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by Coluber Constrictor
September 15th, 2014, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving
Replies: 7
Views: 2870

Re: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving

If you want to see huge numbers of snakes, the glades might be a better choice, however.
by Coluber Constrictor
September 15th, 2014, 4:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving
Replies: 7
Views: 2870

Re: Trying to Decide Where to go for Thanksgiving

Torreya. I was there around that time a few years ago, and saw a copperhead and a huge gray rat snake. There are salamanders too, but I didn't have luck with those. It is a beautiful and unique habitat in Florida. Nice fall color that time of year.
by Coluber Constrictor
September 14th, 2014, 9:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps in the Smokies
Replies: 1
Views: 833

Herps in the Smokies

Any chance of seeing anything in the Smoky Mountains or surrounding area in late-ish October? I'm sure there will be salamanders, but what about snakes or anything else?
by Coluber Constrictor
September 13th, 2014, 11:02 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?
Replies: 13
Views: 3115

Re: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?

Flipped one next to a corn snake awhile back. Abandoned house several hundred yards from water.

ImageCorn Snake and Moccasin by Coluber Constrictor, on Flickr
by Coluber Constrictor
September 12th, 2014, 4:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?
Replies: 13
Views: 3115

Re: Finding Agkistrodon piscovorous?

Seems like the shallower and muckier the water, the better. They seem to really like temporary swamps/ponds, and roadside ditches.

The most moccasin-infested place I have seen is actually a small oak ridge overlooking a marsh. Quite a few pygmy rattlers there too.
by Coluber Constrictor
September 8th, 2014, 4:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why are Herps Awesome?
Replies: 28
Views: 12058

Re: Why are Herps Awesome?

The leatherback turtle is quasi-warm blooded (one of many truly badass things about it).

The olm can go up to 10 years without food and its lifespan has been estimated at 60-100 years.

The parietal eye thingy on lizards and tuatara is pretty weird.
by Coluber Constrictor
September 4th, 2014, 8:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Why are Herps Awesome?
Replies: 28
Views: 12058

Re: Why are Herps Awesome?

There is a population of vipers (Vipera berus?) above the Arctic Circle that hibernates something like 10 months out of the year. That never ceases to blow my mind. I wonder how often they eat. Chicken turtles (Deirochelys) have been known to hibernate for up to two years, even in Florida where they...
by Coluber Constrictor
September 3rd, 2014, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA SE Fall Outing?
Replies: 29
Views: 5621

Re: NAFHA SE Fall Outing?

I'm in :beer:
by Coluber Constrictor
August 26th, 2014, 9:28 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Birds of southwest florida
Replies: 18
Views: 3249

Re: Birds of southwest florida

In the Mobile Bay area, "poule d'eau"=coot, marsh hen or mud hen=rail. I've also heard coots referred to as "God's Chickens" or something to that effect (they must be God's favorite bird, that's why he made so many of 'em :crazyeyes: ).
by Coluber Constrictor
August 20th, 2014, 9:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Northern herp class (pic heavy)
Replies: 7
Views: 2567

Re: Northern herp class (pic heavy)

Are rat snakes common in Canada? I was under the impression that they weren't.

I really like the mudpuppy shots. I didn't know they ate fish. :shock: Cool post. :thumb:
by Coluber Constrictor
August 11th, 2014, 10:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year
Replies: 40
Views: 9263

Re: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year

YOY's that I hatched out myself (see my "snake eggs" thread in the herpetoculture subforum for the whole story):

ImageHatchling Common Musk Turtles (stinkpots-Sternotherus odoratus) by Coluber Constrictor, on Flickr
by Coluber Constrictor
August 11th, 2014, 10:02 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Found some snake eggs
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Re: Found some snake eggs

https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5558/14701527137_3d1c0549ac.jpg Hatchling Common Musk Turtles (stinkpots-Sternotherus odoratus) by Coluber Constrictor , on Flickr https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3871/14701527497_8df5aa66a4.jpg 002 by Coluber Constrictor , on Flickr https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3902...
by Coluber Constrictor
August 11th, 2014, 6:32 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Found some snake eggs
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Re: Found some snake eggs

