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   Apr 18

Reptile breeder ordered to pay $190,000 in animal cruelty case

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A man who owned an exotic reptile business in Lake Elsinore, where thousands of rats and reptiles were found in appalling conditions, has been ordered to pay more than $190,000 in restitution, prosecutors said Friday.

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   Apr 18

Herp Video of the Week: Bearded Dragon VS Superworms!

Check out this video “Bearded Dragon VS Superworms,” submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet.
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   Apr 18

Attleboro zoo's new exhibit features a giant water monitor lizard

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A new exhibit featuring a water monitor lizard will open today at Capron Park Zoo in Attleboro. (Staff photo by Mark Stockwell)

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   Apr 17

Fitch Rates New Tortoise Closed-End Fund Notes 'AAA'; Affirms Existing Ratings

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Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following notes issued by three closed-end funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC. Fitch also affirms the existing notes and m

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   Apr 17

Fitch Rates New Tortoise Closed-End Fund Notes 'AAA'; Affirms Existing Ratings

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Fitch Ratings assigns an 'AAA' rating to the following notes issued by three closed-end funds managed by Tortoise Capital Advisors, LLC. Fitch also affirms the existing notes and m

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   Apr 17

Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study

By Herp News

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated …

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   Apr 17

Okapi-killing warlord shot dead in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

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The head of an informal militia and poaching group, Paul Sadala a.k.a. ‘Morgan,’ was killed on Monday after surrendering himself to the army in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). A well-known elephant poacher and terrorist, Morgan became most famous for leading an attack on the Okapi Wildlife Reserve station in 2012.

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   Apr 17

New relative of the ‘penis snake’ discovered in Myanmar

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Scientists have discovered a new species of limbless amphibians, known as caecilians, in Myanmar. Dubbing the species, the colorful ichthyophis (Ichthyophis multicolor), the researchers describe the new amphibian in a recent paper published in Zootaxa. The world’s most famous caecilian is the so-called penis snake (Atretochoana eiselti) which was rediscovered in Brazil in 2011.

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   Apr 17

Readin', writin', and Naja oxiana?

We’ve heard of snow days… but snake days?

A high school in Kyrgyzstan was closed down after they found at least 30 snakes in the building every day this spring. No ID was made of the types of snake, but media speculation has ranged all over the place, including the Caspian cobra, Naja oxiana.

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   Apr 17

Rexnord Acquires Green Turtle

By Herp News

Rexnord Corporation, a renowned water management products manufacturer, announced the acquisition of Green Turtle, a wastewater pre-treatment solutions provider.

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   Apr 16

Lizard ancestor of land herbivores

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A small lizard-like creature that lived more than 300 million years ago is believed to be the earliest known ancestor of plant-eating mammals.

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   Apr 16

Declining catch rates in Caribbean Nicaragua green turtle fishery may be result of overfishing

By Herp News

A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua’s legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists. Growing up to 400 pounds in weight, the green turtle is the second largest sea turtle species next to the leatherback turtle. In addition to the threat from overfishing, the green turtle is at risk from bycatch in various fisheries, poaching of eggs at nesting beaches, habitat deterioration and loss due to coastal development and climate change effects, and pollution.

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   Apr 16

Climate change likely culprit in coqui frog’s altered calls, say biologists

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The abundant Puerto Rican coqui frog has experienced changes since the 1980s that are likely due to global warming, biologists report. The call of the male coqui became shorter and higher pitched, and the animal itself has become smaller. The study is the first to show the effect of temperature change on a species of frogs in the tropics over a period of more two decades.

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   Apr 16

Inside the Galapagos Islands’ Giant Tortoise Rehab Effort

By Herp News

  You’re sailing from the Spice Islands across the open ocean to the South American port of Guayaquil, your financial motives rooted somewhere along a broad spectrum of morality and lawfulness. Several months have passed, and food stores and morale are low. Fortunately, you know a spot that will save the day, a cluster of […]

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   Apr 16

In search of a better way to treat snakebite

What if there was a disease that killed or crippled hundreds of thousands of people every year, but no one seemed to care?

It’s not a disease, but as Dr. Matthew Lewin wrote in the New York Times Sunday Review last weekend, snakebites kill 94,000 people and cripple 400,000, mostly in impoverished parts of the world.

So where are the telethons, the philanthropic dollars? Where are new developments other than costly, mostly unavailable anitvenin? How about drugs, or a snakebite EpiPen?

