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by Reptiluvr
October 10th, 2012, 7:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Exploring Wild Places (DUW)
Replies: 17
Views: 4123

Re: Exploring Wild Places (DUW)

I'm just going to echo the ooh's and ahh's of everyone else here. Excellent photography. What macro equipment do you use? Some of these are super close.
by Reptiluvr
October 9th, 2012, 7:39 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from Western KY
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Re: Some birds from Western KY

The project is a collaboration between KY Fish & Wildlife and UT-Knoxville. Quail Unlimited have a foot in there too. The Peabody WMA tracts are disjunct pieces of land that used to be coal mines. They are now reclaimed, mostly with invasives planted by the coal company. KFW wants to see if they can...
by Reptiluvr
October 9th, 2012, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A little trip to South Africa...if that's possible
Replies: 5
Views: 2289

Re: A little trip to South Africa...if that's possible

Despite the lack of herps, it sounds and looks like fun. The Colophus pictures are great! I had to go look this guy up when I saw the photo. I don't know if I have ever seen a gecko in this genus and geckos are my infatuation!
by Reptiluvr
October 8th, 2012, 6:14 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from Western KY
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Re: Some birds from Western KY

Yea, having a bird in hand makes taking pictures a lot more feasible. Most of those were taken with my camera macro lens in one hand and the bird in the other. It's also easy when there's helpless juveniles that can't fly away from you and just sit still for a photo.
by Reptiluvr
October 7th, 2012, 8:52 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Some birds from Western KY
Replies: 6
Views: 3425

Some birds from Western KY

So while I was working on a Northern Bobwhite project I caught some cool passerines as well and photographed a few of them. We also had a couple Ruby-throated Hummingbirds get overheated during the summer and retreat into the shaded compound. I saw more juvenile animals (especially birds) this year ...
by Reptiluvr
October 7th, 2012, 8:40 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: What was your last lifer?...
Replies: 381
Views: 328649

Re: What was your last lifer?...

Last weekend at Little St. Simons Island, GA with some staff from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology I got 10 lifers. American Redstart Yellow-throated Warbler Prairie Warbler Wilson's Plover Lesser Black-backed Gull Greater Black-backed Gull American Avocet Long-billed Curlew Marbled Godwit Peregrine F...
by Reptiluvr
October 7th, 2012, 8:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps
Replies: 10
Views: 3079

Re: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps

Phil: What told you it was T. s. elegans instead of T. s. scripta? Conant & Collins doesn't over any help beside the red ear. I never even got to see the little guys full head. But I'm so bad with turtle ID's I first thought it was a Midland Map Turtle... Can anyone tell me, what are the scales call...
by Reptiluvr
October 6th, 2012, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps
Replies: 10
Views: 3079

Re: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps

Wow guys, I didn't notice the yellow stuff on the softshell until you mentioned it. I have no idea. She never moved from the road, I took a few quick pics and then went on my way. I don't remember any smell. Thanks for the skink ID. Any takers on the Ambystoma? I have one guess for A. maculatum base...
by Reptiluvr
October 4th, 2012, 10:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps
Replies: 10
Views: 3079

Re: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps

Can someone at least help with the salamander ID?
by Reptiluvr
October 4th, 2012, 10:34 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Why do some not enter data in Naherp.com?
Replies: 62
Views: 21306

Re: Why do some not enter data in Naherp.com?

fundad: I would like to see more. Not because I want you to keep proving your point, but because I'm curious what other uses the database has served. Would anyone like to address the following user-friendliness issues: 1) Why are photo vouchers required? You don't trust the ID skills of me or the ne...
by Reptiluvr
October 2nd, 2012, 11:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Why do some not enter data in Naherp.com?
Replies: 62
Views: 21306

Re: Why do some not enter data in Naherp.com?

I'm one of those that joined the database and never added anything. Here's why. I'm not going to resize every photo to your needs. I'm not going to photograph every little herp I see either since you won't trust my ID skills. I didn't know about the google map part of the GPS portion but I hated to ...
by Reptiluvr
October 2nd, 2012, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes
Replies: 20
Views: 8289

Re: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes

I think the overall appearance better fits a Black x Yellow intergrade in my minds eye. Especially since greys have a head more resembling a corn snake. Both Black and Yellow rats have the large head of these KY individuals. Range maps don't seem to push yellows that far north though.
by Reptiluvr
October 1st, 2012, 11:30 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps
Replies: 10
Views: 3079

