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Archive for February, 2013


   Feb 28

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

By Herp News This notice provides stockholders of Tortoise Power and Energy Infrastructure Fund, Inc. with information regarding the distribution paid on Feb. 28, 2013 and cumulativ Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by Zoo Med (686) Buy new: $12.99 $7.03 26 […]

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   Feb 28

Two new species of mini-salamander discovered in Colombia

By Herp News Biologists have discovered two new species of salamander in Tamá National Natural Park in Colombia. While the discovery should be cause for celebration, the news was dampened by the fact that both species are already infected with the deadly fungal disease, known as Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd), which has wiped out amphibian populations […]

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   Feb 28

Leatherback turtles facing extinction, say experts

The world’s largest turtle may be extinct in as little as 20 years, conclude researchers in a study published this week. “Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but are struggling to survive the impact of humans,” said reproductive biologist Thane Wibbels of the University of […]

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   Feb 28

New video game turns kids into conservationists

By Herp News Count coral in the Chagos Archipelago, save amphibians from the deadly chytrid fungus, replant trees in the Atlantic Forest, and count predators and prey in the African Savannah—a new free online game by Wildscreen, dubbed Team WILD, allows young players to learn about science and conservation while moving fast-paced through different ecosystems. […]

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   Feb 27

Famed giant Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years

By Herp News The majestic leatherback — the world's largest turtle — could be extinct in two decades, scientists say. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by Zoo Med (686) Buy new: $12.99 $7.03 26 used & new from $3.25 Allows precise […]

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   Feb 27

Leatherback sea turtles suffer 78 percent decline at critical nesting sites in Pacific

By Herp News The world’s largest sea turtle, the leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), is vanishing from its most important nesting sites in the western Pacific, according to a new study in Ecosphere. Scientists found that leatherback turtle nests have dropped by 78 percent in less than 30 years in the Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island […]

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   Feb 27

Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years

By Herp News BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – The giant Pacific leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile (10,000 km) ocean trek from the U.S. West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say. “Sea turtles have been around about 100 million years and […]

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   Feb 27

Sea turtle Day Saturday to focus on sky glow

By Herp News The annual Sea Turtle Day Festival attracted 4,000 people last year, and Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is ready for its close-up on Saturday. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (700) Penn Plax Large Turtle Pier For Use In and Out Of Water Basking Platform For Small Reptiles by Penn […]

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   Feb 27

Reptile Man overuns Ridgefield

By Herp News Ridgefield — “Sit” and “sleep” sound more like commands you would bark at the family dog than at an alligator. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (156) Tetra 29258 ReptoMin Floating Food Sticks 6.83-Pound, 10-Liter by Tetra (156) Buy new: $49.99 $45.55 4 used & new from $38.15 A […]

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   Feb 27

Reptile event celebrates end of Johnson County library reading program

By Herp News Johnson County Public Library celebrates culmination with its 18th annual winter reading program with a special event at its four branches. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (71) Pangea Fruit Mix With Insects Crested Gecko Complete Diet 2 oz by Pangea (71) Buy new: $11.99 Pangea Fruit Mix With […]

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   Feb 27

Biting back: Snake venom contains toxic clotting factors

By Herp News The powerful venom of the saw-scaled viper Echis carinatus contains both anticoagulants and coagulants according to a new study. These may be a source of potent drugs to treat human disease. The saw-scaled viper family Echis, responsible for most snake attacks on humans, are recognizable by the ‘sizzling’ noise they make, produced […]

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   Feb 27

Travel in Madagascar: strange wildlife and stunning landscapes

By Herp News The promise of lemurs, lizards, and a bouquet of biodiversity brought mongabay.com founder Rhett Butler to Madagascar sixteen years ago. He was not disappointed by what he found and was inspired to return, many times to experience the wildlife, landscapes, and people of the dynamic island. In 2004, Rhett founded wildmadagascar.org, a […]

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   Feb 26

Leatherback sea turtle could be extinct within 20 years at last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean

By Herp News An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at the turtle's last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (71) Pangea […]

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   Feb 26

2,000 Pound Turtle Could Be Extinct Within 20 Years

By Herp News International team led by UAB finds 78 percent drop in leatherback turtle nests at primary nesting site; largest marine turtle in world may vanish. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, 30-40 Gallon by Zoo Med (1599) Buy new: $17.32 $17.29 42 used […]

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   Feb 26

Leatherback sea turtle could be extinct within 20 years at last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean

