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by Gyri
April 2nd, 2016, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Egg Mass ID help
Replies: 5
Views: 2278

Re: Egg Mass ID help

I agree, probably chorus frog eggs. The egg mass is very small and does not have a layer of jelly around it as seen in Ambystomid eggs. The link Carl provided has some additional photos of chorus frog eggs in the comments. I'll probably add chorus frogs to the main body of the post soon.
by Gyri
April 2nd, 2016, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Egg Mass Identification
Replies: 54
Views: 124744

Re: Egg Mass ID

The photos are back :beer:

Edit: Seriously, this thread has almost 50,000 views? Is that a forum record? :beer: :beer: :beer: :beer:
by Gyri
April 8th, 2014, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I learned something new yesterday
Replies: 11
Views: 2727

Re: I learned something new yesterday

mike h wrote:I wasn't aware they could do this but subsequent research says they can
Would you mind sharing your research sources? I would like to read up on this. I always thought ribbonsnakes just had fragile tails that snapped off easily. Are you suggesting they can do this voluntarily?
by Gyri
April 8th, 2014, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Online fundraising campaign for Vermont salamander crossing
Replies: 1
Views: 890

Online fundraising campaign for Vermont salamander crossing

A town I used to live in has been working for years to protect populations of amphibians at a high traffic site that has one of the best spring migrations I've ever seen. Unfortunately, as traffic volume has increased over the years these populations are in rapid decline. The town of Monkton has rec...
by Gyri
August 24th, 2013, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping on Texas WMAs?
Replies: 2
Views: 605

Herping on Texas WMAs?

I just moved to Brownsville Texas and would like to check out the wildlife management areas around here. I understand that I will need at least a limited public use permit just to step foot on the properties. If I am not collecting do I need anything else? My memory of herping in south Texas back in...
by Gyri
November 21st, 2012, 6:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Donations to Orianne Society on Nov. 27 will be doubled
Replies: 1
Views: 912

Donations to Orianne Society on Nov. 27 will be doubled

For anybody who might have been considering making a donation to The Orianne Society this year, this upcoming Tuesday is the best time to do it. As part of an event called #GivingTuesday, all donations to a number of charitible and non-profit organizations will be matched. Details can be found here:...
by Gyri
July 17th, 2012, 5:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Orianne Society to host a day of field herping in Georgia
Replies: 4
Views: 1457

Orianne Society to host a day of field herping in Georgia

Hey guys, it's been a while! I've been incredibly busy the past few months and have had almost zero time to do any leisure herping. Hopefully that will change soon and I'll be able to get back into posting here. Anyway, many of you may be interested to know that on September 22 The Orianne Society i...
by Gyri
February 16th, 2012, 3:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping
Replies: 19
Views: 2957

Re: Herping

You weren't supposed to take a bite out of the amphiuma's head bro ;)
by Gyri
February 14th, 2012, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2011 - A Northeastern Delight
Replies: 33
Views: 6679

Re: My 2011 - A Northeastern Delight

Awesome but what the hell is on that toad's face?

Still no pipiens... You gotta come to VT. I will give you a lifetime suppy in an hour. I am not joking, I can show you over a thousand in a short walk, no problem. This is becoming a serious problem for you that needs to be addressed.
by Gyri
February 13th, 2012, 10:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Re: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE P

Ha, well I can't comment on the western canadian accent until I go there which will probably when I finally have the chance to check out your famous gartersnake dens in a year :)
by Gyri
February 13th, 2012, 9:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Re: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE P

Jon Wedow wrote:How can you pronounce Ontario any way other than "Onterio"?
Ha, of course the Canadian would say that :p I guess we all say "Onterio" but you guys drag that e out like it's the most important letter in the alphabet, which it is, so I don't know what my point is exactly...
by Gyri
February 12th, 2012, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Re: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE P

