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   Aug 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Alterna

Sanderson is a magical place in West Texas where glorious snakes are found. Those glorious snakes are Kingsnakes. They were our original inspiration here at kignsnake.com, and much like this beautiful Sanderson locale alterna in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user alterna63 , they still inspire us constantly! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 26

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! This is a stunning shot of a Western Diamondback Rattlesnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user juzior ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world, not just rattlesnakes. They all need our help to change misconceptions.

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   Aug 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

How precious and tiny is this! This wee Gargoyle Gecko is delicately perched on a finger in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user madisyn74 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

There can be little more precious than a child and his pet Ball Python, like Markus and his snake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user mikev ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 23

BPA can disrupt painted turtles’ brain development could be a population health concern

By Herp News

Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, affecting turtle habitats. Last year, a team of researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function in painted turtles. Now, the team has shown that BPA also can induce behavioral changes in turtles, reprogramming male turtle brains to show behavior common in females. Researchers worry this could lead to population declines in painted turtles.

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   Aug 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

Always sassy and full of attitude, nut never underestimate the speed of an Alligator Snapping turtle like the one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user phantoms ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Garter Snake

So very underestimated but how many of you caught a Garter like the one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user snakekate for your first field find? Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 19

Living with reptiles: Garbage Truck Turtle, Fashionable Dragons and a new adoption


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One thing that ties all these stories together is that they are pet stories. They show that reptiles are loved parts of a family, something we already know! Each time we take the illusion away that reptiles are scary, we make headway in every single legal battle and we create allies.

We are still trying to figure out exactly how the tortoise got into the trash, but it is amazing how many people came together to help get Zuma, the 90-year-old pet tortoise, home and safe!

Staff immediately stepped in, tracking the location of the truck likely carrying the much-loved tortoise.
Joiner rushed to the waste center, and, with the help of city workers, sorted through the roughly 1,000 bags in the truck’s bin using thermal imaging camera.

You can see the rest of the story, including a video at aol.com.


Pet fashion shows are nothing new! My own dogs were the Master of Ceremonies at one in my town in fact, but none of my reptiles have ever been in one. I know Tom Crutchfield has more lizard costumes than some people have dog clothes, so it comes as no surprise to me that a pet Bearded Dragon took the championship! Logan West and his pet Bearded Dragon took the youth division with this awesome team costume. For the full story and to see all the fashionable pets, pop over to Seguingazette.com. Photo: seguingazette.com

“Clear the shelter” adoption events are very common! It brings a ton of people into their local humane society to look at a new pet. They are warm and fuzzy stories that always give you those feels inside, you know the warm and fuzzies? Yeah… However when was the last time you heard someone squeal about their new pet iguana adopted at a “clear the shelter” event? That stops now, here is your warm and fuzzy good feeling ending.

After learning about Clear the Shelters in an email from the Washington Humane Society-Washington Animal Rescue League, Henderson-O’Keefe decided go to the shelter in advance Thursday with Peirman and her daughter, Eldie, 12, to look around.
That’s when Peirman met Charizard, an iguana named after a Pokemon character.
“He really responded to the iguana,” Henderson-O’Keefe said.
Peirman scratched Charizard’s neck to remove a layer of skin she was shedding, and Henderson-O’Keefe said when her son picked up Charizard, the iguana crawled onto his shoulder.

The story is well worth making it a part of your pick-me-up today. To read the full article and see the video, head on over to NBCWashington.com. …read more
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   Aug 19

[AUTOSAVED] Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! What a great field find Copperhead from Brown County, Indiana in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user ReptileProducts ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world, not just rattlesnakes. They all need our help to change misconceptions.

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   Aug 19

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! What a great field find Copperhead from Brown County, Indiana in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user ReptileProducts ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world, not just rattlesnakes. They all need our help to change misconceptions.

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   Aug 18

Maine to enact new regulations impacting reptile keepers


A burrowing frog floating quietly between the bleating calls.
Despite overwhelming support against the law change from residents and pet owners in the state, Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife has passed a rule increasing fines for illegal wildlife ownership, making it harder for those who wish to breed, buy or sell, new ownership restrictions for exotic pets and lastly a third party contractor will be in charge of inspections.

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Before that vote, opinions about the rule changes were mixed. In a public comment period earlier this summer, the agency received a couple hundred letters, said Nate Webb, a biologist with the state Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.

At a public hearing in June, a few Mainers and non-Mainers supported the changes, arguing they will ensure animals are treated better while in captivity.

But a greater number of attendees at the June hearing — including breeders, collectors, rehabilitators and researchers — expressed concern about the proposal .

We will be watching closely to see when the full rules are posted. Shame on Maine, your residents spoke up and you did not listen.

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   Aug 18

Snake eyes: New insights into visual adaptations

By Herp News

New insights into the relationship between ultraviolet (UV) filters and hunting methods in snakes is one of the findings of the first major study of visual pigment genes and lenses in snakes.

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   Aug 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Chuckwalla

Time to hit the Throwback machine for this one! This hatchling Chuckwalla in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user bj is from 1993! Proof that reptile pets are not a new thing! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 17

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

This Diamondback Terrapin is just bobbling along in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user oz7927 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 17

The most complete catalog of proteins in king cobra venom yet

By Herp News

Seven milliliters of a king cobra’s venom can kill 20 people. But what exactly is in the snake’s venom? Researchers have pursued that question for decades.

