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by Jeroen Speybroeck
September 13th, 2017, 1:33 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240351

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

This is laughable: There are no scientifically reliable ways to accurately estimate reptile population's Abundance is probably the least useful and hardest-to-obtain wildlife demographic parameter out there. But with good design, adequate effort and suitable data, and appropriate analysis (choice o...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
September 8th, 2017, 3:41 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240351

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

You mention the ‘precautionary principle’ so can you tell me about it? Very simple. You don't need to know whether the population is in sufficient health (by gaining knowledge on population dynamics, allele diversity and whatnot) to deal with take, if you leave it alone. The average status of repti...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
September 8th, 2017, 3:32 am
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240351

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Jeroea, An additional clarification: There is a basic principle of populations that explains why species tend to remain at equilibrium and neither increase or decrease in an appreciable manner. An example I have given in the past is that despite worms having exceeding high reproductive rates, we do...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
September 6th, 2017, 2:43 pm
Forum: News
Topic: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Nevada
Replies: 235
Views: 240351

Re: State pushes to tighten wild reptile collection rules-Ne

Reproduction creates a surplus. Thus, renewable wildlife resources can withstand some level of take and remain as sustainable populations. Given natural and 'less natural' conditions and pressures, populations may grow, stay more or less equally sized, or shrink. Generalizing that all/most populati...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
August 10th, 2017, 10:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: asking for identifying what species that i found
Replies: 5
Views: 3883

Re: asking for identifying what species that i found

Went into a different thread.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
July 5th, 2017, 5:40 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 29543

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

One of the problems is species are kind of fluid in some groups to begin with. Sure. Biota don't care about our obsession to sort things into categories by less than waterproof criteria. If genetically things can't be told apart, even though they look different, maybe we should use "phases" instead...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 25th, 2017, 12:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 29543

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

I believe we were discussing the general concept, not its application to a single taxon/group. Unless you want to allow definitions to differ between taxa and continents, knowledge of certain specific taxa or experience in a certain part of the world are of limited value. You should deem yourself lu...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 24th, 2017, 5:24 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 29543

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

"These 'significant differences' do not have to be apparent in every single specimen - some may look like the typical specimens of a different subspecies." :lol: OK, I will disagree a little...the distinct characteristic of a subspecies will ALWAYS be externally present within every individual of t...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 23rd, 2017, 9:54 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...
Replies: 22
Views: 29543

Re: What is a species subspecies? Layman thoughts...

"For me, a subspecies is a population within a population that has some significant differences from other populations within the population." BAM...you nailed it, but I would add that the significant difference consists of characteristics that are peculiar to that subspecies and are found everywhe...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 15th, 2017, 6:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Romania 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 4145

Re: Romania 2017

RenoBart wrote:I like your t-shirts!
:mrgreen:

They show drawings made for our book.
http://www.fieldherpforum.com/forum/vie ... 16&t=23502

You can buy them here.
https://www.redbubble.com/people/IlianVelikov/shop

Or am I violating forum policy now........?
by Jeroen Speybroeck
June 12th, 2017, 6:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some snakes from Taiwan
Replies: 3
Views: 2088

Re: Some snakes from Taiwan

Impressive!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 22nd, 2017, 10:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Ghats, India
Replies: 9
Views: 4779

Re: Western Ghats, India

Your photos are (again) so nice! Too bad it's no picnic to herp there, 'cause I'll just have to go there someday myself......
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 17th, 2017, 6:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia - East and West. 2017
Replies: 14
Views: 7065

Re: Malaysia 2017.

I did hope the orange spider at Kubah may be 'davidbowie' but from what I could see the distribution was wrong. Some sources report it as being a West Malaysian species? My understanding is that it was described from a specimen in Cameron Highlands but is now considered to be widespread. For exampl...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 17th, 2017, 6:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park
Replies: 14
Views: 9719

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 5: Kubah National Park

orionmystery wrote:You already knew what happened to my recent trip there! :x :x :x sob sob sob.
What's that? Something other herpers should be vigilant for...?
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 15th, 2017, 11:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too early?
Replies: 20
Views: 5630

Re: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too earl

Brian Hubbs wrote:Also, it was mentioned to me last night that the OP might actually be a very knowledgeable herper who is just trolling here for laughs.
Now that would be a nice piece of satire.
;) :oops: :lol:
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 15th, 2017, 1:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finally, I've got it :)
Replies: 2
Views: 1633

Re: Finally, I've got it :)

Seems like a nice, big female!

