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Archive for December, 2013


   Dec 31

Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 2.0

By Herp News The Outdoor Technology Turtle Shell 2.0 portable Bluetooth speaker can get quite loud for its size, but it suffers from some distortion woes on bass-heavy genres. 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 […]

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   Dec 31

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 Dec. 31, 2013 and cumulativ Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (773) Exo Terra Heat-Glo Infrared Spot Lamp, 100-Watt/120-Volt by Exo Terra (773) Buy new: $7.00 $6.63 14 used & […]

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   Dec 31

The hipster toad's weaponized mustache

Scientific American has the top ten weird animal stories of 2013, including this amphibious tale: For Emei moustache toads, a top-quality moustache is an essential, and violent, weapon … During the breeding season, each male grows 10 to 16 spines. “They are as sharp as a pencil lead” says Cameron Hudson of the University of […]

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   Dec 31

Turtle Island Quartet shifts gears for collaboration with Nellie McKay

By Herp News Since 1985, the Turtle Island Quartet has forged a name for itself as a classically based string quartet that plays jazz. 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 used & new from […]

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   Dec 30

The year in wildlife stories

By Herp News Like every year, wildlife conservation had its ups and downs in 2013. Elephant and rhino poaching hit levels unseen since the 1970′s, but there were nascent signs of growing awareness in China on the impacts of wildlife trade, including official bans on the serving of wildlife products at official state affairs. Meanwhile […]

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   Dec 30

Conservationists fight to save Lizard juniper plants growing in just one Cornish valley

By Herp News There are only 13 Lizard junipers in the Gew Graze Valley on the Lizard Peninsula and they are failing to regenerate. 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 […]

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   Dec 29

Plan to save 'rare' Lizard plant

By Herp News Conservationists hope to save an “extremely rare” plant which is only found in the wild in the UK in one valley in Cornwall. 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: $22.99 $17.71 11 […]

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   Dec 27

Parametric Sound Announces Stockholder Approval of Merger With Turtle Beach

By Herp News Parametric Sound Corporation , a leading innovator of audio technology and solutions, announced today that, at a special meeting of stockholders held on December 27, 2013, Parametric stockholders overwhelmingly … Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by Zoo Med […]

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   Dec 27

Herp Video of the Week: Caiman lizards at the Nashville zoo!

Check out our Herp Video of the Week, “Caiman lizards at the Nashville zoo,” submitted by kingsnake.com user jw. 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  (773) Exo Terra […]

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   Dec 26

Rainforest news review for 2013

By Herp News 2013 was full of major developments in efforts to understand and protect the world’s tropical rainforests. The following is a review of some of the major tropical forest-related news stories for the year. As a review, this post will not cover everything that transpired during 2013 in the world of tropical forests. […]

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   Dec 26

Turtle makes rare journey north

By Herp News Somehow, Meghan the turtle made a wrong turn – and meandered about 1,000 miles too far to the north. Normally, her kind prefers warm tropical waters near South America.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (633) Zilla Reptile Décor Malaysian Driftwood by Zilla (633) Buy […]

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   Dec 26

1st olive ridley sea turtle in PBC

By Herp News The Loggerhead Marinelife Center says the first-ever occurrence of an olive ridley sea turtle stranding in Palm Beach County occurred on Christmas Day. 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 […]

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   Dec 24

Merry Christmas!

All of us at kingsnake.com wish you a Merry Christmas! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (345) Zoo Med Calcium With Vitamin D3 Reptile Food, 3-Ounce by Zoo Med (345) Buy new: $3.91 $3.39 25 used & new from $3.39 Repti Calcium is an ultra fine Precipitated Calcium Carbonate Supplement. It is a phosphorus-free […]

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   Dec 23

Tortoise Capital Advisors Remembers Founding Board Member Dr. John R. Graham

By Herp News Tortoise Capital Advisors mourns the loss of Dr. John R. Graham, a valued and influential founding member of its closed-end fund board of directors, who died on Dec. 20, 2013 after Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (248) Zoo Med Aspen Snake Bedding, 24 Quarts by Zoo Med (248) […]

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   Dec 23

Lizard dies after its tank catches fire

By Herp News A LIZARD was killed in a house fire in Leigh. 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 $19.88 If your pet spends time outside […]

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   Dec 23

Reptile keepers want US python ban overturned

By Herp News A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according … Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB 100W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared Lamp […]

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   Dec 23

Reptile keepers want U.S. python ban overturned

By Herp News Miami — A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (773) Exo Terra […]

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   Dec 23

Reptile Keepers Want US Python Ban Overturned

By Herp News Reptile industry trade association sues US government to overturn ban on 4 giant snake species         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (28) Wormy-Licious! Dried Mealworms in Bulk: Treats for Chickens and Wild Birds (11 POUND BAG) by Wormy-Licious! (28) Buy new: $54.95 We source our […]

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   Dec 23

Reptile industry trade association sues US government to overturn ban on 4 giant snake species

By Herp News A nationwide ban on importing four giant snake species or transporting them across state lines is costing reptile breeders, handlers, hobbyists and vendors millions and should be overturned, according to a lawsuit filed by a reptile industry trade association. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB 100W 110V […]

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   Dec 23

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Something there is that doesn't love a wall

Eighteen days and still there is no fence.Eighteen days doesn’t sound like a long time does it? To me it feels like forever.When I was younger a horse threw me into a fence. I bounced off the fence and slammed into the ground. I didn’t pass out but I lay there unable to breath for […]

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   Dec 23

Lizard dies after its tank catches fire

By Herp News A LIZARD was killed in a house fire in Leigh. 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 from $19.41 Critical Care is a premium recovery food which can be given to herbivores […]

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   Dec 23

Herp Video of the Week: The Normal Ball Python!

