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Archive for April, 2016


   Apr 29

Savu Pythons

Savu Pythons (Liasis mackloti savuensis) breeding I discovered my Savu Pythons (Liasis mackloti savuensis) mating on 25 April 2016. The day before I noticed my female was swelling so even though the male was about to shed, I introduced the female into his cage. They were breeding the following morning. This pair has been bred […]

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   Apr 28

Do bearded dragons dream? Reptiles share sleep patterns with mammals and birds

By Herp News Brain sleep appeared early in vertebrate evolution. Researchers describe the existence of REM and slow-wave sleep in the Australian dragon, with many common features with mammalian sleep: a phase characterized by low frequency/high amplitude average brain activity and rare and bursty neuronal firing (slow-wave sleep); another characterized by awake-like brain activity and […]

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   Apr 28

Study identifies a key to bone formation, vertebrate evolution

By Herp News Researchers have identified a key action of a watershed gene critical to bone formation and the evolution of vertebrates. The Sp7 or Osterix gene more than likely emerged from an ancestral gene family about 400 million years ago, expanding the diversity of life and programming the development of bone-secreting osteoblast cells. The […]

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   Apr 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Salamander

This adorable pair of Tiger Salamanders in our herp photo of the day in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user persephonie are just popping out to see whats for dinner! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could […]

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   Apr 27

Nothing Beats Spring!!

Winter is long, cramped, and filled with stressful family and social gatherings. It is so nice when all that stuff is over, the sun begins to shine again, and Spring arrives in full force. This photo sums up what Spring is all about for me. Few moments in life compare to that rejuvenating and magnificent […]

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   Apr 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Tortoise

Manouria emys phayrei, like the ones in our herp photo of the day in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user emysbreeder are among the most entertaining and fun of our shelled friends! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and […]

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   Apr 26

Herp Photo of the Day: Leaf-tailed Gecko

These Uroplatus pietschmanni in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user mcamo3 ,show us what amazing masters of camoflague they truly are! 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: […]

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   Apr 25

Mammal-like reptile survived much longer than thought

By Herp News Researchers have uncovered dozens of fossilized teeth in Kuwajima, Japan, and identified this as a new species of tritylodontid, an animal family that links the evolution of mammals from reptiles. The finding suggests that tritylodontids co-existed with some of the earliest mammal species for millions of years, overturning beliefs that mammals wiped […]

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   Apr 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Do you know a diabetic? LLet them know that animals like this Gila Monster in our herp photo of the day in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user LJs Herps Are helping to save their lives! Medication made from the venom of Gila Monsters helps to keep blood sugar balanced for […]

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   Apr 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Coachwhip

We hear ya buddy! We feel the same about mondays as this Eastern Coachwhip in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user jodscovry does. Gotta love colubrids of all types! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see […]

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   Apr 24

Expedition captures animal selfies in Amazon Rainforest

By Herp News A team of scientists set up camera traps in Peru to record the biodiversity of that area of the Amazon Rainforest. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Dog Bowl – Set of 2 by AmazonBasics (658) Buy new: $10.99 AmazonBasics brings you everyday items at […]

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   Apr 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

This Massasauga looks forward to the weekend in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user venombill! 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) Rep-Cal SRP00300 […]

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   Apr 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Herald Snake

How cool is this African Herald Snake (Crotaphopeltis hotamboeia) in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user MVH4 . Gotta love colubrids of all types! 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 […]

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   Apr 21

Green Vine Snakes

A portrait of the beautiful green vine snake. Get it Carl, get it! And although Carl tried, really tried, the snake beat him across the clearing and once in the water of the coche (oxbow) it was gone forever. The snake was a green vine snake, Oxybelis fulgidus, and Carl? Well he knows who he […]

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   Apr 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Salamander

Spring has sprung and when we think spring, we think Amphibians! We are LOVING this shot in the field of the southern red-backed salamander (Plethodon serratus) in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user tex540 . Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos […]

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   Apr 19

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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   Apr 19

Baja California Rat Snake

Juvenile Baja California rat snakes are prominently patterned. In May of 1984, 2 miles east of Mountain Spring, Imperial County, California, a dead snake was found on Interstate 8. The snake was a Baja California rat snake, Bogertophis rosaliae. The finding of this specimen, before and since unknown to occur in the USA, then stirred […]

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   Apr 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Gartersnake

Everyone remembers their first wild herp and for many of us it was the same. All hail the mighty Garter Snake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user TomDickinson for being so many of our first wild herp! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile […]

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   Apr 15

New snakebite treatment under development

By Herp News Thousands are bitten by rattlers and other venomous snakes each year, and a new treatment may serve as a “bridge” to buy time until medical care is available. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (302) BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared Lamp Bulb, […]

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   Apr 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

This Black Pakistan Cobra takes it’s very first breaths in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user PHNajak! 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 here! […]

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   Apr 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Tortoise

What a great shot of a truly wonderful tortoise pet! The Russian Tortoise gets it’s close-up in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user bradtort . 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 […]

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   Apr 14

Eastern Mud Salamander

Most brilliant when a young adult, eastern mud salamanders usually dull with advancing age. Florida was far behind. Jake (hoping for his lifer eastern mud salamander) and I were sloshing through soupy mud topped with shallow water. The water, itself, was capped with oily looking iron slicks. Long dead trees lay helter-skelter, most in advanced […]

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   Apr 13

Albino Carpet Python

My first Albino Carpet Python clutch of 2016 hatched from 23-25 March and I was lucky enough to be able to capture several nice pictures of the process. For me, hatching snake eggs is something that keeps me involved in snakes year after year. It is the big reward. All year long I work hard […]

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   Apr 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Gharial

How awesome is this group of breeding Gharials in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Lucky_7 . 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 […]

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   Apr 12

Remember the Rubber Eel?

