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by Nshepard
July 25th, 2013, 10:33 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Sorta Cliche but.....
Replies: 11
Views: 3375

Re: Sorta Cliche but.....

Female by looks, though you should always probe to know for sure. I have encountered some ratsnakes that looked female and when probed turned out the opposite. One of my breeder male suboc looks 50/50 male or female (a little on the male side) but you put him in there with a female and BOOM...male f...
by Nshepard
July 18th, 2013, 4:35 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mangrove Salt Marsh Snakes
Replies: 4
Views: 2751

Re: Mangrove Salt Marsh Snakes

Very cool!

I used to keep a couple a few years back. Wonderful snakes, great dispositions, and easy to keep. Great shots!
by Nshepard
July 12th, 2013, 1:02 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Womas, Blackheads, and carpets
Replies: 12
Views: 4233

Re: Womas, Blackheads, and carpets

Dang! That looks like a great year.

I had a rough year with my womas. Only one clutch (12 eggs), only 6 made it full term (all six hatched), only 2 left the egg, only one lived.

At least I still have my subocs to pull a win for the year! *hopefully*
by Nshepard
June 12th, 2013, 7:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring- this is long, put couple beers on ice!
Replies: 21
Views: 6342

Re: Spring- this is long, put couple beers on ice!

Dang dude, nice post! You had some really great photos in this post!
by Nshepard
June 8th, 2013, 9:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamander Odyssey
Replies: 12
Views: 3882

Re: Salamander Odyssey

Nice post! Plethodon yonahlossee is my favorite, and over the years I've seen hundreds...but they never get old. That P. welleri is a killer - that is a species I would love to find more of and in more places. Congrats on a VA D esmognathus marmoratus ...not an easy one - has escaped me for years.
by Nshepard
May 29th, 2013, 4:31 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Opinions wanted
Replies: 3
Views: 2347

Re: Opinions wanted

matt ignoffo wrote:Looks like the white balance needs some tweaking to me.
Agreed.
jamezevanz wrote:It's not overexposed, if it looks a little hot it's nothing a minor levels adjustment won't fix.
Check your histogram.

I kind of think you need to lower your contrast or at least highlights and shadows (and darks).
by Nshepard
May 23rd, 2013, 8:07 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Spinal kinking
Replies: 28
Views: 6775

Re: Spinal kinking

Nshepard: Caused by nutrition of the mother? With this sp. I think spinal kinks would be very obvious in hatchlings as they hatch out about as thick as a shoelace. Not necessarily nutrition of the parental female, though in such a dietary specialized species this could be of some concern. I was thi...
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 11:57 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Please Take a Look: New Herp Book Idea
Replies: 41
Views: 14883

Re: Please Take a Look: New Herp Book Idea

Sounds like a cool idea, let me know if you want to use anymore of my photographs! I like what you did with Tails and Scales.

I'd like to hear more in the future as you start this project.
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cape Hatteras, NC (now with photos)
Replies: 10
Views: 3003

Re: Cape Hatteras, NC

Eastern Glass lizards are supposed to be everywhere. You should make a stop at Nags Head Woods Ecological Preserve, decent herp diversity.
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring in Coastal NC
Replies: 12
Views: 2134

Re: Spring in Coastal NC

1st that black swamp is something to celebrate...but stop the press that coral is not in NC is it? If it is, I know a lot of folks that would be interested in where it came from (museum and wildlife commission folks) - really need to submit that one to the carolina herp atlas!
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 10:31 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30873

Re: New Flickr

kaptainkory wrote:A challenger, whether ipernity or another, will arise.
This is very true! And a reason I would wait till one is fit. Ipernity has a little bit of that old Flickr look but lacks all the in depth functionality of flickr as it is now.
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 10:29 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30873