(In case you may not be aware and depending on where you're at, this may in fact be Pelobates vespertinus.)
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 15th, 2017, 4:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too early?
Replies: 20
Views: 5630

Re: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too earl

[Brian, what do you wonder? Warning: wondering about what Hubbs wonders may cause serious brain damage. Translation: he's just pulling your leg. He's not too fond of people using a forum for what it's meant for = people sharing experience and knowledge. His problem. Jeroen, Jeroen, Jeroen...is it t...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
May 6th, 2017, 11:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too early?
Replies: 20
Views: 5630

Re: Rosy guy coming out of retirement - is it still too earl

C-Rad wrote:[Brian, what do you wonder?
Warning: wondering about what Hubbs wonders may cause serious brain damage.
Translation: he's just pulling your leg. He's not too fond of people using a forum for what it's meant for = people sharing experience and knowledge. His problem.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 25th, 2017, 10:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 5173

Re: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017

Thanks for the replies, gentlemen! It's such a joy to share some of the herping passion with my son. Hope it lasts a little longer...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 25th, 2017, 10:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What I do Instead of Prom
Replies: 6
Views: 2835

Re: What I do Instead of Prom

21 salamanders in 2 days!? :shock: :thumb:
That's about as many as we have in Europe in total... :cry:
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 20th, 2017, 2:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NW Italy - Tuscany, Liguria & Piemont 2017 (picture heavy)
Replies: 4
Views: 2507

Re: NW Italy - Tuscany, Liguria & Piemont 2017

Nice, never been to Tuscany other than on a summer blitz visit for Speleomantes. Would love to find me some asps and a four-lined there some day...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 19th, 2017, 10:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bornean spine-jawed snake (Xenophidion acanthognathus)
Replies: 6
Views: 4869

Re: Bornean spine-jawed snake (Xenophidion acanthognathus)

:shock:
That is really, really cool...!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 19th, 2017, 4:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017
Replies: 8
Views: 5173

trip report Peloponnese (Greece) April 2017

With the arrival of a second child into our family, leaving mom alone to deal with the kids has become harder. No crazy herping for a couple years. My herping buddy Bert Vandebosch also has two kids and has been doing ‘family slash herping’ trips for some years now. This year I managed to convince m...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
April 10th, 2017, 11:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA etc)
Replies: 8
Views: 5866

Re: 2016 Year in review (Peruvian Amazon, Panama, Cuba, USA

What an incredible rush! You are the only one who can top or even equal your own posts!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 21st, 2017, 10:38 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill
Replies: 10
Views: 6834

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 4: Fraser's Hill

Paul Freed wrote:Yes, Fraser's Hill is a must for any herper visiting Malaysia.
A real candy shop!
Paul Freed wrote:Thanks for sharing these wonderful posts, they are greatly appreciated.
You bet! Love to be taken back there any time, any way...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 13th, 2017, 11:30 am
Forum: News
Topic: Vernal Pools Life in ephemeral ponds
Replies: 3
Views: 5208

Re: Vernal Pools Life in ephemeral ponds

Agreed!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 10th, 2017, 11:15 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID this pet
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

Re: ID this pet

Many thanks! I'm useless when it comes to captive favorites.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 10th, 2017, 6:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: ID this pet
Replies: 3
Views: 1712

ID this pet

This was found in Belgium. Any ideas? https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/Eqk1cnt_k-oKKkKKe9h1OT5mFuKeVzRlrE-5nM2Zi1hSgqC2vmYueUw9mv_tN_VFUTnQoyaNLSIYqBWvpQ8wiaykgZ7LZUCzOMd0ECDox7uxgKuitQW6J5yCH2lO3eoQkJGbFsKqmdX6X8q7p2hdUfs9o5lkKgJjwedqpzEMolKuCp04tj0HuxrEjMajYdVQRJbSVsKzZpgBHUCkR34NgiFWW_0CfyRED2xk...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 8th, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 8906

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Ribbit wrote:Thanks Jeroen! I guess that makes you the poor man?
Indeed... :cry:
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 8th, 2017, 7:45 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Bulk Re-Sizing question
Replies: 3
Views: 8634

Re: Bulk Re-Sizing question

In my case, resizing 12,500 jpegs offered a reduction to 40% of original file size.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 8th, 2017, 7:41 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Bulk Re-Sizing question
Replies: 3
Views: 8634

Re: Bulk Re-Sizing question

If you don't want to create batch jobs in PS etc. and the quality of the outcome doesn't have to be stellar (as obvious, when resizing, I guess), this one is free and can handle batches of over 10,000 files in about an hour and a half (from personal experience; this will depend on the original file ...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 8th, 2017, 7:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam
Replies: 15
Views: 8906

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 2: Ulu Yam

Ribbit wrote:Kurt calls this the "poor man's flying gecko".
Hmmm... I think someone else (who never got to see the real flyer, actually) coined that label for the first time. ;)

Loved it, thanks again, John! Beautiful retic, nice dragons!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 7th, 2017, 11:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers
Replies: 20
Views: 11235

