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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Fear and Loathing in LA

Bigots in Oakdale, Lousiana, are spreading rumors about a high-end python breeder who lives in the area. They tell the police that cats and dogs are missing, so it must be the python guy... Apparently, these villagers are dumb enough to think that someone with thousand-dollar boids is going to feed parasite-ridden free-roaming pets instead of quality captive-bred lab rodents. What's worse, the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries officials don't bother pointing out the obvious flaw in such reasoning, but just imply they can't do anything about it. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lonesome George Not So Lonesome

The famed Galapagos tortoise has apparently fathered 5 healthy eggs. (News source.)

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Massasaugas Removed

Officials are removing massasaugas from a Chicago wetland and putting them in a zoo breeding program. (News source.)

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Sea Turtles Nesting

It's that time of year again. Sea turtles are nesting in Florida and Texas.

One Turtle Patrol is using a terrier to find nests. (News source.)

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Amphibian News

An environmental group thought they were helping salamanders that migrated across a Massachusetts road, by removing a long tube laid next to a new road. Turns out it was stopping silt from running into an important vernal pond. Actually, sounds like the group doesn't know that much about salamanders if they think a small tube is going to prevent them from moving across a road... The town wants the environmental group to pay for repairs. (News source.)

And, a profile here on a Maryland herpetoculturist who specializes in dart frogs.

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

Tuatara Hatchling

The first natural tuatara hatchling from mainland New Zealand in about 200 years has been found in the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Dart Frogs

A profile here on a dart frog breeder/conservationist.

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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Herp Legality News

Hard to believe that there are still ignorant herp laws out there, but a 3-foot ball python was recently confiscated from a Sioux City, Iowa, home. (News source.)

On a more positive note, a Delaware county is proposing to allow (small) snakes to be bred by residents. (News source.)

In Malaysia, 2300 monitor lizards were confiscated from poachers. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Herp Legality Issues

Squabbling and lawsuits here between a couple of snake breeders in Iowa.

Snakes seized from a PA petshop will probably be sold.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Northern Territories Good for Sea Turtles

A report notes that the sandy islands off the NT coast in Australia are important as sea turtle breeding grounds. Six species live in those waters. (News source.)

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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Sea Turtle Conservation News

North Carolina has a higher than average number of loggerhead sea turtle nests this year. (News source.)

An article here on a rehabilitated green sea turtle released in California waters.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Tuatara Nest Discovery

A tuatara nest has been found on mainland New Zealand, the first known in 200 years. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Herp Conservation News

Weather conditions this year were beneficial for the successful breeding of the endangered Mississippi gopher frog. (News source.)

Thailand wildlife officers seized 200 monitor lizards being smuggled out to the illegal food markets. (News source.)

North Carolina bought 40 acres to preserve as bog turtle habitat. (News source.)

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Friday, September 26, 2008

Siamese Crocs Hatch

Detroit Zoo has bred Siamese crocodiles for the first time. Three hatchlings were found during exhibit maintenance. (News source.)

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Monday, September 8, 2008

Turtle News (Not So Good)

A Florida turtle preserve (successful in breeding several rare species) is shutting down, due to bills, hurricane damage, and zoo politics. (News source.)

Sea turtles that reproduce on beaches near humans are less fertile. (News source.)

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Friday, August 1, 2008

Turtle News

The oldest known Fly River turtle turned 50. (News source.)

Significant leatherback sea turtle nesting sites have been found in the Caribbean. (News source.)

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Rattlesnake News

A California girl was bitten on the toe by a rattlesnake. (News source.)

An Illinois wildlife center has bred ridge-nosed rattlesnakes. (News source.)

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Leatherbacks on Padre Island

For the first time in 70 years, it looks like a leatherback turtle has laid eggs on Padre Island (TX). (News source.)

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

Manitoba Garter Gallery

Here is a photogallery of the annual garter snake mating groups up in Manitoba.

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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tuatara Problem

Turns out older tuataras will eat hatchlings... (News source.)

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