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by krismunk
May 4th, 2019, 11:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mint chocolate chip
Replies: 0
Views: 1460

Mint chocolate chip

...was always my favourite flavour growing up. This guy, out cruising for some tail today, reminded me. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/32830093387_69d0b7fb82_b.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/47773729301_2831dbb7ce_b.jpg Unfortunately, the scent he followed soon led him back into the th...
by krismunk
April 3rd, 2019, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

Many of our vipers - particularly the lower-latitude or -elevation ones - are also predominantly opportunistic and solitary in their overwintering. But of yours - I wonder about some of the ones in harsher situations, like at 1500m in the Urals or Carpathians. I'd think safe dens would be quite a l...
by krismunk
April 2nd, 2019, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

Thanks, Jimi :) I look forward to reading the paper when I have a few minutes... I am by no means an expert on over wintering but overall I think our European vipers don't take communal denning to the extremes your pit vipers do. While they do mostly return to the same spots these need not accommoda...
by krismunk
April 1st, 2019, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

Nice Kris, real nice. Love those adders, esp the blackies. Just curious - do you have any idea how old is that rock wall that the animals are using as a hibernaculum? There are of course many, many instances of wildlife taking advantage of human modifications of nature, but I'm sort of interested i...
by krismunk
March 27th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

Editi: Too bad you can't just delete accidental comments any more. Ah well... Thanks Bryan :) ...& yes, I'm fine again - a little field time works wonders. The grass frog mating season started today in the ditch I pass every day en route to & from work. With a little luck that means there will be b...
by krismunk
March 27th, 2019, 12:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

Thanks Bryan :) ...& yes, I'm fine again - a little field time works wonders. The grass frog mating season started today in the ditch I pass every day en route to & from work. With a little luck that means there will be blue moor frogs in the woods this weekend. They're usually just a few days behin...
by krismunk
March 24th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Re: Sick

At this time of year so much is happening it's interesting to follow day by day, when possible. I did the same round today at the same time of day in somewhat similar conditions - 1-2 degrees colder, but a bit sunnier. Adder wise the result was similar, 9 specimens, 8 of them also seen yesterday, 1 ...
by krismunk
March 24th, 2019, 12:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sick
Replies: 11
Views: 7086

Sick

I usually say I don't get sick. When, on rare occasion, I do catch a common cold it tends to build up slowly over a couple of days. Friday afternoon it hit me like a sledgehammer. Saturday morning it was worse. I spent half a day in bed with the man flu, mucus dripping from my clogged up nose, sneez...
by krismunk
February 17th, 2019, 7:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska
Replies: 2
Views: 3247

Re: Feb 16, 45 miles north of Cold Bay, Alaska

Thanks Bill, ...and yes, 45 miles north but 4700+ miles east (or west, doesn't make much difference) in northern Zealand, Denmark :-) Relative to our latitude we have very mild winters due to the warming effect of the Gulf Stream and adder emergence around the beginning of March is quite normal. Thi...
by krismunk
December 30th, 2018, 7:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2018 EOY Recap
Replies: 18
Views: 5490

Re: 2018 EOY Recap

Amazing as always.

Thanks for taking the time to put it together again this year, Frank.

...really hope to make it bakc to west TX some time...
by krismunk
December 15th, 2018, 2:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: EOY 2018 - Lots of Lampro - (TX, WA, OR, CA, CO, LA)
Replies: 23
Views: 6290

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

Always a joy to read your EOY posts, Kyle.

Thanks for taking the time to put one together again this year.
by krismunk
December 4th, 2018, 3:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 3997

Re: Season's end - November Boston business trip

The deer/hare thing interests me - is it a disease thing, or browse competition, or what? And, why have the deer exploded? Less agriculture? Less hunting? Easier winters? It's probably wrong of me to say "at the expense of" since the two trends are likely not directly related, though indirectly the...
by krismunk
December 4th, 2018, 11:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 3997

Re: Season's end - November Boston business trip

Thanks for the reply, Jimi :) The wood turtle was great, always nice to find it when you're just about to give up. As for Lyme disease, it's all too common here in Denmark as well, the deer population having exploded over the past several decades (at the expense of the hares), so tick checks are par...
by krismunk
December 1st, 2018, 11:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 3997

Re: Season's end - November Boston business trip

I was wondering about whether that might be the cause. As a European I have not prevously encountered Ophidiomyces so I do not recognize it. I know it is found elsewhere in Massachusetts as well as near this location in New Hampshire. Whether it has been recorded from this particular area I don't kn...
by krismunk
December 1st, 2018, 11:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Season's end - November Boston business trip
Replies: 6
Views: 3997

Season's end - November Boston business trip

I am quite a few reports behind by now, in part, perhaps, because I've been busy, but mostly, I guess, because finds the last last year and a bit have been overall a bit less than stellar and it's always more fun to write when there's something to brag about, plus the general trend away from this a...
by krismunk
September 4th, 2018, 10:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Photos for Education
Replies: 9
Views: 6756

Re: Snake Photos for Education

Somewhat arbitrary collection added quickly clcking thumbnails more or less at random.

