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by dthor68
September 4th, 2010, 4:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What kind of Salamander is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

Re: What kind of Salamander is this?

I sometimes wonder if even herpetologist can make positive ID's on desmognathus. I also wonder if it is melanistic or just old?
by dthor68
September 4th, 2010, 2:46 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: What kind of Salamander is this?
Replies: 7
Views: 1601

What kind of Salamander is this?

Pretty sure it is Desmongnathus except head shaped somewhat differant than others in the family. Found it in Macon Co. NC. Tail is round but looks regenerated if that makes a differance.

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A positive ID would really be appreciated.

Derek
by dthor68
September 4th, 2010, 2:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about Eastern Box Turtle?
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Re: Question about Eastern Box Turtle?

I appreciate all the responses. I released her about 1000' from point of capture in a vacant lot this morning. Who knows, maybe she was headed there. Herp Ninja, I was one step ahead of you. I downloaded Google Earth this morning and zoomed in on the area to check for spots. Worked out real well. Go...
by dthor68
September 3rd, 2010, 4:57 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about Eastern Box Turtle?
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Re: Question about Eastern Box Turtle?

So you think it will be safe to relocate this late in the year? We probally will not see our first freeze till December here in SC.

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by dthor68
September 3rd, 2010, 1:10 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Question about Eastern Box Turtle?
Replies: 15
Views: 2335

Question about Eastern Box Turtle?

I saved an adult box turtle this morning crossing a very busy road. I tried to release it in the area that I caught it but the whole area is completely urban. I was thinking it may have been someones pet but it stayed completly sealed in his shell for a good 15 minutes. The question I have is can I ...
by dthor68
August 24th, 2010, 6:00 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Hello from Virginia
Replies: 10
Views: 1855

Re: Hello from Virginia

Hey Derek, There are many reptile shows that hit the east coast. You can get captive bred kingsnakes for next to nothing. Captive born animals are normally clean, free of parasites. Wild caught animals have parasites and the stress of captivity normally cause the parasite to get out of control. Eith...
by dthor68
August 23rd, 2010, 6:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: You can find some cool herps in Iowa....
Replies: 8
Views: 1906

Re: You can find some cool herps in Iowa....

Beautiful shots of a beautiful animal! Back in June we, my family, drove from SC to Yellowstone NP. Great time. We took differant routes on the way there and home. On the way home we drove all the way through Iowa. We did not expect much but thought it was a very nice state. The rolling green grassl...
by dthor68
August 12th, 2010, 10:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A Rather Impressive Birding Pituophis Account
Replies: 47
Views: 6937

Re: A Rather Impressive Birding Pituophis Account

Very Cool! I use to catch Rat Snakes under bridges. How they can get to those nest is beond me, but they do. The ones they cant get to they wait for the bird to fall out during its first flight. About two months ago I went back to bridge I use to visit to catch a rat snake for photos. What I found w...
by dthor68
August 12th, 2010, 7:18 am
Forum: Board Line
Topic: Good News re: Climate Change
Replies: 34
Views: 9633

Re: Good News re: Climate Change

NOAA is not the only source for climate change data. There are hundreds of scientist, meteorologist and universities around the world gathering there own data. For all you know climatechangefraud.com could be a fraud in itself to get more conservative votes. If you want the truth collect the data yo...
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 5:20 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A day in the Smokies
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: A day in the Smokies

ahockenberry wrote:Absolutely perfect photos and posing of the salamanders !
Thanks.

Plethodon is easy to photograph. The little duskies are a handfull, very jumpy.
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 3:55 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs

My thought on #8 is Hemidactylium scutatum If you are looking at the coloration it is a dead on match with Hemidactylium scutatum. Look at the eyes. With hemidactylim you can clearly see a pupil, plethodon dorsalis has the big black eyes. Also note the length of tail. Hemidactylim has a very long t...
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 3:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs

Hey Matt, I did a little research and this is what I came up with. I guess you were meaning Gatlinburg TN? I have seen a couple from that same area, around Roaring Fork? Here is the distribution of Plethodon dorsalis. http://amphibiaweb.org/cgi-bin/amphib_query?query_src=aw_lists_genera_&special=map...
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 12:01 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs
Replies: 12
Views: 2328

Re: Smoky Mountains Salamander IDs

It is nice to see that I am not the only having troubles with the Duskies.

#8 is Plethodon dorsalis dorsalis.
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 5:06 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A day in the Smokies
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: A day in the Smokies

John, I am a nut for anything that takes in or gives out oxygen. That spider orchid is sweet.

