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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Frog Farming Controversy

Intensive frog farming may not be feasible, but is it worth it? The debate continues. Details here.

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

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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Friday, July 17, 2009

Sabotage at Croc Farm?

A Singapore croc farm operator found 50 baby crocodiles dead in their pond; police investigation is underway. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Frog Farm Failure

A Chinese farmer trying to raise American frogs (I assume bullfrogs) lost 270,000 of them, and blames noise from a nearby construction site. (News source.)

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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Crocodile News

A 52-year old Malaysian man survived a crocodile attack. (News source.)

Australian police are searching for thieves who stole 18 young saltwater crocs from a crocodile farm in Darwin. (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 12, 2009


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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European Snake Farm

A German firm is building a snake breeding farm for venom extraction for the drug and beauty isndustries. (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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Sunday, May 24, 2009

Snake Farming

A Vietnamese invalid, a former soldier, is raising water snakes for the food trade quite profitably. (News source.)

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Lizard News

Vietnamese farmers are starting "dong" (butterfly lizard) farms, primarily for the food industry. (News source.)

Conservation groups are pressing the Secretary of the Interior to list the flat-tailed horned lizard as an endangered species. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crocodile News

A New Zealand just got a nice pair of saltwater crocodiles for exhibition. (News source.)

Crocodile farming in Vietnam may be bouncing back after years of falling prices. (News source.)

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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Crocodilians in the News

An Australian man was killed by a large croc when he attempted to swim across a river where crocodiles were known to live. (News source, and here, and here.) Police shot the probable attacker.

A Zambian woman was killed by a crocodile while she was washing clothes at a river. (News source.)

Success in gharial breeding in India. (News source.)

The poor economy has hit a gator farm. (News source.)

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Gators Escape in Floodwaters

Flooding in Mississippi has led to the escape of about 20 gators from Gulf Coast Gator Ranch & Tours. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

LA's Gator Farm

Some history here on the long gone Los Angeles Alligator Farm.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Georgia Croc Farm

A crocodile farm (for meat and skin) is being set up in the country of Georgia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Vietnam: Herp Farming

An article with notes on Vietnamese farmers who are turning to lizards ("salamanders") and snakes to bring in income, here.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Herp Farming

A Belarus scientist suggests the country should start breeding edible frogs to help out economically. (News source.)

Gypsies in Karachi, India, breed leopard geckos -- but claim the species is venomous (they've been "trained" for generations to handle them safely) and that they sell them to venom extraction companies. Obviously, that is bunk -- not sure if they're selling them to pet exporters, though. Technically, that would be illegal under India's wildlife laws, from what I've seen... (News source.)

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Friday, January 9, 2009

Frog Hunting to Protect Crop

South Carolina crayfish farmers have to hunt frogs to keep the predators from ruining the crop. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Other Croc News

There are some fears that a missing Australian man might have been taken by a crocodile. He went fishing in the Northern Territories and didn't return. (News source.)

The crocodile skin market is growing business for farms in Zimbabwe. (News source.)

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