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by Daryl Eby
July 11th, 2012, 7:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: You call yourself a herper? What are your credentials?
Replies: 75
Views: 35013

Re: You call yourself a herper? What are your credentials?

psyon wrote:I am self taught in everything I do.
At least you've had the benefit of a great teacher!
by Daryl Eby
July 11th, 2012, 6:59 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 30225

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

Are any of you going to take me up on my invitation to share some biographical information about yourselves, in this thread or another? I hope so! Good idea. New topic for everyone to prove their worthiness as a herper. Kidding. Just a chance to talk about yourself. And, if there is anything we all...
by Daryl Eby
July 11th, 2012, 6:50 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: You call yourself a herper? What are your credentials?
Replies: 75
Views: 35013

You call yourself a herper? What are your credentials?

SECOND EDIT: I'm amending my intro to this thread. I should have done so as soon as I realized that it offended a fellow forum member. I did not expect or intend for my comments to be offensive to anyone. Revised comments in green EDIT for clarity: I'm not really asking about "credentials". I'm sar...
by Daryl Eby
July 10th, 2012, 9:26 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 30225

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

gbin, wanted to know since other folks here have been asked to share their credentials, where are yours? What type of degree do you have and what research, papers, publications, etc. have you done that qualify you as a scientist? Just curious since other people here have shared their info it's only...
by Daryl Eby
July 10th, 2012, 8:52 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations
Replies: 86
Views: 30225

Re: Herp Oriented Conservation Organizations

justinm wrote:I know someone who is studying nematodes. The study involves offering them things like Ketchup, Mustard, Soy Sauce, oh my the list goes on. It's really riveting research...
Hey now. I can accept some occasional wasted funding. BUT, wasting ketchup! That can't stand.
by Daryl Eby
July 3rd, 2012, 7:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Guess the snake track....Theos?
Replies: 33
Views: 7171

Re: Guess the snake track....Theos?

Greg Theos wrote:Image
That snake was obviously drunk. What else could explain such wobbly tracks? Heck, he even passed out. Don't drink and slide.
by Daryl Eby
July 3rd, 2012, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: (Photo Request) Patch-nosed Snake Tracks
Replies: 5
Views: 1112

Re: (Photo Request) Patch-nosed Snake Tracks

Doesn't get much more confirmed than this.
Image

Wish I'd taken a better shot of the track itself.
by Daryl Eby
June 30th, 2012, 6:07 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Grammar time
Replies: 130
Views: 40934

Re: Grammar time

Wish I could help. My solution to practically any computer related problem is my wonderful wife, Janet. She's the one that loaded Firefox for me.
by Daryl Eby
June 30th, 2012, 5:52 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Grammar time
Replies: 130
Views: 40934

Re: Grammar time

Kelly Mc wrote::oops: that is me. But I dont have spell check .
Use Firefox as your browser. It has built in spell check. Very handy indeed. In fact, it just saved me from typing, "Very handly".
by Daryl Eby
June 29th, 2012, 6:04 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Someone lose a snake hook?
Replies: 12
Views: 2650

Re: Someone lose a snake hook?

I forget what's written on it. Can you give me a hint?
by Daryl Eby
June 23rd, 2012, 4:51 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anuran ID Requests
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Re: Anuran ID Requests

Well? Any thoughts?
by Daryl Eby
June 22nd, 2012, 6:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Anuran ID Requests
Replies: 6
Views: 1126

Anuran ID Requests

OK FHF friends. I'm really lousy at identifying anurans. A fellow Terlinguan posted the following images. Both have me scratching my head. Young red-spot ???? http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc6/206144_4159484710121_1288406729_n.jpg This one has me stumped. Maybe it's just the odd angle and bod...
by Daryl Eby
June 21st, 2012, 4:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trans Pecos Round Two
Replies: 24
Views: 3794

