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by Dusty Rhoads
February 5th, 2013, 11:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: For Discussion--the Future of Herp Organizations
Replies: 197
Views: 99446

Re: For Discussion--the Future of Herp Organizations

I posted my response on Facebook, but thought I should do so here as well: Not sure where the best place is to provide feedback on this would be, but I can say I have felt EXACTLY this way for a good while. Chris, you wrote what I’ve wanted to write but for whatever reason or excuse, didn’t. If grou...
by Dusty Rhoads
December 15th, 2011, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippines
Replies: 14
Views: 2939

Re: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippine

Bryan Hamilton wrote: Hi Dusty,

Do you have pdf of the paper that you would be willing to share?
Hey yeah, e-mail me ddrhoads(at)olemiss(dot)edu, and I'll be happy to forward it on.
by Dusty Rhoads
December 14th, 2011, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippines
Replies: 14
Views: 2939

Re: Pythons commonly attacked hunter-gatherers in Philippine

Very interesting article, although the skeptic in me immediately questions what percentage of the "attacks" are actually snakes looking for a feed and what percentage are defensive bites (which may also produce "scars to prove it"). Obviously the Agta Negritos are a special case because of their sm...
by Dusty Rhoads
May 16th, 2011, 11:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Disney World
Replies: 23
Views: 4757

Re: Herping in Disney World

Anolis sagrei are everywhere. Bufo and Hyla are pretty common near the big lake ca Downtown Disney. Alligators in some of the lakes and ponds. Not sure of the genus, but something that resembled a Hemidactylus (too large and pale to be turcicus ) was on the same spot of our resort's wall every night.
by Dusty Rhoads
April 28th, 2011, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Permethrin and Field Herping - Are they compatible??
Replies: 23
Views: 2676

Re: Permethrin and Field Herping - Are they compatible??

I've had a recent Lyme Disease scare and the ticks seems to be especially thick this year already. I need to start using bug spray I suppose. I was wondering if anyone uses Permethrin insect repellent/killer while field herping, and does Permethrin pose a threat to the critters I'll likely be handl...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 27th, 2011, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH HERE!
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

Re: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH H

Brad, You're so right. The value of herpetoculture and and even color morphs is enormous. They are tools and teachers of genetics, and such a cool example of human driven evolution or artificial selection. Anyone who can look and see how dramatically far we've come in such a short time, color morph-...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 25th, 2011, 8:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH HERE!
Replies: 24
Views: 7673

Re: --VIDEO-- Herp Nation LIVE, The Gift of Zonata - WATCH H

Yes, the time has come...to step up and help this community create a new outlook. One of education first.......not the newest ball python morph. Don't care. That is boring and old news. We are here to advance this community, not watch it spin it's wheels. How refreshing. I couldn't agree more. Like...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 19th, 2011, 6:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

How appropriate for this thread. :D

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by Dusty Rhoads
April 19th, 2011, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

What's the best hypothesis? I'd say, that Pantherophis obsoletus ranges from Kansas to the Atlantic Coast with a number of phenotypic variations expressed with relative geographic stability over its vast range. Within the species, there are three mitochondrial DNA clades (perhaps more in the unsamp...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 19th, 2011, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

I agree that it's not the whole picture, maybe even not a shadow of it, so what is the best existing, published, alternative hypothesis, if not that one? That's what I am getting at. Why is his interpretation more correct than the pre-existing one? Paul, Don't answer a question with a question. ;) ...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 19th, 2011, 7:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

I think (from reading Van's previous posts on the subject) that he's in the same camp I am: mtDNA clades do not = species. While it can provide useful information regarding the phylogeography of various taxa, mtDNA sequence data is not especially useful in actually resolving infraspecific relations...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 19th, 2011, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

VanAR wrote:
Frank Burbrink's papers will probably be most up-to-date and accurate recent yet mistaken:

http://163.238.8.180/~fburbrink/Researc ... tSnake.pdf

Also, look up Alex Pyron's page of publications.

Fixed that for you....
I'm interested to hear your take on it.

