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by Paul White
May 25th, 2012, 11:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: long sought lampropeltis lifer
Replies: 16
Views: 5192

long sought lampropeltis lifer

On my way back from a fairly good trip to a back road somewhere between Amarillo and Fritch...it was something like 1:40am, I was on the interstate going 60 with the windows down and A/C on to keep myself awake. I knew snakes were still out but I was getting spacey and needed to bag it. Which, it hu...
by Paul White
May 18th, 2012, 3:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible county record?
Replies: 13
Views: 1478

Re: Possible county record?

Travis DuLoc at Austin concurred, but it isn't a county record--apparently somebody beat me to it by a couple of years and I just hadn't checked :lol: Oh well, still good ot know they occur here :) I still have to actually *see* one though.
by Paul White
May 17th, 2012, 7:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible county record?
Replies: 13
Views: 1478

Re: Possible county record?

very flooded. I slipped and twisted my knee and ankle about 10 minutes after taking that :lol: My poor wife got it worse, she grabbed to keep from falling and got a prickly pear. But yeah, mid-calf length grass, and flooded. I know they get debilis too though and i"m not as familiar with their calls...
by Paul White
May 17th, 2012, 4:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible county record?
Replies: 13
Views: 1478

Re: Possible county record?

OK here's a youtube link:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2MPeMa2 ... e=youtu.be[/youtube]

Why the heck isn't that working??
by Paul White
May 17th, 2012, 4:04 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: What are you most proud of?
Replies: 36
Views: 6066

Re: What are you most proud of?

man. Compared to ya'll mine is lame.
I've got a 13+ year old boa and a 10+ year old red ear slider...that's what I'm proud of. Maintaining them and caring for them and allowing to live a (so far) decently long life. I've never bred anything really rare or kept anything really off the beaten path.
by Paul White
May 17th, 2012, 5:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible county record?
Replies: 13
Views: 1478

Possible county record?

I got some audio recordings of what sounds like Gastrophryne olivacea last night in either Randall or Oldham (i'll have to use a map to tell for sure). I never found the toad but I've got a recording of it calling that I'll post up when I'm back home. Meanwhile if you're FB friends with me here's a ...
by Paul White
May 15th, 2012, 7:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So I'm out in the Trans Pecos...
Replies: 13
Views: 1859

Re: So I'm out in the Trans Pecos...

Man. Who'd desecrate good beef with shit beer?

I'm still waiting for the real season to break...found 3 ringnecks in a week and bupkiss since :X
by Paul White
April 27th, 2012, 8:04 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Any way to prevent slugs?
Replies: 6
Views: 1668

Re: Any way to prevent slugs?

I've never had an unmated female drop slugs. odd.
by Paul White
April 25th, 2012, 7:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Something new for me in the field and stupid people GRAPHIC
Replies: 14
Views: 2227

Re: Something new for me in the field and stupid people GRAP

Or because you'd expect to be treated like a suspect and hassled. I'd be leery of reporting something like that simply because
A: I doubt very much they'll ever find the perpetrator and
B: I'm worried they'd hang it on me if I did.
by Paul White
April 25th, 2012, 11:56 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Captive Breeding of Box Turtles
Replies: 10
Views: 3246

Re: Captive Breeding of Box Turtles

And to make people more interested in conservation. I know I'm more ecologically aware as a result of keeping herps and pets and getting curious about thier natural habitats.
by Paul White
April 18th, 2012, 9:59 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Carretochelys insculpta
Replies: 12
Views: 4071

Re: Carretochelys insculpta

Don't they get pretty good sized? I've seen a few in person and thought they looked (size wise) roughly equal to soft shells. But amazing animals, and I wish they were A: Smaller and B: more obtainable.
by Paul White
April 17th, 2012, 7:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A couple of Texas outings.
Replies: 18
Views: 3515

Re: A couple of Texas outings.

huh. Stuff's still barely moving up here. Part of it is we're in that time of year when mid-day is the best time..and of course I'm at the office mid-day :lol: But all I've seen is a uta, some ringnecks and a sceloporus or two. Saw a turtle head sticking out of a pond I tried today but not enough of...
by Paul White
April 16th, 2012, 9:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: found magic knife in AZ
Replies: 72
Views: 9582

Re: found magic knife in AZ

You found a gila monster (that wasn't an AZ F&G plant), 1938 lepidus, 25 willardi and bag of money?

