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by intermedius
February 8th, 2018, 10:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where do you get your AC?
Replies: 9
Views: 5116

Re: Where do you get your AC?

General Stores and places like Lowes, Home Depot usually have stations where you can select pieces of plywood for board lines. I've gotten a couple dozen 3 ft by 4 ft boards there. Other times, I've gotten boards, doors, and carpet from neighbors around town during spring cleanup and yard sale seaso...
by intermedius
January 3rd, 2018, 9:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!
Replies: 9
Views: 5591

Re: 2017 - Texas/Louisiana: Pop Milk!

Superb pics and storytelling as always.

– Justin
by intermedius
January 3rd, 2018, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Favorite Images of 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 5030

Re: Favorite Images of 2017

:shock:... My jaw has dropped.

– Justi
by intermedius
December 22nd, 2017, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)
Replies: 9
Views: 5349

Re: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)

Kevin and Brian, thanks! :mrgreen:

Never thought I'd find six mole kings this year. Yet alone three milks and two kings. I guess I should count my blessings. Also VERY interested to see how this montanus site fares after further visits.

– Justin
by intermedius
December 13th, 2017, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)
Replies: 9
Views: 5349

Re: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)

Thanks y'all. Your feedback is appreciated. Good to hear I'm getting better at narratives. :crazyeyes:

– Justin
by intermedius
December 10th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)
Replies: 9
Views: 5349

Re: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)

Great finds, Justin! That Mud is especially excellent. I recently found some habitat like that here in Fairfax County, VA and look forward to scouring it come spring for some Muds. Someone told me they've been found there before. Did you find yours under a log or in leaf litter? Maryland is my home...
by intermedius
December 10th, 2017, 5:43 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand
Replies: 2
Views: 3900

Re: A Field Guide to the Reptiles of Thailand

Just a little feedback on the book... It's good, but as some herpetologists have pointed out – it has a lot of errors. See here: https://pauwelsolivier.com/docs/PauwelsandGrismer_2015_BookReview.pdf Then again, it's one of the few books that covers the entire country and isn't limited to a specific ...
by intermedius
December 9th, 2017, 12:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)
Replies: 9
Views: 5349

More Boards – 2nd Half of 2017 (NJ and MD)

Howdy folks, I'm back in college and here to report on my second half of 2017. The board line I set up with my Dad last year has continued to produce snakes. Usually, the two of us are too busy to routinely check the place every week, so our visits have started to become sporadic. The site still loo...
by intermedius
November 26th, 2017, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Myanmmar/ Burma
Replies: 10
Views: 4446

Re: Herping in Myanmmar/ Burma

Hi Vince, I have never been, but have a grasp of recent literature published on the country. The guide by Leviton et al. "Dangerously Venomous Snakes of Myanmar" is the best field guide for the vipers and elapids despite its age. Link below. https://repository.si.edu/bitstream/handle/10088/857/Levit...
by intermedius
October 30th, 2017, 12:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bolitoglossa jacksoni rediscovered
Replies: 2
Views: 2373

Re: Bolitoglossa jacksoni rediscovered

AWESOME!! :thumb:
by intermedius
September 23rd, 2017, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Summer Endemics
Replies: 9
Views: 5021

Re: Some Summer Endemics

Wow! What an excellent selection, and congratulations on over 100 species of salamanders! I'd love to see some of those one day.

– Justin
by intermedius
September 6th, 2017, 1:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERPING SIBERIA! Lots Of Photos, One Snake
Replies: 11
Views: 5043

Re: HERPING SIBERIA! Lots Of Photos, One Snake

Awesome little viper. Looks like Siberia has some splendid bird diversity too! I would love to see a Siberian Salamander some day.

– Justin
by intermedius
August 29th, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A new species (for me) and a few upgrades from this week
Replies: 4
Views: 6700

Re: A new species (for me) and a few upgrades from this week

Those are some swell sparrows... Not fair!

– Justin
by intermedius
July 25th, 2017, 6:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Common Ratsnake?
Replies: 2
Views: 1652

Re: Common Ratsnake?