By Herp News An international team led by the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has documented a 78 percent decline in the number of nests of the critically endangered leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) at the turtle’s last stronghold in the Pacific Ocean. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (615) Tetra […]

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   Feb 26

Chinese government creating secret demand for tiger trade alleges NGO (warning: graphic images)

By Herp News The number of tigers being captive bred in China for consumption exceed those surviving in the wild—across 13 countries—by over a third, according to a new report by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA). The report, Hidden in Plain Sight, alleges that while the Chinese government has been taking a tough stance on […]

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   Feb 26

Photos from NARBC Arlington

Our Jeff Barringer was at the NARBC show in Arlington, Tex., last weekend — and faster than you can say, “Pics or it didn’t happen!”, he created this photo album from the show. Our favorite? The beautiful artwork displayed by Jeff Littlejohn, like this piece: …read more Read more here: King Snake  (686) Zoo Med […]

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   Feb 26

Apparel brand Turtle set to launch hand-woven khadi garments

By Herp News Menswear and accessories maker Turtle is set to launch hand-woven khadi garments next month. The new range – complete with shirts, trousers and jackets – will be marketed as premium casual wear and will hit stores by the first week of March. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (71) […]

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   Feb 26

Asiatic cheetahs: on the road to extinction?

By Herp News Cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) are unique among large cats. They have a highly specialized body, a mild temperament, and are the fastest living animals on land. Acinonyx jubatus venaticus, the Asiatic subspecies, is unique among cheetahs and the only member of five currently living subspecies to occur outside of Africa. Listed as Critically […]

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   Feb 26

Listen: Ernie Harwell's 'Voice of the Turtle'

By Herp News The late, great Ernie Harwell recited this “Voice of the Turtle” passage from Song of Solomon before the Detroit Tigers' exhibition opener each year during spring training. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (302) BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared Lamp Bulb, Black […]

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   Feb 26

Turtle to launch khadi garments next month

By Herp News Kolkata-headquartered menswear apparel and accessories maker Turtle is set to launch khadi garments in the premium casual wear segment by the first week of March. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by Zoo Med (686) Buy new: $12.99 $7.03 […]

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   Feb 26

Tarbosaurus bataar goes home again

How do you ship a 70-million-year-old fossilized dinosaur back to the land it was smuggled out of? Very, very carefully. From Popular Science: “You’d take all the bones apart, and all the bones go in individual cases,” Kenneth Lacovara, a Drexel University paleontologist, says. Researchers can easily build made-to-measure plywood cases for the bone pieces, […]

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   Feb 25

Experts cautiously optimistic about Treasure Coast 2013 sea turtle nesting season | Photo galleries

By Herp News After a bounteous 2012, experts are cautiously optimistic about the 2013 sea turtle nesting season that begins Friday and runs through Nov. 15. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB 100W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared Lamp Bulb, White by BYB (259) Buy new: […]

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   Feb 25

Warlords, sorcery, and wildlife: an environmental artist ventures into the Congo

By Herp News Last year, Roger Peet, an American artist, traveled to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to visit one of the world’s most remote and wild forests. Peet spent three months in a region that is largely unknown to the outside world, but where a group of conservationists, headed by Terese and John […]

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   Feb 25

Reptile Rainforest Shows Visits Sports Final

By Herp News WBZ-TV's Steve Burton made some new friends on Sunday night's Sports Final on WBZ-TV. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (236) Fluker's Repta Vines-Pothos for Reptiles and Amphibians by Fluker’s (236) Buy new: $9.99 $7.79 16 used & new from $6.71 Lifelike, natural-looking hanging vines are the perfect addition […]

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   Feb 25

Experts cautiously optimistic about Treasure Coast 2013 sea turtle nesting season

By Herp News TREASURE COAST — After a bounteous 2012, experts are cautiously optimistic about the 2013 sea turtle nesting season that begins Friday and runs through Nov. 15. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (159) Penn-Plax Shale Step Ledge and Cave Hide-Out Medium Aquarium Resin by Penn Plax (159) Buy new: […]

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   Feb 23

Leaping lizards! Dexter makes medical history

By Herp News AN IPSWICH lizard with cancer will become the first reptile in Australia to undergo specialised radiation treatment on Monday. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (29) BYB Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Reptile Pet Super Wide Heating Area Infrared Lamp Heat Bulb for Chicken Cooper Brooding and Live […]

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   Feb 23

Exotic lizard believed stolen from Mass. store

By Herp News LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — An exotic lizard valued at $170 has gone missing from Berkshire County pet store and the owner thinks it was stolen. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (360) Fluker's Buffet Blend Aquatic Turtle Food , 7.5-Ounce by Fluker’s (360) Buy new: $8.99 $4.96 11 used […]

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   Feb 23

Snakes and a Few Thousand Friends Stop in Arlington

By Herp News The largest traveling reptile conference in the country is making a stop in Arlington this weekend. Photo Credit: NBC 5 News Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (174) Zilla Reptile Terrarium Heat Lamps & Habitat Lighting Dome, Blk 8.5-in by Zilla (174) Buy new: $16.20 $11.99 22 used & […]

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   Feb 22

Going to NARBC in Arlington?

