Adding up the herping miles.

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kyle loucks
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Adding up the herping miles.

Post by kyle loucks » June 24th, 2012, 12:45 pm

Getting around- How many miles do you guys/gals log?



From the past few northeast weeks

Gray Treefrog - New Jersey

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Ringneck snake - Delaware

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Eastern Painted Turtle - Delaware
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Eastern Kingnakes - Maryland

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Northern Diamondback Terrapin - Maryland
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Eastern Hognose - Virginia
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Five Lined Skink eggs - Virginia
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Eastern Fence Lizard - Virginia
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Eastern Worm Snake - Virginia
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Northern Brown Snake - Virginia - Bad photo, but I like its posture.
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Green Treefrog - Virginia
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BroadHead Skink- Virginia
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Northern Redbellied Turtle - Virginia - egg laying. One of many
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Brown Watersnake - Virginia
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Black Rat Snake - Virginia
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Randoms

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VICtort
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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by VICtort » June 24th, 2012, 5:27 pm

A rough guess would be about 2k/year herp related miles. I have reduced the number of herp only trips, due to rising fuel cost, and I don't go alone as often as I once did, preferring to share expenses.

Some nice photos, and the Eastern kings are super attractive, I like seeing the "chain type" patterns. BTW, that is either a huge roach or small eastern king in one of the photos. Your raccoon on the marsh captures the moment, it looks like it was foraging/crabbing and you came upon him, camera in hand...

good show, Vic

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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by Paul White » June 24th, 2012, 6:14 pm

This year I'm getting out about 2-3 times/month, and doing about 150-250 miles at a time. Weaksauce.

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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by chris_mcmartin » June 24th, 2012, 6:29 pm

Paul White wrote:This year I'm getting out about 2-3 times/month, and doing about 150-250 miles at a time. Weaksauce.
I agree ("weak sauce")...though I haven't done a whole lot of herping this year, my "herp trip" was 2,960 miles. Looking at a map, if Kyle were in TX he never would've left the state in his travels. Most west-TX herping involves 150-200 miles per night, but that's nothing...I think I drove over 3,000 miles on my Oz trip 10 years ago.

LECHs don't know how good they have it. :P

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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by Paul White » June 25th, 2012, 5:39 am

I meant I was weaksauce, not kyle :P I'm doing less than 600 miles a month for herping right now :cry: I will say that I'm being a lot pickier as far as what conditions I go out to herp in, simply because I've got too much going on I have to spend money and time on (kid on the way, home renovations & repairs, some weight lifting equipment, feeder rodents, etc).

It's a fair amount per month but of course, I don't road cruise from about mid September till May (although I do some hiking and field stuff, road cruising hasnt' ever been productive during those months) so on an annual basis it isn't a lot. I haven't done any really long distance driving either--no more trips to Canadian or the northern Panhandle or Eastern New Mexico (which is where I really want to go back to, holy cow).
A rough guess would be about 2k/year herp related miles. I have reduced the number of herp only trips, due to rising fuel cost, and I don't go alone as often as I once did, preferring to share expenses.
This times 100. On one hand, I suspect I'll find fewer total animals this year. OTOH, if I find 2/3rds the animals in 1/5th the time, and for 1/4th the cost, I'll take it.

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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by TimCO » June 25th, 2012, 8:08 am

Awesome post Kyle, I always dig your pics.

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Re: Adding up the herping miles.

Post by Phil Peak » June 25th, 2012, 12:42 pm

Beautiful photo's Kyle! I especially liked the getula.

We actually record all of our mileage. Our first outing this year was on March 18th and we have been in the field a total of 32 days. Our mileage to date is right at 9,300 miles. All of this without leaving the state.

Phil

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