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by azatrox
May 10th, 2013, 4:54 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ethics question about copperheads.
Replies: 19
Views: 5989

Re: Ethics question about copperheads.

I can't speak directly to coppers, but I know that with rattlesnakes so long as the animals are released within a mile of where they were captured then they'll survive fine....Most relocation studies deal with relocatiing animals over distances much larger than a mile, and the survival rates are pre...
by azatrox
May 10th, 2013, 4:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Authentic (?) bite
Replies: 10
Views: 1971

Re: Authentic (?) bite

"guns suck and so do most people who use them, IMO. jim" Vehicles suck and so do most people who use them IMO.... Hmmm....doesn't make a lot of sense, does it? Vehicles are involved in far more needless human fatalities than guns are every year.... Notice I didn't say "vehicles kill" because they ca...
by azatrox
May 8th, 2013, 10:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Buzz
Replies: 13
Views: 2955

Re: The Buzz

Bees can be a serious concern for the would be Az field herper.... I usually find them in the rock walls of washes....I've also found them in trees.... The hives can be quite large... There's really only one thing that scares the crap out of me in the desert, and that's hearing a swarm pass but not ...
by azatrox
April 25th, 2013, 6:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo piracy
Replies: 16
Views: 2985

Re: Photo piracy

I used to get really upset about this issue…I think anyone who’s ever had a photo stolen can relate…I work really hard to get the photos I get, and no one likes the idea of some lazy ass douchecanoe coming along and stealing the results of said hard work…At one point, I even took to placing my water...
by azatrox
April 25th, 2013, 6:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Releasing a rough green snake in CT?
Replies: 44
Views: 6526

Re: Releasing a rough green snake in CT?

While I can understand the desire for concrete proof re: introduced diseases in wild populations, I'm failing to see why concrete proof would be a prerequisite before one decides that releasing alien snakes into a wild population is a bad idea. We're talking about living things...Why is it so hard t...
by azatrox
April 17th, 2013, 5:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Moon phases and herping
Replies: 46
Views: 7424

Re: Moon phases and herping

As a dude that just likes to go out and see critters, I've notice dramatic differences depending upon moon phase and such....With a big bright moon (and no cloud cover), most herps are (predictably) absent....However, I've noticed that some species are still active. All that said, I've seen more her...
by azatrox
April 10th, 2013, 5:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Poach sniffers....
Replies: 9
Views: 2916

Poach sniffers....

by azatrox
April 9th, 2013, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gilas and other firsts...
Replies: 11
Views: 2610

Re: Gilas and other firsts...

"Nice finds, I wouldn't expect to see gilas out during the day like that." Depending on the time of year, heloderms can be almost exclusively diurnal, nocturnal or a combination of both. Usually, as it warms up in the spring animals are quite diurnal and as summer comes they shift their activity pa...
by azatrox
April 8th, 2013, 6:09 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: C.ruber or C.atrox
Replies: 6
Views: 2893

Re: C.ruber or C.atrox

Not sure I understand your question.... Are you asking how to differentiate C. atrox and C. ruber in the field or in captivity? In the field, it's easy....atrox doesn't come into contact with ruber (there's some debate about this however....even if the two come into contact, the contact zone is smal...
by azatrox
April 8th, 2013, 5:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: pa herping spots
Replies: 7
Views: 5156

Re: pa herping spots

I see you've only posted once here on FHF....Since you're likely new here, allow me to provide some advice. Generally speaking, posting specific questions re: specific locales for specific species is frowned upon here. Considering that you're new here and no one really knows you, you may want to for...
by azatrox
April 8th, 2013, 5:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trip to South Texas
Replies: 12
Views: 4799

Re: Trip to South Texas

Awesome post Ashley!

Having done a recent S. Tx. trip as well, your post definitely brings back some memories....Saw quite a few of the same species, but missed out on some of the ones you saw too....All the more reason to head back in the future! :)

Thanks for sharing!

-Kris
by azatrox
April 5th, 2013, 5:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gilas and other firsts...
Replies: 8
Views: 1875

Re: Gilas and other firsts...

Well done Terry...

Gilas are always a pleasure to stumble upon...

