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by Phil Peak
February 22nd, 2013, 2:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Washed in the Blood 2012...
Replies: 57
Views: 12076

Re: Washed in the Blood 2012...

Very enjoyable post Dave! Wow! That red belly snake is nuclear hot! Beautiful selection of milks and midlands too. Congratulations on your engagement and best of luck to you in 2013.

Phil
by Phil Peak
February 19th, 2013, 5:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick question on Sexing a snake..
Replies: 26
Views: 8726

Re: Quick question on Sexing a snake..

Apologies to all, especially Rich in Reptiles (RIR). rtdunham is absolutely right in that even a most common acronym, even a parameter of the “age” field in our data base, should be first defined before use. If your intent is to communicate (write to express, not to impress), it takes very little e...
by Phil Peak
January 13th, 2013, 9:20 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: In your opinion whats the best arboreal snake to keep?
Replies: 38
Views: 5134

Re: In your opinion whats the best arboreal snake to keep?

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My favorite arboreal is the green tree python. This is one of my Sorong types.

Phil
by Phil Peak
January 6th, 2013, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TN Herpers
Replies: 18
Views: 4939

Re: TN Herpers

I've heard locals refer to blue racers in a number of places in the southeast, but especially in Kentucky. Its possible that in some instances they saw a racer that was preparing to shed and looked blue. No real surprise there, even snake guys often refer to a snake that is in ecdysis as "blue". I'v...
by Phil Peak
January 1st, 2013, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.
Replies: 16
Views: 3488

Re: 2012 wrap up, East Coast.

Great series of photes RW! I especially enjoyed the Pits and the Crotes.

Phil
by Phil Peak
January 1st, 2013, 3:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: southern Ohio, 2012
Replies: 15
Views: 5713

Re: southern Ohio, 2012

Very enjoyable post Carl!

Phil
by Phil Peak
January 1st, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Last quarter of 2012
Replies: 13
Views: 1980

Re: Last quarter of 2012

Awesome post! I really miss seeing EDBs. Seems like its been a decade since I seen one. Well shoot, I guess it has been lol! I need to take another trip to the Deep South.

Phil
by Phil Peak
January 1st, 2013, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 (AL, MS, FL, LA)
Replies: 6
Views: 1512

Re: 2012 (AL, MS, FL, LA)

Nice series of photos! I especially liked the kingsnakes.

Phil
by Phil Peak
January 1st, 2013, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Unexpected Journey: 2012 in East Texas
Replies: 34
Views: 15457

Re: An Unexpected Journey: 2012 in East Texas

Wow! Those kingsnakes are spectacular! They certainly epitomize the best that holbrooki has to offer. I found the rat snake series interesting as well. Very similar to those we see in KY. The western diamondback photos are superb!

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 31st, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever found a slender glass lizard in Ky?
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: Has anyone ever found a slender glass lizard in Ky?

Thanks Barry. As always, an honor and a pleasure.
by Phil Peak
December 28th, 2012, 3:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Has anyone ever found a slender glass lizard in Ky?
Replies: 3
Views: 1124

Re: Has anyone ever found a slender glass lizard in Ky?

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We have found maybe a dozen over the years Doug. Here is a pair from Edmonson county. They are not particularly common and can be rather secretive. There are two populations that I am aware of in KY.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 26th, 2012, 3:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: One of our own could use a hand...
Replies: 62
Views: 31370

Re: One of our own could use a hand...

Always troubling to see a fellow field herper in need. Has anyone considered a fundraiser such as an online auction? If so, I'd be up for donating some items such as framed prints of snake photo's or copies of our book.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 22nd, 2012, 1:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Alabama
Replies: 22
Views: 4107

Re: Southern Alabama

Good stuff Barry. :thumb: What a cool habitat! And those Indigos, well done! Looks like a fun crew to hang with.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 20th, 2012, 9:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum... some of my finds!
Replies: 13
Views: 3139

Re: New to the forum... some of my finds!

Welcome to the forum. You are a skilled photographer and have a good eye for herp habitat!

I look forward to your contributions to the MB!

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 20th, 2012, 5:25 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

gbin wrote: When choosing to go
with folks you don't know,
be sure to wear some protection!

In this case a blaze orange vest, I mean. I hear some hunters will shoot pretty much anything that moves. ;)

Gerry
Right on Gerry!..preach it brother ..... :thumb:

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 18th, 2012, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Part II: When I herp; I feel His pleasure.
Replies: 56
Views: 27512

Re: Part II: When I herp; I feel His pleasure.