Re: New Flickr

The main reason I am so pissed about this new format / update is not only because it is an utterly a horrible design, but because I signed up in 2005 and went pro very soon after. I've been using that service nearly daily (went not in the field) for the past 7 years, that is a chunk of time and a ch...
by Nshepard
May 22nd, 2013, 9:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Spinal kinking
Replies: 28
Views: 6775

Re: Spinal kinking

I would vote developmental issue. A lot of times snakes are born with such defects that present themselves more and more over time. I'd be willing to bet you could have felt the kinks when it was a hatchling.
by Nshepard
May 21st, 2013, 10:41 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30873

Re: New Flickr

Matt and Kevin you both nailed it. Way too busy with little functionality and text. The other half of it, past the lost of intuitive functionality, is that the 'major' update was half ass and has quite a few obvious bugs that should have been caught well before a launch. If you try and go to groups ...
by Nshepard
May 16th, 2013, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Islands of Bimini
Replies: 23
Views: 8908

Re: The Islands of Bimini

Nicely done!
by Nshepard
May 13th, 2013, 9:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Which snakes get hit by cars the most?
Replies: 35
Views: 5264

Re: Which snakes get hit by cars the most?

Depends how you define 'most'. Do you mean total numbers or per density?
by Nshepard
May 8th, 2013, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo and West Malaysia - The Snakes! (Now Frogs!)
Replies: 34
Views: 13642

Re: Borneo and West Malaysia - The Snakes!

WOW....incredible post.
by Nshepard
May 8th, 2013, 10:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Geckoing in NSW Australia
Replies: 9
Views: 1475

Re: Geckoing in NSW Australia

Very cool! Dig those Australian geckos. That 1st Bearded shot is awesome.
by Nshepard
May 7th, 2013, 6:15 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Adobe's slap in the face to long term photoshop users?
Replies: 8
Views: 3923

Re: Adobe's slap in the face to long term photoshop users?

I wouldn't call this a slap in the face to photoshop customers as this is the manufacture's attempt to take care of illegal downloads of to be released versions - which let's face it, adds to the actual cost for paying customers. To me photoshop is actually doing paying customers a huge service with...
by Nshepard
May 5th, 2013, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moccasin! (same as SC Chapter)
Replies: 24
Views: 4156

Re: Moccasin! (same as SC Chapter)

Nice!
by Nshepard
May 5th, 2013, 12:46 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Not Gravid...
Replies: 10
Views: 2406

Re: Not Gravid...

hellihooks wrote:I think they're both male...[/url]
Ah, thought you meant 'not gravid' as sarcasm.
by Nshepard
May 4th, 2013, 8:03 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mole Kings
Replies: 12
Views: 3820

Re: Mole Kings

NICE! Mole Kings are the best! Good luck with the eggs.
by Nshepard
May 3rd, 2013, 4:10 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Not Gravid...
Replies: 10
Views: 2406

Re: Not Gravid...

BOOM
by Nshepard
May 3rd, 2013, 4:09 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 58 days
Replies: 8
Views: 2656

Re: 58 days

Cool! Better start stocking up on small pinks!
by Nshepard
May 3rd, 2013, 4:01 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Herbivorous lizard diet and gout
Replies: 7
Views: 3105

Re: Herbivorous lizard diet and gout

...but more and more feel more comfortable going outside the pet market industry to resource those more regulated, especially for animals I regard sensitive. Mortar and pestle. A little outside of this subject, but this is important to point out! Think outside of the box (reptile products), many ti...
by Nshepard
May 3rd, 2013, 7:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia aggression
Replies: 20
Views: 4811

Re: Nerodia aggression

Nerodia clarkii compressicauda are pussycats. I've never taken a hit from one. Pretty much, but I have been bitten by a handful. But there is a big difference in Nerodia species temperament. N. taxispilota are generally fairly calm for watersnakes, IME. N. fasciata are usually a bit snappier. N. er...
by Nshepard
May 3rd, 2013, 7:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April showers brings...stuff
Replies: 5
Views: 1354

