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by Retes
November 28th, 2011, 4:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: are you freaking kidding me
Replies: 34
Views: 2387

Re: are you freaking kidding me

I wonder why there is always someone who is more concerned with whos smarter. If someone offers a helpful hint, i think how nice and helpful. Not if that person appears smarter, or if it makes me appear, not as smart. I think smart is using the information. On the otherhand, when that happens to me,...
by Retes
November 25th, 2011, 6:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Cell Phone Pics from Arizona
Replies: 5
Views: 1064

Re: A Couple Cell Phone Pics from Arizona

Wow, its surprising to hear that people think reptiles stop here in the winter. They don't. Just two nights ago, I found an adult diamondback crossing my driveway, at night. A few years ago, I hand fed two wild free ranging gophersnakes, on my property, all winter. Which means, they can to a designa...
by Retes
November 21st, 2011, 6:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #14: Dumeril's Monitor
Replies: 11
Views: 3114

Re: Borneo Dispatches #14: Dumeril's Monitor

Hi Hans, Nice find, Dums are rare to Varanid researchers, but then most varanids are hard for them to find. Go me? I think monitors get assigned to very unique nitches, but are very much generalists. Which is so very true with diet. Varanids eat anything they can catch.(including some plants) Also D...
by Retes
November 15th, 2011, 3:44 pm
Forum: News
Topic: 8yo boy bitten by Rattlesnake at school
Replies: 12
Views: 3731

Re: 8yo boy bitten by Rattlesnake at school

Of course I don't like anyone getting bit by a venomous snake, but, what are they thinking, with woods around the school? Theres so sorta of thought process that folks get like, there can't be snakes in a school, yet the put schools in woods and in deserts etc. In my neigborhood, there are several s...
by Retes
November 15th, 2011, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 17147

Re: Again its about ethics and point of view

The original poster is using an approach that it looks bad for field herpers to guard their hunting areas. Which is one approach to get folks to tell him where to hunt. On the otherhand that poster pays no attention to the impact all this human contact, has on the animals. What this poster neglects ...
by Retes
November 14th, 2011, 9:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is there a safe way to ask?
Replies: 27
Views: 3479

Re: Is there a safe way to ask?

Hello, First off, Manny is a great guy, but well old fashioned. hahahahahaha Willardi are not rare or restricted. But Manny is to old to know that. As mentioned, they are a normal rattlesnake and do come up where they can be seen. As to when, thats also common sense, but somewhat unpredictable in th...
by Retes
November 11th, 2011, 9:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi JDM, I think commerical is to gain a benefit from. Thats how its used in Game and fish regulations. To sell, trade, barter, etc. As a person from Az. We see many ways these animals are commericalized on. And its more widespread then you want to believe. You have narrowed your difinition to fit yo...
by Retes
November 11th, 2011, 9:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jim and Bob, Jim I am not sure what you mean by "myopic" But if it means I am looking at a small area, yes I am. You guys are going on and on over the big picture, but that big picture is beyond the scope of our (this)forum. The "ethics" for this forum should be about its users not the world in g...
by Retes
November 10th, 2011, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lampro Nerds
Replies: 54
Views: 3535

Re: Lampro Nerds

Let me remind you, they are kingsnakes. A highly polymorphic species. I wouldn't make to much out of one individual animal. Cheers
by Retes
November 8th, 2011, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Longest time spent with a wild herp?
Replies: 17
Views: 1298

Re: Longest time spent with a wild herp?

I guess it would be a pair if gilas I have been watching for 32 years. Hmmmmm will be 33 in a few months.

I have observed that pair, aprox 30 times a year for that time. Cheers
by Retes
November 7th, 2011, 8:23 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jim, my next comment is about how we think and how it seeps into how we view wildlife. In this case you said it was great that india's snake charmers were now milking cobras and releasing them back into nature. I have to wonder how good that is. There are two worlds clashing here, ours and the sn...
by Retes
November 4th, 2011, 6:30 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jim, yes that sentence is very good, but it does not define what this particular "ethics" are. For one, folks here will accept ethics, but will not define them. Like what the heck is interference, and at what point or what conditions is there a negative effect on the animals, or the land, or othe...
by Retes
November 2nd, 2011, 9:21 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: To all the 'Friends of Bill' (slightly off topic)
Replies: 42
Views: 10338

Re: To all the 'Friends of Bill' (slightly off topic)

Try 64(next month) and do not smoke or do drugs, never have. and If I have four budlites, they call 911 on me.

