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by Sam Bacchini
August 17th, 2016, 4:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Keeping and Breeding The Royal Diadem Ratsnake
Replies: 3
Views: 5638

Re: Keeping and Breeding The Royal Diadem Ratsnake

Nice to see people are still working with this species.
by Sam Bacchini
December 16th, 2014, 12:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation Magazine - FREE Article Download
Replies: 11
Views: 3101

Re: Herp Nation Magazine - FREE Article Download

As editor for Herp Nation I will echo Scott's comments, that while we are not an academically peer reviewed journal we are very proud of the high quality content we choose to publish. That being said, I am a professional biologist (and life-long avid herpetoculturist), and I gave a former supervisor...
by Sam Bacchini
November 15th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Well, well, well- looky what we got here!
Replies: 13
Views: 6012

Re: Well, well, well- looky what we got here!

That's very cool, congratulations!
by Sam Bacchini
October 30th, 2014, 5:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sometimes it pays to stop and watch a Uta.
Replies: 8
Views: 2684

Re: Sometimes it pays to stop and watch a Uta.

Poor Uta, everyone love to eat them...
by Sam Bacchini
July 2nd, 2014, 9:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New species of rattlesnakes: Crotalus tlaloci & C. campbelli
Replies: 11
Views: 4452

Re: New species of rattlesnakes: Crotalus tlaloci & C. campb

Have you ever seen Crotalus stejnegeri?
by Sam Bacchini
June 26th, 2014, 8:58 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Discussion: full term snakes dying in the shell
Replies: 9
Views: 3454

Re: Discussion: full term snakes dying in the shell

You might also look at temperature. A friend of mine who is a well known breeder of green tree pythons (among others) was having a lot of trouble years ago with full term dead in the egg. He started dropping the temp down from 89 F to 86 F in the last few weeks of incubation and as a result had a mu...
by Sam Bacchini
June 26th, 2014, 8:40 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!
Replies: 34
Views: 10278

Re: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!

Sam, those are some good looking phayrei ! Thanks for sharing. Thanks Berkeley. There is actually just the one though. Two pictures of the same animal about a year apart. The second picture shows the new growth rings. It's probably a male but I am not 100% sure on that. Two people who's opinions I ...
by Sam Bacchini
June 25th, 2014, 2:24 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!
Replies: 34
Views: 10278

Re: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!

Great news! I'm glad to hear you got them back. To celebrate I will share a couple of pictures of my Asian black tortoise ( Manouria emys phayrei ) :) http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii554/gila-91/Reptiles/MEP002_zps07b645da.jpg http://i1259.photobucket.com/albums/ii554/gila-91/Reptiles/phayrei_...
by Sam Bacchini
June 18th, 2014, 8:42 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Stolen Tortoises-- BOTH tortoises now recovered!
Replies: 34
Views: 10278

Re: Stolen Tortoises-- UPDATE!

Glad to hear that there is at least some good news here. I always worry about theft. It was bad enough that I had to secure all of my outdoor turtles against raccoons after many years with no problems (lost 5 to them two summers ago), I'd hate to have to deal with the human factor.
by Sam Bacchini
April 28th, 2014, 3:52 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Feeder Hamsters
Replies: 16
Views: 5603

Re: Feeder Hamsters

I agree that all of the reasons described above make hamsters impractical for use as regular feeders, but I disagree that there isn't a "real reason" to use them at all. While I personally have never used them, I have heard about and read about a number of situations where they may be beneficial. In...
by Sam Bacchini
March 23rd, 2014, 8:21 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Vanilla in Rodent Colony Drinking Water...
Replies: 5
Views: 2888

Re: Vanilla in Rodent Colony Drinking Water...

I haven't tried it, but I have heard of people using it. I put a thin layer of wood pellets (wood stove pellets or stall pellets) on the bottom of the rodent cages and pine shavings (I've always used pine shavings) on top. The wood pellets really cut down on the smell.
by Sam Bacchini
March 19th, 2014, 8:44 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Getting rid of pesky drain flies from your herp facility
Replies: 10
Views: 3761

Re: Getting rid of pesky drain flies from your herp facility

Yes, phorid flies are what I get from time to time in the summer. I never used to have them until I had a cricket colony. I think they came in with the crickets and I haven't truly been able to get rid of them since (though I can keep the numbers way down by keeping things clean). I will try the abo...
by Sam Bacchini
March 19th, 2014, 8:40 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Spilotes and Pseustes
Replies: 27
Views: 8762

Re: Spilotes and Pseustes

I'm looking forward to working with you on that as well. :)
by Sam Bacchini
March 13th, 2014, 10:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Any advice for the St. Augustine/JAX area?
Replies: 5
Views: 863

Re: Any advice for the St. Augustine/JAX area?

