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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Crocs in the News

A Malaysian man was killed by a crocodile on a tributary of the Batang Lupar. (News source.)

In India, a gharial was hatched out with a significant defect: no tail. The article speculates that it may be linked to a suspected toxin responsible for the recent gharial deaths. (News source.)

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Friday, March 28, 2008

Two-Headed Beardie

A NC bearded dragon breeder hatched out a two-headed lizard... (News source.)

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Monday, December 24, 2007

Nutrient Pollution Drives Parasitic Infections

Amphibian deformities derived from parasitic infections are driven by nutrient pollution (increased levels of nitrogen and phosphorus), according to a new study. The nutrients cause algal blooms, which increase the number of snails, which release more parasitic trematodes, which form cysts in amphibians, causing developmental anomalies. (News source.)

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Monday, July 2, 2007

Deformed Amphibians

Researchers suspect that there are several underlying reasons for frog deformities appearing nationwide. A recent study in New England shows that chemicals are a primary factor, while parasites and attacks by other frog tadpoles in crowded conditions may contribute elsewhere. (News source.)

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