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Posted by draybar on March 21, 2003 at 15:44:59:
In Reply to: Just a point.... posted by chrish on March 21, 2003 at 09:14:42:
:Please do not waste my time with answers read out of a textbook, i want to hear real exp.
:Where do you think those "answers" in the book come from anyway? Generally, the come from people with many years of experience. Often on forums like this, you get responses like "I found one once in .....". A book is probably more reflective of reality.
:And secondly, go out and look yourself. You will find it much more rewarding to flip a thousand stones before you finally find one than to have someone tell you exactly which stone/board to flip.
:I spent seven years looking for LA Milk Snakes in eastern Texas (mostly in the wrong habitat) before I finally found one (April 12, 1989). They joy I felt at finding that snake would have been far less is someone had told me "go over and look under the bark of that stump". I have found dozens of them since, but that first one was a great memory because I earned it!
:Don't seek out shortcuts, enjoy the experience!
Does that mean we should not come to the FIELD COLLECTING FORUM for help and advise?
Would that be "seeking out shortcuts"?
There are many many people who have searched and searched and followed advise of books without finding what they are looking for. Most books are pretty generic in habitat description.
For instance, one of my books states Corn snakes are found in fields and pine forests. Thats it. nothing else.
He didn't ask for the exact spot ( go to 128 Snakemoore Dr. and look under the third rock) he asked for types of habitat and any secrets or tricks for finding them.
Excuse my ignorance but I thought that was one of the reasons we had a FIELD COLLECTING FORUM.
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