Yep! Ptyas mucosa. And a beautiiful one to boot! :thumb:

- Justin
by intermedius
July 23rd, 2017, 2:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar Part 2: Arboretum d'Antsokay
Replies: 3
Views: 2231

Re: Madagascar Part 2: Arboretum d'Antsokay

Wow, I'm in love with these photos. Looking forward to more!

– Justin
by intermedius
July 23rd, 2017, 2:32 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Checking my BIRDS – spring of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 2
Views: 4941

Re: Checking my BIRDS – spring of 2017 (NJ + MD)

I'm very envious of the different warblers you get to see on a regular basis, and the White-throated sparrow. Those have been extremely difficult for me to find and get pics of...I still don't have a decent shot of one. Cool post... :thumb: Thanks Brian. Come up to New Jersey at the right time, and...
by intermedius
July 18th, 2017, 1:00 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Checking my BIRDS – spring of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 2
Views: 4941

Checking my BIRDS – spring of 2017 (NJ + MD)

Last post, I checked my boards. Now I check my birds. Unlike last year, I herped more than I birdwatched. However, I almost made par in my county in terms of how many birds I saw in 2017 compared to 2016. I covered part of January 2017 in my last birding post, so here I will cover the rest of 2017. ...
by intermedius
July 18th, 2017, 12:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp-Inspired Music
Replies: 23
Views: 18974

Re: Herp-Inspired Music

A newer rock band out of LA area called the Mountain Goats have some great herp related songs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTrDJm_70BE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HILnK3lf5a8 Not to mention that one of their albums is called All Hail West Texas. While I don't have any evidence to back it up...
by intermedius
July 18th, 2017, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp-Inspired Music
Replies: 23
Views: 18974

Re: Herp-Inspired Music

Similarly on Johnny Cash's "Drive On" from the American Recordings album. We were crazy, we were wild And I have seen the tiger smile I spit in a bamboo viper's face And I'd be dead , but by God's grace My new avatar is ripped from one of my favorite hip-hop artists, MF DOOM, who has a song "Gazzill...
by intermedius
July 5th, 2017, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 4648

Re: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

Thanks all again. I'm itching to get back to the field soon!

Coincidentally, I went back to my board line a few days ago and didn't strike out.


Image


– Justin
by intermedius
July 5th, 2017, 12:29 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 14028

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

So - just because genetics may not be able to distinguish between two populations at the DNA level, if there are distinct enough differences then I would say subspecies level designation is valid and important because it gives us a taxonomic way to note those differences that may be an indication t...
by intermedius
June 29th, 2017, 11:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thrace and Thessaloniki, Greece - may 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2257

Re: Thrace and Thessaloniki, Greece - may 2017

Great herps Thor!

– Justin
by intermedius
June 29th, 2017, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 4648

Re: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

Thanks folks, FH, these are my second and third mole kings respectively. The first one I found on the side of a busy highway! John, yeah it was! I wouldn't be surprised if another king snake was inside. Tom, I herped throughout Maryland as well as New Jersey. But you could say I focus mostly on the ...
by intermedius
June 28th, 2017, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 4648

Re: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

That was an enjoyable tour of a part of the country that I have not explored. Snow in March - ugh! There are 5 mole king records for Louisiana, and none by me. I wouldn't want to ruin the thrill of the catch by finding two in a trash dump, or would I? Nevermind, I'll take one in a trash dump over 0...
by intermedius
June 27th, 2017, 8:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)
Replies: 12
Views: 4648

Checking my boards - 1st half of 2017 (NJ + MD)

Last update I covered a lot of the birds I found during the first half of 2017. Now I will focus on the herps for this half of 2017. Admittedly, I have not birded as frequently this year due to college but I did manage to get out into the field a few times, especially in May when the semester was ov...
by intermedius
June 27th, 2017, 11:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sierra Leone Herps - Identifications Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2615