Oh, and it's my knife. Handles old and worn, those carvings are just random abrasions from over the years, the blade's flecked with small rust spots and dried blood (watch which way you cut with it!).
by Paul White
April 14th, 2012, 8:28 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: RFI-Front Opening Enclosure Opinions
Replies: 11
Views: 2065

Re: RFI-Front Opening Enclosure Opinions

I dig the tetrafaunas but JEEZ are they pricey. 100 bucks for a 20 long?
by Paul White
April 13th, 2012, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lifer 8 years in the making and other things.
Replies: 11
Views: 1904

Re: Lifer 8 years in the making and other things.

I do not know how to express a suitable combination of admiration and envy. So I'll just say it. Massive grats ont he mudsnake, huge envy.

Is that amphiuma shedding or about to shed or is the blue eye tinct just a relic of the camera flash?
by Paul White
April 12th, 2012, 7:12 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 30 eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 981

Re: 30 eggs

just florida kings. I don't like the whole getula complex--just florida, mex blacks, deserts and specks. And deserts and specks require paperwork out the butt to breed and sell here in Texas. I thought about getting mexican blacks but decided to work on having a bigger group of florida instead. Focu...
by Paul White
April 11th, 2012, 7:57 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: 30 eggs
Replies: 3
Views: 981

30 eggs

I've had one clutch of 13 eggs, and one of 17 eggs laid so far by my kings. I think one just had her pre lay shed. I only expect a few (like half a dozen) as it will be her first. I also think maybe my mosaic is actually gravid--I'd kind of given up thinking she was but she looked like she's going i...
by Paul White
April 11th, 2012, 5:22 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: goini/meansi
Replies: 11
Views: 2384

Re: goini/meansi

eh, you can always have one stubborn pair. But just, in general, getula aren't hard to breed (IMO). I was responding to Berkley saying he'd heard they were difficult.

THey look neat...hope the offspring turn out for ya. Got any full shots of the parents?
by Paul White
April 11th, 2012, 8:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: goini/meansi
Replies: 11
Views: 2384

Re: goini/meansi

Getula kings are easy enough. Never tried other lampropeltis though like zonata or pyros or alterna.
by Paul White
April 10th, 2012, 6:26 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of my hognose snakes
Replies: 53
Views: 12424

Re: Some of my hognose snakes

gbin: i suspect at least part of it is just the time required. We're dealing with animals that can regularly live 20+ years, so judging long term impacts will take a damn long time.
by Paul White
April 10th, 2012, 11:00 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Massive Leioheterodon
Replies: 5
Views: 1747

Re: Massive Leioheterodon

good god. It's all the awesome of a hognose and a pine snake in one O.O
by Paul White
April 10th, 2012, 10:59 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Salmonella
Replies: 17
Views: 2737

Re: Salmonella

I've never had it. And I've had pet herps since I was about 12.

Wash your damn hands. I had typical adolescent male levels of cleanliness throughout my teenage years but even so, I did wash my hands after handling critters and cleaning cages (I mean, that's just freaking GROSS not to).
by Paul White
April 9th, 2012, 7:34 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Display enclosure help.
Replies: 10
Views: 2943

Re: Display enclosure help.

I'm kind of surprised your garters burrow. I have a pair in a naturalistic tank and they don't.
Now, when kept on aspen nearly everything I've tried burrows. But my garters typically hide 2/3 under some logs or leaf litter in their tank.
by Paul White
April 9th, 2012, 7:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of my hognose snakes
Replies: 53
Views: 12424

Re: Some of my hognose snakes

There's lots of different things that could impact it; inappropriate prey items, too many prey items, too few prey items...you're just jumping to the conclusion that, in this case, it is obviously the type of prey item. Hell, do you even a breakdown for how much fat and cholesterol is in a toad vers...
by Paul White
April 8th, 2012, 11:36 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Some of my hognose snakes
Replies: 53
Views: 12424

