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by Matt S.
August 16th, 2016, 4:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East
Replies: 19
Views: 6802

Re: Unofficial Guide to Tadpoles and Morphs of the East

Great post and thanks for the updates. Tadpoles are another dimension when it comes to IDs. I am fairly certain that those tadpoles you have labeled as leopard frog with the extremely dorsal eyes and very visible intestinal coils are spadefoot. They tend to travel in pretty tight schools so you can ...
by Matt S.
September 9th, 2015, 2:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Must be hatching time.
Replies: 4
Views: 1083

Re: Must be hatching time.

That is really cool. I would be ecstatic to see either the hatchling gopher or the hatchling terrapin you found. Nice work and thanks for posting. Bring on Fall!
by Matt S.
September 5th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2/3 of '15
Replies: 8
Views: 2654

Re: 2/3 of '15

Fantastic post, all of the photos are beautiful. I especially liked the spring salamander, that has to be one of the prettiest I have seen.
by Matt S.
September 4th, 2015, 2:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF let me in on it's secret.
Replies: 13
Views: 3468

Re: ANF let me in on it's secret.

Congrats, that is an awesome find. I have to admit that I was hoping to open this thread and find out what I have been doing wrong in ANF this whole time. I wonder a lot about how much weight we should give to conditions occurring when we find a target, especially when the number of observations is ...
by Matt S.
August 23rd, 2015, 5:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Habitat pictures?
Replies: 5
Views: 1484

Re: Habitat pictures?

I agree with the general consensus. My one an only simus was found on a road between two stands of dense sand pine plantation. If the soil is good, check it out.
by Matt S.
July 15th, 2015, 2:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID Request
Replies: 7
Views: 2010

Re: Tadpole ID Request

I think it helps to look at the eyes first thing to separate the ranids from the hylids. The ranids will have dorsal eyes which do not change the outline of the head when viewed from above while they hylids (most anyway) will have lateral eyes. I think the only exception to this is the cricket frogs...
by Matt S.
June 28th, 2015, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Smallmouth Salamanders around Columbus Ohio
Replies: 2
Views: 994

Re: RFI: Smallmouth Salamanders around Columbus Ohio

Josh, I know this is not exactly what you are looking for and likely not in the range of Columbus you are interested in but I would like to put a plug in for Kelly's Island on Lake Erie. You will not find any pure blood smallmouths but you can find an interesting group of mostly unisexual (female) h...
by Matt S.
March 16th, 2015, 3:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skipping Spring
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Re: Skipping Spring

Thanks for the comments, the picture turned out better than most of my nighttime shots but that is due more to luck than anything else. I think these guys are one of the most cooperative species of treefrogs to photograph. PBTF super! Is it my imagination or do these frogs call at several time perio...
by Matt S.
March 13th, 2015, 2:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SSS - Snake Season Started
Replies: 19
Views: 3985

Re: SSS - Snake Season Started

Wow, congrats on the mole king and that hog is gorgeous. Just that king would make my year. Thanks for sharing.
by Matt S.
March 13th, 2015, 2:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Skipping Spring
Replies: 5
Views: 1251

Skipping Spring

With the interesting weather lately, I thought I would go out last night for a long shot at some Pine Barrens. I was surprised to find them active. Pine Barrens treefrog ( Hyla andersonii ) https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7614/16179028253_99d6b1ced0_z.jpg PBT 01 by smittyca21 , on Flickr I heard at l...
by Matt S.
February 7th, 2015, 4:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Pensacola, Florida?
Replies: 12
Views: 3800

Re: Herping Pensacola, Florida?

There are some great areas near Pensacola and my recommendations would depend on how much driving you are able or willing to do and how long you are going to be here. There are some spots that are fairly close to Pensacola such as Fort Pickens and the Gulf Islands National Seashore which can be pret...
by Matt S.
February 2nd, 2015, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog Egg ID?
Replies: 8
Views: 1815

Re: Frog Egg ID?

I think that leopard frog is most likely with gopher frog also being a possibility. Size and shape looks right for leopard frog and they are definitely breeding right now. I have not personally seen a gopher frog egg mass but they are supposed to be similar to leopard frog just larger and more globu...
by Matt S.
January 16th, 2015, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Intorduction and End of the Year Post 2014
Replies: 17
Views: 4224

Re: Intorduction and End of the Year Post 2014

Great post, I really liked the diversity and always enjoy salamander heavy posts. I am pretty jealous of the pigeon mt., green and hellbender, still haven't checked those off of my list. I think that the egg clusters with the redback are from some kind of gastropod. Not sure if they are snails or sl...
by Matt S.
September 14th, 2014, 3:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A short outing in the our mountains for salamanders
Replies: 16
Views: 3207

Re: A short outing in the our mountains for salamanders

Bill, I loved this post. It reminded me of many of my night hikes in the mountains/foothills in several ways. These hikes are often exciting for the non-herps as well as the herps and showing the mammals and inverts really demonstrates this. I especially liked the picture of the slimy guarding it's ...
by Matt S.
September 13th, 2014, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?
Replies: 13
Views: 3722

Re: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?

