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by tomharten
September 28th, 2013, 3:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Thoughts on heating systems
Replies: 18
Views: 8081

Re: Thoughts on heating systems

Kelly, Thanks for your thoughtful response. I'm definitely going to follow your suggestion. I was quite surprised at the temp variation in the enclosure. This is the first time that I've tried to use a plastic storage bin to house a snake. I've read that hatchling bloods do better in a smaller enclo...
by tomharten
September 27th, 2013, 3:41 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Thoughts on heating systems
Replies: 18
Views: 8081

Re: Thoughts on heating systems

I went with the Intellitemp heat mat and went ahead and bought an on/off thermostat from Big Apple. I am using aspen chips as a substrate in the enclosure (a plastic storage box from Target). When I check the temps in the enclosure with my temp gun, I get readings in the mid 70s when I hit the subst...
by tomharten
August 28th, 2013, 4:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: State Herp Atlas information
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: State Herp Atlas information

Thanks Jimi, that's helpful. I expect participants from a wide swath of the country and want to help them get started if they'd like to develop a student project like ours.
by tomharten
August 28th, 2013, 9:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: State Herp Atlas information
Replies: 4
Views: 937

Re: State Herp Atlas information

Chris,

Thank you.

I will definitely mention NAHerp as a potential connection that schools could use as way to contribute data. Is the Alabama atlas coordinated through the Department of Natural Resources or similar agency?

Tom
by tomharten
August 28th, 2013, 3:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: State Herp Atlas information
Replies: 4
Views: 937

State Herp Atlas information

I am giving a presentation at a national environmental education conference on our middle school program in which the kids help gather data for the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas as a part of their science curriculum. Since this presentation is for an audience from across the country, I though...
by tomharten
July 24th, 2013, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice with Herping
Replies: 27
Views: 4100

Re: Advice with Herping

I will just add that I started out as a herper back in middle school in the mid 1970s. I began going out looking for snakes, but eventually got very interested in birds, insects, plants, rocks, fossils, and other elements of natural history. My quest for snakes got me out there in the natural enviro...
by tomharten
July 23rd, 2013, 9:13 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Experiments in the Counter Culture
Replies: 1
Views: 791

Experiments in the Counter Culture

We are doing a renovation in our kitchen and removed this old corian countertop. https://sites.google.com/site/calvertfrogloggerfiles/klpfiles/counter2.JPG I thought that this material might make for a fine artificial cover array in the woods behind my house. https://sites.google.com/site/calvertfro...
by tomharten
July 21st, 2013, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Box Turtles..... To relocate or not to relocate????????
Replies: 13
Views: 3018

Re: Box Turtles..... To relocate or not to relocate????????

I would follow Kyle's advice to contact MD DNR. It is not advisable to move a population of box turtles in MD. A small scale experiment to relocate some box turtles was done when a highway (the Inter-County Connector) was constructed a couple of years ago. There was a problem with ranavirus killing ...
by tomharten
July 18th, 2013, 4:55 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Thoughts on heating systems
Replies: 18
Views: 8081

Re: Thoughts on heating systems

Thanks to all for the advice. I want to get this set up and running at the desired temps, well before the arrival of the snake. I am always amazed at the breadth and depth of knowledge on this forum. Thanks again!
by tomharten
July 17th, 2013, 3:09 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Thoughts on heating systems
Replies: 18
Views: 8081

Re: Thoughts on heating systems

Thanks for the information! Any advantage of the heat mat over the flexwatt as far as performance/safety?
by tomharten
July 16th, 2013, 5:37 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Thoughts on heating systems
Replies: 18
Views: 8081

Thoughts on heating systems

I wanted to get some input from the group on the best methods for heat regulation. I am going to be getting a hatchling blood python in September. I plan on starting the snake in a small plastic tub, like a Rubbermaid or something similar. I do have a smallish room in the house that I have considere...
by tomharten
July 11th, 2013, 3:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cowley County, KS snake ID request
Replies: 7
Views: 1733

Re: Cowley County, KS snake ID request

Brown Snake. Storeria dekayi....not sure which sub occurs in your area .
by tomharten
June 30th, 2013, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Places to Herp
Replies: 21
Views: 3507

