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by John Martin
June 9th, 2015, 10:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Bitten - A Gallery of Horrors
Replies: 28
Views: 8071

Re: Bitten - A Gallery of Horrors

Here's another good one (sorry, don't know how to imbed). May have been posted on here before, not sure. Strike occurs at beginning of video, the rest is the camera tracking the snake scent tracking, locating, and beginning to ingest the prey. There's also one lucky, dumb-arse dove in the video :D ....
by John Martin
June 4th, 2015, 9:36 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Camera Bag
Replies: 10
Views: 5269

Re: Camera Bag

Like speedy, I have the Lowepro Flipside AW 400. I love it, but you need to consider how much gear you'll be lugging around - the 400 holds quite a bit! I think you'll be able to find a video somewhere online regarding this bag. Also, as chrish mentioned, ALWAYS CARRY WATER. That one time you don't ...
by John Martin
June 3rd, 2015, 10:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp heroes
Replies: 39
Views: 11361

Re: Herp heroes

And some of you may enjoy this example of project some kids did while learning about snakes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXcZ4srsLx4 R u kidding me?! That was one of the most uplifting videos I've ever watched :beer: . Good job mfb :D . And yes Hadar, great thread! I've thoroughly enjoyed your ...
by John Martin
May 17th, 2015, 7:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spotted Salmander development timelapse
Replies: 6
Views: 2881

Re: Spotted Salmander development timelapse

Good golly Miss Molly! That is one of the coolest things I've seen in a long time!! I've no idea how you go about doing something like that, but kudos to you :beer: . And it's almost as if the embryo is "dancing" in time to the music. BRAVO!
by John Martin
May 17th, 2015, 3:06 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!
Replies: 21
Views: 8860

Re: Need tripod purchasing tips, please!

The first three, Giottos, Slik and Manfrotto lasted all of 2 years. The Giottos and Slik were nice at first but after a couple of months became loose to were they just flop around. If I tighten them they get all loose within a couple hours of use. I have sent them both back for repairs, a month lat...
by John Martin
May 17th, 2015, 2:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Denmark, April 2015 & a bit (for Hans, 11 months late)
Replies: 8
Views: 3396

Re: Denmark, April 2015 & a bit (for Hans, 11 months late)

Well, and humorously, written! :thumb: I thought your species diversity was very good, and nice pics. Though after that last pic I might have to take an ice pick to my eyes... :shock:
by John Martin
May 13th, 2015, 10:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: USGS Desert Tortoise Project: Part 5
Replies: 31
Views: 12616

Re: USGS Desert Tortoise Project: Part 5

Wow! One of the most thought provoking posts I've had the pleasure of reading on this forum... :beer: Now I have to go back and play catch-up with the rest of your series. Excellent job!!
by John Martin
May 10th, 2015, 11:09 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First Timbers of the year for me..
Replies: 7
Views: 2572

Re: First Timbers of the year for me..

Great job, that is awesome! :thumb: And kudos to you for being so careful around these magnificent animals. From the pics it looks as if neither snake so much as moved its head.
by John Martin
May 3rd, 2015, 3:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Broadhead skink vs wolf spider
Replies: 4
Views: 2046

Re: Broadhead skink vs wolf spider

Page won't allow access for me, but would love to see it! :D
by John Martin
April 22nd, 2015, 8:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SOUTH AFRICA - THE KAROO [PHOTO HEAVY]
Replies: 14
Views: 6778

Re: SOUTH AFRICA - THE KAROO [PHOTO HEAVY]

Wow, very nice! I would have loved that trip :thumb: . BTW, very nice "Gary photobomb" here :lol: http://i1056.photobucket.com/albums/t366/Mariquensis/Karoo%20Road%20Trip%20November%202014/Animals/P%20Tent%20Tortoise/Psammobates-tentorius-tentorius----Tent-Tortoise-By-Tyrone-Ping-WM10_zpsjn68aa4n.png
by John Martin
March 27th, 2015, 3:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.
Replies: 10
Views: 4470

Re: South Africa 2015. Freestate, Eastern & Western Cape.