I HIGHLY recommend checking out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. You can see all of the species of crocodilian in one place.
by Sam Bacchini
March 11th, 2014, 9:20 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Having a little snack
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Having a little snack

I've got all kinds of stuff I haven't talked about... ;) As I mentioned before, with the availability of CH animals a lot of the difficulties associated with keeping this species are no longer issues. Still not a species for the beginner, but success maintaining them is easily achieved for experienc...
by Sam Bacchini
March 9th, 2014, 9:22 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Having a little snack
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Having a little snack

What about night time temps? Do you shut off all heat? I heard they can handle (maybe need) big nighttime drops, like in the 50's. I haven't really been doing that actively, though the room cools at night on its own. It is true that they can handle temps even into the low 40's at night as long as t...
by Sam Bacchini
March 4th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Having a little snack
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Having a little snack

Thanks everyone. Husbandry is really pretty straightforward. Since they are only available as CH these days (which is a good thing) you don't have a lot of the problems that wild caught animals had back when they were being imported. They should be kept cooler than typical pythons (colubrid temps), ...
by Sam Bacchini
March 3rd, 2014, 3:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with two Borneo snake IDs please
Replies: 14
Views: 3196

Re: Help with two Borneo snake IDs please

Does anyone remember those little colubrids imported fairly abundantly in the early 90s, they called them at first "Indonesian Garter Snakes" sometimes "Chinese Garter Snakes" because they ate fish. Then they (the wholesale companies) started listing them as Indo or Chinese "rat snakes" They were n...
by Sam Bacchini
March 3rd, 2014, 3:17 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Having a little snack
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Re: Having a little snack

I just have one female, but a friend of mine has a pair so I will probably send her over for breeding if I don't manage to score a male at some point soon.
by Sam Bacchini
March 3rd, 2014, 1:54 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Having a little snack
Replies: 12
Views: 4114

Having a little snack

Couldn't resist the photo op

Image

Despite appearances, the rat was already (freshly) dead when offered.
by Sam Bacchini
March 1st, 2014, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thanks for all the birthday wishes!
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Re: Thanks for all the birthday wishes!

I didn't know, Happy Birthday!
by Sam Bacchini
February 27th, 2014, 11:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (updated species names)
Replies: 18
Views: 3565

Re: Southern Africa

Great post! Love the shot of the hammerkop.

I'm dying to know what Steers Monkey Gland Sauce Flavored Potato Chips tasted like.
by Sam Bacchini
February 21st, 2014, 2:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In Depth Article On UC Berkeley Researcher Tyrone Hayes
Replies: 6
Views: 1594

Re: In Depth Article On UC Berkeley Researcher Tyrone Hayes

I know Tyrone personally, though I haven't spoken with him in a while. He is one of the nicest and most brilliant people I have had the pleasure of meeting.
by Sam Bacchini
February 14th, 2014, 3:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of the critters here at the homestead! ( photos added)
Replies: 4
Views: 2492

Re: Some of the critters here at the homestead!

Hard to beat some of the nice natural type corns.

Great photos!
by Sam Bacchini
February 12th, 2014, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few lizards
Replies: 7
Views: 1490

Re: A few lizards

Beautiful photography! I'd love to see more.
by Sam Bacchini
February 7th, 2014, 9:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anole/Polymer Crystal Post Mortem
Replies: 6
Views: 6090

Re: Anole/Polymer Crystal Post Mortem

I've always been suspicious of products like that, though I do understand the appeal when using them with inverts.
by Sam Bacchini
February 4th, 2014, 1:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: .
Replies: 20
Views: 5693

Re: Hundreds of dead snakes found in Santa Ana Home.Links up

At least they pointed out that the crime wasn't that he had snakes, or the number of them he had, but rather it was the conditions they were kept in. Earlier articles failed to make that distinction.
by Sam Bacchini
February 4th, 2014, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malayan Horned Frog
Replies: 5
Views: 1401

Re: Malayan Horned Frog

Beautiful shots!
by Sam Bacchini
January 15th, 2014, 3:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.
Replies: 23
Views: 3900

Re: A reminder to feed your snakes pre-killed food.

BillMcGighan wrote:all with a very fat hamster.
Hamsters are mean little bastards.
by Sam Bacchini
January 13th, 2014, 10:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Using peat moss as a substrate
Replies: 17
Views: 7518

Re: Using peat moss as a substrate

The acidity inhibits bacterial and fungal growth, so that is a plus. It does take a little attention to keep it from drying out though (as was mentioned above).
by Sam Bacchini
January 13th, 2014, 9:57 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!
Replies: 17
Views: 6702

Re: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!

Beautiful snakes, but they look nothing like Hog Island boas to me. They look more like Pearl Island boas than Hog Islands to me, but I don't think they are Pearl Islands either (not pure anyway). Here is Vin Russo's page on Island boas where you can compare pure Hog Islands to what you have. http:/...
by Sam Bacchini
January 10th, 2014, 3:47 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!
Replies: 17
Views: 6702

Re: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!

justinm wrote:That's not to say that it's not a beautiful animal that you should cherish.
I agree.
by Sam Bacchini
January 9th, 2014, 7:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!
Replies: 17
Views: 6702

Re: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!

