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by Shane_TX
January 2nd, 2015, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Always check those roadkills!
Replies: 18
Views: 4889

Re: Always check those roadkills!

C'mon guys. Upper TX coast sirtalis aren't unexpected finds. They're actually predictable and a number of recent DORs are effectively out of the food chain. Pygs and chicken turtles......a bigger challenge.

Shane
by Shane_TX
May 3rd, 2014, 10:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And the curse was lifted
Replies: 6
Views: 1938

And the curse was lifted

Two weeks ago I had an opportunity to visit one of my favorite herping areas, and conditions were perfect. I decided to look for a particular snake that had always managed to elude my efforts in the field. Doing some rough math I know that I've personally put in a good 30+ field hours looking for th...
by Shane_TX
May 3rd, 2014, 8:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Greater Houston area - very preliminary RFI
Replies: 11
Views: 2986

Re: Greater Houston area - very preliminary RFI

Early October is a great time to be herping this area. Night cruising can be good if it's warm enough. If it's a bit too cool for night cruising you can do a combination of fieldherping and road cruising all day long. Typically, you can plan on the best of both worlds in early Oct. (i.e. day and nig...
by Shane_TX
April 13th, 2014, 9:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I actually did some herping! - Central Texas
Replies: 10
Views: 3177

Re: I actually did some herping! - Central Texas

I lived 15 minutes from where we flipped the Concho Watersnake for almost 4 years and never bothered. You just have to make the time. That's Ionides bad so shame on you. I really do hope the wx is favorable about five days from now.......great for late snowy owls but really putting a damper on my t...
by Shane_TX
April 11th, 2014, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I actually did some herping! - Central Texas
Replies: 10
Views: 3177

Re: I actually did some herping! - Central Texas

Nice report Chris! I find your lack of enthusiasm toward the lizardly crotes somewhat snobby though :lol: Always enjoy seeing them. I'll be in OK next week and they're up there on my list. I think you've motivated me to make a dog-leg on the way home too. Those Nerodia have been on my should-see lis...
by Shane_TX
March 19th, 2014, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?

Mid-coast it is. Plenty of public opportunity along the glistening, undeveloped coast and also inland opportunities as dusk nears. I already know some of the legal fieldherping places. More diverse, just as legal and more unexplored than the UTC all year long. I don't live there though so will need...
by Shane_TX
March 16th, 2014, 10:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?

Mid-coast it is. Plenty of public opportunity along the glistening, undeveloped coast and also inland opportunities as dusk nears. I already know some of the legal fieldherping places. More diverse, just as legal and more unexplored than the UTC all year long. I don't live there though so will need ...
by Shane_TX
March 16th, 2014, 9:47 pm
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: 4,000 Record Club
Replies: 32
Views: 10592

Re: 4,000 Record Club

And Hello to that export function. Gonna need it in the future.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 7th, 2014, 7:34 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some local birds ...updated with new photos
Replies: 115
Views: 63885

Re: Some local birds

I do miss my dearly departed S3. Macro and mid range were great but not so much on the zoom (12x) even though I tried. Are you hitting many of the posted shots at 20x?

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 7th, 2014, 4:55 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some local birds ...updated with new photos
Replies: 115
Views: 63885

Re: Some local birds

Mark,

Those are some great shots! What's your max zoom range? I bought a 300mm a while back for birds and turtles and unfortunately haven't put it to much use. I need to but I generally don't devote much patience to birds, and turtles as the case is.

Shane
by Shane_TX
March 6th, 2014, 7:28 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Let's see those Owls!!
Replies: 66
Views: 21053

Re: Let's see those Owls!!

Snowy from Indiana a couple of days ago. Lucky year for a foreigner to see one in IN's March and that it be a curious individual. I can't complain with the bucket-lister, but ebird details do make it a bit anticlimactic. Twenty-five minute drive, three minutes of glassing, get out of the vehicle to ...
by Shane_TX
March 6th, 2014, 6:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?

By spending this $15, we are telling TPWD that we are reasonable people who are willing to comply with reasonable regulations and that it is the regulations that have been a problem in the past I guess we disagree. I'm telling the TPWD that I am a reasonable person and unsupportive of the stamp. I'...
by Shane_TX
March 2nd, 2014, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?

