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by herpfriend
August 8th, 2020, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Early 2020 Herping, Part 3/3-Early Summer
Replies: 3
Views: 1268

Re: Early 2020 Herping, Part 3/3-Early Summer

FYI. I think your ID for the Smooth green snake is incorrect. It is a Rough green snake. No smooth green snakes have been recorded from SW Missouri.
by herpfriend
April 1st, 2018, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?
Replies: 21
Views: 16185

Re: QUESTION: Does Your State Ban Road Cruising?

There are no restrictions on road cruising in Missouri.
by herpfriend
September 25th, 2014, 7:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Couple of Qs and Such
Replies: 9
Views: 2572

Re: Couple of Qs and Such

The ribbonsnake definitely appears to be gravid.
by herpfriend
September 25th, 2014, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little summertime help
Replies: 16
Views: 4465

Re: A little summertime help

It is a Dewberry Rubus flagellaris. It is a low growing vine with berries similar to blackberries in appearance and flavor. They usually ripen in mid to late June.
by herpfriend
June 12th, 2014, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: how can you estimate box turtle age?
Replies: 8
Views: 1482

Re: how can you estimate box turtle age?

I have been told you can count the rings on the scutes up to maybe 25. By that age, the rings on the scutes start wearing off.
by herpfriend
January 28th, 2014, 1:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone interested in a salamander job in Austin?
Replies: 2
Views: 958

Anyone interested in a salamander job in Austin?

Don't know if this is the right spot to post this, but I figured it would get the most viewers here. Got this e-mail last night. Thought anyone looking for a herp related job would be interested. It is a full time position. You have to hurry, the closing date is Feb 2. https://blu180.mail.live.com/d...
by herpfriend
December 14th, 2013, 8:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milksnake changes published
Replies: 62
Views: 47922

Re: Milksnake changes published

Brian, I have seen a gentilis influence in some of the red milks in west central MO. Specifically, the first several red bands encroach on the ventrals. They can't make a line saying that everything on one side is gentilis and the other side is triangulum. Just like you can't say everything east of ...
by herpfriend
November 16th, 2013, 8:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to fix Midwest Gentle Giant tongs?
Replies: 7
Views: 2069

Re: How to fix Midwest Gentle Giant tongs?

Make sure the wire is exactly the same length. Even an eighth of an inch difference will make the tong not open as far or not close completely. Roll pins are another way to attach the jaw and handle to the shaft.
by herpfriend
October 7th, 2013, 8:21 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!
Replies: 10
Views: 5361

Re: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!

You can try a live pinkie. If she won't take it, cool her down for the winter. I keep mine at 50 - 55 degrees.
by herpfriend
October 7th, 2013, 7:53 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!
Replies: 10
Views: 5361

Re: Anyone with Milk Snake experience? She won't eat!

It could be it is getting ready to hibernate. I think photo period has as much or more effect on the urge to hibernate. The Red milk I have kept for years goes off feed in mid August to early September every year. It will eat skinks, but I don't want it to quit taking mice, so I don't usually try sk...
by herpfriend
September 14th, 2013, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smallest Flipped Item that Produced
Replies: 26
Views: 6404

Re: Smallest Flipped Item that Produced

A long time ago (late '60s) a friend and I were herping on a glade where I was finding several red milksnakes. We would turn over rocks right next to each other and there would be a red milk under mine and nothing under his. He was threatening to leave me there, until he kicked a small rock (about 6...
by herpfriend
September 11th, 2013, 8:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities
Replies: 13
Views: 6413

Re: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities

Don't corals and algae have a symbiotic relationship?
by herpfriend
July 21st, 2013, 8:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need an ID on a small salamander
Replies: 17
Views: 3357

Re: Need an ID on a small salamander

Gary,

I sent your photos to Jeff Briggler, and he agreed that it is a marbled salamander. According to the 2012 Missouri Herp Atlas, it is a county record.
by herpfriend
June 6th, 2013, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: garter snake id requested ***more pics added***
Replies: 7
Views: 1560

Re: garter snake id requested ***more pics added***

I agree with Jeff. They are the most common ribbon snake sold in pet shops.
by herpfriend
May 18th, 2013, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhip thread
Replies: 28
Views: 4869

Re: Coachwhip thread

Here are a few from Missouri.

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by herpfriend
February 18th, 2013, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick question on Sexing a snake..
Replies: 26
Views: 9672

Re: Quick question on Sexing a snake..

YOY means young of the year.
by herpfriend
January 7th, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Found a few coachwhips in 2012
Replies: 9
Views: 3339

Re: Found a few coachwhips in 2012

Here is an insitu shot of the May coachwhip. As you can see it was a juvenile.

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by herpfriend
December 2nd, 2012, 9:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?
Replies: 37
Views: 3613

Re: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?