Re: April showers brings...stuff

A Stereochilus in North Carolina, you "insert profanity here"! When did you come up this way?
by Nshepard
May 1st, 2013, 9:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Copperhead morphs
Replies: 18
Views: 6514

Re: Copperhead morphs

The NC Museum of natural sciences had a melanistic copperhead for about 20 yrs before she finally kicked the bucket maybe 5 years ago. I never photographed her, but I know some people have. When they found her back in the 80's she was gravid. Gave birth to all norms, attempts were made to bred back...
by Nshepard
April 29th, 2013, 9:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SoCal and Baja
Replies: 17
Views: 3056

Re: SoCal and Baja

That 1st Phyllorhynchus decurtatus decurtatus image almost looks hypomelanistic.
by Nshepard
April 29th, 2013, 9:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Copperhead morphs
Replies: 18
Views: 6514

Re: Copperhead morphs

The NC Museum of natural sciences had a melanistic copperhead for about 20 yrs before she finally kicked the bucket maybe 5 years ago. I never photographed her, but I know some people have. When they found her back in the 80's she was gravid. Gave birth to all norms, attempts were made to bred back...
by Nshepard
April 24th, 2013, 8:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Look what I "spotted" in Florida
Replies: 21
Views: 4787

Re: Look what I "spotted" in Florida

Awesome stuff as always Jake!
by Nshepard
April 14th, 2013, 6:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First quarter 2013
Replies: 19
Views: 2116

Re: First quarter 2013

Tim, love hearing the news about your oolitica again...glad you knock that one off the old life list...you definitely deserved it!
by Nshepard
April 14th, 2013, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI: Field Guide for North Carolina
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: RFI: Field Guide for North Carolina

Reptiles of North Carolina by Palmer and Braswell is a must, but if your in that part of the country Amphibians & Reptiles of the Carolinas and Virginia 2ND EDITION will be a great portable information filled guide. I like it over the Salamanders of the Southeast. Better laid out, better photographs...
by Nshepard
April 6th, 2013, 8:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Zigzag swollen and bumpy... any theories?
Replies: 5
Views: 986

Re: Zigzag swollen and bumpy... any theories?

My first thought would be mites.
by Nshepard
April 3rd, 2013, 10:33 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Geckos and Skinks
Replies: 13
Views: 6149

Re: Geckos and Skinks

Kevin, nice update!

I've started to branch out into the gecko world with Gonatodes, Lygodactylus, and Lepidodactylus myself. Why did you decide to get rid of your snake collection?

Nice on the Pachydactylus tigrinus, I'd be interested in keeping those sometime.
by Nshepard
April 2nd, 2013, 12:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mostly salamanders from the mountains of NC
Replies: 34
Views: 10567

Re: Mostly salamanders from the mountains of NC

Tim Borski wrote:Nate, I've gotta take you both up on that ...such cool stuff!
Just tell me when you plan on coming up!
by Nshepard
March 24th, 2013, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mostly salamanders from the mountains of NC
Replies: 34
Views: 10567

Re: Mostly salamanders from the mountains of NC

but i think you might be wrong on one ID, the Pseudotriton ruber schenki isnt a red. As you can see there is a line on each eye, connecting it to the nose. Its head is also very flat. Im about 90% sure thats a Gyrinophilus porphyriticus juvenile. ~Joey Kennedy :mrgreen: Mike's ID is correct, I actu...
by Nshepard
March 23rd, 2013, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring migration, cave and Alabama caudate lifers
Replies: 7
Views: 3383

Re: Spring migration, cave and Alabama caudate lifers

NICE. Six rubers under 2 logs, that is quite a ratio there! And, wow, that Smooth Earth is gorgeous!...that would've been the best find in my eyes.
by Nshepard
March 22nd, 2013, 6:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best hand held gps
Replies: 43
Views: 12223

Re: Best hand held gps

I also have a Garmin 60Csx. It is a solid hand-held GPS! If I were in the market for a new unit, I would probably get the Garmin 62stc. -Chris I love my Garmin 60CSx, perfect in my opinion. Gets satellite reception even in the rainforest, during storms, cloudy weather, whatever. I've dropped it, ba...
by Nshepard
March 22nd, 2013, 10:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hayesville, NC anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: Hayesville, NC anyone?