Wow, outstanding photography! These pics really make me want to visit your part of the world, just beautiful. And, way to not turn your holiday into a herping trip, wink, wink, nudge, nudge :P . Also, I think your Painted Reed Frog has morphed into a Striped Dwarf Leaf-toed Gecko ;) . Again, fantast...
by John Martin
February 22nd, 2015, 2:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming, October 2015 (RFI)
Replies: 9
Views: 3439

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming, October 2015 (RFI)

Hi John, PM sent :)
by John Martin
February 20th, 2015, 7:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Thorny Devil Dreaming, October 2015 (RFI)
Replies: 9
Views: 3439

Re: Thorny Devil Dreaming, October 2015 (RFI)

Hi John. I don't have a lot of experience actually herping these areas during the month you are here, but I would think the more northerly regions would produce some interesting things. You are welcome to visit my wife and I if and when you get to the Adelaide area. We live about 20 kms south of the...
by John Martin
February 6th, 2015, 11:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 Fall and Winter, some herps in Taiwan
Replies: 1
Views: 1196

Re: 2014 Fall and Winter, some herps in Taiwan

Very nice! A few new things pictured here (for me at least). I especially like that last one, the Mock Viper - and what a stud, THREE hemipenes! :D Any chance you have any closeup pics of the head, as in a profile shot? Thanks for sharing :thumb:
by John Martin
January 27th, 2015, 10:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Notes on Rough Green Snakes
Replies: 8
Views: 3295

Re: Notes on Rough Green Snakes

Wow, kudos to you on a very interesting study! Do you plan to continue this in 2015? That's a lot of work, my hat's off to you :beer:
by John Martin
January 21st, 2015, 8:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best hand held gps
Replies: 43
Views: 10748

Re: Best hand held gps

Ok, so nobody wants to play the old post game... :thumb: Since this thread "resurrection" I've read a number of online reviews and am thinking of the 62s. The 60csx is not out there anymore (not even a used one on eBay Australia). Anyone have any input in regards to the 62s? And Nshepard, I'm also c...
by John Martin
January 15th, 2015, 8:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best hand held gps
Replies: 43
Views: 10748

Re: Best hand held gps

Hey, the thread isn't even 3 years old yet, and all good threads need resurrecting! :lol: I might be in the market for a handheld gps unit. At the time of this thread the Garmin 60csx seemed to be the most popular. Just wondering if any of you tech savvy people out there have any updated input as to...
by John Martin
December 29th, 2014, 10:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 'Twas the night before herping
Replies: 22
Views: 14429

Re: 'Twas the night before herping

Very clever, and thanks for sharing! I still like your Christmas rhyme best :D :beer:
by John Martin
December 15th, 2014, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hispaniolan Boa - Epicrates striatus
Replies: 7
Views: 3277

Re: Hispaniolan Boa - Epicrates striatus

Right, so scratch that neonate/juvenile statement :D . They just looked much smaller in the photo than the larger individual, and I really have no idea how larger the species gets. Thanks for the reply!
by John Martin
December 15th, 2014, 12:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hispaniolan Boa - Epicrates striatus
Replies: 7
Views: 3277

Re: Hispaniolan Boa - Epicrates striatus

Excellent shots of a really cool species! Just a thought here - could those three smaller individuals be neonates/juveniles?
by John Martin
October 27th, 2014, 2:22 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: South African Herp movies
Replies: 3
Views: 1473

Re: South African Herp movies

Thanks for the ride - enjoyed those videos. :beer: How far did you have to run from the cobra at the end of the first vid? :lol: Damn, that thing was moving!
by John Martin
October 22nd, 2014, 11:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

Re: Danish Texas family visit

krismunk wrote: In all seriousness, though, as already stated when I found it I thought it was hypomelanistic. I can't see any black in there.
Oops, missed that comment... :oops: Hypomelanistic was my guess also.
by John Martin
October 22nd, 2014, 10:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Possible Hybird Wandering Gartersnake
Replies: 24
Views: 5894

Re: Possible Hybird Wandering Gartersnake

Brian, whatever the outcome, that is one very cool snake! :beer: To me it looks like some sort of genetic thing as opposed to a hybrid - but I'm certainly only guessing. I'll be checking back on this thread to see if anyone has figured it out. Awesome!
by John Martin
October 22nd, 2014, 9:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Danish Texas family visit
Replies: 5
Views: 2394

Re: Danish Texas family visit

As chrish stated, you had a really good trip considering the time of year. That's a good thing when you travel as far as you did! The coral is just icing on the cake - back in the late '70's and through the '80's I drove to West Texas almost every year at the June "prime time" (once in August), spen...
by John Martin
October 15th, 2014, 6:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Show Us Your Rattlesnake FIELD Pics and Video of 2014
Replies: 57
Views: 25035

Re: Show Us Your Rattlesnake FIELD Pics and Video of 2014

Haha, you and your wife are beautiful! :beer: The enthusiasm you two displayed in your "first encounter" video gave me an ear to ear grin that is still on my face. Reminds me of my reaction upon finding my first Timber Rattlesnake back in, uh :roll: , 1963 - a stunning 4' yellow individual basking o...
by John Martin
October 9th, 2014, 8:00 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Lampyrid firefly preying on a giant African snail!
Replies: 6
Views: 3628

Re: Lampyrid firefly preying on a giant African snail!