Re: Sierra Leone Herps - Identifications Needed

Maybe it would be more helpful to consult this guide – "Les serpents d’Afrique occidentale et centrale" by Jean Philippe Chippaux. You should be able to key the species out, even though it is in french. https://senegalwildlife.files.wordpress.com/2017/05/chippaux-serpents-d-afrique-occidentale-et-ce...
by intermedius
June 26th, 2017, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sierra Leone Herps - Identifications Needed
Replies: 5
Views: 2615

Re: Sierra Leone Herps - Identifications Needed

I cannot help with the frogs and lizards for now, but I can identify your snakes easily. The first species you identified as Grayia smithii are Blanding's Tree Snakes Toxicodryas blandingii . The second species is most likely Dipsadoboa underwoodi . If you counted scales, it may be easier to identif...
by intermedius
June 26th, 2017, 9:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)
Replies: 17
Views: 7261

Re: Spring 2017 New Mexico, (and a little California)

Exceptional post as always. I adored the baby coots and grebes.

– Justin
by intermedius
June 26th, 2017, 9:38 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)
Replies: 7
Views: 6955

Re: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)

Thanks guys! It was certainly a privilege spending time in the Chiris.

Nick, survived my first semester of Organic Chem, but the struggle continues... :?

– Justin
by intermedius
June 22nd, 2017, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 3634

Re: Sulawesi snake ID help!

Sorry for the bump.

Rhabdophis chrysargoides


– Justin
by intermedius
June 22nd, 2017, 4:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peterson FIeld Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians 2016
Replies: 3
Views: 2072

Re: Peterson FIeld Guide to Reptiles & Amphibians 2016

I prefer the 1998 version, but I will admit that the addition of newly described taxa (the Salamanders for example) and non-natives/invasives is a good touch. I disagree on some of the maps and some of the taxonomic decisions made. I can elaborate if requested.

– Justin
by intermedius
May 27th, 2017, 8:25 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A few of my better bird shots
Replies: 20
Views: 16499

Re: A few of my better bird shots

Wow, your point and shoot shots put mine to shame! I thoroughly enjoyed.

- Justin
by intermedius
May 12th, 2017, 6:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean spine-jawed snake (Xenophidion acanthognathus)
Replies: 6
Views: 3603

Re: Bornean spine-jawed snake (Xenophidion acanthognathus)

I jumped for joy when I saw this post. Just a f***ing unbelievable find. 2017's becoming a banner year for herpetological discoveries! To expand upon this snake's significance, check out this article.

http://snakesarelong.blogspot.com/2016/ ... penis.html

– Justin
by intermedius
May 12th, 2017, 6:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List
Replies: 44
Views: 35312

Re: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List

In retrospect, Well, I knocked off one of the bucket list places last year (Southeast AZ, and New Mexico). I suppose my priorities have changed a little bit since the last time I posted. It's been a banner year for taxonomic revisions here in the United States with the publications of new salamander...
by intermedius
May 12th, 2017, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List
Replies: 44
Views: 35312

Re: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List

I don't have any experience with the island, and certainly do not know any exact locations. I assume the usual herping tactics (flipping, road cruising, hiking at night) in suitable habitats will produce for you. This book may help as well: Schwartz, A., & Henderson, R. W. (1991). Amphibians and rep...
by intermedius
May 7th, 2017, 8:33 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)
Replies: 7
Views: 6955

Re: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)

Thanks Chris,

Actually, we're getting pretty spoiled with them. We get at least one every year now that people know what to look for. If not, at least one Barnacle. I suppose it's a bit like those Tropical vagrants you folks have down in the southwest ;)

– Justin
by intermedius
May 7th, 2017, 8:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide for New Guinea?
Replies: 7
Views: 3865

Re: Field Guide for New Guinea?

