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by Bryan_Hughes
February 20th, 2015, 8:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day
Replies: 12
Views: 4531

Re: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day

That would be an awesome thing to see. I've never seen a snake eating a chuck!

Here are a couple of lizard eaters, if you don't mind some additions to the thread.

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by Bryan_Hughes
January 29th, 2015, 11:08 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: New paper on translocation of reptiles
Replies: 5
Views: 4817

Re: New paper on translocation of reptiles

There are a handful of factors that are touched on as suggestions to increase success rates of translocated animals, but very little research that actually incorporates it. The majority of work I've seen done on the subject doesn't incorporate the single greatest factor in the short-term behavioral ...
by Bryan_Hughes
January 7th, 2015, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 4562

Re: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?

There is a pretty full spectrum for Costa Rica. On one end of that spectrum is Jay Savage's book The Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Herpetofauna between Two Continents, between Two Seas , and while not practical for use in the field (it is enormous), it is an excellent book for identifica...
by Bryan_Hughes
January 7th, 2015, 9:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 4562

Re: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?

Is the main purpose for the trip herping, vacation with family, etc...? Strictly herping, no family, and I don't require a lot of comfort/sleep. As the previous poster pointed out, this is pretty well covered in this forum, though any additional advice is great. Specifically, field guide comparison.
by Bryan_Hughes
January 7th, 2015, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?
Replies: 15
Views: 4562

Costa Rica field guide - Recommendations?

What are the essentials? I'm looking to plan a trip, and this is step one. Any recommendations?

Any general advice on timing, etc, on herping Costa Rica would be great too :)
by Bryan_Hughes
January 5th, 2015, 5:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Observation of 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Re: Favorite Observation of 2014

Holy carp Cameron, those videos are amazing. How long have you been following that group of animals?
by Bryan_Hughes
January 4th, 2015, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Observation of 2014
Replies: 7
Views: 3183

Favorite Observation of 2014

There are a lot of great years' end field reports coming in, and I'm not even close to done with 2014 photos, so I'll be sitting this one out. Instead, I think I'd like to share my favorite observation of the year. In the Spring I spent about a week at some C. lutosus den sites up North. I spent a c...
by Bryan_Hughes
February 18th, 2014, 12:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 24442

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

A snake relocated 50 feet from where it was captured and released incorrectly has a higher chance of death than one relocated a mile and released properly. Death by predation is different than death by starvation. Relocation by distance alone will have a different rate of success than relocation tha...
by Bryan_Hughes
January 20th, 2014, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake Armor!
Replies: 40
Views: 14573

Re: Rattlesnake Armor!

Those are great :) Are they comfortable enough to wear on a long hike? I have some that started out as store-bought, but I modified them to be more comfortable and easy to get on and off, and now I don't herp without them.

Something else you'll discover, you're also cactus-proof.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 31st, 2013, 12:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013 Season
Replies: 8
Views: 2234

Re: 2013 Season

Nice stuff! Some really cool behavioral observations.
by Bryan_Hughes
September 26th, 2012, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Young of the Year (YOY) – theme post
Replies: 52
Views: 30824

Re: Young of the Year (YOY) – theme post

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by Bryan_Hughes
September 25th, 2012, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 4 Belgians, 2 weeks, AZ
Replies: 76
Views: 15284

Re: 4 Belgians, 2 weeks, AZ

Great job! I like the format of the list, too. You came and saw what there was to see. I personally like the look of that mojave.
by Bryan_Hughes
September 25th, 2012, 5:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time to herp Arizona?
Replies: 61
Views: 10861

Re: Best time to herp Arizona?

Bryan Hamilton wrote:Best time is never. A lot of people think Arizona is the center of the universe but its overated.

It is a fun state to herp but as yoda said "there is another..."

Definitely. Never come here. That should answer your question, Matt.
by Bryan_Hughes
September 24th, 2012, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: August in New Mexico
Replies: 27
Views: 9868

Re: August in New Mexico

Beautiful shots. Believe it or not, I was also in that valley that morning and saw that low cloud. Really an amazing time to be in that place.
by Bryan_Hughes
September 23rd, 2012, 10:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mountain Kingsnakes in Arizona
Replies: 49
Views: 22847

Re: Mountain Kingsnakes in Arizona

Paul:

"Also, that paper on pyros is one of the biggest pieces of crap I ever read. "

Could you expand on that? I have heard this about that paper a few times from a few individuals, but no specific arguments. Thank you.

Great shots, Norm!
by Bryan_Hughes
September 23rd, 2012, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Timber Rattlesnakes and Other Herps
Replies: 13
Views: 3957

Re: PA Timber Rattlesnakes and Other Herps

Great stuff! PA timbers are the only ones I've seen, and these photos make me want to return sooner than later.
by Bryan_Hughes
September 23rd, 2012, 10:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best time to herp Arizona?
Replies: 61
Views: 10861

Re: Best time to herp Arizona?