I just added the pics from Isaac's camera to the original post with a little extra commentary. Here they are again: http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/423829_3305430953053_1186407992_33489989_2123919830_n.jpg http://a1.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/s720x720/419423_3305428...
by Gyri
February 12th, 2012, 7:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Re: Froze my butt off last night (Ontario Necturus)

nice find :thumb: .........im from Ontario but still have not managed to turn up a mudpuppy Well, if you ever make your way over toward the east end of Lake Ontario this weekly event is open to the public. I wrote NW Ontario in my initial post but meant NE. PM me if you want details. Mudpuppy activ...
by Gyri
February 11th, 2012, 11:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Re: Froze my butt off last night (Ontario Necturus)

MaartenSFS wrote:Jesus, that's why I moved to the subtropics. The work you have to do for one (really cool) herp. In Holland/Belgium we have some really cool water salamanders as well.
One species, yes, but we found nearly 40 individuals that hour ;)
by Gyri
February 11th, 2012, 4:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reminding myself what cold is... repost from main forum
Replies: 3
Views: 957

Reminding myself what cold is... repost from main forum

So last night I made the trek up to SE Ontario (or Onterio as they say up there) to look for Mudpuppies. There is a site up there on a small creek right across the street from a pub below a decommissioned dam where a congregation of Necturus meets every night all winter to forage on small fish that ...
by Gyri
February 11th, 2012, 4:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)
Replies: 25
Views: 4139

Froze my butt off last night (Necturus) (NOW WITH MORE PICS)

So last night I made the trek up to SE Ontario (or Onterio as they say up there) to look for Mudpuppies. There is a site up there on a small creek right across the street from a pub below a decommissioned dam where a congregation of Necturus meets every night all winter to forage on small fish that ...
by Gyri
February 8th, 2012, 7:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AMPHIBIAN CROSSING VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES
Replies: 38
Views: 2932

Re: AMPHIBIAN CROSSING VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES

Ever rainy night from mid-March to mid-April, 3 locations in Vermont. Contact me, kbriggs at oriannesociety dot org. If any of you end up within even a few hours from me during that time period I promise you it is worth your gas money. One of our spots has had nights like nothing you have ever seen ...
by Gyri
February 7th, 2012, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's the warm winter going to do to the Spring Migration??
Replies: 9
Views: 1502

Re: What's the warm winter going to do to the Spring Migrati

What makes you think this? Seems like you'll mostly get amphibians that hide out below the frost line (toads), hang out underwater (a few ranids), or simply freeze with ambient temps (woodies and hylids). Logically it would make sense for them all to go below the frost line and from what I read, th...
by Gyri
February 7th, 2012, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's the warm winter going to do to the Spring Migration??
Replies: 9
Views: 1502

Re: What's the warm winter going to do to the Spring Migrati

Some amphibians have been seen crossing roads and driveways as early as a month ago in Vermont but only isolated individuals here and there. I would not expect any impact on populations but most of those early migraters will either die, need to hunker back down for a while, or lay doomed egg masses....
by Gyri
February 4th, 2012, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Comin' home
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Re: Comin' home

Off to an OK start

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Spring Salamanders!
by Gyri
January 31st, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So whats stopping them?
Replies: 31
Views: 3410

Re: So whats stopping them?

If we've learned anything from the science fiction hit, Megalodon vs. Giant Octopus, the answer, which can be produced in a day or two in glowing green tubes, is pheromones. You can lure them into a concentrated area for the military to deal with. http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y33/keiri/msvgo/vlc...
by Gyri
January 30th, 2012, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How Do Snakes Find A/C?
Replies: 14
Views: 2093

Re: How Do Snakes Find A/C?