If you’ll be at the NARBC show in Arlington, Tex., this weekend, keep an eye out for own Jeff Barringer! He’ll be handing out kingsnake.com bumperstickers and window decals. Be sure to grab one! And keep an eye out for the official kingsnake.com snake hunting truck, too! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (80) […]

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   Feb 22

Surfside gives Newtown turtle sculpture as Valentine of healing

By Herp News A colorful turtle sculpture is a gift of healing from the beachside town of Surfside to survivors of the Connecticut school shooting in December, and one of many art projects on display in Newtown Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (405) Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding Substrate Desert Blend Walnut, […]

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   Feb 22

Exotic lizard believed stolen from Mass. store

By Herp News LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — An exotic lizard valued at $170 has gone missing from Berkshire County pet store and the owner thinks it was stolen. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (405) Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding Substrate Desert Blend Walnut, 10-Qt. by Zilla (405) Buy new: $7.02 $6.88 23 […]

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   Feb 22

The healing power of venom

Venom can be deadly, but it can also cure. That’s a message getting increasing attention from the media lately. From ABC News: Jon-Paul Bingham, an assistant professor in the department of molecular biosciences and biological engineering at the University of Hawaii, has made a career of studying various species of the cone snail and characterizes […]

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   Feb 22

Listen: Ernie Harwell's 'Voice of the Turtle'

By Herp News The late, great Ernie Harwell recited this “Voice of the Turtle” passage from Song of Solomon before the Detroit Tigers' exhibition opener each year during spring training. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (345) Zoo Med Calcium With Vitamin D3 Reptile Food, 3-Ounce by Zoo Med (345) Buy new: […]

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   Feb 22

A lifetime with elephants: an interview with Iain Douglas-Hamilton

By Herp News Iain Douglas-Hamilton has dedicated his life to elephants. ‘I like elephants because of the way they treat each other,’ he says. ‘They’re very nice to each other most of the time, but not all the time … You see a lot of play…a lot of tender touching, caressing, tactile contact of one […]

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   Feb 21

Exotic lizard believed stolen from pet store in Lanesborough

By Herp News LANESBOROUGH — An exotic lizard valued at $170 has been stolen from its cage at a pet store, according to the store's owner. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, 30-40 Gallon by Zoo Med (1599) Buy new: $17.32 $17.29 42 used & […]

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   Feb 21

Exotic lizard believed stolen from Mass. store

By Herp News LANESBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — An exotic lizard valued at $170 has gone missing from Berkshire County pet store and the owner thinks it was stolen. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (62) Inkbird Max.1200W Heater, Cool Device Temperature Controller, Carboy, Fermenter, Greenhouse Terrarium Temp. Control by Inkbird (62) Buy […]

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   Feb 21

Australian sea snakes near extinction

Sea snakes in Australia, like this Leaf-scaled sea snake, are experiencing a drastic decline in numbers for reasons that puzzle scientists. From The Conversation, as part of its on-going series on wildlife conservation in Australia: The reasons for the severe declines of Short-nosed and Leaf-scaled sea snakes remain a mystery. Nine other sea snake species […]

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   Feb 21

Exotic lizard disappeared from store

By Herp News An exotic lizard valued at $170 has gone missing from Berkshire County pet store and the owner thinks it was stolen. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (62) Inkbird Max.1200W Heater, Cool Device Temperature Controller, Carboy, Fermenter, Greenhouse Terrarium Temp. Control by Inkbird (62) Buy new: $38.49 $34.49 Temperature […]

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   Feb 20

Pythons seized, turned over to facility that has no idea how to care for them

You really shouldn’t “save” animals unless you’re actually going to be able to care for them. Take what’s happening to 30 pythons seized in Pakistan: From the International Herald Tribune: After being given temporary custody of over 30 imported non-poisonous pythons, the Karachi zoo is struggling to take care of the slithering reptiles and is […]

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