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   Nov 24

Scientists solve reptile mysteries with landmark study on the evolution of turtles

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( California Academy of Sciences ) A team of scientists, including researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, has reconstructed a detailed 'tree of life' for turtles. Next generation sequencing technologies in Academy labs have generated unprecedented amounts of genetic information for a thrilling new look at turtles' evolutionary history. Authors place turtles in the newly named group …

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   Nov 24

Kids have play date with a python

School children in Ireland spent time handling Rascal the Burmese python at the Reptile Conservation Zoo.

From the Independent:

The scary encounter was to celebrate the launch of the zoo’s search for an Irish Junior Conservation Hero.

The new initiative is to help raise awareness about the rapid rate of extinction that is wiping out unique species across the planet.

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   Nov 24

Rescued turtle heading to new home in San Diego

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MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle named Sapphire is getting ready for a cross-country trip on Thursday to a permanent home in Southern California after convalescing for more than a year at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital.

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   Nov 22

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MY first sighting of a biawak (monitor lizard) in 1999 happened by chance whilst watching hornbills roost along the Kinabatangan River in northeast Sabah.

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   Nov 22

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Fall to Winter Frankie

It’s that time of the year again when I loose all sense and intelligence and start thinking of bringing Frankie indoors. Yes, the South is headed to the plummeting cold of 30


   Nov 21

Loggerhead sea turtle travels over 3,000 miles

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It's the latest addition to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla.

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   Nov 21

Tortoise and the Hare

By Herp News

What if the tortoise visited the hare in the hospital, years after the race? This story comes from writer Amelia Gray's collection “Museum of the Weird.”

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   Nov 21

Herp Video of the Week: Garter Snake A My Garden!

Check out this video “Garter Snake A My Garden,” submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet.
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   Nov 21

Turtle-crossing road signs go up near Indiana wildlife area

By Herp News

The signs mark an area where turtles of various species are killed by vehicles as they try to cross a busy road on the northern edge of the Wabashiki Fish and Wildlife Area.

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   Nov 21

Rescued sea turtle arrives at Birch Aquarium

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LA JOLLA, Calif. — For the first time ever, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography welcome a rescued sea turtle to its collection of marine life. After a cross-country flight the young loggerhead turtle, weighing nearly 100 pounds, landed in San Diego Wednesday night. “Just last night we flew in a loggerhead sea […]

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   Nov 21

Tapeworm found living inside a patient’s brain: Worm removed and sequenced

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A genome of a rare species of tapeworm found living inside a patient’s brain has been sequenced for the first time. The study provides insights into potential drug targets within the genome for future treatments.

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   Nov 21

New Signs in Indiana Warn of Turtle Crossing

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Crews put up 'Turtle Crossing' signs along road where vehicles hit many in Indiana

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   Nov 20

Turtle released after red tide recovery

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A 40-pound sea turtle is headed back to the open water after successfully being treated for red tide. The turtle was found in bad shape on Marco island two weeks ago and was the first patient treated by CROW for red tide this season.

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   Nov 20

Rescued juvenile sea turtle finds new home at Birch Aquarium

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For the first time, Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, welcomed a rescued and rehabilitated sea turtle to its collection of marine life.

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   Nov 20

Look for lizards crossing the road

An exotic pet hospital in Australia saved a monitor lizard that was hit by a car, and warns drivers to keep an eye out.

From the Daily Telegraph:

“If you see one hurt … it’s best to be cautious and call an expert.

“Also, try and look out for them on the roads. They tend to move slowly across the road when they want to warm up or look for food.”

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   Nov 20

Lizard species being monitored at Auburn Univ. could cause problems for state

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Auburn University is researching a species that could cause problems in Alabama.

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   Nov 19

Jane Goodall: 5 reasons to have hope for the planet

By Herp News

Jane Goodall is not only arguably the most famous conservationist who ever lived, but also the most well-known and respected female scientist on the planet today. Her path to reach that stature is an unlikely as it is inspiring. Told to ‘never give up’ by her mother, Goodall set out in her 20s to pursue her childhood dream: to live with animals in Africa. By the time she was 26 she doing just this.

