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by NACairns
November 20th, 2016, 10:18 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)
Replies: 45
Views: 25035

Re: Photographing Nocturnal Frogs/Toads (Question)

I agree any info you have about flashes vs. lights I'd be interested. They've never seemed too bothered but they keep calling when captured sometimes so seem pretty resilient to disturbance. If you are not trying to capture any particular activity and the animal is static you can just do a long expo...
by NACairns
November 20th, 2016, 10:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamanders.
Replies: 8
Views: 4613

Re: Salamanders.

Great post, outstanding diversity. You live in a great spot for gummy lizards, I love that region.
Thanks for sharing,
Best
Nick
by NACairns
November 15th, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Verdin
Replies: 4
Views: 5959

Re: Verdin

Great shot.
by NACairns
November 15th, 2016, 10:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Job Openings/Fellowships at the new Sarawak Museum
Replies: 1
Views: 1722

Re: Job Openings/Fellowships at the new Sarawak Museum

Sounds very cool. I'm actually looking for a post-doc at the moment, it's too bad it is not more taxonomy, biogeography or ecology based. I'll keep an eye on the website. Hopefully an anthropology oriented researcher will have fun working on some of the amazing cultural history of Malaysia. Thanks f...
by NACairns
November 10th, 2016, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)
Replies: 6
Views: 2501

Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Welcome to the forum, can't add much to the ID commentary so I'll leave it to the experts.
by NACairns
November 10th, 2016, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yellow-Blotched Palm Pitviper
Replies: 2
Views: 2015

Re: Yellow-Blotched Palm Pitviper

Wonderful, work and gorgeous snake. Within what sort of temperatures would that habitat range?
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
October 29th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arroyo Toad ID Confirmation.
Replies: 10
Views: 3572

Re: Arroyo Toad ID Conformation.

Yep looks like A. californicus to me, but once Dr. Sweet has given his opinion, mine seems a little pointless.
by NACairns
October 27th, 2016, 11:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Centre
Replies: 8
Views: 3866

Re: Australia 2016 Part 5: Dancing with Devils in the Red Ce

Spectacular. This post made me wish I was in Oz more than anything I've seen in years. The wildlife and scenery shots are outstanding and I love the commentary. Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 26th, 2016, 8:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello from Austria
Replies: 2
Views: 1853

Re: Hello from Austria

Welcome to the forum Kai. Great opening post, I look forward to reading your blog and future posts.
Thanks for sharing,
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 26th, 2016, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3061

Re: Frogs in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa - Spring 2016

Great post! Wonderful photography and insane diversity. That Hemisus guttatus is such an odd thing, why is it spotted if it is obviously built for a fossorial lifestyle? Are they surface active much? Every time I see a Breviceps it blows my mind that they exist, their morphology must make everything...
by NACairns
October 26th, 2016, 8:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yet another Missouri/Illinois post
Replies: 11
Views: 6611

Re: Yet another Missouri/Illinois post

Great post from a cool place in the world. My guess on that caudate leprosy in your Ambystoma annulatum (great spot by the way) would be chiggers? They are really common in the montane Plethodontids down there, to the point of many of them missing toes.
Great stuff thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 26th, 2016, 7:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: From the last couple of weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal - South Africa
Replies: 6
Views: 3382

Re: From the last couple of weeks. Kwa-Zulu Natal - South Af

That Homoroselaps dorsalis is a stunning snake. What more can you tell us about your Leptopelis xenodactylus, looks like a stocky frog in an area with few trees is it a burrower? Enjoy your spring, winter is here in Canada.
Thanks for sharing this great series.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 26th, 2016, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Totonacan Rattlesnake
Replies: 3
Views: 2325

Re: The Totonacan Rattlesnake

Great background. An imposing looking snake but the sociopolitical situation sounds much more intimidating. I'd also be interested to now the precautions you take in narco country.
Thanks for sharing another awesome account.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 19th, 2016, 10:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping in Toronto
Replies: 3
Views: 2119

Re: Herping in Toronto

I have been based in Kingston for the last couple years but have no experience with Toronto proper. I would suggest using facebook or something like that to ask local folks if you can join them in the field (I think the Ontario Herp Atlas has a number of active members in that area). As has been men...
by NACairns
October 16th, 2016, 2:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A short trip down snake road (10-7 -> 10-8)
Replies: 8
Views: 2994

Re: A short trip down snake road (10-7 -> 10-8)

Great post, I love all the portrait style shots. I think you are in good company as far and liking copperheads, I've still yet to see one in my travels.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
October 13th, 2016, 6:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My first timber rattlesnakes
Replies: 9
Views: 2651

Re: My first timber rattlesnakes

Nicely done, and great shots. I know that rock that is a very pretty view.
Congrats,
Nick
by NACairns
October 5th, 2016, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Few Desert Finds
Replies: 9
Views: 3533

Re: Few Desert Finds

Man I love that portrait of the Phyllorhynchus. That is a species I've always wanted to see. Great shots all round.
by NACairns
October 5th, 2016, 7:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fire fight
Replies: 8
Views: 2605

