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by Antonsrkn
November 29th, 2017, 1:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?
Replies: 97
Views: 35861

Re: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?

Mimicry is one of the most studied aspects of snake ecology and behavior. Joe Slowinski was one of the worlds foremost EXPERTS on the subject. Joey ended up taking a dirt nap courtesy of a bite he received from a snake he thought was a harmless mimic, Oops. Why even bring this up? I'm not sure how ...
by Antonsrkn
November 20th, 2017, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Requesting Images of the Commonly CB in the Wild
Replies: 14
Views: 7378

Re: Requesting Images of the Commonly CB in the Wild

I have a couple that fit into the category and were on hand to post: Rainbow boas are rather ubiquitous in the captive hobby, this was a young one from Peru. https://farm1.staticflickr.com/640/32256699650_682d54dd47_c.jpg Rainbow Boa by Anton , on Flickr Boa constrictors are a species that comes to ...
by Antonsrkn
October 23rd, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aposematism and mimicry
Replies: 22
Views: 8288

Re: Aposematism and mimicry

It's just snakes you want? Some great examples of aposematism and mimicry in other herps as well.
by Antonsrkn
October 19th, 2017, 7:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eyelash Vipers & Flowers
Replies: 12
Views: 5899

Eyelash Vipers & Flowers

First post in a while for me. I wanted to ask, how many of you have seen an eyelash viper in-situ on some sort of flower? It's become a cliche of sorts to pair the two and I have seen 100 photos of eyelash vipers that have been plopped on Heliconia or some sort of other flower. I suspect this has le...
by Antonsrkn
July 20th, 2017, 5:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?
Replies: 5
Views: 2626

Re: what Spesies of Bornean Cyrtodactylus it is ?

I agree that C. baluensis is unlikely given the location, rather I think it might be Cyrtodactylus pubisulcus.
by Antonsrkn
May 30th, 2017, 5:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Preventing Frogs from climbing walls
Replies: 8
Views: 7081

Preventing Frogs from climbing walls

Hi all, Kind of an odd request for help but I'd appreciate the advice and knowledge you all can offer. I need to keep frogs from crawling up the walls of plastic tub, the frogs in question are an arboreal species and have no trouble moving vertically on glass, bark, plastic or any other material. I ...
by Antonsrkn
May 21st, 2017, 6:42 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 133140

Re: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thre

The Hula painted frog is an amazing find, i'm familiar with the species but definitely not well enough to have recognized it in the shot.

Ranitomeya fantastica in situ
ImageBacklit Redhead by Anton, on Flickr
by Antonsrkn
April 24th, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A lizard with a blue spot
Replies: 2
Views: 1743

Re: A lizard with a blue spot

Any herpetologists working in the area? Looks like its been marked with paint or something similar to allow individual ID from a distance.
by Antonsrkn
April 21st, 2017, 4:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Toad ID
Replies: 3
Views: 2123

Re: Borneo Toad ID

Any thoughts would be appreciated. . Well, for what its worth, I would agree with your ID on both counts. I'm starting to get a bit rusty with my Borneo herps. Its been a few years since I spent time there. What range maps are you looking at? I often look at IUCN's they're good but most are approxi...
by Antonsrkn
April 2nd, 2017, 6:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Expertise help to ID - Frog and skink from Sabah Borneo
Replies: 5
Views: 2596

Re: Expertise help to ID - Frog and skink from Sabah Borneo

Your frog is Pulchrana glandulosa, maybe the reason no has IDed it yet and you've had trouble is the atypical head. Its not supposed to look like that, can't hazard a guess as to whats going on with the swelling or growth. Thanx alot with the help. Always a pleasure to follow you and your pics on I...
by Antonsrkn
March 30th, 2017, 4:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Expertise help to ID - Frog and skink from Sabah Borneo
Replies: 5
Views: 2596

Re: Expertise help to ID - Frog and skink from Sabah Borneo

Your frog is Pulchrana glandulosa, maybe the reason no has IDed it yet and you've had trouble is the atypical head. Its not supposed to look like that, can't hazard a guess as to whats going on with the swelling or growth.
by Antonsrkn
March 18th, 2017, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade.
Replies: 4
Views: 2703

