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Large Decrease In Green Turtle Catch Rates: Study
2014-04-17 14:13:47

Wildlife Conservation Society A 20-year assessment of Nicaragua's legal, artisanal green sea turtle fishery has uncovered a stark reality: greatly reduced overall catch rates of turtles in what may have become an unsustainable take, according to conservation scientists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and University of Florida. During the research period, conservation scientists estimated that more than 170,000 green turtles were killed between 1991 and 2011, with catch rates...

Alligator Snapping Turtles At Risk
2014-04-14 10:52:18

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new study published in the journal Zootaxa reveals that the alligator snapping turtle is actually three different species – not one as previously thought. The report also indicated that the localized distribution of these species, which includes coastal rivers of the northern Gulf of Mexico, poses a significant threat to their continued survival. “We have to be especially careful with our management of the Suwannee River...

2014-04-02 23:00:49

Loggerheads Miss Royal and Nud Fully Recover at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Hospital Charleston, SC (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 After almost 10 months of expert care, two large loggerhead sea turtles are once again swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. Miss Royal and Nud were both brought to the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program in June of last year, each with different medical problems. Both were released today by boat in the Gulf Stream where the water temperature is...

2014-03-26 23:01:16

A University of Maryland-led team of biologists shows that alligators can keenly detect the direction of sounds because of large, air-filled channels connecting the two middle ears. Birds have a similar configuration and the mechanism probably originated with archosaurs, the shared ancestors of modern crocodilians and birds. College Park, Md (PRWEB) March 26, 2014 By reptile standards, alligators are positively chatty. They are the most vocal of the non-avian reptiles and are known to be...

Climate Change May Be Shrinking Salamanders
2014-03-26 10:53:08

[ Watch the Video: Salamanders Shrinking Due to Climate Change ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online New research from a team of American scientists has found that salamanders living in the Appalachian Mountains have been getting smaller and smaller over the last 55 years as climate change gradually makes their habitat warmer and drier. Published in the journal Global Change Biology, the new study was based on the examination of museum specimen salamanders collected...

Atlantochelys mortoni bones
2014-03-25 09:14:59

[ Watch the Video: Two Turtle Bones Reunited After 160 Years ] Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Against insurmountable odds and after more than 160 years, an ancient sea turtle has finally been reunited – with itself. Fossil evidence of the massive turtle Atlantochelys mortoni was first discovered in 1849 in the form of one-half of an upper arm bone – called the humerus. The other half of that bone would lie in a New Jersey streambed until it was stumbled upon...

2014-03-22 23:01:23

Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, following an Annual Passholder preview event. Newport, Ky. (PRWEB) March 22, 2014 Newport Aquarium’s newest exhibit Turtle Canyon opened to the public at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 22, following an Annual Passholder preview event. Turtle Canyon features a diverse collection of more than 14 species spanning three continents, as well as a turtle corral that offers guests the unique...

Understanding Leatherback Sea Turtle Habits For Conservation Efforts
2014-03-20 10:57:36

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online With the threat of climate change looming over marine conservation efforts, leatherback sea turtles have been of particular concern because they are considered an endangered species in all the world's oceans. A new study from a team of New England-based researchers, published in the journal PLOS ONE, has added a wealth of knowledge to the understanding of leatherback sea turtle behavior – informing conservation strategies in the...

New Species Of Torvosaurus Was Largest European Land Predator
2014-03-06 08:08:06

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Fossils of Torvosaurus, a large Jurassic-era theropod predator, were first unearthed in North America in 1971, later being named Torvosaurus tanneri. Examples of this dinosaur had not existed elsewhere until 2000, when paleontologists discovered another Torvosaurus fossil in Europe. The discovery, which came from a site just north of Lisbon, Portugal, led scientists to initially assume the remains were that of T. tanneri. However,...

Sea Turtle Study Reveals The Mystery Behind Lost Juvenile Years
2014-03-05 10:47:24

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After sea turtles hatch, they enter the sea and stay there for many years – returning later to coastal waters as large juveniles. This time period has been referred to as the "lost years" because not much has been known about what the relatively young turtles do and where they go. In a study published on Tuesday in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team of American research has used satellite tracking technology to...


Latest Herpetology Reference Libraries

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog, Litoria dahlii
2014-06-30 14:37:21

Dahl’s Aquatic Frog (Litoria dahlii) is a species of frog belonging to the family Hylidae. It is native to Australia. Its natural habitats include dry savanna, tropical or subtropical dry lowland grassland, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes. Among the more distinct traits of Dahl’s Aquatic Frog is its ability to consume the eggs, tadpoles and young of the invasive and venomous Cane Toad with no apparent ill...

Hellbender Salamander, Cryptoranchus alleganiensis
2014-05-26 09:58:06

The hellbender salamander (Cryptoranchus alleganiensis), also known as the hellbender, is a species of giant salamander that can be found in eastern areas of North America. Its range includes the states of Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, and some areas of Kansas and Oklahoma. This species is the sole member of its genus, Cryptobranchus, and is one of three living giant salamanders. The origin of the name hellbender is unknown and the species is locally known by many...

Jefferson Salamander, Ambystoma jeffersonianum
2014-05-26 08:49:45

The Jefferson salamander (Ambystoma jeffersonianum) is a species of mole salamander that can be found in northeastern areas of the United States, southwestern areas of Quebec, and central and southern areas of Ontario. This species prefers to reside in deciduous forests. It was named after Jefferson College, which is located in Pennsylvania. This species reaches an average body length between 4.3 inches and 7 inches and can be black, gray, or brown in color with lighter coloring on its front...

Northwestern Salamander, Ambystoma gracile
2014-05-26 07:53:38

The northwestern salamander (Ambystoma gracile) is a species of mole salamander that can be found along the Pacific Coast of North America. Its range extends from May Island in southeastern Alaska to the Gulala River in Sonoma County, California. It resides in a number of habitats from sea level to the timberline, including grasslands and woodlands, but cannot be found east of the Great Divide. It holds two subspecies known as A. g. decorticatum and A. g. gracile, which are separated by a...

2014-04-22 14:52:09

Edwin Harris Colbert (September 28, 1905 – November 15, 2001), known as “Ned” to his friends and colleagues, was a distinguished American Paleontologist. He helped popularize the study of dinosaurs through his prolific research, writings, and 40 years of work as a curator at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Colbert was born in Clarinda, Iowa, but moved to Maryville, Missouri during infancy. Like many young children, and most of his predecessors and contemporaries,...

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