Unido: 20.feb.2018 Última actividad: 18.oct.2020

"An it harm none, do what thou wilt. Love is the Law, Love under Will." English Occultist, Ceremonial Magician, Poet, Painter, and Novelist, Aleister Crowley - "The Law Of Thelema", 1904.

A "blast from the past" photo of me taken in 1985 with an adult male Glyptemys muhlenbergii from a healthy new population discovered by me and my best friend/cousin/fellow Herpetologist, James "Pete" Danch in Sussex County, NJ. This particular population of these amazing Turtles has been under study and monitored for close to 40 years now - and is still going strong! I'm too old and crippled-up to bust hump mucking around in a swamp anymore, but I sure miss the thrill that can only come from seeing this beautiful, rare + endangered species in the wild - almost as much as I miss having HAIR! hahaha!

Peace, everybody -

I'm an "Old School" disabled/retired/Field Herpetologist/Wildlife Biologist/Certified Wetlands Delineator/Tropical Greenhouse and Nursery Grower/Manager - "Ex" Garbage Man/Professional Bar Bouncer/Body Piercing Artist/Instructor, Competitive Weightlifter, and "wannabe" Rock Vocalist - (yeah, all that... truth IS stranger than fiction, haha!) based in Central New Jersey, with more than 40 years experience (sometimes affectionately referred to as the "Unprofessional Professional" by some of my more humorous colleagues)! I'm also an accomplished "captive breeder", with laboratory/husbandry efforts resulting in the successful reproduction of 100's of species/ssp. of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and invertebrates to my credit. People/friends have called me "Fingers" since Junior High School, because my real last name is strangely spelled, and can be hard to pronounce!
I have participated in biological surveys employed as a staff Herpetologist for environmental consulting firms and government agencies throughout the United States, and have co-authored, been acknowledged in, and/or have otherwise contributed to dozens of scientific papers and books relating to North American herpetofauna. I have a particular interest/expertise in Colubrid phylogeny, taxonomy, and hybridization - in addition to familiarity with the herpetology of islands and other such ecologically isolated locales (especially the North Carolina Outer Banks, Florida Keys, and the Caribbean), and have decent working knowledge of the herpetofauna of Mexico and Central America, Europe, and the ecology of the Eastern North American "Pine Barrens" regions. I'm also a big fan of Silk Moths, Cockroaches, Arachnids, Centipedes, Land Snails, Rodents, Carnivorous Plants, Bromeliads, Medicinal Herbs, Crustaceans (freshwater + land), and Fossils - so it looks like I'll have plenty of ID'ing to keep me busy (and a real odd mix in my "Favorites" file)! I love Birds - but I don't "do" them. They are like my "Kryptonite" identification-wise, haha! I get a kick out of researching the meanings behind Latin names, and have gotten pretty good at deciphering them over the years. This month's segment of "Latin Names Explained", brought to you by your friends at "FING" (Fingers' Imaginary Nomenclatural Group!) is on the Cottonmouth, - Agkistrodon piscivorus. "Agkistro" (Greek/"ankistro") = fish hook, and "don" = tooth. "Piscivorus" = "pisci" = fish, and "vorus" = to feed upon, or devour. Run it all together, and you have the rough translation - "Fish-hook toothed fish eater"!
Amusing, descriptive, and fascinating to know - (at least for me)!
I have an intense love and respect for all creatures put on this Earth by the Gods and Goddesses, and wish to learn and share as much knowledge of them as I can.
I am proud to now count myself among the passionate and talented individuals of iNaturalist.
Blessed Be!

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