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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eating Herps: Risk Analysis

Eurekalert: Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

Frog Poisoning by Shamans

Two Chilean shamans are being sought by police after they used extracted poison from a dart frog in a traditional healing ceremony that went wrong. (News source.)

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Culture, Politics, and Crocodile Trappers

An interesting article here, from Nigeria.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Profile of a Killer Croc

A profile here, on "a huge man-eating crocodile that terrorised the villages along the Batang Lupar River in Sri Aman, Sarawak."

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Snakes as Service Animals?

I can see a few problems here.

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Sunday, August 2, 2009

Iguana Cookbook

A Florida author is promoting his new book, Save Florida, Eat an Iguana - An Iguana Cookbook. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

Nepali Snake Festivals

Hindus in Nepal are celebrating Naag Panchami, the festival of snakes. (News source.)

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Prisoners Raise Endangered Frogs

A few prisoners in Washington State are helping to raise endangered Oregon spotted frogs, and are doing a pretty good job at it. (News source.)

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Herp Folklore

A Nigerian story about crocodiles, here.

A Kentucky man's snake stories shows how perception can be confused. (News source.)

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Python News

A Uganda man got into an argument with wildlife officials when he demanded compensation for damage to a goat from a python. (News source.)

Researchers are investigating whether Burmese pythons could survive in South Carolina. (News source.)

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Saturday, June 6, 2009

Crocs in the News

A Cambodian croc farmer takes tourists through for a small fee -- showing them where the Khmer Rouge used to feed enemies to the crocodiles. (News source.)

A Congo fisherman was attacked by a crocodile, and ended up in a Texas hospital to have his arm reattached. (News source.)

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cook 'Em

Florida may not be able to afford bounties on the Burmese pythons, but some folks are suggesting they would make an interesting addition to south Florida cuisine. (News source.)

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Killer Frog

A noisy garden frog (and neighbors who keep the pond for it) is blamed by an elderly Australian woman for the death of her husband. (News source.)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Snake Panic

A harmless northern water snake was apparently mistaken for a "water moccasin" in South Bend, IN. (News source.)

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Villagers Fear Komodos

The increased attacks by Komodo dragons are terrorizing the local villages. (News source.)

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Snake Invasion

A lot of snakes have turned up in the village of Almaz-gazmalar of Guba Region, Azerbaijan, causing panic and pleas for help from authorities. No one has been hurt, but the villagers claim the snakes are venomous. (News source.)

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Crimes of a Herpetological Nature

Two suspects in Alabama were arrested for bludgeoning turtles to death. (News source.)

Individuals in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being tricked by con artists into thinking their diseases and illnesses are actually being caused by poisons (from local plants, lizards and toads), requiring payment for healing. (News source.)

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Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Snakes With Bad Karma

A Chinese man bought a bunch of snakes from a market, and released them, triggering a panic in the village and a snake-killing spree. (News source.)

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Snake Festival Canceled

Due to the Italian earthquake, officials canceled the annual festival in honor of Saint Domenico (which involves live snakes). They were concerned over building safety, as many need repairs. (News source.)

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Sunday, April 12, 2009

Weird Culture

An Indian man was murdered by his wife and her lover when they threw a snake on him while he was sleeping. (News source.)

A female cleric in Kenya was almost attacked when she was discovered carrying a python. (News source.)

An Australian man beat a woman for eating the turtle he had captured. (News source.)

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