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by Soopaman
January 6th, 2019, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 EOY Recap
Replies: 18
Views: 8394

Re: 2018 EOY Recap

Fantastic photos, Frank. You've got some real gems in here. I can't help but be envious of all the time you get to spend out in my favorite part of the state!
by Soopaman
December 20th, 2018, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: And Then... I Found Myself In Washington - (part 1)
Replies: 5
Views: 11905

Re: And Then... I Found Myself In Washington - (part 1)

Some nice photos from Washington. I especially like the in situ of the garter in the blackberry bush! Apropos for the species!
by Soopaman
December 20th, 2018, 1:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 11781

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Thanks Porter! Great story, pigs can be pretty intense eaters. Sounds like a scene from Silence of the Lambs. That lamb was definitely silenced lol I cant image what that sounded like...The pin was up on a hill and pretty widespead from what I remember. Away from the house. Guess thats why they did...
by Soopaman
December 17th, 2018, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 11781

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Kyle Thanks for applying the defibrillator to FHF - stimulated me anyway. Do those snakes require therapy after enduring one of your and Armin's combined, glam studio sessions? If you get the urge for another post, I would like to see a longitudinal series of holbrooki/splendida shots from Houston ...
by Soopaman
December 13th, 2018, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 11781

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Awesome post dude. Love the copperheads but would have loved some LA cottonmouths. I'm an agkistrodon junkie, haha. -Derek Thank you! I'm not a huge fan of agkistrodon myself, but I really like the look of some of the Trans-Pecos copperheads I've seen, especially the really brightly colored one fro...
by Soopaman
December 13th, 2018, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 11781

Re: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

Been looking forward to this, as it wasn't too long ago that I was checking out your EOY 2017 again. What a year, again rich in quantity and quality! Thanks man! Glad to see some folks still getting enjoyment out of these EOY posts! It's been quite a while since we went out that April a few years a...
by Soopaman
December 12th, 2018, 12:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 11781

EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)

This has been another fantastic year for herping. While I've spent significantly less time in the field than in years past, individual outings have been much more productive. My focus has, as usual, been mostly on lampropeltis , and this year I spent a good bit of time searching for alterna in west ...
by Soopaman
January 1st, 2018, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!
Replies: 9
Views: 7846

2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!

It's been another great year in the south. Lots of great adventures with friends, and many cool snakes to discover. Big highlights of the year included a week long trip to south Texas with John and Armin, as well as a four day trip to west Texas with Brennan, and other weekend in west Texas where I ...
by Soopaman
November 14th, 2017, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?
Replies: 97
Views: 45820

Re: Could Pattern Mimicry in Snakes be Misinterpreted?

I'm not convinced that tricolored mimicry is entirely due to predatory avoidance. Kelly's assertion of "motion dazzle" camouflage makes sense when encountering these animals during the day. When stumbling across a fast moving coral snake or milk snake in the day, it is awfully hard to visually track...
by Soopaman
November 14th, 2017, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona Herping Adventure: Part 1
Replies: 9
Views: 6440

Re: Arizona Herping Adventure: Part 1

Looks like a checkered garter snake being eaten by the hawk.

Nice looking splendida y'all found!
by Soopaman
February 18th, 2017, 10:12 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Mountain Kings by Brian Hubbs FOR SALE
Replies: 12
Views: 13814

Re: Mountain Kings by Brian Hubbs FOR SALE

Brian Hubbs wrote:I will have more books by the end of this month...thanks for your support... :thumb:
Brian, I'm interested in this one as well. Can you let me know when you have more in print?
by Soopaman
January 12th, 2017, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 10677

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

Thanks folks! Great post Kyle. It was great meeting you and swapping tales while we road cruised, even if we didn't see a lot of snakes! The vinagaroon and gopher snake are in my classroom and eating like champs though. Great meeting you as well, Bill. I had a good time hanging out. What are you fee...
by Soopaman
January 8th, 2017, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY
Replies: 17
Views: 7323

Re: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY

You popped a good year, bud!

Your photography has really become fantastic. All these images are great, it's hard to pick out a favorite.

