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by dthor68
November 4th, 2018, 5:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grey Treefrog ?
Replies: 2
Views: 7800

Re: Grey Treefrog ?

I am at the foot of the mountains in Greenville Co. We did get a lot of rain from both storms. Sadly, the little treefrog did not return after the last time I put him out. Next time I will let it stay. He can join the Brown Snakes and 5-Lined Skinks that make my garage home.
by dthor68
November 4th, 2018, 5:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Google Earth
Replies: 10
Views: 14721

Re: Google Earth

Google Earth can help you find some good locations. However, it also helps poachers and collectors find the same locations.
by dthor68
November 2nd, 2018, 8:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Grey Treefrog ?
Replies: 2
Views: 7800

Grey Treefrog ?

Hey guys, I have a grey treefrog that keeps entering my garage. I put him outside in the yard, an hour later he is back in the garage. 3 times now. At the moment it is 62 and raining, tonight is suppose to get cool when the rain moves through. So, should I just let him make himself at home? Seems li...
by dthor68
July 9th, 2018, 6:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountain Snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 5328

Re: Smoky Mountain Snakes

I have spent 100's of hours in the GSMNP. I have only seen 3 snakes, 2 Garters and a Copperhead. But then again I generally go there to photograph the rivers and falls which is best shot on cloudy/rainy days.
by dthor68
June 29th, 2018, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Video: Spring Herping the Columbia River Basin
Replies: 12
Views: 19992

Re: Video: Spring Herping the Columbia River Basin

Dude, that was awesome. Love the gopher snake footage, love it all. I have only been to Washington one time. I absolutely loved it there, one of the best weeks of my life. We were at Mt. Baker for a week. We hit the Cascades, Olympic (rainforest, ocean & mountain top), waterfalls, and many other spo...
by dthor68
June 10th, 2018, 4:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 37830

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

Kelly Mc wrote: it requires connection with whimsy and dimension.
Maybe some mushrooms, hit of acid? But seriously, Regal has great taste in music.
by dthor68
June 7th, 2018, 3:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 37830

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

When I shared this ad I really thought it would have brought everyone in here together. For some reason I forgot about Ernie and others. Although everyone in here loves snakes, it is very evident we love them for different reasons. So, are there any forums out there strictly on the conservation of R...
by dthor68
June 7th, 2018, 3:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OMG, she did'nt!
Replies: 51
Views: 37830

Re: OMG, she did'nt!

E-squared actually makes a good point, even if (as so often) he missed his actual target ( & confidential 2 ernie, i've tried to tag lats snout ... I'm right on target. As is always the case. Perhaps it might not appear that way to those to distracted or to slow to follow. About the dopes that have...
by dthor68
May 26th, 2018, 4:43 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Video from IPhone?
Replies: 1
Views: 12420

Video from IPhone?

I am wanting to upload a video from my IPhone to Facebook. I know when you take photos with an iphone it contains GPS info, coordinates of where the photo was taken. This is info that I never want to share, especially with rare animals. Do the videos contain that same info? If so, how can I delete t...
by dthor68
April 1st, 2018, 5:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 6 days in South Florida
Replies: 12
Views: 8947

Re: 6 days in South Florida

LOL! Florida makes national news 3 times a day and it is all negative. Despite all of the illegals and migrants that Ernie speaks of, blah blah blah............. You fail on all counts. That silly dthor68 comment. A response from a guy who hasn't been to Florida in 30yrs was all very poorly thought...
by dthor68
March 31st, 2018, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable
Replies: 15
Views: 13870

Re: Looking for Advice on the Unthinkable

Best thing to do is not get bit. I have hiked a 1000 miles of SC, never worried about snakebite. I worry about mosquitoes, chiggers, ticks and horseflies, in that order. I worry about the yellow jackets when they are swarming at me. It is easy to not get snakebit, use good judgement and keep your ey...
by dthor68
March 31st, 2018, 6:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 6 days in South Florida
Replies: 12
Views: 8947

Re: 6 days in South Florida

Nothing uninteresting any of that. All those animals are amazing. You only got to scratch at the surface of the region's diversity. One that is far to rapidly disappearing. South Florida is one of the most diverse and interesting places on the planet. It is an incredible mixture. In my opinion virt...
by dthor68
March 31st, 2018, 4:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Green Salamanders in SC?
Replies: 0
Views: 4791

Green Salamanders in SC?