Re: Places to Herp

When I was a kid (back in the 70s ) I joined the NY Herp Society. It was a great opportunity to learn about herpetology and to connect with others with a similar interest. They had monthly meetings and occasional field trips. We also had a newsletter with really great information. It was a great way...
by tomharten
June 27th, 2013, 10:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NJ Pine Barrens last week
Replies: 6
Views: 2692

Re: NJ Pine Barrens last week

Those DORs were heartbreakers. I went to the pines around the same time of the season two years ago and only saw some worm snakes, ring necks, and a DOR pine and a DOR CP milk. Lots of tick bites and a bunch of chiggers despite liberal application of DEET!
by tomharten
June 16th, 2013, 10:18 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Wilds 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Re: PA Wilds 2013

No argument from me regarding stressing snakes out a denning sites or birthing areas.
by tomharten
June 16th, 2013, 9:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Wilds 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Re: PA Wilds 2013

Just for the record, the spot that we were herping was not a known den site or basking area. In fact, this was our first visit to this particular spot. It was just one of those great spots in central PA that have that "snakey" look to it- open sloped grassy area, bordered on both sides by woods, and...
by tomharten
June 13th, 2013, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Wilds 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Re: PA Wilds 2013

https://sites.google.com/site/calvertfrogloggerfiles/tompix/secondtimber2.jpg Flipping rocks at a TR site = typically regarded as bad ettiquette/bad idea Tom. I've never heard that. We always move the animals underneath and replace the rocks as they were found. I would expect that almost the entire...
by tomharten
June 13th, 2013, 1:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Wilds 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

Re: PA Wilds 2013

The Jake-Man wrote:Nice shots!
That redbelly is beautiful, did it have the normal colored belly or was it black?
Here's a belly shot of that same snake

Image
by tomharten
June 12th, 2013, 5:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: PA Wilds 2013
Replies: 12
Views: 2735

PA Wilds 2013

I get together every year with some friends that I've herped with since middle school. Most of us are north of 50 years old now, but the search for herps has not lost its fascination. Below are a few of our finds, mostly Clinton and Lycoming counties in PA. My friend Rob flipped this little milk whe...
by tomharten
June 12th, 2013, 1:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ethical Education Question
Replies: 28
Views: 5718

Re: Ethical Education Question

I have worked in an environmental education program in Calvert County, MD for over 20 years. I agree with the sentiment that students form connections with animals that they can observe first hand and over some extended period of time. I like to think of these captives as ambassadors for the natural...
by tomharten
June 7th, 2013, 4:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snakes in a survival situation
Replies: 20
Views: 4129

Re: Snakes in a survival situation

What are the ages of the kids? If you bring some live stuff for them to check out, 30 minutes can go pretty quickly. If it's just you up there talking, it will seem like an eternity. I wonder if there is a game or scenario you could set up outdoors? Maybe using some rubber snakes?
by tomharten
June 6th, 2013, 11:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: RFI French Creek State Park
Replies: 0
Views: 790

RFI French Creek State Park

Some friends and I have had a herping trip planned for this weekend to the PA Wilds. It's a five plus hour trip for me and the weather forecast is pretty lousy. A bit closer for all of us is French Creek State Park, which also allows for a weather back up plan of the reptile show in Hamburg if the w...
by tomharten
May 29th, 2013, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yard King!
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Re: Yard King!

It was on the crawl. I released it near the edge of the woods to provide it some cover, only to re-discover it 45 minutes later swimming in the pool!

I put it down in the woodpile and haven't seen it since.
by tomharten
May 28th, 2013, 3:52 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: non-fiction pleasure reading?
Replies: 29
Views: 12430

Re: non-fiction pleasure reading?

A friend sent me this link to a NYT review of a book called Serpentine, by Mark Laita . I've not seen the book, but it looks interesting. Although a little off the mark from what the original poster was requesting, thought folks might be interested. The photos on the website below look pretty amazin...
by tomharten
May 28th, 2013, 3:51 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: non-fiction pleasure reading?
Replies: 29
Views: 12430

Re: non-fiction pleasure reading?

