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by Paul Freed
September 19th, 2016, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Where to herp in India?
Replies: 9
Views: 4455

Re: Where to herp in India?

I had a great herpetological experience herping in the Western Ghats of southwest India. It's especially a hotbed for amphibians, but the reptile diversity is also fantastic. It would help to have a guide while you're there to assist with navigating and language issues. It's also advisable to plan o...
by Paul Freed
September 15th, 2016, 5:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID Help for Costa Rica and Panama
Replies: 1
Views: 1178

Re: ID Help for Costa Rica and Panama

Numbers 1, 7, & 8 are all female Yellow-headed Geckos (Gonatodes albogularis). Anoles are always a bit difficult, and the toad looks like a young Incilius.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 25th, 2016, 7:50 am
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 5
Views: 14465

Re: Ethiopia

Spectacular post, Curtis! So many wonderful mammals (and that's coming from a herpetologist!), especially all those bats. My wife is a primatologist and has wanted to see Gelada Monkeys for many years. Your photos had her looking up flights to Ethiopia! By the way, was it easy and safe to get around...
by Paul Freed
July 21st, 2016, 11:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE
Replies: 3
Views: 2137

Re: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE

That is a fantastic find (and a great photo)! Have you been in touch with Robin Moore, the author of the book: "In Search of Lost Frogs", he would be very interested in knowing of your rediscovery.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
July 20th, 2016, 2:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The World's Smallest Crotalus
Replies: 7
Views: 3715

Re: The World's Smallest Crotalus

Back in 1997, at the Houston Zoo Herpetology Department, we had a long-term captive female Western Pygmy Rattlesnake ( Sistrurus miliarius streckeri ) give birth to six live and two stillborn neonates. The smallest live newborn was 78 mm (total length) and weighed 0.8 grams. It looked and behaved no...
by Paul Freed
July 19th, 2016, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Undescribed species
Replies: 9
Views: 3789

Re: Undescribed species

It looks just like the Bothriechis rowleyi that we maintained at the Houston Zoo for years, although that species is found further northwest into Chiapas and Oaxaca, Mexico.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 28th, 2016, 8:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 47459

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

For those still interested in a copy of the Snakes of Mexico book, you can contact Bob & Sheri Ashley at ECO directly ([email protected].com) and order one. They just got in a new shipment of the books and they are going for $129 each (plus $3-4 shipping). They also just got in a few copies of the b...
by Paul Freed
June 14th, 2016, 6:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bittersweet Babies
Replies: 3
Views: 2252

Re: Bittersweet Babies

WOW! Truly a legendary snake, congratulations on the breeding and good luck on the project!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 13th, 2016, 7:15 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: new European field guide
Replies: 7
Views: 15166

Re: new European field guide

Thanks for the notice, Jeroen, nothing wrong with a little self promotion. I just ordered a copy unfortunately, it won't be available/shipped until mid August. And a hearty congratulations, a new field guide from Europe has been long overdue!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
April 7th, 2016, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan Lizard ID
Replies: 2
Views: 1886

Re: Taiwan Lizard ID

Mike,
It looks like Japalura polygonata, can you tell me where in Taiwan it was photographed? It would help to better identify it.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 27th, 2016, 7:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo
Replies: 10
Views: 5366

Re: Bali, Flores, Rinca, and Komodo

A really nice tour of that region, well done! The Indian Scops Owl photo was fantastic! I think Jeroen is right, that Boiga is another dendrophila. Also, your photo of 'Mastigoproctus giganteus' is a Tailess Whip Scorpion (Amblypygi). Mastigoproctus giganteus is the Vinegaroon, or Giant Whip Scorpio...
by Paul Freed
January 19th, 2016, 8:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...
Replies: 7
Views: 3683

Re: Southern African Field Guide Recommendations...

Andy, When you say: "This summer", do you mean our summer here in the U.S. or their summer in South Africa/Namibia? Since the seasons are reversed there our summer months are their winter months and having herped there in both seasons I can tell you that herping is much better during their summer mo...
by Paul Freed
January 15th, 2016, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae)
Replies: 11
Views: 3066

Re: Mazama Newt (Taricha granulosa mazamae)

Hi Heather, I too had searched for them previously in the area but was unsuccessful. Years ago I had read an account in James Petranka's 1998 book: Salamanders of the United States and Canada that in early September two researchers observed an aggregate of 259 newts in the water and that they found ...
by Paul Freed
November 12th, 2015, 4:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.
Replies: 8
Views: 4326

Re: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.