See how much I have missed!!!!! i wish you all health and wellness
by Retes
October 31st, 2011, 9:07 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jim, I have to ask, what makes you sure you returned its home like it was? You see, this is again another point that is not clear. While its like it was to you, what is its home like to the skink? That is the question. Lets get all anthro and use you as an example. What if one of those mars attac...
by Retes
October 27th, 2011, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milksnake Hibernaculum
Replies: 62
Views: 4175

Re: Milksnake Hibernaculum

First off, Dan, no one said, you may as well preserved them. If those animals were disturbed, they should have a good reason , which in this case is a county record. To be a real county record, you are required a voucher specimen. pictures, are not suitable for later work, like Mtdna or scale counts...
by Retes
October 27th, 2011, 11:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Name that snake...
Replies: 31
Views: 1941

Re: Name that snake...

Of course blackrats often keep that neotinic pattern, but if I was to guess and this would be breaking my dementia. Not early onset, I am already old. That would be a grey rat from east and south of panhandle area, and north of otter creek on the east coast of Fla. Or at least I saw some that looked...
by Retes
October 27th, 2011, 8:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milksnake Hibernaculum
Replies: 62
Views: 4175

Re: ethics

Sorry but no one is doing to say this, so I guess its going to be me. This is a situation where "ethics" should of or could of applied. Manipulating snakes at a hibernation site, can be very dangerous for the snakes, If they leave that area, they could perish in the winter. These animals were best n...
by Retes
October 26th, 2011, 9:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Drymarchon melanurus erebens or Lampropeltis getula nigrita
Replies: 47
Views: 5034

Re: Drymarchon melanurus erebens or Lampropeltis getula nigr

Hello, it appears to be a black king. I believe you can see the side "splendida pattern" Which everyone failed to mention. Also the belly coloring is a giveaway. And Hubbs, I believe the first nigrita was found in the states by Dr. Lowe before he was head of herping at the U of A. A recent talk by B...
by Retes
October 24th, 2011, 8:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: About boardlines, and ethics

This is exactly why this site needs some friggin ethics. You guys can rationlize your way to heaven. Boardlines are NOT NATURAL, they are put there by man. Therefore, they offer a choice that WAS NOT THERE BEFORE THEY WERE PLACED THERE. Before you place your boardlines the individual snakes were beh...
by Retes
October 21st, 2011, 8:54 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Again you reply shows what I am talking about. Your shooting over the target. Your making the whole project far to complicated and for no actual reason. Your building a space ship, when whats needed is a skateboard. I will use me for example. Anytime someone posts a long wordy post, 99% of the reade...
by Retes
October 19th, 2011, 4:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: Hellihooks and ethics

Hello Jim,, I think you are making my point for me. You stated that I have a rudimentry understanding of ethics, sir that is true and the point. I ask to ask, you are you setting this ethics for? Advanced folks such as yourself, or for other newbies with a rudimentry understanding of ethics. To me, ...
by Retes
October 17th, 2011, 6:45 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Bryan , and thank you for your nice reply. I am not frustrated with you in the least, I have a gut feeling your a good guy. But even good guys have to look the other way at times. I am frustrated with the past methods and PEER baloney. hahahahahahaha Lately there are some and more will follow tha...
by Retes
October 17th, 2011, 11:16 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Reptile behavior, for Bryan

