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by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 15th, 2016, 10:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to Thailand - The snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 3499

Re: Trip to Thailand - The snakes

Great! Really jealous of that emerald Gonyosoma...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 15th, 2016, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

I'll add that the new book is gorgeous and offers a wealth of information. Trashing it just because of some taxonomic choices would be a mistake (even though it was written by a European :P).
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 15th, 2016, 10:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Looks can be deceiving. Naming living organisms, as a science, is tied to reflecting their evolutionary history and not aimed at creating a user-friendly lookalike contest. Or would you like to lump Morelia viridis and Corallus caninus? You can dislike this, but it is what it is. The alternative see...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 13th, 2016, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

The reality is that today's DNA analysis cannot distinguish between sub species
Thanks. You wrote one of the most uninformed statements on this forum ever. And that's saying a lot.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 10th, 2016, 3:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99686

Re: Why You Dont Collect

I am guessing fewer people read this potentially interesting thread with each new, exaggerating and ridiculously generalizing post Ernie is adding. That's just too bad... Ernie, you certainly have a lot to bring to the table but your anti-science campaign has become boring to the level of making me ...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 8th, 2016, 3:29 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99686

Re: Why You Dont Collect

VanAR wrote:just that the witch hunt against science, over and over again, ignores a lot of reality.
Amen! Thanks a lot for your post. Unlikely to convince the one it was mainly meant for, but at least it's factual and objective, and enjoyed by me.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 3rd, 2016, 1:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2 Banded Kraits and 2 Chinese Cobras
Replies: 10
Views: 3985

Re: 2 Banded Kraits and 2 Chinese Cobras

Loved it, as usual! Need to go there some day...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 31st, 2016, 7:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru
Replies: 4
Views: 2681

Re: Expertise help to ID - Snake,frog, toad from Peru

Eye of that frog reminds me of taurinus, but that vertebral line is odd indeed.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 29th, 2016, 2:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99686

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Taking a herp out of the field takes the 'field' out of fieldherping for me. But that's just personal.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 19th, 2016, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan reptiles from the first half of 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 3440

Re: Taiwan reptiles from the first half of 2016

Jimi wrote:
After some of Jerry Lin's Taiwan posts here I looked into the island a little bit. Fascinating geography, neat climate, intense history, tempting cuisine. It has now made my lifetime travel agenda.
Same here!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 19th, 2016, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

OK, I was going to stay out of this because almost everyone knows my dislike for the new "rapid-fire genetic" changes done without adequate field study and adequate range assessment in relation to pattern morphs or an adequate number of specimen samples, but after reading all this blather and doing...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 19th, 2016, 1:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip Summary, June 18-25, 2016
Replies: 15
Views: 6486

Re: Trip Summary, June 18-25, 2016

Jimi wrote:Lovely pricei you got
Yes! We didn't manage to find one, but it always looked as dull as Coronella austriaca (a dirt common European species) to me, until I saw this one.
Jimi wrote:Thanks for following up with the report.
Yes!!!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 18th, 2016, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat
Replies: 8
Views: 4112

Re: Borneo Dispatches #52: The Python and the Pussycat

Well deserved, Hans!
Preparing a trip, John? ;)
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 17th, 2016, 11:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

scottriv, As ever so often, Jeff offered some great explanation. Most of all, he should be applauded to respond in such a civil manner. I suppose it's great that the admin of this forum is so open-minded about mud-slinging, but I guess I'm a European pussy who thinks asking things nicely is more lik...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 17th, 2016, 12:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

absolutely none of you have been able to even attempt to defend what she did. Again, because that's not the point of the dislikes you're getting. I for one am not wasting my time trying to enlighten someone who is too lazy to read the concerned paper. Hell, I may even disagree with their findings. ...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 17th, 2016, 9:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Congrats, you've added not even knowing what taxonomy is to the fact that you didn't read a paper before you bashed it.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 14th, 2016, 1:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve
Replies: 13
Views: 4834

Re: Peru - Iquitos, Allpahuayo Mishana National Reserve

OK, now I managed to see the photo in larger-than-stamp size and I think FrogO_Oeyes may be spot on.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 13th, 2016, 3:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Thanks, Jeff. People shouting murder about papers they didn't read... Nearly as idiotic as claiming to hold The Truth because of having reached a certain age.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 11th, 2016, 8:12 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: new European field guide
Replies: 7
Views: 14766

