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Archive for April, 2015


   Apr 30

Tapping into evolutionary responses to guard crops against elephants

By Herp News The search for effective measures to reduce human-elephant conflict is a top priority for wildlife managers and a significant challenge. Ongoing conflict incidents exacerbate anti-wildlife sentiments among rural populations, as conflict events can lead to the deaths of both people and elephants. The continued expansion of development and agriculture into traditional wildlife […]

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   Apr 30

Gabon viper calls Angola home

Once considered to be non-existent in Angola, a new study reveals the country is home to Gabon vipers. From SpyGhana.com: Bitis Gabonica, commonly known as the Gabon viper, is a venomous viper species found in the rainforests and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. It is not only the largest member of the genus bitis, but also […]

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   Apr 30

Beware of dwarf caimans

Many years ago, I decided (to my own satisfaction) that although most caiman are hatched feisty, the 2 species of the so called dwarf caimans of the genus Paleosuchus are hatched actually evil. We see the smooth-fronted species, Paleosuchus trigonotus, on almost all of our trips to the Peruvian Amazon and no experiences I’ve had […]

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   Apr 30

Herp Photo of the Day: Coelen's python

The Coelen’s python may be a hybrid, but they are still are so beautiful that they deserve a spot in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user JonathanH! Be sure to tell JonathanH you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them […]

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   Apr 29

Featured video: the Uncharted Amazon trailer

By Herp News The up-coming documentary, Uncharted Amazon, promises to highlight both the little-seen wildlife and the people of the Las Piedras River system in the Peruvian Amazon, one of the most remote wildernesses on the planet. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (159) Penn-Plax Shale Step Ledge and Cave Hide-Out Medium […]

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   Apr 29

The Adventures of Booger and Teddy… – New Name and changes.

So on April 4th we moved from Oklahoma to Missouri taking Teddy and Booger with us. Pokey and Tammy found a new home with a neighbor who loves turtles and have an area in her backyard for them. So now its the adventure of Booger and Teddy and it still seems to be an adventure. […]

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   Apr 29

River bath disturbance: Indian rat snake

Last month I visited Kerala, a south Indian state, with my friend and rescuing partner Axy (Akshay Parhalkar) and our teacher Mr. Iqbal Shaikh (a legend of Indian herpetology and holder of the title “snake man of India” during the 1970s) in search of King Cobra. We weren’t lucky enough to find one, but still […]

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   Apr 29

Florida "Python Patrol" met with criticism

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is offering workshops to help people identify and report Burmese pythons, but not everyone agrees that the pythons are a problem. From WUFT News: “This horse has been beat so many times,” said Eugene Bessette, commercial snake breeder and owner of Ophiological Services, a snake farm on Archer […]

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   Apr 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Blood python

This big mama blood python is holding tight to her eggs in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user AJ01! Be sure to tell AJ01 you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King […]

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   Apr 28

Five tons of frozen pangolin: Indonesian authorities make massive bust

By Herp News Five tons of frozen pangolin, 77 kilograms (169 pounds) of pangolin scales, and 96 live pangolins: that’s the grisly haul of the latest pangolin bust in Indonesia. Officials confiscated the illegal wildlife goods in Medan, Sumatra and busted the smuggler, who has only been identified as SHB. This is the largest pangolin […]

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   Apr 28

Illegal ivory trade alive and well on Craigslist

By Herp News As it has become more difficult to buy illegal ivory from slaughtered elephants on places like eBay, Etsy, and Amazon.com, traders and buyers in the U.S. have turned to another venue: Craigslist. A new report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) finds that the […]

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   Apr 28

Forest pitvipers: Well camouflaged or very rare?

There’s no question that the pattern and colors of this snake are an effective – a very effective – camouflage. In more than 20 years of tromping through the Peruvian rainforest, we have seen only two speckled forest pitvipers, Bothriopsis taeniatus, and so well did they blend with the background foliage that we almost missed […]

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   Apr 28

Well camouflaged or very rare?

