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by Bob
December 26th, 2011, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Wow...this is quite a diversion. :lol: Okay, back to the main topic. Don't release captive herps into the wild on your own, and rattlesnakes aren't a threat to you once you've seen them. Well statistically speaking, rattle snakes are much more dangerous once they have been seen...that's when people...
by Bob
December 24th, 2011, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple questions regarding Coral snakes....
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: Couple questions regarding Coral snakes....

Natalie McNear wrote:When I read this post, this story from Australia came to mind. Perhaps elapids have at least partial immunity to venom from other elapids?

That's exactly what happens to me if I eat at McDonalds. :D
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple questions regarding Coral snakes....
Replies: 6
Views: 1431

Re: Couple questions regarding Coral snakes....

Some seriously wired behavior.
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 5:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crocs in Belize
Replies: 11
Views: 1811

Re: Crocs in Belize

they where. a year after we left they had to come and remove the one in the first shot 'cause the locals where feeding him chicken carcasses. the chickens had growth hormones in them, and made them grow to dangerous sizes over a period of time. I seriously doubt that. The poultry industry does not ...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 5:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: northern pacific rattlesnakes in BC
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Re: northern pacific rattlesnakes in BC

Very cool indeed.
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites

Bob: regarding camera costs. Sometimes websites such as Cabela's or other companies that deal with sport hunting equipment will have game cameras on sale. Not too long ago I saw Cabela's had a couple of game cams for sale at like 50-60% off. So instead of $120 they were about $60. The Reconyx ones ...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites

Brendan, I'm curious how does a camera create disturbance or alter behavior more than a human watching? Bob I don't think the cameras create any disturbance once they are set up and left alone. I was referring to the increased amount of human traffic in the prime areas where they are left. They req...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

The Constitution also provides for defense of the nation in such a case That protection is still only there if people are choosing to support and defend the constitution. When people revolt, they may very well just disregard the constitution as whole until things stabilize again. The folks doing th...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

As such I believe our assertion of rights and laws are a natural way to help us as a species survive and are critical for us as a functioning species. I agree with you there, and I evidence for this can be observed among other primates as well. The Japanese Macaques that use the hot springs in that...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 10:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

I took your argument that a mob of neighbors could grant and take rights too literally then, because the 'mob' would have to take the steps outlined in the Constitution and take action legally. "Legally" being the key word there. A mob can quickly burn down your house, or deprive you of your life, ...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 10:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

As Critical Rights Theory is a 'hobby' of mine, I'll go ahead and advance some theories/positions I'm developing. At the risk of charges of 'arrogance', arguments over the constitution are still somewhat 'unsophisticated' :roll: The crux of the problem in defining what a right 'is' lies in the dich...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites

If you clicked on Aaron's link you'll see Melissa and Jeff have been doing this for a few years. At first I was a bit skeptical about it since they set them up at dens that Rich and I had been observing for years previous, thanks to a forum member I won't name. We were very concerned that it would ...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites

I've set out game cameras for mammals and have had some success. Security is however a big problem. There are not always trees around the area you want to record at to lock your camera to, and they aren't exactly inexpensive! That being said, I'm always excited to go home and see what's on the memo...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

:thumb:

I hope he shooting a coon.
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites

I think this method of study may become more and more popular over time once the scientific community catches on to all the amazing information which can be learned. The scientific community knows about camera trapping, it is done by hundreds of researchers every year on a myriad of different taxa....
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Re: Camera traps at den sites


Brilliant stuff, exactly what I was thinking about. Cheers.
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Wow, that is simply anarchy and show a TOTAL lack of awareness of the constitution. In our nation we do indeed have inalienable rights which are derived from the constitution and require no approval of those around you. The constitution can be amended to support previously unconstitutional law, but...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Dude, you just agreed with everyone assaulting your Fifth Amendment rights. The man just told you that the rights you treasure are meaningless. He said the Constitution has no role in the rule of law. That's not what I said at all. I never said they were meaningless, and I never said the Constituti...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 8:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Defining "we" to mean Americans only pushes the point even further. The US Constitution does NOT apply outside of the US, so any rights granted by it are meaningless when you in foreign territory.


