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Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by chrish » August 31st, 2012, 1:30 pm

I was trying to pin down the exact coordinates where I photographed a bullsnake a few years back so I could enter it in the database. I had an "in situ" type photo and I knew the general area I had taken it, so i tried going to google earth and using the street view to drive along that street looking for the exact spot of the photo.

Then it occured to me....I wonder if I could spot a roadkill as I cruised Google Earth street view along this road.
No luck so far, but has anyone else found an AOR or DOR herp on Google Earth while "street viewing"?

I would like to see a screen capture of that (or just post the coordinates).

Can you enter that record in the database? :lol:

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by Chris Smith » August 31st, 2012, 1:46 pm

Interesting idea... I have not but I did find this once while road cruising... Lol.

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Should I enter it as "Snake." :mrgreen:

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by Don Becker » August 31st, 2012, 2:04 pm

It's a banana peel I bet. They are always damned banana peels.

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Post by Chris Smith » August 31st, 2012, 2:07 pm

psyon wrote:It's a banana peel I bet. They are always damned banana peels.
It comes from a snake crossing hotspot... but I too hate those damned banana peels!

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by Shane_TX » August 31st, 2012, 5:51 pm

It's been a while, but I have searched aerials for 'gators in areas where I know big ones are common. And still no luck.

Here's a quick fly-to, a croc farm in Darwin:

12°24'42.81"S
130°55'42.55"E

One of my favorite herping memories involved lifelisting salties along the Victoria River, NT. I doubt I'll ever see them again from ~500 ft at 250 kt :(

Shane

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by krisbell » October 15th, 2012, 6:59 am

Because I live on an almost reptile-less island off the coast of England, herping Google StreetView is as good as it gets for me. One of my favourites below...any guesses for the location?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/kristianbell/6936319877/
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Herping Google Streetview by Kristian Bell, on Flickr

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Post by muskiemagnet » October 15th, 2012, 7:53 am

interesting idea. it's getting cold in the north. maybe a little contest could be put together. pick a state, and get folks to search at the same time. winner get's bragging rights. something to pass the time in the winter. seems like a good saturday morning event.

someone posted a manatee once.

as far as trying to find spots using coordinates. i'd go to bing maps instead. google puts me in the wrong place when placing coordinates. i like the color/resolution better as well on bing. i was searching an area a few weeks ago, and i found the path of a tornado. turns out, the twister went through the area last spring. newer images it seems as well. unless the weather service requests images for tornado paths, and bing just updates the images for the location.

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by ZantiMissKnit » October 15th, 2012, 8:31 am

muskiemagnet wrote: something to pass the time in the winter. seems like a good saturday morning event.
Sure beats putting the ball python under the sofa cushions and "flipping" for her.

I'm hoping to pass the time in the winter by uploading to the database, and get my 2012 finds (my first was mid-March) in before the end of the year. I'll probably have at least one weekend day of weather that's so cruddy I won't even want to get out of my PJs. This sounds like loads of fun as well, and I will admit to going to Google after reading this thread.

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by brick911 » October 15th, 2012, 11:27 am

ZantiMissKnit wrote:
muskiemagnet wrote:

I'm hoping to pass the time in the winter by uploading to the database, and get my 2012 finds (my first was mid-March) in before the end of the year.
I wish I heard more of this!

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by ZantiMissKnit » October 16th, 2012, 4:46 am

brick911 wrote:
ZantiMissKnit wrote:

I'm hoping to pass the time in the winter by uploading to the database, and get my 2012 finds (my first was mid-March) in before the end of the year.
I wish I heard more of this!
Hm. I really do appear to be doing some major butt-kissing here, don't I? :lol:

Truth be told, I love databases and documenting. I created an Excel spreadsheet this year, with the names of all local species across the top and a date and place column to the left so I can keep track of our finds. There appears to be no "nerd" emoticon here, so I'll just leave it at that.

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Re: Google Earth Roadcruising

Post by brick911 » October 16th, 2012, 5:26 am

I think the nerds are the only ones dedicated to the database. Glad to have you aboard.

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