Re: Some of my hognose snakes

And you're still declining to post any actual studies with supporting evidence. I don't have a dog in the fight when it comes to hognoses--I do not work with them, probably never will (they'd require permits and paperwork that I don't want to deal with in Texas). The "call a vet" crap gets old. I kn...
by Paul White
April 4th, 2012, 7:38 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Russian rats(Elaphe schrencki)
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Re: Russian rats(Elaphe schrencki)

defensive, not feeding. Quick bite and release. I got a bandage on it anyway because I was gonna help him clean out some Reeve's turtles he had--didn't want poop-water getting in the wounds.
by Paul White
April 3rd, 2012, 8:42 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Russian rats(Elaphe schrencki)
Replies: 6
Views: 2114

Re: Russian rats(Elaphe schrencki)

I got bit by a friend's once, that's about all the experince I have with them :) awesome looking snakes though
by Paul White
April 3rd, 2012, 8:41 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Feeder lizards
Replies: 42
Views: 10182

Re: Feeder lizards

it's not seeing them it's catching the bastards that's hard. Those little brown lizards are fast!
by Paul White
April 2nd, 2012, 2:49 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Python problem linked to secret US Army project from 1960's
Replies: 3
Views: 2914

Re: Python problem linked to secret US Army project from 196

I thought he created it whole cloth? Please tell me there wasn't a pre-existing conspiracy like that...
by Paul White
March 31st, 2012, 2:42 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Latest HN Issue
Replies: 34
Views: 10285

Re: Latest HN Issue

What email should I use to contact ya'll?
by Paul White
March 31st, 2012, 11:06 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Latest HN Issue
Replies: 34
Views: 10285

Re: Latest HN Issue

I am kind of wondering where mine is...I think a 1:1:1 mix is fairly good, but I'd caution against weighing a 10 page article as the same as a 3 page article :)
by Paul White
March 31st, 2012, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Amphibian recovery after extreme drought?
Replies: 0
Views: 481

Amphibian recovery after extreme drought?

We've had a couple decent rains this year but they haven't gotten the amphibians moving like I had expected; I've seen like 2-3 toads, and one leopard frog and that's it. I'm kind of worried most of my yard toads died since I found a lot of dead ones over winter, but does anyone know of any studies ...
by Paul White
March 30th, 2012, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Future Mega Millions losers :D
Replies: 32
Views: 3398

Re: Future Mega Millions losers :D

Yeah but I'm pissed at the Nature Conservancy after the python ban issues, and HR 511. I didn't win *sigh* I can't call in rich Tuesday As far as management--I don't get that. If you get a good solid chunk, why can't it manage itself? I mean you can't let 100 acres go iwthout any management, but if ...
by Paul White
March 30th, 2012, 4:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Future Mega Millions losers :D
Replies: 32
Views: 3398

Re: Future Mega Millions losers :D

At first? A camera and that's it. I figure after taxes it'd be ~300 million. I'd sink about 20 million into very low risk/low reward investments as a hedge (even 1-2% annual returns on that is enough to live on incredibly well), then plow the rest into mutual funds, and let it have 3-4 years to grow...
by Paul White
March 27th, 2012, 9:24 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Feeding the Feeders
Replies: 5
Views: 2006

Re: Feeding the Feeders

When I bred roaches, I gave them whatever was cheap from the produce section and decent dog food and cricket chow. Pretty good results.

For mice I used a seed mix and mazuri.
by Paul White
March 26th, 2012, 6:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How to photograph wild retics - HELP PLEASE!!!!
Replies: 23
Views: 3129

Re: How to photograph wild retics - HELP PLEASE!!!!

Supersize the hat trick maybe? Give it a hide, let it settle down, lift the hide and get one or two shots before it freaks out?

