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Archive for January, 2014


   Jan 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 Jan. 31, 2014 and cumulativ 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 […]

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   Jan 31

Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa – Quincy Herald-Whig | Illinois & Missouri News, Sports

By Herp News JOHANNESBURG (AP) – South African animal inspectors say they have intercepted a large consignment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (302) BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared […]

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   Jan 31

Reptile consignment intercepted in South Africa

By Herp News JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African animal inspectors say they have intercepted a large consignment of reptiles smuggled from Madagascar and destined for the exotic pet trade in the United States. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (28) Wormy-Licious! Dried Mealworms in Bulk: Treats for Chickens and Wild Birds (11 […]

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   Jan 31

Herp Video of the Week: California Kingsnake Eggs & Laying!

Check out this video “California Kingsnake Eggs & Laying” 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  (37) Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium, 24 […]

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   Jan 31

Texas Tech paleontologists discover ancient swamp monster

By Herp News Texas Tech paleontologists unearthed and identified a new species of prehistoric, swamp-going reptile this week. The new species was named Machaeroprosopus lottorum, after it was discovered on a plot 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 […]

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   Jan 30

Scientists discover new eagle ray imperiled by Japanese pest program (photos)

By Herp News Scientists have described a new species of eagle ray in the northwest Pacific Ocean, which they have named “narutobiei” (Aetobatus narutobiei) after its local name in Japan. While the new species has long been known by scientists, it was clumped together with the longheaded eagle ray (Aetobatus flagellum) for over two hundred […]

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   Jan 30

Wonderful Creatures: meet the animal that has evolved a cushy, worry-free life inside an octopus

By Herp News The range of habitats that animals have come to occupy is nothing short of staggering. Take the dicyemids for example. They are among the simplest animals on the planet, with a tiny, worm-like adult body that consists of between 10 and 40 cells. They have no organs, body cavities or even guts—a […]

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   Jan 30

Ugly endangered salamander-like axolotl may have vanished in the wild

He’s considered one of the world’s ugliest animals, and the salamander-like axolotl is also one of the most threatened. From the Austin Statesman: It’s disturbing news for an admittedly ugly creature, which has a slimy tail, plumage-like gills and mouth that curls into an odd smile. The axolotl is known as the “water monster” and […]

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   Jan 30

The Purple Turtle to reopen Friday

By Herp News The owner of the Purple Turtle restaurant in Pleasant Grove restaurant isn't letting a fire keep him out of business for… 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 […]

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   Jan 29

FOOTBALL: Lazy Lizard have a whale of a time

By Herp News FREE-SCORING Lazy Lizard continued their excellent form in the only game to survive the wet weather in the Weymouth Sunday League Premiership. 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 […]

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   Jan 29

Blood test developed for devastating disease of boas, pythons

By Herp News Researchers have developed a simple immune-based screening test to identify the presence of a debilitating and usually fatal disease that strikes boas and pythons in captivity as well as those sold to the pet trade worldwide. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (360) Fluker's Buffet Blend Aquatic Turtle Food […]

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   Jan 29

Underground lizard trade worth million dollars flourishing in Indo-Bhutan foothills

By Herp News A multi-million dollar underground trade of Tokay Gecko is flourishing fast along bio-diversity rich Indo-Bhutan border region with the locality as source of the traded item. 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 […]

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   Jan 29

Predator appreciation: how saving lions, tigers, and polar bears could rescue ourselves

By Herp News In the new book, In Predatory Light: Lions and Tigers and Polar Bears, authors Elizabeth Marshall Thomas, Sy Montgomery, and John Houston, and photographers Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson share with us an impassioned and detailed appeal to appreciate three of the world’s biggest predators: lions, tigers, and polar bears. Through lengthy […]

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   Jan 29

A series of oil spills sully Caribbean paradise, coating mangroves and wildlife (photos)

By Herp News On December 17th, officials first discovered a massive oil spill in the Caribbean-island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. Since then, a series of oil spills have been discovered, coating beaches, sullying mangrove forests, and very likely decimating wildlife in Trinidad’s Gulf of Paria. The oil spills have been linked to the state-owned […]

