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Archive for July, 2016


   Jul 29

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! What a stunning albino Southern Pacific Rattlesnake (Crotalus oreganus helleri) for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user lichanura ! 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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   Jul 28

Herp Photo of the Day: Gecko

Love the detail in this headshit of a Uroplatus fimbriatus in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user zmarchetti ! 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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   Jul 27

Frog reproduction in created ponds may be affected by disease and food availability

By Herp News Food availability and disease in created habitats may affect the reproductive output of reintroduced frogs, according to a new study. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (159) Penn-Plax Shale Step Ledge and Cave Hide-Out Medium Aquarium Resin by Penn Plax (159) Buy new: $22.99 $17.71 11 used & new […]

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   Jul 27

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

A Ball Python this pretty deserves it’s own glamour shot like this one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user anthony james mc ! 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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   Jul 26

Sexual rivalry may drive frog reproductive behaviors

By Herp News Biologists have long thought that some frogs evolved to mate on land instead of in water to better guard eggs and tadpoles from predation. New research now suggests that mating on land in many species might be a strategy male frogs use to ensure that their own DNA gets passed on, instead […]

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   Jul 26

Japanese tadpoles relax in hot springs

By Herp News Japanese tadpoles can live and grow in natural hots springs, or onsen, with water temperatures as high as 46.1oC (115oF). Living in onsen may benefit the tadpoles’ immune systems, speed their growth, and allow the tadpoles to survive on small volcanic islands where there are few other natural sources of fresh water. Go […]

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   Jul 25

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

This hatchling Gulf Coast spiny softshell turtle is just chilling out in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user gambusia ! 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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   Jul 22

New venomous snake discovered in Costa Rica

By Herp News An international team of scientists has solved a case of mistaken identity and discovered a new species of venomous snake.The newly discovered Talamancan Palm-Pitviper is a striking green-and-black snake living in some of the most remote regions of Costa Rica. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (658) AmazonBasics Stainless […]

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   Jul 22

Big Bend or Bust!

A Texas patch-nosed snake made a cameo appearance then retreated. It was 3PM when Jake finished loading his necessities in the Honda. This would be the first long trip for the CRV and I was hoping it would prove as trusty as the old ’96 RAV that had only recently “bitten the dust.” I-10 was […]

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   Jul 22

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! A glorius shot of a Great Basin Rattlesnake in central Utah brings us some serenity for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user crocman6594 ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to […]

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   Jul 21

New research gleans climate change insight from lizard genome

By Herp News Using genomic data from three lizard species, researchers gleaned insights not available before on the impact of climate change on the distribution of animal populations in South American forests. The findings improve ways of modeling the distribution of biodiversity in the past and future. Go to Source …read more Read more here: […]

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   Jul 21

Herp Photo of the Day: Box Turtle

This Box turtlle is loving life in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Jen350 ! 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  (71) Pangea Fruit Mix […]

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   Jul 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Monitor

This stunning Crocodile Monitor takes the cake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user chrish ! 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  (49) Snake Hook, […]

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   Jul 20

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

This Reticulated Python has a supermodel’s pose down in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user eschmit04 ! 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  (600) Zoo […]

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   Jul 20

Disappearing Leopard Frogs

A southern leopard frog in our backyard pond.As it lifted out of the backyard its voice identified it. Waaawk. Waaaaawk. Waaaaawk. A flapping of “wooshing” wings. Black crowned night heron. It had been startled away from the edge of our little goldfish and frog pond by one of our dogs. Knowing that the dogs are […]

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   Jul 20

Matamatas – The Wonderful Fringed Turtle

Adult matamatas, like this 10 incher, are darker in color than the hatchlings.I was walking and netting slowly in the shallows of the Rio Orosa (Amazonian Peru) hoping against hope to find young marbled swamp eels, Suriname toads, aquatic caecilians, or baby electric eels. So far I had found only a few tetra and cichlid […]

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   Jul 19

Herp Photo of the Day: Chameleon

This little African Stump-tailed Chameleon (Ri. brevicaudatus) is waiting for his snack in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user pardalisberlin ! 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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   Jul 19

Real reason turtles have shells: Burrowing tool

By Herp News Scientists have discovered the real reason turtles have shells. While many thought turtle shells were for protection, new findings show that the shells were actually for digging underground to escape the harsh South African environment where these early proto turtles lived. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB […]

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   Jul 18

Herp Photo of the Day: Milk Snake

We are loving this shot of a Black Milk Snake in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user gerryg ! 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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   Jul 18

The Spotted Turtle in Florida

Hatchling spotted turtles usually have only a single spot in each carapacial scute. These may increase in number as the turtle ages. Strange though it may seem, the beautiful and aptly named spotted turtle, Clemmys guttata, has been hiding in many of its disjunct Florida ranges pretty much in plain sight. Now the lone species […]

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   Jul 16

Herp Photo of the Day: World Snake Day!

