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   Oct 31

A Big Comeback for the Giant Galapagos Tortoise

By Herp News

Thanks to decades of conservation efforts, the iconic giant Galapagos tortoise, once on the brink of extinction, has recovered to a point where human intervention is no longer needed, according to a study published this week in the journal PLOS One.

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   Oct 31

Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. Provides Section 19(a) Notice

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This notice provides stockholders of Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. with information regarding the distribution paid on Oct. 31, 2014 and cumulativ

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   Oct 31

Zoologger: My lizard persona depends on my neighbours

By Herp News

Different stress levels will make wall lizards from a group of Aegean islands flee or drop their tails – and it all depends on who they grew up with

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   Oct 31

Herp Video of the Week: Scary Snake!

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   Oct 31

Grab the weekend by the tail

By Herp News

Remember when Indiana Jones ventured into that cobra pit in The Temple of Doom? RNA reptile show guru played a role in his daring.

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   Oct 30

New frog discovered inhabiting I-95 corridor from Connecticut to North Carolina

By Herp News

More than a half century after claims that a new frog species existed in New York and New Jersey were dismissed, a team of scientists has proven that the frog is living in wetlands from Connecticut to North Carolina and are naming it after the ecologist who first noticed it.

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   Oct 30

The secret behind this shot

By Herp News

The snake handler who orchestrated this famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark tells how he kept Harrison Ford from being bitten.

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   Oct 30

U.S. to monitor turtle exports in face of booming global trade

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By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – There were lots of snickers when a Chinese-Canadian man was caught trying to leave the United States with 51 turtles hidden in his sweatpants, but the case illustrated the serious threat facing native species from the booming international turtle trade, federal scientists said on Thursday. To protect native species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service …

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   Oct 30

Pet trade likely responsible for killer salamander fungus

By Herp News

As if amphibians weren’t facing enough—a killer fungal disease, habitat destruction, pollution, and global warming—now scientists say that a second fungal disease could spell disaster for dozens, perhaps hundreds, of species. A new paper finds that this disease has the potential to wipe out salamanders and newts across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Americas.

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   Oct 30

The Search for Lost Frogs: one of conservation’s most exciting expeditions comes to life in new book

By Herp News

One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in recent years was the Search for Lost Frogs in 2010. The brainchild of scientist, photographer, and frog-lover, Robin Moore, the initiative brought a sense of hope—and excitement—to a whole group of animals often ignored by the global public—and media outlets. Now, Moore has written a fascinating account of the expedition: In Search of Lost Frogs.

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   Oct 30

Learning to love scales and tails in Brisbane

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Indiana Jones needn't have worried when he ventured into that cobra pit in The Temple of Doom.

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   Oct 30

12 year old newt lover to present studies in Edinburgh

How old were you when you started studying herps? Callum Ullman-Smith has been at it for years – and he’s only twelve.

From The Press and Journal:

He has dedicated his free time over the past three years studying a set of nine rock pools on the shore of Loch Alsh, near Reraig.

His Loch Alsh studies have unearthed an unexpected breeding population of palmate newts and has been monitoring their numbers.

It is an unusual find because the newts generally live in freshwater, rather than the more challenging conditions of the sea loch.

His work has been noticed by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust who have invited him to present his findings to the experts at the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Symposium in Edinburgh this weekend.

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   Oct 30

Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

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Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight Two species of lizard previously unknown to science have been uncovered in a remote part of far north Queensland. Dr Conrad Hoskin, a researcher at James Cook university, found the two species after landing by helicopter in a largely …

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   Oct 30

Hiss… handle with care

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A team from the Ooty-based NGO, Wildlife and Nature Conservation Trust, imparted hands-on training to fire fighters and field-level Forest Department officials to rescue a snake.

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   Oct 30

Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals

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Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water.

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   Oct 29

FWS proposes protections for four new freshwater turtle species

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Brooks Hays WASHINGTON, Oct. 29 (UPI) — The Fish and Wildlife Service wants four native freshwater turtle species to be better protected by the rules of an international treaty known as CITES.