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   Apr 15

Gut capacity limits bird’s ability to adapt to rapid climate change

By Herp News

An ornithologist has found that the capacity of a bird’s gut to change with environmental conditions is a primary limiting factor in their ability to adapt to the rapidly changing climate. And he believes that most other animals are also limited in a similar way.

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   Apr 15

Rexnord Acquires Green Turtle

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Today Rexnord announced that it has acquired Green Turtle Technologies Ltd., Green Turtle Americas Ltd. and Filamat Composites Inc. . Based

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   Apr 15

Malaysia imperils forest reserves and sea turtle nesting ground for industrial site (photos)

By Herp News

Plans for an industrial site threaten one of Malaysia’s only marine turtle nesting beaches and a forest home to rare trees and mammals, according to local activists. Recently, the state government of Perak approved two industrial project inside Tanjung Hantu Permanent Forest Reserve. But activists say these will not only cut into the reserve, but also scare away nesting turtles from Pasir Panjang.

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   Apr 15

Man gapes at gator, gets nailed by cottonmouth

Did you hear the one about the man who got out of his car to get a closer look at an alligator… and got bitten by a water moccasin?

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   Apr 15

The-Lizard-RNLI-lifeboat-launches-to-rescue-a-child-whod-fallen-from-cliffs

By Herp News

Byline: The Lizard lifeboat was launched just after 5pm yesterday afternoon (13 April) to a report of a 13 year old male fallen from cliffs at Bass Point, The Lizard. Page Content: Falmouth Coastguard requested The Lizard lifeboat crew launch at 5pm yesterday afternoon after they received a 999 call from a party of adults and children coasteering at Bass Point reporting a 13 year old male with a …

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   Apr 14

Riddled with tumors: another blow to the Sumatran rhino species

By Herp News

Conservation for Sumatran rhinos suffered another blow last week, only days after Suci—one of only ten rhinos in captive breeding efforts—died at Cincinnati Zoo. Scientists in the Malaysian state of Sabah revealed that a newly captured female, Iman, suffers from an assortment of tumors in her uterus, hugely complicating reproduction efforts.

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   Apr 14

Does germ plasm accelerate evolution?

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Scientists have challenged a long held belief about the way certain species of vertebrates evolved. They found that genes evolve more rapidly in species containing germ plasm. The results came about as they put to the test a novel theory that early developmental events dramatically alter the vertebrate body plan and the way evolution proceeds.

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   Apr 14

Ancient snapping turtle won't end up as soup

Some people in a Mississippi town might have had turtle soup on their minds when they rescued a huge snapping turtle from a storm drain, but they quickly changed their minds and decided to save him, instead.

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   Apr 13

Who is poaching the world's deadliest snakes?

Are poachers stealing and selling the golden lancehead pit viper (Bothrops insularis) from an island off the coast of Brazil?

That was the topic of last night’s Nightline Prime:

One poisonous bite from the Golden Lancehead pit viper is enough to kill a grown man within a few hours. It’s fast-acting venom will burn through flesh and cause its victim to bleed to death.

Rogerio Zacariotti, a researcher with the Cruzeiro Do Sul University in Brazil, travels to “Snake Island” regularly to monitor the Gloden Lancehead population. He is convinced poachers are stealing the snakes from the island and selling them on the black market.

Zacariotti allowed “Nightline Prime” to accompany him and his team on one of his research trips to “Snake Island,” where ABC’s Dan Harris had some too-close encounters with the deadly snakes.

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   Apr 13

Lizard Island cops Ita’s brunt

By Herp News

SO OFTEN a tropical haven for cashed-up honeymooners and celebrities, Lizard Island is now a disaster zone.

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   Apr 12

Extremely rare Texas dino turtle even more endangered than first thought

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The extremely rare, utterly impressive and scary looking alligator snapping turtle is actually even more rare than first thought according to a study out of Florida this week. Reserachers in in the sunshine state have found that the scaly creature, once common to Houston, is actually just one of three different kinds of the turtles.

