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Archive for February, 2014


   Feb 28

Tortoise rustling leads to drastic measures to prevent animals going extinct

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   Feb 28

South Africa loses nearly 150 rhinos to poachers so far this year

By Herp News Since the first of the year, South Africa has lost 146 rhinos to poachers or approximately 2.5 rhinos every day. This is a slight dip from last year’s poaching rate, which hit 1,004 for the whole year or 2.75 a day. South Africa is home to more rhinos than any other country […]

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   Feb 28

Palm oil plantations allegedly poison seven Critically Endangered elephants in Sumatra

By Herp News Wildlife officials suspect foul play in the deaths of seven Sumatran elephants on the outskirts of Tesso Nilo National Park. Officials stumbled on the corpses of one female elephant, five young males, and one male calf in mid-February. Although the males had their tusks hacked off, the officials suspect the elephant were […]

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   Feb 28

Herp Video of the Week: Snack Time!

Check out this video “Snack Time,” 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  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by […]

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   Feb 28

To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells

By Herp News The ploughshare tortoise's ornate golden shell makes it a popular black market pet. In California, the Turtle Conservancy is trying to give the threatened species a second chance. 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 […]

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   Feb 28

To Save Endangered Tortoises, Conservationists Deface Their Shells

By Herp News The ploughshare tortoise's ornate golden shell makes it a popular black market pet. In California, the Turtle Conservancy is trying to give the threatened species a second chance. 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 […]

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   Feb 28

Turtle pests spotted in Taupo

By Herp News Sightings of red-eared slider turtles in Lake Taupo have prompted a wave of concern from the Waikato Regional Council. Turtle pests spotted in Taupo news, national, turtles, lake taupo 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 […]

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   Feb 27

Birds of the Serengeti – book review

By Herp News Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy may be the best birding book available covering the general safari region for northwestern Tanzania and southern Kenya. Filled with firsthand accounts, excellent photographs, and broken down into chapters by habitats, Birds of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area is […]

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   Feb 27

Two Texas salamanders placed on federal threatened species list

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has announced it’s placing the Georgetown and Salado salamanders on the threatened species list, despite ongoing opposition from pro-development forces in Texas. From the Austin Business Journal: The salamanders have been a contentious issue for both environmentalists and some community officials, who have struggled over how to protect the […]

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   Feb 26

Disoriented turtle takes a walk along the Esplanade

By Herp News A TURTLE has been spotted wandering down the Esplanade and has surprised afternoon walkers in Hervey Bay. 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 […]

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   Feb 26

Invasive lizard taking over habitat in Florida

By Herp News Brooks Hays TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) — Wildlife officials in Florida are setting traps to catch a giant invasive lizard they say is taking over habitat, threatening native and endangered species. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (37) Rep-Cal SRP00300 Herptivite Multivitamin and Mineral Powder Reptile/Amphibian Supplement, 3.3-Ounce […]

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   Feb 26

Large, invasive lizard is taking over parts of Florida

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   Feb 26

Climate change causes high but predictable extinction risks

By Herp News Judging the effects of climate change on extinction may be easier than previously thought, according to a new article. Although widely used assessments of threatened species, such as the IUCN Red List, were not developed with the effects of climate change in mind, a study of 36 amphibian and reptile species endemic […]

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   Feb 26

Ninth Sea Turtle fest Saturday at Gumbo Limbo

By Herp News With four exhibit tanks to show off, a new Neptune mural and tours of the sea turtle rehab, the city's Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is ready for its closeup on Saturday at the ninth annual Sea Turtle Day Festival. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (174) Zilla Reptile Terrarium […]

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   Feb 26

Hotel owner Eric Goode hosts second annual Turtle Ball

By Herp News The most popular guests at Eric Goode’s annual Turtle Ball at his Bowery Hotel on Sunday night were the reptiles. Red-bellied, short-necked and New Guinea snake-necked turtles, as well as… 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 […]