Viridovipers, I was thinking that 2,3 and 7 were ocoee too. And just noticed that #1 has a much longer snout than the others, so I will have to look into that.
by dthor68
August 11th, 2010, 4:56 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A day in the Smokies
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

Re: A day in the Smokies

Matt, I searched an area about 15 miles long. It was basically a roadside search. Plethodon metcalfi and Plethodon jordoni are found together in this area. I only find them together above 4500' and have only found jordoni below 4500'. And, I do find them TOGETHER quite frequantly. In that area I hav...
by dthor68
August 10th, 2010, 2:54 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Ontario wilderness herps
Replies: 15
Views: 2415

Re: Ontario wilderness herps

I love the last two leopards and the mink frog. Thanks for sharing.
by dthor68
August 10th, 2010, 2:34 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: A day in the Smokies
Replies: 7
Views: 1495

A day in the Smokies

A couple weeks ago I spent the day in the Smokies. I went in the hopes to find my first Yellow Fringed Orchid. I always seem to miss the couple weeks when the orchid is in bloom. I was hoping I timed it right this time. However, it was a perfect day for salamanders so one way or the other I knew I w...
by dthor68
August 10th, 2010, 9:55 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What's in your camera bag?
Replies: 16
Views: 7023

Re: What's in your camera bag?

Chris explained to me what I was doing wrong, so I think I got it now. Thank you Chris and Bill.

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Sorry for derailing your post Bill. And the last shot you posted makes me want to go out and get the 24-85mm. The colors and sharpness are incredible.
by dthor68
August 10th, 2010, 4:10 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What's in your camera bag?
Replies: 16
Views: 7023

Re: What's in your camera bag?

Thank You Bill. I will give it a try. http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=11227117 I have tried it several times. I went to website and clicked on picture I wanted. When picture came up I copied whole address from address bar. I then clicked on Img button here and pasted address between the 's. ...
by dthor68
August 9th, 2010, 6:02 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Seeking Input
Replies: 7
Views: 3002

Re: Seeking Input

Hey Dave, I know nothing about the Pentax X-90. Pentax is a good name brand so I am sure you would like it. A very good P&S in the same price range is this one http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/639338-REG/Panasonic_DMC_FZ35K.html Here is a review http://www.dpreview.com/news/0907/09072704panafz3...
by dthor68
August 9th, 2010, 3:23 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Oh no! The report was right!
Replies: 17
Views: 3700

Re: Oh no! The report was right!

I don't see why you shouldn't enter it in the database, I mean it was found "in the wild." When I find a gopher snake or a king snake here I don't check to make sure it is a wild snake I just enter it. That one is obviously an escaped pet, input it and just put in the comments that it is an escaped...
by dthor68
August 9th, 2010, 2:55 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: What's in your camera bag?
Replies: 16
Views: 7023

Re: What's in your camera bag?

I think the equipment does matter. I have had point and shoot cameras and they just do not give you the flexability of an SLR. At times I have got some good shots with a P&S and I have seen many awesome shots here with them. I just find I get much more keepers with the SLR. I do believe that when it...
by dthor68
August 6th, 2010, 11:41 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Big AZ post! (DUW)
Replies: 39
Views: 10894

Re: Big AZ post! (DUW)

Nice finds, never get tired of Oxybelis and Phyllorhynchus.
by dthor68
July 31st, 2010, 3:45 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.
Replies: 17
Views: 3535

Re: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.

Wow, that is nice, looks like I should go in the fall.

Thanks
by dthor68
July 30th, 2010, 7:59 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.
Replies: 17
Views: 3535

Re: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.

I have been wanting to get some landscape photos of the cypress swamps at Cache River SNA for a while. I see that it is not that far from Snake Road. Now I have more to see when I make that trip. Thanks for the info.
by dthor68
July 30th, 2010, 7:46 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.
Replies: 17
Views: 3535

Re: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.

What state? There is a snake road in every snake. Here in South Carolina there use to be a good snake road in the low country. It got very popular in the 90's. Every time I went there I found collecters (poachers) taking whatever they found. They left the watersnakes, mud/rainbows, and the cottonmo...
by dthor68
July 30th, 2010, 7:34 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: An Indian Cobra in the Taiwanese Woods (Massive DUW!)
Replies: 23
Views: 11049

Re: An Indian Cobra in the Taiwanese Woods (Massive DUW!)