Has anyone here ever had any luck finding Green Salamanders in the South Carolina Upstate? If so, can you tell me what year you found them. I do not want locations, just years. I appreciate any help.
by dthor68
March 31st, 2018, 4:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 8654

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Sorry guys! I never did have any luck finding them mating. I did find a pool with a single female. She laid her eggs but they were never fertilized. I guess the males in that area perished. I did find a couple pools that had a lot of activity, I just missed it all. With what I learned this year I am...
by dthor68
January 30th, 2018, 6:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 8654

Re: Wood Frog Help?

Hey Bill, thank you much. I am thinking Thursday myself. Overcast conditions will give my better photos too. They are calling for rain Sunday but 41/35 is cold! We checked out a couple of sites where they have yet to start. I am pretty confident that I will get them this year. Where are you located ...
by dthor68
January 30th, 2018, 1:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wood Frog Help?
Replies: 15
Views: 8654

Wood Frog Help?

I am wanting to get photos of mating Wood Frogs and have a friend with SCDNR keeping his ear open for me. He reported to me yesterday that they were going at it on his property. Met him this morning and there was no activity, it was down right cold. Counted several large masses from prior days activ...
by dthor68
September 2nd, 2017, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: iphone aps for field work?
Replies: 3
Views: 2459

Re: iphone aps for field work?

Sounds like the "Field Notes" app is horribly misnamed. Have you tried the HerpMapper app? There's a field for notes. It logs the GPS coordinates. And you can designate either the NAHerp or Herpmapper databases to upload your records. Are those apps capable of keeping personal info, or is it shared...
by dthor68
September 2nd, 2017, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: iphone aps for field work?
Replies: 3
Views: 2459

iphone aps for field work?

Wondering what iphone aps folks here use in the field? All I need is to take a photo, photo needs to be geo-tagged with coordinates and the ability to take notes. I downloaded a free ap called "Field Notes LC". However, it will not allow me to take notes. I type one word, hit space to type another w...
by dthor68
January 24th, 2017, 4:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 42438

Re: Global Warming?

What about the huge increase in fungal infections on snakes, could that be a product of GW? The fungal infections occur during hibernation. It is if the snakes have spent the winter in to wet of an environment. Winters in SC have always been wet, so why is this now becoming a problem? Could the much...
by dthor68
January 23rd, 2017, 6:15 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 42438

Re: Global Warming?

I was a little worried that the higher temps would effect the breeding habits of Chorus Frogs and other winter breeding herps. My trip to the Savannah area yesterday proved to be one of the best ever for me. In protected areas, the frog calls were deafening. Outside of the protected areas I occasion...
by dthor68
January 21st, 2017, 7:43 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 42438

Re: Global Warming?

How about the other years in between? This is meaningless really. I could probably find a another year other than 1988 since records have been taken and find the opposite outcome. I love herping South Carolina, Effingham County, GA some great roads. 1988 is when I first started herping in the winte...
by dthor68
January 21st, 2017, 3:46 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Global Warming?
Replies: 47
Views: 42438

Global Warming?

Just curious if anyone knows what kind of impact global warming is having on reptiles and amphibians? For years I have been going to the SC lowcountry in the winter to observe chorus frogs and salamanders (ambystoma). I don't really think temperatures are as important as precipitation in stirring up...
by dthor68
August 8th, 2016, 12:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99522

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Thank you for all of your posts! I have deep regard for Science and I am grateful there was no misinterpretation of the query, but I know tradition exists in all formats, even the medical community, and wondered about pickled captures that perhaps some factor of the automatic might be at play - whe...
by dthor68
August 7th, 2016, 7:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99522

