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Archive for March, 2016


   Mar 31

A fossilized snake shows its true colors

By Herp News Ten million years ago, a green and black snake lay coiled in the Spanish undergrowth. Once, paleontologists would have been limited by its colorless fossil remains, but now they know what the snake looked like and can guess how it acted. Researchers have discovered that some fossils can retain evidence of skin […]

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   Mar 31

‘Homing turtles’ go back to familiar grounds

By Herp News A new study has found turtles released back into the wild almost always return home — even if they have to swim more than 100km or have spent more than a year away. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (212) Repashy Crested Gecko MRP Diet – Food – All […]

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   Mar 31

Herp Photo of the Day: Leopard Gecko

What stunning colors on this male Sceloporus orcutti in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user eve. Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless […]

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   Mar 31

Carrot-tailed Viper Gecko

Small, stock, and with a distinctive tail and scalation, meet the carrot-tailed viper gecko. Once quite commonly seen in the pet trade, for twofold reasons the little carrot-tailed viper gecko, Hemidactylus imbricatus (formerly Teratolepis fasciatus) is now harder to acquire. Firstly, there are almost no shipments coming to the USA from the Pakistan homeland of […]

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   Mar 30

Herp Photo of the Day: Spiny Lizard

What stunning colors on this male Sceloporus orcutti in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user arkherps . 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  (541) […]

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   Mar 30

Spider Gecko

The name of spider gecko is derived from the long, spindly legs.The air mail letter from Jerry had just arrived from Karachi when our customs broker called and mentioned that we had an unexpected shipment from Pakistan at his facility. He could find neither packing list nor invoice within. Could we supply any info? I […]

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   Mar 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Crested Gecko

It’s Two for Tuesday with this pair of Cresties in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user MOC_Reptiles . 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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   Mar 28

World’s most endangered sea turtle species in even more trouble than we thought

By Herp News Researchers used novel approach with historic film to discover just how endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles are. Kemp’s ridley turtles are currently classified as critically endangered on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species. The species was on the brink of extinction in the 1980s, but a Mexico-U.S. bi-national conservation program initiated […]

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   Mar 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Cribo

LOVE this Cribo in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user steve fuller ! We are so jealous! 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  (541) […]

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   Mar 26

Land bridges linking ancient India, Eurasia were ‘freeways’ for biodiversity exchange

By Herp News Before the final collision of Eurasia and the Indian subcontinent, land bridges between the landmasses may have served as ‘freeways’ of biodiversity exchange that flowed in both directions, new information shows. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl – Set of 2 by AmazonBasics […]

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   Mar 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

What a gorgeous pair of (V.r.raddei) Radde’s Rock Viper in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user tjern d! On Rattlesnake Friday, we celebrate ALL things venomous! 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 […]

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   Mar 25

The Tiniest Salamander

The dwarf salamander ranges from Texas to North Carolina and southern Florida. It wasn’t crossing the road. It was lying quietly parallel with the yellow line and it was only 1 ¼ “ in length with a diameter hardly greater than a broom straw. It was a newly metamorphosed dwarf salamander, Eurycea quadridigitata. It was […]

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   Mar 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Sulcatta

This African spur thigh tortoise in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user dinahmoe is just munching away without a care in the world. We are so jealous! 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 […]

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   Mar 23

Green light stops sea turtle deaths

By Herp News Attaching green battery powered light-emitting diodes (LED) to gillnets used by a small-scale fishery reduced the number of green turtle deaths by 64 per cent, without reducing the intended catch of fish, new research demonstrates. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (49) Snake Hook, Copperhead Series™ for Catching, Controlling, […]

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   Mar 23

Using frog foam to deliver antibiotics

By Herp News Scientists have shown that the foam made by Trinidadian frogs represents a new, non-toxic antibiotic delivery system that may help to prevent infections. Researchers have been analysing the frog foam, showing that it is highly stable and capable of taking up drugs before releasing them at a stable rate. Go to Source […]

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   Mar 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Monitor

What a sassy girl! Check out the attitude on this Kimberly rock monitor in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user bob. 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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   Mar 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Kingsnake

Love this in situ shot of an alterna climbing the rock cuts in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user StuTennyson . 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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   Mar 22

Gophers—Frogs That Is

An adult male Florida gopher frog. Living in a region where a goodly number of anurans exist has its herpetological ups and downs. The ups are that on almost any rainy night throughout the year we can see or hear some species of frog, toad, or treefrog. The downs are that to find some species […]

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   Mar 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Wood Frog

We hope that this amazing field shot of a Wood Frog kicks off your Monday right in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user casichelydia . 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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   Mar 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

