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by John Williams
December 8th, 2012, 8:28 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 99438

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Great post Phil.
by John Williams
August 2nd, 2012, 6:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sorry! A TX herp law question
Replies: 22
Views: 6919

Re: Sorry! A TX herp law question

Honestly, my opinion would be to just not worry about the stamp and go do what you want, state parks and national lands aside. All but west Texas is un-patrolled and has yet, to my knowledge, had any incidents with law enforcement (regarding the new laws). I have a stamp and am lawful but I have yet...
by John Williams
August 1st, 2012, 5:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping Wisconsin Post-Nesting
Replies: 16
Views: 4709

Re: Herping Wisconsin Post-Nesting

Like others have said I always enjoy your hog reports. Are your hog sites protected? I sure hope so. Your first unknown yellow plant is a Solidago of some sort.

John
by John Williams
May 31st, 2012, 6:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: East Texas C. horridus
Replies: 8
Views: 2051

Re: East Texas C. horridus

Nice find Kyle. There out there, you just have to put in the time, which you obviously have. That's a good looking timber too. Congrats!

John
by John Williams
March 29th, 2012, 5:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011/2012: Texas and the Tropics
Replies: 18
Views: 4574

Re: 2011/2012: Texas and the Tropics

I'd say that rather than evidence of a bear, the damaged log is the result of a group of guys from SE Texas who flip dead dogs and don't put them back.
Haha! Post of the day.
by John Williams
March 20th, 2012, 2:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring break field studies contrasted.. Photo heavy (humor)
Replies: 28
Views: 4919

Re: Spring break field studies contrasted.. Photo heavy (hu

Kudos to you if you're trying to draw attention to better herping ethics or whatnot, but your negative assumptions (don't take data, collect, never put cover back, etc) about every field herper who flips around the dead-dog and diaper filled fields in south Texas is getting old. I remember the "spri...
by John Williams
March 20th, 2012, 12:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring break field studies contrasted.. Photo heavy (humor)
Replies: 28
Views: 4919

Re: Spring break field studies contrasted.. Photo heavy (hu

Typical condescending, holier than though Gus post.
by John Williams
January 2nd, 2012, 6:46 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Salamander Photography?
Replies: 52
Views: 13360

Re: Salamander Photography?

Here's the twig technique in action-
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Helps to get the stick or leaf moist. I raise them further than what looks like necessary (as in the picture). Seems like then when they come rest they have a more upright posture.

John
by John Williams
January 2nd, 2012, 6:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Daughter with Snake
Replies: 8
Views: 1461

Re: Daughter with Snake

Scott I hope that's because the traps were in shitty shape, otherwise bummer.
by John Williams
December 31st, 2011, 5:42 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhips are fast.
Replies: 33
Views: 5780

Re: Coachwhips are fast.

Yeah Cole said it was in the 50s a few days ago up there! Crazy. Not too long of a story but a few years back while herping in south Texas Scott W. and I flipped a long sheet of tin that was partially buried. A Schott's whipsnake was sheltering in the buried side so Scott held up our side and I craw...
by John Williams
December 29th, 2011, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coachwhips are fast.
Replies: 33
Views: 5780

Re: Coachwhips are fast.

Great story Dell and awesome looking snake.

John
by John Williams
December 27th, 2011, 6:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: December species counts
Replies: 16
Views: 2337

Re: December species counts

CTravis wrote:
1 Barred Tiger Salamander - Ambystoma mavortium - Guadalupe Co.
Care to elaborate? That's a good find for that part of the state.

John
by John Williams
October 17th, 2011, 5:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive
Replies: 44
Views: 14126

Re: Panamanian Poison Frog Research '09 - Pic Intensive

Amazing post. Extremely interesting research with top notch photos- it really doesn't get any better. I wonder now if all the dart frog breeders are going to start using straws instead of film canisters? Too cool.


John
by John Williams
October 13th, 2011, 1:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Strange looking rat snake
Replies: 9
Views: 2748

Re: Strange looking rat snake

Definitely racer. For juvie snakes remember-

racer belly/sides: spots
coachwhip belly/sides: stripes, especially under the chin
by John Williams
September 24th, 2011, 5:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: "Newbie" To the forum-Yes, "Newbie" to Field Herping-No
Replies: 88
Views: 20929

Re: "Newbie" To the forum-Yes, "Newbie" to Field Herping-No

I didn't read through all that bs but I did read "I'm not a newb to field herping." Aren't you the guy that found a "checkered gartersnake" in Kentucky or whatever?
by John Williams
September 23rd, 2011, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A spy...
Replies: 16
Views: 1733

Re: A spy...