DR
by Dusty Rhoads
April 18th, 2011, 10:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps
Replies: 32
Views: 5516

Re: Ratsnake Help! Photos and Range Maps

Frank Burbrink's papers will probably be most up-to-date and accurate: http://163.238.8.180/~fburbrink/Research/Publications/americanRatSnake.pdf Also, look up Alex Pyron's page of publications. DR p.s. This one has the subspecies map and the Burbrink mtDNA map. http://163.238.8.180/~fburbrink/Resea...
by Dusty Rhoads
April 14th, 2011, 8:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Banded rocks, habitat, vistas and blood - all new pics
Replies: 57
Views: 10992

Re: Banded rocks, habitat, vistas and blood - all new pics

A very enjoyable post. A lot of great rock rattler natural history there. Just curious, maybe you said this, but how did you get bit? Thanks, DR
by Dusty Rhoads
April 14th, 2011, 5:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX HB 1788 introduced
Replies: 142
Views: 20764

Re: TX HB 1788 introduced

Many thanks to Tim, Wayne, Roy, Ralph, Joe, and all others who attended and spoke.
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 2:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

I see somebody drew a mustache on Jose eh-Smeet. What was that all about?
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 2:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

What's Ernie Wagner doing behind the counter?
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

Can they come by this afternoon or in the mormin'? :P
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 1:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

I get the overwhelming sense that you think I need to work on cultivating my sense of nonsense. :D
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 1:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

Guess you didn't catch my sarcasm, Brian. :lol:
by Dusty Rhoads
April 1st, 2011, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: moving to Utah
Replies: 20
Views: 2438

Re: moving to Utah

There used to be rattlers around SLC, but they were extirpated in the late 1890s when Brigham Young initiated a drive to remove serpents from amidst the Saints. I take it a lot of this and other parts of your comment were made in jest? You can still find Crotalus oreganus lutosus, Coluber constrict...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 31st, 2011, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-where is THIS?-GAME OVER
Replies: 15
Views: 2244

Re: New Game-where is THIS?

keown wrote:It also has a twin in the Marfa, Texas area.
LOL. I should have left my answer as is. I said Presidio County, TX earlier but edited it after the fact.
by Dusty Rhoads
March 30th, 2011, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Game-where is THIS?-GAME OVER
Replies: 15
Views: 2244

Re: New Game-where is THIS?

Sierra Vista? :D
by Dusty Rhoads
March 29th, 2011, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Phylogenetic charts
Replies: 4
Views: 933

Re: Snake Phylogenetic charts

Does anybody know where to find some fairly comprhensive phylogenetic charts for snakes? Family trees if you will? I imagine anything in print is already outdated, but that's fine. Cheers, Alex Yep. New multi-author textbook on the very subject comes out in two weeks. So, since it's not in print (y...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 28th, 2011, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus viridis - First Rattlesnake of the year
Replies: 44
Views: 4477

Re: Crotalus viridis - First Rattlesnake of the year

Hey Sky,


Texas Blondes abound on this forum (like this girl):

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So, you're in good company. :)

Dusty R.
by Dusty Rhoads
March 27th, 2011, 7:58 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings)
Replies: 128
Views: 119513

Re: 2011 zonata pairings (discussion about GIFTED hatchlings

SUCH a cool idea. Thanks, Mitch, for your vision. Since there is no wait list, I'll try to keep an eye on this forum. Might be a cool educational animal for my biology and genetics students here at Ole Miss. I wonder if they'd make a good vivarium subject? I've read that agalma's do. Looking to put ...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 24th, 2011, 5:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I have a reptile dysfunction definitely.....NEW pics added!
Replies: 39
Views: 8612

Re: I have a reptile dysfunction definitely.....NEW pics add

>>It turns out according to several people in the know (even though I didn’t collect the animal), once the animal is run over, it is perfectly legal to pick up! Gerold, Beautiful photos! Hope to see you out there in Tejas this year. Also, I recently thought the above was true too, but McMartin, Kru...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 22nd, 2011, 1:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!
Replies: 249
Views: 45471

Re: Nevada Rosy Boa...It's official!

Very cool, Paul!