Re: Trans Pecos Round Two

Actually, Mr. Eby, you advertised it to me the night before while I was walking a cut you pulled up, I was already going at that time but still you promoted it. What's up with "Mr. Eby"? That's my dad's name. I'm just "Daryl", or "Eby". Did you have any luck that night? That was a lousy night for m...
by Daryl Eby
June 20th, 2012, 12:06 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Trans Pecos Round Two
Replies: 24
Views: 3794

Re: Trans Pecos Round Two

Kudos to Mr. Eby for promoting it! Huh? Thanks. But, huh? I did support it and was a minor sponsor, but that's about it. Lots of folks put a ton of effort into Snake Days. I'd be WAY down the list. Heck, I didn't even manage to attend (not for lack of desire). If you want to single out one person f...
by Daryl Eby
June 19th, 2012, 7:36 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 35640

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

Kelly Mc wrote:But they held the chick every time.
That's always been my policy.
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by Daryl Eby
June 19th, 2012, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Mediterranean Gecko distribution?
Replies: 19
Views: 3288

Re: Mediterranean Gecko distribution?

They're EVERYWHERE !!!
by Daryl Eby
June 14th, 2012, 6:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Re: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!

Here is the flier I'll be passing out at Snake Days. It has some herping highlights of our Terlingua rentals. Don't forget to mention the Snake Days discount if you participate in Snake Days and later book a stay with us. Also, don't miss the Snake Days auction. We're offering up a two night stay at...
by Daryl Eby
June 14th, 2012, 5:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Re: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!

I LOVE the idea of a large group renting all the units and roaming between them. I've been thinking of putting together exactly that sort of thing. Anyone interested in our other rentals can check them all out at http://bigbendvacations.com/ . I'll also have some print outs for folks at "Snake Days".
by Daryl Eby
June 14th, 2012, 2:59 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!

Thanks to all for the comments and ID help. As soon as it disappeared (a second after that last shot), I realized I should have taken some macro shots of the head for ID. Guess I just got lucky that one shot was good enough for ID. You found that on the road?! Nope. I actually flipped it under a foo...
by Daryl Eby
June 14th, 2012, 6:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What a load of bull, er gopher
Replies: 25
Views: 3024

Re: What a load of bull, er gopher

I just added this video to Youtube. Same video as above, just more accessible.

[youtube]http://youtu.be/hsgSO0pBams[/youtube]
http://youtu.be/hsgSO0pBams

I am still unable to access my old Youtube account, so I gave in and set up a new one. I'll reload all my old youtube videos some day.
by Daryl Eby
June 13th, 2012, 9:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!
Replies: 17
Views: 4220

Re: Most Enjoyable West TX Trip EVER!

Thank you Mark. We loved having y'all as our guests and were thrilled that you got to see the pond fill (well maybe not fill, but it's a start!). Glad y'all had a good time. Maybe I'm biased, but I think this is the "Most Enjoyable FHF Post Ever". I'll comment in more detail and hit you up for some ...
by Daryl Eby
June 13th, 2012, 8:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!

Head shot. Actually, just an extreme crop of the last image.
Image

So, dissectus or humilis? (Not sure on those spellings. I don't have my field guides with me.)
by Daryl Eby
June 13th, 2012, 8:52 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!

mikemike wrote:That thing is TINY.
Size isn't everything. LOL.
by Daryl Eby
June 13th, 2012, 8:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!

SUCCESS !!! I found it. Now I just hope someone can ID it from the following photos. I'm in Marfa for the week and went out on the Marfa plateau this evening. It had been drizzling lightly and temps were in the 80's around sunset. http://sphotos.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-snc7/s480x480/401892_194272597365...
by Daryl Eby
June 12th, 2012, 7:09 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: King eats Red Bellied Watersnake
Replies: 5
Views: 1227

Re: King eats Red Bellied Watersnake

Ah. That concern makes sense. I would assume however that a healthy wild snake would be able to handle such issues quite well all by himself. I've seen snakes eat some nasty stuff with no apparent ill effects. Also, they are very capable of regurgitating meals that go bad. In the wild, he'd have pro...
by Daryl Eby
June 12th, 2012, 6:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: SC Press: Teen Shoots Himself After Attempting To Shoot Snak
Replies: 5
Views: 2788