Is LE still enforcing this on obvious road-herpers? Selectively/arbitrarily/capriciously, yes. Look, but don't touch is generally OK. That's the way it was long before the herp stamp. I'd be more riled by it if I just loved to hunt popular west TX roads. It's always been a west TX issue and to a le...
by Shane_TX
March 1st, 2014, 10:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?

So where do we stand on this guys? Anyone have a preference on location and date? I'd like to look for TX scarlet snakes. It's convenient too...March isn't the month so we're not in a hurry. Jeffro should be able to help with minutia. I can't make the TX pineywoods or LA under any circumstances. Sh...
by Shane_TX
March 1st, 2014, 9:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?

Is LE still enforcing this on obvious road-herpers?

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 24th, 2014, 10:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?
Replies: 8
Views: 1961

Re: Possible Ally in Overturning TX Road Hunting Ban?

Well, I guess he'll have to get elected first :lol: But perhaps we could be proactive here and play up some roadsnake-jerky in the logical move from dead culinary prospects to living masterpieces. Of course we'll have to defend rednecks with serious grille-guards, but again we can potentially ease t...
by Shane_TX
February 24th, 2014, 9:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I submit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

Re: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I subm

chrish wrote:
Shane_TX wrote:It's greek to yous. Anyway, hopefully some Aransas work in the future.

Shane
Shane,

There is no R in geek. :lol:
You are correct :lol:
by Shane_TX
February 22nd, 2014, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I submit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

Re: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I subm

It's greek to yous. Anyway, hopefully some Aransas work in the future.

Shane
by Shane_TX
February 22nd, 2014, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I submit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

Re: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I subm

chris_mcmartin wrote:
Shane_TX wrote:I don't mean to be a bad thorn
What, is this a new angle for you? :lol: :beer:
Hey, I can't help it if I'm a bit Cassandra-like :lol:
by Shane_TX
February 20th, 2014, 9:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I submit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2561

Re: Anybody want to review my Aransas proposal before I subm

I would caution against the strict naherp reference. It's one option; there are other avenues of digital data dispersal in TX, for sure. Data gathering will be important to them and that's why we're here, but you're limiting the membership by dictating one database. There are also other somewhat sim...
by Shane_TX
February 20th, 2014, 9:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?

Plenty, but we are talking about very thin strips of state and county land between crashing waves and muddy bays (between Surfside and San Luis Pass that I am sure of). There are some private properties in the mix but it's mostly public. Unusual to most Texans but it does exist. Duck hunters, fisher...
by Shane_TX
February 18th, 2014, 11:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal - EC Texas April 4-6?

Legal land access is not a problem on the upper TX coast, and probably the mid-coast for that matter. However, it can be a miserable experience for the uninitiated with more woes than expected. Thick mosquitoes and ungrazed grasses with unseen atrox combine for less than ideal conditions, normally. ...
by Shane_TX
February 8th, 2014, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Meeting Proposal -Somewhere in Texas April 4-6?
Replies: 25
Views: 6258

Re: Spring Meeting Proposal - EC Texas April 4-6?

This chapter has a big problem with TX herping areas. It's not that TX lacks square mileage, but that the easy stuff is national tree farm land in the eastern third of the state. And everyone from TX and LA and AR and OK has seen that stuff. This chapter has ridiculous boundaries! The unfortunate im...
by Shane_TX
February 4th, 2014, 1:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Chapter field trips
Replies: 40
Views: 10171

Re: Chapter field trips

The fence thing is correct: http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us/D ... /PE.30.htm Just do control+F and type trespass. There's a section outlining Criminal trespass law. Kyle, you are extremely WRONG about the "fence thing"! A fence is due notice in TX. On the field trip front NAFHA does have acqu...
by Shane_TX
February 1st, 2014, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Iowa turtles need your help
Replies: 2
Views: 1176

Re: Iowa turtles need your help

Can you give us some Cliff's Notes on the issue? Does Iowa not protect certain species of turtles? Or should we just blindly copy and paste in the name of Jeff Leclere and justinm? As you should know, it's always improper to be a blind activist. Next up, people like birds and I reasonably don't part...
by Shane_TX
January 31st, 2014, 11:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Close Call
Replies: 0
Views: 925