A friend sent me this link to a NYT review of a book called Serpentine, by Mark Laita . I've not seen the book, but it looks interesting. Although a little off the mark from what the original poster was requesting, thought folks might be interested. The photos on the website below look pretty amazin...
by tomharten
May 27th, 2013, 2:40 pm
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: non-fiction pleasure reading?
Replies: 29
Views: 12430

Re: non-fiction pleasure reading?

I enjoyed Raymond Ditmars' Thrills of a Naturalists Quest. Great book by one of the early reptile curators at the Bronx Zoo. Also any of Carl Kauffeld's books make for fun reading, Both Snake and Snake Hunting and Snake's the Keeper and the Kept have interesting accounts of field work.
by tomharten
May 26th, 2013, 5:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Yard King!
Replies: 4
Views: 1168

Yard King!

I spent much of yesterday working in the yard and making things look less like the old Boo Radley place from To Kill a Mockingbird. I felt like the king of yardwork. In the midst of my labors I came across this critter, the first for my yard (almost 2 years since we've moved in). Glad to know these ...
by tomharten
May 23rd, 2013, 4:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snappers on the move
Replies: 3
Views: 1304

Snappers on the move

We are getting a lot of reports from our students and teachers about common snapping turtles crossing the roads in our community. Presumably these are mainly females searching for a suitable spot to lay some eggs. This beauty was right on the park road near my office in Calvert County, MD. https://s...
by tomharten
May 4th, 2013, 12:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Unsuccessful in the field (Now Successful!)
Replies: 19
Views: 3088

Re: Unsuccessful in the field

Keep on keeping on. A herping buddy of mine refers to FHF as "herpetological porn" in that postings show the sweet highlights of our experiences but not the slogging that it often takes to get there. Keep at it!
by tomharten
May 4th, 2013, 3:24 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need help. Looking for pictures of American Crocodiles.
Replies: 12
Views: 2430

Re: Need help. Looking for pictures of American Crocodiles.

Here are a couple of American Crocodile pix from a recent trip to the ENP. The second picture is a toothless croc that I overheard the ranger refer to as "Gumby". These were all taken near the marina at Flamingo. https://sites.google.com/site/calvertfrogloggerfiles/klpfiles/croc1.jpg https://sites.g...
by tomharten
May 3rd, 2013, 3:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: HUGE day in Maryland (now with pics ... )
Replies: 10
Views: 2138

Re: HUGE day in Maryland

Can you give a general sense of where in MD you herped--counties, region? Thanks!
by tomharten
April 11th, 2013, 4:54 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of my collection.
Replies: 11
Views: 2452

Re: Some of my collection.

Crotalid wrote:
tomharten wrote:A good reminder that drinking and hots don't mix!
Some people don't seem to think so. A guy in Holland was admitted to Hospital 3x in one week, following accidents with his atrox while drunk...

Maybe someone should create a meme with that image? Anyone speak Dutch?? :beer:
by tomharten
April 11th, 2013, 1:00 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of my collection.
Replies: 11
Views: 2452

Re: Some of my collection.

A good reminder that drinking and hots don't mix!
by tomharten
April 7th, 2013, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Florida Trip
Replies: 4
Views: 1791

South Florida Trip

Took a family trip down to South Florida for spring break. I did manage to sneak in a couple of days of herping around Okeechobee County and Dade and Monroe Co. Thanks to Josh H. (and Amanda and Rich) for letting me tag along with them for the Okeechobee portion! They grow the Southern Leopard Frogs...
by tomharten
March 25th, 2013, 12:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Education-Outreach Video Series from ARC
Replies: 14
Views: 5517

Re: New Education-Outreach Video Series from ARC

Jeff, These clips are great! We just developed a middle school science unit on amphibian and reptile conservation and I think that I'm going to link some of these videos for the student resources. The first lesson of the unit focuses on why we should care about herps and the videos have the right me...
by tomharten
March 25th, 2013, 9:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Backyard herps and habitats
Replies: 18
Views: 2975

Re: Backyard herps and habitats

I live in southern Maryland and we are finally getting some snow as well. We just moved into this house a little less than 2 years ago. We have about 6 acres of mainly sweetgum and tulip poplar woodlands with a small stream in the ravine below the house. I love finding herps in the backyard and have...
by tomharten
March 22nd, 2013, 5:21 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Frog Sounds
Replies: 1
Views: 634

