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by VanAR
April 22nd, 2013, 2:26 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber question
Replies: 7
Views: 1094

Re: timber question

84cm (SVL) and 460g.
The snake I worked with was similar in size to this. I can't say much more because it wasn't my study and my memory isn't clear on the specifics.
by VanAR
April 21st, 2013, 1:43 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: I Diddnt think this was possible.
Replies: 11
Views: 2653

Re: I Diddnt think this was possible.

Harry Greene has had one of these for years. Apparently it rattles its tail vertically even though it has no rattles.
by VanAR
April 21st, 2013, 1:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: timber question
Replies: 7
Views: 1094

Re: timber question

I don't remember the exact length, but I caught one for a study that was well under a meter.
by VanAR
April 5th, 2013, 7:24 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photo request- stinkpot
Replies: 2
Views: 660

Photo request- stinkpot

Hi all, I'm submitting a paper on the effects of coal fly ash on turtle and bird reproduction to a journal called Environmental Science and Technology, and I need a high-quality, high-resolution photo of a stinkpot to go along with it. Unfortunately, I neglected to take any photos of them while I wa...
by VanAR
March 25th, 2013, 10:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Arkansas checking in...
Replies: 12
Views: 3460

Re: Arkansas checking in...

I miss Arkansas in March/April. That's some good stuff there!
by VanAR
March 16th, 2013, 2:35 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 15518

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

I’ve always wondered why Australians don’t offer a bounty on Cane Toads (e.g. $1.00 for 20 toads). It would be a great source of income for the unemployed, students and backpackers and would at least limit their spread/impact. Then I realised every man and his dog would be breeding the toads for ea...
by VanAR
March 12th, 2013, 5:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Debate
Replies: 18
Views: 3062

Re: Turtle ID Debate

If not a Trachemys, maybe a Red-bellied Cooter?
I don't think so. The head looks more like a slider and the carapace isn't domed enough.
by VanAR
March 12th, 2013, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Turtle ID Debate
Replies: 18
Views: 3062

Re: Turtle ID Debate

I agree it is most likely a slider, but I'm not sure it's necessarily an older animal since the growth rings are still so visible on the carapace. On the males that are old enough to have gone melanistic, those growth rings are typically worn smooth.
by VanAR
March 12th, 2013, 2:15 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: New Lizard Discovered ???? On Mars ????
Replies: 7
Views: 2356

Re: New Lizard Discovered ???? On Mars ????

Must be one of the elite ruling reptilian aliens the conspiracy nuts are always going on about.
Donald Rumsfeld is not amused

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/02/2 ... 28284.html
(audio may be NSFW)
by VanAR
March 11th, 2013, 6:48 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz
Replies: 57
Views: 15518

Re: Success! Florida Python Bio-Blitz

could be, and it would be nice. or the participants didn't know what they were doing. Based on the area of ENP and Big cypress alone, even an estimate of 100,000 pythons still translates to just one python in every 20 acres, if randomly distributed. Even if there are a lot of snakes out there it do...
by VanAR
March 9th, 2013, 6:20 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Cool photo....real or fake???
Replies: 9
Views: 2334

Re: Cool photo....real or fake???

The photo's a bit small to pick out signs of photoshopping, but why wouldn't it be real? It doesn't seem out of the realm of possibility that 3 male rattlesnakes would fight simultaneously.
by VanAR
March 2nd, 2013, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herps Found on Fishing Trips
Replies: 9
Views: 2277

Re: Herps Found on Fishing Trips

Awesome series! It reminds me quite a bit of fishing trips in Northwest Arkansas. I once had a black rat swim right up to me and rest against my legs before it continued on- I just stood still and let it do what it wanted. Your softshell "nose wrinkling" could be due to it dehydrating slightly. Thei...
by VanAR
February 24th, 2013, 12:02 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

I've always wondered if FOIA laws would apply to these type of sensitive local studies being they are often funded by government grants would this information have to be released as part of a FOIA request? That's a whole other issue because once the data are published, they're technically owned by ...
by VanAR
February 23rd, 2013, 11:27 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