Close Call

You guys scared me a bit. Unfortunately axolotls aren't feline tigers so they're gone from the wild....and the feline tigers need some support! The drops will continue to come and it's most important to focus on habitats as a whole. Get active or at least support habitat causes. The vicinity of Mexi...
by Shane_TX
January 1st, 2014, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TPWD seeks public comment on gassing issue
Replies: 3
Views: 1334

Re: TPWD seeks public comment on gassing issue

with good science to back up the new laws.
You guys are killing me! Correct me if I am wrong, but AFAIK this is a link to a formal request for comment and not a new law......much less regulations in place. Am I wrong?

Shane
by Shane_TX
January 1st, 2014, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TPWD seeks public comment on gassing issue
Replies: 2
Views: 1203

Re: TPWD seeks public comment on gassing issue

The link to this topic dried up: http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=10&t=18304 Still seeking comment. Geez Chris, don't post that stuff with that kind of subject line until it's solidified :roll: I blame myself for commenting and should have known that Andy would have posted real ne...
by Shane_TX
December 23rd, 2013, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with two Borneo snake IDs please
Replies: 14
Views: 3406

Re: Help with two Borneo snake IDs please

Calamaria was my thought on the first ones. For whatever reason that genus just sticks in the memory of a Farancia aficionado. I was also going with Oocatochus on the trip down pet store lane. I remember seeing those guys at a local pet store with some regularity. I guess the selling crowd was final...
by Shane_TX
December 23rd, 2013, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas joins the 20th century (no, not the 21st yet)....
Replies: 2
Views: 1198

Re: Texas joins the 20th century (no, not the 21st yet)....

Good news. A long time coming for sure and it won't be undone. Thanks for posting! Now let's see if they go to Sweetwater and enforce it? Peer pressure is always the goal but I do agree that some worst offender busts are in order. Well I'd say judging by the enforcing agencies previous actions on la...
by Shane_TX
November 8th, 2013, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Request for Cemophora tissues
Replies: 5
Views: 1135

Re: Request for Cemophora tissues

By the way, how does one pronounce Cemophora lineri?
Not from Florida.

Shane
by Shane_TX
November 4th, 2013, 8:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What kind of snake is this?
Replies: 5
Views: 1522

Re: What kind of snake is this?

Coelognathus. It's a colubrid I'd love to see in the field!

Shane
by Shane_TX
November 4th, 2013, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My apologies to Texas
Replies: 4
Views: 1729

Re: My apologies to Texas

Pete, no worries. It was only a matter of time.

We Texan Nafhans do however apologize for Chris. He probably just misses his favorite Texas politician :lol:

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 26th, 2013, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lepidus in Hill Country?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: Lepidus in Hill Country?

Ehh...'reflective vestitures' was funnier. :P
I disagree :)

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 26th, 2013, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lepidus in Hill Country?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: Lepidus in Hill Country?

I just thought that it was a funny quote to have some fun with at a gathering.

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 25th, 2013, 7:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lepidus in Hill Country?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: Lepidus in Hill Country?

Don't forget the reflective vestitures and the herp stamp!
That being said, it's easy to trespass in TX.
Funny. You should bring that up at the next snakedays kangaroo court :lol:

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 24th, 2013, 8:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?
Replies: 64
Views: 14353

Re: Rattlesnake protective gear, thoughts and opinions?

Oh yes, I wear gaiters. Where I live atrox and cottonmouth are surprisingly abundant in the same prairie habitat. Sometimes I see them. A lot of good advice on this thread about not screwing with the ones you see, and some very bad advice from the unexperienced crowd that apparently consider that th...
by Shane_TX
October 24th, 2013, 6:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lepidus in Hill Country?
Replies: 19
Views: 3875

Re: Lepidus in Hill Country?

What I meant by "spots" was simply places where I could herp without a shotgun being in my face.
Pretty much anywhere as long as you aren't trespassing. Are you sure you've ever left the sidewalk?