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   Nov 19

Gone for good: world’s largest earwig declared extinct

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The world has lost a giant: this week the IUCN Red List officially declared St. Helena giant earwig extinct. While its length of 80 millimeters (3.1 inches) may not seem like much, it’s massive for an earwig and impressive for an insect. Only found on the island of St. Helena in the remote southern Atlantic, experts believe the St. Helena giant earwig was pushed to extinction by habitat destruction.

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   Nov 19

Stop what you’re doing and look at this Filipino basketball player’s lizard haircut

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Blackwater Elite's Ogie Menor proves Philippines Basketball Association style is wilder than NBA style.

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   Nov 19

Ogie Menor turns heads with 'lizard' hairstyle

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Blackwater Elite may have lost their seventh straight game in the 2014 PBA Philippine Cup but forward Ogie Menor was the big winner in social media as he stunned everyone with his unique lizard hairstyle.

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   Nov 19

Dirty Beaches' Alex Zhang Hungtai Shares New Music As Last Lizard

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Photo by Tonje Thilesen Dirty Beaches ', aka Alex Zhang Hungtai, recently announced he would be ending his work as Dirty Beaches with the promise of “NEW PROJECTS NEW MUSIC COMING SOON 2015″. Now, as Stereogum reports, he's shared two new tracks under his new alias Last Lizard. Listen to the instrumental “Dickie’s Theme” and “Detroit (Excerpt)” above. Zhang released his final album as Dirty …

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   Nov 19

Tortoise ribs evolved into shells

What does the evolution of the tortoise shell have to do with breathing?

From Phys.org:

Lead author Dr Tyler Lyson of Wits University’s Evolutionary Studies Institute, the Smithsonian Institution and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science said: “Tortoises have a bizarre body plan and one of the more puzzling aspects to this body plan is the fact that tortoises have locked their ribs up into the iconic tortoise shell. No other animal does this and the likely reason is that ribs play such an important role in breathing in most animals including mammals, birds, crocodilians, and lizards.”

Instead tortoises have developed a unique abdominal muscular sling that wraps around their lungs and organs to help them breathe. When and how this mechanism evolved has been unknown.

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   Nov 19

India’s only captive white crocodile to be set free soon

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The rare reptile has been in the Bhitarkanika National Park for the past 39 years

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   Nov 19

Tortoise Ride

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This ain’t your granddaddy’s South Georgia gopher. What we have here is a Sulcata African land tortoise, one of 11 that belong to Randy Gallager of North Carolina.

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   Nov 18

Turtle Mike Technology Bridges Communications Systems

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Recent two-week field tests in Nebraska of the Hybrid Public Safety Microphone–or Turtle Mike–allowed law enforcement, medical, fire and rescue and public works personnel to test a merge of land mobile radio (LMR) and broadband systems to enable first responders to communicate with each other. Funded by S&T's First Responders Group (FRG) at the request of DHS's U.S. Customs and Border …

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   Nov 18

Fears confirmed: Texas turtle in trouble

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Heppell spoke to nearly 200 scientists, government officials and environmentalists at the Second International Kemp's Ridley Sea Turtle Symposium, convened to call attention to the sudden reversal of fortunes for the world's most endangered sea turtle. Andre Landry Jr., former director of the Sea Turtle & Fisheries Ecology Research Laboratory at Texas A&M University at Galveston, helped organize …

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   Nov 18

Rediscovered in 2010, rare Indian frog surprises by breeding in bamboo

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For a long time, this rare white spotted bush frog lived a secretive life: the Critically Endangered Chalazodes bubble-nest frog (Raorchestes chalazodes) was last seen in 1874 and presumed to be extinct. That is until 2010 when a year-long expedition to try and locate ‘lost’ amphibians in India found the elusive frog in the wet evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, after more than 130 years.

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   Nov 18

Turtle Sense Tracking When Sea Turtles Will Hatch

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Technology is helping researchers better predict when sea turtles will hatch.

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   Nov 18

Why do snakes have two penises?

New research explains why snakes have two penises instead of one.

From the Washington Post:

In snakes and lizards, the external genitals get a little funkier. These reptiles have paired external genitals, even though they only use one at a time during mating.

But all of these genitals spring out of the same embryonic structure, called the cloaca. This structure sends out signals to the cells around it in the embryo, telling them to turn into genitals.

Scientists have wondered why these structures — which are triggered to grow by the same genetic mechanisms during embryonic development, and have the same function in adulthood — develop so differently.