Nice shot JP. I'd have to agree with you, and maybe throw schotti in there as well. It's amazing that they will strike specifically for your eyes and face when given the chance. I'd imagine they would have to use some sort of thought process to decipher where the eyes of their attacker are.

John
by John Williams
September 20th, 2011, 10:57 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Too Close For Comfort
Replies: 94
Views: 25477

Re: Too Close For Comfort

You should all be ashamed of yourselves.
You should be ashamed of trying to look "hard" in a profile pic with an Hollister shirt on.
by John Williams
September 16th, 2011, 12:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Youtube Button Tutorial
Replies: 9
Views: 1267

Re: Youtube Button Tutorial

Don't encourage them.
by John Williams
August 23rd, 2011, 12:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: We're doing OK considering
Replies: 9
Views: 1823

Re: We're doing OK considering

I've certainly been lacking in my herping and with my database entries. I'll add a few in animals today that I know are county records and maybe state.

John
by John Williams
August 5th, 2011, 9:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Put some spring in your step part 2
Replies: 17
Views: 2530

Re: Put some spring in your step part 2

All these awesome herps and quality photos only get 8 responses? Tough crowd.
by John Williams
August 2nd, 2011, 12:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Way to Herp a Tropical Storm
Replies: 16
Views: 1780

Re: Best Way to Herp a Tropical Storm

Pretty simple really. Roadcruise during the storm if it isn't too severe, otherwise road cruise as soon as it calms down, day or night. Field herping the wrack lines, if flooding is severe enough, can also yield large numbers of marooned live or dead animals. For example I found this situation a day...
by John Williams
July 13th, 2011, 9:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Thanks for the replies everyone! And thanks for the corrections Norman!

John
by John Williams
July 4th, 2011, 6:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Visiting CA for a week
Replies: 1
Views: 503

Re: Visiting CA for a week

Hey Jack- shoot me a pm. I may be able to get you a few things around SF.
by John Williams
June 30th, 2011, 2:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Love walking out in the yard...
Replies: 11
Views: 2715

Re: Love walking out in the yard...

The ratsnakes up around there can have strong black ratsnake influence. Texas ratsnake = black ratsnake = yellow ratsnake, etc.
by John Williams
June 28th, 2011, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Nerodia - variety pack
Replies: 17
Views: 2630

Re: Nerodia - variety pack

Great post. The boot of Louisiana is a great area for herping but doesn't seem to warrant much attention for whatever reason. The sipedon from that area are very interesting looking. Thanks for posting.

John
by John Williams
June 17th, 2011, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Dan- I meant to post animals from last summer to this spring but I guess I included fall 2009 and spring 2010 too, so that's a season and a half.

John
by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 4:32 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Chris- closer to a year and a half but I got out quite a bit

Thanks for the comments guys. The drought here has pretty much eliminated any herping other than creek walking, so I'm glad I got some herping in while I could.

John
by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 12:12 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Spring ruber run....
Replies: 23
Views: 3626

Re: Spring ruber run....

Very cool. Do kings and SoPac rattlers hang on in some pretty small undeveloped/isolated lots there? Aerials of coastal San Diego County look as developed and depressing as Houston.
by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 8:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Jacob- ha, I don't know about that; a lot of Texas herpers were with me during some of those finds. True, we struck out on Leptodeira last year, but here's one from 2008 8-)
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Rich- thanks, no rush.
by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 8:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Here’s a few more from the indigo/diamondback encounter
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by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 7:14 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Re: Long Texas post

Thanks for the comments guys.

monklet- That snake is the most red Texas rat I’ve seen. In my experience you get one reddish snake for every 20 you find in Texas, and here locally (SW of Houston) maybe 1 in 8.
by John Williams
June 16th, 2011, 5:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Long Texas post
Replies: 35
Views: 11520

Long Texas post

Haven’t made a field post in a long time so I thought I put up some herps from summer 2010- spring 2011 from various parts of Texas. Eurycea troglodytes http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4765584780_2cc37eb438_z.jpg Thamnophis attempting to eat a Rana berlandieri (he was unsuccessful) http://farm5....
by John Williams
June 15th, 2011, 4:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flagstaff/Sedona/GC Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2201

Re: Flagstaff/Sedona/GC Advice

Carlos- thanks, pm being sent. Terry- Thanks for the info. I just read that an area I really wanted to go to near Flagstaff is currently closed due to fires and floods from the last few years. Sounds like it's pretty bad over there. I'm hoping for my wife's sake we don't catch any monsoon but I can'...
by John Williams
June 14th, 2011, 6:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Flagstaff/Sedona/GC Advice
Replies: 11
Views: 2201

Flagstaff/Sedona/GC Advice

Hello Arizonians, My name is John (pre-crash john_159) and I’m a wildlife biologist in Houston. In September I’m planning a short vacation to the Flagstaff/Sedona/Grand Canyon area and hope to get a little herping in. If you guys have some any advice for this area, this time of year, where to go, an...
by John Williams
June 14th, 2011, 4:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2011 The First Half. Arkansas, Florida, And Texas.
Replies: 8
Views: 3499

Re: 2011 The First Half. Arkansas, Florida, And Texas.

