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Archive for June, 2016


   Jun 30

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

This Sulawesi forest turtle seems like he has zero cares in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user andystorts ! 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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   Jun 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Gharial

The always fascinating Gharial graces us today 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  (1209) K&H Pet […]

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   Jun 29

The Marbled Salamander

Most adult male marbled salamanders are precisely marked in black and white. The beautiful marbled salamander, Ambystoma opacum, ranges southward from extreme South Eastern New Hampshire and Southern Michigan to East Texas and Northern Florida. Interestingly and sadly, the Florida range of this pretty autumn breeding mole salamander once extended as far south on the […]

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   Jun 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

Gotta love this big ole bullfrog in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user coluberking25 ! 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  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm […]

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   Jun 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

This henkeli is getting a clear view in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user erikstrait! 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  (1599) Zoo Med ReptiTherm […]

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   Jun 27

The Green Forest Dragon

An adult pair of green forest Dragons, male right. I had veered from the trail a bit. Darkness had fallen and we had stopped at a riverside Amazonian village. The evening meal was prepared on the riverboat and a half-dozen of us were walking a trail with our Peruvian guide in the lead. So far, […]

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   Jun 24

Hairs, feathers and scales have a lot in common

By Herp News The potential evolutionary link between hairs in mammals, feathers in birds and scales in reptiles has been debated for decades. Today, researchers demonstrate that all these skin appendages are homologous. On the basis of analyses of embryonic development, the biologists evidenced molecular and micro-anatomical signatures that are identical between hairs, feathers and […]

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   Jun 24

Analysis of media reporting reveals new information about snakebites and how and when they occur

By Herp News A new study analyzed media reports of snakebites in the United States. Investigators found that media coverage detailed victim circumstances better than current quantitative data, and that the majority of snakebites may actually be ‘legitimate,’ meaning they occur by surprise, without intentional contact, in a natural setting. Go to Source …read more […]

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   Jun 24

Female blue tits sing in the face of danger

By Herp News Birdsong has long been associated with courtship or competitive behavior. And males were considered to be more active. Now a research team shows that female singing is much more common. They demonstrated for the first time a connection between the song of female blue tits and the presence of a predator. This […]

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   Jun 24

Western chicken turtles.

Hatchling western chicken turtles. Chicken turtles, the 3 subspecies of Deirochelys reticularia are wanderers. Between periods of aestivation or brumation chicken turtles wander from ephemeral pond to equally ephemeral roadside ditch where they hunt crayfish, dragonfly larvae, and occasional small fish, or other turtle fare, and then wander on again. I usually see, more by […]

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   Jun 24

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! To end the week, a whole lotta squee for these baby Death Adders for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Oxyrhopus ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. […]

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   Jun 23

Herp Photo of the Day: Cribo

It will be hard to find anyting cuter than this hatching Yellowtail Cribo in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user alanB! 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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   Jun 23

Five Timber Rattlesnakes At Once

5 Timber Rattlenakes, Crotalus horridus, found under the same tin I wish I could share a picture of my face and a recording of the words coming out of my mouth when Phil Peak and I lifted up a piece of our artificial cover and bore witness to the sight in this photograph! Moments before […]

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   Jun 22

Lizard tail adaptations may reflect predators’ color vision capabilities

By Herp News Juveniles of numerous lizard species have a vividly blue-colored tail that likely serves to deflect predator attacks toward the detachable tail rather than the lizard’s body. Now researchers have found that certain differences in blue and UV light reflectance in lizard tails are likely adaptations to predators with different color vision capabilities. […]

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   Jun 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Indigo

Love the color variation that this mottled Mexican Redtail Indigo (Drymarchon m. rubidus) has in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user alanB ! 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 […]

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   Jun 22

Xenagama

A resting pair of turnip-tailed agamas. Meet Xenagama taylori, a species deserving of much more attention by the herpetocultural community. It was about 30 years ago when I first saw X. taylori, a small (to about 4 ½ “ total length), robust, oviparous, agamid lizard that has come to be known as the shield-tailed or, […]

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   Jun 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Bearded Dragon

Herp Keepers with cameras, annoying our eating pets for decades like this bearded dragon in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user jdertinger ! 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 […]

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   Jun 21

Eastern Hognose Snakes in Kentucky

Eastern Hognose Snake Heterodon platirhinos This large Eastern Hognose Snake is the first Phil Peak and I ever recorded from Bell County, Kentucky. Phil spotted this snake out basking among a pile of rocks on top of a strip mine surrounded by secondary growth forest. Our group nearly decided not to hunt the area where […]

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   Jun 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Rough Earth Snake

Good things come in small packages, like the Rough Earth Snake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user gdy! 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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   Jun 20

Big Bend Bound

Target taxon #1: Chihuahuan lyre snake, Trimorphodon vilkinsonii.As you read this blog, Jake and I are driving westward; destination Texas’ Big Bend…the Chihuahuan Desert. My mind’s eye is already visualizing the desolate roadways, some paved, many dirt and rock, edged with spine studded plants and crossed by packs of feisty javelina (peccaries), lizard-hunting roadrunners, four […]