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   Feb 25

Peru Park Sets Record for Reptile, Amphibian Biodiversity

By Herp News For reptiles and amphibians, southern Peru's Manu National Park is the most diverse protected area on the planet. Deforestation, gold mining and oil and gas drilling are closing in on the buffer zone around the park. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm Under Tank Heater, […]

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   Feb 25

Snake find in Galapagos sets off alarm bells

Was a milk snake discovered in the Galapagos? Equador’s Ministerio del Ambiente (Ministry of the Environment) announced that yesterday, a group of citizens from the island of Santa Cruz in the Galapagos Islands gave the Rangers a snake so far unidentified, possibly a false coral, that was hit on the road Puerto Ayora – Itabaca […]

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   Feb 25

Escaped tuatara found outside New Zealand sanctuary

By Herp News WELLINGTON, New Zealand, Feb. 25 (UPI) — Officials at a New Zealand animal sanctuary said a tuatara lizard found by a woman walking her dog is lucky to be alive after escaping the sanctuary. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat & Dog […]

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   Feb 25

Lady Gaga gets bitten by venomous primate, sparking outrage over loris trafficking

By Herp News Last week, the musical artist, Lady Gaga, was ‘nipped’ by the world’s only venomous primate, a slow loris, in a misguided attempt to use the animal in a new music video. After it bit the musician, the idea of using the primate in the video was dropped. This was just as well, […]

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   Feb 25

John Cornyn Is Running Against a Racist, a Turtle-Hater, and a Non-Voter

By Herp News The people challenging Senate Minority Leader John Cornyn in the Texas Republican primary next month include: a guy who defends calling immigrants “wetbacks,” a guy known for comparing Sen. Mitch McConnell to a cartoon turtle, and a House member who never votes in primaries. This is why Cornyn is polling above 60 […]

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   Feb 25

Four alligators in Missouri car crash

A Missouri car accident involved some unusal cargo: Four alligators. From KMBC.com: KFVS-TV reports two crashes happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 in the southeast Missouri community around 7 p.m. Saturday. Four alligators ranging from 3 feet to 5 feet long were being hauled in a small trailer behind one of the cars. […]

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   Feb 25

A Missouri car accident involved some unusal cargo: Four alligators. From KMBC.com: KFVS-TV reports two crashes happened in the southbound lanes of Interstate 55 in the southeast Missouri community around 7 p.m. Saturday. Four alligators ranging from 3 feet to 5 feet long were being hauled in a small trailer behind one of the cars. […]

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   Feb 24

Vybz Kartel Murder Trial Resumes With Closing Arguments

By Herp News The murder trial of Clive “Lizard” Williams has resumed with the defense's closing arguments this week. Along with associates Shawn “Storm” Campbell, Kahira Jones, André St John, and Shane Williams, Vybz Kartel (real name Adidja Palmer) is charged with beating Lizard to death in a home in Havendale over two missing guns. […]

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   Feb 24

Bog turtle is slowing down Gradyville Rd. Bridge project

By Herp News Eileen Nelson, an engineer with Stantec Consulting Services Inc., the township’s engineer, told Newtown Supervisors at the last meeting that there has been further delay with the awarding of the contract for the Gradyville Road Bridge project due to “the bog turtle.” Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (700) […]

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   Feb 24

Coal ash spill blamed for turtle deaths in Virginia

Danville, Virg., fisherman Morris Lawson took photos of dead turtles on the banks of the Dan River, and shared them online. They’ve raised a lot of attention to the possible impact of the coal ash spill on wildlife in the area. From WGHP Fox 8: “One turtle was at the dam up on the bank […]

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   Feb 24

Why are the tropics so rich with life?