If you have any specific image types you're missing - in terms of species, behaviour, habitat, whatever, just say so, and I'll be happy to trawl through my album for something fitting.
by krismunk
September 4th, 2018, 12:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Photos for Education
Replies: 9
Views: 6756

Re: Snake Photos for Education

What kind of pictures do you want?
by krismunk
July 30th, 2018, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Boston area, early November
Replies: 0
Views: 5030

Boston area, early November

Hi all, I'm a Danish herper visiting Boston for work the first week of November. Some of you might remember me from earlier forum posts (Israel, Denmark, Texas, Greece, Spain, Croatia, etc...) though I have been less active here lately. While of course I realize that November is not exactly prime he...
by krismunk
August 27th, 2017, 12:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This week in Copenhagen, blue esculentus and alien alpestris
Replies: 0
Views: 3408

This week in Copenhagen, blue esculentus and alien alpestris

Copenhagen herping is usually pretty uneventful. This past week, however, a couple of quite surprising critters showed up. On Tuesday, reports surfaced of a couple of alpine newts being found in the woods on the grounds of a castle in the northern suburbs. Alpine newts are in Denmark restricted to t...
by krismunk
July 20th, 2017, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation
Replies: 4
Views: 2133

Re: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation

Thanks, Jeff :-) Pelias basking on a rock in a stream! The lake (perhaps I should say pond) was immediately next to a popular hiking path and the rock no more than a couple of meters from the shore. It was quite near the cabin and we had just started out on our hike when I realized we had left the s...
by krismunk
July 18th, 2017, 3:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation
Replies: 4
Views: 2133

Re: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation

Thanks for the kind words, Tamara :-)
by krismunk
July 16th, 2017, 11:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation
Replies: 4
Views: 2133

Of mountains, lakes and human fish - Slovenian vacation

This year's family vacation went to Slovenia, a week based in a village in the Julian Alps and stops on the way to and from in Thuringia, Bavaria and Salzburg. We had a wonderful trip, hiking in the stunning scenery of Triglav National Park and swimming in crystal clear lakes. On some of our recent ...
by krismunk
June 7th, 2017, 11:17 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Camera recommendations?
Replies: 0
Views: 5220

Camera recommendations?

Hi, I'm in the market for a new camera and thought I'd solicit some recommendations. Background info is I'm a crappy photographer with very little interest in gear in the market for a versatile and sturdy p&s camera with a price tag below 300$. For years I've had various Panasonic Lumix models but I...
by krismunk
June 5th, 2017, 3:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3360

Re: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017

Thanks, Pete.

- always nice to know someone appreciates it when you spend time putting a report together :)
by krismunk
June 3rd, 2017, 11:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three days in Israel - May 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2118

Re: Three days in Israel - May 2017

I hear you. But, "Geoshit"? Oh, that's terrible ! How would she feel about Armenia? Azerbaijan? For the short trips, how do you feel about staying in your time zone? I kind of like that. Georgia being shot down half jokingly I suggested Uzbekistan. That didn't fare any better. Pauline is 13 so I ki...
by krismunk
June 3rd, 2017, 12:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three days in Israel - May 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2118

Re: Three days in Israel - May 2017

Thanks for the kind words, Jimi :) I have to ask - what are these "communication holes" of which you speak? Some IDF thing? Are they legacies of former conflicts, or part of some civilian or military system that is still maintained? Do they function as large pitfall traps? I mean, dead camel? Whoa. ...
by krismunk
June 2nd, 2017, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three days in Israel - May 2017
Replies: 4
Views: 2118

Three days in Israel - May 2017

Springtime in Denmark is wonderful – not only because the sun comes out, days get longer, it gets warmer, trees are budding, reptiles emerge from hibernation, amphibians are breeding, etc. but also because there's a bunch of national holidays all crammed together within the space of about a month an...
by krismunk
May 31st, 2017, 11:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3360

Re: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017

Thank you very much, Jimi.

That is perhaps the nicest comment I have ever received for any of my reports.

I would be very happy and proud if your asessment were even half right.

...and yes, they are indulgent. I am blessed that way.
by krismunk
May 29th, 2017, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3360

Re: Texas family visit, April 2017

Thanks for the kind words to both of you. :)
by krismunk
May 29th, 2017, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Patternless N.e. transversa?
Replies: 4
Views: 1929

Re: Patternless N.e. transversa?

Jeff wrote:It's a Cottonmouth
I know.

I found out as much in the meantime.

Thanks anyway :)
by krismunk
May 27th, 2017, 12:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit, April 2017
Replies: 7
Views: 3360

Danish Texas family visit, April 2017

Dislaimer #1: The report below was originally written for a European forum. I'm sorry, but I couldn't be bothered to rewrite for a predominantly American audience. I hope some of you will enjoy it anyway and not get too annoyed at all the seemingly redundant local information you might take for gra...
by krismunk
May 26th, 2017, 11:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Patternless N.e. transversa?
Replies: 4
Views: 1929

Re: Patternless N.e. transversa?

