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Archive for February, 2016


   Feb 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Bearded Dragon

Three cheers for one of the best reptile pets, the Bearded Dragons here in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Rick Millspaugh ! 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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   Feb 27

ACTION ALERT Oregon state

This action alert just came in from USARK. Oregon has the ability to change laws through a rulemaking process which is faster, however reduces our time to respond. ACTION ALERT Oregon state: Comment by March 4. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has proposed some rule changes which will negatively impact both native […]

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   Feb 26

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Hey mamba, mamba verde! What a great shot of the Western Green Mamba in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user fangfatale ! 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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   Feb 25

Mirror mirror: Snail shells offer clue in unravelling common origins of body asymmetry

By Herp News A gene in snails that determines whether their shells twist clockwise or anti-clockwise has been discovered by a team of international researchers. It could offer clues to how the same gene affects body asymmetry in other animals including humans, they report. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (363) Simple […]

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   Feb 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Alligator

This young gator is getting a start on the weekend a day early in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user goini04 ! 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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   Feb 24

The castaway: New monitor lizard fills top-order predator role on remote Pacific island

By Herp News Separated by several hundred kilometers from its next of kin, a new blue-tailed monitor lizard unique to the remote Mussau Island has been described. Given a Latin name meaning ‘isolated,’ it is the only large-sized land-living predator and scavenger on the small Pacific island. Go to Source …read more Read more here: […]

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   Feb 24

Gaps in reporting leave turtles vulnerable

By Herp News A new study has called for a change in the way we manage bycatch — to better monitor the unintentional catching of sea turtles by commercial fishers. The number of turtles caught in a single fishery or year may not seem to be a cause for concern, but even low levels might […]

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   Feb 24

Europe has gained another snake: New species of grass snake discovered

By Herp News A new species of snake has been identified in Europe. The researchers were able to demonstrate that the “Iberian Grass Snake” does not constitute a subspecies of the wide-spread common Grass Snake as previously thought, but rather a distinct species. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (37) Exo Terra […]

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   Feb 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Spotted Turtle

Hope you have a happy hump day with a little help from this cute Spotted Turtle in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user allen! 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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   Feb 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Ball Python

Today is a great day for new beginnings, like this pair of hatching Ball Pythons have in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user sf! 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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   Feb 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Ctenosaura

How beautiful is this Ctenosaura quinquecarinata in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user rockabirdie ! 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  (212) Repashy Crested […]

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   Feb 21

Trail of eDNA helps uncover mysteries of alaska wildlife

By Herp News Imagine exploring a wooded site along an Alaska stream or lake for evidence of animals. Maybe you’ll see moose prints in the soil or a bit of wolf fur in a berry bush. But some species don’t leave footprints. They still leave a clue. It’s their DNA. Go to Source …read more […]

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   Feb 21

Conservation hopes up for the endangered banana frog restricted to Southwest Ethiopia

By Herp News As the natural forests in Ethiopia is already less than 3 percent of what it once has been, the banana frog species, dwelling exclusively in the southwestern part of the African country, is exposed to a great risk of extinction. Through their survey, a research team have extended its range, thus making […]

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   Feb 21

Ancient lone star lizard lounged in lush, tropical Texas

By Herp News Researchers have discovered a new species of extinct worm lizard in Texas and dubbed it the ‘Lone Star’ lizard. The species — the first known example of a worm lizard in Texas — offers evidence that Texas acted as a subtropical refuge during one of the great cooling periods of the past. […]

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   Feb 19

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

I went to the desert for a snake with no name. What a fabuoous shot of a Great Basin Rattlesnake in Utah in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user crocman6594! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you […]

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   Feb 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Gartersnake

What a gorgeous gartersnake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user TomDickinson ! 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  (49) Snake Hook, Copperhead Series™ […]

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   Feb 17

Herp Photo of the Day: Salamander

Hope you enjoy this great shot of a Black Salamander in the field in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user sc_shark ! 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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   Feb 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Water monitor

Let’s hope your Valentine’s Day was better than this! Kidding! A pair of Water Monitors meet for the first time in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user elaphehead ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could […]

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   Feb 16

Giant Whiptail

This captive pair of giant whiptails lived for several years. Seemingly first reported in 1995, this beautiful sun worshipper, Aspidoscelis motaguae, had by then probably been established in Florida for at least 20 years. Strangely, although I recall several other teeids (even the seldom imported little 4-toed whiptail, Teius teyou) figuring prominently in the American […]

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   Feb 15

Sex with the other species: Tree frogs with foreign sex chromosomes are less fit

By Herp News During the last glaciation, a huge ice shield reached up to the region of today’s Berlin. By the time it started to melt about 20,000 years ago, it enabled a gradual re-colonization of the northern latitudes by many plant and animal species. Often, they took different colonization routes around the mountain ranges, […]

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   Feb 15

My Formula For Semi Close-Up Reptile Pictures

This week I want to share my formula for taking semi close-up pictures of snakes. I like to use these kind of pictures to make business cards, post cards, calendars, and other promotional materials. When trying to sell a snake the buyers want to see as much of the body as possible, so these are […]

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   Feb 15

Red Milk Snake!

