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by stlouisdude
December 2nd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Yucatan Peninsula
Replies: 8
Views: 4839

Re: trip report Yucatan Peninsula

Great photos and trip report.
by stlouisdude
August 24th, 2018, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 12406

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

No experience in CA, but in the states I've been herping, Law enforcement has not been bothersome at all. I've had state and local police stop to see why Im along a roadside, but they didn't mind that I was looking for snakes. I've had a game warden check my trunk, glance around, or glove box before...
by stlouisdude
August 17th, 2018, 5:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 12406

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

LEOs wouldn't have any way to tell if you have a snake boxed up for keeping or to turn loose later, I think at that point you're just in possession either way so make sure whatever you have is legal. I actually think turning it loose later might be worse because now you've exposed it to foreign too...
by stlouisdude
August 16th, 2018, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Law Enforcement Showed Up
Replies: 38
Views: 12406

Re: Law Enforcement Showed Up

LEOs wouldn't have any way to tell if you have a snake boxed up for keeping or to turn loose later, I think at that point you're just in possession either way so make sure whatever you have is legal. I actually think turning it loose later might be worse because now you've exposed it to foreign tool...
by stlouisdude
November 24th, 2017, 1:15 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Snakes and Snake Hunting -Kauffeld
Replies: 0
Views: 3594

Snakes and Snake Hunting -Kauffeld

A classic must read. I have a copy I am willing to part with for 25USD shipped in USA, message me for International. I have read it many times so decided to let someone else get a copy at a reasonable price. Shoot me a message if any FHF members want it, otherwise I'll put it up at a slightly higher...
by stlouisdude
October 29th, 2017, 8:27 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 8159

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

Chris, that is what I am thinking. I should hope our government will not allow the ongoing harvest for export to china without requiring a certain percentage come from legitimate farming operations. Especially since snapping turtles are one of the few species our own citizens utilize and should rece...
by stlouisdude
October 27th, 2017, 10:39 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?
Replies: 17
Views: 8511

Re: Does anybody keep/breed rear fanged snake species?

I do keep numerous imports but it is usually more work and less certain of the end result than captive bred snakes. I have not noticed any difference being whether they are rear fanged or not other than obviously there is more urgency in removing the snake when a bite occurs. Regardless of origin th...
by stlouisdude
October 27th, 2017, 10:26 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles
Replies: 24
Views: 8159

Re: Commercial harvest and export of snapping turtles

I wonder how they determined it takes 17 years for a snapping turtle to be sexually mature and how much sooner would they mature say in the southern USA which would seem a much more ideal place to locate farms?
by stlouisdude
October 26th, 2017, 6:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar
Replies: 5
Views: 2804

Re: Madagascar

I overheard someone say there is possibly a disease going around effecting humans there? Maybe it's passed on now?
by stlouisdude
October 26th, 2017, 6:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell death
Replies: 10
Views: 3987

Re: What happened to the forum..I hear Crickets and smell de

Lots of good herps on both coasts, not to mention I happen to come and look often for Asia and South American posts :) If I strike out on all of the above, watching the fight club in news and board line are always entertaining. Forums did die but this is one of the best remaining.
by stlouisdude
October 19th, 2017, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 7440

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Ideally, you wouldn't be alone, however 90% of the time I find I am alone when herping. Ideally, you'd have cell coverage, sadly, I rarely have signal in the places I enjoy herping. So in some cases, the results might be quite bad or at least cause significant panic that something really bad might g...
by stlouisdude
September 19th, 2017, 5:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

My post today is directed to Jeff, Richard, Ernie, Sam Sweet, Brian, Jimi, and Gerri (if he still reads this): I graduated less than 20 years ago. I do not know if anyone else reading this knows or cares, so I am directing this to they (those) in particular. When I was given my sheep skin (and not t...
by stlouisdude
September 15th, 2017, 5:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Having met Richard, I can only say that there are few people whom I respect more. Richard does his absolute best to document, document, document, and rely on the facts to guide his decisions even when it does not line up with what his personal feelings. If only more people had that kind of commitmen...
by stlouisdude
September 11th, 2017, 3:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

There are different ways to look at public utilization and ensuring continued access, I think. Assuring the populations remains available for personal collection, photography, and ecological services would be included. If commercial collection is compatible with the above, then perhaps it should be ...
by stlouisdude
September 8th, 2017, 6:08 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Young Collectors, Traders Help Fuel a Boom in Exotic Pets
Replies: 1
Views: 2955

Re: Young Collectors, Traders Help Fuel a Boom in Exotic Pet

I think China is going to see a continued and huge surge in reptile keeping. It will probably get worse before it gets better, but I see more and more keepers there using better husbandry. They are breeding and captive hatching more animals successfully and selectively breeding which could make thos...
by stlouisdude
September 2nd, 2017, 7:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I think there is a genuine need for all animal people to come together and realize that some give and take could go a long way toward making sure the future is bright and that we crank out as many people who want to preserve reptiles and other animals for the future as possible exist. I also think e...
by stlouisdude
September 2nd, 2017, 3:10 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