Thought I'd throw this out there but every Storeria and most thamnophis I have seen under artificial cover has been gravid. The adults leave the cover shortly after birthing.
by Gyri
January 26th, 2012, 7:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: All it takes is one misplaced finger to make big trouble!
Replies: 15
Views: 2563

Re: All it takes is one misplaced finger to make big trouble

Yeah, it doesn't take much. That wasn't George's first bite and I would not be surprised if he's been bitten since. The finger hit in that video had limited mobility due to a prior bite making it more difficult for him to property grasp the snake. That being said, some other snake managed to get him...
by Gyri
January 26th, 2012, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida Burmese Python Hunter
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Florida Burmese Python Hunter

Thanks Dave. I was assumed they were euthanized but was confused by that bit on your facebook page in the title (It's about catching not killing) so I wondered what the heck the other option is with burms. You're probably the first person ever to join this forum with the intro, "I kill snakes on pur...
by Gyri
January 26th, 2012, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida Burmese Python Hunter
Replies: 5
Views: 989

Re: Florida Burmese Python Hunter

Welcome aboard Dave. I checked out your facebook page and was wondering what you do with the pythons after you catch them. Cheers!
by Gyri
January 25th, 2012, 3:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Comin' home
Replies: 5
Views: 1157

Comin' home

I'll be back in Vermont on Sunday and will get immediately to herping. Already booked a night in Ontario looking for Mudpuppies under a waterfall in early Feb. Stay tuned for pics! I missed you guys.
by Gyri
January 25th, 2012, 11:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

There is a poll on this news site asking if people think roundups are harmful and need to be ended. Right now the no side is winning but the number of voters has remained small. Please visit this site, the poll is at the bottom left of the page, and vote "yes" http://www.cairomessenger.com/v2/conten...
by Gyri
January 24th, 2012, 12:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

It should be said, however, that if this reform at Claxton is successful that Whigham may follow. Both roundups have suffered decreasing numbers of rattlesnakes year after year. The events used to bring in hundreds of snakes but now typically end up with numbers closer to 50. Eventually there may no...
by Gyri
January 24th, 2012, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

The Whigham roundup is this Saturday.
by Gyri
January 24th, 2012, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinion on handling Helodermatidae
Replies: 79
Views: 19623

Re: Opinion on handling Helodermatidae

Also, that woman clearly has not watched this movie...

by Gyri
January 24th, 2012, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opinion on handling Helodermatidae
Replies: 79
Views: 19623

Re: Opinion on handling Helodermatidae

I feel comfortable handling them but not the way they are being handled in most of the above photos. People vastly underestimate how fast they can whip their heads around and snap their jaws shut. I guess for animals that have been captive for a long time it's a little different but I don't think gi...
by Gyri
January 23rd, 2012, 11:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New guy saying hello
Replies: 5
Views: 1109

Re: New guy saying hello

St. Simons is not a bad place to spend your time. Having spent a couple winters all around Georgia now I have got to say those coastal islands are what I'll miss most after heading back to Vermont. Welcome to the forum! I'd love to see you post any pictures you got of those middle eastern herps.
by Gyri
January 23rd, 2012, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

Terry, the picture you paint is grim but trust me when I say that will not be happening. I know many of the people involved with this effort and can assure you snakes are not getting noosed, handled roughly, or taken from the wild. The people seeking and providing snakes know full well what they are...
by Gyri
January 22nd, 2012, 10:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

Ha, sorry, if I'd known you were from the southeast I wouldn't have even bothered to point out the notable absence of burms in GA. Hogs are open season, I don't even think you need a hunting license to take one out. I think people would really get fired up about that sort of roundup. I've half a min...
by Gyri
January 22nd, 2012, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

Jimi, I was thinking about posting this in the SE board just in case. Fortunately (unfortunately?) there are no burms in Georgia so having a burm roundup is out of the question however I have thought about how nice it would be to see a feral hog festival replace the rattlesnake roundups. The Fitzger...
by Gyri
January 21st, 2012, 2:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early Jan Tigers
Replies: 5
Views: 939

Re: Early Jan Tigers

Cool! Tigers remain a lifer for me. I looked at the pics before reading your text and thought "no freaking way is that Long Island..."
by Gyri
January 20th, 2012, 8:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Re: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

