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by Nshepard
March 23rd, 2014, 6:51 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: NC Mouse Breeders
Replies: 3
Views: 2691

Re: NC Mouse Breeders

Not that I am aware of. But Reptile Basics up in Trinity are awesome and have a large breeding colony. Look them up on Facebook for contact info.
by Nshepard
January 3rd, 2014, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Project simus
Replies: 13
Views: 3418

Re: Project simus

umop apisdn wrote:
bladerunner8u wrote:I wanna say one stayed snug for something like 2 years, but I might be mixing that up with a chicken turtle he tracked.
You are thinking of a Chicken Turtle he tracked that stayed buried in one spot (dry, on land) for nearly 2 years.
by Nshepard
January 3rd, 2014, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post
Replies: 41
Views: 21037

Re: Hot Stove Herping: 2013 EOY post

Map Treefrog (Hypsiboas geographicus) Favorite frog ever? Maybe. I love 'em. Me too! The bromeliad frogs are beautiful and sometimes difficult to identify. This is the Flat-Headed Bromeliad Frog (Osteocephalus planiceps) Tough genus to pin to species sometimes, but this individual doesn't strike me...
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2013, 11:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #11 - SNAKES (Non-venomous)
Replies: 9
Views: 3807

Re: End of the Year 2013... #11 - SNAKES (Non-venomous)

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7335/10013630213_272ccce6ac_o.jpg Opheodrys aestivus - I really like how this photo came out. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5536/9650904420_34f394310d_o.jpg Sistrurus miliarius - This might be my technically best photo of the year...at least for snakes. http://farm9.st...
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2013, 11:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT
Replies: 20
Views: 6352

Re: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT

will lattea wrote:Image
Damn, Will...this takes the cake!
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2013, 3:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake
Replies: 53
Views: 9099

Re: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake

Lower Keys. Without a TOS-violating locality give away, let's say there were delicious looking cervids running around. Yeah, general area was all I meant. And, believe it or not, this one is a pure clarkii, not a hybrid. I call it the fasciata-esque phase. http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7285/8736372...
by Nshepard
December 9th, 2013, 11:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake
Replies: 53
Views: 9099

Re: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake

Josh Holbrook wrote:And, believe it or not, this one is a pure clarkii, not a hybrid. I call it the fasciata-esque phase.
Where is it from?
by Nshepard
December 8th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake
Replies: 53
Views: 9099

Re: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake

Josh Holbrook wrote:Nathan - A striped one in the keys? That's out of left field...pretty cool.
No, the striped individual was from the everglades area. Still, the only striped example we've seen in on our trips to South Florida.
by Nshepard
December 8th, 2013, 11:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake
Replies: 53
Views: 9099

Re: Show me your Salt Marsh Snake

N. c. compressicauda Lower Keys: http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8326914758_f207600428_o.jpg in-situ http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8217/8322451685_a8c4eb2437_o.jpg in-situ http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8211/8332043578_3f92e370ac_o.jpg in-situ http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8187/8367281872_1046540...
by Nshepard
December 6th, 2013, 9:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #10 - CAUDATES
Replies: 12
Views: 4174

Re: End of the Year 2013... #10 - CAUDATES

I am fortunate to live so close to the Appalachians that viewing numerous species on a single weekend isn't hard. Here are a few of my favorite shots from this past year, which coincidentally, are my favorite species to seek out every year and observe. Eastern Hellbender - Cryptobranchus alleganiens...
by Nshepard
December 5th, 2013, 10:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURANS
Replies: 13
Views: 3672

Re: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #7 - ANURAN

Too many to choose from since I got to visit the Colombian Amazon this past October. Hemiphractus scutatus : http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/10862471514_558826a125_o.jpg Dendropsophus sarayacuensis : http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5514/10809304174_c9b2f7c9a0_o.jpg Hypsiboas punctatus : http://farm...
by Nshepard
December 4th, 2013, 5:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT
Replies: 20
Views: 6352

Re: End of the Year 2013... #9 - HERP IN HABITAT

Here are a couple from this past spring.

EDB in Long Leaf habitat down in GA back in early February:

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Pigmy Rattlesnake basking near its stumphole on mid-March:
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by Nshepard
November 26th, 2013, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best winter finds?
Replies: 30
Views: 8523

Re: Best winter finds?