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   Oct 29

How a giant tortoise made a giant comeback (+video)

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Once on the brink of extinction, the Galápagos tortoise is now one of wildlife conservation's biggest success stories.

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   Oct 29

How a giant tortoise made a giant comeback

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Once on the brink of extinction, the Galápagos tortoise is now one of wildlife conservation's biggest success stories.

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   Oct 29

Sea turtles are having a great year

Florida officials reported strong nesting numbers for several threatened species of sea turtle.

From the Associated Press:

According to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the number of loggerhead turtle nests remained high and the number of leatherback turtle nests reached a record this year.

Researchers surveyed more than 800 miles of Florida beaches for two reports that document the number of nests and nesting trends.

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   Oct 29

X-ray shows sick tortoise swallowed turtle pendant

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MIAMI (AP) — The source of a sick tortoise's discomfort became clear after a south Florida veterinarian took an X-ray: The animal had swallowed a turtle pendant.

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   Oct 28

The inconvenient solution to the rhino poaching crisis

By Herp News

Daily, we read or hear of more rhino being poached to satisfy the seemingly insatiable demand from Asia for rhino horn. With countless articles and papers having been published on the subject – and the Internet abuzz with forums, including heated debates concerning possible solutions – current approaches seem to be failing. Evidence is in the numbers. Known poaching deaths in South Africa have risen sharply over the past three years: 668 rhinos in 2012, 1,004 last year, and 899 through the first nine months of 2014. This toll includes only documented kills — the real number is higher.

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   Oct 28

Giant tortoise 'miraculous' recovery

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A new study confirms that giant tortoise numbers on one of the Galapagos Islands have bounced back thanks to captive breeding.

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   Oct 28

Big comeback for giant tortoise

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A giant tortoise subspecies that once teetered on the brink of extinction has made a big comeback on its Galapagos island home.

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   Oct 28

Rare bush frog breeds in bamboo, researchers discover

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Researchers have discovered a new reproductive mode in frogs and toads — breeding and laying direct developing eggs in live bamboo with narrow openings — which was observed in the white spotted bush frog (Raorchestes chalazodes). This critically endangered frog is currently only one of two species known to adopt this novel reproductive strategy.

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   Oct 28

Turtle Beach Elite 800 Fully Wireless Gaming Headset for the PlayStation®4 is Now in Best Buy Stores

By Herp News

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced that the Elite 800 wireless surround sound headset for the PlayStation®4 is now available exclusively at U.S. The Elite 800 is the first and only console gaming headset with active noise cancellation, and joins the recently launched Turtle Beach Stealth 500P as the only DTS …

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   Oct 28

Who's your daddy?

For the first time, parthenogenesis (or virgin birth) has occurred with a reticulated python.

From National Georgraphic:

“Pythons are an old, ancient species. We’ve seen this in more advanced species like garter snakes,” said Booth, adding that the discovery helps scientists learn more about the snakes’ evolutionary family tree.

It’s still a mystery as to why parthenogenesis happens, though Booth hypothesizes that geographic isolation from males and captivity may have a lot to do with it.

In Thelma’s case, her virgin birth may have been triggered by ideal living conditions, zoo curator McMahan speculates.

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   Oct 27

Fisherman's creel killed rare turtle

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A 6ft leatherback turtle drowned off the east coast of Scotland after being caught in fishermen's creel ropes, experts discover.

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   Oct 27

Tortoise Treated By Vet After Swallowing Sea Turtle Charm

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A South Florida veterinarian got quite a surprise Monday morning when the owner of a tortoise brought her beloved pet to his office to be checked out.

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   Oct 27

Photos: slumbering lions win top photo prize

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The king of beasts took this year’s top prize in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, which is co-owned by the Natural History Museum (London) and the BBC. The photo, of female lions and their cubs resting on a rock face in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, was taken by Michael ‘Nick’ Nichols, a photographer with National Geographic.

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   Oct 27

Scientific association calls on Nicaragua to scrap its Gran Canal

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ATBC—the world’s largest association of tropical biologists and conservationists—has advised Nicaragua to halt its ambitious plan to build a massive canal across the country. The ATBC warns that the Chinese-backed canal, also known as the Gran Canal, will have devastating impacts on Nicaragua’s water security, its forests and wildlife, and local people.

