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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gator Fingers

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reptile Biology Notes

Research on alligator respiration suggests they "breathe like birds." (News source.)

The "tentacles" on a tentacled snake are very sensitive to the touch, allowing the snake to find prey in murky water. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jumping Gators

Gatorland is bringing in new blood for their Gator Jumparoo show, as the older alligators have gotten a bit lazy. (News source.)

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Crocodilians in the News

35 pure Siamese crocodiles were found among a larger group of rescued crocs in Cambodia. These will be used to help in the conservation of this endangered species. (News source.)

A profile here on a Namibian man attacked by a large crocodile.

A Florida man stuck his hands under a car, thinking his dog was under it, and got bit by an alligator. (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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Monday, September 28, 2009

Herp Attacks

An Alabama farmer was apparently killed by a rattlesnake bite to the neck. (News source.)

A Florida woman narrowly escaped an alligator attack. (News source.)

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Famous Local Gator Not Poached

The Georgia gator that was feared poached turned up alive, and the carcass has been traced to a suspect. (News source.)

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Friday, August 28, 2009

Fine for NC Dealer

Most of the 100 snakes seized from a North Carolina reptile dealer were returned to be moved to a different location. The dealer was fined $300 for keeping venomous snakes, against county regs. An alligator and four eastern diamondbacks were not returned, due to state laws. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Poachers Kill Gator

A 9-foot gator was killed by poachers in Evans, Georgia. (News source.)

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Crocodilian Farming and the Economy

A Saigon venture is training craftspeople to work with crocodile skin. (News source.)

A Bangladesh man has started up a crocodile farm there. (News source.)

The Florida gator skin market is drying up as luxury buyers are holding off. (News here, and here.)

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Gator Hunting

A "new, undisputed Alabama state record alligator" was shot during the latest season. It was 13' 5" and 701 pounds. (News source.)

The Florida season started up, with some animal rights protesters showing up. (News source.)

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Gator Bite

A Florida woman was bitten by an alligator while pulling weeds. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Problem Gators

A SC sheriff's deputy was fired for shooting at a gator without a nuisance gator permit. (News source.)

A Florida man lost two fingers to an alligator while rescuing his dog. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

OOP Gators

A small gator was caught in Butte Creek, in California. (News source.)

A couple of Indiana teens killed a 6-foot alligator in a Jasper County river. (News source.)

A small alligator was captured in the Tuscarawas River, in Ohio. (News source.)

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Chinese Alligator Success

A group of wild-born Chinese alligators from previously captive adults has been discovered on Chongming Island. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Gator Farm Blues

Bad economic news for gator farmers. (I'm surprised there isn't an enterprising group taking advantage of this to bring a former "luxury" item to a cheaper market.)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

OOP Crocs

Two small crocodilians were reported from a pond near a Ukrainian oil refinery plant. (News source.)

Tracks on a Brevard County, FL, beach indicate an alligator or croc; saltwater-forays by gators are unusual. (News source.)

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

More Crocodilian News

A swimmer in Mississippi may have been attacked by an alligator. (News source.)

The mystery crocodile deaths in South Africa still haven't been solved. (News source.)

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Out of Place Crocodilians

A village pond in France is being drained to catch the "crocodile" said to be lurking there. (News source.)

A baby gator was caught in Trumbull Lake, in Connecticut, probably dumped due to the restrictive regulations there. (News source.)

A small alligator was seen in an Indiana lake. (News source.)

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Crocodilians

Hermes is farming crocs in Australia to meet demand for their crocodile-skin products. (News source.)

Two young Indian men fought of a crocodile that attacked their father. (News source.)

A profile here on a Florida gator trapper.

Don't do this with your kids (or your crocs).

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