Matt,

What species of horned lizard are you most interested in seeing?
by Bryan_Hughes
March 6th, 2012, 9:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ Mystery Snake?
Replies: 23
Views: 3258

Re: AZ Mystery Snake?

Looks like splendida to me.
by Bryan_Hughes
October 6th, 2011, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can someone tell me....
Replies: 5
Views: 1131

Re: Can someone tell me....

There's a guy named Scott who would probably know, since it's his snake.
by Bryan_Hughes
August 17th, 2011, 8:26 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Western Hooknose Documentary -- The Farting Snake :)
Replies: 20
Views: 6960

Re: Western Hooknose Documentary -- The Farting Snake :)

Right on Orry, I'll be watching every one of these, or at least the ones I haven't already watched on Facebook if you've already put them there!
by Bryan_Hughes
August 13th, 2011, 9:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Examples of multiple species sharing the same space?
Replies: 37
Views: 4884

Re: Examples of multiple species sharing the same space?

I see this pairing pretty often:

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by Bryan_Hughes
August 4th, 2011, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Would these make good hibernaculums?
Replies: 14
Views: 1790

Re: Would these make good hibernaculums?

I'd try to go further up the hill to more sun exposure and smaller rocks; not as much moss and better conduction.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 7th, 2011, 10:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: waiting for the monsoons
Replies: 11
Views: 3937

Re: waiting for the monsoons

Great stuff, I really enjoyed your style of photography, and take on herping in general. I think there's a lot to learn from your patient approach.
by Bryan_Hughes
June 5th, 2011, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Before the Break of the Wet Season in the Southeast
Replies: 21
Views: 6011

Re: Before the Break of the Wet Season in the Southeast

Great post and photos! Thanks for completely changing the outlook of my Sunday from "sit around" to "where's my boots?".
by Bryan_Hughes
June 3rd, 2011, 10:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you consider lifers?
Replies: 73
Views: 14373

Re: What do you consider lifers?

For me, if it's in the wild, photographed in the habitat, living and healthy, it counts. Who cares who saw it first?
by Bryan_Hughes
March 30th, 2011, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-where is THIS?-GAME OVER
Replies: 15
Views: 2160

Re: New Game-where is THIS?

Sierra Vista!
by Bryan_Hughes
March 19th, 2011, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: tips for begginers...
Replies: 16
Views: 2760

Re: tips for begginers...

The places they're NOT are often just as important to take note of as the places they ARE. If you want to learn quickly, I'd advise buying a new pair of boots with the goal of wearing the soles through by the end of summer ... you'll see stuff.
by Bryan_Hughes
March 19th, 2011, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation LIVE - Phoenix Herp Society w/Russ Johnson
Replies: 69
Views: 7529

Re: Unbelievable! PHS should be ashamed of themselves...

"Again.......we are interviewing Russ Johnson of the PHS tomorrow for Herp Nation LIVE with Dan Krull. It will be posted saturday afternoon/evening. We want to give them an opportunity to respond to the video, as well as answer some of these questions/concerns that have been raised. Look for that on...
by Bryan_Hughes
October 14th, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting Rattlesnake E-mail
Replies: 14
Views: 2012

Re: Interesting Rattlesnake E-mail

I feel an E. O. Wilson debate in the wind.
by Bryan_Hughes
October 13th, 2010, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting Rattlesnake E-mail
Replies: 14
Views: 2012

Re: Interesting Rattlesnake E-mail

A rather loose observation of mine is that the oldest, largest rattlesnakes I've found also tend to be the least defensive, top the point of making it difficult to photograph them as they just lazily crawl off.
by Bryan_Hughes
October 4th, 2010, 7:42 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.
Replies: 62
Views: 27295

Re: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.

I avoid having to suck the wound by wearing a knight's armor while herping. With thisI can safely free handle any snake slow enough to capture. Works great for walking through cottonmouth filled swamps and rattlesnake infested weeds. I'm screwed if lightning rolls in, though! I have a rubber suit f...
by Bryan_Hughes
September 27th, 2010, 3:00 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Question about Bearded Dragons
Replies: 17
Views: 7639

Re: Question about Bearded Dragons

Don't use cocofiber. Sand is questionable. Many keep them on it, but it can cause major respiratory problems if the sand isn't absolutely dust-free. The best thing you can do is get ceramic tile or adhesive-free shelf liner (cheap at home depot). ChrisNM, the issues with sand is due to the variety o...
by Bryan_Hughes
August 23rd, 2010, 8:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Re: Best rattler pic
Replies: 2
Views: 1316

Re: Best rattler pic

I just went through the best rattler pics and I have to say some of you guys are in a league of your own. I am amazed at the photographic talent we have on our forum. To Bryan Hughes, how did the Diamond back in the water picture come to be? Was he retreating and just happened to stand his ground t...
by Bryan_Hughes
August 23rd, 2010, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of recent critters
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

