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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Brown Tree Snakes

A report shows that more than 500 brown tree snakes were caught on Guam from October to December last year. (News source.)

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Python Season

A new season will be available to hunters for reptile of special concern in Florida state-managed areas around the Everglades. (News source.)

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Coquis and Hawaiian Farmers

The presence of coquis is troubling farmers who fear they may be quarantined. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fiji Green Iguanas

Apparently, there are introduced green iguanas in Fiji, and plans are underway to eradicate them. Hopefully it isn't a misidentification of the endangered Fiji iguanas... (News source.)

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Python Politics Continues

An interesting business-side look at the effects of the python ban from the WSJ.

The cold snap in FL has killed off a number of pythons, apparently.

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Florida Lizard News

A profile on the introduced ameiva, here.

Dogs that eat the frozen iguanas in Florida may end up with botulism. (News source.)

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Toad News

An Australian man has searched East Timor for rumored cane toads, and only found Asian toads. (News source.)

Cane toad "sausages" are being made in Queensland, and laced with harmless but noxious chemicals, to feed to quolls, in the hope that they don't try to eat live toads. (News source.)

Toad survival traits are making the news after a recent study.

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cane Toad Update

Cane toad fighters in Australia are upset now that the government is reconsidering the legality of using carbon dioxide to kill the invasive amphibians. They are concerned that it may be cruel, in which case the fighters would have to go back to whacking them with golf clubs. (News source.)

One Australian is looking at the toads as an opportunity to sell toad poison and meat to the Chinese. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Boiga in Hawaii: Prospective Review

Some biologists have put together a speculative review on the impact of Boiga irregularis (the brown tree snake) should it manage to get a foothold into the Hawaiian islands. (News source.)

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Python Hissy Fit

A reasonable and rational article here on the Florida python situation.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Python Hunt Not That Successful

The first python hunter by 15 licensed trappers in the Everglades only came up with 37 snakes in a 4-month period. Most of those were young and "underfed." (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Python News

A 16-foot Burmese python was found in the Everglades. It will be radiotagged and released back in the wild by researchers. (News source.)

Florida legislators are considering a ban on internet sales of pythons. (News source.)

Fluffy, the reticulated python displayed at the Columbus Zoo, is a contender for the Guinness World Records. (News source.)

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Everglades Python Hunt

The technology is expanding in the Everglades python hunt: thermal imaging equipment is being tested. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Pythons in the Glades: Keep Out of the Kitchen

The pythons in the Everglades appear to have high levels of mercury, so don't cook them up... (News source.)

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Overblown Python Numbers

This really shouldn't come as any surprise, but wildlife experts are starting to question the high numbers of estimated pythons in the Everglades. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Python Hunting Expanded

Licensed hunters will be allowed to hunt pythons in certain parts of the Everglades. (News source.)

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Monday, August 31, 2009

Faked for Publicity

Old news, but an article on the Florida man who faked catching a big Burmese python. (News source.)

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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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Big Snake in Everglades

A 17-foot Burmese python was killed on the grounds of the Okeechobee Veterinary Hospital. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Python Hunt Catches One

Newly authorized python hunters in the Everglades quickly found a 10-footer while on a publicity-tour. (News source.)

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