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by robbielab
December 7th, 2016, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4193

Re: Sulawesi snake ID help!

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The only other shot I got before he disappeared into the undergrowth. I thought it might be a keelback so didn't try to grab it!
by robbielab
December 6th, 2016, 4:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sulawesi snake ID help!
Replies: 7
Views: 4193

Sulawesi snake ID help!

Hi! I'm hoping someone on here who's more familiar with Indonesian snakes than I might be able to help out with an ID! Found this little fella in Tangkoko Reserve, North Sulawesi last week and, not having any reference books with me, haven't made a positive ID. He's about 2 ft long, brown all over w...
by robbielab
September 14th, 2015, 10:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Post photos of wild herps feeding
Replies: 56
Views: 32406

Re: Post photos of wild herps feeding

https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t31.0-8/243470_10150609552935371_541532_o.jpg Green parrot snake ( Leptophis ahaetulla ) with an unlucky red-eyed treefrog ( Agalychnis callidryas ), Costa Rica https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash2/t31.0-8/243470_10150609552940371_16492...
by robbielab
December 20th, 2012, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia (now with video!)
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Re: Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia

not sure why the vids are not embedded... I followed the instructions! :?
by robbielab
December 20th, 2012, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia (now with video!)
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Re: Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia

Cheers guys! Thought I'd share these vids I just posted on youtube for anyone who's interested! Banded Sea Krait https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb0Uogq-Hnw Banda Islands, snorkeling https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pmrHlG3DUUs Roki, the pics were from the Banda Islands in the Moluccas, and the Togia...
by robbielab
December 17th, 2012, 9:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia (now with video!)
Replies: 13
Views: 3497

Sea snakes and other stuff from Indonesia (now with video!)

Having noticed there are a few recent threads about sea snakes, and having just got back from Indonesia where I was lucky enough to see some of these fascinating creatures, I thought I'd put together a quick post to include a few of the thousands of photos I am currently trying to wade through! Didn...
by robbielab
September 26th, 2012, 3:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My last few weeks in Costa Rica :(
Replies: 6
Views: 2070

My last few weeks in Costa Rica :(

Hi all, it's been a while! Well, sadly for me I'm now back from a year-and-a-half (almost) of living in Costa Rica, back to the cold, wet UK. I spent most of my time living near Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast, but in my last few weeks did some travelling to see a bit more of the count...
by robbielab
July 20th, 2012, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)
Replies: 14
Views: 4133

Re: Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)

Thanks for the comments guys. Just to update, look who's back in town! I found the same frog a few days ago in the same place... this time with one of her "boyfriends" and a new clutch of future little'uns! http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbielab/IMG_1019sm.jpg http://i741.photobucket.com/...
by robbielab
June 27th, 2012, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)
Replies: 14
Views: 4133

Re: Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)

Another pic Matt just sent me from his camera... one happy herper!
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by robbielab
June 24th, 2012, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)
Replies: 14
Views: 4133

Unbelievable luck! (Cruziohyla calcarifer)

A while ago I posted this pic of a froggy find from Costa Rica, where I have been living now for over a year. It was a recently morphed Splendid leaf frog ( Cruziohyla calcarifer ) I found near a pond that I visit every day, specifically looking for frogs. http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/rob...
by robbielab
March 4th, 2012, 9:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The "Post your RAREST of the rare finds," post...
Replies: 64
Views: 14583

Re: The "Post your RAREST of the rare finds," post...

My entry: Madagascan burrowing snake This iridescent little snake, though discovered over 100 years ago, is still known from only nine specimens (three of which I am lucky enough to be able to put my name to!), so far found only in a few isolated regions in northern Madagascar. http://www.arkive.org...
by robbielab
December 22nd, 2011, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End-of-year post from Costa Rica
Replies: 25
Views: 8865

Re: End-of-year post from Costa Rica

Great post! Its these types of posts that make me unable to wait for my own trip in March! Your unknown frog is Cruziohyla (Agalychnis) calcarifer , which is an awesome find! Thanks for the ID! Found another two of them today around the same pond, so hopefully more to come! Killer post Robbie! No C...
by robbielab
December 20th, 2011, 9:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!
Replies: 7
Views: 3061

Re: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!

Thanks guys, that's all I needed! If I had a copy of the Savage book and I'd read that description I wouldn't have even started this thread! And that pic looks very similar to my second frog, so I think it's safe to assume that they are both probably variations of D. ebraccatus So, much appreciated ...
by robbielab
December 20th, 2011, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!
Replies: 7
Views: 3061

Re: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frogs?

