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by reptologist
June 3rd, 2015, 6:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Typical Pine Barron Hike
Replies: 3
Views: 1645

Re: Typical Pine Barron Hike

Is that a Northern Watersnake at the end? Never seen one like that before! Yes it is. She was very aggressive and flared out the moment she noticed me. Most I encounter choose the flight response, this one definitely took the fight response and struck at me several times, and never backed down to f...
by reptologist
June 2nd, 2015, 12:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Typical Pine Barron Hike
Replies: 3
Views: 1645

Typical Pine Barron Hike

I spent a few hours hiking through a new spot within an area that I hike a few times a year. I was looking to strike gold with a pine snake sighting but it was not to be. I did manage to see a few reptiles and amphibians. My highlight was hearing about half a dozen Pine Barron Tree frogs calling. ht...
by reptologist
May 31st, 2015, 6:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: S Carolina ID
Replies: 5
Views: 2499

Re: S Carolina ID

Eastern hognose
by reptologist
May 13th, 2015, 10:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Your most significant find in 2015
Replies: 51
Views: 15812

Re: Your most significant find in 2015

I am really trying to see a wood turtle in the wild this year for the first time. I met a fellow herper while fishing recently and discovered our similar interests. He gave me a spot to check out and hopefully get a picture or two of a woodie here in NJ. After an hour and a half drive and searching ...
by reptologist
March 18th, 2015, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 16789

Re: How much does it cost?

(1) I know less about hunters and fishermen, but I suspect virtually all serious fishermen and hunters who also bird or herp were fishers and hunters first, and got into the other hobbies just by being outside and getting interested. (2) I've never been a serious fisherman, although I fished my loc...
by reptologist
March 17th, 2015, 10:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help
Replies: 6
Views: 1694

Re: Snakes and Agamids from South-east Asia - ID help

Jeff wrote:First lizard looks like Gonocephalus grandis
I had to do a double take because I have kept them and I think you are correct. I am assuming this one is a juvenile.
by reptologist
March 17th, 2015, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping AZ early April
Replies: 2
Views: 949

Re: Herping AZ early April

Hi, I am taking a trip to AZ for herping the first week of April. I was thinking about going to the Tucson area but I was wondering if it was too cold at that time of year? If that time is too early in the season then does anyone have any recommendations for areas of AZ to go to? Thanks. Jacob Plea...
by reptologist
March 17th, 2015, 10:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How much does it cost?
Replies: 55
Views: 16789

Re: How much does it cost?

I thought this was a great question, and I would have liked to answered earlier. I do all three. I do them a lot. I have left the USA a fair amount of times to pursue these hobbies. I'm having a hard time giving a black and white answer. I can say as far as gear costs are concerned it would be fishi...
by reptologist
March 17th, 2015, 9:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Two newbie questions...bull snake behavior and when do snake
Replies: 11
Views: 2876

Re: Two newbie questions...bull snake behavior and when do s

I can't offer an answer for bull snakes because I have never witnessed them in the wild. I would offer a possibility to your question based on observations of black rat snakes who also climb trees for a meal. I have seen that activity more than a few times and if undisturbed the snakes seem to stay ...
by reptologist
February 25th, 2015, 6:10 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid
Replies: 7
Views: 10349

Re: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid

Well, the weather was pretty lousy for a good chunk of the trip - windy, cool, and high seas. It gets a little old when the weather is bad, everything is hard - it's hard to fish, hard to eat (you don't have enough hands to hold everything down), and hard to sleep. I've slowly worked my way up to t...
by reptologist
February 23rd, 2015, 8:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Suriname Parrot Snakes
Replies: 10
Views: 4326

Re: Suriname Parrot Snakes

Mike, did you build that enclosure yourself? Or just design it and have someone else put it together? That is fantastic- I really like it. If you made it, could I ask what materials you used, and how you did it? --Berkeley Berkley, I did not build it. I came up with an idea and searched the net for...
by reptologist
February 23rd, 2015, 6:49 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Suriname Parrot Snakes
Replies: 10
Views: 4326

Re: Suriname Parrot Snakes

I love the glassed in understory and bright, airy arboreal space, its beautifully principled. I really enjoy reading your caretaking too, fantastic post! Thanks Kelly, the enclosure is something I designed years ago. I have used it to successfully maintain about 5 different species of lizards inclu...
by reptologist
February 22nd, 2015, 12:50 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Suriname Parrot Snakes
Replies: 10
Views: 4326

Re: Suriname Parrot Snakes

What she said. I can't exactly see their size, but, have you tried feeding them frozen thawed chicks or the smaller, quail chicks? Pretty cheap and available. They are about 4' in length and very slender. Just behind their head is about 1/4"wide. Feeding them frogs is easy/economical for me. I buy ...
by reptologist
February 22nd, 2015, 10:17 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Suriname Parrot Snakes
Replies: 10
Views: 4326

Suriname Parrot Snakes

I thought I would share some photos of my Leptophis a ahaetulla. I have cared for them for about 3 years now and they are very interesting to observe. Unlike other snakes I have kept these are much more active. They rarely go to the ground and will instantly eat whenever food is offered. They mainly...
by reptologist
February 22nd, 2015, 9:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6645

