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2008-07-23 12:00:48

By Kelly Marshall Fuller, The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Jul. 23--Adults and children hit the beach at 6 a.m. Fridays at Myrtle Beach State Park to search for signs of loggerhead turtles and their nests -- and to clean the beach and find other ways to assist the survival of the threatened species. Meanwhile, turtle volunteers in Litchfield Beach are placing bright orange tags on items left on the sand by beachgoers -- such as chairs and tents -- that could endanger female loggerhead...

2008-07-15 18:00:23

To: TRAVEL EDITORS Contact: Eric Garvey, Jekyll Island State Park Authority, +1-912- 635-4081, EGarvey@jekyllisland.com JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jekyll Island State Park Authority (JIA) today announced it's intentions to set greater restrictions on lights near its natural beaches in order to protect sea turtles from the adverse effects of artificial light. The move, once approved as a new ordinance for the state-owned island, will likely be the model for beach...

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2008-07-15 09:25:00

With a name like "Leatherback Turtle" you might think the sea turtles could stand up to just about anything the ocean can throw at them, and for more than a hundred million years, they have. But tough, long-lived critters though they are, the population of leatherbacks in the eastern Pacific Ocean has plummeted by over 90 percent in the last 20 years. Like many species that migrate across a vast ocean, pinpointing all the possible causes of their decline is difficult and figuring out where...

2008-07-04 03:00:14

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Terry Norton stood waist-deep in the ocean 100 yards from the beach, watching the sea turtle poke her head above the water for breaths, a little farther out each time, before raising his arm and pointing out to sea in triumph. Dylan, a 150-pound loggerhead, was free in the ocean Monday after spending her entire nine years in captivity on Jekyll Island and at the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta. "Every time I saw her breathe, she was going in the right direction," Dr....

2008-07-02 09:00:31

By RUSS BYNUM JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. - Weighing 150 pounds and strong enough to require five men to wrestle her out of her saltwater tank, Dylan the sea turtle is ready to be set free after nine years in captivity and a final checkup by her veterinarian. Dylans release has been in the works for more than a year. The loggerhead sea turtle left her home at the Georgia Aquarium in May 2007 to live at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, where the staff could prepare her to live on her...

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2008-07-01 11:34:02

Conservationists at Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay, successfully rehabilitated two loggerhead turtles, which became stranded on UK and Irish coasts this year. "Dink" and "James" were found on the shore last winter. Both turtles underwent six months of rehabilitation at Blue Reef, and were recently returned to the sea off a beach in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. "It was absolutely beautiful. Let's hope no more turtles get stranded, but if they do we know we can look after them," said Blue Reef...

2008-07-01 06:00:00

Here's a new trivia question: What is Florida's official saltwater reptile? As of today it's the loggerhead sea turtle, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Monday. The big turtle joins the list of 21 other state symbols, including the official reptile, the alligator, and the official marine mammal, the manatee. "A lot of times students will research state symbols," commission spokeswoman Bonnie Abellera said. "This gives them an additional opportunity to research...

2008-06-27 12:00:49

It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit surprised. He was pretty easy-going. But we weren't going to test him out." The visitor may have escaped from a crocodile farm a few miles away, near Darwin. After entertaining...

2008-06-27 09:01:09

By Kathy Marks Not much happens in the Northern Territory town of Noonamah (population 483), so when a crocodile wandered into the pub car park, the drinkers invited it in. It was a saltwater crocodile, a man-eating species that can grow to 15ft. This one was still a baby at 2ft and appeared friendly, but the folk in the Noonamah Tavern played it safe and taped its mouth. Sarah Sparre, the barmaid, said: "It's not every day you see something like that. You could say that we were a bit...

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2008-06-13 10:15:00

Why bother running on hind legs when the four you've been given work perfectly well? This is the question that puzzles Christofer Clemente. For birds and primates, there's a perfectly good answer: birds have converted their forelimbs into wings, and primates have better things to do with their hands. But why have some lizards gone bipedal? Have they evolved to trot on two feet, or is their upright posture simply a fluke of physics? Curious to find the answer, Clemente and his colleagues...


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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