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   Aug 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

What a beautiful batch of Burmese noodles in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user tom_reagan ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Toad

There is nothing Common with this Toad in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Krallenfrosch ! See what we did there? Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 13

The Aztec treasure unearthed: New earth snake species discovered in Mexico

By Herp News

A new gem has been added to the vast treasure of Mexican reptiles. Scientists recently described a new and strikingly colored species of earth snake from the mountains of Puebla and Veracruz in central Mexico. These burrowing snakes are seldom encountered and, consequently, have been poorly studied. Furthermore, several species have restricted distribution, making them particularly vulnerable to extinction.

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   Aug 13

Rain frog that turned into a Sleeping beauty is a new species from the Peruvian Andes

By Herp News

A new species of rain frog was discovered in the premontane forests of the Peruvian central Andes. Referring to the mountain chain’s local name, the amphibian’s name translates to ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Another striking thing about the new frog is the contrasting bright red that coats its groins, shanks and thighs.

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   Aug 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! Isn’t this a gorgeous Southern Pacific Rattlesnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Canes05 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world.

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   Aug 11

Herp Photo of the Day: Kingsnake

We might be biased, but we have always have a soft spot for kingsnakes, like this California mountain kingsnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user EdzExotics ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 10

Many endangered species face long waits for protection

By Herp News

The Endangered Species Act was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened. A two-year timeline for the process was established in 1982 by a Congressional amendment to the ESA. Researchers found that many species are encountering much longer wait times. They believe that delays could lead to less global biodiversity.

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   Aug 10

Herp Photo of the Day: Toad

Grumpy Toad is judging you in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user galen will blind ya! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! The original caption on the site is full of awesomeness, I suggest you check it out!

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   Aug 09

Tiger sharks opt for scavenging on dead and dying sea turtles as a feeding strategy

By Herp News

Researchers found behavioral evidence that tiger sharks prefer to opportunistically scavenge on dead or weakened green turtles rather than actively hunting healthy individuals despite more opportunities to do so. The study, conducted off the coast of Australia during the turtle nesting season, also found the behavior of healthy green turtles suggests that they do not perceive tiger sharks as a major threat during nesting season.

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   Aug 09

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

There is no question where this snake got their name from! The brilliant reds on this Blood Python in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user bitis_01 will blind ya! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Guyana

Here is something you don’t see every day! A field shot of a Guyana Kentropyx (Kentropyx borckiana) in Barbados for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user davemangham is feeling SASSY! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 05

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! This Timber Rattlesnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user herpermike1 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it herewas found in a very populated area in Tennesee, and moved to a more safe location! Great Message! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world.

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   Aug 04

‘Red gene’ in birds, turtles suggests dinosaurs had bird-like color vision

By Herp News

A gene for red colour vision that originated in the reptile lineage around 250 million years ago has resulted in the bright red bird feathers and ‘painted’ turtles we see today, and may be evidence that dinosaurs could see as many shades of red as birds, and perhaps even displayed more red than we might think.

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   Aug 04

Herp Photo of the Day: Caiman

This little Caiman in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user roadkill55 is feeling SASSY! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 03

Three new species identified amongst the Tegu lizard family

By Herp News

The golden tegu lizard, previously thought to be a single species, may actually comprise four distinct clades, including three new cryptic species, according to a new study.

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   Aug 03

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

Love this shot of a hatchling Chondro in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user MikeRusso ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 02

Herp Photo of the Day: Collared Lizard

A whole lot of AWWWWS for this newborn Collared Lizard in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user the4thmonkey! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Aug 01

Life on the edge: How forest fragmentation is impacting on amphibian and reptile species

By Herp News

Experts call for new conservation guidelines after research shows 90% of tropical amphibian and reptile species are affected by the ‘edge effect’ and forest islands less than 500m in diameter are putting many at risk.

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   Aug 01

Herp Photo of the Day: Salamander

Love this shot from the field! Found on the UC Santa Cruz campus, this Black Salamander (Aneides flavipunctatus) is getting a closer look at us in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user sc_shark ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Jul 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! What a stunning albino Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri) for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user lichanura ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world.

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   Jul 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

Love the detail in this headshit of a Uroplatus fimbriatus in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user zmarchetti ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Jul 27

Frog reproduction in created ponds may be affected by disease and food availability

By Herp News

Food availability and disease in created habitats may affect the reproductive output of reintroduced frogs, according to a new study.

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   Jul 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

A Ball Python this pretty deserves it’s own glamour shot like this one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user anthony james mc ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here!

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   Jul 26

Sexual rivalry may drive frog reproductive behaviors

By Herp News

Biologists have long thought that some frogs evolved to mate on land instead of in water to better guard eggs and tadpoles from predation. New research now suggests that mating on land in many species might be a strategy male frogs use to ensure that their own DNA gets passed on, instead of their rivals’. Sexual selection may trump natural selection in the evolution of these reproductive behaviors.

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   Jul 26

Japanese tadpoles relax in hot springs

By Herp News

Japanese tadpoles can live and grow in natural hots springs, or onsen, with water temperatures as high as 46.1oC (115oF). Living in onsen may benefit the tadpoles’ immune systems, speed their growth, and allow the tadpoles to survive on small volcanic islands where there are few other natural sources of fresh water.

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