Went back to the pond yesterday and found yet another strangely coloured hourglass tree frog, plus the same speckled one as before (I think... he was sitting on the same leaf!). Another pic of the speckled one... http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbielab/IMG_3037sm.jpg ... and the new one. T...
by robbielab
December 18th, 2011, 2:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!
Replies: 7
Views: 3061

Re: Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!

Wow, what beautiful tree frogs! Great shots. Please post more along with a few habitat shots. Thanks! A few more of the speckled frog http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbielab/IMG_2977sm.jpg http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbielab/IMG_3020sm.jpg and some of the normal-looking ones...
by robbielab
December 17th, 2011, 1:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!
Replies: 7
Views: 3061

Frog ID - Unusual "speckled" hourglass tree frog?!

Found a little frog today near Puerto Viejo, southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica, around a pond where I have found several tree frog species, including several hourglass tree frogs ( Dendropsophus ebraccatus ) which usually look something like this... http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbi...
by robbielab
December 17th, 2011, 12:51 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!
Replies: 20
Views: 5509

Re: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!

Really appreciate all your suggestions on how to get these (in my opinion quite special... although I know risky) little fellas feeding. I tried anoles... nothing. :( Went looking for small frogs but didn't find any suitable candidates. Tried a fairly small red-eyed tree frog (possibly still too big...
by robbielab
December 16th, 2011, 4:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End-of-year post from Costa Rica
Replies: 25
Views: 8865

End-of-year post from Costa Rica

Well, another year almost over and several more herps added to the lifer-list. Been living in Costa Rica for the last 7 months now with my "Tica" girlfriend (and occasional herping partner!), Dani, and have found a few little beauties in the last couple of months I haven't posted yet, so I thought I...
by robbielab
December 7th, 2011, 9:09 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!
Replies: 20
Views: 5509

Re: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!

EDIT....did not see you were in England first time around oops, I would say buy the healthiest one you can find and try using it as a scent base, frogs too of course, which might be easier to procure. Cheers Lat Thanks again for your help. I'm actually currently avoiding the dismal English weather ...
by robbielab
December 7th, 2011, 12:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!
Replies: 20
Views: 5509

Re: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!

Thanks for the responses guys, really appreciate it!
We'll see how it goes...

Cheers!
Robbie
by robbielab
December 4th, 2011, 9:19 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Who likes Spilotes??
Replies: 9
Views: 2474

Re: Who likes Spilotes??

I do too! Going to include these pics in a post on the field herping forum (where they probably belong!), but saw the title of this thread and thought I'd join in! Found this one earlier today on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast... biggest I've seen so far (about 8ft), so going to bed happy tonight! :th...
by robbielab
December 4th, 2011, 8:29 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!
Replies: 20
Views: 5509

Hatchling terciopelo not eating!!! Help!

Hi everyone. Hoping someone may be able to help here! I have just been given three neonate terciopelo/fer-de-lance ( Bothrops asper ) that are over a month old now and still haven't ever eaten! They have been tried on live pinkie mice but so far no luck. I would usually resort to force-feeding in a ...
by robbielab
November 24th, 2011, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID help - Costa Rica
Replies: 13
Views: 1798

Re: Snake ID help - Costa Rica

kcmatt wrote:I'm looking forward to Manzanillo and Cahuita. Are you down there indefinitely?
For a few more months at least... it's a nice part of the world and I'm in no rush to get back to the English winter! When you planning your trip to this neck of the woods?
by robbielab
November 23rd, 2011, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID help - Costa Rica
Replies: 13
Views: 1798

Re: Snake ID help - Costa Rica

.. shame it wasn't a live one though! :( Robbie True, but still a nice photo. You did a pretty good job of, "polishing the turd," as it were. :lol: Haha, thanks! Luckily it wasn't a particularly "messy turd", just a bit of damage towards the back-end so not too tricky posing it without too much not...
by robbielab
November 23rd, 2011, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID help - Costa Rica
Replies: 13
Views: 1798

Re: Snake ID help - Costa Rica

Thanks for the help guys, seems like a fairly unanimous agreement! A scorpion-eating snake - new lifer to add to the steadily growing list... shame it wasn't a live one though! :( Haven't done any road cruising as such (as I only have a bicycle!) but been taking occasional nocturnal trips to Manzani...
by robbielab
November 22nd, 2011, 4:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID help - Costa Rica
Replies: 13
Views: 1798