EDBs, Indigos, Ambystomids (tigers, marbles, spotteds, mabeei), and chorus frogs (brimelyi, ornata, crucifer, ocularis) tend to be my winter staples. My goal is some Carolina Gopher Frogs this year. Then in the spring it starts to get spiced up with some pigs, ratsnakes, canebrakes, coachwhips, etc.
by Nshepard
November 21st, 2013, 1:50 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!?? - OOPS
Replies: 13
Views: 5389

Re: Photoshop and Lightroom for only $9.99....a month!??

At this price point its making it a lot more tempting for myself. I still don't wholeheartedly think they made a bad choice with ditching the store purchases and going to an online platform. However, the price point they originally asked was asking a lot of the more amateur crowd (like most of us), ...
by Nshepard
November 20th, 2013, 5:01 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: This never gets old...
Replies: 11
Views: 5165

Re: This never gets old...

Yep, never gets old....so post some more!
by Nshepard
November 18th, 2013, 7:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #56, last leg of the REU program: Wuyishan
Replies: 10
Views: 4632

Re: China post #56, last leg of the REU program: Wuyishan

Another cool post!

Damn, how well was that 'super awesome Ricaniidae' moving?... Certainly does look like fungus.
by Nshepard
November 18th, 2013, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #3 - TURTLES
Replies: 27
Views: 6874

Re: End of the Year 2013, Let's Keep it Going... #3 - TURTLE

Okay, I'll bite... Here is a Spotted Turtle ( Clemmys guttata ) from this past May that chilling on a log as it started to rain lightly. This caught me by complete surprise as I was walking in a very popular park. I've seen few basking out in the open like this, at least in May. I went on to see thr...
by Nshepard
November 17th, 2013, 9:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #54, part 2 of Wuyishan with UBC
Replies: 3
Views: 3317

Re: China post #54, part 2 of Wuyishan with UBC

Great commentary on this one. Glad to hear you took a night off and went clubbing...haha.

Glass noodles are awesome and that tree fungus peaked my interests.
by Nshepard
November 17th, 2013, 9:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: China post #53, part one of Wuyishan with UBC
Replies: 8
Views: 3977

Re: China post #53, part one of Wuyishan with UBC

Awesome!!

Your posts always make me hungry as hell for some reason. Great stuff, I dig it all!
by Nshepard
November 16th, 2013, 6:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013
Replies: 11
Views: 4077

Re: Limpopo Bushveld, November 2013

Awesome! For three days that is incredible, wow!

For me, Telescopus and Gonionotophis would've been sadisfied me 100%. Two of my favorite SA species. But the real gem of that trip looks like Megatyphlops schlegelii too me, given I don't know how common they are.
by Nshepard
November 15th, 2013, 9:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Box Turtles in the Lower Keys
Replies: 11
Views: 2876

Re: Box Turtles in the Lower Keys

Here are a couple from the Lower Keys. They are both from Big Pine Key. I have many more shots of Lower Keys Box Turtles but I haven't bothered uploaded most of them. Young one: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3130/3135382813_86df83752d_o.jpg Adult: http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3200/3136138608_b82f04...
by Nshepard
November 11th, 2013, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013
Replies: 17
Views: 5149

Re: Spring Emergence to Fall Ingress 2013

Dang, Nick! Those are some great shots. Definitely looks like it was a fulfilling year for ya.
by Nshepard
November 11th, 2013, 7:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread
Replies: 36
Views: 11564

Re: The Ambystoma Appreciation Thread

Ambystoma barbouri - From the only remaining population left in West Virginia. http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5019/5507429751_40ed22a3d0_o.jpg http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5251/5484901162_80d80ffc1c_o.jpg Ambystoma jeffersonianum - From West Virginia http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5263/5593692576_e2...
by Nshepard
November 9th, 2013, 7:05 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: looking at getting a macro lens
Replies: 11
Views: 5242

Re: looking at getting a macro lens

Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM macro is the best, most all around macro lens for herp photography you can get. Sure, the 60 is a nice lens but it doesn't do it for me when photographying small salamanders or even head shots of large rattlesnakes. The 180 is ridiculous and not for a beginner. There is so much...
by Nshepard
November 8th, 2013, 5:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frogs at Pumarinri Amazon Lodge, N Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 3105

Re: Frogs at Pumarinri Amazon Lodge, N Peru

Your two Gonatodes species are actually the same thing.