Flipped one next to a corn snake awhile back. Abandoned house several hundred yards from water. https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3748/11299858403_a4c2ef8cdc_c.jpg Corn Snake and Moccasin by Coluber Constrictor , on Flickr I really like the coloration of that corn snake (reminds me of Halloween for so...
by Matt S.
September 7th, 2014, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ANF Round 1.5
Replies: 7
Views: 2184

Re: ANF Round 1.5

Great post, it may have felt lackluster but you did better than I have on several occasions in ANF. Even a DOR king is worth the trip I think and seeing the copperhead it had eaten is just really cool. I have been to that same dredge pit and it was full of river frog tadpoles then too. They are such...
by Matt S.
August 3rd, 2014, 3:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?
Replies: 23
Views: 6979

Re: The thrill of the hunt, or the prize at the end?

This question often comes up in other hobbies such as hunting and fishing, as some others have previously mentioned. For me, though I wish I could say it was otherwise, if I was going to be truly honest I would have to say the prize at the end. I have had some fantastic days when I didn't turn up an...
by Matt S.
July 25th, 2014, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?
Replies: 12
Views: 2604

Re: What's Your Favorate Anuran Chorus?

This chorus, which consisted of hundreds of gopher frogs and ornate chorus frogs. (Along with southern leopards and southern chorus frogs.) https://flic.kr/p/dUFZYb That is awesome, I am ready for winter now. For me, it is hard to beat the first choruses of peepers and ornates down here, but I thin...
by Matt S.
June 24th, 2014, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Tadpole ID?
Replies: 6
Views: 1311

Re: Tadpole ID?

It definitely looks like a barker to me also. Saddle spot and color are pretty diagnostic in separating from other hylids.
by Matt S.
June 18th, 2014, 3:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pine snake in non-piney area
Replies: 23
Views: 5234

Re: Pine snake in non-piney area

This is an interesting topic and it definitely seems that there are some regional differences in behavior and habitat preferences. I work in Santa Rosa and Okaloosa counties in Florida and finding a live pine snake was a huge goal for me this year. Since April, I have seen three AOR and three DOR pi...
by Matt S.
April 15th, 2014, 5:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamander Awesomeness and ID help
Replies: 8
Views: 1502

Re: Salamander Awesomeness and ID help

I really enjoyed your post, it really demonstrates the salamander diversity in the area and how difficult it can be to identify those duskies. I am not going to venture too many guesses on those guys but I will say that I think you are right about the second two pygmy salamanders. The first looks mo...
by Matt S.
March 21st, 2014, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Happy First Day of Spring
Replies: 2
Views: 1094

Re: Happy First Day of Spring

Happy spring to you too. It appears that spring has sprung here in the panhandle; I saw a flock of ibises, my first kingbird of the year and the two DOR racers today. I also saw that it will get down to the 30s again next week.
by Matt S.
December 31st, 2013, 3:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes of Alachua County, FL
Replies: 12
Views: 3480

Re: Snakes of Alachua County, FL

Great post, you have done well this year! Even though they can be pretty common, I especially liked the ringneck pic. I have really enjoyed your posts over the year, keep 'em coming.
by Matt S.
December 31st, 2013, 3:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 New Year's Day Herp Challenge
Replies: 21
Views: 2763

Re: 2014 New Year's Day Herp Challenge

I decided to throw my hat into the ring, good luck everyone!
by Matt S.
December 12th, 2013, 2:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014
Replies: 68
Views: 12321

Re: Indigo hunts in Conecuh 2014

I will make at least two, the first in January and probably the second in February.
by Matt S.
November 16th, 2013, 2:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 11748

Re: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread

Great idea for a post and some fantastic photogrophy so far. My picture doesn't compare but I don't think this species has been posted yet. Stohlgren, the pics of the spotted egg and larva are amazing. Reticulated flatwoods ( Ambystoma bishopi ) from Florida http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7445/108832...
by Matt S.
August 13th, 2013, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: summer herps 2013 (same as SE chapter post)
Replies: 15
Views: 3674

Re: summer herps 2013 (same as SE chapter post)

Great post and pics. I really liked the slimy pic a lot. I lived in Ohio (Northeastern) and it took me awhile to find a queen snake, so nice work.
by Matt S.
July 23rd, 2013, 5:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Predation
Replies: 19
Views: 4538

Re: Snake Predation

Great idea for a thread and amazing stuff so far. I figured this would be a good choice for my first post as I have an interesting example, though a terrible cell phone pic. I came upon this sight one night on my way back to the office. I gently moved the animals in this picture off of the road and ...
by Matt S.
November 24th, 2012, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012- year of my frogs
Replies: 13
Views: 3173

Re: 2012- year of my frogs

Great post and Blues Brothers reference. I never see enough Hyla.
by Matt S.
November 17th, 2012, 4:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southeast Chapter Member Biographies
Replies: 110
Views: 50073

Re: Southeast Chapter Member Biographies

My name is Matt Smith and I have been a lurker here for longer than I care to admit. The level of knowledge and photogrophy on the forum was intimidating to me but I have come to realize that the people here are very supportive and it was time to start contributing. I also thought it was important f...
by Matt S.
November 13th, 2012, 5:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA members - An opportunity to help on an Indigo hunt
Replies: 93
Views: 10154

Re: NAFHA members - An opportunity to help on an Indigo hunt

I am a new member to FHF and NAFHA and I would love to attend both dates if possible.

Matt
by Matt S.
November 12th, 2012, 4:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (PLEASE READ) Chapter Officers and Membership List for 2012
Replies: 165
Views: 46622

Re: (PLEASE READ) Chapter Officers and Membership List for 2

Daniel, can I be added to the list for Florida? My name is Matt Smith. Thank you.

Matt