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Field Collecting/Observing Sightings of herps in the wild, where-tos and how-tos, as well as photos of herps in their native environment.

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Old 05-13-2006, 11:29 AM   #11
Josh Dimpfl
Oh, loverly looking specimen...I ought to impliment South Carolina in allowing to post records of field herpetofauna on my database site. I have an online database where aspiring herpetologists and fanatics can post information about herps they find during field runs. It is still in beta, and I still need to add a few things, but if you'd like...

http://ncherp.fh-net.com/home/news.php
 
Old 05-13-2006, 02:25 PM   #12
snakester
thanks,
I posted some of them on there.


I am still trying to get pics but should have some on here today.

P.S. I found a few probs. with the site...
I will pm them to you...
 
Old 05-13-2006, 03:20 PM   #13
snakester
I got that backwords (the male is 6' and the female is 7')

Here are pics of the three Black Rats.

Pics are:
female
male
male
JV.
JV.
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Old 05-13-2006, 03:21 PM   #14
snakester
Here is that last JV. pic...
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Old 05-14-2006, 09:33 AM   #15
marshall_p
Talking excellent!

Wow, those are awesome looking specimens, again though how's their temperament, were they hornery when you caught them?..
 
Old 05-14-2006, 01:18 PM   #16
snakester
Well this is how it happend...

I was not looking for snakes when I found them, so I did not have a snake hook. I was looking for old bottles and whild digging I found a small earth snake. I sutck it in a snake bag (even when I am not looking for snakes I have snake bags with me!) then I went on digging. I walked over to a section of the bottle dump where there were a bunch of tires... and i saw a large snake skin going over the side of a tire and into it. It was a very old rotting snake skin that I guessed at about 1-2 weeks old but I thought the snake might still be around and since I had found my last Black Rat snake (aprox. 5 years ago) in a tire about 150 feet from where I was I thought that the snake that this skin came from might still be around, so I started flipping tires and when I flipped my 4 tire I saw the body of a snake inside. I had nothing to hook it with to pull it out and it would not come out on it's own. So I had to pull it out with my hand. It did not try to bite at all and I was able to put it in a bag with out much troble. then I decided to look around in the other (aprox. 20) tires but did not plan on finding any thing... but the very last tire I flipped had another snake in it... Just as I flipped it the snake shot out right at me but did not try to bite... it took about 3 seconds befor I was sure it was not a venomous snake and got my hand to reach out a grab it. It was a bit harder to get this one into the (only) big bag that I had with me... that I had the other snake in.

After I had them both bagged I went over to where my brother was looking for bottles and pulled them both out to show to him. By mistake I picked up the first one (the bigger one) too close to his head and while I was not looking it bit down hard. It surprised me so much that I did the thing that is hard not to do but should never be done and I jerked my hand away... She let go but I hope I did not pull any ov her teeth out when I jerked.
Since I caught them I have not had either even try to bite again, but I do use my short hook to get them out of the cage!!!
 
Old 05-14-2006, 11:40 PM   #17
marshall_p
Wink Wow...

Damn, that must have surprised the hell out of you, not to mention quite an experience... I wish I could have seen that , bet that was fun nonetheless.., Awesome find though, they sure are cool lookin' , have a great day, Marshall P..
 
Old 05-16-2006, 11:55 PM   #18
snakester
I forgot...

I found the baby in a tree limb about head level (6' 3") with a large food item half way down his body.
He did not try to bite then but has tried now!...
 

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