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by Ridge Walker
July 15th, 2013, 2:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Er ma god....it's a Timber...are they secret are they safe??
Replies: 11
Views: 2191

Re: Er ma god....it's a Timber...are they secret are they sa

More importantly, do not tell anyone in confidence where you found a timber and expect them to keep it to themselves.

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by Ridge Walker
June 17th, 2013, 12:19 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Periodical Cicadas
Replies: 4
Views: 1611

Periodical Cicadas

So photogenic, I love 'em. http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/DSC_0119_zps7cc9408f.jpg http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/DSC_0096_zpsfaadeb2c.jpg http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/DSC_0077_zps0b628f80.jpg http://i954.photobucket.com/al...
by Ridge Walker
January 3rd, 2013, 8:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.
Replies: 16
Views: 2004

Re: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.

I am almost speechless - wow ! Comments First of all - the natural settings add to each shot Was that a mudpuppy? Amazing Box Turtles are great Love the extra big Timber Rattler Copperheads are beautiful Not a mudpuppy, but it is a waterdog. Otherwise known as a hellbender, appalachian alligator, s...
by Ridge Walker
January 3rd, 2013, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My 2012 - herps and whatnot
Replies: 17
Views: 2744

Re: My 2012 - herps and whatnot

Great finds and spectacular photos Bob. That last boxie is amazing! :thumb:

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by Ridge Walker
January 1st, 2013, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.
Replies: 16
Views: 2004

Re: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.

Awesome :thumb: Can we assume pine snakes are doing pretty well, or that you have a crazy knack for finding them? :shock: Like a lot of critters I think they're doing ok in areas of proper habitat, as long as that habitat is protected and not paved over. Very impressive post... :thumb: Why do I get...
by Ridge Walker
December 30th, 2012, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.
Replies: 16
Views: 2004

2012 wrap up, East Coast.

No order, no localities and not too much commentary, just some photos that I took in 2012 that I hope you enjoy. :thumb: http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/North%20of%20the%20border%202012/DSC_0038.jpg http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/North%20of%20the%20bo...
by Ridge Walker
December 4th, 2012, 1:04 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 17390

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

dery wrote:Why is someone w/ an anti-fieldherper sentiment on here though??
I don't think the author (Levin) is on here.
by Ridge Walker
December 4th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 17390

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Is this guy ugh???
Oh man, why did you have to go and tarnish ugh's good name like that? :cry:

No surprise on the author's comments as the anti-field herper sentiment is fairly common in the Northeast.

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by Ridge Walker
November 14th, 2012, 8:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

Another timber rattler poaching bust. From Philly.com : POSTED: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 3:01 AM Two alleged rattlesnake rustlers are facing federal charges in the illegal capture of venomous snakes in Pennsylvania and New Jersey to sell through their mail-order reptile business. Robroy MacInne...
by Ridge Walker
November 14th, 2012, 8:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT!!!!
Replies: 35
Views: 4557

Re: ALWAYS BE ON THE LOOKOUT!!!!

Thank you for posting this. There are people that don't believe that poaching of rattlesnakes is an issue in the northeast. Maybe this will help them open their eyes.

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by Ridge Walker
October 30th, 2012, 11:52 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

I have a question for any horridus experts. Are timber rattlesnakes any more likely than other snakes to be stressed to the point of physiological damage than any other snake? Because I have taken a lot of flack for my handling of them in relation to round-ups. Now, I understand that the round-ups ...
by Ridge Walker
October 23rd, 2012, 2:46 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

Phil Peak wrote: The evidence is compelling and the arguments to show discretion are vallid.
Agreed. If one can't see the evidence that's been posted in this thread, they are either blind or just choose to ignore it.
by Ridge Walker
October 23rd, 2012, 11:22 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

However, people are not scouring internet forums to gain obscure clues about timber rattlesnakes just to go shoot a few. Maybe not too shoot them, but they absolutely are doing it to poach them. As pointed out earlier in this thread former FHF member Emanuele Tesoro did just that. Not surprising th...
by Ridge Walker
October 23rd, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

I guess I don't see Rudy's 25 years of collecting/poaching that went on until 1997 as being ancient history. And I guess I don't see the recent poaching incident DaveR describes, as well as the one from Shellshock being insignificant. And I also don't think that the Timber Rattlesnake skeletons and ...
by Ridge Walker
October 23rd, 2012, 10:05 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

From this previously provided link http://www.cnah.org/news.asp?id=436 I highlighted in yellow showing that you are wrong when you say " The large poaching incidents in NY happened in an area before enforcement of protection laws, and soon after (and during) a time when there was a BOUNTY on rattles...
by Ridge Walker
October 23rd, 2012, 9:03 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

The large poaching incidents in NY happened in an area before enforcement of protection laws, and soon after (and during) a time when there was a BOUNTY on rattlesnakes. WRONG! Please do some research, or at the very least read some of the previously posted links. You don't know what you're talking...
by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 5:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

John Vanek wrote:
Ridge Walker wrote:Good night, I am done here, I give up.
I'm sorry if I offended you, that was not the goal.
Not offended, just frustrated. And I really do have to get up obscenely early in just a few hours, so... :sleep:

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by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 4:45 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

Yes, poachers could do that back when 1) it was legal and 2) they had economic incentive. 1) You might want to look up poaching in the dictionary. 2) Everyones's economic incentives are different, and poachers don't just poach for economic reasons. 1) I think by this point you know what I mean. 2) ...
by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 4:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

John Vanek wrote:Yes, poachers could do that back when 1) it was legal and 2) they had economic incentive.
1) You might want to look up poaching in the dictionary.
2) Everyones's economic incentives are different, and poachers don't just poach for economic reasons.
by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 4:05 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

Thanks for the link Phil. Here's another example of what a single poacher can do.

http://www.cnah.org/news.asp?id=436

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by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 11:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

I doubt there are only 100,000 in the total population (are you including Canebrakes?). Just by the sheer size of their range and what I have seen in GA, I would estimate all Timbers and Canebrakes to number well over a million. Not that we should encourage poaching...but here are some staggering n...
by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 10:31 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

John Vanek, I would like to see where you got the number 100,000 for the Timber Rattlesnake population in NY, thank you. Additionally, what the NY map does NOT show is where the estimated 26% of dens in NY that are extirpated due to bounties, extermination and collection used to be. It also does no...
by Ridge Walker
October 19th, 2012, 8:15 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

John Vanek, I would like to see where you got the number 100,000 for the Timber Rattlesnake population in NY, thank you. Additionally, what the NY map does NOT show is where the estimated 26% of dens in NY that are extirpated due to bounties, extermination and collection used to be. It also does not...
by Ridge Walker
October 18th, 2012, 2:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 192436

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

If someone only needs to know WHEN the best time to find these snakes is, AND that population is so low that the removal of a few females will affect it's survival, that population is already doomed. :( I don't deal in absolutes, I'm not a Sith. In NH? Of course not. In PA? Sure, why not. I'm confu...
by Ridge Walker
October 1st, 2012, 7:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A bad way to find a lifer
Replies: 12
Views: 1731

Re: A bad way to find a lifer

I was going to do that... is that legal? There are some weird laws. I'm not going back till next Monday. If the snake is still where I put it and not too rotten I will. I felt that lump, it was kind of like a balloon, but more stiff. How old would you saw this snake was? How long was it dead? Proba...
by Ridge Walker
September 30th, 2012, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 4 Belgians, 2 weeks, AZ
Replies: 76
Views: 12909

Re: 4 Belgians, 2 weeks, AZ

hellihooks wrote: Justin... my 'code of ethics' prevent me from discussing this further, as it is now an actionable item in the IB.
What's the penalty for something like that? Double secret probation?

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by Ridge Walker
July 12th, 2012, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast herping, Spring 2010.
Replies: 35
Views: 4895

Re: Northeast herping, Spring 2010.

Man I used to herp a lot. Glad you enjoyed the photos copperhead!

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by Ridge Walker
July 11th, 2012, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Stop being lazy
Replies: 25
Views: 4683

Re: Stop being lazy

ridgewalker, maybe if we teamed up comes january we might do better. 4 eyes are better than 2. I even tried flipping for some, but the rocks were frozen in. I could really use some help this year. :beer: Sure! January should be prime time for snow cornsnakes. I saw some of those on the herpetocultu...
by Ridge Walker
July 6th, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 22874

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

Just realize that if you donate to the Orianne society your money may not go towards land purchasing. A quick look at their site reveals that they are conducting quite a bit of of research....which of course costs money. Money that will not be spent on land purchase and protection.

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by Ridge Walker
July 6th, 2012, 7:29 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 22874

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

I would give to any organization that uses your money to purchase land. Land that would then be forever protected from any type of development or exploitation. Not only will it conserve the herps present, but everything else that resides there as well.

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by Ridge Walker
June 28th, 2012, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NJ Pine land herping
Replies: 10
Views: 2029

Re: NJ Pine land herping

Hey to all i will be staying in southern nj until sat june 30th. Anyone interested in herping or night cruising hit me up and let me know whats good. Night cruising? Don't be lazy! The weather this weekend will be perfect for a nice long hike. With all the sand it's like herping on the beach there,...
by Ridge Walker
June 28th, 2012, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Stop being lazy
Replies: 25
Views: 4683

Re: Stop being lazy

Winter is def not a good time to find snakes here in ny. Fall, spring and early summer are the best times to find snakes in ny mountains. Hit me up if your around to hike. Im is the pine barrens now and I'm going to va for the 4th of july week. Happy herring :D . Winter is not good for finding snak...
by Ridge Walker
June 21st, 2012, 7:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello from the Shenandoah valley
Replies: 6
Views: 2308

Re: Hello from the Shenandoah valley

Nice post, I especially liked the "in situ" shot of the copperheads and the boxie. Looks like a great place to live. Welcome to the forum!

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by Ridge Walker
June 5th, 2012, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)
Replies: 27
Views: 8022

Re: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)

I really enjoy your style of photography. :beer: Great post!