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   Jan 29

'Snakes in a casino' dismissed as Facebook rumor

The Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem, Penn., is adamant that there are not now and have never been any snakes in their casino. Any rumors to the contrary, said a spokesperson, are just the result of a Facebook rumor related to the just-ending Chinese Year of the Snake; the only snake eyes at Sands are […]

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   Jan 28

Rocky sanctuary now a local lizard haven

By Herp News Hermann Frank is pleased lizards have a place they can call home in South Canterbury – but he has bigger plans in store. 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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   Jan 28

WVDNR Issues New Reptile and Amphibians Regulations

By Herp News SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va.—The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources revealed a new Reptile and Amphibian Regulations brochure. The brochure is available online and can be found on the WVDNR home 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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   Jan 28

Finding a heart for a herper

Can you help a long-time herper who needs a new heart? West coast herp photographer and kingnake.com community member Dave Northcott has been notably absent from his usual place at herp events and shows over the last two years, suffering from heart problems that have progressively worsened. Now Dave’s doctors have given him more bad […]

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   Jan 28

Over 2,500 wolves killed in U.S.’s lower 48 since 2011

By Herp News Hunters and trappers have killed 2,567 gray wolves in the U.S.’s lower 48 states since 2011, according to recent data. Gray wolves (Canis lupus) were protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for nearly 40 years before being stripped of their protection status by a legislative rider in 2011. Last year total […]

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   Jan 28

Feral crèches: parenting in wild India

By Herp News The Wildlife Conservation Society-India has been camera trapping wild animals for over 20 years in the Western Ghats. The results reveal the most intimate, fascinating and sometimes comical insights into animal behavior and ecology. These mammals generally become secretive and protective during parenting, and therefore we seldom get to see little ones […]

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   Jan 28

Turtle Island Fiji Announces“Elope to Fiji” Contest Winner

By Herp News One Lucky Couple from New Zealand Has Won an All-Expense DREAM Wedding to Turtle Island (PRWeb January 28, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/01/prweb11528336.htm 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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   Jan 28

How to tell the difference between a baby and a snake

A good Samaritan in Brooklyn thought he’d found an abandoned baby in a duffel bag in a trash can. Turned out to be three boa constrictors. Maybe if New York City wasn’t such an inhospitable place for herps and other “non-fluffy” pets, things like this wouldn’t happen. The good news: A home is being sought […]

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   Jan 28

Tortoise Capital Advisors Announces Proposed Merger of Three MLP Closed-End Funds

By Herp News Tortoise Capital Advisors today announced the Board of Directors of Tortoise’s closed-end funds approved a proposal to merge three of Tortoise’s MLP closed-end funds: Tortoise Energy Infrastructure Corp. 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: […]

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   Jan 28

287 amphibian and reptile species in Peruvian park sets world record (photos)

By Herp News It’s official: Manu National Park in Peru has the highest diversity of reptiles and amphibians in the world. Surveys of the park, which extends from high Andean cloud forests down into the tropical rainforest of the Western Amazon, and its buffer zone turned up 155 amphibian and 132 reptile species, 16 more […]

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   Jan 28

Frankie Tortoise Tails – King of the Cardboard

If I haven’t said it once, I’ve said it a thousand times, sulcata tortoises don’t belong in the house. They are furniture-moving, wall-goring, floor-pooping, rug-peeing, shelf-toppling, bull-dozing menaces to interior human living spaces. ‘sit’s true. Still Frankie is a regular visitor if not season snow bird and winter resident in my house….with all previous mentioned […]

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   Jan 27

Amazing discovery in Antarctica: sea anemones found living upside down under ice (photos)

By Herp News Sea anemones are supposed to sit on the bottom of the ocean, using their basal disc (or adhesive foot) to rest on a coral reef orsand. So, imagine the surprise of geologists in Antarctica when they discovered a mass of sea anemones hanging upside from the underside of the Ross Ice Shelf […]

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   Jan 27

Galapagos tortoise lineages may be brought back from extinction

After the death of Lonesome George, the last known Pinta Island Galapagos tortoise, the extinction toll on the species seemed irreversible. That may not be the case, however, says Michael Russello, an associate professor of biology at the University of British Columbia. From the Harvard Gazette: The findings prompted a larger 2008 expedition, in which […]