The animals you have labeled as G. concinnatus are just female G. humeralis.

And, your Scinax rubra [ruber] animals are in fact S. rubra [ruber]. No need for the question mark.
by Nshepard
October 5th, 2013, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)
Replies: 30
Views: 8470

Re: My BEST September ever. (pic overload >120 shots)

Wow. Cool shit all around!

And as a crote person I feel weird saying this but my favs were the Lyre Snakes, Leafnose, and of course that freaking Baja Ratsnake! Great landscapes!
by Nshepard
September 25th, 2013, 10:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tropical Photography Gear
Replies: 12
Views: 7389

Re: Tropical Photography Gear

I highly recommend not having time for that BS. That is pretty awesome. It's been said before, but I'll just flog that dead donkey a little more: To make very damn sure, get a backpack you're comfortable with (that Ortlieb thing looks good!), and which has a rain sleeve, then stuff it with dry bags...
by Nshepard
September 23rd, 2013, 4:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?
Replies: 26
Views: 5025

Re: How would you schedule a snake Big Year?

I know I'm not going to find every snake in the USA in one year.... Finding every snake would be impossible. But as far as timing, it depends on two things, 1) how variable a year it is (2013 has not be normal) and 2) where have you seen the most diversity already (unless you're just looking at tot...
by Nshepard
September 21st, 2013, 7:38 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Computer for photo editing
Replies: 6
Views: 4036

Re: Computer for photo editing

Thanks for the info, guys. To be clear, I should have mentioned I am more interested in a desktop. My laptop is still fine for travel, but I never go anywhere with it anyways so I don't need another laptop. Never thought of building my own computer....I might be too dim-witted for that! It's also f...
by Nshepard
September 21st, 2013, 7:37 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Computer for photo editing
Replies: 6
Views: 4036

Re: Computer for photo editing

Disclaimers: I've always built desktop machines for photo editing, so I don't have any great laptop advice. Also I'm still running a 6 year old system, so I'm not fully up on all the best hardware combos. Still some general rules apply. You can generally get at least 2/3rd the performance of a top ...
by Nshepard
September 18th, 2013, 9:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Wonders of the Wild (or, The Herpetofaunal Life Aquatic)
Replies: 22
Views: 4945

Re: The Wonders of the Wild (or, The Herpetofaunal Life Aqua

5. I have to agree with Nate in that “ your Plethodon metcalfi should be P. montanus ”. From the “ Tennessee Atlas of Amphibians ”: “Based on distribution data given by Highton and Peaybody (2000) for each of these species, records for the complex plotted in the Atlas from Green, Unicoi, and Carter...
by Nshepard
September 18th, 2013, 9:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Photos from SC/NC and a few sally id's requested
Replies: 12
Views: 2585

Re: Trip Photos from SC/NC and a few sally id's requested

I agree with your salamander IDs as well. Nice post! It makes me want to do another trip before the cold comes. The mole king and Yonahlossee were just pure luck. I found the little mole king in my mother in laws yard crawling through the grass. I saw the Yonahlossee crossing a dirt road when we wer...
by Nshepard
September 16th, 2013, 5:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Wonders of the Wild (or, The Herpetofaunal Life Aquatic)
Replies: 22
Views: 4945

Re: The Wonders of the Wild (or, The Herpetofaunal Life Aqua

Alright, your Desmognathus quadramaculatus is actually from the Desmognathus ochrophaeus complex (more than likely Desmognathus orestes , if it is from the area you got your Plethodon yonahlossee ). And, your Plethodon metcalfi should be P. montanus if you got it in the area of your P. yonahlossee ....
by Nshepard
September 12th, 2013, 9:30 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tropical Photography Gear
Replies: 12
Views: 7389

Re: Tropical Photography Gear

Thanks for all the replies! Sorry, I couldn't reply sooner, was out of town and didn't have great internet access. I don't have any ideas for a bag, though I would feel perfectly comfortable taking my f-stop loka down there. The internal ICU (if you don't get the largest size) leaves room for hiking...
by Nshepard
September 7th, 2013, 11:07 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Canon Speedlight Question
Replies: 14
Views: 7485

Re: Canon Speedlight Question

430EX is great. I've used the 430EXii and 580EXii and recycle times (using energizer lithiums) were minimlly faster than the 430EX. The main reason I like the 430EX is 1) cost, 2) latch for going into slave mode is so much faster to flip than the 430EXii, though the 430EXii has a better locking mech...
by Nshepard
September 5th, 2013, 2:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Tropical Photography Gear
Replies: 12
Views: 7389