At only 3' the bite isn't that bad though TBH.
by Paul White
March 22nd, 2012, 6:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My wife's pregnant
Replies: 19
Views: 2120

Re: My wife's pregnant

Sandy'd hurt me for that :lol:
by Paul White
March 19th, 2012, 8:57 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rio Fuertes hatching!
Replies: 32
Views: 5614

Re: Rio Fuertes hatching!

witha baby on the way, I can't really justify a grand on an animal :X Even a couple hundred is really pushing it...so I'm pretty much done buying critters for the forseeable future I think
by Paul White
March 19th, 2012, 6:10 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My wife's pregnant
Replies: 19
Views: 2120

Re: My wife's pregnant

lol I ate a pinky as a teenager--specifically, I was trying to gross out my dad. It worked too, he retched :P
I think I'm about to get payback for being an awful kid :lol:

This is our first.
by Paul White
March 18th, 2012, 10:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My wife's pregnant
Replies: 19
Views: 2120

My wife's pregnant

:shock: :D :? :beer: :crazyeyes: We're telling parents tomorrow....I guess this is my last free herp season for a couple years? The baby'll be a December/January kid. oh, for thos eon facebook, give me tillt he weekend before any post on my wall :) Thanks! We have to notify some family and friends i...
by Paul White
March 18th, 2012, 9:36 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Rio Fuertes hatching!
Replies: 32
Views: 5614

Re: Rio Fuertes hatching!

squeee! I've wanted a beaded for so damn long it isn't funny. Just too pricey for my budget though :( neat lizards
by Paul White
March 18th, 2012, 9:07 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: So what breeding plans do y'all have for 2012?
Replies: 62
Views: 12351

Re: So what breeding plans do y'all have for 2012?

Do you know if they'd take those canned snails (and if those'd be a decent diet?).
by Paul White
March 17th, 2012, 10:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: fin-friggingly moving
Replies: 1
Views: 612

fin-friggingly moving

Not even bothering with pictures, but 2 S. consobrinus and a D. punctatus on a hike yesterday :) I plan to go out again sunday, there's a storm system moving in then. Maybe I'll find some other stuff. The ringneck's actually a decent find around here, and I got a voucher shot but man is it a bad sho...
by Paul White
March 15th, 2012, 10:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sometimes I can't help myself....
Replies: 15
Views: 2300

Re: Sometimes I can't help myself....

I often have to deall with people talking about how they had to kill a rattlesnake because they have dogs or any other lame excuse Depends on where the snake is. I don't really object to someone killing a diamondback that's living on/under the porch or in the garage. if it's in the back 40? Why not...
by Paul White
March 14th, 2012, 2:48 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: the problem with planted vivs
Replies: 32
Views: 5513

Re: the problem with planted vivs

iirc in nature they eat ants and termites so that wouldn't surprise me.

I don't agree with Kelly MC often but I kind of do here. They're not suited for captivity, let alone for the bulk pet trade @ 25 bucks a pop.
by Paul White
March 14th, 2012, 12:14 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: the problem with planted vivs
Replies: 32
Views: 5513

Re: the problem with planted vivs

the issue with Draco seems to be eating--they need *very* small prey for thier size, and seem reluctant to eat in captivity. At least based on my limited sample size.
by Paul White
March 14th, 2012, 7:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up
Replies: 84
Views: 26809

Re: World's Largest Rattlesnake Round-up

Are you comfortable with an event where live rattlesnakes can be viewed, and rattlesnake products can be purchased/consumed? For example, you could pay to see a live snake exhibit (in proper enclosures, not being stepped on, gotten-into-sleeping-bags-with, posed-with-mouths-sewn-shut, etc), buy a h...
by Paul White
March 14th, 2012, 7:28 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: the problem with planted vivs
Replies: 32
Views: 5513

Re: the problem with planted vivs

I've heard awful things about Draco in captivity; I know 3-4 people that have tried them, no one's gotten one to survive longer than a month or so. At this rate, I'd just say leave them be.
by Paul White
March 13th, 2012, 6:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Dumb post, but it is finally spring for this northerner...
Replies: 10
Views: 1183

Re: Dumb post, but it is finally spring for this northerner.

Sucks about the kingsnake man :( At least you gavei t a good home for 20 years right?
by Paul White
March 13th, 2012, 5:39 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Cat wouldn't leave my snake alone (Reddit post)
Replies: 3
Views: 1334

Re: Cat wouldn't leave my snake alone (Reddit post)

I'm horrified at the fact that pet stores still sell cedar; I've always heard you shouldn't even use it for rodents...and if you can't use it for them or herps....what can you use it for?