In for spring to hit this weekend, a beautiful photo from an outdoor shoot of an albino Western Diamondback in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user krantz d! 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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   Mar 18

Frankie Tortoise Tails – A Day in Frankie's Life (video)

Ever wonder what a day is like for Frankie? What can a sulcata tortoise do all day? The list isn’t all that long: Get some beauty sleepBask in the glory of sunlight till the shell hums with warmthWalk everywhereDrink as much water as you wantCheck out the skyMake sure the trees are in their placeLook […]

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   Mar 17

New golden frog species discovered in Colombia

By Herp News Scientists have discovered a new species of pale-gold colored frog from the cloud forests of the high Andes in Colombia. Its name, Pristimantis dorado, commemorates both its color (dorado means ‘golden’ in Spanish) and El Dorado, a mythical city of gold eagerly sought for centuries by Spanish conquistadores in South America. Go […]

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   Mar 17

Could Ireland’s ecosystems cope if we introduced St. Patrick’s scaly foes?

By Herp News The legend of St. Patrick banishing snakes from the emerald isle some 1,500 years ago is indelibly etched in folklore — even if science suggests snakes were unlikely to have colonized the country following the last ice age. But what would happen if St. Patrick’s scaly foes were introduced now? Experts believe […]

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   Mar 17

Herp Photo of the Day: Gran Canaria Giant Lizard

Now for something a little bit different. This pair of Gran Canaria giant lizard (Gallotia stehlini) are just trying to find a little privacy in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user John-C . Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at […]

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   Mar 17

A Horned Frog Predicament

All brown, brown and green, or green are all common color variation of the Caatinga horned frog. When the death of a pet occurs it is disturbing. When the death of a healthy pet occurs it is infinitely more disturbing. And this latter occurred a while ago when my male Caatinga horned frog, Ceratophrys joazierensis, […]

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   Mar 16

Kenya Sand Boa Manopause?!

I will never forget my first Kenya Sand Boa experience. I was around 14 years old when I saw my first babies at the local pet store and I had to buy a pair. It took me over a month to pay for them and I took feeding them and making them breeder sized very […]

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   Mar 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Box Turtle

What an amazing field find! This baby 3 toed box turtle is emerging from it’s nest in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user relic37! 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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   Mar 15

Female frogs identify own offspring using inner GPS

By Herp News The ability to recognize own offspring and provide preferential care is difficult for the poison frog Allobates femoralis. According to a new study male and female frogs have different strategies for offspring discrimination. Females remember the exact location where they laid their eggs and exhibit preferential behavior toward their own clutches. Males […]

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   Mar 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Water Snake

In our opinion, Water Snakes, like the one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Lachesis1 are among the most under-rated and misunderstood of our non-venomous snakes. We, however, love them! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and […]

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   Mar 15

Emerald Tree Boa—Finally!

A beautiful adult Basin emerald. It seems it always happens this way. For about 20 years, on innumerable trips to Amazonian Peru, I and those who have travelled with me, have searched long and hard for what is considered by many the gem of the Amazonian rainforests, the Basin emerald tree boa, Corallus batesii. Stated […]

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   Mar 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Dart Frog

Our favorite type of blue Monday! Check out these stunning dart frogs in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user frogological! 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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   Mar 14

It's all in the details

Last week a friend bought a sexed pair of Spotted Pythons from me. It took him 4 weeks to save up the funds, and during that time he asked me all the right questions and got everything ready. Within two hours after arriving home and getting the snake put away he discovered that one had […]

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   Mar 12

Miraculous Mouse Mamas!

I recently took my daughters to their first reptile show. Once inside they were drawn to a booth with dozens of mounted rats and mice along with rat bone necklaces and mouse skull jewelry. I allowed each of my girls to select a specimen, and as I discussed the terms of the price with the […]

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   Mar 11

Frankie Tortoise Tails – A Seedy Problem

A reprieve….I have a day’s reprieve. It’s raining outside, Frankie is hanging out inside his greenhouse, I get to sit and write a Frankie Tortoise Tail. New problem in the Frankie’s Backyard Paradise. Two years ago when we moved here our neighbor let us know we had a fruit tree in our yard. The excellent […]

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   Mar 11

Paleontologists discover 250-million-year-old new species of reptile in Brazil

By Herp News A new fossil reptile that lived 250 million years ago in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, southernmost Brazil has been discovered by an international team of researchers. The species has been identified from a mostly complete and well preserved fossil skull. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com […]

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   Mar 11

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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   Mar 11

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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   Mar 11

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  (541) Zoo […]

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   Mar 11

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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   Mar 11

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  (49) Snake Hook, […]

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