Steve, We found a Protobothrops mucrosquamatus just pulling into the parking lot of a city park in the town of Taoyuan, near Taipei. You should have no problem finding that species or T. stejnegeri. In fact, if you go to Baling T. stejnegeri are extremely abundant there, our herp team found 17 of th...
by Paul Freed
November 12th, 2015, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.
Replies: 8
Views: 4326

Re: Herping on 30 Oct 2015, Taiwan.

Steve, I was also very interested in looking for Hynobius salamanders and ended up searching for them en route to Baling. Since they are supposed to be found at elevations higher than 6000-7000 feet I began by looking in the area of Hehuanshan, Taiwan (9000 feet elevation). I was disappointed that I...
by Paul Freed
October 15th, 2015, 7:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Identity
Replies: 5
Views: 1946

Re: Snake Identity

There doesn't seem to be an image in your post, could you try posting it again?
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 11th, 2015, 8:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: It must be true - I read it on the internet
Replies: 5
Views: 2787

Re: It must be true - I read it on the internet

You have great restraint, Bill! I, on the other hand, did say something.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 9th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

I don't see any apical pits on the scales of the anterior region of the tail so I don't believe this is S. diehli. The photo does not show close-up detail of the body scales to determine if apical pits are present there. Perhaps if Mr. Lee has a clear photo of the dorsal scales it can be determined ...
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:16 am
Forum: N.A.F.H.A. - Announcements/Inquiries
Topic: DOR ID Request
Replies: 4
Views: 9960

Re: DOR ID Request

Chris,
I believe you're correct in that this is a Nerodia rhombifer.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)
Replies: 5
Views: 2315

Re: Snake ID, please (Papua mountains)

Hans,
Although it superficially looks like it, Lycodon does not occur in New Guinea. I believe that this is one of the 'Ground' Snakes in the genus Stegonotus, possibly S. guentheri or S. modestus.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
October 8th, 2015, 8:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador
Replies: 7
Views: 4152

Re: ID help with 2 snakes: Borneo & Ecuador

The first snake initially looks like one of the species of Rhabdophis, or it could be the more obscure Gongylosoma baliodeirus. The Ecuadorian snake is almost certainly one of the species of Atractus, but with 2 dozen species occurring in Ecuador I would be hard pressed to hazard a guess. Hopefully,...
by Paul Freed
October 5th, 2015, 7:33 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: Free to a good home
Replies: 1
Views: 8614

Re: Free to a good home

That's very generous, Jeff. I wish I lived in or near Louisiana. This would be a great opportunity for a young or novice herp person to acquire a great library. Thanks for making this offer!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
September 26th, 2015, 6:09 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp image from Badlands movie?
Replies: 3
Views: 10759

Re: Herp image from Badlands movie?

Ken,
It's a blurry shot of an Iguana.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
August 26th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 7617

Re: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015

Never mind Jim, as soon as I posted my last comment all the photos came up. Great to see them!
-Paul
by Paul Freed
August 26th, 2015, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015
Replies: 16
Views: 7617

Re: Bangladesh Python Project July 2015

Jim,
Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Great photos and great post! However, only 2 images showed up for me. Guess I'm doing something wrong since you said the issue has been rectified. Thanks for sharing!

Paul
by Paul Freed
August 13th, 2015, 7:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pictures from Central America (Mainly Costa Rica) 2014
Replies: 10
Views: 4186

Re: Pictures from Central America (Mainly Costa Rica) 2014

Great post and nice photos, Shani! [By the way, the turtle you called: "Mud turtle at one volcano summit (Ometepe)" is actually not a mud turtle but rather a Wood Turtle (Rhinoclemmys, likely R. annulata)]. That's a shame the guide wouldn't let you get closer to the Bothriechis lateralis, it's an im...
by Paul Freed
July 30th, 2015, 10:47 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 6280

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

One more point, bgorum, I noticed that you said you would continue to submit images to Alamy; one of Animal Animal stipulations of being their client is that you have no other stock photo agency representing your work. However, just like the initial submission of 200 images has changed since I start...
by Paul Freed
July 30th, 2015, 8:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Is any one here selling stock photos?
Replies: 12
Views: 6280

Re: Is any one here selling stock photos?