Re: Malaysia 2017, part 1: Semenyih, or, Night of the Lifers

Well, well, well, this brought back some nice memories!!! It's been too long since we had a trip report from you, John, so I am eagerly standing by for the next episode.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
March 2nd, 2017, 11:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)
Replies: 27
Views: 9600

Re: Bubble Boa and a month in the Carolinas (DUB)

And thank you for it, Kelly, as it was new to me as well and much enjoyed.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
February 23rd, 2017, 12:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Western Cape Herping Trip - South Africa. [Photo Heavy]
Replies: 6
Views: 4128

Re: Western Cape Herping Trip - South Africa. [Photo Heavy]

Great stuff! Some day I really have to make it way down south...
The Real Snake Man wrote:I think that as opposed to "symbiotically", what you meant to say was "sympatrically".
I think that as opposed to "sympatrically", what you meant to say was "syntopicly". ;)
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 30th, 2017, 3:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: locations/contacts Mindoro & Luzon - Philippines
Replies: 3
Views: 1441

Re: locations/contacts Mindoro & Luzon - Philippines

Off topic for sure, but if I had to nominate anyone for most helpfull member, Jimi would be my man. :thumb:
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 16th, 2017, 1:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa
Replies: 3
Views: 2078

Re: Finds from Wakkerstroom (Mpumalanga), South Africa

Thanks! I dare anyone to look at that (or any) breviceps picture and not fall in love.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 16th, 2017, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Troglobitic Salamanders
Replies: 3
Views: 2474

Re: Troglobitic Salamanders

Out of this world... The pigmentation specks on some of these are beautiful! Thank you for these nicely portrayed Gollums!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 12th, 2017, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Summer South Africa, a month in review.
Replies: 15
Views: 5840

Re: Summer South Africa, a month in review.

Nice! Also liked that you included the egg shell remains.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 10th, 2017, 3:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)
Replies: 14
Views: 4333

Re: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)

Aside - still think you're done w/ North America for a long while? Never really done, of course. ;) I have to wait for any trips for a bit until the kids get a bit older/manageable, I'm afraid. Depends a bit on what my girlfriend can cope with. But I'll be back. First desired destination are howeve...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 10th, 2017, 2:58 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)
Replies: 14
Views: 4333

Re: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)

medium elevation Jeroen, just to get my bearings and store the datum away for future reference - what numbers would you put on this? Say, 800-1500m? A tad higher? In that part of the world, what is "stupidly high to look for snakes?" Where I live, about 8000' is a useful cutoff for all but a few sq...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 10th, 2017, 2:17 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY
Replies: 17
Views: 7770

Re: Hooked on 2016. La,Tx,NM, Yucatan. EOY

All great, but the exotic Mexican candy is of course refreshingly attractive!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 6th, 2017, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)
Replies: 14
Views: 4333

Re: 2016 (TX, NM, AZ, and Croatia)

Another year to be jealous of!
achillesbeast wrote:Hopefully, I can find some ammodytes this coming summer when I head back over to Croatia.
Summer can be tough, especially in the warmer areas. You may want to try clearings in woodland at medium elevation. It's a fairly common/abundant species.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 6th, 2017, 6:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo 2016, some snakes
Replies: 6
Views: 3120

Re: Borneo 2016, some snakes

Well done, buddy! Next time, I'm in!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
January 6th, 2017, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Madagascar 16
Replies: 11
Views: 5239

Re: Madagascar 16

Thanks a lot! One day...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
December 25th, 2016, 12:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Kentucky Caudates
Replies: 7
Views: 2537

Re: Kentucky Caudates

Noah M wrote:Salamandering is quite fun and I liked the assortment you provided.
Same here!!!
by Jeroen Speybroeck
December 19th, 2016, 5:32 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2016 Year in Review
Replies: 10
Views: 6965

Re: 2016 Year in Review

Very nice! Love those EDBs...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
December 12th, 2016, 2:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)
Replies: 20
Views: 11020

Re: Sweet '16: Year in Review (TX, LA, NM, UT, MT)

You never disappoint us, thanks for sharing! Great shots, great numbers, pretty species... Cuteness award has to go to that porcupine, though.
by Jeroen Speybroeck
December 10th, 2016, 5:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why You Dont Collect
Replies: 279
Views: 99565

Re: Why You Dont Collect

Regardless of opinions, I for one have given up on arguing with Ernie because he seems unable to state facts without an overload of arrogance, subjectivity and rudeness. It has made me reluctant to participate in any of this (interesting) type of discussions, and even in the forum as a whole. For th...
by Jeroen Speybroeck
November 18th, 2016, 2:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Salamanders.
Replies: 8
Views: 5425

Re: Salamanders.

Amazing collection, thanks a lot!