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Posted: 30 Jun 2008 Topic: Happy Me



It looks as though she's having a great time, Tony!


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Posted: 01 Jul 2008 Topic: So what are your other interests?



My only real interest in aircraft is when I'm sitting on one, bound for some hot and exotic destination!

That said, I'd love to own a Stuka!

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Posted: 02 Jul 2008 Topic: need help identifing mexican lizard



I does look like an Agamid in the photo, but I believe there are no Agamids in the Americas?

Maybe a Sceloporus species?




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Posted: 02 Jul 2008 Topic: Faces to Names



This'll be me, then....




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Posted: 02 Jul 2008 Topic: Faces to Names



It's a Coleman 6 berth.... I forget the model name.... something 'Arctic' no doubt!


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Posted: 02 Jul 2008 Topic: Faces to Names



I love camping.  I have three tents, the one above, a nine berth star shaped monstrosity for family camping and a two man ridge tent for light-weight 'rough-stuff' camping.


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Posted: 24 Jul 2008 Topic: NARRS 2008



Lizards have scales... newts have skin a little like velvet (or peach skin).


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Posted: 24 Jul 2008 Topic: little cutie from this morning



Nice Grass Snake, Dave.  I was lucky today too.... this is one of two I saw near Leek/Stoke this morning.




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Posted: 03 Jun 2008 Topic: What is this guy doing!!??



He seems to think our Adder is the same genus as the Puff Adder and Russells Viper!  Last time I looked they were Bitis and Daboia.


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Posted: 03 Jun 2008 Topic: Adder Venom



Tony, there is now a school of thought that the venom of Vipera berus may also contain certain neurotoxic factions.  More recent (and more accurate) case studies have revealed symptoms effecting the central nervous system;  including sleepiness, disorientation, vertigo etc.  Also ocular dysfunction has been observed, in the form of ptosis and blurred vision.

I believe the Medical University in Krakow, Poland, is working on isolating the various components of V. berus venom.  That might be a good starting point.




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Posted: 03 Jun 2008 Topic: What is this guy doing!!??



YouTube is a potentially dangerous media.  And nearly impossible to police.


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Posted: 03 Jun 2008 Topic: Web cams for filming wildlife



What about a good quality webcam, with zoom and 'face tracking'?Obviously weatherproofing it might be an issue.




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Posted: 05 Jun 2008 Topic: Handling neos and collecting data



Gemma, you can get pin-sharp focus, top quality ventral shots by placing the snakes (in a glass box if required) on a colour flat-bed scanner, as used with a PC.... plus it loads the pic directly onto the PC.  Very easy to lay down a measuring scale too. adamanteus39604.7000231482


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Posted: 05 Jun 2008 Topic: Handling neos and collecting data



Here's an example of the quality and clarity you can achieve with a scanner....

This photo was taken to illustrate necrotic/ulcerative dermatitis in Thamnophis sirtalis.

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Posted: 05 Jun 2008 Topic: Handling neos and collecting data



[QUOTE=GemmaJF]Fantastic image easy to make out every ventral scale, was the dermatitis a result of too damp an environment or is there another cause?[/QUOTE]

The result of poor captive care, I'm afraid..... Damp and dirty!




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Posted: 06 Jun 2008 Topic: Handling neos and collecting data



[QUOTE=GemmaJF]

Next I'm going to try an open ended box so I can squish them directly to the plate on the scanner [/QUOTE]

Yes.  It's best to have the animal directly on the scanner plate.  When I do it, I don't attempt to restrain them or keep them still in any way.  I just wait until they settle then start the scan.




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Posted: 06 Jun 2008 Topic: Handling neos and collecting data



http://www.serpwidgets.com/Apps/apps.html

This link should take to a snake measuring application....(if I posted it right)




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Posted: 06 Jun 2008 Topic: Wainlode Cliff



Hi All,

At the end of June I'm going camping for a long weekend at Wainlode Cliff (West of Cheltenham).  Does anyone know if there is good reptile population in that immediate area?  I'd like to get some photos while I'm there, but I don't really know the area, and time will be at a bit of a premium for lengthy searching.

I understand that you prefer not to give exact locations on the open forum, so perhaps if someones can help me out, they could PM me?

Thanks in advance.




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Posted: 06 Jun 2008 Topic: Welsh Toad!



I spent the entire weekend searching for Adders on Anglesey (East side).... All I found was this!

I guess it was just too hot.  Or I'm no good at snake spotting anymore!




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Posted: 06 Jun 2008 Topic: Photos req



Adder habitat on Anglesey, North Wales.  Mountains on the mainland in the background.




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