Nice report, especially all the sals. Your Prairie lizard is actually a Texas Spiny. Did you find that and the whiptail southeast of Houston or did you go west somewhere?

John
by John Williams
June 14th, 2011, 4:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Lame, long post from the TX Panhandle (includes non-herps)
Replies: 32
Views: 8483

Re: Lame, long post from the TX Panhandle (includes non-herp

Great trip report Chris. As a Texas herper I think we all feel similar about herping that area. If you want to find all the species in the state you have to make that trip, but at the same time know your time could probably be better spent else where. I'm with you on though, nothing better than a ni...
by John Williams
June 11th, 2011, 9:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Sometimes I get lucky
Replies: 21
Views: 3324

Re: Sometimes I get lucky

Nice finds on the hognoses. That snapper may be a county record but is by no means a "range extension."

John
by John Williams
May 30th, 2011, 8:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What do you consider lifers?
Replies: 73
Views: 14709

Re: What do you consider lifers?

Of course they should be counted. You put the time and effort into finding the animal and you succeeded.


John
by John Williams
May 8th, 2011, 5:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: SE Louisiana & a little FL Panhandle Herping
Replies: 5
Views: 1951

Re: SE Louisiana & a little FL Panhandle Herping

Nice post! The boot toe of Louisiana is a really underrated herping location.

John
by John Williams
March 30th, 2011, 4:40 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few things, and a heartbreak.
Replies: 9
Views: 2009

Re: A few things, and a heartbreak.

overall its rage a very rare snake
laticinctus are abundant over most of their range, but that is a good find for that area.

John
by John Williams
March 22nd, 2011, 5:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2009, 2010, 2011, Herping in Texas
Replies: 16
Views: 2422

Re: 2009, 2010, 2011, Herping in Texas

Where are you getting your info that they have been found in SW Louisiana?
by John Williams
March 16th, 2011, 4:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Texas herps of 2010
Replies: 30
Views: 7921

Re: Texas herps of 2010

Great stuff. Hopefully we can encounter a few of those species and add a few to our list this year. I guess I haven’t really thought about it until your post, but I’ve flipped as many Drymarchon as I’ve seen active down there. Strange. Is that Leptodeira in shed or just the ugleist one ever found?
by John Williams
December 29th, 2010, 7:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A few more colubrid entries from TX...
Replies: 2
Views: 2866

Re: A few more colubrid entries from TX...

the Coluber is a neat entry for Duval County. Is/was that a county record/range extension?
by John Williams
December 16th, 2010, 10:36 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2010 the year that was.....
Replies: 11
Views: 2061

Re: 2010 the year that was.....

some of my best spots have been invaded by local herpers
:lol:
by John Williams
December 10th, 2010, 7:01 am
Forum: Bird Forum
Topic: A Very White Red-tailed Hawk
Replies: 18
Views: 6845

Re: A Very White Red-tailed Hawk

Very cool JP, nice shots. There's one that hangs out between Goliad and Kenedy as well. That second shot is a framer!
by John Williams
October 11th, 2010, 4:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping laws in TX
Replies: 60
Views: 24233

Re: Herping laws in TX

I just don't get the point of getting a license if you are not collecting anything. Do I need a hunting license to hike somewhere to take a picture of a dove or a deer? Why would it be any different for a snake?

John
by John Williams
October 8th, 2010, 6:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herping laws in TX
Replies: 60
Views: 24233

Re: Herping laws in TX

I completely disagree with the above post. Definitely don't waste your money on a license. The Texas laws are extremely overblown and the reality is you won't have any issues if you obey normal traffic and state laws. The most avid herpers I know (including myself) have never been ticketed or really...
by John Williams
September 1st, 2010, 6:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: In which I meet the Leviathan
Replies: 41
Views: 37414

Re: In which I meet the Leviathan

One of the best posts in the history of the forum. Thanks a lot and great photos (which were probably not that easy to get!).

John