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   Jun 17

Gray Checkered Whiptail

Speedy and agile, this species occurs only near Presidio, TX and in southwestern New Mexico.Finding the gray-checkered whiptail, Aspidoscelis dixoni, out near Presidio (TX) wasn’t too difficult. Kenny and I located the (now contested) species in an old roadside dumping ground where amidst the sun-baked boards, house hold unwanteds and bullet riddled car skeletons several […]

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   Jun 17

New lizard found in Dominican Republic

By Herp News Biologists have reported the discovery of a new lizard in the Dominican Republic, strengthening a long-held theory that communities of lizards can evolve almost identically on separate islands. The chameleon-like lizard — a Greater Antillean anole dubbed Anolis landestoyi for the naturalist who first spotted and photographed it — is one of […]

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   Jun 17

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! To end the week, an adorable baby Prairie Rattlesnake for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user LJs Herps ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. Upload your own […]

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   Jun 16

Tadpoles hatch in seconds to escape predator

By Herp News Although red-eyed tree frog embryos appear helpless within their jelly-coated eggs, they can hatch up to two days ahead of schedule, reacting within seconds to attacks by egg thieves. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (1209) K&H Pet Products Thermal-Bowl Heated Cat & Dog Bowl 96oz. Blue 25W by […]

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   Jun 16

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

This clawed frog is bobbing along in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Tadpoleo! 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 Steel Dog […]

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   Jun 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Cornsnake

Through all the years, cornsnakes remain our favorite for a great beginner snake! After seeing this one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user cochran, it is pretty obvious why! 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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   Jun 14

Pythons and boas shed new light on reptile evolution

By Herp News A new study into pythons and boas has for the first time found the two groups of snakes evolved independently to share similar traits, shedding new light on how the reptiles evolved. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (302) BYB – 150W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop […]

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   Jun 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Skink

#TongueOutTuesday isn’t only for mammals! This shingleback skink displays it’s tongue beautifully in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user frilly ! 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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   Jun 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Water Dragon

After a weekend of relaxing, like the Water Dragon in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user arkherps , it’s time to get back to the grind! 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! […]

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   Jun 10

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! Love this beautiful green Vogel’s Pit Viper in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Vittorio_K ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to the world. Upload your own reptile and amphibian […]

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   Jun 09

One snake’s prey is another’s poison: Scientists pinpoint genetics of extreme resistance

By Herp News Scientists have found that the ancestors of garter snakes gained toxin-resistant nerves almost 40 million years ago. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (541) Zoo Med Mini Combo Deep Dome Lamp Fixture, Black by Zoo Med (541) Buy new: $40.96 $26.22 24 used & new from $21.24 Two fixtures […]

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   Jun 09

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

Check out that amazing camoflague that this Satanic Leaf Tail Gecko has in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user kellih i! 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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   Jun 09

Using Lake Michigan turtles to measure wetland pollution

By Herp News Decades of unregulated industrial waste dumping in areas of the Great Lakes have created a host of environmental and wildlife problems. Now it appears that Lake Michigan painted and snapping turtles could be a useful source for measuring the resulting pollution, according to researchers. Go to Source …read more Read more here: […]

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   Jun 08

Bearded dragons change color on different body parts for social signals and temperature regulation

By Herp News New research shows that bearded dragons are able to partition color change to specific body parts, depending on whether they are responding to temperature or communicating with other lizards. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (29) BYB Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Reptile Pet Super Wide Heating Area […]

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   Jun 08

Sea snakes have extra sense for water living

By Herp News The move from life on land to life in the sea has led to the evolution of a new sense for sea snakes, an Australian study suggests. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (212) Repashy Crested Gecko MRP Diet – Food – All Sizes 8 Oz (1/2 lb) JAR […]

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   Jun 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Frog

Hang in there, just like the Tree Frog in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user gerrygi! 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  (686) Zoo Med […]

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   Jun 07

Herp Photo of the Day: Bearded Dragon

Is this a great shot or what? The bearded dragon in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Alesha_Rae is ready to hop in the fast lane! 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! […]

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   Jun 06

Herp Photo of the Day: Box Turtle

Start your week off right with this hatching Eastern Box Turtle in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user terrapene ! 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 […]

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   Jun 05

Finding the real treasure of the Incas: Two new frog species from an unexplored region

By Herp News Inaccessibility and mysticism surrounding the mist-veiled mountains of the central Andes make this region promising to hide treasures. Among other surprises, fieldwork resulted in the discovery of two new species of rain frogs characterized by the spiny appearance typical of several species inhabiting montane forests. Go to Source …read more Read more […]

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   Jun 04

Singing in the rain: A new species of rain frog from Manu National Park, Amazonian Peru

By Herp News A new rain frog species from southern Peru is reported by a team of herpetologists. Although the amphibian may look similar to other species at first sight, it is distinguished by its morphology, call, and genetic sequences. Found near the border of Manu National Park, this discovery shows that even in well […]

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