Sounds like I have my work cut out for me. July is usually the time we head up there because I take a whole week off around July 4th. I never found the justification to go up just for a 3-4 day trip but may consider it when peak season hits up there. How far are green salamanders from where I'm at?...
by Nshepard
March 21st, 2013, 7:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hayesville, NC anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: Hayesville, NC anyone?

Hey Nathan, It's Dan Rieck...Since I live in Florida I'm really not picky about anything up there, it's all basically new to me. I've seen a few species last month in Alabama but was wondering what was more specific to the Hayesville area. Next time I'm up there which will more than likely be July,...
by Nshepard
March 20th, 2013, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hayesville, NC anyone?
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: Hayesville, NC anyone?

What do you want to see? You live in the salamander mecca of the world! Just to the east of you, you can get Plethodon shermani, Desmognathus ocoee (red leg variant), Pseudotriton ruber, Gyrinophilus porphyriticus, and plenty of others. And west of you...just pick a mountain range and have fun! Just...
by Nshepard
March 20th, 2013, 10:13 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Multiple flash set ups
Replies: 5
Views: 3062

Re: Multiple flash set ups

Look into the Canon 550, packs more power than the 430 and can be used as a master. It lacks some of features that the 580 has but can be found ~150 on ebay used for mint condition units.
by Nshepard
March 19th, 2013, 10:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Three Day "Herp Illinois" Trip: "Snow, Sun, and Sallies!"
Replies: 14
Views: 4894

Re: Three Day "Herp Illinois" Trip: "Snow, Sun, and Sallies!

We also flipped a few more Smallmouth salamanders as well. We hiked a looping trail that didn't produce any more salamanders but we did find this mass of Plethodontid eggs under a small piece of wood http://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/205353_4507241918867_706462534_n.jpg These are actually ...
by Nshepard
March 2nd, 2013, 10:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This Is Africa... SnakeMasterMyke Style (DIAL UP DEATH)
Replies: 27
Views: 9573

Re: This Is Africa... SnakeMasterMyke Style (DIAL UP DEATH)

Enough is enough, I'm moving! Great post! Too many of my favorite things!
by Nshepard
February 18th, 2013, 12:01 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Pretty Stoked
Replies: 10
Views: 5061

Re: Pretty Stoked

What are you shooting with? A decent flash weights nothing.
by Nshepard
February 18th, 2013, 12:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2013-Part II
Replies: 15
Views: 3140

Re: 2013-Part II

Some of that looks familiar! Nice shots man!
by Nshepard
February 17th, 2013, 11:00 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Pretty Stoked
Replies: 10
Views: 5061

Re: Pretty Stoked

All of my macro shots are handheld and while it does help to have a tripod at certain times, I've never felt limited without one. I just use good diffused flash set-ups.
by Nshepard
February 14th, 2013, 7:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013
Replies: 21
Views: 5883

Re: Northern Cape, South Africa 2013

Durban Keeper wrote:Must admit although they where not even remotely a target species, they where still one of my favourite species of the trip aswell.
Very cool clip! That is how it goes sometimes!
by Nshepard
February 13th, 2013, 3:30 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New camera soon, questions about lenses, flash, etc.
Replies: 20
Views: 7118

Re: New camera soon, questions about lenses, flash, etc.

No problem. The Canon 17-40L is a beast of a lens. The lens gets good reviews and I've seen it used in person and viewed the results, great lens. I would side more with the Canon 24-105L only because I think its a slightly better focal range for field guide shots, that said the wider aspect is great...