Some late-night reading fodder.... http://www.publish.csiro.au/?paper=WR97022 http://www.esajournals.org/doi/abs/10.1890/02-0482?journalCode=ecol http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1523-1739.2000.99458.x/full http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/515979 http://www.hotkeepers.com/aho/pdf/menu...
by VanAR
February 23rd, 2013, 7:53 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

Of course sites/species can be disturbed regardless of what is published- nobody has argued that it doesn't. What gets me is when folks get on other people's case for sharing locality information and supposedly endangered the animals thereby. Even more so when they express reluctance to share locali...
by VanAR
February 23rd, 2013, 5:17 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

In that case it would probably be better if everyone knew the animals were there, so that people who aren't poachers are better able to help officials catch people who are. Which assumes that the local people who suddenly become aware actually care about the animals. Especially with regards to herp...
by VanAR
February 23rd, 2013, 3:25 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

Gerry, my response to your question is that locality information can be transmitted to government or private agencies for conservation purposes discretely, rather than advertised to anyone with access to a particular journal article. In many cases those data already ARE transmitted through scientifi...
by VanAR
February 23rd, 2013, 3:47 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Interresting article some may be interested in
Replies: 24
Views: 5108

Re: Interresting article some may be interested in

It's sad how many of our fellow academics don't realize that when they publish a map or exact coordinates to a site, ANYONE can find it if they look hard enough. I recently found a site that was teeming with a threatened species of salamander (saw >20 in one day) using just such methods, because the...
by VanAR
February 18th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Quick question on Sexing a snake..
Replies: 26
Views: 8971

Re: Quick question on Sexing a snake..

I have heard you can tell by the tail. Like short tail is female and long tail is male... Or the other way around. Is that one true?^ Also what is the best way to find out if a snake is gravid.. If I run into any I would like to know if they are so I can just take pictures and not bother them.... I...
by VanAR
February 4th, 2013, 8:21 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Talk about your envenomations.
Replies: 41
Views: 5939

Re: Talk about your envenomations.

I get hive-like/allergic reactions to colubrid saliva. So far, I react to Coluber, Lampropeltis, Pantherophis, Nerodia, Thamnophis, and Pituophis. I'm also allergic to pit viper musk, ever since I got sprayed in the face/eye by a copperhead I was drawing blood from. Species I've had reactions to inc...
by VanAR
January 24th, 2013, 5:03 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Family Visit to Panama
Replies: 10
Views: 3971

Re: Family Visit to Panama

Great stuff as usual, Chris! Sorry to hear the stomach bug prevented you from getting out more. You and M need to come visit Oz now!

Van
by VanAR
January 22nd, 2013, 10:53 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 100571

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Again I say, could it be that there are actually much fewer pythons than previously thought? I think it's a combined issue of density, remoteness, and detectability. ENP alone covers 1.5 million acres, so an estimate of 100,000 pythons, even if high, is still only 1 Python per 15 acres (assuming Ga...
by VanAR
January 21st, 2013, 10:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: AVID/PIT Tags
Replies: 22
Views: 3693

Re: AVID/PIT Tags

No difference between the two. AVID is simply a brand/manufacturer. It depends on what you want to do. By "track", do you mean follow each animal individually, as in radio telemetry? You can't do that with PIT tags. All you can do is tag them and then recognize the tag if/when the animal is recaptur...
by VanAR
January 21st, 2013, 10:13 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake core body temps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2068

Re: Snake core body temps?

I use a thermocouple (via cloacal insertion) to measure the internal body temperature of snakes. It's fairly small, and can be easily brought into the field (but, be sure to pack it in a plastic bag in the tropics). Another point, since Brian mentions it here- if you're doing scientific work that y...
by VanAR
January 16th, 2013, 1:27 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Photos from a trip to the Red Centre
Replies: 14
Views: 4401

Re: Photos from a trip to the Red Centre

Great stuff David! I've only done some driving around since I got over here, mostly to Victoria for field work, and its amazing to me how fast you go from civilization to pretty much nothing- and that's in the most populated part of the country.

Van
by VanAR
January 15th, 2013, 1:37 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake core body temps?
Replies: 10
Views: 2068

Re: Snake core body temps?