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   Nov 17

Less sex plus more greens equals a longer life: Reptile study

By Herp News

While a life in the slow lane may be easier, will it be any longer? It will if you're a reptile. A new study finds that reduced reproductive rates and a plant-rich diet are responsible for the increased lifespan of reptiles.

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   Nov 17

'Passion' of Seabrook turtle watch filmed for documentary

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SEABROOK ISLAND – The gathering caught David Weintraub's eye at first, all those people circling around on something on the beach. Then he saw the tiny creatures wriggling toward the ocean.

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   Nov 17

Shifting the way the world shops (commentary)

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If you are what you eat, then just as true, you are what you buy. From organic, fair-trade, responsible palm oil, Wildlife Friendly, and most recently deforestation-free, consumers can cast their lot with a variety of eco-friendly labels and define who they are by what they buy. It gives someone in New York City the chance to contribute to forest protection in Indonesia by using their wallets to influence the sustainability of the supply chain that serves them with goods.

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   Nov 17

Why lizards have bird breath: Iguanas evolved one-way lungs surprisingly like those of birds

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Biologists long assumed that one-way air flow was a special adaptation in birds driven by the intense energy demands of flight. But now scientists have shown that bird-like breathing also developed in green iguanas – reptiles not known for high-capacity aerobic fitness. The finding bolsters the case that unidirectional bird-like flow evolved long before the first birds.

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   Nov 17

Of bluefin and pufferfish: 310 species added to IUCN Red List

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Today, 22,413 species are threatened with extinction, according to the most recent update of the IUCN Red List. This is a rise of 310 species from the last update in the summer. The update includes the Pacific bluefin tuna, the Chinese pufferfish, and Chapman’s pygmy chameleon, among others.

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   Nov 17

A nature photographer’s dream: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society

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Julie Larsen Maher has what many wildlife photographers would consider a dream job: staff photographer for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-profit that runs five zoos and aquariums in New York City as well as numerous site-based field programs in the U.S. and overseas. As staff photographer, Maher helps tell the stories behind WCS’s conservation work, which ranges from veterinary procedures with Bronx Zoo animals to working with local communities in remote parts of Zambia to protect wildlife.

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   Nov 17

Less sex plus more greens equals a longer life: Reptile study

By Herp News

While a life in the slow lane may be easier, will it be any longer? It will if you’re a reptile. A new study finds that reduced reproductive rates and a plant-rich diet are responsible for the increased lifespan of reptiles.

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   Nov 17

New fossil identifies largest known venomous snake

How would you like to come across a 57 pound venomous snake?

From Live Science:

Laophis crotaloides measured between 10 and 13 feet (3 and 4 meters) long and weighed a whopping 57 lbs. (26 kilograms). Today’s longest venomous snakes, king cobras (Ophiophagus hannah), can grow to be about 18 feet (5.5 m) long. But at typical weights between 15 and 20 lbs. (6.8 to 9 kg), king cobras are scrawny compared to Laophis.

What makes Laophis even stranger was that it achieved this bulk not in the tropics, where most large reptiles live today, but in seasonal grasslands where winters were cool.

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   Nov 17

Reptile To Reef, Blake Gallery until November 19

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AN EXHIBITION of sculptures by a North Yorkshire artist will take place in Haxby this week.

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   Nov 15

Turtle Beach Elite 800 Gaming Headphones Review: A Sound Investment?

By Herp News

Turtle Beach's Elite 800 headphones are out not for £249 from Amazon. Key Features: DTS Headphone: x 7.1 surround sound Custom FTS Surround Sound presets Active noise cancellation Two noise-cancelling mics built in Magnetic charging cradle 15 hour battery PS4/PS3/mobile The Verdict: In the hyped-up future of ' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' , more tech is aways better tech. Whether you're …

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   Nov 14

Turtle Beach Elite 800 Gaming Headphones Review: A Sound Investment?

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Turtle Beach's Elite 800 headphones are out not for £249 from Amazon. Key Features: DTS Headphone: x 7.1 surround sound Custom FTS Surround Sound presets Active noise cancellation Two noise-cancelling mics built in Magnetic charging cradle 15 hour battery PS4/PS3/mobile The Verdict: In the hyped-up future of ' Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare' , more tech is aways better tech. Whether you're …

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