Western KY March - August 2012: Other Herps

LIZARD I believe I got this ID down to Eumeces fasciatus when I had the field guide out based on range and labial scale count. This picture should be good enough for identification. Any thoughts? http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8176/8025557609_a033500cdc_b.jpg Skink (Eumeces sp.) by photographerp , on...
by Reptiluvr
October 1st, 2012, 10:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes
Replies: 20
Views: 8289

Re: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes

I would say the color of these snakes in western KY are much more like Gray Rat Snakes than Black Rat Snakes. It's morphology and overall build seems much more like a Black Rat Snake to me. Their bulk and beefy head remind me of the Texas Rat Snakes I caught in central TX. Every one I found had yell...
by Reptiluvr
September 29th, 2012, 8:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes
Replies: 20
Views: 8289

Re: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes

Yea this whole thing with Rat Snakes is confusing me. I don't even know what I'm catching any more because every year it has a new name. I assume these were a black x grey intergrade but for all I know there's a 3rd cryptic species that was just elevated 6 or 7 seconds ago...
by Reptiluvr
September 29th, 2012, 8:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (Re)Discovered - a real live Lanthanotus!!
Replies: 18
Views: 4789

Re: (Re)Discovered - a real live Lanthanotus!!

I've never even heard of this. Pretty interesting rediscovery. Borneo seems to be harboring lots of new species.
by Reptiluvr
September 26th, 2012, 7:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes
Replies: 20
Views: 8289

Western KY March-August 2012: Snakes

Snakes are the most numerous so I'm putting them as one post and all the other herps in another. I spent my days doing radio telemetry with Northern Bobwhites on a reclaimed coal mine. Most of the cooler finds were actually by a friend who works on oil leases on private properties. Some of these are...
by Reptiluvr
September 25th, 2012, 6:52 am
Forum: News
Topic: Not Your Average 2-Headed Snake...
Replies: 2
Views: 2150

Re: Not Your Average 2-Headed Snake...

You beat me to it! I was just about to post this. I have never once heard of this happening. Has anyone heard of this type of two-headedness? Any ideas on how it excretes?
by Reptiluvr
September 23rd, 2012, 6:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Aussie Snakes
Replies: 28
Views: 10883

Re: Aussie Snakes

Like everyone else has said, EPIC post. I have certainly gotten an education in Australian snakes. I never knew most of those elapids exist! Thanks for sharing.
by Reptiluvr
August 29th, 2012, 7:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Around the World in 120 days Part 3: Australian Lizards
Replies: 12
Views: 5311

Re: Around the World in 120 days Part 3: Australian Lizards

Awesome post! Great photography. I'm super jealous of all the gecko and monitor finds. I don't remember seeing Ctenophorus species before. They remind me of collared lizards in the western US.
by Reptiluvr
July 26th, 2012, 4:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Florida 2011 highlights part 1
Replies: 18
Views: 4438

Re: Florida 2011 highlights part 1

Awesome photography! I can't even pic a favorite, but I will say the first set of sunset/moonrise photos really caught my eye. I've lived in SoFla all my life and have never seen 60 gators at once! That's crazy! Nice Cemophora specimens too.
by Reptiluvr
July 19th, 2012, 11:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hogs, frogs, and other things that don't rhyme.
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Re: Hogs, frogs, and other things that don't rhyme.

Finding the hog making her nest is pretty awesome! We have a mutual friend (Will) that has actually been keeping me updated on your progress. How many hogs are you up to now? Last I heard was 5 or 6. What is your study exactly?
by Reptiluvr
July 16th, 2012, 12:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, June 2012 - The Caribbean side
Replies: 13
Views: 7152

Re: Costa Rica, June 2012 - The Caribbean side

Excellent post, just like the last one! Congrats on the Cruziohyla. I really liked one of your female B. plumifrons photos. I'm jealous of your gecko finds and Micrurus as well! Sounds like an amazing family trip!
by Reptiluvr
July 15th, 2012, 6:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blue Striped Thamnophis Question
Replies: 7
Views: 1561

Re: Blue Striped Thamnophis Question

Someone correct me if I'm wrong. I don't think anyone has studied this particular question yet, or at least found an answer. In fact in 2008 it was recommended in my herpetology class that someone could probably get a Ph.D. project out of that question. As far as I know there's no increase in blue v...
by Reptiluvr
July 12th, 2012, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012, Pt. 1 (Pacific)
Replies: 15
Views: 5059

Re: Costa Rica June 2012, Pt. 1 (Pacific)

