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Old 05-28-2018, 04:41 PM
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So has been a long time since posting and thought I would share my most recent trip to Belize. Spent a while in Placencia, belize and it was amazing. Second time being there and working with the Crocodile Research Coalition. Some pics were from last time and some pics from this time. Took my wife this time to get a small feel of what I go do and she seemed to enjoy it. She was awesome. Trekking through mud and much, night kayaking looking for crocs, day time kayaking in pouring rain, searching for snakes, and climbing mountains to get to waterfalls. Couldn't ask for a better wife! Already planning next years trip and hoping to take wife and 6yr old daughter with me. Can't wait!

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Eye shine crocodile surveys in the back country at night. Saw about 15 crocs this night. Mostly small, but a few decent sized ones. My wife being a great sport!

Had to relocate this croc to a new location. Was able to teach some interns and new people how to safely catch and restrain croc. Worked out well and no injuries on animal or people!
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A few more from last trip.

Saw a few crocs outside the boat and went in to capture. Pulled important data (measurements, gender, weight, etc) off of him and then had a safe release. While in the water the main reseracher says "this is where we saw the 12 footer a few nights ago". That made me feel a lot better!!!

Involving the community and leading a beach clean up. Great community involvement helps the locals cohabitate with the native wildlife. The kids love the main researcher.

Showing one of my friends how to catch a caiman. She did great.

Found a fer de lance and had to snap a couple pics. Three professional reptile experts passed this snake wihtin 3 feet of it and the last amateur freind I brough saw it.

Collecting poop to measure parasite loads and compare it to the natural diversity of the eco system. Fun stuff!

ONe of the small morlett crocodile hybrids that we pulled measurements off of. released without harm
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Great stuff Mike, missed your adventures

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Looks like a neat trip. Thanks for posting.
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Thanks for the great pics the snake was scary looking.
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Great pics! Man that snake looks pissed!
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Awesome life you lead Mike, keep up the good work.
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Walking 3' from a fer-de-lance...was anyone wearing snake boots or would that even matter? Yike!

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Awesome, I have family that lives in Caye Caulker. Been a few years since we’ve visited them. That’s a beautiful country!
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You really need a TV show.
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Very nice. Enjoyed the posts.
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You've got a cool job for sure.
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Cool job and pics. You're bad to the bone if you're catching crocs. I'll catch gators, but forget about crocs. They're 3X stronger. Love shining gators at night. Amazing how many you see when we're out frog gigging.
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Very cool, thanks for the pics!
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If you don't mind could you please post about your schooling, degrees, training?

You seem to lead a diverse life and have a very positive impact on our big blue globe we all currently ride on and I'm always looking for options to tell kids about.

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Wow! Very cool stuff, my wife would never do that stuff, she's a keeper.
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Thanks Guys! The only bad thing is that I get addicted to this traveling and conservation work but it won't pay the bills. Working as a zoo keeper barely pays the bills, but it's pretty rewarding..
Will try to answer a few of the comments:
  • Wife is definitely a Keeper! In fact, she is also a zoo keeper; met in school 17 years ago and she also works at the zoo with me and takes care of tigers and Orangutans. She's not about the field work as much though so this was her first trip.
  • Degree and training: I have a 2 year degree in Zoo animal Technology, a 2 year degree in AA, currently a senior at university of West florida (but left due to getting my job), and senior currently at University of South florida for Psychology. I've been working with animals for about 18 years now (man that's a long time and makes me feel old). I specialize in reptiles, mainly crocs, but have taken care of tigers, organs, kangaroos, birds, and many other animals. I do exotic transports for work and about to start up a side business for this for zoos. Have transported almost everything from lions, chimps, gorillas, crocodiles, tigers, Orangutans, all across the US. I enjoy getting the next generation involved with conservation with animals and eco systems so if you need anything specific let me know.
  • Have caught hundreds of crocs and gators and each has had it's own challenge. The wild ones are far different than the captive animals and my first wild caiman split me open to the bone even though I had it caught, restrained, and taped. Learned my lesson on that one. It may just be a numbers game, but have been injured by far more alligators than crocs. Think my ego gets in the way with gators and I become complacent. I have the most scars from penguins and kangaroos....those things are scary!!! Was put in the hospital by a baby anteater one time that sliced through a tendon and gave me two good puncture wounds.
  • I would love a tv show. We had our own show called "the wildlife docs" for 6 seasons but it finally ended this year. I am not great on camera, but if i could get someone to pay for my adventures and make a profit off of it then heck year, I would learn to be good on tv!
  • Belize is amazing. It truly feels like home. The researcher I was with has done work on Caye Caulker, but I have yet to visit there. Hopefully next year I will. I need to figure out a way to move and live there, but for now I have to be realistic and continue my job and side investments here. At some point, I will move there though!
  • fer de lance always looks pissed. He was just hanging by himself minding his own business. We did not wear chaps or anything like that. He was on a steep embankment about waist to chest high so chaps wouldn't have done anything anyhow. Luckily I have had some close calls, but never been tagged by a venomous snake. pythons, boas, anacondas yes, but those were all good lessons on what not to do!
Trying to go on more adventures so hopefully will be able to post more pics and vids. May throw a few of the vacation side of the belize trip on here as well. Thanks guys!
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Hey Mike. How's the polulation and health of the American Croc in Florida? We see them along the coast in the Mangroves, Turkey Point power plant and some of the marinas.
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Mike, that pic where you're in the brown water at night?

I don't do things like that.

Forget the stupid teeeeveeee show where you help make others rich. Start your own youtube channel. I wanna be follower Numero Uno!

You don't have to move to Belize first. Transporting a tiger? Just pet the thing while she's sleeping. That'll get you a million hits right there.

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