Beautiful post Josh! I especially liked the corn snake feeding series.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 18th, 2012, 5:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of Year Post- Eastern Kentucky/SW Virginia 2012
Replies: 14
Views: 2483

Re: End of Year Post- Eastern Kentucky/SW Virginia 2012

Nice series of photos Jayd!

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 17th, 2012, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2012 Year End Report - Southeast, Northeast, Midwest
Replies: 27
Views: 12757

Re: 2012 Year End Report - Southeast, Northeast, Midwest

Really enjyed this one! So much to choose from, but I particularly liked the fine selection of eastern milks. The pine snake series was also very nice!

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 17th, 2012, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of year 2012............... from Southeast Chapter
Replies: 18
Views: 3560

Re: End of year 2012............... from Southeast Chapter

You had an excellent year Todd! Very enjoyable post.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 17th, 2012, 8:42 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

gbin wrote: I'm done for now, so the last word is all yours.

Gerry
I'd never deny you that pleasure since I know how important it is to you. And please, do not consider this me getting the last word since I really don't consider it as such. :lol:

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 10:04 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Aaron wrote:That's a nice python.
lol! I wonder if the south Florida locals would spare the native EDB's while hunting python. My instinct tells me that many would not.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 9:46 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

but if you scan Phil's posts here you'll quickly see that he regularly expresses an attitude that varies from disregard to outright disdain toward non-herp wildlife Thanks for the heads up!!! I'm definately going to look into this further. I really hope it's not true!!! Gerry is certainly a reliabl...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 9:39 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

I personally feel NO NEED to apologize to anyone for caring more about reptiles than other life forms. Someone has to and I guess I'm that guy. Phil I don't see anything wrong with that. It's not like any one person can solve all the problems of the world. If you try to you're probably going to spr...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Phil, I believe Gerry is referencing how a racist says "some of my best friends are black" in an attempt to deny their racism. Then he's comparing that to you saying you care about all wildlife but you primarily care about herps. I believe his point is you really don't care about the conservation o...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 7:47 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

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Or show them a picture of a big fat snake!

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 7:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Phil, I believe Gerry is referencing how a racist says "some of my best friends are black" in an attempt to deny their racism. Then he's comparing that to you saying you care about all wildlife but you primarily care about herps. I believe his point is you really don't care about the conservation o...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 7:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Phil, I believe Gerry is referencing how a racist says "some of my best friends are black" in an attempt to deny their racism. Then he's comparing that to you saying you care about all wildlife but you primarily care about herps. I believe his point is you really don't care about the conservation o...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 4:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Not worried about it all Gerry, but dag gummit, you do leave me wondering just what in blazes you meant by it :?

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 3:59 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

And those experiences are?........crickets chirping.......NONE! If you don't have pictures they didn't happen :!: Prove me wrong if you can, but I have the impression your experience doesn't extend much further than your keyboard. 8-) Are the fish on the same web site as the piano playing cat? :P Ge...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 3:46 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Whats up with the photo Gerry? I have no idea who those people are and the point you are trying to make with them. Was this on the same web site as the piano playing cat?

Please ellaborate as to your second comment. I'm of the mind that you have no idea what conservation is.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 3:27 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Reason??? Laughable Gerry! You have based your entire argument on hypotheticals rather than hard evidence. Again, I care more about the protection of our native herpetofauna than I do about stepping on someones toes and hurting their feelings. Personally I believe the herp community has WAY bigger f...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 3:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!
Replies: 43
Views: 21024

Re: BEWARE OF FIELD HERPERS!!!

Conservation begins on the local level. Getting a zoo membership, watching Animal Planet or donating to Save the Whales is not gonna get it done. We should all take the long view and help out on a global level when possible, but in no way is this the absolute solution. It seems non-sensical to me to...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 2:40 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Tsk, Phil, now you're going to weasel about what you yourself have said? You started out by talking about hunters in general: Again Gerry, yes, I contend that many hunters DO kill snakes on sight but not necessarily all. No one is trying to weasel out of anything other than yourself by implying tha...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 1:34 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