Now use some of that liquid luck and go and find a live rosaliae in CA. :D
by Dusty Rhoads
March 21st, 2011, 12:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation LIVE - Phoenix Herp Society w/Russ Johnson
Replies: 69
Views: 7921

Re: Herp Nation LIVE - Phoenix Herp Society w/Russ Johnson

I use what appears to be the very same rubbermaid bucket for cleaning my snake room and it is only 11.5L which equals 3.04 gal or 389.12 oz. With the ~4oz they claimed to poor in that makes it just over a 1% ratio. I don't know what that means as far as active levels and toxicity, any takers? -Thom...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 21st, 2011, 7:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Nation LIVE - Phoenix Herp Society w/Russ Johnson
Replies: 69
Views: 7921

Re: Herp Nation LIVE - Phoenix Herp Society w/Russ Johnson

It infuriates me that we can't learn to live with snakes and other organisms. We destroy and build on their land, and we expect them to just move out entirely or perish. Our way or the highway. It seems the PHS president mentioned that this snake was set free elsewhere. I wonder if the PHS took into...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 19th, 2011, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top herping places in North America
Replies: 51
Views: 13652

Re: Top herping places in North America

In my book it's hard to beat Okeefenokee and surrounding areas of South Georgia. I would put the area which I live in, the CSRA of Georgia, as having some of the most diverse snake species within an hours drive. Look up the snake saturation maps in Gibbons' "Snakes of the Southeast". Looks like thi...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 18th, 2011, 6:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpetology School Help
Replies: 39
Views: 20282

Re: Herpetology School Help

I have a question and I think the forum with all you herpers in it would be a great place to ask it, what school is best herpetology wise, I want to get the best education i can in the herpetology field and get a strong degree in biology, hope ya'll can help, Thanks, Chance Is this for your undergr...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 17th, 2011, 7:03 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Keepers?
Replies: 41
Views: 13085

Re: Keepers?

Paul White wrote:but...now who's breeding trans pecos rats? :cry:
You're :cry: and I'm :beer:

LOL.
by Dusty Rhoads
March 17th, 2011, 6:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Keepers?
Replies: 41
Views: 13085

Re: Keepers?

Dusty, this is for you, you inspired me to keep those a few years back and I must say I really enjoyed your article in HerpNation! In fact, I just ordered the complete suboc! http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/nir/Lady1.jpg http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y36/nir/Noeil.jpg Nice Bogeys! And thank...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 17th, 2011, 1:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Mississippi area?
Replies: 3
Views: 1006

Northern Mississippi area?

Just moved here a few months ago, and went looking in the Lafayette County area for places to herp for snakes today, and didn't see much promising.

Anyone know of foolproof areas?

Thanks,

DR
by Dusty Rhoads
March 16th, 2011, 5:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Top herping places in North America
Replies: 51
Views: 13652

Re: Top herping places in North America

Just out of curiosity, what would you guys consider to be the top herping places in North America??? For amphibs: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/green/atlas/images/amphibians1.jpg For turtles and crocs: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/green/atlas/images/turtle-croc1.jpg For...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 14th, 2011, 6:42 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Keepers?
Replies: 41
Views: 13085

Re: Keepers?

How many of you guys keep snakes? The pictures on this forum, are really making me question my keeping. I have kept quite a few species, and TBH I keep them well, however I do tend to favour fairly basic set ups and the snakes I keep do well in them, i.e. feed, shed, breed etc etc. But................
by Dusty Rhoads
March 13th, 2011, 9:39 pm
Forum: News
Topic: World's 6th mass extinction may be underway.
Replies: 43
Views: 8412

Re: World's 6th mass extinction may be underway.

FunkyRes wrote:That paper is not without issues. It was discussed here, possibly pre forum crash.
Published (in a journal) issues? Or issues only discussed here and other forums?
by Dusty Rhoads
March 13th, 2011, 3:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: late-breaking CNN headline
Replies: 44
Views: 9924

Re: late-breaking CNN headline

"This event is a way for us to help control the population of the western diamondback rattlesnake in our area," says Donnie Willman, a volunteer with the Sweetwater Jaycees who run the event. "They bite livestock, they bite the animals, your pets. They'll bite kids, people. They're a very serious p...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 13th, 2011, 9:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: late-breaking CNN headline
Replies: 44
Views: 9924

Re: late-breaking CNN headline

Crazins wrote:I think it's a GREAT idea, if we do it on feral cats.

