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Archive for May, 2013


   May 31

Scientists unlock secrets of the turtle's shell

A fossil stored unnoticed in a museum may hold the secret to a question that’s plagued scientists for decades: How did the turtle get his shell? From Boston.com: It’s a question so obvious a schoolchild can ask it, but for more than a century, consensus has eluded the paleontologists and evolutionary biologists who study the […]

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   May 31

Lizard found in banana box in Devon

By Herp News A lizard from the Caribbean is found alive at a Devon farm in a box of bananas imported from the Dominican Republic. 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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   May 31

Frankie Tortoise Tails – I Did This!

It was a long hard day in the house cleaning and cleaning. And cleaning. Cleaning. You get the picture. And I did two loads of laundry. That’s enough. I go into the kitchen and grab a carrot so I can have a leisurely visit with my favorite shelled wonder: Frankie. Right off I see him […]

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   May 30

Croaking chorus of Cuban frogs make noisy new neighbors

By Herp News Scientists have shown the adverse impact of invasive frog species’ songs. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (600) Zoo Med Mesh Reptile Hammock, 17.5-Inch by Zoo Med (600) Buy new: $8.69 $5.04 27 used & new from $4.54 A soft nylon mesh which provides a lofty, yet accessible multi-dimensional […]

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   May 30

Endangered painted turtle tussles for survival in Abbotsford's Mill Lake

By Herp News Abbotsford's Reptile Guy Mike Hopcraft shows off an invasive turtle, the red eared slider, that's putting serious pressure on the endangered native species at Mill Lake. The sliders, tossed into the lake as unwanted pets, are competing with the western painted turtle for food, nesting space and habitat. Go to Source …read […]

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   May 30

Endangered painted turtle tussles for survival in Abbotsford's Mill Lake

By Herp News Abbotsford's Reptile Guy Mike Hopcraft shows off an invasive turtle, the red eared slider, that's putting serious pressure on the endangered native species at Mill Lake. The sliders, tossed into the lake as unwanted pets, are competing with the western painted turtle for food, nesting space and habitat. Go to Source …read […]

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   May 30

How did the turtle get its shell?

By Herp News How did the turtle get its shell? It’s a question so obvious a schoolchild can ask it, but for more than a century, consensus has eluded the scientists who study the reptiles and their bony carapaces.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (773) Exo Terra […]

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   May 30

How did the turtle get its shell?

By Herp News How did the turtle get its shell? It’s a question so obvious a schoolchild can ask it, but for more than a century, consensus has eluded the scientists who study the reptiles and their bony carapaces.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (29) BYB Ceramic […]

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   May 30

How did the turtle get its shell?

By Herp News How did the turtle get its shell? It’s a question so obvious a schoolchild can ask it, but for more than a century, consensus has eluded the scientists who study the reptiles and their bony carapaces.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet […]

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   May 30

How turtles got their shells: Fossil of extinct South African reptile provides clues

By Herp News Through careful study of an ancient ancestor of modern turtles, researchers now have a clearer picture of how the turtles' most unusual shell came to be. The findings help to fill a 30- to 55-million-year gap in the turtle fossil record through study of an extinct South African reptile known as Eunotosaurus. […]

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   May 30

How turtles got their shells: Fossil of extinct South African reptile provides clues

By Herp News Through careful study of an ancient ancestor of modern turtles, researchers now have a clearer picture of how the turtles' most unusual shell came to be. The findings help to fill a 30- to 55-million-year gap in the turtle fossil record through study of an extinct South African reptile known as Eunotosaurus. […]

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   May 30

Reptile Guy encourages restrictions on selling turtles

By Herp News Mike Hopcraft says red-eared slider turtles are being released into the wild, damaging ecosystems 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 monitoring of both […]

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   May 30

Reptile Guy encourages restrictions on selling turtles

By Herp News Mike Hopcraft says red-eared slider turtles are being released into the wild, damaging ecosystems 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 floating food stick for all aquatic […]

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   May 30

Scientists discover that turtles began living in shells much earlier than once thought

By Herp News Unique among Earth’s creatures, turtles are the only animals to form a shell on the outside of their bodies through a fusion of modified ribs, vertebrae and shoulder girdle bones. The turtle shell is a unique modification, and how and when it originated has fascinated and confounded biologists for more than two […]

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   May 30

How the turtles got their shells

By Herp News Through careful study of an ancient ancestor of modern turtles, researchers now have a clearer picture of how the turtles’ most unusual shell came to be. The findings help to fill a 30- to 55-million-year gap in the turtle fossil record through study of an extinct South African reptile known as Eunotosaurus. […]

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   May 30

Lizard Spotted On Mars?