Hans, The two books suggested are your best shot in terms of pocket guides, but new species are being described all the time and most of the information regarding herps is spread out in the scientific literature. I can send you papers for particular species groups if interested, which will likely be...
by intermedius
May 7th, 2017, 8:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 4050

Re: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017

That six-flip Eryx.... jeez

– Justin
by intermedius
May 7th, 2017, 8:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List
Replies: 44
Views: 35312

Re: Your TOP 10 Herping Trip Bucket List

Hispaniola (Haiti and the Dominican Republic) contains a lot of unique habitats. Some areas are pretty arid and reminiscent of deserts. In other areas, where there are mountains, there are vast cloud forests. You get a nice combination of endemic reptile and amphibian species that are unique to the ...
by intermedius
March 1st, 2017, 2:13 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)
Replies: 7
Views: 6955

Trogons and Code 4's (feat. three molossus)

Well I was originally going to do a second half of 2016 post of all the birding highlights from recent trips (Florida and Arizona). However, college and exams have overwhelmed my time so I will just post a few of the big highlights from the rest of the year and early 2017. I was able to boost up my ...
by intermedius
February 28th, 2017, 10:19 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Opinion: Best guide to herps of Costa Rica
Replies: 1
Views: 3348

Re: Opinion: Best guide to herps of Costa Rica

Sorry for the delay. For something more simpler than Savage's book, I would recommend "Amphibians and Reptiles of La Selva, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Slope" by Craig Guyer and Maureen Donnelly. Very easy to read, good pocket guide and has great pictures. A more expensive, heavier but very inform...
by intermedius
February 26th, 2017, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yolo Delta Blackbelly Kingsnake footage
Replies: 7
Views: 3803

Re: Yolo Delta Blackbelly Kingsnake footage

I like the feedback in the first video. Reminds me of the beginning to an album by Boris.

- Justin
by intermedius
February 26th, 2017, 7:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with ID from Thailand
Replies: 4
Views: 1846

Re: Help with ID from Thailand

Picture's kinda pixelated so it's hard to see some of the scalation. Just from shape I shall go with Calamaria pavimentata

- Justin
by intermedius
February 23rd, 2017, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 4
Views: 2390

Re: Undescribed species

That's a really cool Ramphotyphlops. I remember reading up on some of the species they have in Australia. There's one ( R. longissimus ) discovered on Barrow Island that was pulled out from a well-casing probably from a deep karstic cavern. It's only known from a single specimen and it may be one of...
by intermedius
February 19th, 2017, 10:21 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 221062

Re: What was your last lifer?...

The one advantage of being a LECH, is that sometimes we get some killer birds come through. https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/774/31223485404_1ff8a503f8_c.jpg Pink-footed Goose by Justin (NoNameKey) , on Flickr https://c1.staticflickr.com/1/256/31791784835_8668fec3d0_c.jpg Barnacle Goose by Justin (NoNa...
by intermedius
February 19th, 2017, 10:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID for snake from Borneo, please!
Replies: 5
Views: 2818

Re: ID for snake from Borneo, please!

I agree it could be S. borneensis . The species description of it is only based on adults. There isn't much information on the species available for me at the moment. All I have is the type description by Inger (1967) and Das' Southeast Asia field guide. Using morphometrics from these pieces of lite...
by intermedius
August 12th, 2016, 7:36 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Monographs or field guides for Argentina and/or Chile
Replies: 3
Views: 4464

Re: Monographs or field guides for Argentina and/or Chile

Haven't visited that area of the world, just have a bit of literature from that neck of the woods since South America's herpetofauna is always fascinating :mrgreen:

- Justin
by intermedius
August 12th, 2016, 4:49 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Monographs or field guides for Argentina and/or Chile
Replies: 3
Views: 4464

Re: Monographs or field guides for Argentina and/or Chile

I found a pdf for a Chilean guide to Amphibians online here, it's focus is largely on conservation but it does have a species account section in the back. I am sure it will also have a good number of publications that you can skim through in its bibliography: http://www.travelchiloe.com/sites/defaul...
by intermedius
August 10th, 2016, 5:25 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: 1st Half of 2016 - The Birds
Replies: 3
Views: 4784

Re: 1st Half of 2016 - The Birds

Thanks Brian! Lots of birds/herps I would love to see around your area too.

- Justin