That Blanchardi has me itching to get to Mexico!
by Soopaman
December 22nd, 2016, 10:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 10677

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

Thanks for the kind words everyone! You totally milked this post! Your 2016 was excellent and I'm glad to have been there for parts of it. Excited to see where we end up next year. Glad you'll be part of the 2017 Milking! outstanding photos kyle! wish you had some pics of Vess from W. Tejas....... W...
by Soopaman
December 18th, 2016, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review
Replies: 10
Views: 6646

Re: 2016 Year in Review

Looks like a fun year, Nick. Some really great photos in here, especially the shots under the stars at night.
by Soopaman
December 11th, 2016, 11:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 10677

Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

It's that time of year again! It's the time to snuggle up for the Holidays and enjoy the year-end field herping summaries from around the country and abroad, and to see all the enticing finds that keep our spirits warm through the cold and unproductive winter. Armin and I always look at our adventur...
by Soopaman
October 19th, 2016, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OPINIONS ON WEATHER CHANGES STARTING TODAY AND HERPING
Replies: 4
Views: 2630

Re: OPINIONS ON WEATHER CHANGES STARTING TODAY AND HERPING

Should have road cruised Wednesday night.

Flip Saturday and Sunday.
by Soopaman
September 22nd, 2016, 5:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Locality Bull Snake
Replies: 7
Views: 3995

Re: Locality Bull Snake

It's a common snake, I don't see why you couldn't find them off 998 west of town. That rocky ridge looks like it would have lots of rocks to flip.
by Soopaman
February 5th, 2016, 5:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Far
Replies: 13
Views: 5773

Re: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Fa

herpseeker1978 wrote: Isn't this a Prairie King? You have it labeled as a Great Plains Rat

Josh
Calligaster have, usually, narrower and more angular blotches, and the "arrow" marking on the head always points back toward the body, not forward.
by Soopaman
February 5th, 2016, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Far
Replies: 13
Views: 5773

Re: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Fa

You've had some really excellent years, Chad. I'm envious of some of those finds, and your photography is great. I really like that shot of the cotton gaping next to the cypress knees. Thanks, Kyle! I really appreciate it, brother. I'mma come hang out Texas style this spring. K? K. Shoot me a messa...
by Soopaman
February 5th, 2016, 9:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Far
Replies: 13
Views: 5773

Re: In the Field: Highlights of 2014, 2015, and 2016 Thus Fa

You've had some really excellent years, Chad. I'm envious of some of those finds, and your photography is great. I really like that shot of the cotton gaping next to the cypress knees.
by Soopaman
February 4th, 2016, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NM, West Texas and Arizona
Replies: 12
Views: 5318

Re: NM, West Texas and Arizona

Great stuff, Frank. I think I may have run into you one night in the Davis Mountains in August. Can't remember the weekend I was there, it was either the second or third week. I remember coming up on a stopped car with AZ plates, and one passenger was at the cut. Told us he thought he saw a ringtail...
by Soopaman
February 3rd, 2016, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas
Replies: 14
Views: 5141

Re: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas

Soopaman: thank you for that valuable information. It is greatly appreciated. Maybe we could get Sky Stevens to join us. Heather: the 5 day permit would definitely work and save us money. I'm not sure if she'll be around to join you. She was finishing up her master's degree and looking for PhD posi...
by Soopaman
February 3rd, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas
Replies: 14
Views: 5141

Re: Inaugural Ladies Herpathon Terlingua, Texas

The "Reptile and Amphibian Endorsement" for $10 is for "capturing indigenous reptiles or amphibians on the shoulder of a public road or any unpaved area of a public right of way" according to the TPWD website. It looks like there is a 5 day non-resident special hunting permit that could work for th...
by Soopaman
January 28th, 2016, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to May 1
Replies: 14
Views: 6229

Re: 2016 NAFHA National Field Trip - Mena, AR - Apr 29 to Ma

I would love to make this, but I know I'll be too busy that time this year. I went on many trips to Queen Wilhelmina State Park with my grandparents as a child; it was always a favorite place of mine.
by Soopaman
January 24th, 2016, 8:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

Re: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EO

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Kyle, What a great year and excellent photos as well. I really like the Leptodeira photos, I got jealous every time I saw you post one on Flickr, they are so unique and different from any other US snakes. Thanks, I really enjoy seeing those leptodeira. Prepare to ...
by Soopaman
January 24th, 2016, 8:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica December 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 8764

