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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Power Strip Kills Snakes

A fire started apparently from a faulty power strip, killing a teen's 30 pet snakes. (News source.)

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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 1, 2009

Fatal Attack by a Burmese Python

An unlicensed and improperly housed Burmese python killed a 2-year old girl in Florida. (News source, and here.)

Actually, while the stories say the python was a pet, it also says the man had "bagged and caged" the python the night before -- so was it a recently captured feral snake?

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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, April 3, 2009

RoboCroc, R. I. P.

The American crocodile that underwent massive surgery on its skull, has died. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 28, 2009

Frog and Toad News

Half of the zoo population of Archey's frogs at Auckland Zoo have died, apparently due to husbandry difficulties. (News source.)

Research shows that European tree frog females prefer a male with a reddish vocal sac. (News source.)

An oversized cane toad found in Australia was discovered to have eaten several whole crabs and molluscs. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Turtle Death by Pollution

Up to a third of leatherback turtle mortalities are due to ingested plastic garbage. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Croc News

Another article on the crocodile deaths in Kruger National Park.

White estuarine crocodiles in India have been resighted in the wetlands of Bhitarkanika. (News source.)

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Thursday, January 8, 2009

Snake Death Investigation

Swaziland rangers (and possibly the police) are interested in who killed a 4 meter long python. (News source.)

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Sea Turtle Deaths in India

Over 3300 olive Ridley sea turtles have been found dead on the coastline of Gahirmatha, suggesting that fishing trawlers are fishing illegally without turtle-exclusion devices. (News source.)

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Sunday, December 7, 2008

Croc Deaths

An article here on the rising deaths of South African crocodiles, and cultural ramifications.

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Relocated Croc Dies

A large crocodile relocated by Australian authorities, that ended up haunting a tourism location, has died from eating plastic bags and other trash. (News source.)

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Crocodiles in the News

A couple in India was injured by a crocodile after it first attacked the woman, and was fought off by her husband. (News source.)

A tourism minister in Australia claims that urban crocs are good for tourism. (News source.)

A teenager has been arrested for killing a North American crocodile on the University of Miami campus. (News source.)

Crocodile farming is still controversial in Thailand. (News source.)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Suspect Croc Heading to Crocodile Farm

A crocodile, suspected of having killed a tourist to Australia, is being sent to a crocodile farm. (News source.)

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Turtles and Tortoises

Arizona Game & Fish is looking for people to adopt desert tortoises. (News source.)

Florida FWC is in the middle of a debate over their position regarding freshwater turtle harvesting. (News source.)

Here is a study on loggerhead sea turtle mortality off Baja California.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Sounds like a Killer Croc Movie

After a male croc in Queensland was shot and beheaded by trophy hunters, the body was left to float into a rival male crocodile's territory. This, apparently, has enraged the croc, which is now stalking and lunging at nearby bridge builders and construction workers. (News source.)

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Man Walks Up To Crocodile...

A Bangladesh man waded into a pond with a crocodile, near a shrine, to get a blessing from it, and ended up being killed and eaten by the reptile. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Snakebites in the News

A 20-year old man in Colorado had to be airlifted off a mountain after a rattlesnake bite. (News source.)

A NC woman, previously thought to have died by snakebite, instead died from cirrhosis of the liver. (News source.)

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Terrarium Burns Down

A Terrarium in Varna, Bulgaria, burned down in an apparently accidental fire. Numerous reptiles were killed. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dead Turtles

Sea turtles killed by fishing nets (probably) have been washing up on Mexico beaches. (News source.)

And, an adult snapping turtle found near Corvalis, Oregon, was decapitated by ODFW when they couldn't find a home for her. (News source.)

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