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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Albino Small-Eyed Snake

An albino small-eyed snake was discovered just south of the Gold Coast (Australia), and has been returned to the wild. (News source. Photo: Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary)

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Two-Headed Snake

AP has video on a 2-headed snake found in Illinois. They misidentify it as a watersnake, though. It's a juvenile ratsnake.

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Sunday, August 30, 2009

Rattlesnake News

A pair of conjoined rattlesnakes were found in Tucson, and scheduled for surgery. (News source.)

A Florida woman shelled out double for human antivenom for her three dogs after they were bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake. (News source.)

An Ontario hospital is stocking up on massasauga antivenom. (News source.)

A Missouri toddler was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake. (News source.)

A British Columbia teenager was bitten by a rattlesnake. (News source.)

An 87-year old Florida woman was bitten by a pygmy rattler, then strangled it with her bare hands. (News source.)

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Ohio: Two-Headed Turtle

Two Ohio school students found a two-headed turtle during recess. (News source.)

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Two Heads, Six Legs

A small twinned turtle was found in Georgia. (News source.)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Herp Tourism

A Snake Temple in Malaysia has undergone renovations, and is being marketed to the tourist industry. (News source.)

Gatorland has a limited-time exhibit, four leucistic alligators. (
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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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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Amphibian Malformity Study

Inbreeding appears not to be a factor in the increaste in amphibian deformities/mutations. (News source.)

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2-Headed Turtle Stolen

Another two-headed turtle has been stolen, this one from a Canadian pet shop. (News source.)

[Update: Turtle returned.]

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Leucistic Pipe Snake?

Not sure, but this pic of a leucistic pet snake from southern Vietnam might be Cylindorophis (Without seeing the tail, I can't tell for sure.) Or might be one of the homalopsine water snakes?

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Two-Headed Turtle Theft

Not long after publicity started about a small two-headed turtle on display in NY, someone snatched it. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 12, 2008

Frog & Toad News

An orange-morph garden frog was found in the UK. (News source.)

Researchers are using a "robo-frog" to test mating call variations. (
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Fewer than 1% of all cane toad hatchlings survive to adulthood in Australia, but that small number is still a threat, increasing the population. (
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Friday, April 11, 2008

White Frogs

Some xanthic frogs were found in a British garden. (News source.)

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Two Heads

A two-headed pit viper (species not given) was born at a wildlife center in Argentina. (News source.)

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Friday, November 2, 2007

Albino Softshell

An albino softshell turtle was found in Lake Poyang in east China's Jiangxi province. (News source.)

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Albino Lizard

An albino shingleback skink about 12cm long was found in Victoria, Australia. (News source.)

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Friday, October 12, 2007

Two-Headed Carpet Python

A juvenile two-headed carpet python has been unveiled at the World Aquarium (St. Louis), taking the place of the late two-headed rat snake, "We," that died at the age of eight years. (News source.)

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Friday, October 5, 2007


A juvenile two-headed snake was caught by two young boys at the Devonian Fossil Gorge at Coralville Lake, in Iowa. Their mother plans to let them keep it a few days, then release it. (News source.)

The snake should be donated to a museum, as two-headed snakes aren't likely to survive long in the wild.

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Transparent Frogs

Japanese researchers have developed a strain of Rana japonica with pale transparent skin, allowing the organs to be seen as the frogs develop from tadpoles. (News source.)

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Frog Malformations

The nutrients from farm runoff trigger a cascading series of events in the local ecology that increases frog deformities, according to a recent study. (News source.)

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