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by Ridge Walker
March 17th, 2012, 4:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waking the timber - USA 2011
Replies: 13
Views: 2522

Re: Waking the timber - Pennsylvania, USA 2011

Thanks everyone. I'm glad you had that kind of success. Ignore all PMs and here's the obligatory paranoid northeast herper comment : There's no need to narrow down the location, or even state. Northeast, USA would suffice. :) Hi Mike What PM's should I be ignoring? I understand herpers can be very ...
by Ridge Walker
March 6th, 2012, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: N.C. Sandhills
Replies: 11
Views: 1791

Re: N.C. Sandhills

Hey guys, let's talk about locations and what to find there! Especially in areas where rare species are involved! :thumb: Seriously? He didn't mention any specific locations, or even ask for them. If you think "Sandhill game lands" is a specific locale, well, I wouldn't consider an area of 53,800 a...
by Ridge Walker
February 6th, 2012, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Indiana mushroom hunt fail....but
Replies: 20
Views: 3727

Re: Southern Indiana mushroom hunt fail....but

I got into mushroom hunting this year and I love it, but I have to tell you...it's a huge distraction. :lol: I used to quickly bushwhack through the woods to get where I wanted to herp. Now I'm dilly-dallying, first looking up to find the right trees certain shrooms tend to grow under, then I look d...
by Ridge Walker
January 21st, 2012, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: more 2011..Mint anyone?..
Replies: 14
Views: 1771

Re: more 2011..Mint anyone?..

Love the combat and group shots. Well done! :beer:

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by Ridge Walker
January 12th, 2012, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Notes on the H.E.R.P. database...
Replies: 33
Views: 3671

Re: Notes on the H.E.R.P. database...

While everyone here is discussing how to approach this topic (for the umpteenth time) our very own state Game and Fish department has this little item on the internet, via their home page, accessible to the millions of people surfing the web.... http://habimap.org/habimap And it lists the "protecte...
by Ridge Walker
December 5th, 2011, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East coast 2011.
Replies: 33
Views: 4060

Re: East coast 2011.

Love the photo of the two copperfellows lying side by side.... and the shot of the ridge top TR with the distant mtn scenery.... DBD approved post.... :thumb: Thanks DBD, glad you approve! :thumb: Where were these taken? East coast baby! Wow. Where EXACTLY do you live? Cause I'd settle for just a p...
by Ridge Walker
November 26th, 2011, 2:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East coast 2011.
Replies: 33
Views: 4060

Re: East coast 2011.

I guess it wasn't quite over for snakes in 2011. I saw this pair today, November 26th.

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by Ridge Walker
November 26th, 2011, 6:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thanksgiving slightly south
Replies: 6
Views: 1089

Re: Thanksgiving slightly south

Nice in situ on the copperheads! :beer:

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by Ridge Walker
November 21st, 2011, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East coast 2011.
Replies: 33
Views: 4060

Re: East coast 2011.

Thanks for the kind words everybody! I really enjoyed this post. Lots of great photography from insitu, to as flipped with some neat behavioral shots. The mating snappers was unreal. The three hot's in a pile of leaves was outstanding. I saw the copperhead last. The last addition of a spotted turtle...
by Ridge Walker
November 20th, 2011, 7:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East coast 2011.
Replies: 33
Views: 4060

Re: East coast 2011.

Thanks Pete! I believe those we ID'd as wheel bugs. Here's a few more photos I meant to post: http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/North%20of%20the%20border%202011/DSC_0067.jpg http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae23/nothing2seehere/North%20of%20the%20border%202011/DSC_0060.jpg ht...
by Ridge Walker
November 20th, 2011, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East coast 2011.
Replies: 33
Views: 4060

East coast 2011.

Some of these photos I've posted before, and some are new. In light of the recent discussions on the forum, I've been inspired by the people who are annoyed by not enough information being given to include in the title of this post exactly when and where all these photos were taken. ;) In no particu...
by Ridge Walker
November 13th, 2011, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 19249

Re: Really, has it come to this?

...I don't see the difference between posting photos with no info on this site and posting the same thing on another site...I do continue to post photos, but with no info accompanying them. RW, Your post has me a bit confused.Sounds a bit like you're in favor of NOT posting photos, yet towards the ...
by Ridge Walker
November 13th, 2011, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 19249

Re: Really, has it come to this?

Of course you flip someone's board if you find it. That's why nobody tells you where they are. And it's exactly the reason for brain drain on this forum. KW and Pierson have specifically mentioned being tired of shady people ripping off their spots as a reason for not posting here anymore. And a la...
by Ridge Walker
November 12th, 2011, 8:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnakes 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 3149

Re: Rattlesnakes 2011

Wow, that was a lot of buzztails! Awesome post, highlights for me were the Blacktail and Gila shot, and the neonate piles. Impressive that these were mostly nighttime shots...well done!

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by Ridge Walker
November 9th, 2011, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Really, has it come to this?
Replies: 190
Views: 19249

Re: Really, has it come to this?

From the sticky at the very top of the forums entitled: Terms of Usage (applies to all FHF forums)..... "No locale SPECIFICS. Anyone who feels this is not being adhered to, please contact FHF for review. We may not always agree with you, so keep that in mind when lodging a complaint about a topic. S...