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USGS Study Finds Green Sea Turtles Are Utilizing Protected Habitat
2013-04-30 10:25:12

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to a new US Geological Survey (USGS) study, nesting green sea turtles are benefiting from marine protected areas by using habitats found within their boundaries. This study is the first to track the federally protected turtles in Dry Tortugas National Park. In Florida, the green sea turtles are listed as an endangered species, while in the rest of their range they are considered threatened. The habits of these turtles after...

Leatherback Nesting Ground Protected By New Law
2013-04-15 05:19:12

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The governor of Puerto Rico has signed a new law protecting an area of land along the northeastern coast of the island — a region known as a major nesting site for the world´s largest turtle species, the leatherback. The area is known as the Northeast Ecological Corridor, and according to the Associated Press (AP), it “covers more than 1,200 hectares of lush vegetation and pristine beaches that are a nesting site...

2013-04-08 23:04:03

Five sea turtles join 47 others for big release in Jacksonville, Florida Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) April 08, 2013 A caravan of sea turtles made its way down the east coast this weekend. In all, 52 sea turtles were released as part of the Sea Turtle Trek that started in Cape Cod, Massachusetts and ended in Jacksonville, Florida. The South Carolina Aquarium was able to get 5 sea turtles on that caravan. Four were rehabilitated in the Aquarium´s Sea Turtle Rescue Program and the fifth was...

Leatherback Sea Turtle Refuges Rapidly Vanishing
2013-02-27 10:27:14

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The leatherback sea turtle is the largest species of marine turtle and also the largest living reptile. Known to weigh as much as 2000 pounds and reach up to six feet in length, this gentle giant of the oceans is the subject of a multi-decade study, the results of which  were published yesterday in the journal Ecosphere. Leatherback sea turtles were listed as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation...

Sea Turtle Conservation Should Include Nesting Site Protection
2013-02-19 08:13:44

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As various species around the world experience increasingly negative impacts from climate change, scientists are constantly looking for ways to inform the conversation around conservation. A joint team of Australian and American researchers recently published a study in the journal Global Change Biology that shows how the official protection of key breeding grounds is vital to maintaining the resilience of many sea turtle species....

2012-08-15 23:03:40

After Months of Rehabilitation, a Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtle Get a Second Chance Charleston, S.C. (PRWEB) August 14, 2012 Join us this Thursday, August 16, 2012 to wish two sea turtles luck on their return to the open ocean. Pier, a juvenile loggerhead who suffered a shark attack, and Grover, a juvenile green, will be released at 3 p.m. sharp at Beachwalker County Park on Kiawah Island, SC. This release is being held in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Natural...

Global Warming Could Wipe Out Endangered Turtle Population
2012-07-02 05:15:56

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The largest and most critically endangered species of sea turtle could be wiped out by the end of the century due to global climate change, claims a new study published Sunday in the journal Nature Climate Change. In the study, researchers from Drexel University, Princeton University, and other institutions and government agencies discovered that eastern Pacific populations of these turtles could be affected by warming trends...

Leatherback Sea Turtle Hatchlings Endangered By El Nino Weather Patterns
2012-05-25 13:10:35

Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings, as with other turtle species, face immense danger when emerging from their nests located on the sandy Playa Grande beach in northwest Costa Rica, where nearly forty percent of the nests are burrowed. These dangers include predation by carnivores, egg poaching, and human fishing activities. As if that was not enough, a study conducted at Drexel University provides evidence that El Nino caused by climate change is now a major threat to the already endangered...

2012-05-17 09:33:35

The movement patterns of critically endangered leatherback turtles vary greatly depending on whether the animals live in the North Atlantic or the Eastern Pacific, with implications for feeding behavior and population recovery, according to research published May 16 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The authors, led by Helen Bailey of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, found that turtles in the Atlantic had two travel modes, low and high speed, associated with...

Tiger Snake Size Depends On Offspring Mouth Size
2012-05-16 08:14:34

Tiger snakes in Australia are of varied size, with some isolated island populations being twice the size of those on the mainland. New research conducted by Fabien Aubret of La Station d'Ecologie Experimentale du CNRS à Moulis, published in “The American Naturalist,” theorizes that the mainland snakes eat mainly frogs and always have. When sea level rose after that last Ice Age, some tiger snakes were stranded on islands where frogs could not survive because of dry...


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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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