Snake ID help - Costa Rica

I found this snake as a fresh DOR last week on the southern Caribbean coast of CR (Puerto Viejo) and can't seem to find a match in my field guide (Guyer & Donnelly: Amphibians and Reptiles of La Selva, Costa Rica, and the Caribbean Slope). It's not a species I'm familiar with and I've asked a few lo...
by robbielab
November 16th, 2011, 3:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2 AMAZING weeks in South Africa, lots of pics
Replies: 32
Views: 9423

Re: 2 AMAZING weeks in South Africa, lots of pics

Awesome post! Brings back loads of great memories for me - I spent two months living and working with Tony back in 2009 helping with his research on the venomous species of the Western Cape. Tubing wild puffies and cobras really gets the adrenaline pumping, huh?!! And the only Mozambique spitter I s...
by robbielab
November 3rd, 2011, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Is this for real?
Replies: 22
Views: 4099

Re: Is this for real?

I'm really not sure... I have heard several reports of monster tokays recently - even got to photograph one of them in Thailand a few years ago... http://i741.photobucket.com/albums/xx56/robbielab/gianttokay.jpg I know that it is a child in the picture, so it makes the gecko look even bigger, but st...
by robbielab
October 25th, 2011, 8:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, lots of photos and long winded
Replies: 39
Views: 16767

Re: Costa Rica, lots of photos and long winded

Some great finds and awesome pics, Michael. Not a bad choice of destination for a first trip out of the US!
The cluster of butterflies are actually a day-flying moth species Urania fulgens - gorgeous little things. :thumb:
Great post!

Cheers,
Robbie
by robbielab
October 25th, 2011, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very strange!
Replies: 11
Views: 3193

Re: Very strange!

Hey guys, thanks for your responses. I've been reading up on parthenogenesis and it is, indeed, quite an interesting and unusual process! But it seems very likely that is exactly what has happened in this case. I contacted Dr Gordon Schutt (who has written several papers on this phenomenon in snakes...
by robbielab
October 24th, 2011, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very strange!
Replies: 11
Views: 3193

Very strange!

It's a fairly common occurance to find unexpected neonates in a snake vivarium one morning if you are keeping two or more adults of the opposite sex in that viv. But it comes as quite a surprise when you have had a female snake kept in isolation for the last five years, since she was quite small, an...
by robbielab
October 22nd, 2011, 5:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A short tale (and a long snake) from Swaziland
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

Re: A short tale (and a long snake) from Swaziland

I appreciate the comments, guys, thanks! C. So, how long did you determine the snake was??? Dammit - I knew I forgot something! :roll: I figured by comparing the markings in the pic of the front half of the snake and joining them up with the markings from the back-end pic to get the full length, the...
by robbielab
October 20th, 2011, 2:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A short tale (and a long snake) from Swaziland
Replies: 10
Views: 3281

A short tale (and a long snake) from Swaziland

Having enjoyed the recent post from Rothdigga's South African trip, and Mr Breuer's Malaysian post with a stunning 16ft reticulated python (great find, Hans!), I was reminded of a backpacking trip I took back in 2007 to Southern Africa on my "gap-year" after finishing university and, in particular, ...
by robbielab
October 17th, 2011, 3:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HERP NATION APPRECIATION
Replies: 18
Views: 2101

Re: HERP NATION APPRECIATION

Hey Dan, Herp Nation Media is all round brilliant! I'm pretty sure everyone here on FHF would agree with this. It's got it all: forums, video, not to mention a very fine bi-monthly magazine. For those of us who have been obsessed with herps and herping for a long time, the forum is a great place to ...
by robbielab
October 17th, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica
Replies: 5
Views: 991

Re: Costa Rica

From what I've heard, the Caribbean Coast (which is generally more humid and rainy than the Pacific side!) seems to be more abundant in herps and it's easier to find them here. Or so I've been told - I haven't really done any herping on the Pacific coast so hopefully some of the guys on here will ha...
by robbielab
October 3rd, 2011, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Re: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)

Hans Breuer (twoton) wrote:LOVE the skull!!
Thanks Hans! Yeah, I was quite pleased with how it came out... quite fiddly to piece together but worth the effort! Cheers! :beer:
by robbielab
October 2nd, 2011, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Re: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)

Some new pics at top of post :thumb:
by robbielab
August 26th, 2011, 4:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best herp!
Replies: 32
Views: 3120

Re: Best herp!

One of my all time faves... mainly because we were so lucky to find it!