Exactly.
Obviously. :lol: And for many, sadly.
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 8:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

The Constitution does not grant rights, people do. If people didn't support the Constitution, it wouldn't mean anything. Who enforces the rights granted by the constitution? People do. If the overwhelming majority of the population wants things to change, they can amend the constitution, or out rig...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 8:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Rights are a social construct, they are an agreement between people. Contrary to what is believed, there is no such thing as an inalienable right. We may believe that certain rights are inalienable, but they aren't. The right to live is often touted as an inalienable right, but society takes that r...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Rights are a social construct, they are an agreement between people. Contrary to what is believed, there is no such thing as an inalienable right. We may believe that certain rights are inalienable, but they aren't. The right to live is often touted as an inalienable right, but society takes that r...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 7:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snapping Turtle
Replies: 70
Views: 9578

Re: Snapping Turtle

Strange, I have folks catch the same fish two or three times a day , perhaps handle it for a picture and they eat an hour later. My record is three times in an hour for one Yellowstone Cutthroat. I have also seen fish taken by osprey, dropped from a good height and we have caught them the next day ...
by Bob
December 23rd, 2011, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Squinn, I find it pretty amusing that you actually think the land, and everything on it, 'Belongs' to you. And when you die... your kids will own it? And their kids after... never mind... by then ecological catastrophes will have most likely rid the world of all but a few scattered people, who will...
by Bob
December 22nd, 2011, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camera traps at den sites
Replies: 30
Views: 5467

Camera traps at den sites

Has anyone, especially the researchers here ever used or considered placing camera traps at den openings? I suspect it would be a great help establish the number and species of snakes using it, information about when they come and go, how long they loiter awaiting proper conditions to disperse...all...
by Bob
December 22nd, 2011, 4:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snapping Turtle
Replies: 70
Views: 9578

Re: Snapping Turtle

Strange, I have folks catch the same fish two or three times a day , perhaps handle it for a picture and they eat an hour later. My record is three times in an hour for one Yellowstone Cutthroat. I have also seen fish taken by osprey, dropped from a good height and we have caught them the next day ...
by Bob
December 22nd, 2011, 3:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

I understand your point about not killing a predator prior to it raiding your livestock and that philosophy would probably work well with coyotes, wolves and mountain lions, but i assure you any coon that takes up territory in my yard will become livestock killers, irregardless of alternate food op...
by Bob
December 22nd, 2011, 2:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snapping Turtle
Replies: 70
Views: 9578

Re: Snapping Turtle

I am not sure that similar studies have been done on stress hormones in reptiles but when studying fish, if you take them out of the water unsedated, milk the milt from them, and scrape a scale off, the increase in stress hormones can be detected for up to 2 months after the event. Sedating them wi...
by Bob
December 22nd, 2011, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Has anyone thought of introducing some king snakes?
by Bob
December 21st, 2011, 5:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling venomous snakes
Replies: 101
Views: 23018

Re: Handling venomous snakes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpcDZbXs ... AAAAAAAAAA

This sort of sums it up nicely. Weird that the guy videoed it all. I suspect that the first bit may have been a reenactment...:?:
by Bob
December 21st, 2011, 5:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Wrong thread...edit & moved.
by Bob
December 20th, 2011, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippines
Replies: 14
Views: 2688

Re: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippine

I also don't see any reason to believe pythons averaged larger sizes or were more plentiful as long as hunter/gatherers lived in the same region. People would have put pressure on the population, in a lot of cases more so than now. I tend to disagree with this simply because there are so many more ...
by Bob
December 20th, 2011, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Most people would throw a fit though if I started talking about killing the cats that run around my house.
Go for it! :thumb:
by Bob
December 20th, 2011, 8:37 am
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

some guys I know in India. . . . Inshallah.... You might be confusing your religious centers...do you perhaps mean Pakistan? :lol: :beer: I think eco-tourism is a great idea; one thing I think is a "con" is that we're setting countries up to rely on a concept of "you can't use your land how YOU see...
by Bob
December 19th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

Some of the OPs observations... totally spot on. Some of the younger generation of student biologists do give the impression that they are all knowing and better than most. This happens in all fields and I see this as a sign of insecurity and they just want to prove themselves quickly. Dealing with...
by Bob
December 19th, 2011, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

TS, one thing to remember is that if kingsnakes are found in your area, they probably already ARE there and you have just not seen them. And, for all we know, could already be dining on these other snakes all the time. You've just never seen it because you are only there a few hours a year. Point b...
by Bob
December 19th, 2011, 2:23 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

Bob Wrote: This mentality creates the demand and thus the profit. You can not change this mentality no matter HOW hard you try, therefore steps must be taken to relieve pressures to the herps from that side of the fence. I thought they handled it as well as anyone could have. Producing captives wil...
by Bob
December 19th, 2011, 9:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: introducing a king snake population...
Replies: 145
Views: 22841

Re: introducing a king snake population...