Frog Sounds

One of our classes set up their Song Meter 2 automated recorder near one of the sediment ponds at their middle school. The spring peepers and southern leopard frogs are clearly heard. At the beginning of the recording there are some sounds that remind me of pickerel frog, but I suspect that they may...
by tomharten
March 17th, 2013, 4:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best hand held gps
Replies: 43
Views: 11899

Re: Best hand held gps

We use the Garmin Etrex with our students on a middle school herp project. Pretty easy to upload the saved points to Google Earth if so desired. This is helpful for the project that we are working on. I imagine some of the other mainstream units would do the same.

Tom H
by tomharten
March 9th, 2013, 6:45 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Cool looking treehopper
Replies: 5
Views: 2010

Re: Cool looking treehopper

Chris,
Thanks for the update on this! I haven't remained current in bug taxonomy.
Tom
by tomharten
March 9th, 2013, 4:53 am
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Cool looking treehopper
Replies: 5
Views: 2010

Re: Cool looking treehopper

I'd always thought that cicadas and the 'hoppers were Homoptera, but I'm a bit of a piker when it comes to insect taxonomy. Maybe they have changed the classification?
by tomharten
March 6th, 2013, 3:25 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Kill box
Replies: 25
Views: 5459

Re: Kill box

I used to just give them a quick thump on a hard surface. A little tedious I guess if we're talking volume, but quick (for the rodent). I worked at a nature center once and had to do a couple hundred one day to store as feeders for our birds of prey. I guess that I always just thought that this was ...
by tomharten
February 13th, 2013, 3:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What is a 'true' coastal?
Replies: 213
Views: 25802

Re: What is a 'true' coastal?

I don't know if this adds to the discussion. But here is a CP milksnake found in Burlington Co., NJ in June of 2012.

Image

Tom
by tomharten
February 11th, 2013, 2:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Save the critters that fall in your pool!
Replies: 17
Views: 4487

Re: Save the critters that fall in your pool!

I can offer an unpaid testimonial that this device really works. We moved into a new house last year and I was finding Fowler's Toads and occasional S. Leopard Frogs (as well as small mammals like mice and shrews) in my filter baskets on a regular basis. I went online and found that exact same devic...
by tomharten
February 7th, 2013, 1:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ridley Sea Turtles ...
Replies: 3
Views: 612

Re: Ridley Sea Turtles ...

In Calvert County Maryland we are participating in a head start program for diamondback terrapins with our third grade students. The turtles are part of a larger study to assess the effectiveness of head starting this species. The turtles will be PIT tagged before release and then researchers on a C...
by tomharten
January 28th, 2013, 3:03 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 216492

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

Yes, both kittiwakes breed there in the Pribilofs. Pretty amazing place, now if I only had a picture of a Connecticut Warbler :) !
by tomharten
January 28th, 2013, 2:42 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 216492

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

Sorry, I picked it up on page one with "red", didn't realize the game was five pages deep!
by tomharten
January 28th, 2013, 2:30 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Four of a kind...** - UP AND RUNNING AGAIN March 2016!
Replies: 281
Views: 216492

Re: FOUR OF A KIND....new game

Image

Red-legged Kittiwake
St. Paul Island, AK
by tomharten
January 19th, 2013, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 44827

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Hey Spinifer, Our middle school herp project was developed as a part of a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. Our school system had funds through a grant, so I was actually able to purchase FrogLogger units with that money. We are using the Song Meter 2 which is produced by a c...
by tomharten
January 19th, 2013, 5:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 44827

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Sorry folks, I posted two links in my bio that don't appear to be working, I'll try again.

http://tremendousterrapintour.weebly.com/


http://calvertfrogblog.weebly.com/
by tomharten
January 19th, 2013, 5:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northeast Member Biographies
Replies: 197
Views: 44827

Re: Northeast Member Biographies

Hi Folks, I'm Tom Harten and I live in Calvert County, MD. Like many of you, I started herping as a kid. I liked the books that Kyle referenced, Carl Kauffeld was a particular favorite author, in fact I just re-read Snakes and Snake Hunting a couple of months ago and I am reading Ray Ditmars, Thrill...