Re: Costa Rica December 2015

Nice shots, bud. Lots of cool stuff here. I was planning to do a Costa Rica trip in December but had to cancel. It's nice to vicariously enjoy yours!
by Soopaman
January 24th, 2016, 3:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year 2015! (TX, MX, AZ, NM)
Replies: 4
Views: 3080

Re: End of Year 2015! (TX, MX, AZ, NM)

What a great year, Ben! You're really lucky to have been able to do the Mexico stuff. I fear that most of us won't have that opportunity due to the risks of traveling through that part of Mexico. Your photography is excellent as always. I think my favorite shot though is the massassauga with all the...
by Soopaman
January 21st, 2016, 3:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dangerfield Herps
Replies: 21
Views: 9969

Re: Dangerfield Herps

I've entertained quite a few folks from various parts of the country, and almost always they excitedly want to see copperheads. I always try to urge them to focus on something else, and we'll come across copper heads even if we wish to avoid them! https://farm1.staticflickr.com/661/21992208311_2d8e0...
by Soopaman
January 18th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 34346

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

Nice shots everyone. Bill I really like that shot of the atrox with the city in the background. Bravo! Some wonderfuls shots so far. Looking at all these shots got me thinking about where we've come in field herp photography over the last 20 years. It used to be these herp in habitat shots were "all...
by Soopaman
January 16th, 2016, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 - EOY (CA, NV, UT, AZ, Costa Rica, Mexico)
Replies: 18
Views: 6724

Re: 2015 - EOY (CA, NV, UT, AZ, Costa Rica, Mexico)

Great year, man. I love all the Mexico stuff, and the black-faced Z's.
by Soopaman
January 14th, 2016, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!
Replies: 61
Views: 34346

Re: Post your 1 best photo from 2015!

Hard to decide, but I put a lot of effort into this:

ImageCrotalus horridus (Canebrake Rattlesnake) by Kyle, on Flickr
by Soopaman
January 13th, 2016, 8:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer 2015 (GA, AL, TN, SC, NM, TX)
Replies: 8
Views: 4470

Re: Summer 2015 (GA, AL, TN, SC, NM, TX)

If there's anyone who's had a better year, I've yet to see it. I wouldn't go back to west Texas after your luck this trip, it will never live up to the expectations! Hit me up if you're ever passing through Houston again. Could have added a buttermilk and maybe a couple other things to your list, th...
by Soopaman
January 13th, 2016, 8:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 Year In Review
Replies: 3
Views: 2422

Re: 2015 Year In Review

I only looked at the snakes link, but great write up and photos. You had a really good year. The timbers and milks were a treat to see.
by Soopaman
January 9th, 2016, 8:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

Re: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EO

A few more shots. This was a Leptodeira from down in the valley, the day after Christmas. https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1615/24176236722_2f27ebf0e5_b.jpg Leptodeira septentrionalis (Northern Cat-eyed Snake) by Kyle , on Flickr https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1706/24201896571_66bc26c391_b.jpg Leptode...
by Soopaman
January 9th, 2016, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

Re: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EO

Thanks everyone! Your canebrake & starry night photo is one of the most memorable pics I've ever seen on the forum. Could you explain what you had to do to achieve that? Great work throughout, btw For that photo I blended two shots together. I took a flash shot of the canebrake, and that illuminated...
by Soopaman
January 6th, 2016, 7:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flipping over 2015 (La, Tex, Miss, Ala, Fla. Co.) EOY
Replies: 5
Views: 5232

Re: Flipping over 2015 (La, Tex, Miss, Ala, Fla. Co.) EOY

I forgot just how many dang canes you found last year! They just kept coming! Nice shots, all of them. That corn on the farm equipment is still one of my favorites of yours! Not to mention the fat tire cane, and the double milk shot. You really make those kings at your camp look good. I'll have to p...
by Soopaman
January 3rd, 2016, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

Re: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EO

Get down south sometime! Nothing quite like finding 60+ snakes on the road at night. To me, it sure beats the socks off staring at cuts. Oh, I spent many hours cruising down south before the fracking operations came along and trashed everything. But I really need to get farther down south and see s...
by Soopaman
January 3rd, 2016, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2015 End-o'-the-year. Stuff happened.
Replies: 4
Views: 9491

Re: 2015 End-o'-the-year. Stuff happened.

