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by zwhitman
July 25th, 2015, 7:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: think this one will hatch?
Replies: 18
Views: 9181

Re: think this one will hatch?

The short answer - You never can tell for sure. Let us now if it hatches and try to get pics! The long answer... I have seen perfect hatchlings crawl out of eggs covered in thick bright blue fuzz. I have also seen eggs get a barely visible grey film over them and have the whole clutch be sequentiall...
by zwhitman
October 15th, 2013, 11:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber video
Replies: 9
Views: 2045

Re: timber video

Awesome. Maybe bit long but some of those shots are incredible!
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 8:44 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: UVB for Snakes?
Replies: 109
Views: 65353

Re: UVB for Snakes?

OK, first of all I will say that I am about to play devils advocate here a little bit. I do believe that it is likely that UV light may have many as of yet unknown beneficial AND deleterious effects on living things including snakes. You are correct that there has not been adequate research in this ...
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 6:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: UVB for Snakes?
Replies: 109
Views: 65353

Re: UVB for Snakes?

How is it : Extra ? How is it possible for it to be extra? What are the fossorial species you speak of that have no contact with daylight in nature? Are you aware of photobiological impacts other than d3 serum levels? Have you ever observed and bred snakes day cycled with ultraviolet light on a lon...
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 1:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: UVB for Snakes?
Replies: 109
Views: 65353

Re: UVB for Snakes?

I did not only say breeding success. I also said extreme longevity, and no sign whatsoever of disease or deficiency. They don't get soft bones. They don't lay eggs with thin uncalcified shells. They don't show any sign of ill health whatsoever. The eat, grow, breed, and thrive beautifully. So I ask ...
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 7:57 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: UVB for Snakes?
Replies: 109
Views: 65353

Re: UVB for Snakes?

So what this study shows is that blood levels of vit D3 increase with exposure to UV light. Thats all. And its not that surprising. We know that vit D is activated to vit D3 in a multistep reaction, one of which occurs in the skin when exposed to UVB light. However this is not the only way to get vi...
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 7:43 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Acrantophis Appreciation
Replies: 18
Views: 8818

Re: Acrantophis Appreciation

Your ground boas are beautiful. I used to breed dums and have been thinking about adding some ground boas back to the collection...
by zwhitman
February 21st, 2013, 7:36 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Kingsnakes egglaying Q´s.
Replies: 22
Views: 5544

Re: Kingsnakes egglaying Q´s.

How long a kingsnake goes between prelay shed and oviposition is highly dependent on how happy she is with her nesting options. Experienced females that are set up properly will often lay 4-8 days after a shed. If your snakes are constantly going 8-14 days past their shed you should probably look at...
by zwhitman
September 7th, 2012, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The apex predator
Replies: 25
Views: 4268

Re: The apex predator

This is an amazing video. I can't believe they caught that! 2 things regarding the strike distance... First of all it looks as if the momentum of the squirrels jump pulls the snake even further from its starting point. Second, as mentioned above, a defensive strike and a predatory strike are differe...
by zwhitman
July 23rd, 2012, 8:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Local Herp Conservation Groups
Replies: 12
Views: 1929

Re: Local Herp Conservation Groups

I have always donated a portion of the proceeds I make from breeding reptiles to various herp conservation organizations. I have found a variety of rewarding ways to do this. There are numerous herp specific organizations such as the Turtle Survival Alliance, Partners for Reptile and Amphibian Conse...
by zwhitman
May 30th, 2012, 10:37 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Entering record of shed skin?
Replies: 1
Views: 1211

Entering record of shed skin?

I was in the field last week and I found a complete freshly shed skin (still wet), but could not find its owner. By the size, color, and head scalation I can positively ID it as belonging to a black racer. The only other possibly confusing species in the area would be a back rat snake and the scales...
by zwhitman
May 24th, 2012, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A bit frustrated, looking for advice...
Replies: 29
Views: 2557

Re: A bit frustrated, looking for advice...

I will start by saying that I have never been to the barrens (going this weekend for the first time!!!). But in general in the north if you are in areas you don't know (IE you don't have good AC to check) you need to be out there when the snakes are most active. Your pics look like you are out in mi...
by zwhitman
April 26th, 2012, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advise on Black Rat Snakes please
Replies: 12
Views: 1212

Re: Advise on Black Rat Snakes please

This year I have been finding rats since mid march up in northern NJ and southern NY. The key to finding them at this time of year is knowing where they den. They are starting to be pretty active on the warm days but they wont go far from their hibernaculum this early in the season when it can still...
by zwhitman
April 11th, 2012, 8:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: thoughts on dried up vernals
Replies: 18
Views: 2280

Re: thoughts on dried up vernals

I visited a spot today that should be a giant swamp/floodplain. Dry as a desert. Even under the biggest logs was barely moist. Crazy. I stopped flipping after a few because I didn't want to destroy what little moisture was left if I did manage to flip a saly. I don't know where all the amphibs are e...
by zwhitman
April 10th, 2012, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon I.D.
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: Chameleon I.D.