By Herp News Descending the latitudinal ladder to the tropics, you would likely notice a few things: increasingly equivalent stretches of day and night, warmer weather and beachgoers with more intense sunburns. You may also notice an abundance of plant and animal life. Generations of scientists since the days of Darwin and Wallace have observed […]

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   Feb 24

Turtle Exhibition To Mark Visit Malaysia Year 2014

By Herp News KUALA TERENGGANU, Feb 24 (Bernama) – The Terengganu Fisheries Department is holding a turtle exhibition to draw tourists during Visit Malaysia Year 2014. 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 […]

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   Feb 24

Sabah landowners boost turtle conservation

By Herp News KOTA KINABALU, Malaysia: A private turtle conservation effort off the Sandakan coast got a much needed boost with three landowners allowing the collection of the highly sought-after eggs for conservation. The effort was initiated by the Trekkers Lodge on Pulau Libaran, and would see staff collecting eggs laid by the green turtle […]

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   Feb 24

Sabah turtle conservation: 3 landowners allow eggs collection

By Herp News KOTA KINABALU: A private turtle conservation effort on an island off the east coast of Sandakan district is getting a boost with three landowners allowing the collection of the marine creatures’ eggs from their properties. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (236) Fluker's Repta Vines-Pothos for Reptiles and Amphibians […]

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   Feb 24

Nearly 100 sightings of exotic lizard in eastern Hillsborough County

By Herp News ?? Tegus are native to South America. ?? The tegu's diet includes fruits, vegetables, eggs, insects, cat or dog food, and small animals such as lizards and rodents. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl – Set of 2 by AmazonBasics (658) Buy new: […]

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   Feb 23

If Indonesia can’t protect its orangutans, why doesn’t it just ‘sell’ them?

By Herp News It is obvious that at the moment Indonesia neither has the political commitment nor ability to safeguard its dwindling populations of orangutans. Despite its Presidentially supported Action Plan to stabilize all remaining wild populations by 2017, orangutan habitats in Sumatra and Borneo are disappearing as rapidly as ever. Go to Source …read […]

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   Feb 22

Legal harvest of marine turtles tops 42,000 each year

By Herp News A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles — and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries. All seven marine turtle species are currently listed on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The direct […]

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   Feb 22

Lizard by luisrguez

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   Feb 21

Indonesia pledges to protect manta rays

By Herp News In a move signaling their commitment to CITES agreements on international trade of plants and animals, the Indonesian government declared two species of manta ray ‘protected’ under Indonesian law. Decree Number 4/KEPMEN-KP/2014 issued by Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries states that two manta ray species, Manta birostris and Manta alfredi, now […]

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   Feb 21

Herp Video of the Week: Arizona Field Herping!

Check out this video “Arizona Field Herping,” submitted by kingsnake.com user smetlogik. 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  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl – Set of 2 […]

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   Feb 21

Lizard Field School

By Herp News Student biologists learn the how-to's of  wildlife research by studying the life and death of lizards in Oregon's Alvord desert. For 15 years Dr. Roger Anderson has been leading students on a three-week immersion into lizard ecology and behavior. Students cope with the primitive conditions of life in a desert encampment while […]

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   Feb 20

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Lawn Service

I had a Frankie Tail. Worked on it for two days. Down to the final draft. In walks Fate with its gnarly teeth ready to bite me on the butt. Accidental swipe of a thumb over the Touchpad and the whole thing disappeared tagged by Mr Auto-Save. That Frankie Tail was to be was no […]

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   Feb 20

Peru's Manu National Park is herp diversity hotspot

Peru’s treasured Manu National Park is the world’s top biodiversity hotspot for reptiles and amphibians, according to a new survey published last week by biologists from the University of California, Berkeley, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIU-Carbondale) and Illinois Wesleyan University. The park, which encompasses lowland Amazonian rain forest, high-altitude cloud forest and Andean grassland […]

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   Feb 20

Washed-up baby turtle 'fortunate'

By Herp News A baby loggerhead turtle washed ashore during the recent storms is “extremely fortunate” to be alive, experts say. 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 & new from $10.69 […]

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   Feb 19

Animals of the Serengeti – book review

By Herp News Animals of the Serengeti: And Ngorongoro Conservation Area by Adam Scott Kennedy and Vicki Kennedy is an easy-to-use guidebook that is also very readable. The region covered by the book is the Greater Serengeti area bounded in the west by Lake Victoria and the east by Lake Manyara in Tanzania, and in […]

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