-Kris
by azatrox
March 21st, 2013, 10:23 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE Arizona in mid April?
Replies: 10
Views: 3245

Re: SE Arizona in mid April?

Mid April is a good time for both the Phoenix area and SE Az...We got a good amount of rain this past winter (esp. compared to the past few years) so animals should be out. As far as what you can expect to see, there aren't many animals that won't be seen with enough effort. My best advice is GE the...
by azatrox
March 9th, 2013, 6:26 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Phoenix in June
Replies: 21
Views: 4150

Re: Phoenix in June

For what it's worth, I'll add my .02.... June is usually the hottest, driest month of the year in Phoenix. While not inconceivable to find critters out and about, you're probably best to temper whatever expectations you may have. Night hiking and EARLY morning hiking (before the sun comes up or imme...
by azatrox
February 9th, 2013, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello All! Tell me what I can expect to find... Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 5674

Re: Hello All! Tell me what I can expect to find... Thanks

Dave... From an organizational perspective, I think the effect is limited at best. I'm sure we'd all like it if people were addressed in respectful, courteous ways (esp when they're new and perhaps don't know that the question they're asking is inappropriate for public discussion). There have been t...
by azatrox
February 9th, 2013, 1:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: For Discussion--the Future of Herp Organizations
Replies: 197
Views: 102806

Re: For Discussion--the Future of Herp Organizations

Interesting topic Chris....Long overdue and definitely worthy of discussion! Thanks for posting it! For my part, when I was younger, I kept tons of animals....Mostly snakes, but occasionally turtles, frogs, etc....I was lucky enough to have parents that embraced my love of all things wild...Now that...
by azatrox
February 9th, 2013, 12:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona HerpCount?
Replies: 14
Views: 2184

Re: Arizona HerpCount?

Tim...

The researcher you are referring to is Matt Goode down at U of A.

-Kris
by azatrox
February 9th, 2013, 6:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello All! Tell me what I can expect to find... Thanks
Replies: 36
Views: 5674

Re: Hello All! Tell me what I can expect to find... Thanks

Yes, AZ does have a rep for harboring secretive a-holes that aren't forthcoming with even general info when it comes to assisting out of state herpers with finding even the most common herps. Is this rep deserved? It depends on whom you ask. From personal experience (and because I have quite a few o...
by azatrox
December 11th, 2012, 7:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cape York Peninsula: Iron Range part 1 (Australia)
Replies: 14
Views: 6612

Re: Cape York Peninsula: Iron Range part 1 (Australia)

Nice series!

-Kris
by azatrox
December 11th, 2012, 2:17 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Extender opinions/comments
Replies: 1
Views: 1243

Extender opinions/comments

I'm considering buying the Canon EF 1.4x II Extender. Wanted to know if anyone had experience using this extender, and if so what you thought of the results. I'd be using it with a Canon 300mm USM IS f/4 L lens and a Canon 24-105mm USM IS L series lens. I have a 1.6 crop body as well (Canon 450D) Th...
by azatrox
December 9th, 2012, 7:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 102842

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Personally, I have no issue with invasive species being killed, so long as it is done humanely. My primary concern here is the "collateral damage" done to native species due to ignorance. If Fla can ensure that everyone that gets a permit can properly ID a Burm and will be held accountable for killi...
by azatrox
December 7th, 2012, 9:14 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 102842

Re: Florida python-killing contest

It's a dog and pony show so the state of Fla can get more money to "combat the problem"... The burms are there...they're established...they're not going away no matter how many local yocals are out there wielding machetes.... The horses have left long ago...whether you shut the barn door now is larg...
by azatrox
December 6th, 2012, 5:32 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lens filters?
Replies: 11
Views: 3244

Re: Lens filters?

The counter argument is "Would you spend $80 to protect the front element of your $1000 lens?" Oh absolutely! Any time I'm not shooting my lenses have filters on them....for precisely the protection they offer. Comparatively speaking, each lens is actively being used a small amount of time (in comp...
by azatrox
December 5th, 2012, 7:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: my favorite snake pic of the year
Replies: 10
Views: 1809

Re: my favorite snake pic of the year

...but if it rattled cause i didnt' see it, i think it scare the crap out of me. Wait until you're part of a herping group and one of the guys has the audio of a rattlesnake buzzin' it's tail off as his ringtone....You'd think the Earth stopped spinning until everyone realizes he's just getting a p...
by azatrox
December 3rd, 2012, 9:11 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lens filters?
Replies: 11
Views: 3244

Re: Lens filters?