Hi Bryan, This is a spin off of the ethics thread. So you cooled some. Big deal. What concerns me is, why do you dismiss the fact that doing that possibly causes harm( harm=change in behavior not benefitual to the animal)(OR, a non voluntery behavior by the individual animal) Whats funny is, you use...
by Retes
October 17th, 2011, 10:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Phil We do have some species that are difficult to photogragh, right off the top corals are one thats difficult. We have coachwhips and whipsnakes, but they will on occasion, go cryptic and pose for a in situ shot. Corals, the dang things never stop. Fortunately, the vast majority of corals encou...
by Retes
October 17th, 2011, 8:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

For RobK, First, I attempt to impose as little interference as I can. But thats also not the point. If I do interfere like pick them up, I try to limit as it to less harmful situations. Like I mentioned before, do not breach behavior at criticial times. In most cases, I do not touch them. Now for th...
by Retes
October 16th, 2011, 9:05 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

well there you go, hahahahahahaha You see what I am talking about, finally folks are discussing the subject and guess what, no one agrees. hahahahahahahahaha Different folks rationalize different reasons they are disturb the animals, hahahahahahaha For Kris, I agree whole heartedly, if you do not to...
by Retes
October 16th, 2011, 4:02 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Phil,

Sorry to say, its a common practive. folks collect snakes, take them to their hotel/campsite, put them in a cooler to chill them so they can control them while photographing them.

Some do it in the field as well. thanks
by Retes
October 16th, 2011, 7:30 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

I am going to start another thread on snake behavior. When I get the time. The reason I am is, most here only think of interference as a bad thing for animals. When in fact, reptiles can and do learn to use humans for their own benefit. Which is a side of the coin that is omitted here. Most here fai...
by Retes
October 16th, 2011, 7:00 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jim I know what your doing, and thank you for doing that. But I am not you, so my approach is to concerntrate on the part that I feel is most important. I think you can keep doing what your doing and maybe others and I will bring up some important ideas in the one little area I am concerned with....
by Retes
October 15th, 2011, 3:34 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: For Hellihooks

Hi Jim, After reading some of your above stuff. I think you gone far far far far a whole lot of fars to complicated. Ethics are simple guidelines that folks can use or not. This ethics would be in the direction this forums owners decide. However wide or narrow. Ethics cannot be enforced, but can be ...
by Retes
October 15th, 2011, 3:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Hellihooks. Correct me if I am wrong, but this is one of the topics listed. I think simply listing a topic without definition, is more or less worthless. For instance, to interfere, what does that mean? Or impact, what does that mean. Everything we do indeed interferes with all wild animals, but ...
by Retes
October 15th, 2011, 10:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: For Fundad

Hi, I will respond to you, as there are just to many directions from too many people. You ask for me to give examples, and in the past I have, many times. This issue is not going to be helped by sellecting one example. Those always tend to go A or Z. Which is not the point. You also just stated that...
by Retes
October 14th, 2011, 6:43 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Guys, THIS IS THE INTERNET, in case you have not noticed, the internet is based on a completely different reality then, Well, the ones the snakes live in. Here anyone can say anything and be anyone. Its a world of 1's and 0's. So what happens is any issue of importance becomes a chess match of wo...
by Retes
October 13th, 2011, 7:02 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Interesting, Hellihooks states his own experiences, and others do theres as well. Nothing wrong with that. But again, the ethics about interference should be about each and every individual animal. As mentioned each person has their own individual needs, and I am not arguing that at all. Again, what...
by Retes
October 12th, 2011, 12:45 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Jonathan, I do not agree with the areas you listed. What I keep coming back to is just one area, again I never said it was all I am concerned with. I just think its an important area. It seems that all people here need is to mention something and its covered. Yes, you and others listed that area ...
by Retes
October 12th, 2011, 8:17 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: For Gerry

Hi Gerry, You keep mentioning the bigger picture or more important issues, and all manner of REAL problems concerned with the longterm future of reptile populations. And I could not agree more. But this is a very specific forum and all the folks that come here use REPTILES for their specific needs. ...
by Retes
October 10th, 2011, 11:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Gerry, I would like to thank you, your actually making my point. First, why would I have to mention all the problems? When there are so many here that have already addressed those issues much better then I could. So I leave it to others. Next, I personally, and I believe thats a good thing. That ...
by Retes
October 10th, 2011, 7:51 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Sheri, Its a shame, but I guess if its legal, then no ethics are needed or required. Or if someone does it, like hellihooks, then no ethics are required. No offense Hellihooks, its not about you actually, your just an example. I have been in the field a very long time and I have seen the effects ...
by Retes
October 10th, 2011, 7:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