This discussion has seriously went off the rails. My original concern was with getting hunters involved in a snake eradication program. Ironically enough, many of these chaps have been doing this for quite some time as opportunity presented itself. What I didn't like about this was the idea's that w...
by Phil Peak
December 16th, 2012, 11:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Wow Gerry! You're gone for a few days a come back with the same nonsense. ;) You seem to be having difficulty in differentiating between someone pointing out that many hunters kill snakes and someone condemning hunting and all hunters (which no one did to my knowledge). Even after clarification that...
by Phil Peak
December 13th, 2012, 3:28 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I meant to add Gerry, if I were to compare whom I believed more between you and Phil, when regarding getting outdoors and possibly speaking to hunters, I would have to say I believe Phil has shown much more experience from what I have seen. I do not recall the last time I ever saw a post from you a...
by Phil Peak
December 12th, 2012, 7:00 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I see, Phil, my experiences differ from yours, so of course it can't be that neither of us has sufficient cause to make declarations about a bunch of people we don't actually know, as I have argued, let alone that your experiences alone are too limited; it must be that my experiences alone are too ...
by Phil Peak
December 12th, 2012, 6:49 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Seed populations planted by reptile dealers perhaps. Fall out from the carnage wrought by hurricane Andrew on the reptile importers/ wholesalers likely. But someone taking the trouble to drive their unwanted pet to south FL?, no, I'm not buying that one. Phil It looks like we can at least agree in ...
by Phil Peak
December 12th, 2012, 4:41 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

It is what it is Gerry. I do have to wonder what your field experience is compared to mine and how many conversations with hunters you have had compared to myself. I also wonder if your conversation with these folks included how they would react when they saw a snake or if perhaps the topic never ca...
by Phil Peak
December 12th, 2012, 3:09 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Just to make things perfectly clear the observations I made on hunters included such terms as " many " and " often " and in no way was I trying to generalize and villify all hunters. This said, yes, I believe that often times many hunters take the opportunity while in the field to kill snakes. It is...
by Phil Peak
December 11th, 2012, 6:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I hate to point this out to you, but many of the same hunters that cherish deer and other game, and play by the highest rules of sportsmanship also often have absolutely no regard for non-game wildlife including snakes. I actually spend a great deal of time in the field and in my wanderings it just ...
by Phil Peak
December 11th, 2012, 12:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thanks Coors for sponsoring the Sweetwater Roundup!
Replies: 22
Views: 4395

Re: Thanks Coors for sponsoring the Sweetwater Roundup!

Really? Because if they made decent beer then it would be so much easier to tolerate their sponsorship of the rattlesnake snake torurefests? I do not even drink beer. I think it all tastes pretty crappy. But I do feel the need to pressure the company to change their policy. No Lisa, I wouldn't supp...
by Phil Peak
December 10th, 2012, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thanks Coors for sponsoring the Sweetwater Roundup!
Replies: 22
Views: 4395

Re: Thanks Coors for sponsoring the Sweetwater Roundup!

Well, I can't imagine why anyone that likes beer would ever drink Coors. Guess I've been boycotting without even knowing.

Phil
by Phil Peak
December 10th, 2012, 6:41 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Jimi, You may have misunderstood me. I wasn't referring to recreational hunting but rather extermination by state agencies. The guy that conducts these measures for KDFWR's is a friend of ours so I have good insight on how its done. Unlike some states, KY has decided to not list the hog as a game sp...
by Phil Peak
December 10th, 2012, 1:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I agree that hunting will never occur in the National Park due to regulatory red tape. In Kentucky they are not even allowed to hunt the environmentally destructive wild hogs within State Nature Preserves. They have gone as far as flushing them out with hellicopters and shooting them once they are o...
by Phil Peak
December 9th, 2012, 4:23 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

And again, I'll simply point out that it need not -and I firmly believe should not - be viewed as an either/or situation. You seemed to somehow miss that point. ;) Gerry I'm not arguing either/or, but rather pointing out that we should choose our battles wisely. I see way more downside to this sout...
by Phil Peak
December 9th, 2012, 3:10 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I have a better idea. Why not put forth our efforts in eradicating feral hogs? These invasives are well documented in trashing habitat and gobbling down native herps. Feral cats would be a nice option as well. I'm puzzled why so many herpers seem to be so preoccupied with pythons in Florida when th...
by Phil Peak
December 9th, 2012, 2:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

I'm puzzled why so many herpers seem to be so preoccupied with pythons in Florida when there are so many real threats to our native herpetofauna to set our sights upon.l Call me a dreamer, but perhaps our calls for controlling popular invasives (like cats) and generally accepted invasives (like hog...
by Phil Peak
December 9th, 2012, 1:42 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

It seems to be a common perception here that because we presently have no way to get rid of all of the pythons in south FL, then we shouldn't bother trying to get rid of any of them. That perception makes no sense whatsoever to me. Putting entirely aside the fact that what's possible changes with t...
by Phil Peak
December 9th, 2012, 10:09 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 98307

Re: Florida python-killing contest

To me, this whole idea is absurd. From what I understand the experts tend to agree that the pythons are there to stay despite whatever attempts may be put in place to erradicate them. So why feed the blood lust that the snake killing public already has? IMO all this program will result in is a numbe...