There’s no question that the pattern and colors of this snake are an effective – a very effective – camouflage. In more than 20 years of tromping through the Peruvian rainforest, we have seen only two speckled forest pitvipers, Bothriopsis taeniatus, and so well did they blend with the background foliage that we almost missed […]

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   Apr 28

Baby turtle in South Africa saved by little girls

After finding a turtle barely alive, two little girls insisted their parents take the turtle to a “turtle doctor,” and a local aquarium offered help. From BizNews.com: The aquarium was overseeing the rehabilitation of baby Loggerhead turtles found washed up along the Cape Coast predominantly in Struisbaai. The family drove the turtle to the aquarium, […]

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   Apr 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Moluccan python

Check out this gorgeous Moluccan python, Morelia clastolepis, in all its shimmering beauty in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user krantz! Be sure to tell krantz you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more […]

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   Apr 28

Bebo's Blog – Question regarding the Indian Tent Turtle and his basking habit

Guys, I have an Indian Tent Turtle. He just refuses to use his basking platform! When the sunlight hits the turtle tank, he just goes and hides in the shade. Should I be worried? …read more Read more here: Turtle Times  (345) Zoo Med Calcium With Vitamin D3 Reptile Food, 3-Ounce by Zoo Med (345) […]

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   Apr 27

The banded kukri snake

The kukri snake, Oligodon arnesis, isn’t very familar to snake lovers from the African and American continents. If you’re among them, you probably wonder where he got his name. These snakes are called “kukri” because their teeth/fangs look like a Nepali weapon called the kukri. Despite their weaponized name, these snakes are non-venomous. They are […]

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   Apr 27

Poison dart frogs may generate aeroscience innovations

Inspired by poison dart frogs, an engineering professor developed a new way to construct airplane wings that keeps them from becoming icy. From CNET: Rykaczewski, an assistant professor of engineering at Arizona State University, was inspired by the bad-ass dart frog to devise a new type of artificial anti-ice “skin” for airplane wings. His research, […]

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   Apr 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Green Tree Python

This Chondro seems to be saying “Give me 5 more minutes” in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user AJ01! Be sure to tell AJ01 you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King […]

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   Apr 24

Hump-nosed pit viper: The lance-headed snake

India has 17 species of pit viper, mostly found on trees. The hump-nosed pit viper (Hypnale hypnale) is an exception. Hump-nosed pit vipers are found in Goa and some parts of Karnataka, India. Like other pit vipers these snakes have hemotoxic venom, but mildly so. These snakes are not fatal to humans as they are […]

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   Apr 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Saltwater crocodile

Let’s follow the lead of this Saltie in our herp photo of the day and let it all hang out for the weekend, uploaded by kingsnake.com user croc2005! Be sure to tell croc2005 you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read […]

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   Apr 23

The incredible disappearing fer-de-lance

Everywhere and nowhere best describe where you may find this tropical American lance-headed snake. Certainly the fer-de-lance, Bothrops atrox, is one of the commonly seen venomous taxa on the Project Amazonas Biological Stations and in nearby villages, as well on trails far distant from all activity. Many seen are neonates or juveniles but some are […]

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   Apr 23

"Punk rock" frog can form spines on its skin

Scientists recently discovered the first vertebrate that can change its skin texture. From National Geographic: On a nighttime walk in 2009, scientist Katherine Krynak spotted a well-camouflaged, marble-size amphibian that was covered in spines. But when she brought it inside, suspecting it was a new species, Krynak found a rather smooth and slimy critter. “I […]

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   Apr 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Rio Cauca caecilian

Often called the rubber eel, this Rio Cauca caecilian (Typhlonectes natans) looks quite content in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user chrish! Be sure to tell chrish you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read […]

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   Apr 22

China may have use for invasive Australian cane toads

Could Australian cane toads be shipped to China for medicinal uses? From the Daily Mail: Their venom could be effective in fighting cancer, researchers have discovered, and the potency of Australian cane toad’s venom is stronger than those in China. This means that potentially millions of toads could be shipped to China, so they could […]

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   Apr 22

China may have use for invasive Austrlian cane toads

Could Australian cane toads be shipped to China for medicinal uses? From the Daily Mail: Their venom could be effective in fighting cancer, researchers have discovered, and the potency of Australian cane toad’s venom is stronger than those in China. This means that potentially millions of toads could be shipped to China, so they could […]

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   Apr 22

Appreciating the corn snake in its natural form

Anyone involved in herpetoculture has seen one of these, or perhaps hundreds of these at reptiles shows stored in rows and rows of deli cups. They are one of the most popular pet snakes in the world, coming in a variety of color morphs, so many that it’s almost impossible to keep up with all […]

