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python in the everglades
2014-03-02 06:22:39

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online While there are now over 10,000 Burmese pythons inhabiting the Florida Everglades, experts from the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Park Service assure that the snakes do not pose a significant threat to visitors. The two federal agencies conducted an assessment, which appears in the latest edition of the Wildlife Society Bulletin, looking at five incidents that took place between 2006 and 2012 that involved Burmese...

2014-02-21 23:25:09

As Austin Aquarium continues to add species to its collection, the rare Sailfin has been acquired. The herpetology staff at the aquarium has special talents in working with animals such as this one, and the animals appreciate it. Austin, TX (PRWEB) February 21, 2014 Austin Aquarium is not all fishy these days. As part of a comprehensive representation of the planet’s animals, Austin Aquarium has hundreds of species of non marine animals – from Lorikeets, Aricaris and Macaws to...

Legally Caught Marine Turtles Tops 42,000 Each Year
2014-02-21 08:12:57

University of Exeter A new study has found that 42 countries or territories around the world permit the harvest of marine turtles – and estimates that more than 42,000 turtles are caught each year by these fisheries. The research, carried out by Blue Ventures Conservation and staff at the University of Exeter's Centre for Ecology and Conservation, is the first to comprehensively review the number of turtles currently taken within the law and assess how this compares to other global...

2014-02-19 16:22:57

"To me it's as much a commandment from God when he said 'they shall take up serpents,' as it was when he said 'thou shall not commit adultery.'" -Pastor Jamie Coots WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Geographic Channel (NGC) announced today a special episode that will examine the life of Pastor Jamie Coots, who was bitten by a rattlesnake during church service this past Saturday and died that evening after reports that his family refused medical attention...

2014-02-18 23:02:16

Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Newport, KY (PRWEB) February 18, 2014 Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb. 18, the addition of Turtle Canyon, a thrilling new exhibit set to open to the public March 22, 2014. Turtle Canyon will feature a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents. From the largest tortoise species in the world, the Galapagos tortoise,...

Ichthyosaur Birth Preserved In Fossil
2014-02-13 11:23:09

PLOS Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile, according to a study published February 12, 2014 in PLOS ONE by Ryosuke Motani from the University of California, Davis, and colleagues. Ichthyosaurs were giant marine reptiles that evolved from land reptiles and moved to the water. Scientists report a new fossil specimen that belongs to Chaohusaurus (Reptilia, Ichthyopterygia), the oldest of Mesozoic marine reptiles that lived...

Global Efforts Needed To Protect Leatherback Sea Turtles From Industrialized Fishing Zones
2014-02-12 10:55:04

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study from a team of international researchers has found that global efforts are urgently needed to protect leatherback sea turtles as the marine reptiles often swim through heavily-fished areas – making them highly susceptible to getting entangled in fishing nets. In the study, which was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the scientists tracked nearly 110 leatherback turtles across the Atlantic and south-west...

Crocodiles Really Can Climb Trees
2014-02-11 08:50:34

University of Tennessee at Knoxville Vladimir Dinets, a research assistant professor in the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Department of Psychology, is the first to thoroughly study the tree-climbing and -basking behavior When most people envision crocodiles, they think of them waddling on the ground or wading in water — not climbing trees. However, a University of Tennessee, Knoxville, study has found that the reptiles can climb trees as far as the crowns. Vladimir Dinets, a...

Snake's Ability To Fly May Be Due To Aerodynamics
2014-01-30 10:37:45

[ Watch the Video: How Can A Snake Fly? ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research from a team of American scientists has revealed that these snakes shape their body into an aerofoil mid-flight to allow them to glide around 100 feet from the top of a tree. Study author Jake Socha, a biomechanics expert at Virginia Tech, said the snakes appear to...

Frog Fathers Leave Their Tadpoles In Cannibal-infested Pools
2014-01-22 10:33:10

Springer Male dyeing poison frogs make seemingly strange parental decisions in depositing tadpoles in not-so-safe havens Given a choice, male dyeing poison frogs snub empty pools in favor of ones in which their tiny tadpoles have to metamorphose into frogs in the company of larger, carnivorous ones of the same species. The frog fathers only choose to deposit their developing young in unoccupied pools when others are already filled with tadpoles of a similar size as their own. These are...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Mole Salamander, Ambystoma talpoideum
2014-02-06 08:52:19

The Mole salamander (Ambystoma talpoideum) is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and may also be referred to as the tadpole salamander. Commonly found in eastern and central United States, the Mole Salamander ranges from Florida to Texas, Illinois to Kentucky and Virginia. The Mole salamander inhabits damp areas that are generally close to a water source. Commonly found under logs or moist leaves the Mole salamander dwells in forested and sandy pine habitats. The Mole salamander will...

Coastal giant salamander, Dicamptodon tenebrosus
2014-02-04 09:37:14

The Coastal giant salamander (Dicamptodon tenebrosus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native to the United States and Canada. The Coastal giant salamander ranges from northern California to Oregon and Washington and throughout parts of south British Columbia. The Coastal giant salamander inhabits freshwater lakes, marshes and rivers. The species may also be found in temperate deciduous forests. A nocturnal species, the Coastal giant salamander may or may not go...

California giant salamander, Dicamptodon ensatus
2014-02-04 09:07:49

The California giant salamander (Dicamptodon ensatus) is a member of the Dicamptodontidae family. The species is native only to northern California. The California giant salamander inhabits moist, coastal forests or streams, lakes and ponds. Some of the species may remain gilled aquatic creatures, while others transform and become terrestrial land creatures. The California giant is nocturnal and most of its life is spent hiding and burrowing. Typically, the California giant salamander...

Barred tiger salamander, Ambystoma mavortium
2014-02-03 09:13:58

The Barred tiger salamander (Ambystoma mavortium) is also referred to as the Western tiger salamander. It’s a type of Mole salamander and a member of the Ambystomatidae family. This species ranges vastly from southwestern Canada in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, south through the western United States to Texas and into northern Mexico. Habitats often include forested or prairie areas near to a water source. The common name, Barred tiger salamander, is derived from...

The Axolotl, Ambystoma mexicanum
2014-02-03 08:59:54

Axolotl (Ambystoma mexicanum) may also be referred to as the Mexican salamander or the Mexican walking fish. The Axolotl is a member of the Ambystomatidae family and although its common name may suggest it is a fish, it is an amphibian. Axolotl are found exclusively in Mexico. The species situates, near Mexico City, on the bottom of Xochimilco’s lakes. Unlike most salamanders, Axolotl keep its larval features throughout its entire life and very rarely ever emerge from water. A condition...

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