Thanks for the feedback guys! Norman: Good observation re: children and lenses...One never knows what destruction they can wage LOL. Luckily, My equipment is seldom around children...Not that I don't like kids...I love 'em...just not around my equipment. Bill: I figured this subject was covered befo...
by azatrox
December 3rd, 2012, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arizona 2012 (DUW)
Replies: 15
Views: 4742

Re: Arizona 2012 (DUW)

Nice job Ben...You had a busy year, as your photos attest to.

I spent a full morning following tracks through dunes with no luck. Only to find what I was looking for right by my car on the way out.


Hehehe I've had this happen quite a few times myself...

-Kris
by azatrox
December 3rd, 2012, 5:58 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Lens filters?
Replies: 11
Views: 3244

Lens filters?

This may have been covered previously, but I don't recall it, so I figured I'd get the community's input.... When shooting, do you use a lens filter? I used to, but now I don't....I'm finding that my pictures are crisper and cleaner without the use of the filter....Of course when the lens is not in ...
by azatrox
December 3rd, 2012, 5:52 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Random thoughts on lenses and herp photography...
Replies: 12
Views: 4020

Random thoughts on lenses and herp photography...

Love this forum (particularly the Image Lab)... I've read and contributed to quite a few discussions here, and I always feel that I walk away with a better understanding of not only the photography, but the people that do it as well. I may be in the minority here, but I'm finding that I really don't...
by azatrox
December 1st, 2012, 10:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Senticolis, a year in review
Replies: 18
Views: 4007

Re: Senticolis, a year in review

"The only thing I worry about is having hundreds of herpers all in the same spot. Let's hope that doesn't happen."

I for one hope that DOES happen...that way I won't have to run into them! :)

-Kris
by azatrox
December 1st, 2012, 10:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: so what do you do to help keep from herping withdrawl?
Replies: 34
Views: 7488

Re: so what do you do to help keep from herping withdrawl?

The "offseason" (if there ever really is such a thing here in Az) is spent scouting new areas for possible return in the spring. Scouting is done either via GE or with good old fashioned boots to the caliche.

-Kris
by azatrox
December 1st, 2012, 7:21 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Western Diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus atrox)

Image

Canon XSi (450D)
24-105mm USM IS L series lens
.3 sec
f/18
400 ISO
rocks used as tripod
no flash

-Kris
by azatrox
November 30th, 2012, 8:12 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Texas Horned lizard (Phyrnosoma cornutum)

Image

Canon XSi (450D)
300mm USM IS f/4 prime lens
100 ISO
f/18
1/100 sec.
hand held
no flash

-Kris
by azatrox
November 29th, 2012, 7:54 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Which of these photos is better?
Replies: 7
Views: 2536

Re: Which of these photos is better?

Yeah, the last photo you posted (the combo of the two) is the money shot.

-Kris
by azatrox
November 29th, 2012, 7:51 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Here I was beginning to think you didn't have anything except the 300mm lens :lol: LOL...no I carry 4 lenses with me into the field The aforementioned 300mm The 24-105mm A 16-35mm Canon L series wide angle and a Tamron 90mm macro I am finding that I'm using the 300mm more and more...I'm a BIG propo...
by azatrox
November 29th, 2012, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 17216

Re: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)

You don't necessarily have to kill anyone...But you do have to sleep with Dell.