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   Apr 12

Reptile, Exotic Animal Show Kicks Off in Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A weekend event featuring vendors offering everything reptile-related kicks off in Springfield on Saturday. Repticon, a reptile and exotic animal show, presents vendors offering reptile pets, supples, cages, feeders and merchandise. The event also offers free raffles, animal seminars and activities for the kids. The event is at Ozark Empire Fairground in Center Hall at 3001 N …

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   Apr 12

Fighter jet design saves turtle

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Staff at the Turtle Rescue Center prepare to attach prosthetic fins to Freedom's carapace. The green sea turtle lost his two left limbs after becoming entangled in a fishing net.

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   Apr 12

Fighter jet design saves turtle

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Staff at the Turtle Rescue Center prepare to attach prosthetic fins to Freedom's carapace. The green sea turtle lost his two left limbs after becoming entangled in a fishing net.

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   Apr 11

Extinct carnivorous marsupial may have hunted prey larger than itself

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The reconstruction of an extinct meat-eating marsupial’s skull, Nimbacinus dicksoni, suggests that it may have had the ability to hunt vertebrate prey exceeding its own body size.

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   Apr 11

Three new turtle and tortoise books for kids encourage adventures

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Three new books released this spring – two new hardcovers and one released for the first time in paperback – feature turtles and tortoises, and offer lessons in taking time to stop and experience the world around us.

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   Apr 11

Herp Video of the Week: Elvis the croaking frog!

Check out this video “Elvis the croaking frog,” submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet.
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   Apr 10

‘Dinosaurs of the turtle world’ at risk in Southeast U.S. rivers

By Herp News

Conservation of coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico is vital to the survival of the alligator snapping turtle, including two recently discovered species, scientists say. A new study shows the alligator snapping turtle, the largest freshwater turtle in the Western Hemisphere and previously believed to be one species, is actually three separate species.

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   Apr 10

Giant ibis, little dodo, and the kakapo: meet the 100 weirdest and most endangered birds

By Herp News

The comic dodo, the stately great auk, the passenger pigeon blotting out the skies: human kind has wiped out nearly 200 species of birds in the last five hundred years. Now, if we don’t act soon we’ll add many new ones to this list: birds such as the giant ibis, the plains-wanderer, and the crow honeyeater. And these are just a few of the species that appear today on the long-awaited EDGE list.

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   Apr 10

Tortoise Capital Advisors Launches Microsite to Help Investors Uncover North American Energy

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Tortoise Capital Advisors, an investment manager with broad experience in the energy sector, today announced the launch of an educational website. The new site is designed to be a

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   Apr 10

Tortoise Capital Advisors Launches Microsite to Help Investors Uncover North American Energy

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Tortoise Capital Advisors, an investment manager with broad experience in the energy sector, today announced the launch of an educational website. The new site is designed to be a

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   Apr 10

Turtle Beach Introduces New PlayStation 4 Headset At PAX East

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SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the games industry, today announced a new addition to its lineup of gaming headsets for the PS4 ™ . The Ear Force® P12 …

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   Apr 10

Turtle Beach Introduces New PlayStation 4 Headset At PAX East

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SAN DIEGO, April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the games industry, today announced a new addition to its lineup of gaming headsets for the PS4 ™ . The Ear Force® P12 …

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   Apr 10

Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up teaches kids it's fun to torture animals

Will the ‘family fun’ that is the Sweetwater Rattlesnake Round-Up in Sweetwater, Texas, ever be stopped?

From CNN:

The Jaycees, short for the U.S. Junior Chamber, bills itself as a group that gives young people “the tools they need to build the bridges of success.” The Sweetwater branch has been holding what it calls “The World’s Largest Rattlesnake Round-Up” for 56 years on the first weekend in March, and the tool for success that it teaches young people is that it’s fun to kill and torture animals.

For weeks or even months, rattlesnakes are stored in crowded barrels until it’s roundup time. The snakes that have not suffocated under their kin arrive hungry, dehydrated, and sick from gasoline that was sprayed into their burrows to flush them out.

After a tour of the roundup, Michael Smith wrote an article for “Cross Timbers Herpetologist” in which he recalls noticing “…an unusual smell … like bad cologne and also like something gone bad.” Throughout the tour the smell keeps coming back to him, he writes, until he realizes what it is: “…the musk, feces, and blood of a thousand terrified snakes, half-covered with sprays of deodorant from Jaycees working the pits.”

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   Apr 09

Turtle Beach Ear Force i30 Bluetooth headset review

By Herp News

Turtle Beach's i30 Bluetooth headset is not the coolest-looking device on the market, but it has some nice features that may help the company extend its appeal beyond gamers

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