This large, gravid, aquatic caecilian was netted from the grassy shoreline of an Amazonian river. It was about midnight. A half dozen of us had just returned to the river boat from a long Amazonian rainforest walk. Several frogs and a few snakes had been found and we now sat on deck discussing the herps […]

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   Apr 12

Combined effects of copper, climate change can be deadly for amphibians, research finds

By Herp News Researchers warn that the extinction to two amphibian species — the southern toad and the southern leopard frog — may be hastened by the combined effects of climate change and copper-contaminated wetlands. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (28) Wormy-Licious! Dried Mealworms in Bulk: Treats for Chickens and Wild […]

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   Apr 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Dumeril's Boa

This little Dumeril’s Boa is ready to rock in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user liljenni . 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  (212) Repashy […]

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   Apr 11

Herp Photo of the Day: Reptile Fest

Typically our photo of the day is of an amazingly beautiful animal, but today we would like to take a moment to congratulate the Chicago Herpetological Society on another very successful ReptileFest. ReptileFest is the longest running, all educational event about reptiles. This event as occurred for over 20 years. The view from above of […]

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   Apr 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Wild in nature. One of the best places to see this Great Basin Rattlesnake found in Utah, but shared with us in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user crocman6594 ! On Rattlesnake Friday, we celebrate ALL things venomous! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile […]

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   Apr 07

The pool frog adapts its growth to Sweden’s cold temperatures

By Herp News Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) tadpoles have the amazing ability to grow at different rates depending on changes in temperature. A new study has revealed that this species, which requires relatively warm environments for breeding, speeds up its capacity for growth in Sweden during the warmest time of the year in order to […]

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   Apr 07

4-Toes

Four-toed salamanders in their sphagnum habitat. The bed of sphagnum stretched away from the small woodland stream in a semicircle of perhaps 20 yards. Beyond this, scattered smaller patches of sphagnum could be seen. All in all, the habitat looked ideal for the small salamander for which Jake and I were searching on this cool […]

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   Apr 07

Herp Photo of the Day: Bull Snake

Natural beauty at is finest in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user pitparade with this Kankakee County locality Bullsnake. 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 […]

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   Apr 06

Mediterranean loggerhead turtles dying in waters off the Middle East, North Africa

By Herp News Conservation biologists have found that many adult loggerhead turtles are migrating to areas of the Mediterranean where they are dying, trapped in fishing nets used by small scale fishing operations in Cyprus, the Middle East and North Africa. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (360) Fluker's Buffet Blend Aquatic […]

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   Apr 06

Herp Photo of the Day: Skink

How adorable are Kelsey and her pal Stubby the BTS in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user danielle4girls4 ?! Seriously, this is why we fight so hard to have our pets! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! Upload your own reptile and amphibian photos at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you […]

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   Apr 05

Everglades Crocs

Two of the several American crocodiles near the Everglades Marina. I was standing at the edge of the marina near the docks at the general store in Flamingo. It was a quarter moon, partially cloudy, night in Everglades National Park. A slight breeze stirred a few tiny wavelets to life. Their sloshing against the pilings […]

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   Apr 05

Herp Photo of the Day: Mata Mata

Like something out of a sci-fi film, the mighty Mata Mata patrols the depths of the water in our herp photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Geo! 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 […]

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   Apr 04

Unnoticed sex reversal in amphibians due to artificial estrogen from pills

By Herp News Hormonally active substances may contribute to global amphibian decline. Some compounds, for example from pharmaceuticals, occur in biologically relevant concentrations in freshwater ecosystems, and thus can affect the hormonal system and the sexual development of animals. Researchers have compared the effects of the pill estrogen ethinylestradiol (EE2) in three amphibian species. The […]

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   Apr 04

Herp Photo of the Day: Chameleon

It’s snack time for this Parson Chameleon in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user rocknreptiles . 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  (302) BYB – […]

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   Apr 01

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

It is clear fromour Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Craig_V_Rensburg why some people call Naja nigricollis nigricincta Zebra Snakes! 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 […]

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   Apr 01

Rapid transformation turns clinging tadpoles into digging adult frogs

By Herp News The Indian Purple frog skeleton undergoes dramatic transformation as tadpoles clinging to underwater rocks become adults digging their way underground, according to a new study. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (686) Zoo Med Economy Analog Dual Thermometer and Humidity Gauge by Zoo Med (686) Buy new: $12.99 $7.03 […]

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