We are fortunate to have a nice population of Red Milk Snakes (Lampropeltis triangulum syspila) in several western Kentucky counties. In our region it is possible to cruise roads and find these snakes from the time when it gets dark to the very wee hours of the morning prior to dawn. While we try to […]

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   Feb 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Indigo

We are still feeling the Valentine’s day love, much like this pair of Eastern Indigos in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user steve fuller ! 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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   Feb 15

The third sister: Long-suspected third desert tortoise species proven to exist in Mexico

By Herp News The huge variability among the desert tortoise populations of Mexico has finally been given an explanation after casting doubts for several decades. The puzzle was solved by an international team of researchers, who found out that there has been a previously unknown third sister species all along. Moreover, unlike their predecessors, the […]

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   Feb 14

Frankie Tortoise Tails – The Levitation Solution

Frankie and I used to go everywhere. We would go to the park, Petsmart, Petco, to pet parades, to schools and day care centers, and libraries, more parks, art festivals, around the block, down the street and wherever we wanted to go……when Frankie was smaller.I would pick up Frankie, toss him into the car and […]

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   Feb 13

Whooping cranes’ predatory behavior key for adaptation, survival

By Herp News The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. As captive-raised cranes are re-introduced in Louisiana, they are gaining a new descriptor: natural killer. A new study suggests Louisiana cranes are faring well thanks in part […]

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   Feb 13

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  (405) Zilla Reptile Terrarium Bedding Substrate Desert Blend Walnut, 10-Qt. by Zilla (405) Buy new: $9.99 $6.88 23 used & new from $5.87 Recreate a reptile’s desert habitat with attractive, 100% natural ground […]

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   Feb 13

Turtle soup, perchance? Prehistoric humans had a penchant for tortoises

By Herp News Researchers have uncovered evidence of turtle specimens at the 400,000-year-old Qesem Cave site, indicating that early humans enjoyed eating turtles in addition to large game and vegetal material. The research provides direct evidence of the relatively broad diet of early Paleolithic people. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (174) […]

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   Feb 13

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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   Feb 13

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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   Feb 13

Snake gait: Science observes nature to invent new ways of moving

By Herp News Snake locomotion is a source of inspiration for technology: graceful, silent, adaptable and efficient, it can be implemented on devices designed for the most diverse applications, from space exploration to medicine. A new study adds to this line of research and proposes a detailed mathematical account of one of the characteristic types […]

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   Feb 13

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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   Feb 13

New tiny arboreal toad species from India is just small enough for its own genus

By Herp News Found on a herb bush, a toad of only 24 mm average length, was quick to make its discoverers consider its status as a new species. After identifying its unique morphological and skeletal characters, and conducting a molecular phylogenetic analysis, not only did the team introduce a new species, but also added […]

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   Feb 13

Emerald and gold: Two new precious-eyed endemic tree frog species from Taiwan

By Herp News Two endemic tree frog species, not recognized by science until now, have been identified in broadleaf forests in the island country of Taiwan. Unlike their siblings from mainland China and Southern Asia, they demonstrate reproductive behavior, characterized with egg-eating tadpole embryos feeding on eggs, while still inside the mother’s womb. What told […]

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   Feb 13

Bachelor’s paradise: Female turtles outnumbering males due to warming temps

By Herp News Rising global temperatures may skew gender imbalance among the marine turtle population, according to new research. The sex of marine hatchlings is influenced by incubating temperatures, and warmer temperatures produce a higher number of female hatchlings. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat […]

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   Feb 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

This little Diamondback baby found Arizona is adorable in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user kevinjudd in the field! We can only imagine the excitement at this find! 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 […]

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   Feb 11

Herp Photo of the Day: Hognose

It is a whole lotta squee in this two for Thursday pair of hatching Hognose in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user caracal ! 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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   Feb 11

Northern Brown Basilisk

This is an adult female northern brown basilisk. I was totally enthralled when, some 25 years ago, I saw my first northern brown basilisk, Basiliscus vittatus, in Florida. I had been told that they were then tenuously established, but until then I had not seen one. The fact that the example that was then in […]

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   Feb 10

Whooping cranes’ predatory behavior key for adaptation, survival

By Herp News The whooping crane, with its snowy white plumage and trumpeting call, is one of the most beloved American birds, and one of the most endangered. As captive-raised cranes are re-introduced in Louisiana, they are gaining a new descriptor: natural killer. A new study suggests Louisiana cranes are faring well thanks in part […]

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   Feb 10

Herp Photo of the Day: Leaf Tail Gecko

Look closely or you might miss the Uroplatus pietschmanni hiding here in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user mcamo3 ! 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: […]

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