Re: fire fight

Great post! As usual I am in awe of another behavior I am totally unaware of, I really need to buy your book. Can the winner actually exclude the loser from breeding opportunities?
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
October 5th, 2016, 7:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 7523

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Really interesting discussion. Chaitanya, pepper spraying a hyena sounds like a harrowing experience. Sounds like a very complicated (but rewarding) place to herp. Hopefully one day. I've heard of the effectiveness of some of the capsicum sprays but I've heard many accidents where people spray thems...
by NACairns
October 5th, 2016, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October 4
Replies: 6
Views: 3624

Re: Snake Road (and surrounding area) September 30 - October

Wow you cleaned up. Outstanding diversity and great shots. I love the arboreal cottonmouth. I'm also jealous of your bird voiced tree frog. Looks likes a great trip. Thanks for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
October 3rd, 2016, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 7523

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Interesting insight, sloth bears and their reputation as maulers has always intrigued me. They always seemed to have this fierce reputation while American black bears were overshadowed by their larger congeners. Having had a my own experiences with black bears that were w far more unnerving than tho...
by NACairns
October 3rd, 2016, 7:13 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: North American big cats
Replies: 30
Views: 25394

Re: North American big cats

I've been lucky enough to see a few large cats in my time looking for critters. I'll list some of my experiences by species: Bobcat: I got to see these cats regularly in SE Arizona but as with most cats they never stuck around long enough for me to get a picture. Lynx: I was going to Thompson MB and...
by NACairns
October 3rd, 2016, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Third Quarter 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 2097

Re: Third Quarter 2016

Beautiful shots and some cool snakes. Looking forward to the next time I'm in Alabama.
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
September 28th, 2016, 11:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets
Replies: 22
Views: 7523

Re: About as exhilarating/terrifying as a herping story gets

Great story, glad you are OK. Sounds like weird mix of mega fauna and dense human habitation. I have heard many old school stories of sloth bears as dangerous, looks like they are pretty common in that area. How do you find their temperament compared to North American black bears or grizzlies (if yo...
by NACairns
September 27th, 2016, 7:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring
Replies: 12
Views: 5846

Re: First 3/4 of 2016- part one, winter and spring

Great post, I love the more inclusive natural history report. As for colour shifts in viridis we don't see much of it up here in Saskatchewan but I'll keep a closer eye on the dens for the next couple weeks. From a couple that have been held over night they appear to be a little darker when cold (as...
by NACairns
September 27th, 2016, 7:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Wisconsin native species videos
Replies: 8
Views: 2350

Re: Wisconsin native species videos

Great videos, I drive though Wisconsin fairly regularly but never get a chance to to do much herping great reminder of what I'm missing out on. Thanks for posting.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
September 27th, 2016, 7:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Southern Thailand, september 2016
Replies: 26
Views: 9230

Re: Southern Thailand, september 2016

Beautiful shots, spectacular diversity.
by NACairns
August 29th, 2016, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Queensland trips overview [pic heavy]
Replies: 16
Views: 5373

Re: Queensland trips overview [pic heavy]

Stunning! I loved all the photos but that Notaden bennettii is an amazing.
Thank you for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
August 29th, 2016, 5:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2016 - Picture heavy
Replies: 9
Views: 3334

Re: Malaysia 2016 - Picture heavy

Great post, great photography. That is an amazing amount of diversity to absorb in a quick post, that you very much for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
August 28th, 2016, 1:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Special finds from Africa. Eastern Cape, South Africa
Replies: 7
Views: 3177

Re: Special finds from Africa. Eastern Cape, South Africa

I always look forward to your posts but this was my favorite. I love the high saturation portrait style shots of all these amazing species that I`ll likely never see in person. The story is great too, and made all the better that you found your target species (though it still would have been a great...
by NACairns
August 25th, 2016, 8:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phryno advice sought
Replies: 5
Views: 2355

Re: Phryno advice sought

Thanks TravisK, I had actually been looking at some of your previous posts, looks like you have an eye for them. I tried my luck in Vantage on Tuesday but we got there too late/early in the day. I searched for as long as we could spare from the drive. Towards the end some Uta started to show themsel...
by NACairns
August 19th, 2016, 8:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phryno advice sought
Replies: 5
Views: 2355

Re: Phryno advice sought

Thanks Art,
I've had a look and it seems like there are a few good spots along the I-90. I'll poke around on google maps and see if I can find some locals I can stop at.
Thanks,
Nick
by NACairns
August 18th, 2016, 10:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hunting a new European viper species
Replies: 7
Views: 2748

Re: hunting a new European viper species

Interesting post and article thanks for sharing both. I'm looking forward to them continuing on with some of the genetic with a few more markers do you know if that is their intention? Seems like conditions are right for horizontal gene transfer. Most of my questions fall to niche partitioning which...
by NACairns
August 18th, 2016, 9:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Jewels of the North Woods
Replies: 2
Views: 1464

