincoln NF was the Sacramento Mountains Salamander which I did see. Cruising down is the T...
by kevin h
July 19th, 2017, 12:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello all, new here introducing myself
Replies: 11
Views: 6631

Re: Hello all, new here introducing myself

As another KY native let me welcome you to the forum! I look forward to seeing more great finds from this underrated state. As for the turtles it's truly tragic the amount of ignorance that one would need to posses to do such a thing. Have you ever thought of setting up decoy turtles with nails in t...
by kevin h
July 18th, 2017, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp-Inspired Music
Replies: 23
Views: 20435

Re: Herp-Inspired Music

intermedius wrote:
I enjoyed. I'm going to check out their albums in entirety. I get an Americana vibe in them, despite the Indie influences.

– Justin
Glad I could introduce you to a great band! :thumb:
by kevin h
July 18th, 2017, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp-Inspired Music
Replies: 23
Views: 20435

Re: Herp-Inspired Music

A newer rock band out of LA area called the Mountain Goats have some great herp related songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTrDJm_70BE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HILnK3lf5a8 Not to mention that one of their albums is called All Hail West Texas. While I don't have any evidence to back it up ...
by kevin h
July 17th, 2017, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps and Wildfires
Replies: 21
Views: 8101

Re: Herps and Wildfires

While I don't live out west and therefor my experience with fire very limited I still felt like contributing at least some of my own personal experience. It is true that fire suppression and a changing climate have made fires in recent years much worse than what they would be without human involveme...
by kevin h
July 7th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 10194

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

We'll only be there for one weekend between July 20th and August 10th. So right in the middle of the monsoons and hopefully I'll get another chance at Jemez.
by kevin h
July 3rd, 2017, 8:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 10194

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

So that's how you hurt your hip! But seriously great photos and post Bill. That lizard behavior really is something else at white sands and it's good to know there actually are beautiful snakes in NM and that it was just me. I might end up back in Santa Fe in early August with my friends family but ...
by kevin h
July 3rd, 2017, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Quarter 2017
Replies: 3
Views: 2913

Re: First Quarter 2017

Love that hillisi and am really glad they finally got that stuff sorted out. Now I've been given the "green light" to find one.
by kevin h
July 3rd, 2017, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 11190

Re: Documenting my Life List

I might as well boost my ego. I'm at roughly 246 US species that I have logged on a word document. I have a private Flickr album of my 101 salamander lifers with my best photo of each and a description of habitat and locality for my reference. I'm afraid I spend way too much time just staring at it.
by kevin h
June 9th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Italian Wall Lizard Populations
Replies: 16
Views: 11232

Re: Italian Wall Lizard Populations

I know of a verified population on the KY side of the Ohio River across from Cincinnati. I'm pretty sure John MacGregor, the state herpetologist who works for fish and game has been surveying it for several years. It's even on the Lizards of Kentucky poster :lol: :lol: .
by kevin h
June 4th, 2017, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: June trip to New Mexico
Replies: 8
Views: 6088

June trip to New Mexico

Hi all, My family and I decided to take our western vacation to New Mexico this year and will be hitting all the usual spots: Albuquerque, White Sands, Lincoln National Forest, Carlsbad Caverns, Guadelupe Mountains, Santa Fe and Valles Caldera are all on the itinerary. There will of course be herpin...
by kevin h
May 28th, 2017, 6:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians
Replies: 7
Views: 3740

Re: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians

I love this post man! I hope you can pick up your planiceps lifer soon. They're a dime a dozen when I looked for them and shouldn't be hard. Cow Knob is my only VA endemic left and I hope to fix that by next week. :beer: Thanks Kevin! Planiceps are quite a ways from me though, and I'm not even sure...
by kevin h
May 27th, 2017, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians
Replies: 7
Views: 3740

Re: Trip Report: Virginia Appalachians

I love this post man! I hope you can pick up your planiceps lifer soon. They're a dime a dozen when I looked for them and shouldn't be hard. Cow Knob is my only VA endemic left and I hope to fix that by next week. :beer:
by kevin h
May 3rd, 2017, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: spring break 2k17
Replies: 4
Views: 2947