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   Jan 25

Bats use water ripples to hunt frogs

By Herp News As the male tungara frog serenades females from a pond, he creates watery ripples that make him easier to target by rivals and predators such as bats. He will stop calling if he sees a bat overhead, but ripples continue moving for several seconds after the call ceases. In a new study, […]

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   Jan 25

Tortoise beats rabbit in pet ski-off

By Herp News A tortoise has beaten a rabbit in a skiing competition held for pets and their owners in northern China. 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 […]

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   Jan 25

Herp Video of the Week: Regal Horned Lizard!

Check out this video “Regal Horned Lizard” submitted by kingsnake.com user variuss11. 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  (248) Zoo Med Aspen Snake Bedding, 24 Quarts by Zoo […]

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   Jan 24

Veterinarians care for six blind, endangered sea turtles

Six endangered green sea turtles are being treated for the fibropapilloma virus, which has left them blind and unable to survive in the wild. From NBC Miami: “When the Fibropapilloma virus shows as tumors on the eyes, if it grows over the cornea on both eyes, the turtle has no vision and has no chance […]

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   Jan 24

Flying Lizard qualifies for Rolex 24 at Daytona race

By Herp News #35 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS: Seth Neiman, Dion von Moltke, Alessan … Keep reading 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 An Amazon […]

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   Jan 23

New dolphin discovered in the Amazon surprises scientists

By Herp News Researchers have discovered a new species of river dolphin from the Amazon. Writing in the journal Plos One, scientists led by Tomas Hrbek of Brazil’s Federal University of Amazonas formally describe Inia araguaiaensis, a freshwater dolphin that inhabits the Araguaia River Basin. It is the first true river dolphin discovered since 1918. […]

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   Jan 23

Plan to support research on mussels, earless lizard and desert snake

By Herp News Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Thursday announced plans to provide $5 million for research on three species that could potentially be listed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as endangered or threatened. Species listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act could restrict the use of land and water, […]

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   Jan 23

Micropredators may help amphibians fight off chytridiomycosis

A new study suggests microscopic organisms may help amphibians fight off chytridiomycosis. From Phys.org: An international team of researchers has made important progress in understanding the distribution of the deadly amphibian chytrid pathogen. In some regions, the deadly impact of the pathogen appears to be hampered by small predators, naturally occurring in freshwater bodies. These […]

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   Jan 23

Good news for the Hawksbill sea turtle

By Herp News A hawksbill sea turtle has been recorded for the first time in the waters of Pakistan. The turtle was found entangled in a net by local fishermen and was later confirmed to be a hawksbill by WWF-Pakistan. It is estimated that there are less than 50,000 hawksbill turtles remaining worldwide. The global […]

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   Jan 23

Starwood Hotels & Resorts to Debut Its Westin Hotels & Resorts Brand in Mauritius with the New Westin Turtle Bay …

By Herp News Set to Open in Spring 2014, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius will be Located on the White Sandy Beach of Turtle Bay Offering Breathtaking Views of the Indian Ocean Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that it will soon introduce its Westin Hotels & Resorts brand […]

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   Jan 23

Vic turtle on slow road to recovery

By Herp News A green sea turtle is expected to make a full recovery after being found stranded on a Victorian beach on December 31. 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 used […]

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   Jan 23

Constructed wetlands save frogs, birds threatened with extinction

By Herp News Over the last few decades, several thousands of wetlands have been constructed in Sweden in agricultural landscapes. The primary reason is that the wetlands prevent a surfeit of nutrients from reaching our oceans and lakes. A study shows, in addition, that wetlands have contributed to saving several frog and bird species from […]

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   Jan 23

Constructed wetlands save frogs, birds threatened with extinction

By Herp News Over the last few decades, several thousands of wetlands have been constructed in Sweden in agricultural landscapes. The primary reason is that the wetlands prevent a surfeit of nutrients from reaching our oceans and lakes. A study shows, in addition, that wetlands have contributed to saving several frog and bird species from […]

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