Wow, that is friggin' incredible! :shock: Excellent documentation of predation probably rarely seen by others. And as always, stunning macro work (I'd guess 99.9% of the people on this forum wish they could duplicate your photography talent - I know I'm in that percentile). Thanks for the ride, and ...
by John Martin
September 28th, 2014, 9:29 pm
Forum: Invertebrate Forum
Topic: Fly ID?
Replies: 2
Views: 2007

Re: Fly ID?

Don't know your fly id (although it's really cool :thumb: ), but I just wanted to say that your macro shots are first class!
by John Martin
September 24th, 2014, 11:23 pm
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: Whip-poor-will
Replies: 7
Views: 4433

Re: Whip-poor-will

Gary2sons wrote:If you can actually call it a nest!
Haha, at least the second bird seemed to have made a "feeble" attempt :lol: . Good eye spotting those man :beer:
by John Martin
September 17th, 2014, 12:00 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few frogs from Malaysia.
Replies: 8
Views: 3075

Re: A few frogs from Malaysia.

Poisonous Rock Frog (Odorrana hosii) chilling out on a rock by a river at night. Selangor, Malaysia. https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5579/15069359660_b426bf2b6b_o.jpg Odorrana hosii IMG_3451 copy by Kurt (orionmystery.blogspot.com) , on Flickr Wow, that might be the largest eye to skull ratio I've s...
by John Martin
August 9th, 2014, 6:25 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: County Fair Photography Entry
Replies: 9
Views: 4638

Re: County Fair Photography Entry

I really like the Great Basin head shot, but that tiny flaw of cutting off a bit of its tongue sorta ruins it for me (I realize I'm nitpicking); same with the garter. Be careful when framing your subject! The lighting on the isopod is really cool. I guess my favorite would have to be the Phidippus :...
by John Martin
July 28th, 2014, 11:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Summer in Indiana and the Smokies
Replies: 6
Views: 4270

Re: Late Summer in Indiana and the Smokies

ThatFrogGuy wrote: The Imitator engages in batesian mimicry (when a palatable species mimics a toxic one) with the Red-cheeked Salamander, which contains toxic skin secretions.
Well there ya go! I didn't know about the toxic skin secretions of the Red-cheeked - thanks for the explanation Zach :beer:
by John Martin
July 27th, 2014, 10:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Late Summer in Indiana and the Smokies
Replies: 6
Views: 4270

Re: Late Summer in Indiana and the Smokies

Great photos sir! I was unfamiliar with that Imitator Salamander - that is one of the coolest displays of mimicry I've seen. But is it actually mimicry? Wikipedia (I know ;) ) says: In evolutionary biology, mimicry is a similarity of one species to another which protects one or both.[1] This similar...
by John Martin
July 13th, 2014, 3:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pattern variant C. oreganus
Replies: 22
Views: 6676

Re: Pattern variant C. oreganus

Wow, that is a stunning animal! :shock: *A couple of more generations and perhaps you'd have a patternless? :)

* Not that I know a lot about genetics...
by John Martin
July 9th, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Interesting discussion of sensor size and equivalences
Replies: 2
Views: 2119

Re: Interesting discussion of sensor size and equivalences

Thanks for posting this link Chris - I might have to read it a couple of times though, lol :D
by John Martin
July 8th, 2014, 9:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maine Made
Replies: 24
Views: 5988

Re: Maine Made

Really nice post Jake! I'll bet you experienced some reminiscing time putting this together too :D . It's certainly awesome to spend one's youth in a rural setting - I was fortunate enough to do just that while growing up in Ohio :beer: .
by John Martin
July 4th, 2014, 8:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and NM)
Replies: 5
Views: 2114

Re: My Year So Far: Spring and Early Summer (GA, FL, TX, and

Very nice, your pics are excellent :beer: What wide angle lens do you use? That copperhead in the second pic looks as if it's had its rear portion run over :(
by John Martin
June 16th, 2014, 9:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Movie (another movie added)
Replies: 21
Views: 7257

Re: Herp Movie

LouB747 wrote:As simple as this video seems, it took quite awhile to sort through all the footage.
I can imagine! :shock:
by John Martin
June 16th, 2014, 9:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herp Movie (another movie added)
Replies: 21
Views: 7257