Thanks for the help, everyone! The two that have hatched are starting to get very active and I will release them in the next couple of days. The other two eggs still have not hatched, but at least one of them looks like it will soon (it is starting to darken like the other ones did before they hatch...
by Coluber Constrictor
August 10th, 2014, 9:05 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Found some snake eggs
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Re: Found some snake eggs (updated:actually turtle eggs)

They started to hatch yesterday (2 have hatched, 2 have not yet). Turns out they are not snakes at all but musk turtles (stinkpots)! The question is, when would it be safe to release them? I have read that turtle hatchlings usually overwinter in the nest, even this far south (AL Gulf Coast). The two...
by Coluber Constrictor
August 6th, 2014, 11:37 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Deirochelys reticularia at work
Replies: 11
Views: 2039

Re: Deirochelys reticularia at work

I'm pretty sure I've seen one of these in the Fakahatchee Strand, but I didn't get a good look (it was very skittish). I know a spot near here where it seems like there should be some (temporary tupelo pond in pine forest), but I haven't turned any up. There are some similar spots in the Conecuh whe...
by Coluber Constrictor
August 2nd, 2014, 10:49 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: farancia erytrogramma
Replies: 9
Views: 2583

Re: farancia erytrogramma

A rainbow snake in MD is a pretty huge deal, isn't it?!? Aren't they super rare there?
by Coluber Constrictor
July 31st, 2014, 7:19 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Powell County, KY Suggestions
Replies: 6
Views: 1525

Re: Powell County, KY Suggestions

Night cruising for copperheads, maybe? I don't know the area at all, hopefully someone who does will see this and chime in.
by Coluber Constrictor
July 31st, 2014, 7:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Loving my DSLR
Replies: 10
Views: 2670

Re: Loving my DSLR

Excellent finds and photos! :beer: I love the shovelnose (?) salamander. Strange little creature, that.
by Coluber Constrictor
July 26th, 2014, 12:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gardening with herps
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Gardening with herps

I don't use any form of insecticide at all. I don't have serious pest problems with tomatoes, peppers, etc. Just the odd hornworm or two which I remove by hand. I'm not a total organic purist, as most of the potting soil I use has miracle grow stuff in it :oops: , but now that my compost pile is rea...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 26th, 2014, 5:48 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gardening with herps
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Re: Gardening with herps

Peppers, tomato, eggplants=all nightshades (Solanaceae). Only the tomatoes have that weird smell which rubs off on anything that touches them, and I'm guessing why that's why the anoles avoid them. Regarding what plants to attract herps-pretty much any kind of thick bush or vine is good for anoles, ...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 25th, 2014, 1:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gardening with herps
Replies: 9
Views: 1512

Gardening with herps

I grow tomatoes, peppers, and a few other things every year, and I usually have a few green anoles hanging around my plants. Pepper plants seem to be a magnet for them, I'm guessing because of the bugs, shade, and constant watering. They seem to dislike tomato plants (I'm guessing because of the sme...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 25th, 2014, 1:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year
Replies: 40
Views: 9263

Re: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year

Here's one I found back in April. Apparently even this far south, they usually overwinter in the nest and emerge in March or early April. I saw this little guy crossing a road, making a mad dash for the water. I thought he was a big bug at first. https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7266/13680146404_f834e...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 25th, 2014, 12:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hofmann forest to be sold in NC
Replies: 1
Views: 571

Re: Hofmann forest to be sold in NC

Signed. I've never heard of this place, but I have been to the Croatan and remember seeing a lot of strip mall type crap just outside of it. :x
by Coluber Constrictor
July 23rd, 2014, 6:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year
Replies: 40
Views: 9263

