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Archive for January, 2016


   Jan 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

We give all venomous species some love on Rattlesnake Friday, especially these baby Cobras in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user SouthernHerp !? Be sure to tell them 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 […]

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   Jan 28

Satellites show Florida beaches becoming darker, and that’s good for sea turtles

By Herp News Satellite data on artificial nighttime light in Florida from 1992-2012 was compared to robust data on sea turtle nesting for the same period, showing regulations have cut light levels to the benefit of turtles. Still, adult females are impacted by skyglow as distant as 100 km, researchers found. The research shows the […]

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   Jan 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Bearded Dragon

How cute are these two beardies in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user TazziesMommy !? Be sure to tell them 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 Snake  (29) BYB Ceramic […]

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   Jan 28

Greenhouse Frogs

This is the striped phase of the tiny greenhouse frog. If I concentrate, on almost every warm, humid night, the twitterings and chirpings of greenhouse frogs, Eleutherodactylus planirostris, can be heard in our anuran friendly Alachua County yard. The calls are high pitched, soft, and more reminiscent of the stridulations of some cricket species than […]

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   Jan 27

Repeat Offenders

This Smooth Earth Snake, Virginia valeriae, is a repeat offender. For the last several years it has been busted utilizing artificial cover! Most often found hiding beneath logs, leaf litter, or other debris Smooth Earth Snakes are fossorial (live underground) and give live birth to as many as 12-14 live young in the late summer. […]

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   Jan 27

Welcome to the world: New chameleon emerges from wilds of Tanzania

By Herp News Scientists have discovered a new species of chameleon in Tanzania. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (37) Exo Terra Short All Glass Terrarium, 24 by 18 by 12-Inch by Exo Terra (37) Buy new: $122.89 3 used & new from $122.89 The Exo Terra Glass Terrarium is the ideal […]

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   Jan 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

There is nothing Common about this frog (Rana temporaria) in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user kus! See what we did there? Get it? Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 26

Herp Photo of the Day: Caiman

Gotta love the sassy nature of the Schneider’s smooth-fronted caiman in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user cpipes! Be sure to tell them 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 Snake […]

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   Jan 26

The real Mud Eel

Tiny legs having one toe each identify the one-toed amphiuma. One minute I was standing upright on the edge of a semi-dried creek’s backwater. Then one more step I was thigh deep in soupy mud and if there hadn’t been a bank edge sapling for me to grab I’d have probably been face down in […]

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   Jan 25

Snake-hunting Secretary Birds use force of five times their body weight to stamp on, kill their prey

By Herp News Snake-hunting Secretary Birds use the force of five times their body weight to stamp on and kill their prey. Researchers have discovered that Secretary Birds can kick with 195 Newtons, which is equivalent to five times their own body weight, when they attack and kill their prey. And the contact time between […]

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   Jan 25

Lizards camouflage themselves by choosing rocks that best match the color of their backs

By Herp News Wild Aegean wall lizards found on Greek islands choose to sit on rocks that better match their individual coloring, new research shows. This improves camouflage and so reduces the risk of being attacked by birds when they sit out in the open, raising the intriguing question of how the lizards know what […]

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   Jan 25

Lizards camouflage themselves by choosing rocks that best match the color of their backs

By Herp News Wild Aegean wall lizards found on Greek islands choose to sit on rocks that better match their individual coloring, new research shows. This improves camouflage and so reduces the risk of being attacked by birds when they sit out in the open, raising the intriguing question of how the lizards know what […]

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   Jan 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Chameleon

We hope the vibrant colors in this gorgeous Panther Chameleon in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user vinniem1210 brighten your Monday! Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 24

Attention: Terrapin! Invasive pond slider on the move

By Herp News Using genetic methods, scientists have discovered that the introduced pond slider is capable of reproducing in Europe even outside of the Mediterranean region. The turtle, originally from North America, poses a significant threat to the native turtle fauna and, according to the authors of the study. Go to Source …read more Read […]

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   Jan 24

Attention: Terrapin! Invasive pond slider on the move

By Herp News Using genetic methods, scientists have discovered that the introduced pond slider is capable of reproducing in Europe even outside of the Mediterranean region. The turtle, originally from North America, poses a significant threat to the native turtle fauna and, according to the authors of the study. Go to Source …read more Read […]

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   Jan 23

The lizard of consistency: New iguana species which sticks to its colors found in Chile

By Herp News During a field trip in the mountains of central Chile, scientists discovered a new endemic iguana species. Noticeably, it was characterized by size and scalation, compared to the rest of the local lizards. However, what initially grabbed the biologists’ attention was its coloration. Not only was it unlike the already described ones, […]

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   Jan 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday with this in situ shot of a Timber in Tennessee in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user herpermike1 ! Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Yunnan firebelly toad

How impossibly adorable is this Yunnan firebelly toad (Bombina maxima) in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user HanP ! Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 21

Buff-striped Keelback

Many buff-striped keelbacks are less colorful than these. It was back in the 1980s that I made the acquaintance of the natricid (garter, water, and related snakes) species. Chris had received a shipment from Bangkok, and along with the cobras, kraits, and pipe snakes, was a bag identified only as “keelbacks.” Upon seeing the designation […]

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   Jan 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Ball Python

Hope you enjoy the classic Pied Ball Python in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user js! Be sure to tell them 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 Snake  (360) Fluker's […]

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   Jan 19

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Grand Gent of the Greenhouse

