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by gbin
April 29th, 2015, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Maybe when [justin] calms down a bit he'll see I didn't say whatever it is he seems to think I did. Or maybe he already knows that but is acting otherwise because he knows he won't get much traction trying to attack me on what's really got him upset, my pointing out in a later post (as a fact relev...
by gbin
April 29th, 2015, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Gerry, How many children have you raised? I'm going to guess none. Which really means you have shit for experience to pull from, and don't have a leg to stand on with regard to how they should be raised or moralized. I love when clueless idealists tell me how to raise my kids, or what they would do...
by gbin
April 28th, 2015, 5:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

- No they are not all novices but a significant portion of those whom have had the animal/s long periods and have a history of keeping in past but have lost interest in the particular animal because of a new interest in acquiring another species, or other reason like moving, growth of reptile dicta...
by gbin
April 28th, 2015, 3:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

If you are preparing kids for a hands-on, no-collecting field trip, then it makes sense to prepare them for the idea of putting animals back where they find them, regardless of one's feelings on collecting in general. It doesn't need to be anything preachy or complicated. I would just try to explai...
by gbin
April 27th, 2015, 5:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Spend some time with a good dictionary, dthor, and don't just read but also think about what you find there. I'm particularly fond of the American Heritage Dictionary, if you need a good recommendation. Peter, did you decide that you want to make your thread a rehashing of the debate about whether h...
by gbin
April 26th, 2015, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

... you could print and hand out 'Jr Citizen Scientist' certificates... which can go a long way towards building up self-esteem... Yeah? I'm sure we'd all like it if something helped. I guess it's worth a try, anyway... http://i829.photobucket.com/albums/zz211/gbin2/citizen%20science%20award_zpssp3...
by gbin
April 26th, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

... Yesterday, and I do mean just yesterday a mom and her two young children came in needing help because the racer a family friend caught and gave to them is now half dead, and after googling came to the store to see if they could get 'blue bellies' to feed it... How awful! And even more upsetting...
by gbin
April 26th, 2015, 8:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Adults allow me to moralize to their children all the time, and navigate them toward a pet other than a reptile, that is more compatible to the needs children have to be affectional and to have something to pet and handle frequently. Kelly, you're talking about giving children individual guidance i...
by gbin
April 26th, 2015, 6:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

Gerry, Perhaps, despite the above, it is true that I am moralizing. However, those are my beliefs about Field Herping, and I feel that I should share those with these kids... As I said. I'd like to ask you and like-minded folks to at least think something through, though: How would you feel if some...
by gbin
April 25th, 2015, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Art
Replies: 91
Views: 23414

Re: Herp Art

Such creative people we have here! My applause! :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
April 25th, 2015, 10:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Herping Values for da youts....
Replies: 85
Views: 13957

Re: Field Herping Values for da youts....

I'm giving a talk at the Chicago Herpetologial Society Junior group to help educate these kids on Field Herping... 1) Field Herping (kind of like birding) is more about seeing, photographing and appreciating nature rather than collecting, keeping, possessing.... 2) If you want to keep an animal, bu...
by gbin
April 24th, 2015, 9:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

... It does sum it up, and I have no desire or time to argue with gbin about any of it...so I just laugh... You people have fun here...you obviously have too much time on your hands... :o As I mentioned, the anonymous "fringe" (doubtless well known to everyone here at FHF under his regular name) ce...
by gbin
April 24th, 2015, 9:04 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

You keep tagging the thread with, "Gerry was here". We get it. Just as I said, folks, we can expect more of this kind of thing from "fringe" (who is now up to 17 posts in his ongoing anonymous personal attack) or whatever other pseudonym he adopts, in other threads and at other times if he tires of...
by gbin
April 24th, 2015, 4:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

... We've been over this a billion times, which is probably the reason your copy and paste routine didn't go over too well. Also, that is not censorship, it's just cleaning up the repetitive graffiti. I've already said this, but it bears repeating... Note, folks, that apparently none of the now 16 ...
by gbin
April 23rd, 2015, 1:51 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

I just discovered that my response to "fringe's" lengthy personal attack targeting me has been censored out of this thread, while said attack was left up. Here's what I guess y'all weren't supposed to able to read: It's by now abundantly clear that "fringe's" posts to this thread, his only posts to ...
by gbin
April 21st, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting Chuckwalla
Replies: 7
Views: 2105

Re: Interesting Chuckwalla

Very nice, indeed!

And how did you ever manage to spot it against the terrain? As beautiful as it is in hand, it looks to have been quite cryptically colored in situ.

Gerry
by gbin
April 21st, 2015, 7:14 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Venomous Reptiles and Their Toxins
Replies: 10
Views: 7195

Re: Venomous Reptiles and Their Toxins

What a great accomplishment! Congratulations, Bryan!