Hi bgorum, Paul Freed here. I have been a client of Animals Animals since 1991 and although they are a fair company when it comes to selling images they are extremely strict and very picky when it comes to accepting images. For the initial submission they require 500 photos that are, as they put it,...
by Paul Freed
June 23rd, 2015, 7:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?
Replies: 17
Views: 6199

Re: Most Herps Found in a 24-hour Period?

Chris, My most successful 24 hour period took place in Paraguay, back in 1996, where during a night drive up the Pan American Highway I encountered 16 species of snakes (from four families: Colubridae, Elapidae, Viperidae, and Boidae) representing about 35 individual snakes, as well as several lizar...
by Paul Freed
June 20th, 2015, 9:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 19 June 2015. Herping at Northern Taiwan.
Replies: 2
Views: 1639

Re: 19 June 2015. Herping at Northern Taiwan.

Great stuff, Jerry! Brings back nice memories of herping in Baling. Really like the Elaphe carinata. Thanks for sharing.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
June 3rd, 2015, 7:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: unknown blind snake from Hong Kong Island
Replies: 10
Views: 4313

Re: unknown blind snake from Hong Kong Island

dicephalics is correct, this is a pre-shed braminus, I observed a blind snake in India just like this and thought I had found an undescribed species.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
May 21st, 2015, 7:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 13050

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

hadar wrote Quote: Paul, I'm heading to Bend Friday. Never been out that way. Any suggestions? My dad is flying in from Illinois and we are checking out John Day Fossil Beds Saturday. That's funny, I'm heading to Bend a week from this Friday (not to herp, to help friends move). I will be visiting an...
by Paul Freed
May 19th, 2015, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping, travel, and gear
Replies: 40
Views: 13050

Re: Herping, travel, and gear

Great questions, Heather and a nice way to bring herpers and their passions to the forum. 1. Where do you herp? Do you herp solely in one area, do you herp a large region, nationally, internationally, etc? Is there a particular habitat you prefer or species? I am actually your neighbor (I live about...
by Paul Freed
May 6th, 2015, 7:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize Herp ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 3206

Re: Belize Herp ID's

Good catch, Justin! I had to go back to look at my slides from 1984 of my Belizian Stenorrhina to confirm that they were in fact Stenorrhina and they are. None of my specimens were as brightly colored as Gus' snake. Thanks.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
May 5th, 2015, 8:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Belize Herp ID's
Replies: 10
Views: 3206

Re: Belize Herp ID's

Hi Gus, Gene is right, it's not Coniophanes, it's Stenorrhina freminvillei sometimes called a Blood Snake, Slaty Grey Snake, or Scorpion-eating Snake. They are quite variable in color ranging from tan to brown or even reddish-orange. The Anole is a bit more difficult as the best way to identify them...
by Paul Freed
May 5th, 2015, 7:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Help with garter snake ID, Marion County, Oregon?
Replies: 10
Views: 3113

Re: Help with garter snake ID, Marion County, Oregon?

For the past ten years I have been conducting a daily herpetological survey on my road for a one mile stretch and of the three species of garter snakes (Red-spotted, Mountain, and Northwestern) found in this area (the western foothills of the Cascades in Clackamas County) the Northwestern is by far ...
by Paul Freed
April 14th, 2015, 8:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 11075

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

I found a recently hit female in the ditch by the Kinabalu Park headquarters (back in 2004) which, at the time, was only the seventh known specimen observed. I'm guessing that more have been found since then.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
April 4th, 2015, 8:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu
Replies: 23
Views: 11075

Re: Borneo Dispatches #82: Exploring Planet Kinabalu

Simply an amazing post, Hans! Brings back great memories of Kinabalu. Those Nepenthes are just exquisite. That little frog you saw is most likely Philautus mjobergi, a common Rhacophorid frog from that area and you are correct in your identification of the Cinnamon Frog. The spectacular 'gliding' ge...
by Paul Freed
March 2nd, 2015, 9:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Sea Snake ID, please
Replies: 2
Views: 1783

Re: Borneo Sea Snake ID, please

Hans,
This looks like a Common Beaked Sea Snake (Hydrophis schistosus), it used to be known as Enhydrina schistosa but was changed in 2012 to its current scientific name. I observed this species in Sri Lanka and it looks identical to the ones I found. I hope this helps.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 19th, 2015, 9:25 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon SX50/SX60
Replies: 3
Views: 2856

Re: Canon SX50/SX60

Mike, my wife uses the SX30 and the SX50 and they are extremely good cameras for shooting subjects at long distances. I use a Canon 7D and whenever I need to photograph something at a distance I use one of her cameras to get the shot. Of course the lens on a SX30 or 50 are not the high caliber they ...
by Paul Freed
February 19th, 2015, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Very Tiny Colombian Lizard ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 1143

Re: Very Tiny Colombian Lizard ID?