By Herp News A blogger claims to have spotted a lizard in a photograph of Mars. While studying a picture of the Red Planet taken by the Curiosity… Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (615) Tetra 77157 TetraColor Tropical Flakes, 0.42-Ounce, 85 ml by Tetra (615) Buy new: $2.99 $1.97 6 used […]

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   May 30

How the turtle got its shell

By Herp News The turtle has been in no rush to give up the secret of its shell but new research led by Yale's Tyler Lyson sheds light on a structure unique in the history of life. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (49) Snake Hook, Copperhead Series™ for Catching, Controlling, or […]

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   May 30

Saving Gorongosa: E.O. Wilson on protecting a biodiversity hotspot in Mozambique

By Herp News If you fly over the Great African Rift Valley from its northernmost point in Ethiopia, over the great national parks of Kenya and Tanzania, and follow it south to the very end, you will arrive at Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique. Plateaus on the eastern and western sides of the park […]

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   May 30

Saving Gorongosa: E.O. Wilson on protecting a biodiversity hotspot in Mozambique

By Herp News If you fly over the Great African Rift Valley from its northernmost point in Ethiopia, over the great national parks of Kenya and Tanzania, and follow it south to the very end, you will arrive at Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique. Plateaus on the eastern and western sides of the park […]

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   May 30

Tortoise Hypothesis: How The Opposition Will Re-Elect Jonathan In 2015 By Bolaji Eletta

By Herp News By Bolaji Eletta, PhD The opposition players and activists in Nigeria are campaigning for GEJ! If my permutations on the workings of the heart of the average Nigerian is right (I have not been wrong on too many occasions), I can authoritatively declare that Goodluck Jonathan will remain President of the Republic […]

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   May 30

Giant tortoise found wandering in neighborhood

By Herp News JACKSONVILLE, Fla.– A giant reptile was spotted in an Arlington neighborhood Tuesday evening. It took some collaboration to get it to shelter, but the question now is: where did it… Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, 30-40 Gallon by Zoo Med (1599) […]

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   May 30

The Turtle and the Hare

By Herp News We got modest final Q1 GDP data (the Turtle) and weaker fresh weekly claims data (the Hare). Does this stop the Taper Sooner crowd in its tracks? 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 […]

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   May 30

A Striped Visitor

I derive great pleasure from feeding wild birds. The squirrel-proof hanging feeder has been in the same place in a tall crepe myrtle shrub outside my office window for years, and many common and a few uncommon birds visit it daily or occasionally. One day, a couple of years ago, I swiveled my chair to […]

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   May 30

Brittney Griner poses with giant reptile on ESPN The Magazine

By Herp News Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) celebrates after dunking the ball during the second half against the Chicago Sky at US Airways Center. / Casey Sapio, USA TODAY Sports 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 […]

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   May 30

Brittney Griner poses with giant reptile on ESPN The Magazine

By Herp News Phoenix Mercury center Brittney Griner (42) celebrates after dunking the ball during the second half against the Chicago Sky at US Airways Center. / Casey Sapio, USA TODAY Sports 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 […]

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   May 29

Lizard Spotted On Mars?

By Herp News A blogger claims to have spotted a lizard in a photograph of Mars. While studying a picture of the Red Planet taken by the Curiosity… Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (80) Oxbow Critical Care Pet Supplement, 1-Pound by Oxbow (80) Buy new: $22.99 $22.21 9 used & new […]

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   May 29

Vancouver Aquarium breeds, releases endangered frogs

We actually found some good news about amphibians. No, really. From the Vancouver, Canada, Globe and Mail: Scientists at the Vancouver Aquarium have sprung into action, as part of an effort to prevent an endangered frog population from becoming extinct in eastern British Columbia. The Rocky Mountain population of northern leopard frogs plummeted by the […]

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   May 29

Sharp-eyed blogger (with an excitable imagination) claims to have spotted a LIZARD on Mars

