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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Frogs Linked to Salmonella Outbreak

The CDC is saying that a recent salmonella outbreak is connected to aquatic frogs, though I don't see anything specifically tying them all together. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Disease Leads to Behavioral Changes

Ranavirus in UK frogs may be leading to mating choice changes in the amphibians there. (Eurekalert.)

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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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Friday, June 12, 2009

Turtle Woes

About twenty snapping turtles in North Dakota were killed by a bacterial outbreak. (News source.)

Poachers took out four sea turtle nests on Sarasota Co., FL, beaches. (News source.)

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Monday, June 1, 2009

Tortoise vs Mosquito

Galapagos tortoises and iguanas have to contend with mosquitoes that have developed a taste for reptilian blood, which may introduce new diseases. (News source.)

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Salmonella Illness in UK

A baby in the UK apparently got salmonella from the pet corn snake or bearded dragon. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Conservation News

Mountain chicken frogs are being flown from the Caribbean to the UK in order to protect them from fungal disease. (News source.)

Malaysian wildlife officers seized 210 poached monitor lizards. (News source.)

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Bait Shops Spread Infected Salamanders

"Salamanders in bait shops in Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico are infected with ranaviruses, and those in Arizona, with a chytrid fungus called Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)." (Eurekalert)

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

Immunity for Frogs?

"Recent preliminary evidence, described in the April issue of BioScience, suggests also that individual amphibians can sometimes develop resistance to chytridiomycosis, which is caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd)." (Eurekalert.)

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Saturday, March 21, 2009

FDA Brochure on Turtles

The FDA has put out a brochure on Salmonella infections from turtles. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Frogs and E. Coli

Frogs are being blamed for an E. coli outbreak in the drinking water supply for one Australian town. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 7, 2009

Japan: Ranavirus

Ranavirus has been discovered in Japan after a massive frog die-off. (News source.)

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Monday, December 1, 2008

Cane Toad Changes

The rapid morphological changes discovered along the leading edge of the cane toad's invasive population in Australia has also brought on detrimental effects (spinal arthritis) not seen before in amphibians. (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Amphibian Diversity Fights Parasites

Parasite load in American toads dropped when they raised in the same tank as gray tree frogs. Gray tree frogs could fight off infestations better than toads. Not sure why the researcher is saying the two amphibians are competitors -- they obviously are in different niches, unless they're referring to the tadpole stage. (News source.)

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Monday, October 6, 2008

CDC on the Attack Again

Lots of media attention on a new paper that has been published, warning parents not to buy exotic pets. Of course, cleanliness and good hygiene protocols would go a long way toward reducing risk, but the CDC prefers outright bans. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 28, 2008

Croc Quarantine

Quarantine measures appear to be working against chlamydia infections in farmed saltwater crocodiles. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Turtles & Salmonella

Another article here on the salmonella outbreak in Southern California and the implication of turtles as a vector.

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Monday, September 22, 2008

CB Program Infected Toads

Here's a study on a captive breeding program for the Mallorcan midwife toad that introduced chytrid-infected toads into the wild. The toads themselves were infected through proximity to a cb program for a rare Xenopus species.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Lizard Pathogens

A newly discovered bacteria that causes dermatitis in desert lizards could be a serious threat to wild populations if captive breeding programs are not careful. (News source.)

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Monday, September 1, 2008

Frog News

There's hope for frogs in Costa Rica, with rediscovered species and apparent resistance in some species to the chytrid fungus. (News source.)

A 6-year old Oregon boy had to stop selling his spotted frogs... (News source.)

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