Re: Herp Movie

Cool movie! I haven't watched the entire movie yet (about 60%) but what I have seen was very interesting and I intend to finish it later. I went to Singapore on two occasions back in the late '90's, working at the IBM plant with an engineering company. My boss (and good friend) took me to Pulau Ubin...
by John Martin
June 12th, 2014, 7:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Myanmar
Replies: 19
Views: 3934

Re: Myanmar

http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b588/Marcuslucassen/IMG_0325_zpse3834b30.jpg http://i1293.photobucket.com/albums/b588/Marcuslucassen/IMG_0307_zps939ef053.jpg :) I envy your trip! I can't help you with id's, but I know that last moth is a type of hummingbird (sphinx) moth and a day flier - great...
by John Martin
June 11th, 2014, 7:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Milos 2014
Replies: 8
Views: 3083

Re: Milos 2014

Great stuff all around! :beer: Now there's a location rarely (if ever) posted, and what a stunningly beautiful place at that. I can't believe those ancient marble blocks are just sitting there, as if "dumped". I love your "snake proof" shoes. :lol: In closing, EVERY herping male should have a wife l...
by John Martin
June 5th, 2014, 9:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Great Start to the Herping Year! 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 3024

Re: Great Start to the Herping Year! 2014

Nice animals, nice pics.. :beer: That first Bull is beautiful! Man, I'll bet that boxie has some stories to tell :D
by John Martin
May 18th, 2014, 7:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Advice for Herping Guatemala and Central America this summer
Replies: 9
Views: 3251

Re: Advice for Herping Guatemala and Central America this su

Hi Travis... First of all, best of luck during your time in Guatemala - Gerry's advice has me a bit on edge though, personally :lol: . All I can offer are a few phrases in Spanish that are to the point. I took a Conversational Spanish course when I lived in Tucson in order to be able to at least som...
by John Martin
May 4th, 2014, 3:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April 24-26 in Carter County, Kentucky
Replies: 8
Views: 2971

Re: April 24-26 in Carter County, Kentucky

Good job - kudos to both you and Mr. Maretka in getting the young people out and into nature! :thumb: Stunning shot of the Luna Moth, probably my favorite North American moth. Morel mushrooms, mmmmm, I sure miss those...
by John Martin
April 27th, 2014, 9:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Alaskan Emergence
Replies: 9
Views: 3098

Re: Alaskan Emergence

^^^ Oh man, that was "cold".... :lol:
by John Martin
April 23rd, 2014, 11:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Vietnam 2013: Part 4 (series finale)
Replies: 9
Views: 3609

Re: Vietnam 2013: Part 4 (series finale)

I've really, really enjoyed your Vietnam series Zach - makes me wanna go one day. But oh man, that museum was a veritable little shop of horrors! :shock: However, I'll bet you got to see some really cool and uncommon species there. Great job!!
by John Martin
April 22nd, 2014, 11:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Borneo Frog ID, please!
Replies: 7
Views: 3656

Re: Borneo Frog ID, please!

Congrats on the find, if it holds up! Dayum, that thing looks like it doesn't know whether to be a toad or a frog... :shock:
by John Martin
April 18th, 2014, 5:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: OUCH!
Replies: 14
Views: 2224

Re: OUCH!

^^^^ Nice! Haha, I'll bet you just made Mark Brown's day - he'll probably have nightmares when he sees this :lol:
by John Martin
April 10th, 2014, 12:44 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: B-sides from New Mexico and Arizona plus FL, NC, and CA
Replies: 13
Views: 7475

Re: B-sides from New Mexico and Arizona plus FL, NC, and CA

May I say sir, that your posts are awesome - eye candy and herp porn all wrapped into one :thumb:
by John Martin
April 6th, 2014, 8:44 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Australia trip Part 3
Replies: 18
Views: 7696

Re: Australia trip Part 3

Wow! Your photog skills are just killer. I've enjoyed all three of your Oz posts. The lighting in that last shot of the whale fluke makes it one of my favorites for sure. I'm with you on photoshop - somehow it just seems to be, well, cheating...
by John Martin
April 5th, 2014, 8:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lets See Some Green Snakes
Replies: 36
Views: 11094

Re: Lets See Some Green Snakes

Antonsrkn wrote: Bornean Keeled Green Pit Viper (Tropidolaemus subannulatus)
Image
:shock: :shock: :shock: That is possibly the coolest snake I've ever seen!