Ha, yeah, the roundup is a major source of income for the community around the event. Much of the local economy depends on the roundup for the time being so for as long as the collection and slaughter of venomous snakes is legal there will be tremendous local pressure to allow the roundups. The conc...
by Gyri
January 20th, 2012, 3:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes
Replies: 25
Views: 4879

Claxton Rattlesnake Roundup no longer killing snakes

Hey folks, there has been a bit of excitement in Claxton lately. The Evans County Wildlife Club, which runs the roundup, as agreed to halt the collection of snakes from the wild so long at GA DNR is able to provide 40-50 Diamondbacks for use at the festival. These snakes would not be handled in demo...
by Gyri
January 19th, 2012, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 Lifers
Replies: 14
Views: 2265

Re: 2011 Lifers

Cool finds. Major bummer that you only had your cell phone for that terrapin, I know the feeling! My first Pidgeon Mountain Salamander turned up on the day I left my camera battery at home and it was way too small to even bother whipping out the 1.3 megapixel camera phone. Also, that Desmog looks pr...
by Gyri
January 16th, 2012, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Camouflage garb for herping?
Replies: 20
Views: 6287

Re: Camouflage garb for herping?

Depending on the species I worry more about the liklihood of scent alerting some snakes to my presence. If there's a breeze and it crosses my mind I'll approach hot spots for flighty species from the downwind side.
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter Dens? (Help)
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: Garter Dens? (Help)

all my garter dens are slightly elevated..........pondside...or streamside ......in south facing or east facing type standard as others . always the firs to emerge ..........with snow on the ground too as was mentioned and photographed . last week of march i find them in high numbers breeding like ...
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 1:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to post photos
Replies: 6
Views: 1824

Re: How to post photos

This should really help some people but should perhaps be on the main forum instead of here. Thanks
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 1:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How not to handle venomous snakes...
Replies: 19
Views: 2430

Re: How not to handle venomous snakes...

I sure wish I had actually taken bets on how long that guy from fieldnote's and RobK's posts would take to get bit.
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Worlds Smallest Frog
Replies: 9
Views: 1141

Re: Worlds Smallest Frog

My favorite quote from the cnn article on this subject was, "Researchers believe these creatures eat even smaller animals". I sure hope the person who figured that out got a medal! That aside, this is a very cool find.
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 8:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: They're moving!
Replies: 15
Views: 1907

Re: They're moving!

Noah, we do technically have tigers, not that they've been seen much down here this year or that I've ever seen them at all.
by Gyri
January 13th, 2012, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Least-herped places in the USA?
Replies: 50
Views: 3749

Re: Least-herped places in the USA?

I think someone just posted some frogs from Maine. Come to think of it, though, you don't see too much Vermont/New Hampshire stuff on here. Pretty much just me and I was MIA this past summer due to extreme personal drama reminiscent to an action thriller. That and a lot of my posts end up on the NE...
by Gyri
January 12th, 2012, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: They're moving!
Replies: 15
Views: 1907

Re: They're moving!

Awesome. I wish we'd get some of that rain down here in south GA. This is the second winter in a row of severe drought and wetlands folk said were really low last year are bone dry now. Opacum was late to breed and lay eggs this year and most have since needed to abandon their nests. I'd almost kill...
by Gyri
January 11th, 2012, 7:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter Dens? (Help)
Replies: 17
Views: 2252

Re: Garter Dens? (Help)

As someone else mentioned, the only way to really know if that is a den is to go there early in the spring, probably right after the snow melts on a sunny day. It is also possible that some garters do overwinter there but not enough to result in breeding balls. Garters are not too specific in their ...
by Gyri
January 10th, 2012, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Other Animals Found While Herping
Replies: 25
Views: 4407

Re: Other Animals Found While Herping

Haha, nice. I've turned up a few opossums, once I flipped a mink, there's always crayfish to find, but lately these are my most common non-herp sightings: http://a3.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash2/150868_653728465820_6905664_37942563_114725_n.jpg and http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-sn...