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2014-07-17 23:12:26

As a species, turtles have been considered to be both silent and deaf, only making simple noises during nesting. However, recent evidence has shown that 47 different turtle species are using sounds to communicate for both reproductive benefits and social interactions Lawrence, KS (PRWEB) July 17, 2014 Chelonian Conservation and Biology – As a species, turtles have been considered to be both silent and deaf, only making simple noises during nesting. However, recent evidence has shown...

loggerhead sea turtle
2014-07-11 05:07:46

Gerard LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries), in conjunction with the Department of Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), has designated two final rules for the critical habitat of the loggerhead sea turtle. The turtle is a threatened species, and their habitat includes the Atlantic Ocean and coastal beaches along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. NOAA has...

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue
2014-07-10 23:01:58

Large Loggerhead Successfully Treated at the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Charleston, SC (PRWEB) July 10, 2014 A 182-pound loggerhead sea turtle treated by the South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program for more than thirteen months has fully recovered and is ready to return to the deep blue sea. The public is invited to say goodbye to Briar on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the...

2014-06-09 23:01:29

South Carolina Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program Releases 135th Rescued Sea Turtle Charleston, SC (PRWEB) June 09, 2014 It is a happy ending for a small sea turtle found lifeless in a Lowcountry saltmarsh. This past January a family found Amelia, a 10-pound juvenile green sea turtle, cold and lethargic in a marsh on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The family jumped into action and called the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources who brought the turtle to the South Carolina...

2014-05-23 23:00:44

In honor of the 14th annual World Turtle Day, Tulemar Resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, provides useful information on the best times and locations to see nesting sea turtles in Costa Rica. Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica (PRWEB) May 23, 2014 Costa Rica is considered to contain the highest density of biodiversity of any country worldwide. While encompassing less than one percent of Earth’s landmass, this tiny country is home to an estimated four percent of the planet’s species. Five of...

2014-05-05 23:02:10

Large Loggerhead Huntington Ready to Return to the Deep Blue Sea CHARLESTON, S.C. (PRWEB) May 05, 2014 Grab a friend and head out to see the first public sea turtle release of the year. Huntington, a 177-pound loggerhead sea turtle, will be returned to the ocean at 4:30 p.m. today, May 7, 2014 at the Isle of Palms County Park. The release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) and the Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission...

Important Migratory Corridor For Endangered Flatback Sea Turtle Off North-west Australia
2014-04-28 03:23:03

[ Watch The Video: Animation Of Flatback Turtle Tracking Data Off NW Western Australia ] Deakin University The value of Australia's newly established network of marine parks has been highlighted by an international project that used satellites to track the vulnerable flatback sea turtle. Researchers from Deakin University, Swansea University (United Kingdom) and Pendoley Environmental consultancy used advanced satellite tracking systems to record the passage of more than 70...

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...

Sea Snakes Need Fresh Water For Drinking
2014-03-20 15:30:59

Cindy Spence, University of Florida Although they spend their lives surrounded by water, sea snakes dehydrate for months at a time, waiting to quench their thirst with fresh water from rainfall, a University of Florida biologist has found. The finding contradicts the accepted belief that marine vertebrates have evolved to use salt water to meet their water requirements, said professor Harvey Lillywhite, whose research appears [Wednesday/today] in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B,...

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...


Latest Reptiles of Australia Reference Libraries

Indian Gamma Snake, Boiga trigonata
2014-01-17 10:01:59

The Indian gamma snake (Boiga trigonata) may also be referred to as the common cat snake. The species, a member of the Colubridae family, ranges throughout Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, southern Turkmenistan, southern Uzbekistan, southeastern Tajikistan, and Iran. Due to the vast areas the snake is found, habitats vary greatly from gallery forests to sparse desert shrublands. The Indian gamma snake has a yellow, olive or pale grayish coloration. A white zigzag...

Tawny cat-eyed snake, Boiga philippina
2013-10-14 14:43:03

The Tawny cat-eyed snake or Philippine cat snake (Boiga philippina) is a member of the Colubridae family. Regularly found in the Philippines, this cat snake is a rear-fanged species. Typical of most rear-fanged snakes, the tawny cat-eyed snake is mildly venomous. Its venom is slightly stronger than other snakes of this genus but symptoms such as local swelling subside after 2-3 days. There is no threat of death or more serious complications. Measuring up to 7 feet in length, the tawny...

Sri Lanka cat snake, Boiga ceylonensis
2013-10-14 14:36:42

The Sri Lanka cat snake (Boiga ceylonensis) can be found in Sri Lanka and throughout the mountain ranges along the Western side of India, the Western Ghats. A member of the Colubridae family, this species is mildly venomous and bites rarely cause any issues other than some local swelling. The species has a fairly aggressive disposition and is known to strike out and bite when in danger or feels threatened. Typically, a Sri Lanka cat snake measures approximately 4 feet long. You can expect...

Dog-toothed cat snake, Boiga cynodon
2013-10-14 14:27:21

The Dog-toothed cat snake (Boiga cynodon), a member of the Colubridae family, is commonly found in southern Thailand and southward toward Malaysia. The dog-toothed cat snake may be fairly slim, yet it is a very long species. It is not uncommon for the snake to measure up to 8 feet. Fangs are found in the rear part of the upper jaw. The snake’s name is derived from its large front teeth on the upper and lower jaw. The dog-toothed cat snake is generally tan in color with bands of...

Many-spotted cat snake, Boiga multomaculata
2013-10-14 14:14:18

Common names for the Boiga multomaculata include the many-spotted cat snake, the large-spotted cat snake and the marbled cat-eyed snake. A member of the colubridae family, this snake is found in a wide variety of locations throughout Asia. Found in western Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, India, Southern China, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Philippines and Singapore, the many-spotted cat snake inhabits rocky crevices and tree branches. Unlike most snakes in its...

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Word of the Day
siliqua
  • A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus.
  • A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy.
'Siliqua' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a pod.'
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