Tropical Photography Gear

So, I looks like I'll be venturing into the Amazon once again, and this time I'm heading to Colombia. I don't leave until October 10th but I'm trying to have all my gear purchased and ready well before that date approaches any further. My basic camera equipment (body, lenses, flashes, soft boxes, et...
by Nshepard
September 4th, 2013, 5:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from the Field (DUW)
Replies: 30
Views: 10951

Re: Photos from the Field (DUW)

Great stuff! I always enjoy perusing your photography - always sharp and well lit!
by Nshepard
September 4th, 2013, 3:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities
Replies: 13
Views: 6205

Re: Suggestions: Heterotrophic and Autotrophic Oddities

This isn't really up that ally but it's odd no less. The symbiotic relationship of Spotted Salamanders in the egg and the algae that grows around/in the egg mass.
by Nshepard
September 4th, 2013, 11:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Past Month or so in Indiana
Replies: 10
Views: 5199

Re: Past Month or so in Indiana

Those are some superb sipedon! I was in Indiana recently (visiting family) and found two kirtlands, 2 black kings, 1 queen snake, and 1 sipedon. Interesting state.
by Nshepard
September 4th, 2013, 11:06 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What herps do you have problems photographing?
Replies: 22
Views: 8313

Re: What herps do you have problems photographing?

Nothing ruins a salamander or frog pic like a flash on a slimy wet body! To each there own, but I particularly like salamander photographs taken with a flash. In fact I get sharper photos, better lit photos, and I don't have to worry about a salamander moving as flash freezes most motion and I'm sh...
by Nshepard
September 3rd, 2013, 10:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30869

Re: New Flickr

Another thing I just noticed (perhaps this is new?) is the fact that my second row of tiles on my photostream are 1.5x the size of all my other rows (even my first row) - it looks really weird. I like consistency, in terms of photo size and in terms of look and layout.
by Nshepard
September 3rd, 2013, 7:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30869

Re: New Flickr

Bummer, guess my new found flickr popularity is just a glitch. I'll keep my day job. Could the increased stats be caused by an influx of new users, more users means more views? I'm going to go ahead and answer my own question here... doubtful that the new users could account for the perceived incre...
by Nshepard
September 3rd, 2013, 10:35 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: New Flickr
Replies: 70
Views: 30869

Re: New Flickr

So now that its been around for a bit are people getting used to it? Does anyone actually like it now? I haven't uploaded to my flickr account in a few months because i didn't have a fast internet connection where I was based. Now I'm back, I don't like the new flickr as much as the old one either ...
by Nshepard
September 2nd, 2013, 2:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: hmmm... Snake ID
Replies: 3
Views: 1629

Re: hmmm... Snake ID

Yep, some sort of Chironius.
by Nshepard
August 24th, 2013, 11:50 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mice Breeding
Replies: 16
Views: 6317

Re: Mice Breeding

VICtort wrote:and cull those bad mothers without mercy.
Truth!
by Nshepard
August 22nd, 2013, 7:29 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Mice Breeding
Replies: 16
Views: 6317

Re: Mice Breeding

Keep them hydrated and well fed. The #1 issue with cannibalism within lab rodents had to do with how well hydrated they are. That does alone mean water. I often (2x a month) feed all my rodents (when I had them) cut up veggies (carrots, romaine lettuce, squash, etc).
by Nshepard
August 22nd, 2013, 7:01 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Best Editing Software
Replies: 10
Views: 4938

Re: Best Editing Software

Lightroom. I just saw a special on it somewhere or 119, can't remember where.
by Nshepard
July 30th, 2013, 8:06 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Litter of Solomon Island Ground Boas
Replies: 8
Views: 5183

Re: Litter of Solomon Island Ground Boas

Very cool! Not a species I hear of being bred in captivity much.
by Nshepard
July 26th, 2013, 7:31 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Sorta Cliche but.....
Replies: 11
Views: 3375

Re: Sorta Cliche but.....

Thanks for the replies everyone! The snake is still a juvenile, about 16-20" in length! Sorry I didn't mention age to begin with! Also, since he/she is patternless I can hold it up to the light to see it's organs/food digestion. I just did this and noticed that it is particularly dark after the clo...