Re: Jewels of the North Woods

Sounds like a good weekend, I can't find the pictures on NAHerp. Do you submit under Jefferson?
The pinesnake common name got me too, I commute across the UP a few time a year but I've only seen one one DOR near some old field habitat. Beautiful country there.
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
August 18th, 2016, 9:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phryno advice sought
Replies: 5
Views: 2355

Phryno advice sought

Hi folks, I'm on my annual migration to take the kid to visit his grandparents on Vancouver Island. Part of that tradition is tight timelines and me and me trying to locate a few herps within them. We're going to be taking the I-90 through Washington and Idaho back to Saskatchewan. We'll only have a...
by NACairns
August 11th, 2016, 7:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos
Replies: 11
Views: 4394

Re: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos

Doesn't seem like luck Kyle, seems like good eyes and effort. That said, good luck with the boggies. Have you gone looking for terrapins yet? That was one my favorite species to look for when I lived in CT.
Thanks for sharing,
Nick
by NACairns
August 10th, 2016, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Crotalus viridis swollen eye
Replies: 1
Views: 1511

Crotalus viridis swollen eye

Came across this adult male C. viridis tailing a large female. It was a great looking snake and seemed to be in good health but I noticed this swollen tissue(?) around the eye. Any ideas what that may be? https://c4.staticflickr.com/9/8686/28289175923_860347dedd_z.jpg Crotalus viridis eye issue by N...
by NACairns
August 8th, 2016, 12:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos
Replies: 11
Views: 4394

Re: Spring and Summer in Massachusetts: Narrative + photos

Man Kyle, You must have an nose for turtles, you found all the tricky ones. A great reminder that New England isn't just people and there's still some good herping to be found. Glad you and the other spadefoot cruisers were successful, I remember they were impossible to find when I lived in Connecti...
by NACairns
July 27th, 2016, 12:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illinois
Replies: 7
Views: 3222

Re: Spring and Summer finds 2016: Kansas, Missouri, and Illi

Beautiful post from a beautiful part of the world, you did really well on milk's. Loved the photos. Can't wait to get back to Kansas one of these days.
Thanks for sharing.
Nick
by NACairns
July 27th, 2016, 12:30 pm
Forum: Mammal Forum
Topic: Ethiopia
Replies: 5
Views: 7968

Re: Ethiopia

Outstanding post, I love that you sought out and documented all those mammals, can't see enough of all the rodent and bat diversity. Thank you for sharing.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
July 21st, 2016, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE
Replies: 3
Views: 1662

Re: REDISCOVERED! The Spine-fingered Treefrog is ALIVE

I'm really enjoying your posts and pictures. Great to see some of the diversity upland Mexico has to offer.
by NACairns
June 24th, 2016, 10:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Really interesting Jeroen and frog guy, I haven't seen bombifrons do a similar distress call just a quieter squeaky one (attached) but perhaps at next year's chorus. We had a big storm roll through last night which brought up one healthy looking S. bombifrons but no chorusing. Best, Nick https://dl....
by NACairns
June 20th, 2016, 9:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Thanks Jeroen, it's interesting they are that large as it seems time consuming to get large. Anton, busy is good, hope your field work is going well. Sounds like incredibly cool habitat I guess I have to add it to the list of areas to see. Speaking of lists those are some very cool species, Leptodac...
by NACairns
June 17th, 2016, 7:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Pardon me Jeroen, I was so enthused by all the cool novel European species that I forgot you added North Americans (still cool). You sure get around. Thanks for the ecology info, interesting Pelobates fuscus is a pond breeder. Are their tadpoles better competitors than are typically associated with ...
by NACairns
June 16th, 2016, 7:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

I'm glad you enjoy them as much as I do Bill. Man those eyes are outstanding. I'm surprised with all the folks from the east on here how no Scaphiopus holbrookii have been mentioned until now. Thanks for adding the to the pile.
Best,
Nick
by NACairns
June 15th, 2016, 6:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: California Utah Northern Arizona and Nevada trip
Replies: 3
Views: 2082

Re: California Utah Northern Arizona and Nevada trip

Nice post, you did well with the crotes. That desert (?) k-rat is a monster, how long did it take that scute to choke it down? Jealous of your Phyllorhyncus, that is a species that has always eluded me.
Thanks
Nick
by NACairns
June 14th, 2016, 9:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Great shots Gavin, that eye in particular. I've only ever seen larvae of S. intermontana, hopefully one of these days I'll be in the Great Basin when it rains.
Thanks
Nick
by NACairns
June 11th, 2016, 8:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Wow outstanding photos all round. Bill, those long exposures are beautiful I also really liked the tadpole's surfacing. I only got to see a full monsoon emergence once but it was amazing, hope to do it again one day. Chris, as usual thank you for the multimedia I was hoping you might join in with so...
by NACairns
June 10th, 2016, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 7120

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Thanks for the info Daniel and great shots. I've never seen S. hammondii but it is one I'd love to look for. It's great you got some shots of the eggs. I have to admit I've never read gnomes of the night but I should pick it up one of these days. Thanks for sharing, Nick Here's a few more bombifrons...