Re: spring break 2k17

Rich in Reptiles wrote:I'm still baffled that y'all were able to knock out all of those goal species in a single trip. Congrats to you and the team!
Me too! :lol: :lol: Thanks Bethany I'll let them know.
by kevin h
April 29th, 2017, 4:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: spring break 2k17
Replies: 4
Views: 2947

Re: spring break 2k17

Very cool. I love that kingnsnake. I am so curious what kind of snake it has is its stomach. https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2943/33101584524_f62af584a5_z.jpg It was a very pretty individual for sure and if I had to place my bets I'd stick with a racer in it's stomach considering how many we found at...
by kevin h
April 29th, 2017, 4:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pre-Trip Update
Replies: 2
Views: 1927

Re: Pre-Trip Update

Nice post and congrats on those lifers. With some practice you'd be surprised how many salamander lifers you can get. Has anyone else seen Red-bellies in brackish water before? I believe with my limited experience with that species I have only seen them in brackish water. Either way they seem to thr...
by kevin h
April 27th, 2017, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2904

Re: What I do Instead of Prom

Rich in Reptiles wrote:Wow really nice finds and photos! Glad you had great success on your trip :thumb:
Thanks Bethany! It looks like you and Nathan had a similar experience recently and congrats on those finds.
by kevin h
April 27th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: spring break 2k17
Replies: 4
Views: 2947

spring break 2k17

So I figured why not do this monster post while the memories are still fresh in my mind and it's not like I got finals to study for. So about two weeks ago my dad, my friend Ananth and I went down to the good ol' sandhills of North Carolina to meet with an old friend of ours who used to live in Lexi...
by kevin h
April 26th, 2017, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2904

Re: What I do Instead of Prom

Excellent post Kevin. Nice script and pics. You may want to take another look at your "Blue Ridge Dusky Salamander " ( D. orestes ). Pay attention to the tail if you could cross section it. Thanks Bill and I'm positive on this oretes ID. Round tail, terrestrial habitat, 6000 ft asl I'd be surprised...
by kevin h
April 25th, 2017, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2904

What I do Instead of Prom

So I noticed a recent increase of salamanders on the page and figured I'd help the takeover with posting a recent trip I took with my best friend Ananth who is another forum member. We had planned to head to our local herpetology weekend but the incoming rain made us change our minds and make a rock...
by kevin h
January 2nd, 2017, 6:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 - A good year pt. 1
Replies: 4
Views: 2470

Re: 2016 - A good year pt. 1

That clarkii photo is absolutely amazing and I loved the nice turtle diversity.
by kevin h
January 2nd, 2017, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Year in Herps
Replies: 8
Views: 3253

Re: The Year in Herps

Well it looks like you had quite an impressive year, not to mention unbelievable photography!
by kevin h
January 2nd, 2017, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kentucky Caudates
Replies: 7
Views: 2602

Re: Kentucky Caudates

Thanks guys I really appreciate it and yes those midland muds can be blindingly beautiful. I hope to someday be able to do the same for Alabama. I'm almost there for the terrestrial species but have neglected some of the aquatic ones. May I ask you Adam how many you have left? It's always fun making...
by kevin h
December 28th, 2016, 4:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Review Part 3 (AZ)
Replies: 6
Views: 5613

Re: 2016 Review Part 3 (AZ)

Nice herping man! I audibly said, "wow" with that klauberi close up, they're such an amazing species. Thanks for sharing.
by kevin h
December 27th, 2016, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kentucky Caudates
Replies: 7
Views: 2602

Re: Kentucky Caudates

mtratcliffe wrote:That is an impressive assortment of salamanders. Were all of those from this year? Still, well done and thanks for sharing!
Oh heck no, it took me about 6 years and a LOT of hard work, but it was worth every second.
by kevin h
December 23rd, 2016, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kentucky Caudates
Replies: 7
Views: 2602