Check out our Herp Video of the Week, “The Normal Ball Python,” 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  (259) BYB 100W 110V Ceramic […]

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   Dec 23

Biggest new animal discoveries of 2013 (photos)

By Herp News Thousands of species were scientifically described for the first time in 2013. Many of these were ‘cryptic species’ that were identified after genetic analysis distinguished them from closely-related species, while others were totally novel. Below are some of the most interesting “new species” discoveries that took place or were formally announced in […]

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   Dec 22

Reptile group sues to overturn python ban

By Herp News U.S. calls ban necessary to protect wildlife A reptile industry trade group has gone to court to overturn a federal ban on the import of four species of large snake, including the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com […]

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   Dec 22

Hometown U: Turtle research at UAA could help fight heart disease

By Herp News Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women. During a heart attack, a blocked arte 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 from $19.41 Critical Care is a […]

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   Dec 20

Flatback turtle trackers want Qld station

By Herp News Researchers want a permanent station in Queensland to monitor populations of Flatback turtles. 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 & new from $7.99 ReptiTherm® U.T.H. Under Tank Heaters are an […]

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   Dec 20

Featured video: what would a world without wildlife look like?

By Herp News Greenpeace today released a clever video highlighting the global biodiversity crisis with a little help from a much-beloved Disney film. While it might seem unlikely the Africa’s animals will vanish, this is exactly what’s happening in parts of the continent due to poaching, unsustainable bushmeat trade, habitat loss, massive development projects that […]

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   Dec 20

Conservation Hail Mary works: Mate for near-extinct fish found!

By Herp News Researchers are celebrating after an urgent global search turned up a female mate for a fish that is on the brink of extinction. 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 used & […]

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   Dec 20

Reptile group sues to overturn python ban

By Herp News U.S. calls ban necessary to protect wildlife A reptile industry trade group has gone to court to overturn a federal ban on the import of four species of large snake, including the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB 100W 110V […]

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   Dec 19

Reptile group sues to overturn python ban

By Herp News U.S. calls ban necessary to protect wildlife A reptile industry trade group has gone to court to overturn a federal ban on the import of four species of large snake, including the Burmese pythons that have infested the Everglades.         Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com […]

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   Dec 19

Top 10 HAPPY environmental stories of 2013

By Herp News 1. China begins to tackle pollution, carbon emissions: As China’s environmental crisis worsens, the government has begun to unveil a series of new initiatives to curb record pollution and cut greenhouse emissions. The world’s largest consumer of coal, China’s growth in emissions is finally slowing and some experts believe the nation’s emissions […]

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   Dec 19

How a bird is like a crocodile is like a monitor lizard

Birds do it. Crocodiles do it. Dinosaurs did it. And now it looks like monitor lizards are in the one-way, flow-through breathing club, too. That’s the word from researcher Emma Schachner in a recently-published article in the prestigious journal Nature. From the awesome Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week blog: After 1972, biologists had almost […]

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   Dec 18

Madagascar’s most famous lemur facing big threats

By Herp News The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), perhaps the most well-known of Madagascar’s endemic animals, is facing a “very high” risk of extinction in the wild. The Madagascar Section of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group reassessed the Red List status of ring-tailed lemurs and upgraded the species from Near-Threatened (2008) to Endangered (2012). Ring-tailed […]

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   Dec 18

Madagascar’s most famous lemur facing big threats

By Herp News The ring-tailed lemur (Lemur catta), perhaps the most well-known of Madagascar’s endemic animals, is facing a “very high” risk of extinction in the wild. The Madagascar Section of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group reassessed the Red List status of ring-tailed lemurs and upgraded the species from Near-Threatened (2008) to Endangered (2012). Ring-tailed […]

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   Dec 18

Tortoise Capital Advisors Announces New Closed-End Fund Independent Board Member

By Herp News Tortoise Capital Advisors, adviser for seven closed-end funds, today announced that Rand Berney will join its closed-end fund board of directors on Jan. 1, 2014. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (212) Repashy Crested Gecko MRP Diet – Food – All Sizes 8 Oz (1/2 lb) JAR by Repashy […]

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   Dec 18

Turtle Beach and Parametric Sound Announce Designation of Independent Members to Be Appointed to Post-Merger Board of …

By Herp News Turtle Beach and Parametric Sound today announced that Turtle Beach has designated two independent directors to be appointed to the board of directors immediately after the closing of the pending merger … Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (541) Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp Fixture, Black by […]

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   Dec 18

Everything you ever wanted to know about how chameleons fight

From Scientific American, an amazing overview of how male veiled chameleons display aggression, including turning their bodies into billboards and, of course, changing colors. Check out the video below, and then read about all the latest research into how color changes look to chameleon eyes here. Photo: Russell Ligon/Scientific American …read more Read more here: […]

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   Dec 18

'Reptiles could inherit the Earth': Unusual breathing in lizards could make them more likely to survive a global …

By Herp News Researchers at the University of Utah have found that the savannah monitor lizard breathes like a bird through a one-way loop. 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 & new from $4.96 […]

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   Dec 18

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Loverboy

There is so much to say about Frankie. He has a personality as big as Siberia. He is always surprising me. Oh, sometimes those surprises are outright stinky, messy, and destructive. Still Frankie has a friendly side that says, “Hey, I love you mom”. Of course, a carrot in hand always helps. The man-ly side […]

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   Dec 17

Boy born without feet walks on 'snake legs'

Thirteen-year-old Jackston Stone was born without feet, and suffered years of painful surgeries. Now he’s walking on snake-like prosthetic legs, thanks to the Shriners of Salt Lake City. From ABC News 4 Utah: That new choice meant wearing two prosthetics legs, and Jackson wanted his to look like snakes. “They’re like me,” Jackson Stone said. […]

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