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Archive for September, 2014


   Sep 30

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 Sept. 30, 2014 and cumulati 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 & […]

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   Sep 30

Studying common birds could help save rare species in Vietnam

By Herp News Studies in conservation biology often focus on rare, threatened species faced with impending extinction, but what about common animals of least concern? Could they too help conservationists fine-tune their approach? Doctoral researcher Laurel Yohe not only claims that they can, but demonstrates how in a new study. She and five other researchers […]

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   Sep 30

Armed conflict decimates tigers, rhinos, and swamp deer in Indian park

By Herp News The human cost of war is horrendous. However, while most attention is focused on the suffering caused to people—and rightly so—an understudied element is the impact on wildlife conservation. This is worrying given that many of the world’s conflict zones are situated in biodiversity hotspots. Go to Source …read more Read more […]

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   Sep 30

First evidence that reptiles can learn through imitation

By Herp News New research has for the first time provided evidence that reptiles could be capable of social learning through imitation. The ability to acquire new skills through the ‘true imitation’ of others’ behavior is thought to be unique to humans and advanced primates, such as chimpanzees.   Go to Source …read more Read […]

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   Sep 30

Stunning crocodile close-ups

Photographer Mike Korostelev spent some one-on-one time with a crocodile, resulting in remarkable underwater photos. From the Daily Mail: But far from being scared, Mr Korostelev was delighted with his deadly encounter. He said: ‘It was not an accidental meeting, the main purpose of my trip was to capture an American crocodile in its natural […]

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   Sep 29

Tooth of Giant 220-million-year-old Reptile Proves Predators Fought Across Land and Sea

By Herp News The tooth of a 220-million-year-old semi-aquatic phytosaur has been found embedded in the thigh bone of a terrestrial rauisuchid. Both are giant prehistoric reptiles distantly related to the modern crocodile. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (49) Snake Hook, Copperhead Series™ for Catching, Controlling, or Moving Snakes, Stainless Steel […]

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   Sep 29

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles behind pet turtle boom, expert says

By Herp News A turtle expert in Windsor, Ont., says because it's illegal to import turtles without a permit into Canada the high demand for the shelled reptiles may be pushing smugglers to bring them into the country. A Windsor man was charged in both Canada and the United States last week, after he was […]

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   Sep 29

Did the world’s only venomous primate evolve to mimic the cobra?

By Herp News The bite of a slow loris can be painful, and sometimes even lethal. After all, this cute-looking YouTube sensation is the only known ‘venomous’ primate in the world—a trait that might have strangely evolved to mimic spectacled cobras, according to a recent paper. Mimicry in mammals is rare. But anecdotal evidence and […]

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   Sep 29

Climate change appears a mixed bag for common frog

By Herp News After warmer winters, wood frogs breed earlier and produce fewer eggs, a researcher has found. The same study also found that frogs produce more eggs during winters with more rain and snow. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat & Dog Bowl 96oz. […]

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   Sep 29

Turtle Beach Launches Xbox One Gaming Headsets in China

By Herp News SAN DIEGO and SHANGHAI, Sept. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ – Turtle Beach, the leading audio brand in the video games industry, today announced the XO Four and XO Seven officially-licensed Xbox One gaming headsets are now on sale in China. Turtle Beach is the gaming audio brand of Turtle Beach Corporation (HEAR). The Turtle […]

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   Sep 29

Hacker Group Lizard Squad Takes Down Destiny, Call of Duty, FIFA And More

By Herp News It's been over a full month since hacker collective 'Lizard Squad' rose to notoriety for taking down Sony's PlayStation Network, Xbox Live and other gaming servers, but above all else attracting the FBI's attention for tweeting out a bomb threat to a Sony executive's American Airlines flight, which grounded the plane and […]

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   Sep 29

Family home overrun with copperheads

Owners who purchased a property overrun with copperheads used to kill one hundred of the snakes each year, but when they learned how important snake venom is to medical research, they had a change of heart. From Click2Houston: “We were supposed to come out on a Friday the first time,” said Swanson. “We ended up […]

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   Sep 29

Landewednack-School-enlist-the-help-of-The-Lizard-Lifeboat

By Herp News Byline: Children from Landewednack School at The Lizard have recently requested the help of The Lizard Lifeboat in their quest for winning new musical instruments for the school. Page Content: The children have entered a competition run by James Rhodes & The Great Instrument Amnesty and have produced a video which has […]