Because I can, this morning I walked outside and across the backyard in 30º F. weather, a cup of coffee in hand, so I can check on Frankie snoozing in his warm 72º F greenhouse.That’s right. Frankie sleeps in his new greenhouse…outside, not in my house but in his new Frankie shelter, even on really […]

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   Jan 19

Frankie Tortoise Tails – Frankie's New Luxury Condo

Under construction…literally the page and Frankie’s house is under construction so check the date posted on the title for new additions…to the post and to Frankie’s house. To accommodate Frankie’s increasing size and weight we decided to go really, really big with the hopes this may be the last installment of Frankie houses. Goals: Fit […]

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   Jan 19

Herp Photo of the Day: Crocodile Lizard

This gorgeous Shinisaurus crocodilurus in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user lavadusch will hopefully be the brightest part of your day! Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 19

Rainbow Lizards

This is a subordinate male rainbow lizard from a Miami population. The northeastern South American country of Colombia was once the predominant shipper of neotropical wildlife to the United States. Birds of all manner (cock-of-the-rocks to parrots), mammals (wooly monkeys to ocelots to anteaters), amphibians (remember the Colombia horned frog?), reptiles (boas to red-footed tortoises, […]

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   Jan 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Gartersnake

As you can see from our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user TomDickinson, garter snakes come in an amazing variety of colors! Be sure to tell them 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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   Jan 15

Brazilian torrent frogs communicate using sophisticated audio, visual signals

By Herp News Brazilian torrent frogs may use sophisticated audio and visual signals to communicate, including inflating vocal sacs, squealing, and arm waving, according to a new study. The authors suggest their results indicate that Brazilian torrent frogs have one of the most diverse repertoires of visual and audio displays known to frogs, indicating that […]

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   Jan 15

Brazilian torrent frogs communicate using sophisticated audio, visual signals

By Herp News Brazilian torrent frogs may use sophisticated audio and visual signals to communicate, including inflating vocal sacs, squealing, and arm waving, according to a new study. The authors suggest their results indicate that Brazilian torrent frogs have one of the most diverse repertoires of visual and audio displays known to frogs, indicating that […]

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   Jan 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday from this Sidewinder in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Uncloudy ! Be sure to tell them 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 Snake  (37) Exo Terra […]

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   Jan 14

Deadly amphibian fungus may decline, study finds

By Herp News A new study offers a glimmer of hope for some amphibian populations decimated by the deadly chytrid fungus: climate change may make environmental conditions for the fungus unsuitable in some regions and potentially stave off the spread of disease in African amphibian populations struggling to adapt to changes brought about by global […]

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   Jan 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Reticulated Python

This little Retic has it’s eye on you in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Steve_Ray ! Be sure to tell them 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 Snake  (62) […]

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   Jan 14

Miami’s Ameivas – The Dusky Ameiva

This is an adult female dusky ameiva in Miami.Until very recently this big lizard (to 22-24” total length, of which all but about 8” is tail length) was considered a dark (dusky) phase of the green and tan giant ameiva. A few years ago a closer look was finally taken at this impressive Central and […]

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   Jan 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Snapping Turtle

The cutest of our angry creatures, this great field shot of a Snapping Turtle takes the spotlight our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user anuraanman ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! […]

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   Jan 13

Florida Eastern Diamondback

Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Crotalus adamanteus I travel to Florida with my family about every other year and only get to take one day to hunt snakes on each visit, so I am by no means an expert on the finer aspects of Florida snake hunting. Over the years I have been able to locate some […]

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   Jan 12

FWS lists 201 Salamanders as injurious, bars importation, interstate transport

Fire Salamander – Gallery Photo by firereptiles To help prevent a deadly fungus from killing native salamanders, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing an interim rule tomorrow to list 201 salamander species as injurious wildlife and barring their importation into the United States and interstate trade of those already in the country. The […]

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   Jan 12

Two new species of frogs are discovered in Madagascar

By Herp News The Tsaratanana Massif –the highest mountain on Madagascar and one of the island’s most remote regions– is home to several indigenous species. Yet, the majority of these species remain unknown to science due to the fact that this woodland area is difficult to reach. Thanks to a European expedition to this area, […]

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   Jan 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Leopard Gecko

This hatching Leopard Gecko is cute as a button in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user radar357 ! Be sure to tell them 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 Snake […]

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   Jan 12

Miami’s Ameivas – The giant Ameiva

A robust build and a length of 16-17 inches (including the long tail) is a typical size for an adult giant ameiva. For well over a half century Ameivas, the large, economy size of the whiptail/racerunner clan if you prefer, have been prominent in the hobbyist reptile trade. Of the 3 dozen or so species […]

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   Jan 11

Scientists try hair traps to track tropical carnivores

By Herp News It is difficult to protect endangered species without understanding how many individuals exist or where they’re located. However, learning this can be a daunting task when the species in question are rare and elusive carnivores — and all the more so when they live in areas that make tracking them difficult. The […]

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   Jan 11

Herp Photo of the Day: Corn Snake

This is a gorgeous corn snake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user dallashawks ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! No offense USPS! 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 Snake […]

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   Jan 11

‘Two-faced’ cougar raises questions

By Herp News An unusual mountain lion shot in Idaho has spurred questions about its abnormalities. On December 30th a hunter killed a young male mountain lion after it was seen attacking a dog on a property in Weston, Idaho near the Utah border. When the hunter reported the kill to authorities, it became apparent […]

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