My experience says that the snakes you are seeing that appear "patternless" are in fact just muddy. I have captured numerous (hundreds) individuals that first appear "patternless" and after a good PIT tag and messing with, they soon show their true characteristics. I will ask a few others that have...
by krismunk
May 22nd, 2017, 11:05 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 120627

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

Thanks, Anton.

Nice frogpic.

...from the rare to the abundant:

Image
by krismunk
May 19th, 2017, 7:52 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 120627

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

Pretty sure we haven't had any of these on fhf (and don't think I've ever seen an in situ pic of one anywhere...)

Image
by krismunk
May 2nd, 2017, 10:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Patternless N.e. transversa?
Replies: 4
Views: 1929

Patternless N.e. transversa?

Dane here seeking the help of some Texas herpers with local expertise... Along with my famiily I visited my sister in The Woodlands last month. After a day and a half we headed west with our first stop at Hamilton Pool. At this point already having seen several yellowbellied water snakes in East Tex...
by krismunk
April 22nd, 2017, 11:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West TX Aspidoscelis id q's (same as main board)
Replies: 0
Views: 2607

West TX Aspidoscelis id q's (same as main board)

I'm terrible at Aspidoscelis id's - have a few crappy pics from a trip to west TX last week, hope someone can help out. ...& I know, I really should have taken care to get better shots, sorry. #1: Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute - very uncertain https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2922/33818089960_82...
by krismunk
April 22nd, 2017, 11:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: West TX Aspidoscelis ID ?'s
Replies: 0
Views: 2502

West TX Aspidoscelis ID ?'s

I'm terrible at Aspidoscelis id's - have a few crappy pics from a trip to west TX last week, hope someone can help out. ...& I know, I really should have taken care to get better shots, sorry. #1: Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute - very uncertain https://c1.staticflickr.com/3/2922/33818089960_82...
by krismunk
March 18th, 2017, 11:51 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: White balance question
Replies: 2
Views: 3810

White balance question

Question from a terrible photographer sadly lacking in technical understanding: When I look at my photos on my camera they look fine. When I upload them to my desktop and look at them on my screen they look horrible. The temperature is completely messed up. When I look at other people's pictures on ...
by krismunk
January 28th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images
Replies: 28
Views: 7389

Re: Snakes In Situ, Partially Hiding - Request for Images

I used to have tons of these. Unfortunately, lots were crap, lots were lost in a hard disk crash (the stupid didn't have backup). I still have some, I guess, but the question is, what constitutes "partially hiding"? Here are at least a few that might qualify. I think I still have poor pics of at lea...
by krismunk
January 28th, 2017, 11:06 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: It's been too long since we've had an in situ theme thread..
Replies: 212
Views: 120627

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

A few sunny Greek lizards... http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn26/krismunk2/P1060280%203.jpg http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn26/krismunk2/P1060353%202.jpg http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn26/krismunk2/P1060429%202.jpg http://i300.photobucket.com/albums/nn26/krismunk2/P1060512%202.jpg htt...
by krismunk
January 7th, 2017, 1:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX in April - visiting family
Replies: 1
Views: 1235

TX in April - visiting family

Hi there, I'm a Danish herper - occasional contributor since the precrash days - planning a visit to my sister and her family in the Woodlands in April, hoping for a few local herping tips & contacts. Some of you might remember me, for those that don't feel free to peruse my old posts from around Eu...
by krismunk
August 2nd, 2016, 9:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation
Replies: 2
Views: 1773

NW Portugal & SW Galicia, July 2016 family vacation

Holiday time again... this time family vacation saw us in Northwestern Portugal and Southwestern Galicia, flying in and out of Porto July 11 and July 20 respectively. As always, we had to make time for bounty beaches, waterfall pools, museums, shopping, ice creams, tapas, cakes, wines and all sorts ...
by krismunk
June 25th, 2016, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7064

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Thanks for the addition, Kristian, you've mentioned a couple of things I should have! (Mind you, though, that they do have vocal sacs, just not external ones.) In Belgium, the species is also extremely rare and endangered (although a new, sizeable population was discovered in 2015). More to the eas...
by krismunk
June 25th, 2016, 1:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7064

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

I'm late to the party and my pics are crap, but I'm joining in anyway. We don't get those choruses since our European species don't have vocal sacs. Our local P. fuscus just make a low "tuk tuk... tuk tuk tuk..." call from the bottom of the breeding ponds. Depending on the depth from which they are ...
by krismunk
May 29th, 2016, 12:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 7208

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

I'm really happy about all the replies from Americans expressing surprise at the diversity and a desire to go to Greece to herp based on the report, was hoping for some of them. Europe is often thought of as somewhat of a boring continent to herp but while it is true that overall diversity is lower ...
by krismunk
May 24th, 2016, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 7208

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

Once again, thanks for the replies :) Wow! It looks like you found just about all the snakes of that area. Well done! I missed smooth snake & cat snake, don't think I was ever in range of aesculapian, but yeah, I'm not complaining. I love those whipsnakes! It's strange to me how they look so much li...
by krismunk
May 6th, 2016, 1:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 7208

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

Thanks for the replies to you guys as well.

It's always nice with a good response - particularly from people whose contributions I enjoy myself :)

...oh, and Chris, there are two in situ Eryx flipping pics ;)