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   Sep 29

The-Lizard-Lifeboat-Station-receives-another-generous-donation

By Herp News Byline: The Lizard Lifeboat Station has received another very generous donation from a visitor who is currently on route from Lands End to John O'Groats. Page Content: James Alty is currently undertaking a mammoth sponsored bike ride on a single speed bicycle to raise money in aid of the Buwan Kothi International […]

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   Sep 28

New poison dart frog species discovered in Donoso, Panama

By Herp News A bright orange poison dart frog with a unique call has been discovered in Donoso, Panama. Because this new frog species appears to be found in only a very small area, habitat loss and collecting for the pet trade are major threats to its existence. The authors recommend the formulation of special […]

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   Sep 27

YouTube most popular: cute kids, a hungry lizard and the secrets of tattoo artists

By Herp News Cute kids get into a fight, a hungry lizard eyes up his dinner and the secrets of tattooing are revealed. 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 & new […]

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   Sep 26

Herp Video of the Week: Caiman Lizard unboxing!

Check out this video “Caiman Lizard unboxing,” submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet. 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  (700) Penn Plax Large Turtle Pier For Use In and […]

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   Sep 26

Hitchhiking Caribbean lizard upends island biogeography theory

By Herp News The biggest factor determining species diversity and distribution on islands is not size and isolation, as traditional island biogeography theory states, but economics. Simply put, the more trade an island is engaged in, the more boats visit it, and with more boats comes more hitchhikers. Go to Source …read more Read more […]

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   Sep 25

Pet frog rescued from fire by Fort Worth, Tex., firefighters

In a feel-good story out of Texas, Fort Worth firefighters rescued a young girl’s pet frog from a burning home. From the Star-Telegram: “Firefighters conducted a search but found that the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire,” Lt. Carol Jones, a fire department spokeswoman, said in a news release issued Tuesday morning. […]

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   Sep 25

Last Pinta Island tortoise preserved forever

How did taxidermists preserve the likeness of a now extinct species? Very carefully and with painstaking research. From Gizmodo: Lonsesome George was the last of the Pinta Island giant tortoises on the Galapagos. Due to human intervention in the ecosystem his entire species whittled down to just George. Since his discovery he’d been well cared […]

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   Sep 24

Evolution of snake courtship and combat behavior

By Herp News A small study suggests snakes may have developed courtship and male-to-male combat behavior, such as moving undulations, neck biting, and spur-poking, over time. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (685) 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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   Sep 24

Rescued FL turtle heading to new home in San Diego

By Herp News A loggerhead sea turtle named Sapphire is getting ready for a cross-country trip on Thursday to a permanent home in Southern California after convalescing for more than a year at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (541) Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp […]

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   Sep 24

Rescued turtle heading to new home in San Diego

By Herp News MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A loggerhead sea turtle named Sapphire is getting ready for a cross-country trip on Thursday to a permanent home in Southern California after convalescing for more than a year at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (302) BYB – 150W […]

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   Sep 24

Turtle Bay Resort Paints Scenic North Shore Green

By Herp News One-of-a-Kind “Green Roof” Designed To Save Energy Is Installed (PRWeb September 24, 2014) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/09/prweb12195259.htm 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 […]

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   Sep 24

Fla. Rescued Turtle Heading To New Home On The West Coast

By Herp News A loggerhead sea turtle recovering its strength from a possible boat injury is leaving its Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital after more than a year for its new permanent home. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (541) Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp Fixture, Black by Zoo Med (541) […]

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   Sep 24

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Scent of A Turtle

Scent of a Woman: I like that movie. My favorite part isn’t the Colonel’s speech at the school. My favorite part is the restaurant scene. We’ll get back to that. This morning’s weather was exceptional: cool air, clear sky, sunny. Just the break I needed to get some back yard chores done, a chance for […]

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   Sep 24

Meet Cassius, the world's largest captive croc

George Craig rescued the world’s largest captive crocodile and has cared for him for nearly 30 years. From the Daily Mail: George captured Cassius in 1987 from a river in the Northern Territory, where he was notorious for his huge size – and was under threat of being hunted down and killed by the local […]