Re: 2014 YOY Theme - Show us those kids for this year

These show up like clockwork around here on about the 4th of July. I found this one on a brush pile in the alley (which was probably going to get tossed out) and relocated him (only a few yards) to my pepper plants. He did not stick around, unfortunately. They usually get there on their own (bell pe...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 15th, 2014, 9:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gilchrist County, FL
Replies: 13
Views: 2693

Re: Gilchrist County, FL

9 times out of 10 (probably more like 10 times out of 10), if there are few or no records of a county on NAHERP, it is because nobody has herped there, not because there are no herps. Keep up the good work and keep filling those county records! :beer: I've been sort of slacking off on this myself th...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 10th, 2014, 7:16 am
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Found some snake eggs
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Re: Found some snake eggs

Thanks for the tips. About when should they hatch? I'm guessing August (I am on the Gulf Coast). Also, has anyone on here successfully hatched eggs they found on the ground?
by Coluber Constrictor
July 9th, 2014, 6:32 pm
Forum: Herpetoculture Forum
Topic: Found some snake eggs
Replies: 17
Views: 5861

Found some snake eggs

I found 4 of what I think are rat snake eggs the other day. I put them in a Tupperware container with some aged compost and some old potting soil with vermiculite, and punched a few holes in the top. I misted them a little bit too. I have them in my shed which gets pretty hot but is out of direct su...
by Coluber Constrictor
July 8th, 2014, 7:35 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Maine Made
Replies: 24
Views: 5226

Re: Maine Made

Cool post. The milk snakes and wood turtle seem very exotic to a southerner. :lol:

About how long are snakes active up that way? May-September or so?
by Coluber Constrictor
July 6th, 2014, 1:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Swallow-tailed Kite Storm
Replies: 5
Views: 1151

Re: Swallow-tailed Kite Storm

I have not seen a swallowtail kite in about a year, but the Mississippi kites have been all over the place this year, even in midtown Mobile. I saw one snatch a chimney swift out of the air the other day. :shock: Fun birds to watch.
by Coluber Constrictor
July 1st, 2014, 1:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: NAFHA SE Fall Outing?
Replies: 29
Views: 5621

Re: NAFHA SE Fall Outing?

I love western NC but I doubt I'd be able to make it this fall. NAFHA should do a trip to Desoto NF at some point.
by Coluber Constrictor
June 22nd, 2014, 8:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: 2014 So Far.....
Replies: 5
Views: 1193

Re: 2014 So Far.....

Sorry I missed out on that EDB and the big D-back water snake. N. rhombifer is actually a pretty decent find for the area. I ended up road cruising by myself that day and found one rat snake. Cool post. :thumb:
by Coluber Constrictor
June 16th, 2014, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best Temp for Snakes/ General HELP
Replies: 35
Views: 6254

Re: Best Temp for Snakes/ General HELP

Regarding temps, around 70's F is when I see the most snakes, but I have found them anywhere from the 50s-90s depending on the time of day/year, search method, etc. This is on the Gulf Coast-not sure how things are in northern IL.

Agree 100% with Andy Avram and others-edge habitat is key.
by Coluber Constrictor
June 14th, 2014, 6:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: April to now(pics added 9/14/14)
Replies: 24
Views: 5398

Re: April to now.....mostly chelonians

Nice coral :beer:
by Coluber Constrictor
June 14th, 2014, 6:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Pine snake in non-piney area
Replies: 23
Views: 4237

Re: Pine snake in non-piney area

I have seen the Black Pines in degraded habitat here in southwest AL, and have heard of them being found on pine plantations, etc. They seem to do ok in less than pristine habitat (until it gets bulldozed and turned to strip malls, that is :evil: ).
by Coluber Constrictor
June 8th, 2014, 4:33 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Midyear Photo Dump 2014
Replies: 9
Views: 1383

Re: Midyear Photo Dump 2014

I like that first king a lot, is it an Eastern/speckled intergrade?