The whole plan is most certainly illegal. Introduction of invasive species is perhaps the biggest issue in wildlife conservation today.
by Bob
December 19th, 2011, 8:04 am
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

The community needs to mature in its outlook and learn to appreciate nature without having to posses it. Whew, quite the loaded statement. I reckon such opinion runs counter to a lot of folks' "progression" in their herping hobby and dare I say "having to possess it" may be a useful step in said pr...
by Bob
December 18th, 2011, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And now for something completely different.
Replies: 10
Views: 1363

Re: And now for something completely different.

The man hole isn't a death trap for the frogs normally. They are able to launch themselves out of the water and up to the rim just fine I am surprised I have never seen turtles in it before. Is it an old septic tank or connected to a water or waste system? Either way, being uncovered is unsafe for ...
by Bob
December 18th, 2011, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippines
Replies: 14
Views: 2688

Re: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippine

I'll definitely read the paper, I'm not criticising its conclusions (I can't, as I haven't read it yet :lol:), just saying that I'm always skeptical of snake "attacks". As I said though, the Agta Negritos are obviously small people, which would increase their chances of being attacked and possibly ...
by Bob
December 18th, 2011, 12:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

Yeah... I often get the feeling that a certain number of breeders are like the 'behind the scenes' Multi-National Corps, that do whatever necessary to make the most $ (legal or not) and the rest of the herping world are their 'sheeple'... planning the 'next big thing' well in advance of public ackn...
by Bob
December 18th, 2011, 11:17 am
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

Sweet looking snake, I like their proactive approach in handling the conservation side. I'm very interested in the followup to see how their plan pans out re: providing free CB specimens for the pet trade. I had a similar idea in that species currently considered "threatened" or "endangered" SHOULD...
by Bob
December 17th, 2011, 7:41 pm
Forum: News
Topic: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..
Replies: 23
Views: 5797

Re: New large horned viper discovered.. So Cool..

hellihooks wrote:I like the 'keeping the locality a secret' approach as well. Look at the Mangshan... newest, rarest viper around... yet I see one at the Anaheim Show... and Crutchfield's breeding them :roll: jim
Somethings never change.
by Bob
December 16th, 2011, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling venomous snakes
Replies: 101
Views: 23018

Re: Handling venomous snakes

I prefer a hook in the field... walking stick, shooing hellis off a road, back scratcher...ect. And anything I can't get done with a hook... don't need doing. Tongs are too much to carry, for their one specific purpose... :roll: Returning a red to his outcrop... http://i209.photobucket.com/albums/b...
by Bob
December 16th, 2011, 12:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Bird In My Bathroom!
Replies: 153
Views: 39493

Re: Bird In My Bathroom!

by Bob
December 15th, 2011, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling venomous snakes
Replies: 101
Views: 23018

Re: Handling venomous snakes

As for bad press...showing some idiots on the internet while winking 'don't do this' is the sort of thing that causes bad press. http://tomcrutchfield.com/2009/index.php?option=com_morfeoshow&task=view&gallery=2&Itemid=57 This one almost had me fall off my chair: http://tomcrutchfield.com/2009/imag...
by Bob
December 15th, 2011, 3:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The five stages of herper development
Replies: 20
Views: 5720

Re: The five stages of herper development

Very nicely thought out and well stated Mike. :beer:


Meshes with the human life cycle and most passions to a great extent.
by Bob
December 15th, 2011, 3:12 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 11 days to Baja, aboard the Intrepid
Replies: 26
Views: 8537

Re: 11 days to Baja, aboard the Intrepid

My back might last one day! :lol:

I'd save it for the mahi no doubt.
by Bob
December 15th, 2011, 3:05 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Late fall brown trout in Montana
Replies: 8
Views: 5057

Re: Late fall brown trout in Montana

Dear Bob, that is such an epic catch I hardly know what to say except congratulations. If you will, tell us more about it... Brown's are fall spawners, yes? Do you see these "leviathans" in the riffles? It is really clean, not like the beat up spawning steelhead, and rainbow trout and of course sal...