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   Sep 24

Baby mauled by monitor lizard in Pulau Tioman

By Herp News ROMPIN: A HOUSEWIFE fought off a huge monitor lizard in her desperate attempt to rescue her 8-month-old daughter from being mauled and dragged by the reptile out of their quarters at a resort in Pulau Tioman. In the 10am freak incident on Monday, Nor Raudhah Maisarah Abdullah repeatedly hit the reptile with […]

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   Sep 23

Fragmented forests hurt some bat species, may benefit others

By Herp News Development of roads and other structures disturb large, continuous patches of habitat for wildlife. This habitat fragmentation is one of the biggest contributors to species extinction, as the local ecology and species interactions are altered. A new study finds that leaf-nosed bat abundances in Mexico are closely linked to how sensitive each […]

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   Sep 23

Fragmented forests hurt some bat species, may benefit others

By Herp News Development of roads and other structures disturb large, continuous patches of habitat for wildlife. This habitat fragmentation is one of the biggest contributors to species extinction, as the local ecology and species interactions are altered. A new study finds that leaf-nosed bat abundances in Mexico are closely linked to how sensitive each […]

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   Sep 23

Tortoise missing – suspected stolen

By Herp News A TORTOISE owner is appealing for help to track down her missing pet. 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 herpetoculturists worldwide. […]

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   Sep 23

Bridging the divide between herps and humans

What does conservation really mean? And, perhaps more importantly, how do we achieve it? Living Alongside Wildlife has a fascinating four-part story by Jon Hakim about the Bangladesh Python Project, which is an organization devoted to conserving herps in Bangladesh. Working primarily in the Lawachara National Park, the Bangladesh Python Project tracks, monitors, and studies […]

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   Sep 23

70-pound snapping turtle found near La Cañada Flintridge Country Club

By Herp News A giant snapping turtle weighing 70 pounds was found wandering near the La Cañada Flintridge Country Club Thursday. 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 & new from $15.99 […]

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   Sep 23

Snapping turtle found near local country club

By Herp News A giant snapping turtle weighing 70 pounds was found wandering near the La Canada Flintridge Country Club Thursday. 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 $5.87 Recreate a […]

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   Sep 23

70-pound snapping turtle found near local country club

By Herp News A giant snapping turtle weighing 70 pounds was found wandering near the La Canada Flintridge Country Club Thursday. 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 by BYB (302) Buy new: $19.99 $11.99 2 used […]

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   Sep 22

Hacker Group 'Lizard Squad' Claims To Have Taken Down 'Destiny' and 'Call of Duty'

By Herp News Hacker group “Lizard Squad” has taken credit for another high-profile DDOS attack in the gaming realm, tacking credit over twitter for attacks that took down both the Destiny and Call of Duty servers over the weekend. Lizard squad recently took credit for attacks that took down the Playstation Network and World of […]

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   Sep 22

Hacker Group 'Lizard Squad' Claims To Have Taken Down 'Destiny' and 'Call of Duty'

By Herp News Hacker group “Lizard Squad” has taken credit for another high-profile DDOS attack in the gaming realm, tacking credit over twitter for attacks that took down both the Destiny and Call of Duty servers over the weekend. Lizard squad recently took credit for attacks that took down the Playstation Network and World of […]

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   Sep 22

Answer to restoring lost island biodiversity found in fossils

By Herp News Many native species have vanished from tropical islands because of human impact, but scientists have discovered how fossils can be used to restore lost biodiversity. The key lies in organic materials found in fossil bones, which contain evidence for how ancient ecosystems functioned, according to a new study. Go to Source …read […]

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   Sep 22

Extinction island? Plans to log half an island could endanger over 40 species

By Herp News Woodlark Island is a rare place on the planet today. This small island off the coast Papua New Guinea is still covered in rich tropical forest, an ecosystem shared for thousands of years between tribal peoples and a plethora of species, including at least 42 found no-where else. Yet, like many such […]

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   Sep 22

Explanation for ball python disease found?

A viral origin for a fatal respiratory disease found in captive ball pythons may have been identified. From Science Daily: Investigators observed the virus, which they named ball python nidovirus, in eight snakes with pneumonia; virus levels were highest in the animals’ lungs and other respiratory tract tissues. The team also sequenced the genome of […]

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