:beer:

Gerry
by gbin
April 21st, 2015, 7:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

I'll respond with another photographic metaphor:

I reckon how one should behave depends on whether one wants to take a picture or be a part of the picture. "Different strokes..."

;)

Gerry
by gbin
April 21st, 2015, 6:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

As I mentioned, stress biology is a very hot topic nowadays. From a historical perspective, it's interesting that another split in thought appears to be developing between European and American scientists in this area: Back in the day, Lorenz, Tinbergen and von Frisch led European scientists into th...
by gbin
April 19th, 2015, 4:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

Thank you, Kelly. Far too few people are (so far) willing to stand up to the cyberbullying that occurs here at FHF, and I appreciate your doing so both on my behalf and in the hope that you'll encourage others to do so in turn. I should point out, though, that this never was "just a disagreement, op...
by gbin
April 16th, 2015, 10:12 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

It is increasingly apparent that "fringe's" posts to this thread, his only posts to date here at FHF, are nothing but examples of how known individuals with known personal grudges use anonymity to attack people they don't like in an internet forum from a seemingly new front, and to make it appear as...
by gbin
April 15th, 2015, 4:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

It is increasingly apparent that "fringe's" posts to this thread, his only posts to date here at FHF, are nothing but examples of how known individuals with known personal grudges use anonymity to attack people they don't like in an internet forum from a seemingly new front, and to make it appear as...
by gbin
April 15th, 2015, 3:27 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

This thread is a good example of why there was a mass exodus from the FHF. It starts out fine, but gradually digresses into an arrogant and self righteous tone, slamming other social platforms and singing the praises of how the FHF is the pinnacle of spirited debate. It ends in a usual fashion with...
by gbin
April 11th, 2015, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Want to study herps for AZ Game & Fish?
Replies: 0
Views: 3718

Want to study herps for AZ Game & Fish?

Check out this job announcement.

Good luck!

Gerry
by gbin
April 11th, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

I meant in terms of actions and effect, of bagging, tactically exhausting, repetitive tailing. Not what/who is applying them. I do not know of snake as prey/predator interaction that last for hours or days. If there was such an event, the same consequences would apply. But morbid fright isn't usual...
by gbin
April 10th, 2015, 1:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

edit-I've seen some really rough pinning of rattlesnakes and some really gentle. The venom extractors pin their snakes hundreds and hundreds of times but I bet they never fracture a bone. Contrast that with someone like me, who is scared and never properly trained, and that is a recipe for trauma. ...
by gbin
April 10th, 2015, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

... a high proportion of the rattlesnakes had skull and neck fractures... Questions that came to mind when I read this was: Did they consider and if so could they tell whether the fractures were fresh enough to be likely attributable to the snakes' capture by pinning? And if so, how did such fractu...
by gbin
April 10th, 2015, 5:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

Could a finesse of methodology which made more paramount the reduction of stressors in process improve the outcome of relocation efforts? This is definitely an area where considerable effort is now being made, to improve the reintroduction/translocation prospects for all kinds of animals. Pretty mu...
by gbin
April 9th, 2015, 5:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

http://i481.photobucket.com/albums/rr180/wstreps/Tri%20Color%20Hog%20Nose/moc.jpg Another animal getting a bit excited without being touched. Actually... Just as a person can't tell how stressed an animal is simply because it attempts to escape while being handled, s/he can't tell how stressed it i...
by gbin
April 9th, 2015, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

... Human interaction manipulation that does not resemble any natural occurrence with any other animal in the world. If I understand, Kelly, the idea is that this is a special concern. But that doesn't fit with what we know of stress biology. Hormonally speaking - and hormones drive everything else...
by gbin
April 9th, 2015, 1:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Handling Wild Herps Poll
Replies: 66
Views: 9684

Re: Handling Wild Herps Poll

We've discussed this subject repeatedly and at considerable length over the years; people who are particularly interested in it should search the archive, as I'm sure a number of us aren't up for repeating whatever we've got to contribute to it ad nauseam . To save myself some time at the keyboard (...
by gbin
April 6th, 2015, 6:10 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

This thread is a good example of why there was a mass exodus from the FHF. It starts out fine, but gradually digresses into an arrogant and self righteous tone, slamming other social platforms and singing the praises of how the FHF is the pinnacle of spirited debate. It ends in a usual fashion with...
by gbin
April 2nd, 2015, 7:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

I suspect you know as well as I do that "scientific group" has a particular connotation . . .Whether you realize it or not, language matters, and without my correction you could have conveyed (I believe you were conveying) something very different than you intended. Kinda like using the word "traff...
by gbin
April 2nd, 2015, 5:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

:lol: :lol: :lol: Well, Gerry, you derailed another one! :roll: Stamp the side of your fusilage with another kill. In the interest of seeing how you'll play your game when others don't play, the "group" was not a specifically named group, but rather a group of individuals who were a subset of a big...
by gbin
April 2nd, 2015, 8:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