-M

Disclaimer: I am against the killing of any animal.
Yeah, a realistic CG animation of a Puppy Roundup would probably do the job.
by Dusty Rhoads
March 13th, 2011, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: late-breaking CNN headline
Replies: 44
Views: 9924

Announcing: the first annual Puppy Roundup

There used to be an anti-roundup, educational exhibit at the Dallas Zoo called "Rattlesnakes Can't Scream". So, in line with that thinking, here's an idea...let's take another "critter" that screams -- let's say puppies. We'll have a first annual Puppy Roundup and do ALL of those things to the puppi...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 10th, 2011, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Eastern Hognose in Ontario, CANADA
Replies: 13
Views: 2558

Re: Eastern Hognose in Ontario, CANADA

My favorite species of snake in the eastern and central US (and Canada!). Glad to hear you are working on their ecology, and looking forward to hearing what you discover!
by Dusty Rhoads
March 7th, 2011, 12:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Reptile Documentaries?
Replies: 13
Views: 5077

Re: Reptile Documentaries?

Here's the NOVA documentary on varanids (and Eric Pianka) ---> http://video.pbs.org/video/1300615533/.

You can watch it on-line for Free 99. :D
by Dusty Rhoads
March 5th, 2011, 7:43 am
Forum: News
Topic: World's 6th mass extinction may be underway.
Replies: 43
Views: 8412

Re: World's 6th mass extinction may be underway.

I discount the study because the oness is global warming, as a reptile student, one must certianly know that the earth has went through many different temp changes...... Nice try but no cigar for this study. And yet... BYU prof co-authors Science paper showing climate-induced lizard decline One of ...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 2nd, 2011, 3:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp ID Chile
Replies: 10
Views: 1407

Re: Herp ID Chile

My coworker just got back from Chile and showed me this picture that was taken near the city of Pucon... Does anyone know what kind of turtle this is? http://i81.photobucket.com/albums/j229/JoeFarah/chilelizard.jpg I've seen Leiolaemus (sp?) in Santiago, Chile foothills. It could belong to that gen...
by Dusty Rhoads
March 1st, 2011, 10:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX HB 1788 introduced
Replies: 142
Views: 20764

Re: TX HB 1788 introduced

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/green/atlas/images/lizards-snakes1.jpg Damn you Dusty! I thought Arizona had you beat...... nice article in the new Herp Nation though!!! Dave Weber :D I was scared too for what I'd see. Arizona is a formidable 2nd (or 3rd??) place opponent. Thanks for th...
by Dusty Rhoads
February 28th, 2011, 10:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX HB 1788 introduced
Replies: 142
Views: 20764

Re: TX HB 1788 introduced

I think TP&WL will be surprised at the amount of herp stamps it sells. I totally agree. Here's why: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/nation/green/atlas/images/lizards-snakes1.jpg Look at the darkest spot on the map in all of US and Canada. (From The Nature Conservancy's and UC Press' 2010 Atlas...
by Dusty Rhoads
February 28th, 2011, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TX HB 1788 introduced
Replies: 142
Views: 20764

Re: TX HB 1788 introduced -HERPER INPUT NEEDED

1) How many of you would purchase a herp stamp if one were available? 2)How many of you are from TX? 1) Me. 2) Well, I'm FROM Texas, but live in and go to school in MS. :-) Scott Waters: Can you or someone else help me post a poll? We need answers ASAP as the turnaround on these things is expected ...
by Dusty Rhoads
February 27th, 2011, 11:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone visiting West Texas this year? *Research opportunity
Replies: 25
Views: 3082

Re: Anyone visiting West Texas this year? *Research opportu

stlouisdude wrote:Dusty, did your father watch a lot of wrestling?
Never heard that one before!? ;)

Statistically, if you're last name is Rhoads, and you're a guy, you have about a 50% chance of being named "Dusty".

BTW, my father was Ozzy Osbourne's first guitarist, but he faked his death.
by Dusty Rhoads
February 26th, 2011, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anyone visiting West Texas this year? *Research opportunity
Replies: 25
Views: 3082

Re: Anyone visiting West Texas this year? *Research opportu

BChambers wrote:Dusty, Ron Tremper and I will be out there the first weekend in June (Thurs-Sunday). Hopefully we'll see you there, and we'll keep our eyes peeled for DORs in any case.
Sounds great, Brad! Hopefully see you there!