Black Spitting Cobra (Naja nigricincta woodi)
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by robbielab
August 9th, 2011, 3:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Re: Some Costa Rican Vipers

Thanks guys. Yeah, those asper certainly keep me on my toes... as does my "assistant" (thanks for your comments :roll: ). Dr Dark, whenever you are next on the Caribbean Coast, swing on by; Be great to have a herping companion... they seem pretty thin on the ground around these parts - everyone is t...
by robbielab
August 9th, 2011, 2:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skull Processing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3868

Re: Skull Processing?

Some great tips here. Unfortunately I don't really have any access to anything other than bleach and boiling water where I am living at the moment. The stinky water bucket method would work, but I don't think my immediate neighbours would be too keen! I have actually finished the skulls with a gener...
by robbielab
August 8th, 2011, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skull Processing?
Replies: 16
Views: 3868

Re: Skull Processing?

Hi teter247, thanks! I actually processed this skull by firstly boiling it to make the flesh easier to remove and then spending several hours picking away at it! When all but the smallest "bits" have been removed I soak the bones in bleach for a while until there is no flesh left. Then rinse it very...
by robbielab
August 7th, 2011, 12:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)
Replies: 11
Views: 2806

Some Costa Rican Vipers (new pics!)

Just a few more pics to add to this previous post (below), as it fits with the subject... This time, another small rescued fer-de-lance ( Bothrops asper ), which I took back to my apartment for a photo session before release. Unfortunately, the auto focus on my lens has broken, which didn't help, so...
by robbielab
July 4th, 2011, 4:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Replies: 17
Views: 4132

Re: Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

The iguana skull is impressive did you find it that way or did you prepare it? And the spilotes.... I actually made an audible sound when I saw it. Que tuanis mae! Haha, thanks! No, the iguana skull I painstakingly processed to make it look like that (it was actually from a freshly dead adult male)...
by robbielab
June 29th, 2011, 5:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: COSTA RICA June 2011
Replies: 27
Views: 9142

Re: COSTA RICA June 2011

Awesome! You are putting me to shame with the eyelash vipers!!! haha. Great stuff! :beer:
by robbielab
June 26th, 2011, 5:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Replies: 17
Views: 4132

Re: Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

Muchas gracias for the comments. By the way there's a heatwave in England at the moment...I'm sure it isn't going to last. (Rather be in Costa Rica anyway.) Really? Just in time for Glastonbury! I hope it lasts! Its actually pretty wet here in Puerto Viejo at the moment! Good for the herps though! D...
by robbielab
June 25th, 2011, 8:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica
Replies: 17
Views: 4132

Some finds from the Caribbean Coast, Costa Rica

Haven't been on here for a while so thought it was about time! Well, I am currently living in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica, where I have been doing a fair bit of herping/photography/filming so thought I'd share a few finds from the last month. Plenty more to come I hope! Just to give you an idea of the ...
by robbielab
May 1st, 2011, 3:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica 2011, LOTS OF PHOTOS, ID help requested on frogs
Replies: 36
Views: 7307

Re: Costa Rica 2011, LOTS OF PHOTOS, ID help requested on fr

Great post! I'm heading out to Costa Rica in a couple of weeks and this post has got me even more excited! I just need to get myself a lens like yours and I'll be set! Hopefully get to find the eyelash vipers that eluded me last time! :? I'm pretty sure the moths are Urania fulgens ("green Urania" o...
by robbielab
March 21st, 2011, 11:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First herps of the year, UK
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

Re: First herps of the year, UK

I was there from about 12:00 -13:30 on Monday and thought to myself wouldn't it be funny if I bumped into you, I would recognise you from the jungle video, and then I find out you were there! You posted a pic from that site last year and I recognised the "substrate" straight away. Haha... I must ha...
by robbielab
March 16th, 2011, 3:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First herps of the year, UK
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

Re: First herps of the year, UK

Lovely pics Robbie, that black one looks like the same Adder I photographed on Monday, halfway along the track from the carpark, looks like the same site. Yep, it is the same one... and the last adder pic is of your first adder of the year (as posted in your RAUK post!). How long have you been visi...
by robbielab
March 15th, 2011, 4:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First herps of the year, UK
Replies: 10
Views: 2497

First herps of the year, UK

Well, following the coldest winter in living memory the temperature has begun to rise and the herps are emerging. Been out a few times to my usual spots and was glad to see that the male adders were lying out in the sunshine... although not as many as I have seen in previous years. Not sure whether ...