Re: A couple of recent critters

Thanks yous guys. It's been driving me nuts that I can't out much more than a few miles from my house this year, so I'm making the most of it with the local critters.
by Bryan_Hughes
August 19th, 2010, 7:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of recent critters
Replies: 5
Views: 1351

A couple of recent critters

Even though I live in AZ, I won't be making it to the S.E. this year. I'm sticking close to home and spending more time learning about the stuff I see all the time than counting heads. Here's some local critters, with one Eddy County molossus thrown in for the hell of it. http://farm5.static.flickr....
by Bryan_Hughes
August 19th, 2010, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tucson, Az
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Tucson, Az

Byron wrote:Hello all, my job keeps me very busy so long trips are tough.
If anyone goes hiking close to tucson please let me know.
Thanks

Bryan-lol, I did understand the post but it seemed a bit extream from a newbes veiw.
:) It was purely a joke.
by Bryan_Hughes
August 19th, 2010, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tucson, Az
Replies: 6
Views: 1374

Re: Tucson, Az

Yes, but don't admit that there are snakes living in the Tucson area or you could get yelled at.
by Bryan_Hughes
August 5th, 2010, 6:04 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: How Hilarious is this bunch of crap?
Replies: 9
Views: 6052

Re: How Hilarious is this bunch of crap?

The best part is the number of emails I've received from people who are flat out lying ... not because of the misinformation of the topic itself, but the "My brother took these" or "A guy I work with is holding the pole". A guy on Twitter who was posting this around told me just the other day that h...
by Bryan_Hughes
July 28th, 2010, 4:17 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.
Replies: 62
Views: 27295

Re: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.

Why is this even a discussion? NO! How is this old wive's tale still in circulation? Everything from my Wilderness First Responder handbook, to my Boy Scouts of America Handbook says DO NOT DO this. Also, if you think about, how would it even work? Its not like you can suck blood out of a pin prick...
by Bryan_Hughes
July 26th, 2010, 7:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide Publishing
Replies: 7
Views: 2153

Re: Field Guide Publishing

Here's a self-publishing company owned and operated by a good friend.

http://www.abooksmind.com

Obviously it would be an investment, but the design and layout is part of the package, and you get 100% of the $$$.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 26th, 2010, 7:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Book of Excuses
Replies: 45
Views: 4537

Re: The Book of Excuses

My favorite, though only really heard from the newest of the new:

"I'd love to go herping tonight! I have to be back at 8:30 though. Problem?"

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by Bryan_Hughes
July 26th, 2010, 6:56 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.
Replies: 62
Views: 27295

Re: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.

There was an interesting study by Sean Bush (the venom ER guy) on the benefits/damage of using the extractor type suction kit on snake bite. I can't seem to find the full article anywhere, but check this out: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11055564 That's a good one, thanks. Do you know of any ...
by Bryan_Hughes
July 26th, 2010, 6:35 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.
Replies: 62
Views: 27295

Suck out the venom? Yes or no. Discuss.

Obviously well covered in the old-forum, and gone now. This body of knowledge from this community is very useful, and it should be replaced. Please give your take.

Here's some fuel: http://www.wxii12.com/news/24370643/detail.html
by Bryan_Hughes
July 14th, 2010, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best looking Thamnophis elegans
Replies: 34
Views: 15225

Re: Best looking Thamnophis elegans

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by Bryan_Hughes
July 12th, 2010, 8:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING
Replies: 33
Views: 8433

Re: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING

Brian-I don’t see it as hypocritical-I mean what are you saying, anyone that’s been shown any site over the years has no right to use their better judgement and withold any of their own information from anyone? When herping sites are so variable, comparing something very temporary like a trash site...
by Bryan_Hughes
July 12th, 2010, 7:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING
Replies: 33
Views: 8433

Re: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING

ugh wrote:

Most of us probably have, but what's that got to do with anyone using more discretion for the sake of a population of any given species' best interest?
It doesn't, just pointing out the revolving door of hypocrisy that exists in this activity.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 11th, 2010, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camouflage pics
Replies: 72
Views: 18935

Re: Camouflage pics

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1271/4708280788_f306956ec0_b.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1306/4708279550_9034820211_b.jpg http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1292/4707630589_ea6919f850_b.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/3666720118_4f4b84e86d_o.jpg http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3560/3431047...
by Bryan_Hughes
July 11th, 2010, 6:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING
Replies: 33
Views: 8433

Re: FAST FOOD FIELD HERPING

Raise your hand if you've never once received information from someone about a location or behavior.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 5th, 2010, 1:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 1/1/10 - 6/30/10... A Recap, Post-Crash
Replies: 14
Views: 2826

Re: 1/1/10 - 6/30/10... A Recap, Post-Crash

That's awesome. This was a perfect way to spend my lunch hour.
by Bryan_Hughes
July 3rd, 2010, 8:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moon or rain?...
Replies: 18
Views: 3048

Re: Moon or rain?...

I'd take the rain and go look for coralsnakes and neonate everything.