I have also caught bullfrogs by dangling something in front of it, and accidentally caught common snapping turtles while fishing. When I was about 10, I caught a cottonmouth on a stringer of bluegill. Me and a friend were fishing and decided to go swimming for awhile. When we came back and pulled in...
by herpfriend
November 4th, 2012, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: VIDEO from the Net: Cottonmouth Eating Diamondback (Staged)
Replies: 10
Views: 2531

Re: VIDEO from the Net: Cottonmouth Eating Diamondback (Sta

One night, several years ago, I observed a western cottonmouth eating a smooth earthsnake on the bank of a stream. The cottonmouth was over 2 ft. long, so it wasn't even an appetizer. He was having trouble eating the earthsnake because it was wrapped around a water willow, but only took a few second...
by herpfriend
September 4th, 2012, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eggs ID
Replies: 2
Views: 864

Re: Eggs ID

Racer eggs are generally roundish with granules. The shape and size is more like a milk or other type of kingsnake. They are not big enough for black ratsnakes.
by herpfriend
August 28th, 2012, 6:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Garter Species ID Assist...
Replies: 5
Views: 1717

Re: Garter Species ID Assist...

It's a sirtalis,because the lateral stripe is on the second and third scale row instead of the third and fourth, as in radix.
by herpfriend
July 29th, 2012, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Racers
Replies: 17
Views: 5030

Re: Racers

Here is a photo of a racer from Jefferson Co., MO. I don't do much collecting in the St. Louis area, so I don't know if this is a common color variation. The racers in central MO used to be mostly gray with a yellow chin and belly. Now they are black with a white chin and whitish to light blue-gray ...
by herpfriend
June 1st, 2012, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Holiday Hognose
Replies: 32
Views: 6788

Re: Holiday Hognose

Noah, in my experience, eastern hognose eat other amphibians besides toads. I have fed them gray treefrogs and cricket frogs. At least one forum member has posted them regurging central newts and they can be switched over to eating mice.
by herpfriend
May 25th, 2012, 7:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Easy Game of Hide and Seek
Replies: 7
Views: 1383

Re: An Easy Game of Hide and Seek

Eastern Milksnake
by herpfriend
March 11th, 2012, 7:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Our first calligaster this year, maculatum eggs and more!
Replies: 6
Views: 1162

Re: Our first calligaster this year, maculatum eggs and more

Nice prairie king. Quite a bit of color for a mid Missouri specimen. With the weather going to be warm for the next two weeks, we may need to do a little herping.
by herpfriend
March 11th, 2012, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fossorial snakes?
Replies: 10
Views: 2031

Re: Fossorial snakes?

Browns have been out for a couple of weeks here in mid Missouri. I found a rough earth yesterday in my back yard, along with several ground skinks, cricket frogs and plains leopard frogs. The peepers and chorus frogs are calling like crazy with all the rain we had today.
by herpfriend
March 10th, 2012, 8:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Caudal luring in snakes
Replies: 23
Views: 4744

Re: Caudal luring in snakes

Here are a couple of recently born Mexican cantils with their tails up. Not the best quality due to being scanned slides.

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by herpfriend
March 6th, 2012, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AZ Mystery Snake?
Replies: 23
Views: 3513

Re: AZ Mystery Snake?

A very dark Emory's Rat Snake or corn snake? Because of the checkered venter and the loaf of bread appearance of the body.
by herpfriend
February 15th, 2012, 8:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Use of small streams by spiny softshells
Replies: 46
Views: 4082

Re: Use of small streams by spiny softshells

Way back in the early sixies I found a huge Florida softshell in a subdivision drainage ditch about the size of the one in Robk's first video. I have also seen many adult spinys in small streams here in central MO.
by herpfriend
February 5th, 2012, 9:15 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: I realized something just now...
Replies: 28
Views: 5468

Re: I realized something just now...

The Coluber here in MO will eat frogs and tadpoles. One hot afternoon, 100+ degrees, i heard a leopard frog giving a distress call and found a yellow-bellied racer eating it. The frog was still croaking when in the snakes belly! I have also seen them devour bullfrog tadpoles in captivity.
by herpfriend
November 30th, 2011, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A small start to a winter project..making a den site?
Replies: 20
Views: 3817

Re: A small start to a winter project..making a den site?

You can get the milksnake stickers at Burr Oak Nature Center in Blue Springs. They are free for the asking, but they probably won't give you more than a few at each visit.
by herpfriend
November 5th, 2011, 7:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morphology ??
Replies: 27
Views: 2576

Re: Morphology ??

According to Wright & Wright, Handbook of Snakes sipedon - 135-155 ventrals 19-25 scale rows obsoleta - 218-237 ventrals 29 or less scale rows sirtalis - 137-167 ventrals 19 scale rows at neck 19 and mid body and 17 just anterior of vent Paul Anderson, Snakes of Missouri sipedon - 130-146 ventrals 2...
by herpfriend
October 29th, 2011, 7:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morphology ??
Replies: 27
Views: 2576

Re: Morphology ??

Pantherophis ventrals are 90 degrees at the sides while Thamnophis don't have the sharp edge where the ventral goes up the side. In otherwords, Pantherophis looks like a loaf of bread in cross section and Thamnophis more like an innertube.
by herpfriend
October 27th, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Morphology ??
Replies: 27
Views: 2576

Re: Morphology ??

