Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October LIHS Meeting

The October meeting of the Long Island Herpetological Society is scheduled for this coming Sunday, October 26th at 1PM, in the Conference Center at SUNY Farmingdale off route 110. For directions to the school, click on this link. For a campus map showing the location of the Conference Center click here.

As usual, this meeting is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. The speaker for this meeting will be LIHS  member Rich Hume who will give a presentation on Corn Snake Morphs. As usual, Rich should have some really nice snakes on exhibit for his talk.

In addition, this meeting should conclude nominations for LIHS board member positions. If you want to run for a spot on the LIHS executive board, make sure to come to the meeting, likewise if you want to nominate someone. If you are happy with the LIHS and the way it is being run, then you don't need nominate anyone as the first nominations at the September meeting wound up in having all existing board members, save I think one who resigned, nominated for reelection. If you want to see some changes, then October is your last chance to nominate someone for the upcoming election in November.

Hope to see you at the meeting.

All the best,
Glenn B

That Frogs Are Opportunistic Eaters...

...should be obvious from the video at the link below. That some people are, at least in my opinion, pretty much absolute idiots in how they feed their herps should also be easy to grasp while watching it. I just figure there is no way that a mouse that size should have been fed to a frog that small (and you will note that the video does not show the frog being completely eaten, maybe because the frog could not get it all down). It also probably would have been much wiser to have used a dead mouse to avoid a couple of things like the mouse's obvious unnecessary suffering and the frog being bitten by the mouse. I am certainly not an animals rights extremist (not even a moderate) but I have respect for animals and would much rather feed a dead mouse, that had been dispatched rapidly, to a herp instead of watching it suffer, if indeed the herp would accept a dead mouse. In this case, the mouse was simply a ridiculous for a frog that size and to me it seems that the video was made for the shock value or wow factor of it. I think most people get passed that stage of their lives and rise above such insensitive immaturity, as to get a rise out of stuff like that, when about 12 or 13 years old. Then again, some of us never grow up.

I link to the video here only to demonstrate a terrible way to feed a frog. You should avoid doing likewise.

http://youtu.be/ByQU-JD6okE

Video submitted by Deb H, my thanks to her for it.

All the best,
Glenn B

The Darned Sprinkler Head Was Clogged Again...

...and when it was inspected just look at what was found to have been plugging I up.



Submitted by LIHS member and contributor extraordinaire Deb H, my thanks to her.

All the best,
Glenn B

LIHS Members At The LI Reptile Expo

There was another Long Island Reptile Expo at the Hilton in Melville, NY today. As usual the Long Island Herpetological Society was represented by a fair number of LIHS members. Both Harry F and myself manned the LIHS table for the day and Vin R (and his daughters), Rich H, John H and Tim (?) had space at the adjoining tables. While Harry and I kept busy trying to drum up new LIHS members, the other guys were busy selling herps from there tables. Other members at the show included Mike V, Tony C, Mike R, Chris M, Dave F and Tara N (hope I did not forget anyone).

As usual there were good deals to be found on herps, herp accessories and equipment and on feeders. There was a pretty good variety of both reptiles and amphibians but as Harry F pointed out there seemed to be a dearth of water turtles. The customers came and went throughout the day and it looked as if it was busier mid show than at the beginning and certainly was busier then than near 3PM which was closing time.

As for visitors to the LIHS table, there were quite a few folks who stopped by. I think we usually get more inquiries about herps and herp care than about memberships but this time seemed just the opposite to me. We had several people stop by for membership information which could wind up being a good thing in the form of increased LIHS membership. At least two and I think three families stopped by to inquire about memberships and whether or not we had any sort of children's programs. I imagine, if we get enough interest we could set some sort of program up for our younger members. I would definitely be willing to help out with that and if anyone else among the membership is willing, please let me know and I will bring it up to the board members.

This expo, or so I heard, will have been the last one held at the Hilton on Route 110. The next one is supposedly going to be held at a location further east - Suffolk County Community College which is just off of exit 53 on the LIE. That one is scheduled for Marc 15, 2015. Of course, the NY Reptile Expos/Shows are still being held in White Plains.