To me as a private reptile hobbyist, huge numbers are not too helpful. It's much better to have people collecting and providing high quality care for a more limited quantity of animals that fetch a higher price in my mind. When I am purchasing imported animals, I buy them from guys who bring in regu...
by stlouisdude
September 2nd, 2017, 11:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Sorry about the misspelling. I think some kind of a bag limit sounds reasonable to me. As far as I know, it is common to limit the collection of certain sexes during certain times of the year. Bryan, all those measures sound reasonable enough to me and I agree with your concern for deserted drift fe...
by stlouisdude
September 2nd, 2017, 10:07 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Brian, by your standard I shouldn't be able to take your fish, your deer, your oil, your gas, not even a leaf from your public land. To play devil's advocate, the land also belongs to the collectors, so why should you prevent them from using THEIR renewable resource? If you just hate the idea of peo...
by stlouisdude
September 1st, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 4666

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

Ernie, I agree with you that what their doing isn't doing any good confiscating animals that were likely on deaths doorstep), but ideally China would just allow export so no one needs to risk life searching pringles cans? agree?
by stlouisdude
August 31st, 2017, 7:57 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I would have to believe any brown anole born in captivity was largely by chance rather than an effort to do so. I've never heard of them being used in any way except catching a bunch for use as feeders. They are barely worth a buck a piece. There is always a danger that laws will be created for some...
by stlouisdude
August 31st, 2017, 5:03 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I am trying to think of something to compare it to. In terms of freshwater fishing, I think commercial collecting of many species would be banned. For example, I could commercially collect bait fish but not bluegill. So maybe banning commercial collecting of reptiles isn't such a stretch? Granted th...
by stlouisdude
August 31st, 2017, 2:21 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 128757

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

I could go either way, personal use I certainly think should be allowed for non-endangered herps. Commercial is kind of meh, I can't really imagine banning it would hurt anything. Other than maybe some kids buying junk at a pet store, I really can't imagine there is much demand for it and anything i...
by stlouisdude
August 30th, 2017, 4:49 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Reptile Black Market Still Around
Replies: 7
Views: 4666

Re: The Reptile Black Market Still Around

Unfortunately predictable when the Chinese cannot export that they would seek to find ways around the system. In another curiosity, I noticed quite a few adult shinglebacks in China for the past couple years. Not saying they couldn't be legit, but I do kind of wonder if some Chinese guys brought bac...
by stlouisdude
August 25th, 2017, 7:56 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: How I justify my herp purchases
Replies: 2
Views: 3928

Re: How I justify my herp purchases

I truly believe my love of reptiles has probably been one of the most beneficial things in my life. It has encouraged me to get massive amounts of exercise that has no doubt extended my life in terms on longevity and quality. I carry out dozens, if not hundreds, of boxes of substrate each week in ad...
by stlouisdude
August 23rd, 2017, 8:57 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: How I justify my herp purchases
Replies: 2
Views: 3928

How I justify my herp purchases

There's a saying I've heard, "If you won't agree you should've have purchased it and recall it at 80, you don't need it". Now, that last beer or bowl from any random night, ya I likely won't recall or really regret if I had passed it up. My degrees? It's a questionable use of money and perhaps I cou...
by stlouisdude
July 29th, 2017, 7:50 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 382053

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Hmmmm, I don't think of it even as a moral issue but the value of collecting most native species is a consideration. For the most part, a native species with any real value in keeping and breeding is already done so in moderate to large numbers or is a protected species that you cannot legally or et...
by stlouisdude
July 29th, 2017, 6:52 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 382053

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

My view of herping ethics is you shouldn't waste resources, ie pickup giant rocks that you cannot control and let them fall on the inhabitants underneath them, disinfect tools between sites, and if you're too big of a baby to flip rocks with your hands, then maybe consider staying home :) I've also ...
by stlouisdude
July 25th, 2017, 8:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching
Replies: 40
Views: 30300

Re: The Illegal and Secretive World of Chameleon Ranching

Is it really illegal to collect a non-native species (aside from trespassing if you don't have permission)? Seems like they should call it the secretive world of collecting non-native species and hopefully not trespassing to do so or you might get shot?
by stlouisdude
July 19th, 2017, 7:52 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

As far as China goes, I will only say the number of keepers and people with a sincere interest in captive snakes is increasing. The idea that some person in China who takes snakes off the menu and sends them somewhere else as shady is more manifestation of western ethnocentrism than current reality.
by stlouisdude
July 19th, 2017, 7:29 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

I have no solutions. When I lived in St. Louis, I visited a guy who had Cobras in Illinois. Now that I live in CT, a guy down the road has eyelash vipers whom I swap mice with depending on who has more or less. Perhaps venomous is just destined to exist in the shadows kind of like so many other thin...
by stlouisdude
July 17th, 2017, 6:24 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida war
Replies: 12
Views: 6582

Re: Famed snake trackers from India latest weapon in Florida

Sorry to beat an old, dead horse, but if I were a FL taxpayer I would be outraged at paying for some foreign guys to essentially go on a vacation and walk around looking for snakes.
by stlouisdude
July 12th, 2017, 7:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

Ernie, I think the difference is a native species was unavoidable and anti-venin more likely available, yes? Exotic venomous, at least to me, should be kept under very very careful attention. I don't want to encourage a witchhunt, but I do make a distinction.
by stlouisdude
July 10th, 2017, 6:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 382053

Re: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)

Unfortunately, the habitat destruction and road building cannot be stopped. We will never regulate the human population until we are at the absolute, complete and total carrying capacity and it will largely be regulated then by death and infertility.
by stlouisdude
July 10th, 2017, 6:20 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).
Replies: 20
Views: 7553

Re: Herps confiscated in CA. (Thousand Oaks).