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   Oct 27

CSI: Madagascar

Using a technique more common in forensic science than taxonomy, a grad student identified a new frog of Madagascar.

From Discover Magazine:

Taking an integrative approach to taxonomy (versus the traditional and still-common practice of relying solely on morphology), Scherz examined genetics, morphology, and a technique that’s still cutting-edge for distinguishing species: CT scans. Wrapping the frog in alcohol-drenched paper (don’t worry, it was long dead) and shooting X-ray beams at it while rotating its position, Scherz was able create 3-D computer images of its skeleton while not destroying any of the tissue.

The non-invasive method allowed Scherz to see subtle but crucial skeletal features (such as the length of a segment of the thumb bone) that were critical for recognizing the rhombus frog as a new, unique species.

The CT technology also enabled him to see the frog’s last meal (or perhaps last several), revealing a millipede, six ants, a spider, a fly, and at least three different species of beetle in its stomach and large intestine. It’s no wonder Scherz named it vaventy, the Malagasy word for “huge,” in the paper describing the find, published in Zootaxa.

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   Oct 27

Some like it loud: Warning coloration paved the way for louder, more complex calls in poisonous frogs

By Herp News

Species of poison frogs that utilize bright warning coloration as protection from predators are more likely to develop louder, more complex calls than relatives that rely on camouflage. New research indicates that because these visual cues establish certain species as unsavory prey, they are free to make noisy calls in plain sight and better attract possible mates.

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   Oct 25

KHAOS7CUTZ's Blog – From: im a newbie here

hi i have a Malaysian box,named Khaos ive had him for 18 yrs now .Khaos is one of the family he has complete freedom around the house..i want another turtle….dont want to get another Box female turtle cuz i dont want babies and i cant get a male because they will fight. can i get a tortoise to live with us, wud they fight? does it have to be much bigger than him so they wont fight ? What kind of enclosure can i get to have a tortoise in a 1 bedroom apt? what kind should i get i say i want one around 25-40lbs at most. Where would i get one from I live in Nassau County Long island, NY

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   Oct 24

Sex-loving, meat-eating reptiles have shorter lives

By Herp News

The health risks and benefits of vegetarianism have long been discussed in relation to the human diet, but newly published research reveals that it’s definitely of benefit to the reptile population. That, and being less sexually active. The research team investigated how longevity of 1,014 species of scaled reptiles is influenced by key environmental characteristics and by their feeding and sexual habits.

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   Oct 24

Sea turtles’ first days of life: Sprint and ride towards safety

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With new nano-sized acoustic transmitters, scientists followed the pathways of loggerhead turtle hatchlings. According to the study, local oceanic conditions are believed to drive the evolution of some unique swimming behaviors.

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   Oct 24

Washington Township man who lost hundreds of snakes in a fire looks to the future

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Larry Kenton, who lost hundreds of snakes in a fire this week, said his passion for the reptile started on a baseball field in Maryland.

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   Oct 24

Herp Video of the Week: Crested X Chahoua Hybrid!

Check out this video “Crested X Chahoua Hybrid,” submitted by kingsnake.com user lance_portal.
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   Oct 24

Turtle Creek tower from the ’70s gets makeover by new owner

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The 3131 Turtle Creek tower was purchased by Dallas-based Cardinal Capital Partners which plans to remodel the 42-year-old office high-rise.

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   Oct 24

Lost 60-pound pet tortoise returned to 11-year-old owner

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Renewing one’s faith in people, for some, is no easy feat. Sometimes it takes something big — or, as one South County father recently discovered, something big, and slow, and green — and lost — but de

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   Oct 23

Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C. Announces Release of 2014 Third Quarter Stockholders’ Reports for Closed-End Funds …

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Tortoise Capital Advisors, L.L.C., the adviser of NDP, NTG, TPZ, TTP and TYG announced today the release of 2014 third quarter stockholders' reports for each of these funds.

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