There are a lot of newbs on any forum. There are quite a few Cham experts that frequent those boards. Lots of good info there in general.
by zwhitman
April 9th, 2012, 9:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 Northeast Chapter Memberlist and Officers
Replies: 5
Views: 1965

Re: 2012 Northeast Chapter Memberlist and Officers

Can I get on the list please? Also, i am on the score cards but I don't seem to have access to the members area.
by zwhitman
April 9th, 2012, 8:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Good Friday Photos from NW Jersey
Replies: 6
Views: 836

Re: Good Friday Photos from NW Jersey

looks like bird inflicted wounds to me. poor guy.
by zwhitman
April 9th, 2012, 8:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 38927

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Welcome to the forum Larry. I had a ton of fun helping at amphibian crossings with you guys when I was at UVM. I am sure you will find a lot of eager people to help out here as well.
by zwhitman
April 9th, 2012, 7:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chameleon I.D.
Replies: 6
Views: 1353

Re: Chameleon I.D.

definitely calumma. There are a bunch of species that are tough to even find an image of. Your best bet is to post this on the chameleon forums. My personal best guess is C. boettgeri or C. malthe but it is not quite perfect for either...
by zwhitman
April 4th, 2012, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes are out. Be careful you may never see it.
Replies: 8
Views: 1468

Re: Snakes are out. Be careful you may never see it.

Well joke or not I made this exact mistake today... for real. I have herped my whole life in the north east and never seen a venomous snake up here (never really targeted them either). I have been to this specific sight many times and never seen a copperhead, and they have never been reported from t...
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: strange head movement in rat snake
Replies: 18
Views: 1665

Re: strange head movement in rat snake

I have seen corns do it. I have no basis for this theory but I always just thought it was a sign of agitation / high sympathetic tone. Kind of like a cat twitching its tail, or a person tapping their foot when they get excited.
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Re: Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions

Awesome. Thanks for the book recommendation.

How do you differentiate Western from plateau fence lizards?

Also, Northern whiptail from plateau whiptails?
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 1:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Re: Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions

Ugh. I cannot figure out why photobucket reduces the size of some of my pictures and not others. It is driving me crazy. All of those pics are with the same camera and downloaded together on the bulk uploader! :?
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 1:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions
Replies: 5
Views: 970

Sceloporus and Whiptail ID questions

Every time I go out west I run into these types of lizards and it is always very difficult for me to ID them to the subspecies level. There is so much locality and individual variation in phenotype and none of my field guides contain a really great. resource for differentiating them. Even online it ...
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 5:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 38927

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Thanks dragon
by zwhitman
April 3rd, 2012, 5:34 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Suggestion - Water Temp? Field App?
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

Re: Suggestion - Water Temp? Field App?

Yeah I would love to know where to download the app.
by zwhitman
April 2nd, 2012, 3:07 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: Suggestion - Water Temp? Field App?
Replies: 7
Views: 1838

Suggestion - Water Temp? Field App?

I have just started using the NAFHA HERP database and I had two ideas that I was wondering if they had been discussed. I did a quick forum search and did not see anything obvious. I have been seeing a lot of really early season aquatic turtle activity here in the northeast, and I was thinking it wou...
by zwhitman
April 2nd, 2012, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 38927

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

I'm working on it man! Last week the county had 3 records. Go check it now!
by zwhitman
April 2nd, 2012, 11:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hognose Hunt 2012!
Replies: 25
Views: 2738

Re: Hognose Hunt 2012!

Hey Dennis. I pm'd you last week about coming up to help out but haven't heard anything back yet. Please put my name down and pm the details. Cheers.
by zwhitman
April 2nd, 2012, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Carpooling to the Hognose Ho-down 2012
Replies: 8
Views: 1313

Re: Carpooling to the Hognose Ho-down 2012

I was going to drive up from Bergen County NJ. I could bring a few people and Westchester isn't too far out of my way. I am still not sure if I can make both days but I was planning on doing at least Sunday. If I do go Saturday, is anyone planning on spending the night? What are your plans?
by zwhitman
April 2nd, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 38927

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Hey everyone. My name is Zach Whitman and my reptile history is about as varied as it gets. Started off “herping” when I was a little kid in Bergen County NJ. Got my first pet snake, a cal king, when I was 8 years old. 20 years later I still have him today! For most of high school I was the manager ...
by zwhitman
April 1st, 2012, 8:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Patch-nosed Snake
Replies: 9
Views: 1831

Re: Western Patch-nosed Snake

The only patch nose I ever found was very cooperative. It was still a little cool out...