Re: Yellow-eyed Ensatina x Sierra Nevada Ensatina intergrade

Don't know anything about the rarity and whatnot but that is undeniably a great looking gummy lizard.
by Antonsrkn
March 9th, 2017, 7:22 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Footprint ID
Replies: 2
Views: 4221

Re: Footprint ID

I can tell its not a raccoon or possum either as I'm familiar with their prints however beyond that im really not sure. I'm forced to eat my words.... According to a consensus on FB, turns out these are raccoon prints haha. I'm used to seeing the prints on a softer substrate where the individual fi...
by Antonsrkn
March 8th, 2017, 6:28 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Footprint ID
Replies: 2
Views: 4221

Footprint ID

Hello all, I came across some footprints in a local park here in Eastern North Carolina and I was hoping someone more knowledgeable than I could help ID them for me. Using my finely tuned outdoors man skills I have ruled out ungulates :) I can tell its not a raccoon or possum either as I'm familiar ...
by Antonsrkn
March 8th, 2017, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL
Replies: 11
Views: 4789

Re: 2016 Wisconsin, Texas, MO, IL

Wow congrats, the WI queen and ribbon snakes really stand out to me. When I was still living in WI up until a few years back, I was under the impression that their continued occurrence in the state was very questionable and didn't know anyone that had actually found one. Great work!
by Antonsrkn
February 27th, 2017, 7:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?
Replies: 6
Views: 6549

Re: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?

If you look at the first link theres another link to buy the book (It will take you to amazon), only $21! Seriously considering it, pretty great price. I'll have to take a look a bit later, if a portion of the proceeds go towards zoos/conservation that will seal the deal for me.
by Antonsrkn
February 23rd, 2017, 5:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

Re: Undescribed species

Anton, then I had to spend 3 days looking for that snake so the biologist could collect it hahaha. Tons of work to be done. Haha yeah, have to admit that was my fault that I just didn't recognize the snakes as new the first time around. Otherwise I would have held onto them and contacted TH. At tha...
by Antonsrkn
February 21st, 2017, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 4
Views: 2561

Re: Undescribed species

I've been lucky to run across a fair number of undescribed species, many of which I didn't realize were undescribed until after the fact. A couple I have seen I knew were something new, but held of on collecting either because of permit issues or the fact that I wasn't entirely sure that I had the k...
by Antonsrkn
February 11th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still
Replies: 7
Views: 3661

Re: Waiting for Herps - herping while staying still

Cool stories, I think that hanging out in an environment and waiting and watching is under appreciated. I don't think its possible to turn up the high numbers of herps as some other methods may produce but its certainly worthwhile. I work with poison frogs (Ranitomeya imitator) and this particular s...
by Antonsrkn
January 25th, 2017, 9:42 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Quality difference in Gorillapods
Replies: 4
Views: 6816

Re: Quality difference in Gorillapods

Thanks for the input from both of you, I appreciate it! I think I paid $90-100 on Amazon, wasn't $150. Yeah, I wasn't going to get it from their site as its more expensive than I have seen elsewhere, the one I have was from Amazon as well and was something like ~$20 less than what they sell their DS...
by Antonsrkn
January 21st, 2017, 5:10 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 26209

Re: Global Warming?

I don't have a lot of time to get into it now, but here is a brief answer to your question. There are hypotheses saying that chytrid's effect on amphibians is worsened by the changing climate, the difference in climate make various amphibians more susceptible. As I'm sure you know chytrid is respons...
by Antonsrkn
January 20th, 2017, 5:34 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Quality difference in Gorillapods
Replies: 4
Views: 6816

Quality difference in Gorillapods

Hello all, Does anyone have experience with the most expensive gorillapod? If you take a look at the Joby website link: http://joby.com/gorillapod you'll notice the varying gorillapod options. The one that I'm asking about is the gorilla pod focus for about ~$150 as compared to the next most expensi...
by Antonsrkn
December 18th, 2016, 6:28 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?
Replies: 6
Views: 6549

Re: How does Joel Sartore get his animal subjects?