Re: SC Press: Teen Shoots Himself After Attempting To Shoot

I'm finding it very hard to have any sympathy for this kid or his mom. If you're going to use a gun (or leave one accessible for your kids) you should be held responsible for its proper use and reasonable safety precautions. If you're going to kill a snake for no apparent reason, well, you just shou...
by Daryl Eby
June 12th, 2012, 6:31 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: King eats Red Bellied Watersnake
Replies: 5
Views: 1227

Re: King eats Red Bellied Watersnake

Very cool sighting and nice photo. Glad to have you sharing your finds here and hope to see more.
After keeping the king for a week to make sure it was Ok I released it where we found it.
Did you have some reason to think he might not be OK?
by Daryl Eby
June 11th, 2012, 6:45 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What a load of bull, er gopher
Replies: 25
Views: 3024

Re: What a load of bull, er gopher

So...Sonoran? Yep. 20-30 years ago, most of the range maps showed bullsnakes ranging almost all the way to El Paso. Now most show Sonoran Gophers covering the entire Trans-Pecos. I consider most of the pits out here to be intergrades between the two. The ones in my area lean very heavily Sonoran, w...
by Daryl Eby
June 11th, 2012, 5:43 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What a load of bull, er gopher
Replies: 25
Views: 3024

Re: What a load of bull, er gopher

justinm wrote:I'm not cool enough to be on FaceBook so I couldn't see it.
It is set to public. I thought that meant anyone, even non-facebookers, could see it. I would post it on YouTube, but I lost my youtube password and have no way to reset it since my email has now changed.
by Daryl Eby
June 11th, 2012, 3:52 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What a load of bull, er gopher
Replies: 25
Views: 3024

What a load of bull, er gopher

This was the largest gophersnake I've ever found in the Big Bend region. They normally max out under five feet here. This one was well over six feet.

http://www.facebook.com/v/192704347521917

I couldn't figure out how to imbed this, so just posted the URL.
by Daryl Eby
June 10th, 2012, 1:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Biting off more than one can chew?
Replies: 14
Views: 2525

Re: Biting off more than one can chew?

What happens when a snake cannot fully ingest another snake? Regurge? Wait until it digests enough to swallow the rest?
by Daryl Eby
June 10th, 2012, 12:11 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: All-you-can-eat in Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: All-you-can-eat in Texas

Perhaps they just latched onto the same rodent.
by Daryl Eby
June 10th, 2012, 9:11 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: All-you-can-eat in Texas
Replies: 6
Views: 1481

Re: All-you-can-eat in Texas

That has got to be the worst prey decision I've ever heard of by a snake.

Well, perhaps second to this one:
Image
by Daryl Eby
June 10th, 2012, 8:55 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions. Never thought a thread on blind snakes would make it to 25 posts and 650+ views, not to mention the additional feedback and my Facebook page. Keep it going with your own blind snake comments or white whale stories. Regarding blind snakes, a friend of...
by Daryl Eby
June 9th, 2012, 5:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

herpseeker1978 wrote:nice! I still need to find my lifer milk!

Josh
This was my lifer celaenops. I found one DOR in the Davis Mtns last year, but this was my first live one.
by Daryl Eby
June 9th, 2012, 12:40 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

Still no luck looking for blind snakes. I probably wasted too much prime Lepto searching time giggling, dancing, and cheering about finding this little girl.

Image

Not a bad consolation prize.
by Daryl Eby
June 8th, 2012, 4:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

Raining now. If the Intellicast radar image loop is to accurate (never a safe assumption), the River Road (170 west of Lajitas) just got hammered. Maybe I'll finally find my Leptotyphlops.
by Daryl Eby
June 8th, 2012, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: R.F.I. Colors/Pattern Term
Replies: 17
Views: 1653

Re: R.F.I. Colors/Pattern Term

matt ignoffo wrote:Another that was bothering me was the biological term for a population of animals going extinct due to such small numbers that individuals are unable to find a mate, does anyone know this one?
Trekkies ?
by Daryl Eby
June 4th, 2012, 5:07 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Missouri Ground Snake Bonanza!
Replies: 19
Views: 3909

Re: Missouri Ground Snake Bonanza!