This is of course a gecko and it looks like a juvenile Lepidoblepharis xanthostigma, sometimes called an Orange-tailed Gecko or Litter Gecko but I'm not 100% sure. It is certainly one of the geckos in the genus Lepidoblepharis.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
February 4th, 2015, 8:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Replies: 14
Views: 6092

Re: Living and working in Northern KwaZulu Natal, South Afri

Fantastic photos, Nick! That Amblyodipsas polylepis is a dead ringer for an Atractaspis. The Zygaspis vandami is an amazing find, I'm extremely jealous, and the Breviceps is such a fun species (did you get to see any males riding on the females?). Even the non-herp animals you saw are spectacular, t...
by Paul Freed
January 28th, 2015, 8:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: Endangered Salamander: Tastes Like Bald Eagle
Replies: 1
Views: 2481

Re: Endangered Salamander: Tastes Like Bald Eagle

It's an interesting article, Chris, but apparently not very accurate. I recently visited China and was taken to a man-made cave where more than 100,000 Chinese Giant Salamanders (called Wa Wa Yu by the local people) were being raised for food. This cave extended for more than a mile and contained ye...
by Paul Freed
January 11th, 2015, 10:35 am
Forum: News
Topic: Passing of Dr. James R. Dixon
Replies: 2
Views: 2695

Re: Passing of Dr. James R. Dixon

He was an amazing man, a true 'old school' herpetologist who taught so many of us about the world of amphibians and reptiles. His passing will leave an enormous void in those that knew him. He will be sorely missed. Condolences go out to his wife, Mary and his entire family.
-Paul
by Paul Freed
January 6th, 2015, 2:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11460

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Yes, I post here, but I'm too computer illiterate to post anything substantial other than a comment (that is, I can't add any photos and contribute one of my own travel adventures since I don't know how to do that. Someone explained that you have to have your photos on the web or the cloud or in the...
by Paul Freed
December 26th, 2014, 4:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11460

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Paul Freed wrote: The Ptenopus were another outstanding find. All yours seem to be females, did you find any males?l People need to appreciate how cool finding Ptenopus are. Not an easy task. The ones in the photos were what we found. My first time there, so no idea of gender. You are absolutely cor...
by Paul Freed
December 26th, 2014, 9:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian niceness)
Replies: 42
Views: 11460

Re: Southern Africa (part 2 is up with some namibian nicenes

Fantastic post, Martti! So many outstanding herps. Your post brought back so many wonderful memories of herping in that region. I was quite impressed at the turnout at Gobabeb, especially given the remoteness of the place. Nice also to see a good representation of women at the conference. (By the wa...
by Paul Freed
October 22nd, 2014, 1:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: International Herping
Replies: 10
Views: 3253

Re: International Herping

Welcome to the forum! You request is a bit more complicated than you might realize. There are so many factors in selecting a place to herp whether here or outside the U.S. For example, what are your specific goals, are you seeking a particular group of animals, how much time do you have, how much fu...
by Paul Freed
October 19th, 2014, 8:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A month to herp the jungle...exploring human impacts?
Replies: 36
Views: 10747

Re: If you had a month to herp the jungle, what would you do

Hey Jonathan, My first question to you would be: what is the purpose of your intended research; i.e. is it for school, for the park, or will you be trying to publish a paper privately? What and how you conduct a project would be based on why you're doing it. I can think of a number of potential proj...
by Paul Freed
October 13th, 2014, 9:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: zoos in the US that have best representation of China herps?
Replies: 19
Views: 7639

Re: zoos in the US that have best representation of Asian he

Kevin, Many of the Texas Zoos (Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio) have fantastic herpetological collections and likely have a good cross-sampling of Asian species. I retired from the Houston Zoo ten years ago and we had a rather significant collection from that region. Are there any specific ...