By Herp News A science blogger with a keen sense of vision claims to have spotted a lizard meandering around Mars. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl – Set of 2 by AmazonBasics (658) Buy new: $10.99 AmazonBasics brings you everyday items at a great value […]

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   May 29

Sharp-eyed blogger claims to have spotted LIZARD on Mars

By Herp News A science blogger with a keen sense of vision claims to have spotted a lizard meandering around Mars. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (363) Simple Deluxe Clamp Lamp Light UL Listed with 8.5 Inch Aluminum Reflector 150 Watt 6 Foot Power Cord by Simple Deluxe (363) Buy new: […]

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   May 29

Turtle recovering after stuck between rocks on Palm Beach

By Herp News PALM BEACH, Fla. — Rescue workers found a loggerhead turtle stuck in between the rocks on Palm Beach Island. The 200 pound turtle was found on the northern end at the Palm Beach Inlet at the Jetty. Palm Beach Fire Rescue was called in to free the trapped animal. … Go to […]

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   May 28

Featured video: giant anteater wallowing and scratching like a dog

By Herp News Scientists have recently taken rare and incredible footage of a giant anteater with a camera trap in the Barba Azul Nature Reserve of Bolivia. This footage captures a giant anteater wallowing in a pit of mud. The animal lies down, rolling around and scratching itself, for a period of, what seems to […]

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   May 28

Are you a keeper?

With each passing year, as the various exporting countries close or open their seasons and/or shipping quotas the herps we see in the pet trade change. Availability of some changes from abundance to rarity, of others from rarity to abundance. Two examples are the Colombian horned frog, Ceratophrys calcarata, and wild caught examples of the […]

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   May 28

Snowy tigers and giant owls: conservation against the odds in Russia’s Far East

By Herp News The Russian Far East is one of the wildest places on Earth: where giant tigers roam snow-covered forests and the world’s biggest owls stalk frozen rivers. Bordering northern China and North Korea, the forests of Primorye are known for the diversity of habitats, including coastal forests along the Sea of Japan, vast […]

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   May 28

Loggerhead turtle released after treatment for plastic ingestion

After treatment at Marathon’s Turtle Hospital for digestive tract impaction, a loggerhead sea turtle was returned to the ocean off of the Florida Keys on Friday. From Nature World News: The roughly 6-pound, foot-long animal nicknamed “Charley” was first located by a fisherman who spotted it floating in a patch of weeds 22 miles off […]

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   May 28

Turning up the temperature might save frogs’ lives

By Herp News Over the past 30 years, amphibians worldwide have been infected with a lethal skin disease known as the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis). “The disease can cause rapid mortality, with infected frogs of susceptible species dying within weeks of infection in the laboratory.” Jodi Rowley, a herpetologist with the Australian Museum told […]

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   May 27

Over 500 scientists warn we ‘are causing alarming levels of harm to our planet’

By Herp News A new consensus statement by 520 scientists from around the world warns that global environmental harm is putting at risk the happiness and well-being of this and future generations. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (700) Penn Plax Large Turtle Pier For Use In and Out Of Water Basking […]

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   May 27

Racers come out for their shells for a bit of nosh

By Herp News A tortoise emerged triumphant from one of Oxford’s weird and wonderful traditions over the weekend. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (248) Zoo Med Aspen Snake Bedding, 24 Quarts by Zoo Med (248) Buy new: $21.48 $10.79 24 used & new from $10.79 #1 Preferred snake bedding by professional […]

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   May 27

Menominee Park Zoo spotlight: Dash the African Spurred Tortoise (video)

By Herp News In this installment of Zoo Spotlight, Menominee Park Zoo staff introduces us to Dash, an African Spurred Tortoise. 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 Insects is a […]

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   May 27

Herp Video of the Week: Corn Snake Morphs

Check out this video “Corn Snake Morphs,” submitted by kingsnake.com user boa2cobras. Submit your own reptile & amphibian videos at http://www.kingsnake.com/video/ and you could see them featured here or check out all the videos submitted by other users! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (633) Zilla Reptile Décor Malaysian Driftwood by Zilla (633) Buy […]

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   May 27

Tiny Leroy celebrates turtle day in Qld

By Herp News Tiny turtle Leroy was rescued by a fisherman in the Great Barrier Reef, suffering from floating syndrome. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat & Dog Bowl 96oz. Blue 25W by K&H Pet Products (1209) Buy new: $19.88 43 used & new from […]

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