Kentucky Caudates

Hey guys, I hope you are all having wonderful holiday season filled with many herps. Instead of doing an EOY post I figured I'd do something a little more special. Recently I took a trip up to Ohio to meet a friend and find my lifer Mudpuppy which was not only my 91st salamander lifer (I'm very mode...
by kevin h
October 15th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fall Break
Replies: 1
Views: 1554

Fall Break

Hey guys, So for my fall break my best friend, Ananth, my family and I loaded up into the car and went to visit one of my favorite places, Asheville, NC. We're down there a lot due to family but we also go cause the salamander diversity down there is awesome. We only had two days so we prioritized l...
by kevin h
September 12th, 2016, 6:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back
Replies: 12
Views: 6760

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part three, to Arizona and back

Bill,

Amazing post!! I love your scenery shots with the falling rain. That's the type of stuff I'd pay money for.

Kevin.
by kevin h
September 10th, 2016, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: some manders
Replies: 3
Views: 2488

Re: some manders

Noah M wrote:Those are nice! I'm looking forward to my trip to NC this October!
Noah,

When are you going to be in NC and what part? I too will be there for my fall break chasing salamanders around Asheville. Maybe we could try to meet up.
by kevin h
September 10th, 2016, 6:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: some manders
Replies: 3
Views: 2488

some manders

Hey Guys, So I had some free time today so I figured I'd do a little post on my latest adventure to east-central Tennessee to grab a Cumberland Dusky lifer. This was a species that I'd been wanting to get for awhile now but other herping priorities got in the way. Anyway my dad and I took the time a...
by kevin h
September 10th, 2016, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Salamander ID-Great Smoky Mountains
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

Re: Seeking Salamander ID-Great Smoky Mountains

No problem man. I'm now thinking with the info from the county and the elevation that it's a D. fuscus. That's usually too far north for conanti in that region. Duskies can be extremely variable, I've found fuscus north of the French Broad that had solid red blotching down its back. I'm glad to see ...
by kevin h
September 6th, 2016, 1:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Seeking Salamander ID-Great Smoky Mountains
Replies: 6
Views: 2503

Re: Seeking Salamander ID-Great Smoky Mountains

Based off the link in your latest post the first two are Ocoee Salamanders and the last looks like a Northern/spotted dusky salamander. The third could also be a Santeetlah depending on your altitude.
by kevin h
August 8th, 2016, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 23146

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

There's some "habitat restoration" going on in my neighborhood for an actually shit filled pond, and please excuse my language. Even though this pond had about three feet of fecal matter on the bottom of both duck and human it was an amazing turtle site. This place held all the native turtle species...
by kevin h
July 27th, 2016, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascinating
Replies: 7
Views: 3695

Re: Similarities between Hunting Pokemon and Snakes. Fascina

I was walking back from a herping spot texting my finds to a friend of mine, when someone yelled out their car window as they passed, "POKEMON GO!!!!!!" It was a great experience. Somebody needs to come up with a virtual snake hunting app for those long cold winter months when everything is in hiber...
by kevin h
July 12th, 2016, 9:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some stuff
Replies: 6
Views: 2823

Re: Some stuff

Wow that green has some super interesting patterning on it. So much green! Great stuff with the timbers and mole king too!
by kevin h
July 12th, 2016, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: January-May critters
Replies: 6
Views: 4179

Re: January-May critters

Nice finds man! I love that websteri it's high on my list of things to see.
by kevin h
July 3rd, 2016, 10:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Family trip to the pacific northwest
Replies: 4
Views: 2439

Re: Family trip to the pacific northwest

Was the fish ladder at Bonneville Dam by any chance?
It was in fact that one. I glad to hear you enjoyed it, thanks.
by kevin h
July 2nd, 2016, 11:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smokies trip and questions
Replies: 5
Views: 2511

Re: Smokies trip and questions

Copperheads and Timbers are the only venomous snakes in that area and you should have to worry too much about them. Copperheads like to migrate towards streams this time of year to cool off so just be wary were you put your fingers if you plan to be flipping and if you see one obviously just leave i...