Cool stuff, all of it! :beer:
by Coluber Constrictor
June 1st, 2014, 12:36 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gulf Coast spring so far
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Gulf Coast spring so far

Thanks for looking, everybody! Regarding the rattler, he was probably in the 4 foot range.
by Coluber Constrictor
May 31st, 2014, 5:31 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gulf Coast spring so far
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Gulf Coast spring so far

Now moving into summer down here on the Gulf Coast, which means in addition to herping, I've been keeping myself busy with this stuff: https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2911/14055458097_bb032e7856_z.jpg 008 by Coluber Constrictor , on Flickr https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2909/14241744824_2e0bbd3c0d_z....
by Coluber Constrictor
May 18th, 2014, 9:03 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: This is not what I expected Coluber constrictor to look like
Replies: 7
Views: 1847

Re: This is not what I expected Coluber constrictor to look

I saw one in that area (actually I think it was Concordia Parish), and it was solid black from what I remember.
by Coluber Constrictor
May 15th, 2014, 6:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: First post on the main forum in awhile
Replies: 1
Views: 742

First post on the main forum in awhile

Spring 2014 so far: Looked for Indigos with the Southeast chapter in March in the Conecuh NF. I struck out on those but I did see these: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7420/12915704365_9b0a8ae5cb_z.jpg Diamondback from Alabama's Outback by Coluber Constrictor , on Flickr https://farm8.staticflickr.c...
by Coluber Constrictor
May 12th, 2014, 5:39 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gulf Coast spring so far
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Gulf Coast spring so far

The coral snake was not my find, although I can't remember who it was who found it.
by Coluber Constrictor
May 11th, 2014, 7:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Woodhouse's Toad eggs and larva
Replies: 5
Views: 1317

Re: Woodhouse's Toad eggs and larva

Amazing stuff. :thumb: Loving the intricate patterns on these little guys. Our local Southern Toad (terrestris) tadpoles don't have that as much. Tadpoles were my introduction to the herp world as a little kid, (as they probably were with most people on here) and I used to spend A LOT of time examin...
by Coluber Constrictor
May 11th, 2014, 6:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gulf Coast spring so far
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Re: Gulf Coast spring so far

Glad you enjoyed my post. Thanks for helping me find snakes yesterday!

Pretty sure that dekay was too small and too early in the year to be gravid. Probably just gorged on slugs. :lol:
by Coluber Constrictor
May 11th, 2014, 6:16 pm
Forum: Fish Forum
Topic: Personal Best (PB)
Replies: 41
Views: 23809

Re: Personal Best (PB)

23-inch Redfish (or red drum) I caught in Gulf Shores about a year ago. I've caught bigger and better fish, but it has been a long time (over 10 years). Don't really fish much these days :( https://farm3.staticflickr.com/2857/11299814313_ccd1ce89fb_z.jpg Redfish was the catch of the day by Coluber C...
by Coluber Constrictor
May 11th, 2014, 5:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Gulf Coast spring so far
Replies: 13
Views: 1180

Gulf Coast spring so far

Due to unusual weather patterns this spring, numbers of herps have been low, but I have still managed to find some pretty awesome stuff. Newts from February in Baldwin County: https://farm6.staticflickr.com/5477/12553864684_4aa91e80c8_z.jpg Newts from my favorite pond by Coluber Constrictor , on Fli...
by Coluber Constrictor
May 7th, 2014, 6:06 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Stupid question...
Replies: 7
Views: 2945

Re: Stupid question...

thanks
by Coluber Constrictor
May 7th, 2014, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: photo test post
Replies: 9
Views: 1501

Re: photo test post

I copied the BBCode (I think). I'm gonna be pretty busy the next couple of days, but I'll post more stuff on here when I get the time.
by Coluber Constrictor
May 6th, 2014, 7:51 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: photo test post
Replies: 9
Views: 1501

Re: photo test post

feh.