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   Apr 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Reticulated collared lizard

From a tiny range in Texas, the reticulated collared lizard (Crotaphytus reticulatus) seems to be plotting a world-wide reptile take over in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user reptoman! Be sure to tell reptoman you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could […]

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   Apr 21

Camera traps catch rare Amazon bird following peccaries

By Herp News Although a large, attractive bird found across Latin America, scientists know almost nothing about the rufous-vented ground cuckoo (Neomorphus geoffroyi). Renzo Piana, the director of science and research with the Amazon Conservation Association, described the bird as “rare,” “cryptic,” “mainly solitary,” and “mostly silent”—much of which explains why so little is known […]

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   Apr 21

Michigan holds first herp inventory

Do you live in Michigan? You can help the Department of Natural Resources inventory the state’s herps. From the Detroit Free Press: The state Department of Natural Resources is inviting people who see turtles, frogs, toads, snakes, salamanders and lizards to report the sightings. Project coordinator Lori Sargent says information is needed on all species, […]

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   Apr 21

The hard-to-find glass lizard

Although eastern glass lizards, Ophisaurus ventralis, live in our yard, finding them on demand is a definite problem. I have never been able to do so yet! When it comes right down to it, whether I’m looking for them in my yard or elsewhere, I seldom succeed – at least on the first try. There […]

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   Apr 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Black rat snake

“Me? I’m just hangin’ out doing snake things in a tree,” is what this wild black rat snake seems to be saying in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user peaceodarock! Be sure to tell peaceodarock you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you […]

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   Apr 20

Commercial bushmeat hunters put previously undetected pressure on Central Africa’s large birds

By Herp News While conducting a bird survey in the Ebo Forest Reserve of Cameroon, Scottish ornithologist Robin Whytock noted two uncommon forest raptors in a camp regularly used by commercial bushmeat hunters. The birds, a crowned eagle (Stephanoaetus coronatus) and a Cassin’s hawk-eagle (Aquila Africana) were notable sightings not only because they are infrequently […]

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   Apr 20

Ways to avoid catching diseases from pets

By Herp News Pets can pass diseases to humans, especially when a pet owner’s immune system is compromised. Here, veterinarians outline ways for families to avoid disease transmission by choosing the right type of pet–or making small changes in the ways they enjoy the pets they already have. Go to Source …read more Read more […]

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   Apr 20

Bamboo pit viper: The angry-looking serpent

“Pit viper” a very familiar name to all snake lovers across the world. India is home to 17 species of pit viper; I’m sure this is the largest snake family in the country. One can find pit vipers in all parts of India. The bamboo pit viper, Trimeresurus gramineus, is the most commonly found pit […]

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   Apr 20

Bitten by an exotic snake? Turn to the Dallas Zoo

Bradley Lawrence of the Dallas Zoo recently gave an interview to KERA news about the zoo’s antivenom supply. From KERA News: Interview Highlights: Bradley Lawrence … on the Dallas Zoo’s stockpile of antivenom: “The reptile department goes back quite a while especially in the ’80s. We were pretty groundbreaking in research and learning how to […]

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   Apr 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Sulawesi forest turtle

This Leucocephalon yuwonoi looks as displeased as we are that it’s Monday in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user andystorts! Be sure to tell andystorts you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: […]

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   Apr 17

Zimbabwe selling baby elephant calves to China, says environmental group

By Herp News A hundred thousand African elephants were killed by poachers for their ivory between 2010 and 2012. Now a new threat looms: a growing wildlife trade in baby animals to satisfy international tourism. Zimbabwe has reportedly taken 80 elephant calves from their mothers and families in the wild, and is currently holding them […]

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   Apr 17

Evolution puts checks on virgin births

By Herp News It seems unnatural that a species could survive without having sex. Yet over the ages, evolution has endowed females of certain species of amphibians, reptiles and fish with the ability to clone themselves, and perpetuate offspring without males. Researchers have found that in species where females have evolved the ability to reproduce […]

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   Apr 17

Günther's racer: The tiny athlete

The Günther’s racer, Coluber gracilis , (non-venomous), is one of the species of racer snakes found in India. It is named after the great German-born British zoologist, ichthyologist, and herpetologist Albert Günther. Racer snakes are known for their speed and quickness; the Günther’s racer is also known for his beautiful appearance, with large eyes having […]

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