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2011-02-22 15:56:33

Some turtle species number less than 5 individuals A report issued Monday, co-authored by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) working in conjunction with the Turtle Conservation Coalition, lists the 25 most endangered turtle species from around the world "“ some of which currently number less than five individuals. Decimated by illegal hunting for both food and the pet trade along with habitat loss, many turtle species will go extinct in the next decade unless drastic conservation...

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2011-02-11 09:40:00

Bob Flemming from Townsville's Billabong Sanctuary in Australia's northeast told AFP that 12 saltwater crocodiles, some more than 13 feet long, took days to recover from the recent maximum-strength cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Yasi so traumatized the reptiles that they hid under water and stopped eating, wildlife park officials said Friday.  Flemming continued by claiming the sanctuary did not lose any animals during Australia's worst storm in nearly a century, which remarkably also failed...

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2011-02-08 13:34:54

By Louis Bergeron, Stanford Tagging and tracking leatherback sea turtles has produced new insights into the turtles' behavior in a part of the South Pacific Ocean long considered an oceanic desert. The new data will help researchers predict the turtles' movements in the ever-changing environment of the open ocean, with the goal of reducing the impact of fishing on the endangered leatherback population. Leatherbacks.  They are the Olympians of the turtle world "“ swimming farther,...

2011-02-04 01:03:09

Scientists are having a difficult time gauging the recovery of marine species from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico because they lack sufficient data about historical population size and the distribution, growth rates and reproduction rates of many species. In a forum paper published this week in the journal Science, they call for a new research agenda that prioritizes systematic acquisition of baseline data for marine species. "It is impossible to diagnose whether a...

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2011-01-05 08:35:00

Thanks to satellite navigation technology, researchers at a British university have managed to track a female giant leatherback turtle as she migrated from an African breeding colony to feeding grounds in the South America--a dangerous 4,700 mile trek that took her across the Atlantic Ocean. Scientists from the Center for Ecology and Conservation at the University of Exeter used sat-nav technology to study the travel patterns of these animals, following 25 females along three different...

2010-11-12 12:45:14

Leatherback turtles are remarkably versatile divers. Routinely diving to depths of several hundred meters, leatherbacks are occasionally known to plunge as deep as 1250m. The animals probably plumb the depths to avoid predators, search for prey and avoid heat in the tropics. However it wasn't clear how these mammoth reptiles regulate their buoyancy as they plunge down. Sabrina Fossette from Swansea University explains that no one knew how the turtles descended so far: do they swim down or...

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2010-11-04 12:30:00

According to researchers studying the impacts of debris on marine life, one in three loggerhead turtles in the Adriatic Sea has plastic in its intestine. The shallow waters in the Adriatic Sea are an important place for the turtles to feed as they develop into adults. However, the seafloor there is one of the most polluted in Europe. Researchers studied the bodies of dead sea turtles that had been stranded or accidentally caught by fishing vessels. The team found that animals ranging from...

2010-10-29 14:20:00

An international team of mycologists and ecologists studying Atlantic sea turtles at Cape Verde have discovered that the species is under threat from a fungal infection which targets eggs. The research, published in FEMS Microbiology Letters, reveals how the fungus Fusarium solani may have played a key role in the 30-year decline in turtle numbers. "In the past 30 years we have witnessed an abrupt decline in the number of nesting beaches of sea turtles worldwide," said Drs. Javier...

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2010-09-10 12:20:00

According to a new analysis by Conservation International (CI), freshwater turtles are in catastrophic decline. The group says over a third of the estimated 280 species around the globe now face extinction. The collection of turtles for food and to supply a lucrative pet trade are the main reasons for drivers behind the fall in numbers. Another main concern for habitat loss is river damming for hydro-electricity. Dr. Peter Paul van Dijk, the director of Conservation International's...

2010-07-22 10:28:00

ORLANDO, Fla., July 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Animals in need and endangered species around the world will benefit from more than $1 million in grants awarded by the non-profit SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund. Since its creation seven years ago, the Fund has granted more than $7 million to protect wildlife and wild places. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click: http://multivu.prnewswire.com/mnr/seaworld/45295/ (Photo:...


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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