Re: Why You Dont Collect

It seems to me that this thread is only asking individual opinions on the subject of collecting; soliciting opinion inevitably seems to digress into personal attack, at which point it becomes non productive and un-interesting for me; time to un-subscribe. Cheers You should not take what I say as a ...
by dthor68
August 7th, 2016, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99522

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Over the years, Ernie, you've made it clear that you have no concept of research, no respect for people who do it, and no understanding of its value. YOU don't need to know DNA sequences of birds, we all accept that. What makes you such a clown fool is that you imagine that anybody else wants to li...
by dthor68
August 3rd, 2016, 8:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99522

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Do you feel the same about people that hunt or gather for their sustenance? I see no difference....selling what you hunt or gather is the same as consuming it your self; you're just adding a middle step, money, which is just a means used to convert your work into food & shelter and other necessitie...
by dthor68
August 2nd, 2016, 5:55 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25621

Re: dark exposure help?

If you zoom in on the 2 gopher snakes shots, youll see that the darker one is sharper. I dont know what else can or needs to be said here that wont result in pointless argument With all due respect, Im not asking for advice about what I shoulda done or should do next time. I also am not asking how ...
by dthor68
August 2nd, 2016, 8:59 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: dark exposure help?
Replies: 33
Views: 25621

Re: dark exposure help?

Porter, what I have always done is shoot in RAW, not JPEG. I open each image in Photoshop Elements and set the white balance using eye dropper in an area of the photo that is either white, grey or black and then tweak it from there. You have much more control with a RAW photo and all of your basic p...
by dthor68
August 2nd, 2016, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99522

Re: Why You Dont Collect

For me it just never felt right taking an animal from its home. Believe me I tried numerous times as a child. I would catch a snake, bring it home keep it for a day or two and release it where I found it. The longest I ever kept a wild animal was 4 days and only because it was an hour long hike back...
by dthor68
July 12th, 2016, 5:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard?
Replies: 16
Views: 5886

Re: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard

"I'm curious who your wife was before you entered her life - do you think her decision would have gone this way, in "an alternative reality"? Put another way - to what extent do you think exposing her to your hobby (for what, 15-20 years?) has influenced her? Are you both SC natives? The times and t...
by dthor68
July 10th, 2016, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard?
Replies: 16
Views: 5886

Re: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard

Update: Shortly after posting here I got some pictures of the snake and my wife posted them on her Facebook Page. A lot of her friends told her to kill it and it really upset her. So she and my kids all agreed to put it back right where I found it and I did so once the sun went down and we brought t...
by dthor68
July 7th, 2016, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard?
Replies: 16
Views: 5886

Re: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard

"After all if you didnt see her, she would have been there anyway."

Amen!
by dthor68
July 7th, 2016, 5:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard?
Replies: 16
Views: 5886

What would you do if you found a Copperhead in your yard?

Just found a copperhead in the backyard while looking for insects to photograph. I would say she is probably 6-8 years old and possibly gravid. I live in the suburbs and have a 1 acre lot surrounded by houses and roads. I found her under a log against the fence. Personally, I want to put her back wh...
by dthor68
July 5th, 2016, 4:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31763

Re: Dishonesty in government

It really is funny and tiresome to argue about this. For those of us who depend on herps to make a living, or a part time living, this news is bad. For those of us who love conservation and want to see these animals saved, this news is great. Deep down inside you all know they are disappearing. Not ...
by dthor68
July 4th, 2016, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31763

Re: Dishonesty in government

"So if anyone can cite such research where incidental collecting by the public has produced negative impact on the overall population of a species, I am always willing to learn." Just mentioned the Spotted Turtle (Clemmys guttata) In 1988 I saw 6, 89-4, 90-2, 92-1, I have not seen 1 since 1992. They...
by dthor68
July 4th, 2016, 2:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31763

Re: Dishonesty in government

Excuse me for my confusion but I would thank that news like this would make everyone here happy? In fact, the only people that I could imagine being upset with news like this would be the uneducated redneck who thinks that the only good snake is a dead snake. We have people who are willing to save s...
by dthor68
June 10th, 2016, 3:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26292

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

@WSTREPS, "The Nature Conservancy is a massive "non-profit" . The environmental group makes major loans to employees and board members, buys and resells land to trustees and supporters at reduced prices, drills for oil on nature preserve land. The tax records of the institution are a joke and the so...
by dthor68
June 9th, 2016, 7:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herping
Replies: 86
Views: 26292

Re: A few Oregon laws about to change that could impact herp

@ craigb, "Let's all be warm and fuzzy and protect everything for our great, great grand children."