As Joel Sartore is like a God in wildlife photography, Lol, Joel is definitely a talented guy but I don't know if I'd say a god in wildlife photography, then again I wouldn't call any one person that either. He's been working on his photoark project which has gotten a ton of publicity. From what I ...
by Antonsrkn
December 15th, 2016, 8:55 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp Photo wins first place in Nat Geo Nature Photog of Year
Replies: 12
Views: 11250

Re: Herp Photo wins first place in Nat Geo Nature Photog of

In looking at it again, other than the fact the snake is "sticking into" the frame it is a good composition. The use of light is good and the shallow DOF do make for a nice image. Yea, that's a pet peeve of mine. I don't like it where it seems like the foreground could have been photoshopped over t...
by Antonsrkn
November 2nd, 2016, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bay Area Help & Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Re: Bay Area Help & Tips

Hi all, An update on the trip, it was a wet 3 days out there but I enjoyed the times I was able to do a bit of hiking immensely. Species found: Ensatina eschscholtzii xanthoptica (I think i got the subspecies right for the Berkeley area) Batrachoseps attenuatus Aneides lugubris Thamnophis elegans te...
by Antonsrkn
October 22nd, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bay Area Help & Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Re: Bay Area Help & Tips

Excellent, thank you both for the info, im very glad to hear that I'll likely be able to turn up some new species for me. Less than a week now!

Best,
Anton
by Antonsrkn
October 21st, 2016, 3:20 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Nicholas wins international photography competition
Replies: 4
Views: 7342

Re: Nicholas wins international photography competition

Congratulations to Nicholas! Great images, and i'm sure there will be many more prizes to come as he clearly has a very good eye.
by Antonsrkn
October 17th, 2016, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bay Area Help & Tips
Replies: 4
Views: 2685

Bay Area Help & Tips

Hello all, I'll be spending a few days in the Berkeley, CA area at the end of this month visiting my girlfriend, I haven't spent much time on the West coast and consequently even the common species would be lifers for me. I'll only be in the area for ~3.5 days but luckily my partner enjoys herps and...
by Antonsrkn
October 17th, 2016, 9:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bay Area Help & Tips
Replies: 2
Views: 2729

Bay Area Help & Tips

Hello all, I'll be spending a few days in the Berkeley, CA area at the end of this month visiting my girlfriend, I haven't spent much time on the West coast and consequently even the common species would be lifers for me. I'll only be in the area for ~3.5 days but luckily my partner enjoys herps and...
by Antonsrkn
October 15th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR
Replies: 15
Views: 18386

Re: Review- Nikon 200-500 f/5.6E ED VR

Bill, thanks for taking the time and putting together this excellent review! I had read some reviews online but its certainly very useful to read one from a photographer whose work I am familiar with and admire. I have been extremely interested in this lens and some of the others you mentioned and p...
by Antonsrkn
October 3rd, 2016, 9:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Java and Borneo
Replies: 2
Views: 2295

Re: Herping Java and Borneo

If you're able to I highly recommend Mt. Kinabalu in Sabah and Danum Valley in Sabah as well. I don't have a whole lot of time to get into details right now, but if you'd like more info feel free to PM me.
by Antonsrkn
October 3rd, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fire fight
Replies: 8
Views: 3013

Re: fire fight

Excellent! These are 2 males then? I wasn't really aware of combat behavior in salamanders, except in some of the aquatic ones. Amazing documentation, must have been a marvel to see.
by Antonsrkn
October 2nd, 2016, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help with a very small frog? Opinions are all over
Replies: 7
Views: 2478

Re: ID help with a very small frog? Opinions are all over

It's definitely a cricket frog.
by Antonsrkn
September 15th, 2016, 7:56 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: The 10 pictures you most regret not getting
Replies: 2
Views: 4438

Re: The 10 pictures you most regret not getting

1. A leopard cat with kittens in Borneo. We were driving along a road in the evening when a leopard cat slowly started sauntering across the road and then just a few seconds later several kittens ran out after her. I had my camera on my lap and my camera bag by my feet but I had my macro lens attach...
by Antonsrkn
September 15th, 2016, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: herpetological parenting
Replies: 6
Views: 2738

Re: herpetological parenting

Definitely thought this thread was going to be about parental behaviors in herps. Parental behavior in herpers is good too.
by Antonsrkn
September 13th, 2016, 11:03 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 9586

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Excellent, hope the diopter is a success. Remember you can stack them as well to get even closer, you do lose some image quality so if you do choose to go this route get some quality ones to minimize this effect. So my designated macro right now is a 105 mm Nikkor, I use it for most of my photos. Bu...
by Antonsrkn
September 12th, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)
Replies: 13
Views: 9586

Re: Canon Prime Lens Advice (Close Focus)

Hi Ben, I'm not familiar with Canon lenses so I can't help with specifics. A minimum focus distance of 3.3 m? Whoa, thats quite large and in most cases I would say no good for herps especially if youre photographing them in tropical forest where at times the visibility is less than that. Your other ...
by Antonsrkn
August 20th, 2016, 3:33 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best and Worst of your gear?
Replies: 6
Views: 6955

Re: Best and Worst of your gear?