Re: new European field guide

Thanks, guys! Reviews are starting to come through. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: BBC Wildlife Magazine https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Zsy_pzTzg2zRHR6eyrZv5hI5DRk3PQ8h7cYakOvsCf5Cooq4crVm6J0mrEdcOdQVl7X6FyQX-pjgWLLPwI8_P1uTqpjOGttGlEnY4-YOu1gJElL09pqcDvSQ1zZzxv2cyFp4UBUmi4C1xIfzTRNoL7dEjDfWupOmu5...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 8th, 2016, 1:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

My copy is on the way and I would bet you a beer that I have forgotten more about snakes and snake hunting then you will ever learn. Regardless of the alpha male BS in that statement, how does that work, betting on a quantity you forgot? First you insult the population of an entire continent, and t...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 7th, 2016, 2:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31812

Re: Dishonesty in government

Pretty much every herper I have ever spoken with understands that we need to preserve habitat. Sure, fair point. I only expressed the thought because some were arguing that it is valuable to repeat the issues associated with collecting to new members, while I would argue that especial new members w...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 6th, 2016, 11:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31812

Re: Dishonesty in government

And another thing: if collecting has no impact and habitat destruction is the main evil, why is there so much talk about the former and so little about the latter around here? Every discussion has its right to be held, but I for one would be more interested in learning about US herp conservation eff...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 6th, 2016, 11:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31812

Re: Dishonesty in government

WSTREPS wrote:Herpers have done an excellent job.
Great. Tell me more about that. Or you can keep writing how bad everything is and how clueless I am.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 6th, 2016, 12:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dishonesty in government
Replies: 121
Views: 31812

Re: Dishonesty in government

Anyway, instead of complaining about the outcomes of not engaging effectively with state wildlife agencies on the matter of herp management (e.g., regs that really, truly, seem to make no sense whatsoever ), why don't you guys learn how to engage effectively with the agencies, and then just do that...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 6th, 2016, 11:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico
Replies: 90
Views: 46330

Re: NEW BOOK: Snakes of Mexico

Scotttriv wrote:I am a little bit suspicious of a European individual putting a book like this together
You'd be amazed at what European individuals can do.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 6th, 2016, 12:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Pics from Az
Replies: 8
Views: 3960

Re: A Couple Pics from Az

Thanks, FrogO_Oeyes, I'll have to chew on this for a bit before I'll go along with all of it, but much appreciated!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 30th, 2016, 11:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Couple Pics from Az
Replies: 8
Views: 3960

Re: A Couple Pics from Az

Nice post, great to see such young enthusiasm! I should note that, although I consider C.nigrescens a full species, the mere fact it renders several species para/polyphyletic is not sufficient to consider it a separate species. It is possible for new species to arise from within populations of one s...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 29th, 2016, 11:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan reptiles from the first half of 2016
Replies: 6
Views: 3440

Re: Taiwan reptiles from the first half of 2016

So I guess I'll be first again :D to applaud this diverse and attractive collection of species. I'd say Deinagkistrodon has to be on any herper's bucket list, and I can never see enough pics of Trimeresurus!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 29th, 2016, 11:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Looking back on a May day in EKY
Replies: 4
Views: 2591

Re: Looking back on a May day in EKY

What a day! Really need to get back for another US mander hunt some day...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 28th, 2016, 12:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Taiwan frogs from the first half of 2016
Replies: 5
Views: 3931

Re: Taiwan frogs from the first half of 2016

Very nice! Rhacophorus never bores.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 25th, 2016, 6:12 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9805

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Thanks for the addition, Kristian, you've mentioned a couple of things I should have! (Mind you, though, that they do have vocal sacs, just not external ones.) In Belgium, the species is also extremely rare and endangered (although a new, sizeable population was discovered in 2015). More to the east...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 22nd, 2016, 1:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9805

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

One of the coolest things of the night was getting to hear their distress call, which is quite humorous. This made me browse for comparitive material of Pelobates. Here's how the European counterpart can sound (although it can also be more like a mewing cat). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLdjelu...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 18th, 2016, 10:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9805

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Are their tadpoles better competitors than are typically associated with spadefoots or is there limited competition in these areas? Not too easy to answer generally, but I can add more generally that their tadpoles get very big, larger than in any other European anuran genus. As such, they represen...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 16th, 2016, 9:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9805

Re: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Pelobates looks like an interesting genus, for those of us who don't have your book yet what is their ecology like? Let's see. They occur in a wide variety of habitats, breeding in both deep, well-vegetated waters (Pelobates fuscus) as well as temporary waterbodies (Pelobates cultripes) or both (e....
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 14th, 2016, 12:50 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!
Replies: 11
Views: 5207

Re: How dishwashing liquid saved a spitting cobra!