Great photos! Where can we go to see the video?
by dthor68
July 30th, 2010, 7:25 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)
Replies: 39
Views: 5240

Re: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)

Wow, come down from the soapbox already. One child per family, don't collect, humans are terrible, etc. I've only seen you make outrageous claims, and gloom and doom posts. Welcome to the forum, settle in and get to learn about us a little.[/quote] The title of this forum is "Field Herping", right?...
by dthor68
July 30th, 2010, 5:22 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)
Replies: 39
Views: 5240

Re: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)

Weather they make it or not it is worth a try. They had little to no chance of making it where they were collected. So, great job. I would think that if they could find a place to winter they will do fine. It is a shame you could not let them all go. I doubt you would have had to relocate the kings...
by dthor68
July 29th, 2010, 5:18 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)
Replies: 39
Views: 5240

Re: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)

Weather they make it or not it is worth a try. They had little to no chance of making it where they were collected. So, great job. I would think that if they could find a place to winter they will do fine. It is a shame you could not let them all go. I doubt you would have had to relocate the kings....
by dthor68
July 29th, 2010, 5:04 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)
Replies: 39
Views: 5240

Re: Relocating wildlife (lots of photos)

Jeff, I'm assuming you're talking about all snakes here, not just Crotalus? I know of at least three kinds of snakes that don't subscribe to that rule: Brahminy blind snakes Brown tree snakes Burmese pythons.. 8-) Please realize that the three species you have listed are all tropical. Tropical snak...
by dthor68
July 29th, 2010, 10:19 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.
Replies: 17
Views: 3535

Re: Snake Road/LaRue Road repaired.

What state? There is a snake road in every snake. Here in South Carolina there use to be a good snake road in the low country. It got very popular in the 90's. Every time I went there I found collecters (poachers) taking whatever they found. They left the watersnakes, mud/rainbows, and the cottonmou...
by dthor68
July 29th, 2010, 10:05 am
Forum: The Forum
Topic: So are you kansas guys gonna start putting the rocks back?
Replies: 17
Views: 3257

Re: So are you kansas guys gonna start putting the rocks bac

I dont flip rocks or logs, even if you return them it does damage. I flip man made trash, cruise roads and take long walks. And, I have not stolen an animal from the wild since I was 15, 25 years ago. Ethics! However, I do use a gasoline powered vehicle to get me there, nobody is perfect.
by dthor68
July 28th, 2010, 6:05 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: this year in the Carolinas, (2010 wrap up)
Replies: 51
Views: 10229

Re: this year in the Carolinas, (some new pics added)

Great post. The colors are great, what kind of camera are you shooting with? My daughter use to catch snakes and lizards with me, she is 15 now and dont care! I miss those days. :(
by dthor68
July 27th, 2010, 7:58 am
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash Photography?
Replies: 8
Views: 3349

Re: Flash Photography?

Thanks for replies. I actually figured it out on my own. I need to disregard the exposure meters low exposure reading and just shoot! I guess I will see how it works tomorrow in the Smokies.
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 5:42 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Need your shades for this sipedon!
Replies: 16
Views: 3044

Re: Need your shades for this sipedon!

I found Midland Watersnakes very similer to those in one county in south central NC. It just so happens that in that area of NC is where the Northerns and Midlands intergrade. In that one creek I have found what appeared to be the normal sipedon coiled right beside a pleuralis looking just like the ...
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 5:08 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Field Guide Publishing
Replies: 7
Views: 2218

Re: Field Guide Publishing

Ever thought of publishing yourself? You can publish your own work in the form of a pdf. and sell it on your own website. All the same rules apply to plagiarism so you will have to make sure you follow those rules. Personally I cant see any publisher doing a S. Florida Snakes book. However, I could ...
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 4:32 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash Photography?
Replies: 8
Views: 3349

Re: Flash Photography?

Here are the setting I have on camera: ISO 100 Aperture Priority Flash sync mode: Front sync at 0.0 (However, due to meter showing underexposure, I use slow sync) Flash sync speed: 1/250 (auto fp) Flash shutter speed: 1/60 Flash Settings: M Zoom 14mm ttl, bl, fp I am not sure I understand what you a...
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 1:48 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash Photography?
Replies: 8
Views: 3349

Re: Flash Photography?

Nikon
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 1:14 pm
Forum: The Forum
Topic: Some randon stuff from the Carolinas
Replies: 2
Views: 1730

Re: Some randon stuff from the Carolinas

Hey,

Thanks for sharing. I love the young copperhead in the garbage. It is very sharp and gives people a good idea of what are wildlife is up against sharing the planet with us.

Great job.
by dthor68
July 26th, 2010, 12:56 pm
Forum: FHF Image Lab
Topic: Flash Photography?
Replies: 8
Views: 3349

Flash Photography?

Hey Folks, I have been shooting for 4 years now. I am just way behind on flashes. There are so many settings, it just confuses the hell out of me. What I have relied on for four years is the natural light. It works great as long as it is not too sunny. But at times I need a flash. Like yesterday I w...