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2008-10-23 00:00:11

Wildlands announces the approval of Phase II of Gilsizer Slough South Giant Garter Snake Conservation Bank, in Sutter County, California. The bank is dedicated to mitigation of habitat impacts to the threatened giant garter snake (GGS), and serves portions of an eight-county area including Sutter, Butte, Yuba, Placer, Sacramento, Colusa, Tehama, and Glenn. Bank credits are purchased by public works agencies and the development community to fulfill permit obligations of the US Fish and...

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2008-08-12 15:34:14

A Canadian graduate student is exploring why rattlesnakes in southeastern Alberta slither onto, and often die, on the asphalt blacktop of the regions roads. Adam Martinson, a University of Calgary student working on a Masters degree, has come to Dinosaur Provincial Park, listed as a United Nations World Heritage site, to further study this odd phenomenon. "Road mortality is a significant factor of influencing snake populations around the world," Martinson said. "In southern Alberta it's...

2008-08-11 21:00:25

Brown tree snakes have caused the extinction of native bird species in Guam and are changing the entire ecosystem of the island, biologists said. University of Washington researchers said birds are important for pollination and controlling insects that feed on plants. "The brown tree snake has often been used as a textbook example for the negative impacts of invasive species, but after the loss of birds no one has looked at the snake's indirect effects," Haldre Rogers, a UW doctoral...

2008-08-07 09:00:29

By Krista Ledbetter The Mequon Nature Preserve supports a city bike trail project that could harm the one thing the organization is designed to protect. The bike trail will connect the Oak Leaf Trail to the south and the Interurban Trail to the north of the preserve. But a small portion of the estimated $400,000, 8,500-foot gravel path proposed for the preserve runs straight through a potential habitat for the Butler's garter snake, a threatened species in Wisconsin. "We'll do what we...

2008-07-10 15:00:30

By Judy Fahys, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 10--Jim Dix knows what it's like to have a rattlesnake problem on your hands. His family once fled their home in California when he was a kid because a pet rattler got loose in the house. "My parents had to go to a hotel for a week until I found it," says Dix, grinning at the memory. These days, the west-side resident fields calls from people throughout the Salt Lake Valley with rattlesnake problems of their own. He operates Reptile Rescue, an...

2008-07-03 21:00:12

* SCIENTIFIC NAME: Tropidoclonion lineatum * DESCRIPTION: Slender, olive brown to gray-brown snake. White to gray midback stripe and another on each side; double row of dark half-moons extend down the midbelly. Up to 13.8 inches in length. Head is small, barely wider than body. * HABITAT: Grasslands and urban lots in former prairie, where it is found under rocks, logs, leaves, boards and other debris. * BEHAVIOR: Secretive and nocturnal. Subsists almost entirely on earthworms. Often...

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2007-01-30 17:37:43

Research may hold promise for medical treatment of high blood pressure Most snakes are born with poisonous bites they use for defense. But what can non-poisonous snakes do to ward off predators? What if they could borrow a dose of poison by eating toxic toads, then recycling the toxins? That's exactly what happens in the relationship between an Asian snake and a species of toad, according to a team of researchers funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Integrative...

2006-06-26 23:39:11

GENEVA (Reuters) - Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its color spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday. The poisonous snake, about half a meter (half a yard) long, was discovered in the wetlands and swamp forests of Betung National Park in the Indonesian part of the island, which is also shared by Malaysia and Brunei. When picked up and put in a bucket, it was reddish-brown...

2006-06-27 00:35:00

GENEVA -- Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its color spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday. The poisonous snake, about half a meter (half a yard) long, was discovered in the wetlands and swamp forests of Betung National Park in the Indonesian part of the island, which is also shared by Malaysia and Brunei. When picked up and put in a bucket, it was reddish-brown but later changed its...

2006-06-26 19:00:00

GENEVA (Reuters) - Biologists working in the forests of Borneo have found a previously unknown type of snake which can change its color spontaneously like a chameleon, the environmental body WWF said on Tuesday. The poisonous snake, about half a meter (half a yard) long, was discovered in the wetlands and swamp forests of Betung National Park in the Indonesian part of the island, which is also shared by Malaysia and Brunei. When picked up and put in a bucket, it was reddish-brown but later...


Latest Colubrids Reference Libraries

Eastern Yellow-bellied Racer, Coluber constrictor flaviventris
2014-01-17 11:37:01

The Eastern racer (Coluber constrictor) is a group of non venomous snakes, all members of the Colubridae family. For the most part, the species can be found in the United States (east of the Rocky Mountains), but may range up into Canada and south into Mexico, Guatemala and Belize. Eastern racers are compiled of eleven subspecies. The Eastern racer’s coloration varies greatly from subspecies to subspecies. Typically their common name is derived from their appearance (i.e. black racers,...

Caspian Whipsnake, Dolichophis caspius/Coluber caspius
2014-01-17 11:18:10

The Caspian whipsnake (Dolichophis caspius, sometimes also Coluber caspius) is among the largest European species of snake as alluded to in its common name, the Large whipsnake. Commonly found on the Balkan Peninsula and throughout Eastern Europe, this snake is a member of the Colubridae family. This species of whipsnake often reaches lengths of 5-5.5 feet, although it has been recorded reaching lengths as long as 8.25 feet.  Typically, males measure longer than females. Prominent eyes...

Flying Snake, Chrysopelea
2014-01-17 10:52:25

The Flying snake (Chrysopelea) ranges throughout Southeast Asia, southern most China, Sri Lanka and India. A member of the Colubridae family, the species inhabits trees in the lowland tropical rainforests. Most fully grown Flying snakes grow between 3 and 4 feet long. Lacking limbs or wings the snake flattens its body to create a parachute allowing them to glide downwards. The snake uses the bark of trees to get to a higher point than where they wish to travel to. Once it decides on a...

Balkan Whipsnake, Hierophis gemonensis
2014-01-17 10:30:59

The Balkan whipsnake (Hierophis gemonensis) of the family Colubridae, ranges throughout Italy, Croatia, Monte Negro, Slovenia, Albenia and Greece. The species inhabits dry overgrown areas with plush vegetation including gardens, pastureland, stony areas and plantations. Habitat destruction currently threatens the snake as it cannot efficiently support the species. The Balkan whipsnake is far less widespread and common presently. The female Balkan whipsnake is somewhat bigger and longer...

Scarlet Snake, Cemophora coccinea
2014-01-17 10:16:15

The Scarlet snake (Cemophora coccinea) is a member of the Columbrae family. They are found only in the United States, in: southeastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. The species typically inhabits oak and pine forests with sandy soil good for burrowing. The Scarlet snake only grows to lengths of approximately 14-26 inches. Commonly...

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