Great post! I am excited every time someone posts from Costa Rica. These are some cool finds. I'm pulling out the Jay Savage guide for some of them. Can't wait for the second installment.
by Reptiluvr
July 12th, 2012, 10:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Extinct" snake rediscovered
Replies: 10
Views: 2588

Re: "Extinct" snake rediscovered

That is awesome. I haven't even heard of this snake but I'm glad it's still around. This could be an interesting project for people in the future. Maybe an Orianne Society type of effort can go into re-establishing them. Maybe it will also bring about funds for more efforts at eradicating mongoose a...
by Reptiluvr
July 8th, 2012, 8:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica, June 2011 (New Post- a Year Later!)
Replies: 14
Views: 3703

Re: Costa Rica, June 2011 (New Post- a Year Later!)

I was reading a paper today that briefly confirms your hypothesis that Coniophanes fissidens preys on Oophaga pumilio. The 4th page has a short remark that Maureen Donnelly has observed such attacks. https://93f560e2-a-62cb3a1a-s-sites.googlegroups.com/site/ralphsaporito/saporitoetal.2007-aposematis...
by Reptiluvr
July 6th, 2012, 10:32 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 32507

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

Buy me a house and land in Longleaf Pine forest or in Central America and I'll steward the land til I die making sure the herps and other wildlife are free from habitat destruction, collecting, etc. They will be caught and photographed though ;-)
by Reptiluvr
July 5th, 2012, 11:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: "Snakes are Born This Way" - Lady Gaga Parody
Replies: 16
Views: 2886

Re: "Snakes are Born This Way" - Lady Gaga Parody

Excellent! I sent them a kudos email as well. Thanks for providing the email addy.
by Reptiluvr
July 5th, 2012, 11:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012
Replies: 32
Views: 8104

Re: Costa Rica June 2012

It's nice to see so many others that are fans of Costa Rica and its "ecopolitics" for lack of a better term. Have you guys heard of NatureAir? The "zero carbon footprint" airline based out of CR? They bought up a decent chunk of land to 'offset' the carbon emissions from flying their planes around. ...
by Reptiluvr
July 3rd, 2012, 8:57 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica/Nicaragua June 2012.
Replies: 19
Views: 4271

Re: Costa Rica/Nicaragua June 2012.

I always enjoy Central American posts. The photo of Imantodes inornatus with the blue-blurred tongue is extraordinary! You nerd a poster of that shot in your house now too. You're quite lucky to have an adventurous family. I hope I have such fortune in te future.
by Reptiluvr
July 3rd, 2012, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Recent finds in NW Florida
Replies: 26
Views: 4607

Re: Recent finds in NW Florida

Those are all excellent photos. I love the Pines and juvie EDB. The soft-shell aeries is probably my favorite though. Im always excited when I get a series of wildlife acting naturally.
by Reptiluvr
June 28th, 2012, 10:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Laura Sandstone, Australia
Replies: 12
Views: 2859

Re: The Laura Sandstone, Australia

Wow, that is sweet. I have never heard of this species but it is my new favorite Oedura! That's the prettiest species in my opinion. Sounds like you had fun.
by Reptiluvr
June 27th, 2012, 7:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

So how does one ask the right questions to feel out the personality of a potential advisor? I can't really go with "hey are you really laid back or kind of a douche bag?". What areas are common points of disagreement that may make grad school hell? I'm pretty good at interviewing people but it's not...
by Reptiluvr
June 27th, 2012, 4:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

Well I can honestly say I am taking the advice here seriously. All of your cautionary remarks are in my mind, but not deterring me. I'm glad to know that I should be considering an advisor who is ok with teaching. This dichotomy sounds a little stronger than I anticipated. I have read Sterns and Hue...
by Reptiluvr
June 25th, 2012, 8:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

Gabriel: Yea that sentences is a typo/grammatical error. It should read I know THAT statistics and modelling...will be my weakness. As in I know I am very weak in statistics and anything to do with using such advanced computer programs. That's an area I need to improve on. I don't believe that I kno...
by Reptiluvr
June 24th, 2012, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring FL trip report (WARNING: MORE BIRD PICS THAN SNAKES)
Replies: 17
Views: 2570

Re: Spring FL trip report (WARNING: MORE BIRD PICS THAN SNAK

Great photography. I'm not a big fan of photoshop enhancements, but I can appreciate that they were nice and well done. You saw some great birds! I've lived in FL all my life and have never seen a Black-necked Stilt or American Avocet. Wrong places at the wrong times I guess.
by Reptiluvr
June 24th, 2012, 8:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lonesome George dead....
Replies: 1
Views: 915

Re: Lonesome George dead....