Nice stuff, Ryan, you had a good and diverse year. We'll have to get out again soon. It's pretty much that time! I still need to see a blackneck garter from your area.

Was that lepto you and Justin turned up found with Blake? I can't remember if we talked about that one.
by Soopaman
January 2nd, 2016, 7:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: All them salamanders of 2015
Replies: 19
Views: 8191

Re: All them salamanders of 2015

Great stuff, Jake! It was good to meet you this summer. You sure had a helluva year on 'manders! That was pretty epic.
by Soopaman
January 2nd, 2016, 7:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

Re: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EO

WOW! Great pictures, all of them! What lens(s) for close shots? Great stuff. Thanks, Russ. I use a 50mm macro, or a 135mm w/ extension tubes for most of my close up photographs. Amazing finds - those mexican milks are gorgeous! -Ananth Those are some of my favorites! I like the LA milks alright, bu...
by Soopaman
January 1st, 2016, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY
Replies: 34
Views: 21705

We're Not Out of The Woods Yet (TX,LA,MS,AL,FL): 2015 EOY

Hello again folks, I hope everyone had a fun and satisfying 2015. This past year has been another great year for herping, and life in general. I traveled all over Texas and Louisiana, and ventured further east to Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. I saw many lifers, from east and west (and south!) a...
by Soopaman
December 29th, 2015, 10:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hibernation questions
Replies: 57
Views: 20133

Re: Hibernation questions

The only way such conclusions of behavior could be complete would be by determining the subclinical point in controlled temperature, to delete thermal injury and its discomfort from the observational field. How hard is it to understand, that despite deleterious effects, the observed pythons had no ...
by Soopaman
December 29th, 2015, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I traveled too much this year(AZ, TX, Fl, Wa, etc)
Replies: 11
Views: 5510

Re: I traveled too much this year(AZ, TX, Fl, Wa, etc)

You had a good year!

Should have included that horridus we got the one day we went out, and Ryan got stuck a half dozen times.
by Soopaman
September 15th, 2015, 6:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 30932

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

Found this after a long day of hiking, right as we were sitting down to eat back at the truck. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5502/14230605984_a690d1f040_b.jpg Pantherophis obsoletus lindheimeri (Texas Rat Snake) by Kyle , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2907/14044266087_f855161f80_b.jpg Pa...
by Soopaman
September 9th, 2015, 10:33 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Drift Fence Designs w/ OR w/o Traps & Trap Designs
Replies: 14
Views: 19141

Re: Drift Fence Designs w/ OR w/o Traps & Trap Designs

I really don't know what the point would be without a trap.

If you design a large enough funnel trap with water bowls (think the kind that refill themselves from a reservoir as water is used), and a covering that prevents direct sunlight, you can leave animals in it for a week or two without issue.
by Soopaman
September 7th, 2015, 12:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone willing to share some spots near NYC?
Replies: 2
Views: 1226

Re: Anyone willing to share some spots near NYC?

I'll vouch for Erik. He's a standup guy and I've been happy to entertain him in some of my very best/favorite parts of east Texas.
by Soopaman
September 4th, 2015, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your all-time best rattlesnake shots
Replies: 37
Views: 13017

Re: Your all-time best rattlesnake shots

Hard to pick favorites. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7076/14053821721_294a73193d_b.jpg Crotalus horridus (Canebrake Rattlesnake) by Kyle , on Flickr https://farm9.staticflickr.com/8518/8564526306_02558fc6eb_b.jpg Crotalus atrox (Western Diamondbacked Rattlesnake) by Kyle , on Flickr https://farm6....
by Soopaman
September 2nd, 2015, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF let me in on it's secret.
Replies: 9
Views: 5235

Re: ANF let me in on it's secret.

We tried for one of these, in that general area, in March. Got a pine instead. Didn't realize the moles were so difficult there!

Great find, it's a gorgeous animal. I'm a wee bit jealous, being a calligaster nut.