Now that's interesting and surprising... And, of course, good job!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 13th, 2016, 5:40 am
Forum: Reading Room
Topic: new European field guide
Replies: 7
Views: 14766

new European field guide

In case the potentially interested were not aware of this new book, here's a piece of shameless (yes, Hubbs!) self-promotion. Speybroeck J, Beukema W, Bok B, Van Der Voort J, Velikov I (2016) Field Guide to the Amphibians and Reptiles of Britain and Europe. Bloomsbury Publishing. 432 p. https://www....
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 6th, 2016, 11:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please
Replies: 23
Views: 9805

Re: Show me your spadefoots/fossorial frogs, please

Yeah, we've got spadefeet too! Apart from the recent split of fuscus , delivering Pelobates vespertinus in the far east of Europe, we have the three traditional species. There's a 5th species in NW Africa, P. varaldii . https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-nOanfYovKws/UZDKCGZ8wCI/AAAAAAAAEr4/Z_Ot5u1tB...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 30th, 2016, 11:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Best Herping Discovery
Replies: 26
Views: 11445

Re: My Best Herping Discovery

Beautiful animal, Nicholas, well done!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 30th, 2016, 1:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thrace, Greece. May 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 4926

Re: Thrace, Greece. May 2016

Is it correct that the book is postponed to the end of august ? Really looking forward to getting my hands on it I'm actually not sure... It is ready in any case, because I already have a copy. Mine was flown in, while the rest is probably still on the boat from China to Europe. The publisher's sit...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 27th, 2016, 10:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thrace, Greece. May 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 4926

Re: Thrace, Greece. May 2016

NACairns - I do not know what they eat. But I'm pretty sure Jeroen have the answer to that..? Mauremys? Predominantly invertebrates such as insects and snails but adults may also feed on carrion or plant material such as algae. Copied this from my book :oops: :P ;) http://www.amazon.com/Amphibians-...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 26th, 2016, 10:01 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thrace, Greece. May 2016
Replies: 9
Views: 4926

Re: Thrace, Greece. May 2016

Thanks, Thor, really nice portraits!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 24th, 2016, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida
Replies: 16
Views: 9018

Re: DNA Confirms Nile Crocs in Florida

WSTREPS wrote:There is no chance that you will ever see Nile crocodiles establishing let alone spreading.
Why?
WSTREPS wrote:Right, and what's the Nile crocodile population in Africa ? About 84 billion.
Where did you get that number?
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 23rd, 2016, 11:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pelonnese solo quickie
Replies: 16
Views: 9299

Re: Pelonnese solo quickie

What the heck is this thing? An odonate? A weird moth? Hey, I know that thingy... ;) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-H36_fKwhizM/UZDuoextYPI/AAAAAAAAE58/7eH_j2kwPIs/s800/IMG_4695.jpg A neuropteran, Nemoptera coa or sinuata. Together with it's below relative, an Ascaphus species, surely among the...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 21st, 2016, 11:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper attempts to eat egret
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Viper attempts to eat egret

Antonsrkn wrote:My thoughts as well. Jeroen, I don't know how familiar you are with English idioms but maybe a case of its eyes being bigger than its stomach (taking on more than it can handle).
We have the same saying in Dutch, unlike the nice 'to bite off more than you can chew' ;)
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 20th, 2016, 5:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Viper attempts to eat egret
Replies: 5
Views: 5814

Re: Viper attempts to eat egret

It's shot on Cyprus, it's Macrovipera lebetina. Unlikely that that snake could ever swallow this bird, imho, but seems to elaborate to be a defensive action, so an intriguing scene.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 17th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander
Replies: 8
Views: 5961

Re: SPOTTED: 2nd and 3rd Specimens of Endangered Salamander

You guys sure are turning up exciting stuff! Thanks for sharing it here with us (and not only on FB).
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 9th, 2016, 4:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon
Replies: 5
Views: 4035

Re: More photos from the Peruvian Amazon

Many thanks for adding to Ribbit's post; yours is surely 100% worth a look as well!
Kfen wrote:I am also very jealous of your Cruziohyla.
Same here! Definitely the cooler member of the genus, imho. The way it was found makes it even more memorable, I'd imagine. A rare treat!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 3rd, 2016, 1:16 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake ID, Peru
Replies: 9
Views: 4588

Re: Snake ID, Peru

I wouldn't recommend the latter for ID purposes, but it is a fantastic read!