Almost every telemetry study records body temperature, because the transmitters change the rate of signalling with temperature. Do a search for snake thermoregulation or operative temperature, and you should find something. I'm not sure how much has been done in the tropics though. In temperate regi...
by VanAR
January 13th, 2013, 6:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: emergence triggers
Replies: 24
Views: 2121

Re: emergence triggers

van, what you think points towards a single event. like i am thinking. lunar. i know that temps are important, but then they should have been out on that day. we went to three different locations that day. many species would have been represented by the locations, but nothing. Not necessarily. I th...
by VanAR
January 13th, 2013, 4:41 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: emergence triggers
Replies: 24
Views: 2121

Re: emergence triggers

In my experience, the bulk of emergence occurs around the same time of year regardless of annual weather variation. There are always some early risers that may be influenced by weather, but repeated sampling often reveals that early most early risers either do it consistently from year to year, or d...
by VanAR
January 12th, 2013, 9:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6976

Re: Fenix flashlights

It sounds like you'd burned through most of the battery power- what you described is what happens. The unit I have didn't come with batteries so I can't comment on those batteries specifically. That said, 2.5 hours on high power probably will drain them, especially if they aren't really high-quality...
by VanAR
January 11th, 2013, 12:28 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: How do you guys make time for family while herping?
Replies: 55
Views: 11946

Re: How do you guys make time for family while herping?

so there comes the point...I have done a lot to try to tight rope everything and in my mind am more than caring to her needs lol. I'm the last person in the world who should give relationship advice, but this statement reeks of suppressed frustration and/or bitterness to me. While you don't want to...
by VanAR
January 6th, 2013, 10:49 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6976

Re: Fenix flashlights

RE: the headstrap issue on the HP11- the "problem" hasn't been corrected, but technically there isn't anything malfunctioning on the device. The problem is that the headstraps don't work straight out of the box for exactly the reasons gbp describes- the top strap is too short, and the side strap doe...
by VanAR
January 5th, 2013, 4:38 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Fenix flashlights
Replies: 31
Views: 6976

Re: Fenix flashlights

Funny Eric, I just got the Hp11 headlamp and LD41 flashlight myself. Haven't used them in the field yet but the LD41 is going to be a lot of fun. It produces 520 lumens at its high setting and can run through 4 AA batteries in about 2 hours (or less/slower at the lower settings). It's kind of like h...
by VanAR
January 5th, 2013, 3:07 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TN Herpers
Replies: 18
Views: 5201

Re: TN Herpers

Is this a new name because I have never heard of any Racer being called that before. Nah, it's just some local vernacular, just like you sometimes hear coontail or velvet tail rattler for atrox and horridus, or cowsucker/pilot snake for ratsnake, spreading/puff adder for hognose, sand rattler for p...
by VanAR
January 5th, 2013, 2:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: TN Herpers
Replies: 18
Views: 5201

Re: TN Herpers

I've heard black/black-masked racers called blue racers by the uninformed throughout their range in the south. In the public's defense, I often think they look a bit blue myself.
by VanAR
January 2nd, 2013, 12:58 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test- can anyone else see the photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: test- can anyone else see the photo?

Scott (or other mods), please feel free to delete this thread at your convenience.
by VanAR
January 2nd, 2013, 12:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test- can anyone else see the photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 577

Re: test- can anyone else see the photo?

thanks!
by VanAR
January 2nd, 2013, 12:47 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: test- can anyone else see the photo?
Replies: 3
Views: 577

test- can anyone else see the photo?

Image

thnx
by VanAR
December 31st, 2012, 6:30 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Coldest day you have ever found a herp?
Replies: 56
Views: 9880

Re: Coldest day you have ever found a herp?