Re: Incubator Inquery

I've always used vermiculate, you can get a ridiculously big bag at Home Depot for $20. I never measure the amount of water, but just add some to the container, mix it around with my fingers, and add more until it feels right. If you add to much, you can just pick up a glob of the wet vermiculate a...
by reptologist
February 22nd, 2015, 8:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Pennsylvania, mostly rattlesnakes
Replies: 12
Views: 5990

Re: 2014 Pennsylvania, mostly rattlesnakes

You sure are lucky to have access to an abundance of awesome snakes. I am still looking for my first timber. Thanks for sharing.
by reptologist
February 22nd, 2015, 7:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day
Replies: 12
Views: 4425

Re: Breakfast - the most important meal of the day

I really enjoyed the previous pictures and thought I would include a few from a hiking trip at Lake George NY. My girlfriend and I hiked for about 4 hours looking for wildlife and found this snake about 100 yards from the car on the way out. http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8613/16426716439_eca19c1245_...
by reptologist
February 21st, 2015, 2:45 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 3802

Re: Wood Turtles

Very, very nice animals. I have to 2nd what Berkely said, "You did a great job of raising them up- really good looking shells!" You took me back to a long time ago, as a kid, where they were common and very often found in my back yard. To say they are intelligent is an understatement. We had a phen...
by reptologist
February 21st, 2015, 12:35 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 3802

Re: Wood Turtles

They are really great. I have to say it though, your ownership of them is an exception to the rule, depending on where you live its a tricky quandary placing babies responsibly. These are not indoor pets as you know, the prospect of someone keeping one of these guys in a "tank set up" is troubling....
by reptologist
February 21st, 2015, 12:09 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 3802

Re: Wood Turtles

I agree, they look great! How long did it take you to raise your male from hatchling to adult size? You can thank the awful weather for a quick response. It is snowing here now and I have nothing to do. Thanks for the compliment. Anyway, I did not hibernate him for the first 3 years so by the age o...
by reptologist
February 21st, 2015, 9:46 am
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid
Replies: 7
Views: 10349

Re: 14 days aboard the longrange boat Intrepid

Kent, awesome post, thanks for sharing. I never expected to read fishing reports on a reptile forum. I have always wanted to try a long range trip like that. I do a lot of sport fishing abroad and your post has me thinking maybe I should give long range fishing a try. Beside engine problems was ther...
by reptologist
February 20th, 2015, 1:38 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Wood Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 3802

Wood Turtles

After asking a question in another post I realized that a few folks here like wood turtles. They have always fascinated me and when they finally became legal to own in my state I decided that I wanted to start a project with them. I proudly present some photos of my pair. I purchased the male as a h...
by reptologist
February 19th, 2015, 3:22 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6645

Re: Incubator Inquery

Gentlemen, thanks for taking the time to share your opinions. I am learning more than bargained for. I feel that I may keep the substrate (vermiculite) a bit too wet using the 1:1 ratio after hearing the opinions offered here. I can't wring out water but it does seem overly moist. I am looking up ev...
by reptologist
February 17th, 2015, 4:32 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6645

Re: Incubator Inquery

Thanks for the reply, I have used perilite, vermiculate, and hatchrite. I am willing to try it again.
by reptologist
February 17th, 2015, 1:48 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Incubator Inquery
Replies: 21
Views: 6645

Incubator Inquery

Hello I have a question abut the new incubators on the market today. I am a hobbyist and currently work with Suriname Parrot Snakes and North American Wood Turtles. I have been using an incubator that I purchased many years ago. It is made by Lyon TXR reptile incubator. I have had terrible results w...
by reptologist
July 16th, 2014, 12:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: turtle dogs
Replies: 6
Views: 1941

Re: turtle dogs

I had a neighbor who had a weimaraner who did this kind of activity back in the mid 70's. No one taught him to retrieve EBT's, but he was good at it.
by reptologist
July 13th, 2014, 6:25 am
Forum: News
Topic: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...
Replies: 24
Views: 11270

Re: Giant boa "terrorizing" NJ lake...

I live near the lake and have kayaked and fished there a few times. The lake is large and deep and the water temps would chill any tropical snake in a few minutes. I am embarrassed by the lies and conduct being spewed by these idiots.
by reptologist
December 9th, 2013, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Leptophis Ahaetulla Ahaetulla shedding coincidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 1031

Re: Leptophis Ahaetulla Ahaetulla shedding coincidence?

These snakes have been together in the same enclosure the entire time, almost 2 years. Yes they eat on the same days and obviously the temps are the same for both. Considering that this has never happened for about 16 months and now it has 2 times in a row seems highly unlikely. The fact that the fe...
by reptologist
December 8th, 2013, 5:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Leptophis Ahaetulla Ahaetulla shedding coincidence?
Replies: 3
Views: 1031

Leptophis Ahaetulla Ahaetulla shedding coincidence?

I have been keeping a pair of Parrot Snakes from Suriname for almost 2 years. They are healthy and well adjusted to captivity. I have been recording any information that I find interesting or useful. My female laid eggs 3 times last year due to my lack of incubator experience I lost all 3 clutches. ...
by reptologist
July 29th, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?
Replies: 30
Views: 8515

Re: Traveling with snake hooks and other gear?

I saw this post and wanted to comment. I traveled to Panama for a week of fishing and herping and took my collapsible Mid West Tings. We only travel with carry-on bags and I had taken it to Costa Rica a couple of times prior with no problems. They allowed me to enter the country with it but when it ...