Pantherophis have week keels along the back (you can hardly feel them). Thamnophis have stronger keels on the back (you can easily feel them).
by herpfriend
July 23rd, 2011, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tracking snakes by scent
Replies: 29
Views: 4003

Re: Tracking snakes by scent

i've heard people here in Missouri say when they smell cucumbers in the woods copperheads are near. I have also smelled a copperhead musk like smell while in the woods, but never saw a snake.
by herpfriend
June 21st, 2011, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gartersnake ID Help
Replies: 38
Views: 6429

Re: Gartersnake ID Help

kcmatt is correct. In western MO and eastern KS parietalis quite often does not have any red on the sides. I have seen both color phases come from the same litter. In "The Reptiles of Missouri" Paul Anderson noted that about 10% of gartersnakes found along the western edge of MO will not have any red.
by herpfriend
June 15th, 2011, 8:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID this ratsnake
Replies: 19
Views: 3115

Re: ID this ratsnake

It's definately an obsoletus. The dorsal blotches have a slight H shape, which is normal for obsoletus, the side blotches are more elongate, and the head is longer. Those are the observations I use to tell the two species apart. A belly shot would definately be the deciding factor. Guttata have a ch...
by herpfriend
May 26th, 2011, 7:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind, aberrantly-patterned Copperhead
Replies: 29
Views: 5972

Re: Blind, aberrantly-patterned Copperhead

The Katy Trail is a state park and nothing but mushrooms and berries can be removed from the park. It is a former rail road line that runs along the Missouri River over a large portion of the trail. In the area around Boonville it runs along the base of the bluffs, so there is little chance of devel...
by herpfriend
May 15th, 2011, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian Species of the World but for Reptiles ??
Replies: 9
Views: 1565

Re: Amphibian Species of the World but for Reptiles ??

Ellen Beltz's web page has some of the information you're asking for North American herps.

http://ebeltz.net/index.html
by herpfriend
April 16th, 2011, 8:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Old school Florida
Replies: 21
Views: 3377

Re: Old school Florida

I bought a hognose from Ross Allen's when I was a kid. I couldn't afford $15.00 for a 6 ft. Indigo.
by herpfriend
March 20th, 2011, 6:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in your back yard
Replies: 27
Views: 5231

Re: Herps in your back yard

Over the years I have found Eastern Hognose, Speckled Kings, Red-sided Gartersnakes, Yellow-bellied Racers, Black Ratsnakes, Prairie Ringnecks, Midland Brown Snakes, Northern Red-bellied Snakes, Rough Greensnakes, Western Smooth Earthsnakes, Western Ribbon Snakes, Western Wormsnakes, Five-lined skin...
by herpfriend
February 19th, 2011, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping a Couple Missouri Glades in May 2010
Replies: 14
Views: 5565

Re: Herping a Couple Missouri Glades in May 2010

The glade we found the GP rat is burned on a regular basis to control the cedars. They apparnetly burnt either too early in the fall or too late in the winter/spring.
by herpfriend
February 18th, 2011, 8:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sunday's and Today's Outing!
Replies: 7
Views: 1923

Re: Sunday's and Today's Outing!

I saw several green frogs yesterday in the ditch by my mailbox. The Spring Peepers are calling in the Missouri River bottoms north of Jefferson City, MO.
by herpfriend
February 11th, 2011, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I need a second opinion.
Replies: 20
Views: 2521

Re: I need a second opinion.

Looks like a bullsnake to me.
by herpfriend
January 9th, 2011, 8:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: winter snakes on the move.
Replies: 10
Views: 1888

Re: winter snakes on the move.

A friend of mine saw a Midland Brown Snake Dec. 31 in central Missouri.
by herpfriend
December 11th, 2010, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID Help
Replies: 14
Views: 2584

Re: Snake ID Help

Looks like a juvenile Black Rat Snake.
by herpfriend
September 17th, 2010, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: recent stuff from the ozarks
Replies: 10
Views: 2038

Re: recent stuff from the ozarks

I think the snake very recently gave birth. I was thinking some kind of parasite on the newts also.
by herpfriend
August 2nd, 2010, 7:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Can anyone I.D. a snake species from its skin?
Replies: 14
Views: 3432

Re: Can anyone I.D. a snake species from its skin?

No keels or pattern and the shape of the the scales lead me toward a black racer also.
by herpfriend
June 27th, 2010, 7:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Egg ID help
Replies: 16
Views: 3722

Re: Egg ID help

I agree with Gary. The eggs look slightly translucent. This is common with wormsnake eggs. Just before the eggs hatch they usually become almost transparent.
by herpfriend
June 25th, 2010, 7:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone ever see WILD Albino Snake Food?
Replies: 17
Views: 4348

Re: Anyone ever see WILD Albino Snake Food?

I found an albino field vole with babies one time. The babies were too young to know what color thier fur would be.