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 18th, 2013, 8:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: October Species Counts
Replies: 7
Views: 2369

Re: October Species Counts

Found an atrox and horridus within longbow reach of each other along the mid coast earlier this month. Still hoping for a pyg population down that way but no dice these last two years. Some corals along the way and also cottonmouths and copperheads. Handful of natricines but no sirtalis, ratsnakes a...
by Shane_TX
October 12th, 2013, 8:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Saunders went down to Georgia.
Replies: 5
Views: 1333

Re: Saunders went down to Georgia.

Very impressive mudsnake. Definitely a good area to search for the food items of that beast!

Pygs are always a fun find and at least westward, an extremely good indicator of habitat diversity.

Shane
by Shane_TX
October 7th, 2013, 7:17 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Breeding Papuan Taipans
Replies: 9
Views: 3893

Breeding Papuan Taipans

HN hot topic it seems. Considering that this forum is in fact representing Herp Nation and snakemastermyke and etc. and etc. Does the U.S. herp world really feel that there is a popular need to breed Papuan Taipans? I ask an honest question. Personally, it's about the last thing that I want to see f...
by Shane_TX
September 15th, 2013, 8:41 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Those who eat what they catch...
Replies: 10
Views: 5367

Re: Those who eat what they catch...

The Galveston area always has advisories: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/seafood/Survey.shtm#advisory I tend to view them so infrequently that I'm never really up to date. Better than the '80s these days but it is an exceptional industrial area that is never without cautions; mainly for women and child...
by Shane_TX
September 15th, 2013, 5:29 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?
Replies: 50
Views: 22797

Re: So...what's become of Wild Recons' Donald Schultz...?

So does this mean that we can't get the herp nation snake master myke show anymore......or the gloves of power. I'm heartbroken.

Shane
by Shane_TX
August 29th, 2013, 6:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida colubrid ID help
Replies: 10
Views: 1994

Re: Florida colubrid ID help

That's a little coachwhip. My first though was racer due to the bold coloration but the head especially and pattern after a closer look tend to give it away. Not what hatchling coachwhips look like in my neck of the woods but a coachwhip in any case.

Shane
by Shane_TX
August 28th, 2013, 5:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Our species list for the year so far - 153 and counting
Replies: 49
Views: 13512

Re: Our species list for the year so far - 141 and counting

Ollotis valliceps - doesn't really occur in our region Pseudacris triseriata - doesn't really occur in our region So you're telling me that the two above have no representation in the database this year, there's redundancy in the list, or you're just being smart? Pantherophis emoryi doesn't really ...
by Shane_TX
August 8th, 2013, 4:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 43244

Re: Anyone know of fire ant control to use on alligator nest

So if we drop all the chemistry and egg biology and all that stuff, we've still got futzing around with an alligator nest, which is 1) illegal under most circumstances, 2) not necessary for regional population viability, 3) probably not even desirable given the local setting (who really wants to gr...
by Shane_TX
August 7th, 2013, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: control
Replies: 52
Views: 43244

Re: Anyone know of fire ant killer to use on alligator nests

I would point out, though, that the OP is discussing a bit more than just watching hatchling emergence. He is discussing applying a potent insecticide, on someone else's property, and specifically applying it onto a "wildlife feature" (a nest) the disturbance of which is undeniably illegal. So ther...
by Shane_TX
July 30th, 2013, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie YOTS round from Southern coin and collectables.
Replies: 2
Views: 821

Re: Aussie YOTS round from Southern coin and collectables.

That's funny, thanks for posting.

Shane
by Shane_TX
July 27th, 2013, 10:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tanning Roadkill Skins
Replies: 26
Views: 5853

Re: Tanning Roadkill Skins

Is 60% isopropyl appropriate? Where does one buy glycerine? As previously mentioned glycerol can be found at any chain drug store. You can also consider hardware store alternatives such as acetone, denatured alcohol, etc. to take the place of isopropanol. Personally, and I know that 50/50 works, I'...
by Shane_TX
July 27th, 2013, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DON'T go jogging after getting bit by an Aussie Brown snake
Replies: 9
Views: 1892

Re: DON'T go jogging after getting bit by an Aussie Brown sn

I lived in Australia for a little while and found that there's this sort of "walk it off, it's not a big deal" attitude towards everything. A woman I worked with came in one day with her foot so red and swollen that she couldn't wear shoes. I asked her what happened and she just shrugged and said s...