Hi Sheri, Its a shame, but I guess if its legal, then no ethics are needed or required. Or if someone does it, like hellihooks, then no ethics are required. No offense Hellihooks, its not about you actually, your just an example. I have been in the field a very long time and I have seen the effects ...
by Retes
October 9th, 2011, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Data regarding snakes on the roads?
Replies: 24
Views: 1707

Re: Data regarding snakes on the roads?

I think the information your looking for will not show much, as a high percentage of snakes move off the road and die later. I would think there is information to be gained, like stomach contexts, gender, species, frequency of snakes and species, over an entire season or more. We find the numbers an...
by Retes
October 7th, 2011, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these FIELD HERPERS?
Replies: 59
Views: 5954

Re: Are these FIELD HERPERS?

I guess its whatever you want it to be. but, way back in the dark ages when I was young.(When I was young, EB and the animals) the term was based on field herpetologist, As there was zero or very little of what this forum does. Then COLLECTOR, was a new interested in the field, as before that, there...
by Retes
October 7th, 2011, 5:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Are these FIELD HERPERS?
Replies: 59
Views: 5954

Re: Are these FIELD HERPERS?

I am not sure about any of them. Herper is short for herpetologist, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Are any of them studying herps, academically or otherwise. Otherwise could be applied to me, as the product of my field work is to apply that knowledge to the betterment of reptiles in ...
by Retes
October 3rd, 2011, 11:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

I like the ethics forum idea, good one
by Retes
October 3rd, 2011, 7:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

I guess I will just go along being simple, hahahahahaha can't escape that you know. Ethics and arguements In the past I had a discussion of rock flipping. As a herper that has lived across the entire U.S. and has traveled the world herping. I have some experience. Rock flipping back east is a renewa...
by Retes
October 2nd, 2011, 9:32 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

wow, ok why does everyone have to agree with something. Simply put, that ain't going to happen. all the people on this board will never agree on everything. In fact it would be very lucky if any five would agree on all subjects. Just skimming this thread will tell you that. I would think electing fi...
by Retes
October 2nd, 2011, 7:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

It feels like the word ethics is being confused with rules or laws(heaven forbid) By some. Which is why I think some are trying to be or want to be so specific. Ethics is a mode of behavior, not a specific rule. For instance, what I am concerned with. WHat impact does manipulating a snake to be phot...
by Retes
October 2nd, 2011, 5:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

heres the deal, I sampled thru the pages, of course not reading each and every post. Much like how field work is done, hehehehehe And what I saw was all this back and forth and up and down. And a whole lot of super complicate stuff that this forum is not going to effect. Simply put, the ethics if th...
by Retes
October 2nd, 2011, 12:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

Re: dang it I missed the boat again.

I don't know, I kinda of thought we are suppose to have ethics so that our actions would be of benefit to the animals. I know, weird huh? But all this discussion is all about people and whos better or worse or different or whatever. Again what I am thinking here is GET OVER IT, ITS ABOUT THE ANIMALS...
by Retes
October 1st, 2011, 6:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why do you herp?
Replies: 24
Views: 1672

Re: Why do you herp?

Because I have been doing it since the early fifties and I still can't find what I am looking for. heck I can't remember what I was looking for. ok, I was always attracted to animals including snakes, Then when I was about 5 years old, I saw some kids killing a kingsnake. All I could think of was, i...
by Retes
September 23rd, 2011, 7:13 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: A Discussion of Herping Ethics (warning: long winded)
Replies: 612
Views: 415527

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

These are surely interesting threads. A couple of thoughts pop in my mind. 1, laws restricting non profitable wildlife, seem to be politically motivated and nothing to do with conservation of reptile species or any species for that matter. All biologist understand, habitats require protection, not s...