Mulebrother wrote:Nice finds- and a very under-appreciated species.
Not entirely true. My son's Regal Ringneck loves them.
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 10:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

I had a good feeling about tonight. Based on some of the above comments, I thought I might finally get blinded. Rain before sunset: Check. The Christmas cuts and my Laughing Horse property got a light rain. Ant activity high: Check. Found several active mounds. Focus on low lying, wetter areas: Chec...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 4:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interesting anole observation
Replies: 9
Views: 1808

Re: Interesting anole observation

Gender equality. It's not just for humans anymore.
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 10:33 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: The Adventures of D Wayne and Ratboy
Replies: 24
Views: 4564

Re: The Adventures of D Wayne and Ratboy

Brad, This is a great post, but you can't really expect us to get excited about snot lizards. If I didn't like you and enjoy your posts so much, I would never have waded through 296 photos of fish bait and soggy woods before FINALLY seeing some snakes. Yeah, I'm that shallow. Want more hits? Toss th...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 8:21 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 35640

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

For the comment in integration, I wasn't discussing inter breeding I was talking about a species being integrated into an area they didn't used to be found. As a range becomes larger the reptile\ETC... Becomes integrated into new territories. If you don't understand a post just ask, I'll be happy t...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 7:41 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 35640

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

Thanks but that wasn't a question it was a statement. I know good and well what it means and it was used to make a point regarding the map comment. Just because a map says the snakes are supposed to be there that doesn't mean they are. Did you know snakes can't read maps and sometimes they end up w...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 7:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 35640

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

Possibly somebody would be willing to explain what the term " areas of integration" means You'd get more respect if you at least try answering your own basic questions before posting them here. Of course, it would help if you spelled "intergradation" correctly. Since you're new, I'll cut you some s...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 6:38 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Pigmy Rattlesnakes
Replies: 92
Views: 35640

Re: Pigmy Rattlesnakes

I would sure like to know what I said! This is a very unsportman like forum with some harsh responses. Since when is it negative to take pictures of beautiful snakes? They're reacting to your statement "getting a pair for my collection", plus your apparent lack of knowledge and inability to do even...
by Daryl Eby
June 1st, 2012, 6:08 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Holiday Hognose
Replies: 32
Views: 5975

Re: Holiday Hognose

Has anyone ever studied the stress levels of hognose snakes? I see no reason to assume that a death feigning hosnose is more stressed than another species that is briefly handled. It is even possible to hypothesize that they are less stressed. A typical colubrid plays all it's defense cards in the f...
by Daryl Eby
May 29th, 2012, 5:16 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

Thanks for the great suggestions and anecdotes. This is my year to finally find a squirmy little invert muncher with a head that looks like his butt, will be nearly impossible to pick-up, and likely wont sit still for even one decent photo. Woohoo !
by Daryl Eby
May 28th, 2012, 10:56 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Re: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. Advice needed.

Vic, the Regals often lack the characteristic neck ring. They are also much larger than other ringneck species. They specialize in eating snakes and have a VERY effective venom for that purpose. Not a danger to humans, but very bad news to other snakes. Verhoodled, thanks for the input. Not at all w...
by Daryl Eby
May 28th, 2012, 5:50 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!
Replies: 40
Views: 5762

Blind Snakes in the Trans-Pecos. SUCCESS !!!

I've lived here eight years now and have not yet seen a live or dead blind snake in the Trans-Pecos. I think I saw one about 20 years ago on the River Road, but that was back before I learned to appreciate "trash snakes" and had no idea what an uncommon snake they are in this area, so no photos. I'v...