Apparently I didn't read the original post very carefully (or perhaps at all? :()... What Cole said about Hog Island boas is correct. That's definitely not a Hog Island boa. I have one (and have seen many more) and they look nothing like that. There is a salmon boa morph (which this could be), but I...
by Sam Bacchini
January 9th, 2014, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?
Replies: 30
Views: 9612

Re: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?

daniel wrote:Invasive plants are far more damaging than invasive wildlife species, IMO.
I agree invasive plants cause WAY more environmental damage than wildlife. Possible exceptions include zebra mussles and the like.
by Sam Bacchini
January 9th, 2014, 10:06 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!
Replies: 17
Views: 6702

Re: New Boa! Need a little ID-ing from you Boa Breeders!

I'm not a morph follower for the most part, but I would guess it's a hypo, maybe from Panama stock.
by Sam Bacchini
January 9th, 2014, 10:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Geckos and Frogs
Replies: 1
Views: 1476

Re: Geckos and Frogs

Beautiful photography, thanks for sharing!
by Sam Bacchini
January 7th, 2014, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?
Replies: 30
Views: 9612

Re: Which Exotic Species are Really Scary?

Bull Sharks in freshwater rivers as far North as I live are the scariest invasive I can think of. I used to run seine nets up to my neck with my brothers as kids. The water in most of the rivers near me are to murky to see anything, so yeah Bull Sharks scare me now. I wouldn't call bull sharks inva...
by Sam Bacchini
January 2nd, 2014, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top 10 favorite snakes of 2013
Replies: 10
Views: 3508

Re: Top 10 favorite snakes of 2013

Congrats. Did you ever find a M. lateralis lateralis ? Nope, no California Striped Racer, yet. I know where to find them with relative ease, but I am focusing my efforts in vouching one from San Mateo County, specifically. Don;t get me wrong, I will hit parts of the South Bay and East Bay for one, ...
by Sam Bacchini
December 25th, 2013, 8:08 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 10,000 free copies of Herp Nation Magazine!
Replies: 0
Views: 1553

10,000 free copies of Herp Nation Magazine!

A special promotional issue will be given out free to subscribers and attendees at the Reptile Super Show in Pomona, CA on January 4th and 5th, 2014. Read the details below http://www.herpnation.com/issues/10000-free-copies-of-herp-nation-magazine/ http://www.herpnation.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/1...
by Sam Bacchini
December 17th, 2013, 2:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 23793

Re: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?

Is that a young Crotalus cerberus?

I don't have any decent pictures of the atrox yet, but I will see what I can do.
by Sam Bacchini
December 17th, 2013, 9:49 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?
Replies: 51
Views: 23793

Re: Who keeps venomous on here, and what do you keep?

Living in California I'm pretty limited by what's legal, but I have 2.2 C. atrox (2 amelanistic, 2 hets) both males are het for multiple mutations. I also have one C. mitchellii CB from a wild gravid female. It's nothing special color wise, but speckleds are one of my favorites. I also have a nice g...
by Sam Bacchini
December 13th, 2013, 11:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Deadpool Seining (WAS: Electrofishing for Herps)
Replies: 16
Views: 3724

Re: Electrofishing for Herps

I've been involved in some electrofishing studies for work, though it has been a few years. One project we had in the Sierra Nevadas we would get tons of Sierra newt larvae that all seemed to fare pretty well through the experience. One western pond turtle ended up being caught in the downstream blo...
by Sam Bacchini
December 10th, 2013, 11:29 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Big photoshoot
Replies: 15
Views: 4987

Re: Big photoshoot

Your P. flavirufa is interesting as the color is different from what I am used to seeing with my P. f. flavirufa . Makes me wonder if you have one of the other subspecies. That is interesting about the E. schrenki in the Netherlands. E. schrenki and E. anomala are good solid species (formerly consid...
by Sam Bacchini
December 5th, 2013, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it be?
Replies: 43
Views: 8195

Re: If you were to go rediscover a Herp, which one would it

Hoplodactylus delacourti, aka the New Zealand giant gecko or the kawekaweau. Good call there. My first thought was Macroscincus coctei . An equivalent to Corucia zebrata but from the Cape Verde Islands off the north coast of Africa. Another good one would be Mekosuchus inexpectatus which was a full...
by Sam Bacchini
November 21st, 2013, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dusky Wolf Snake
Replies: 4
Views: 1103

Re: Dusky Wolf Snake

Great pictures of a cool little snake!
by Sam Bacchini
November 20th, 2013, 1:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria UPDATE 2017
Replies: 62
Views: 47890

Re: "reptile zoo Nockalm", an exhibiton in austria

I find my fellow North Americans' lack of love for the Euro-vipers strange. They're wonderful. I used to have a decent little collection of them... Not sure who you are referring to but I find them fascinating. :) Great post and beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing. I did want to comment that whi...
by Sam Bacchini
November 11th, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Reptile Awareness Day & a back tour of the herp building...
Replies: 3
Views: 2632

Re: Reptile Awareness Day & a back tour of the herp building

herpseeker1978 wrote:I can't remember what kind of snake this is, but it is really cool!:
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Rhino ratsnake (Rhynchophis boulengeri)