Our Herp Photo of the day runs Monday through Friday, but seriously, did you think we would skip today? It is World Snake Day, a day to celebrate snakes around the world and educate to alter perceptions of these misaligned creatures! This photo from Reptile Gardens shows a scene few will ever see, the view […]

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   Jul 15

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! To end the week, this Jackson’s Tree Snake (Thrasops jacksonii) comes in to represent rear-fangs for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Claus ! Be sure to tell them you liked it here! As always on Friday, we celebrate all of our venomous reptiles for their contribution to […]

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   Jul 15

The Colombian Red-eared Slider

Adult Colombian red ears may attain 10″ in length and the pattern becomes suffused with melanin. No doubt worse for the baby turtles than for the humans who bought them, there was a time- span of several decades (until 1975 when the sale of turtles having a carapace length of less than 4” became illegal) […]

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   Jul 14

Herp Photo of the Day: Caiman

Today a beautiful head shot of a Schneider’s dwarf 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 at gallery.kingsnake.com, and you could see them featured here! …read more Read more here: King Snake […]

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   Jul 13

Boomslangs

Boomslangs are variably colored. Greens, blacks, and grays are most common. Are you old enough to remember the term “junk” or “trash” snakes? No? Well these were terms once used by importers for the “unordered” snake species that they received (and were expected to pay for) on each order of imports. They were usually common, […]

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   Jul 13

Herp Photo of the Day: Turtle

This false map turtle is just hanging out in situ in a pond in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Serpentin ! 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 […]

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   Jul 12

Gecko clearance sale: Pet trade is jeopardizing survival of rare reptile species

By Herp News Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on the German market. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (62) Inkbird Max.1200W Heater, Cool […]

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   Jul 12

Gecko clearance sale: Pet trade is jeopardizing survival of rare reptile species

By Herp News Reptiles are exceedingly popular as pets, trade is booming. Between 2004 and 2014, official imports to the EU came to just under 21 million live specimens, more than six million of these ended up on the German market. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (248) Zoo Med Aspen Snake […]

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   Jul 12

Herp Photo of the Day: Salamander

Sonoma County has some beautiful Black Speckled Salamanders, just like this one in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user skyserpent ! 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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   Jul 11

Herp Photo of the Day: Python

This gorgeous Bredli’s Python is coming up for a closer look in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user sincitydragons ! 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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   Jul 11

Mt. Kenya Bush Viper

Adult Mt. Kenya bush vipers are clad in a contrasting pattern of black and yellow. It was back in the 1970s I acquired my first Mt. Kenya bush viper, Atheris desaixii. I hadn’t been looking for the taxon and I’m not even sure that I was aware of the existence of this viperine species until […]

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   Jul 08

Herp Photo of the Day: Rattlesnake Friday!

Happy Rattlesnake Friday! To end the week, flash back to this Albino Eastern Diamondback from 2003 for our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user ShawnHeflick ! 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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   Jul 08

Scarlet Kingsnake!

Scarlet Kingsnake! Need I say more? Levy County is huge and still relatively untrammeled in many areas. Lately I have been spending less and less time fieldherping and more time birding, pursuits said by some to be relatively similar but that I find vastly different. It was not until I had turned and was well […]

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   Jul 07

Frogs that can take the heat expected to fare better in a changing world

By Herp News Amphibians that tolerate higher temperatures are likely to fare better in a world affected by climate change, disease and habitat loss, according to two recent studies. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (600) Zoo Med Mesh Reptile Hammock, 17.5-Inch by Zoo Med (600) Buy new: $8.69 $5.04 27 used […]

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   Jul 07

Herp Photo of the Day: Water Dragon

What a lovely looking pair of Chinese Water Dragons in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user Agata ! 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  (80) […]

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   Jul 06

Herp Photo of the Day: Boa

Love this gorgeous Santa Isabella ground boa in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user simonebrito ! 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  (236) Fluker's Repta […]

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   Jul 06

Gulf Saltmarsh Snakes

Body color can vary to blend with the substrate. It was just past sunup and I was walking a boardwalk over a saltmarsh in Levy County when I noticed the chunky, charcoal-on-gray snake lying loosely coiled on some bent over marsh grasses. A little further on there was another in what seemed an easily duplicated […]

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   Jul 06

Turtle power: How hatching together avoids capture

By Herp News Green turtles hatching en masse from their nests ‘swamp’ predators, allowing more individuals to reach the safety of the sea, new research concludes. Go to Source …read more Read more here: herpetofauna.com  (259) BYB 100W 110V Ceramic Infrared Heat Emitter Brooder Coop Pet Infrared Lamp Bulb, White by BYB (259) Buy new: […]

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   Jul 05

Researchers tally huge number of venomous fishes, tout potential for medical therapies

By Herp News A new article catalogs instances of venomous aquatic life, for the first time showing that venom has evolved 18 separate times in fresh and saltwater fishes. 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 by […]

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   Jul 05

Herp Photo of the Day: Newts

Now that’s a handful! A handful of Peninsular Newts in our Herp Photo of the day, uploaded by kingsnake.com user avidoutdoorsman ! 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  (259) […]

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