This is what you consider sarcasm? I am confused. you are saying all of the species in question are common but in no way common enough for our great great grand children to enjoy?
by dthor68
May 30th, 2016, 10:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, etc.
Replies: 9
Views: 5212

Re: Introduction of Myself - New Herper - Advice on Books, e

When it comes to Field Guides the two best books I have ever come across are Roger Conant's Reptiles and Amphibians of the Eastern United States and Allen Tennent's Snakes of Texas. I am not speaking about the little Field Guide but the giant book on Texas Snakes. That book goes into incredible deta...
by dthor68
May 2nd, 2016, 3:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technology
Replies: 14
Views: 6214

Re: “GPS My Rattlesnake” - Tracking Snakes Using New Technol

Seems like that would be very stressful to all but a 20' python, maybe not quite as stressful as putting a bag on a cats head, but. Do you think that this GPS is going to give us some information that we don't already know? There is nothing really complicated about the life of a rattlesnake. They ne...
by dthor68
May 2nd, 2016, 1:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos
Replies: 3
Views: 28628

Re: Frog Call Recording Reviews and How Tos

Thank You Chris. On the third link they go into detail about the Sony Digital Flash Voice Recorder. I am interested in getting something like that under $100.00. Of these type voice recorders, which would you recommend? I could have really used one yesterday. I was shooting some Pitcher Plants and h...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2016, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

I can't speak for Will, but as I already suggested, you should contact Dr. Charles Smith at Wofford. Will is extremely busy at this time of year and is also fishing through a constant sea of calls from SC residents claiming to have copperheads they want removed. Additionally, I don't think Will/SCD...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2016, 3:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

There is absolutely no evidence it had anything to do with released pets, that was an opinion piece that was lacking any real scientific evidence from a non-biologist. Any herpetologists that think that have no idea what they are talking about. Here's an open source article on SFD. Good references ...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2016, 2:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

A bit morbid perhaps but could you post some pictures? I would also be curious about any results you get back. I never got any pictures. I tend to leave camera gear in car when I am visiting a crowded park. I was going to get my son to photo it with his phone but he kinda walked away when the 20+ p...
by dthor68
March 30th, 2016, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

There is absolutely no evidence it had anything to do with released pets, that was an opinion piece that was lacking any real scientific evidence from a non-biologist. Any herpetologists that think that have no idea what they are talking about. Here's an open source article on SFD. Good references ...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2016, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

I appreciate that Bryan. I took stlouisdude's advise and emailed my State Herpetologist. It really has me worried because I am seeing a lot of it and in clean natural areas. I just finished reading something that stated global warming may be the culprit, as is everything. If you look at weather maps...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2016, 5:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Re: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

How do I know they parish? On 4/4/14 I found a milk snake sunning outside its hibernaculum that was eaten up in a few places on its belly. It did not look that bad at all. I returned less than a week later to find its mummified body in the same spot. I don't know that they are all perishing but the ...
by dthor68
March 28th, 2016, 2:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?
Replies: 26
Views: 8506

Fungal Disease in Wild Snakes?

I have caught 12 snakes in the last couple of weeks in Greenville County SC and 9 have had a fungal disease. Today I caught two snakes close to Reedy River, a Midland Watersnake and an Eastern Kingsnake. Both of these animals were so eaten up with fungal disease that I was quite surprised that they ...
by dthor68
January 23rd, 2016, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Opening up a lil
Replies: 9
Views: 3302

Re: Opening up a lil

Hey Garrett, how old were you when you were diagnosed? Do you think that you are better off knowing that you have Asperger's than if you had never known? The reason I ask you this is because I know my son has it. My wife and I do not know what to do. If he gets diagnosed than he knows he is differen...