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Friday, October 30, 2009

Toxic Changes

The venom for shrews and beaded lizards derived from similar changes to a harmless digestive enzyme. (Eurekalert.)


Two-Headed Snake

AP has video on a 2-headed snake found in Illinois. They misidentify it as a watersnake, though. It's a juvenile ratsnake.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009


A man tried to smuggle ball pythons and leopard geckos (and a tarantula) into Norway, but got caught when they searched him. (News source.)

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Big Softshell

A Thai zoo/aquarium has put a huge softshell turtle on display. (News source.)

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Lesser-Known Venomous Snakes

A grant has been won by two researchers (one being Dr. Bryan Fry, University of Melbourne) to investigate the venom of Australia's lesser-known venomous snakes. (News source.)

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Double Whammy

A Florida man appears to have been bitten by a coral snake and a pygmy rattler at the same time. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Reptile Attacks

A 68-year old Georgia man died from a rattlesnake bite sustained while hunting. (News source.)

A 16-year old boy was killed by a crocodile in the lower Zambezi river. (News source.)

A Melbourne, Australia, boy survived a brown snake bite. (News source.)

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Gator Attack

An elderly golfer lost an arm to an alligator that attacked him when he went to pick up his ball. The attack occurred on Fripp Island, SC. (News source.)

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Mudpuppies Killed

Over 500 mudpuppies were killed by a chemical treatment in the Lamoille River that was intended to kill sea lampreys. (News source.)


Vermont Hognose

A juvenile eastern hognose snake was discovered in Vernon, VT. The species is known from Massachusetts, but this is the first record from Vermont, apparently. (News source.)


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Turtle Bridges

Kim Komando's video of the day on a wood turtle researcher, here.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Python News

A 16-foot Burmese python was found in the Everglades. It will be radiotagged and released back in the wild by researchers. (News source.)

Florida legislators are considering a ban on internet sales of pythons. (News source.)

Fluffy, the reticulated python displayed at the Columbus Zoo, is a contender for the Guinness World Records. (News source.)

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Northern Pine Controversy

Developers are trying to get NJ to take the northern pine snake off the threatened list. (News source.)

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Croc Attack in Kakadu

A 57-year old tourist at Kakadu National Park survived a crocodile attack while swimming in the wrong area. (News source.)

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7+ Foot Rattlesnake?

At least it's not an email hoax this time around, but a St. Augustine, FL, claims the eastern diamondback he had to kill was 7 foot, 3 inches. (News source.)

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