Caught a speckled kingsnake at 38 degrees F once, and also saw a few salamanders. For my current research I often catch tussock skinks while there's still patches of snow on the ground, and the temps range from below freezing in the early morning to the upper teens C (mid-50s F) in the afternoon. Bl...
by VanAR
December 12th, 2012, 4:44 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 100571

Re: Florida python-killing contest

3. I don't have the citation handy, but wasn't there a genetic study done on the Everglades burms recently that indicated they were all so genetically similar that they must have come from a pretty small founder stock? Hard to achieve such narrow genetic variation if random people from all over the...
by VanAR
December 9th, 2012, 7:18 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 100571

Re: Florida python-killing contest

When I think about this I realize it is mostly a matter of figuring out that key element to a species survival and doing what you can to eliminate it, be it habitat or targeting it during a key part of it's life. I bet you find that thing and some of these invasive species can realistically be erad...
by VanAR
December 9th, 2012, 6:49 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Florida python-killing contest
Replies: 301
Views: 100571

Re: Florida python-killing contest

Lurking on this for a while. I'm a little skeptical of the event because of the risks of misidentification. I have no problems euthanizing an invasive organism, but I also think that the risks may outweigh the benefits in this scenario. Also, the cat, feral pig, etc. examples are relevant in another...
by VanAR
December 9th, 2012, 6:29 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Herpin' Hounds...
Replies: 27
Views: 8224

Re: Herpin' Hounds...

This is my dog, my dog is amazing. (Bonus points to anyone that can tell me the reference)
Does he taste just like raisins? :lol:
by VanAR
December 2nd, 2012, 1:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?
Replies: 37
Views: 3444

Re: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?

This intrigues me; I never thought of doing this. Do the lizards basically get "in the zone," focusing on attacking the mealworm such that they don't give up even when you grab them, or do they actually swallow the mealworm and you have get them to regurge? Yeah- they grab and hold on like little b...
by VanAR
December 2nd, 2012, 2:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?
Replies: 37
Views: 3444

Re: Who has caught a herp on hook and line?

Not on hook, but I've found the easiest way to catch small insectivorous lizards- especially small skinks- is by fishing with a mealworm tied to a 2-3 foot length of thread dangled from a fishing rod. Beats the heck out of noosing, that's for sure.
by VanAR
November 25th, 2012, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snapping Turtle Poop
Replies: 11
Views: 4829

Re: Snapping Turtle Poop

It often has nuts/seeds/acorns in it...

/really
by VanAR
November 9th, 2012, 12:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Tongs - Satan's Side Arm or God's Gift to Herpers?
Replies: 23
Views: 9777

Re: Snake Tongs - Satan's Side Arm or God's Gift to Herpers?

Tongs are excellent tools that increase safety while handling of dangerous snakes. They are less useful in handling slender elapids than fat pit vipers, but the risk of injury to the snake with whitney/m1/gentle giant-styles is much lower than some people (particularly many Australians) think. You a...
by VanAR
November 8th, 2012, 9:39 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best place to live for herping and every day life
Replies: 114
Views: 43837

Re: Best place to live for herping and every day life

NW Arkansas is a surprisingly good choice as well. Good towns, cheap living, lots of friendly people. Good herping nearby and you're within a day's drive of most of Texas, Kansas, the Mississippi Valley, Snake Rd, etc., and 2 days of AZ, FL, etc.

Van
by VanAR
November 4th, 2012, 1:53 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Best place to live for herping and every day life
Replies: 114
Views: 43837

Re: Best place to live for herping and every day life

Sydney, Australia is pretty awesome. The upside is that it is a large, cosmopolitan city with a lot of friendly folks, good food, and culture that is easy to get out of. Herps are easy to find in the city and surrounding areas and you can get to parks using public transit alone. The downsides are th...
by VanAR
October 19th, 2012, 7:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Teaching a herp class - help, ideas, anything?
Replies: 17
Views: 3224

Re: Teaching a herp class - help, ideas, anything?

Your course sounds really good- I like your idea of taking them out in the field to see field work on species "in action". While some people would worry about giving up site locations, most of the time that probably won't be an issue. The herp class I took and later worked with in grad school used t...
by VanAR
October 18th, 2012, 5:31 pm
Forum: Board Line
Topic: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the most?
Replies: 214
Views: 263691

Re: What months are you going to see Crotalus Horridus the m

5) A lot of people on this forum have the makings of magnificent bores.
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oh, you said BORES..... my bad