Its a lot easier for me to determine what my worst piece of gear is as opposed to my best, so I'll start with worst. My Nikon SB 500 flash, I got it so because it was small, not super expensive, and my main flash was having some issues while I was abroad and I needed another flash to hold me over un...
by Antonsrkn
August 17th, 2016, 7:08 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?
Replies: 44
Views: 23112

Re: Fail on EPIC porportion... 70-300 advice?

Y Let's not forget, that exposure, is a determining factor in the outcome of a photos quality and as I explained in the Dark Exposure Help post within the image lab forum, that by using dark, I am able to get a sharper image. .... See how they used the shields and geometry to bring balance back to ...
by Antonsrkn
August 4th, 2016, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?
Replies: 42
Views: 15977

Re: When is habitat restoration for herps a good thing?

Interesting question. Just a few thoughts from me here. The reason I ask is because I've seen habitat restoration so often targeted at a single species. But I can have my doubts about whether the effort is worth it in the broader picture. When you're creating habitat for one species, you're destroyi...
by Antonsrkn
July 31st, 2016, 6:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 2169

Re: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru

1. Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops atrox), I believe. They're also known as Lanceheads or Lance-headed Snakes. The patterning is a bit odd, but I'd definitely say it's a Bothrops. 2. Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) 3. Not sure of the species, but it's in the genus Osteocephalus. Never seen one with that dorsal ...
by Antonsrkn
July 29th, 2016, 5:44 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?
Replies: 14
Views: 10692

Re: Canon 100mm Macro lenses- L series vs non-L series?

I dont think its worth it for a macro lens that you pair with flash, that money could be better invested in some other sort of camera equipment.
by Antonsrkn
July 17th, 2016, 12:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 29634

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

I am desperately looking for someone, anyone, to defend or explain what Sara did from a scientific perspective and absolutely none of you have been able to even attempt to defend what she did. You may find out the hard way that the owner and moderator of this board does not appreciate name calling ...
by Antonsrkn
July 17th, 2016, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in habitat - photo thread
Replies: 69
Views: 22433

Re: Herps in habitat - photo thread

Been having fun with this type of shot lately. I'm sure some of you all have some new shots to share since this thread settled down. Here is my most recent from 2 days back.

ImageHappy World Snake Day by Anton, on Flickr
by Antonsrkn
July 17th, 2016, 11:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 29634

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Rather than wasting your time insulting me, why don't you guys defend what Sara did. Explain in scientific terms why changing names that have been published thousands of times in thousands of publications for over a century was a good idea. Over time our understanding of certain concepts has change...
by Antonsrkn
July 17th, 2016, 7:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 29634

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Gene, It is unfortunate that you were born with underdeveloped "genes" in the sense of humor portion of your brain. Sara can invite me to her "Snake Pit" and lump and split with me any time her heart desires. I have all sorts of kinky names we could throw at the Lichanura group, but you have to hav...
by Antonsrkn
June 20th, 2016, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 8095

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

. Anton those Ceratophrys stolzmanni are so cool, what is the other frog it's trying to eat? Are they particularly good diggers, what is the substrate like? Do you know if they have auditory communication as a tadpole like some other Ceratophrys (see below). I always wondered what the arid land fro...
by Antonsrkn
June 11th, 2016, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 8095

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Amazing photos all around but Bill I can't get enough of yours! The time and effort you must have put into getting them really shows, a great window into the lives of these amazing critters. So regrettably, I don't have any photos of spadefoots but I do have some shots of a species with a rather sim...
by Antonsrkn
May 23rd, 2016, 6:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida
Replies: 16
Views: 7537

Re: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida

I'm bothered otherwise responsible biologists fan the flames of public paranoia in the absence of data. The better answer to the question "Are there wild nile crocs in the Everglades?" should have been "We don't have any real evidence to suggest it. This might have been just an isolated instance. O...