That is pretty sad. Not only in his death, but in the loss of another species due to human stupidity.
by Reptiluvr
June 24th, 2012, 8:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

To Jimi's questions: 1) Yes, I understand the magnitude. I have volunteered with a Ph.D. student and have seen his time spent in the field and have been around the building enough to know the amount of office time spent reading, etc. I have heard quite a few bitch about dealing with programs and sta...
by Reptiluvr
June 23rd, 2012, 10:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SC Press: Teen Shoots Himself After Attempting To Shoot Snak
Replies: 5
Views: 2878

Re: SC Press: Teen Shoots Himself After Attempting To Shoot

Did anyone notice that the shooting went "array"? Excellent literary skills over there in SC. Excellent parenting too.
by Reptiluvr
June 23rd, 2012, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photoguide to Australian Geckos -- Part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4259

Re: Photoguide to Australian Geckos -- Part 2

Wow, other than some island species, I hadn't heard of any geckos being beach bums. I have heard of them being in the vegetated areas immediately adjacent, but not right there in the sand. Finding Sphaerodactylus elegans in the Florida Keys is as close to that I had encountered personally.
by Reptiluvr
June 23rd, 2012, 10:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

Keep em coming. So far I really like Leal, Losos, Fujita and Rafe Brown. I'm not really into phylogenetics/systematics so quite a few of these weren't really up my alley. There's so many schools out there that it's hard to find out about everyone. Since I don't have access to primary literature sour...
by Reptiluvr
June 23rd, 2012, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photoguide to Australian Geckos -- Part 2
Replies: 8
Views: 4259

Re: Photoguide to Australian Geckos -- Part 2

Incredible. Are you really finding Nactus on the beach?! They may be my new favorite gecko for that reason alone. lol
In case you need more encouragement: Make this a book and I will buy it!
by Reptiluvr
June 23rd, 2012, 9:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo Guide to Australian Geckos
Replies: 16
Views: 7339

Re: Photo Guide to Australian Geckos

Make this into a book and I will buy it, seriously! Extraordinary photography. I love the multiple views and variations of different specimens. The habitat photos are very nice too.
by Reptiluvr
June 22nd, 2012, 5:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Central American Sampler
Replies: 14
Views: 3835

Re: Central American Sampler

Stellar photography! Your lighting is something special. What equipment do you use?
I think the moth and howler monkeys may have been my favorite shots actually.
by Reptiluvr
June 22nd, 2012, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

Re: OT: Herp Professors

Wow these are all great responses, thanks! I'll be looking into these this afternoon. To defend myself on Kluge, Nussbaum and Raxworthy: they're in the cold but their interests are well aligned with mine. I'm not opposed to working outside of herps but I'm not interested in spending 4 years of my li...
by Reptiluvr
June 22nd, 2012, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OT: Herp Professors
Replies: 33
Views: 5767

OT: Herp Professors

Hey everyone, I was wondering if you fellow forum members could help me out finding a graduate advisor. I'm taking the GRE soon and looking to go to grad school. Naturally I would like to study herps (neotropical birds possibly too). Can you guys throw out some names of professors currently working ...
by Reptiluvr
June 18th, 2012, 7:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mediterranean Gecko distribution?
Replies: 19
Views: 3501

Re: Mediterranean Gecko distribution?

I did a research paper on this for my con bio class. They're all the way up the east coast up to Maryland. It's not a contiguous distribution at all, mostly small pockets in urban areas. West to Texas. From what I remember there was a gap from TX until you reach California. They're also in most of t...
by Reptiluvr
June 17th, 2012, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Costa Rica June 2012
Replies: 32
Views: 8104

Re: Costa Rica June 2012

Awesome post! CR is my favorite country too. I wish they would make it easier to live there legally. The striped Bothriechis schleglii is totally awesome. I bet some some venomous keepers would love to have that thing. If you wouldn't mind, how long did you stay and what was your total cost? You can...
by Reptiluvr
June 14th, 2012, 5:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Natal Midlands , Kwa Zulu Natal - South Africa
Replies: 10
Views: 5271

Re: Natal Midlands , Kwa Zulu Natal - South Africa

This is a great post. I'm not familiar with many South African herps, but I really enjoyed seeing wild Pachydactylus. Some of those species, including your name & avatar, are some of my favorites. Great photography too.