Well, as often you do, Bill. You respond to my accurate, meaningful criticism as if it were something other than it is, in particular as a reflection of some kind of terrible personal flaw of mine. My statement was an example of how sometimes even scientists are people with all the frailties and pre...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 6:52 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

... if there is any debate about anything I actually said... Gerry, argue the issue... Gerry,... argue the issue at hand. I'm happy to put it more bluntly for those who for whatever reason might not understand: Real debate requires honest discourse, and isn't possible with someone who is willing to...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 4:29 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

Gerry, argue the issue... I'm happy to put it more bluntly for those who for whatever reason might not understand: Real debate requires honest discourse, and isn't possible with someone who is willing to be dishonest to try to set up and/or win arguments, as jonathan has amply proven himself to be ...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 11:15 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Snake nest boxes, what media do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 7512

Re: Snake nest boxes, what media do you use?

Good to know Ger, I loved the term 'Rowdy' Jimi used to describe the temperate runners. He did touch upon the subject in a humorous way, I agree. ;) I just wanted to be sure people understood that some bamboos can cause serious ecological disruption, too. It's not merely a matter of the neighbors g...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 10:51 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

... if there is any debate about anything I actually said... I'm happy to put it more bluntly for those who for whatever reason might not understand: Real debate requires honest discourse, and isn't possible with someone who is willing to be dishonest to try to set up and/or win arguments, as jonat...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 7:00 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

On my facebook account I have a large number of scientists and scientists-in-training as friends, and there is often discussion of why religious folk should be excluded from teaching or practicing science... Right, and there isn't any difference between scientists and scientists-in-training, nor be...
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 5:48 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Snake nest boxes, what media do you use?
Replies: 28
Views: 7512

Re: Snake nest boxes, what media do you use?

On the dark side of the discussion about bamboo...

Some bamboos can be terribly invasive exotics, very hard to get rid of even on a small scale (such as in one's backyard) and virtually impossible to eradicate on a larger scale. Just something to keep in mind.

Gerry
by gbin
April 1st, 2015, 5:35 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits
Replies: 79
Views: 37843

Re: They're out! buzzers, thamnophis, and pits

You see this in all walks: people with strong political ideas surround themselves with only like-thinkers and the group starts to believe its own propaganda for fact; religious folks often immerse themselves in their own kind, denying access to people who disagree, and start believing they are the ...
by gbin
March 21st, 2015, 5:04 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: HERP NATION Magazine
Replies: 7
Views: 6061

Re: HERP NATION Magazine

Gee, Dave, I thought it was just your personal style to falsely accuse someone of something (e.g. my supposedly claiming that the HERP database is worthless, Scott's supposedly running Herp Nation magazine as some kind of a Ponzi scheme to rip off subscribers) and then to ignore it when they've refu...
by gbin
March 21st, 2015, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 7954

Re: How much does it cost?

... I chased snakes hard for the past several years but am fishing more now. 230 or so days/nights a year hunting herps cost me around $25,000 per year... See, this is probably why most of us try hard not to calculate or even do a good job of estimating the expenses of our hobbies. Tim, there's no ...
by gbin
March 21st, 2015, 4:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!
Replies: 20
Views: 5853

Re: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!

* Saying, "This is the last thing I'll post", and then deleting that claim and posting repeatedly afterwards, is a bit dishonest... You think? ;) Switching the order of posts around to try to make it look as if his unwarranted denigrations of others are fresh and unaddressed is really among the lea...
by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top Down Effects of Snakes
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: Top Down Effects of Snakes

My thoughts, exactly.

Gerry
by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top Down Effects of Snakes
Replies: 15
Views: 3589

Re: Top Down Effects of Snakes

Ok, I believe I understand you now, amigo. Curse this stilted electronic communication medium! :x I agree that information on DOR pythons themselves could be useful, especially if the data point toward a young and growing population or (wish-wish...) a population crash, as you mention. But I think i...
by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 7:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea
Replies: 84
Views: 14607

Re: Yet another study showing snake relocation is a bad idea

Bryan Hamilton wrote:Its good to be skeptical. Just please don't ignore or disqualify the published studies...
One of my favorite things that's been posted here at FHF in some time. :thumb:

Gerry
by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!
Replies: 20
Views: 5853

Re: Join the 2015 Bangladesh Python Project Expedition!

Folks can read through Ernie's garbage if they find it entertaining, but this is really all one needs to know about him with respect to his participation in this thread: [Ernie Eison] and [David and Tracy] Barkers' many years spent trafficking in pythons has enabled them to learn a fair bit about th...
by gbin
March 20th, 2015, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Translocation of snakes
Replies: 27
Views: 5479

Re: Translocation of snakes

I'm sure your husbandry is good, dthor, but there is still the potential for disease transmission if you keep any other snakes besides those two rat snakes, or even if you don't keep any other snakes but have done so in the past. You said you've kept those two snakes "in clean, sterile conditions th...