Jeez. Keep whatever you want for all I care, but when it starts affecting your neighbors, that's a legit problem that your neighborhood should not have to deal with. Personally, I love snakes, but I don't want to be surprised by a cobra while I am gardening!
by stlouisdude
July 6th, 2017, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Documenting my Life List
Replies: 21
Views: 4521

Re: Documenting my Life List

Have any of you guys ever picked up a lady by embellishing your life list?
by stlouisdude
May 30th, 2017, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping NE Oklahoma in late July?
Replies: 5
Views: 1742

Re: Herping NE Oklahoma in late July?

I've not been there but I think it will be very hot. In MO, that time is still fine for finding pit vipers in crevices but terrible for colubrids. Hope that helps, I can only assume OK will be somewhat similiar.
by stlouisdude
April 17th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipments
Replies: 20
Views: 8040

Re: Court lectures FWS on grammar, lifts ban on snake shipme

Serious risks can still be banned from importation at any and every state level as needed, so I don't think USFW being forced to enforce the law as written will cause any serious incidents. Salamanders are still banned from importation into the US, so the Bsal risk from Asian and European sources is...
by stlouisdude
March 22nd, 2017, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Re: Peru

I didn't see as many herps as I would have thought around PM either but the mammals were excellent including petting a tapir :)
by stlouisdude
February 13th, 2017, 8:58 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....
Replies: 59
Views: 22821

Re: Interesting article on poaching in Oregon....

The critical thing to understand, which 90% of humans innately do, is that reptiles are not as important as human beings. That's why 90% of the world doesn't give a frogs fat ass about stopping development or any other human activity regardless of how much harm it causes to wildlife populations. It'...
by stlouisdude
January 14th, 2017, 5:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 5426

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

I think if someone lives in the North and they want to see lizards, they should build an outdoor cage and bring them in for the winter, definitely not release anything.
by stlouisdude
January 13th, 2017, 5:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 5426

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

Can and will establish two different things. When you're talking about a handful of animals a single predator like a neighborhood cat or raccoon could make the difference between success and failure, and the reptiles could simply wander off. I am not convinced one way nor another whether it will suc...
by stlouisdude
January 12th, 2017, 11:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Establishing reptiles on my land.
Replies: 34
Views: 5426

Re: Establishing reptiles on my land.

My first question is whether there are any laws that would prevent you from capturing some chameleons and moving them onto your land, my second question is whether it would work, and my third question would be should it be done. I have answers to none of those things. In regards to the whole native ...
by stlouisdude
December 13th, 2016, 10:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Fungal Spread & Field Herping
Replies: 6
Views: 3075

Snake Fungal Spread & Field Herping

What do you guys think the risk is of field herping speeding the spread of SFD? I know personally I was all over Carlyle, Southern IL, and the Eastern half of MO including the SE cotton dens. Since I moved, I've been all over Western MO & Eastern NY, plus a few locations in CT and in various South A...
by stlouisdude
December 11th, 2016, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 48986

Re: Why You Dont Collect

One thing I wanted to clarify if that I don't actually want anyone to go out and bag up a bunch of timbers, cut their rattles off, eat them, whatever else they may want to do with them. I just don't think it's a realistic threat. If that were the case, a lot of locations which still have timbers tod...
by stlouisdude
December 11th, 2016, 7:27 am
Forum: News
Topic: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen
Replies: 13
Views: 8369

Re: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen

Kelley, that is quite possible, too. Either way this is a tragedy as someone that stupid has no hope of keeping them alive long enough for them to be recovered. A total waste and when they get caught, I certainly think they should get whatever the maximum sentence is for the senseless crime.
by stlouisdude
December 10th, 2016, 7:13 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen
Replies: 13
Views: 8369

Hundreds of animals with no black market value stolen

Most likely done by animal rights activists, I suspect they are all dead now as they have no black market value. See http://www.mystatesman.com/news/were-hu ... x5HJKnPMJ/
by stlouisdude
December 10th, 2016, 8:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 48986

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I think the reason people, including myself for most of my life, psychologically wanted poaching of reptiles to be a problem because it's something that could then just be fixed without any lifestyle changes. In other words, I wouldn't have to change a single thing and the problem would be done with...
by stlouisdude
December 9th, 2016, 1:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Madagascar giant hognose breeds again
Replies: 4
Views: 4866

Re: Madagascar giant hognose breeds again

Sam,

Are you still breeding these? I moved my pair down to the basement 62 ambient, 80F hotspot via heat tape. Wondering how long you left your snakes cooled and what degree of hotspot you used?