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by zwhitman
March 31st, 2012, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID - Virginia
Replies: 3
Views: 865

Frog ID - Virginia

This nondescript little guy was found in August in northern VA in a temporary stream running through a field. I have never herped VA before so I just wanted to double check.

Juvi northern green frog?

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by zwhitman
March 30th, 2012, 10:47 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database
Replies: 89
Views: 77868

Re: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database

Yeah thats a good point. I often use my binoculars to ID basking turtles, so even though I am sure, there is no way my camera can get good enough pics from that distance. Oh well... this is citizen science... if someone wants to not believe me, what can I say?
by zwhitman
March 30th, 2012, 9:54 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database
Replies: 89
Views: 77868

Re: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database

Thanks for all the fast replies. One more question... how do you enter a report if there are too many to count? Ex tadpoles. Just put one and then write TNTC in the notes? Also, going back to the turtle example above... If I saw the same 8 turtles, at the same location, but took a separate voucher p...
by zwhitman
March 30th, 2012, 7:56 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database
Replies: 89
Views: 77868

Re: How to enter data into the NAHERP.com Database

OK... newb data entry questions... I am a little confused about how to use the quantity function. So lets say I see 8 painted turtles sitting on a log and I take 1 picture of all 8. When I enter them into the database am I supposed to enter 8 separate identical entries with the same voucher photo? T...
by zwhitman
March 30th, 2012, 7:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Counts
Replies: 64
Views: 3687

Re: March Species Counts

Thanks! Made it up to Westchester NY yesterday and can add a few more painteds and 3 huge black racers to my March list.
by zwhitman
March 26th, 2012, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: March Species Counts
Replies: 64
Views: 3687

Re: March Species Counts

Here is my species list for March. I doubt I will get out again before the end of the month so this will probably do it for me. All of these were found in Bergen County NJ (which is surprisingly data deficient). The specifics are all already uploaded to the database for the curious. 1 Black Rat Snak...
by zwhitman
August 27th, 2011, 8:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mount Kinabalu Part 2
Replies: 4
Views: 1361

Re: Mount Kinabalu Part 2

Wow. What in incredible trip! Great pics too.
by zwhitman
April 21st, 2011, 8:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rocky Mountain Wildlife
Replies: 3
Views: 881

Rocky Mountain Wildlife

Well, I am getting pretty psyched about these temps and this rain we've been getting on the front range. Saw the first snakes of the season last weekend. I thought I would post some of the other rocky mountain wildlife that I like to get out and photograph when its too cold for herping. Anyone else ...
by zwhitman
April 19th, 2011, 7:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introducing Myself
Replies: 4
Views: 878

Introducing Myself

Hello all. I have been a lurker on this forum for quite a long time, and I thought it is about time I introduced myself. I am originally from the New York/ New Jersey/ Vermont areas, and the east is definitely where I am most comfortable herping. I currently live in Fort Collins CO where I am a vete...
by zwhitman
April 19th, 2011, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time of day for mid march?
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: Best time of day for mid march?

Well its bee a crazy few weeks since I got back from my trip, but I finally have a few minutes to post. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who helped out both on the post and with private messages, that was awesome. We had an awesome time. Start off with the highlight of the trip... Almost step...
by zwhitman
March 11th, 2011, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time of day for mid march?
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: Best time of day for mid march?

I wasn't kidding when I said that anything would make me happy. Since I have never found a snake in AZ, they are all on the list. Huge highlights would be kings and boas, but crots, and subterranean stuff would be sweet as well. Weather seems like it has been 80s during the day and mid 50's at night...
by zwhitman
March 10th, 2011, 7:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time of day for mid march?
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Re: Best time of day for mid march?

Thanks for the info. I figured that since it was so early in the season, the hotter areas might be better. Is that area just not good for snakes period? Or just not this time of year? One of the places I was planning on visiting is a little bit farther north, on the border of La Paz and Yuma county....
by zwhitman
March 10th, 2011, 3:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Roll Call
Replies: 65
Views: 26862

Re: Roll Call

Zach Whitman
Fort Collins CO
by zwhitman
March 10th, 2011, 2:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time of day for mid march?
Replies: 11
Views: 1940

Best time of day for mid march?

Hi All This is my first post to the forum, although I have been lurking for many years. I am a Northeast herper, coming down to herp mecca next week for some camping and hopefully some herp photography. I am going to be at a few different sites mostly outside of Yuma. My main goal is finding and pho...