Hope to see you at the show in March.

All the best,
Glenn B

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Turtle Thighs???

Just this past August a man was caught attempting to cross the border, into Canada from Michigan, with 51 turtles strapped to his thighs. Read about it here:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/wayne-county/2014/09/25/man-tried-smuggle-reptiles-pants-across-detroit-windsor-border/16203929/

It gets more complex because the same guy and an accomplice were reportedly arrested in September too - the charge - more turtle smuggling.

Thanks to Mike G for sending me that info.

All the best,
GB

About To Catch Dinner?

It looks as if the monitor may have dinner, in the form of the bearded dragon, on its mind and I can almost hear it thinking: "Oh boy am I actually gonna catch this tasty morsel?"

 

Luckily, the beardie had an answer already prepared: "NOPE!"

Thanks to Deb H for the submission.

All the best,
GB

Sunday, September 21, 2014

LIHS Call For Care Sheet Submissions

Right now, the Long Island Herpetological Society has only nine (9) herp care sheets linked on its homepage and blog. The reason we have those is because they were written by LHS members who submitted them to the LIHS for publication on our website (and now they get a link on the blog too).

The care sheets that we have linked are:

  • Ball Pythons
  • Bearded Dragons
  • Boa Constrictors
  • Bull, Gopher & Pine Snakes
  • Corn & Rat Snakes
  • Hermann's Tortoises
  • Hognose Snakes
  • Kingsnakes & Milk Snakes
  • Leopard Geckos

  • There have got to be at least a few to several of you, LIHS members, who keep herps other than those in that list. I am going to ask that if you have been keeping them successfully over the long term, and maybe even breeding them, that you write up an original care sheet and submit it to one of the LIHS board members for inclusion (a link to it) on the LIHS webpage and blog. I figure it would be really nice to have care sheets on some popular and even not so popular herps that are currently in the trade. Some suggestions are care sheets about:

    Axolotls
    Ribbed Newts
    African Clawed Frogs
    Dart & Mantella Frogs
    Fire Belly Toads
    Pacman Frogs
    Red Eared Sliders
    Other Sliders and Cooters
    Ornate Box Turtles
    Central American Wood Turtles
    Russian Tortoises
    Red Foot Tortoises
    Star Tortoises
    Crested Geckos
    Tegus
    Monitors
    Anoles
    Chameleons
    Tri-color Milk Snakes
    House Snakes
    Green Tree Pythons

    The list could go on and on and we sure can make good use of the care sheets. One of the main goals of the LIHS is to educate folks about how to care for herps properly and posting care sheets on the website and blog would be a great way to achieve that. Hope to receive at least a few of them from you, the membership.

    All the best,
    Glenn B

    Okay WHAT Do I Do With It Now???

    When you grab a tiger by the tail you had better hope that you had a plan beforehand and it seems the same could be true when you grab an Anaconda likewise. The guy in the boat apparently gets talked into grabbing a big Anaconda's tail but seems to have no clue what to do once he has it.



    This tale seems to have turned out for the best because they evidently let it go.

    Video submitted by Deb H and another hat tip is sent her way, thanks Deb.

    All the best,
    Glenn B

    Monday, September 15, 2014

    Tegu Invasion

    I am pretty sure that is you are at all into herps or nature, you probably have heard of several invasive species of reptiles that are on the loose in Florida. The Burmese Python is probably the first that comes to mind with Green Iguanas not far behind. Brown Anoles and other species also are breeding rampantly throughout the state. One species I had not realized that was and remains a problem for Florida's ecology is the Argentine Black & White Tegu.

    Florida seems almost custom made for these ravenous predators and they are multiplying there in good numbers since their release into the wild. In fact, they may soon expand their range far enough to endanger the American Crocodile. Tegus are probably more of a threat to the ecology in FL and in states further north than FL because they are more cold tolerant than many of the other invasive species that are thriving in that state.

    My source for the above info was a nice article submitted by LIHS member Deb H. Read it here:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/05/science/a-lizard-interloper-presents-challenge-in-florida.html?_r=2

    All the best,
    Glenn B