Hey, what can I say? It worked for me. :)

-Kris
by azatrox
November 29th, 2012, 6:27 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

FINE Dell! (Exasperated sigh and teenage eye roll.) :roll: Hahahaha Here's my ONE (UNO!) contribution for today... Eastern massassauga (Sistrurus catenatus catenatus) - juvenile http://i1004.photobucket.com/albums/af168/azatrox_2010/AHA%20post/AHApost14of60_zps2b61f617.jpg Canon XSi (450D) 24-105mm ...
by azatrox
November 28th, 2012, 7:29 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Western Coachwhip (Masticophis flagellum piceus)

Image

Canon XSi (450D)
300mm USM IS f/4 prime lens
400 ISO
f/18
handheld
no flash

-Kris
by azatrox
November 28th, 2012, 7:09 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

Greater Earless lizard (Cophosaurus texanus)

Image

Canon XSi (450D)
300mm USM IS f/4 prime lens
200 ISO
f/20
hand held
no flash

-Kris
by azatrox
November 28th, 2012, 2:39 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: PHOTO ESSAY - November 16-30 - Species Profiles
Replies: 82
Views: 18311

Re: PHOTO ESSAY - November 16-30 - Species Profiles

Crotalus willardi silus

Image

-Kris
by azatrox
November 27th, 2012, 9:22 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Herp-a-day (pt II)
Replies: 492
Views: 169330

Re: Herp-a-day (pt II)

DAYUMN!!!! That was 9 pages of jaw dropping skills ya'll have shown! I just now found this thread, and will be a regular contributor...I may not have all the metadata from the photos, but I'll post it where available. Allow me to post 2 photos taken this year.... Rough green snake (Opheodrys aestivu...
by azatrox
November 27th, 2012, 7:42 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: PHOTO ESSAY - November 16-30 - Species Profiles
Replies: 82
Views: 18311

Re: PHOTO ESSAY - November 16-30 - Species Profiles

Crotalus willardi amabilis

Image

-Kris
by azatrox
November 21st, 2012, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 17216

Re: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)

Cole...

The Ankle Biters moniker has dual....nay....thrice connotations....

1) Yes, we enjoy biting ankles
2) It's a common nickname for a canine that has a habit of doing so
3) By extention, there's a Mexican state with that same name

-Kris
by azatrox
November 20th, 2012, 9:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 62514

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

I also do not understand why it is acceptable to pack up against one individual, yet completely ignore the aggressively provocative behavior of another? I can't speak for anyone else, but I have no interest in "packing up against one individual". Ugh stated some things that I took issue with, I sta...
by azatrox
November 20th, 2012, 8:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)
Replies: 42
Views: 17216

Re: The Ankle Biters Present: A Weekend Trip to Mexico (DUW)

Now if you could just tell us why you all decided to name yourselves the ankle biters....

Our fetishes notwithstanding, a look at a map of Mexico should probably explain it. ;)

-Kris
by azatrox
November 19th, 2012, 5:36 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 62514

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

And of course we do actually manage to put the occasional species back into the wild nowadays, too, albeit at enormous effort and expense. Before too much longer we will probably even be able to revive some species that now exist only as preserved specimens, of course at even more enormous effort a...
by azatrox
November 18th, 2012, 5:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 62514

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

Gerry, Kris, Cole- you guys should be defense attorneys. Offer your services to the misaligned Glades herps guys. Again, it’s probably all a big misunderstanding. And purely insignificant that these guys’ table at herp shows are covered in ~80% wild caught animals. That was of course all collected ...
by azatrox
November 17th, 2012, 9:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cool season blues
Replies: 14
Views: 3024

Re: Cool season blues

Cool shots...

Spring is just around the corner...Let's hope for a wet winter.

-Kris
by azatrox
November 17th, 2012, 9:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The End of AZ Chapter Forum!!
Replies: 29
Views: 7411

Re: The End of AZ Chapter Forum!!

Ya'll better be careful....This thing'll get sent to the Board Line if the flaming doesn't stop! (That's particularly funny, considering this (and all) chapter forums will be ending pretty soon (at least on FHF)). Everyone that set this chapter forum up and continues to maintain it has done a great ...
by azatrox
November 17th, 2012, 8:20 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...
Replies: 87
Views: 62514

Re: Glades Herp Boys in deep trouble...

Gerry, Yes, I indicated "legal sense" simply because in this world of instantaneous status updates, Twitter, etc. the court of public opinion judge's ones guilt or innocence long before the court of law gets to it. Instead of using scientific and verifiable forms of evidence, often the court of publ...
by azatrox
November 17th, 2012, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My end-of-year report (dial-up warning)
Replies: 20
Views: 4416

Re: My end-of-year report (dial-up warning)

Well done Josh.

-Kris