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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.
As Austin Aquarium continues to add species to its collection, the rare Sailfin has been acquired.
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.
"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.
Newport Aquarium announced Tuesday, Feb.
Ichthyosaur fossil may show the earliest live birth from an ancient Mesozoic marine reptile
A new study from a team of international researchers has found that global efforts are urgently needed to protect leatherback turtles as the marine reptiles often swim through heavily-fished areas – making them highly susceptible to getting entangled in fishing nets.
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.
The Paradise tree snake is probably best known for one unique behavior: its ability to "fly" from tree to tree. New research 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.
The Diablito, Oophaga Sylvatica, is a species of frog belonging to the Dendrobatidae family. It’s located in Colombia and Ecuador. The natural habitat is tropical and subtropical moist lowland forests. It’s threatened by habitat loss. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List although this species is still relatively widely distributed. It has declined seriously within Ecuador and its overall status is of concern. It is about 0.5 to 0. Inches long and weighs about 1 to...
The Wood Frog (Rana sylvatica) has a broad distribution over North America, stretching from the southern Appalachians to the boreal forest with several notable disjunct populations including lowland eastern North Carolina. This frog has garnered attention by biologist over the last century due to its freeze tolerance, relatively great degree of terrestrialism, interesting habitat associations, and relatively long-range movements. The wood frog is the state amphibian of New York. Similar to...
The Common Frog (Rana temporaria), known also as the European Common Frog or the European Common Brown Frog, is located throughout much of Europe as far north as well north of the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia and as far east as the Urals, except for the majority of Iberia, southern Italy, and the southern Balkans. The farthest west it can be found is Ireland, where it has long been considered erroneously to be an entirely introduced species. These frogs measure about 2.4 to 3.5 inches and...
The Pickerel Frog (Rana palustris) is a North American frog of small size, characterized by the appearance of seemingly “hand-drawn” squares on its dorsal surface. These rectangular spots of the pickerel frog may blend together to create a long rectangle along the back. All Leopard Frogs have circular shaped spots. Additionally, pickerel frogs have prominent dorsolateral ridges that are unbroken. Another significant distinguishing mark is the orange or yellow flash pattern found on the...
The Columbia Spotted Frog (Rana luteiventris) is a North American species of frog. It’s green to brown in coloration with spots on the dorsal surface. The belly and the upper lip are white. Individuals can be distinguished from other Rana species by their shorter back legs, upturned eyes, and narrow snout. Since they spend the majority of their time within the water, they also have more webbing in their hind feet than similar species. Although they are not threatened, the animal has been...
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