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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

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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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Florida Python Ban

Florida is trying to ban "reptiles of concern." (News source.)

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Tuataras and UV

Tuataras need UV for healthy bone growth and stability. (News source, and here.)

Not really news for herpetoculturists, but apparently the media isn't quite up to speed.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eating Herps: Risk Analysis

Eurekalert: Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

Reptile Biology Notes

Research on alligator respiration suggests they "breathe like birds." (News source.)

The "tentacles" on a tentacled snake are very sensitive to the touch, allowing the snake to find prey in murky water. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Reptile Art Prints

I have started a new product line alongside my book publishing venture: reproduction prints from vintage natural history plates. Several snakes and other reptiles are now available in print and greeting card formats from my reptile art print gallery. Other species (invertebrates and birds to start) will be added soon.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Reptile Zoo Fined

An Ontario serpentarium operator was charged with possession of four native species (some considered endangered in Ontario) and fined $8,000 (CAN). (News source.)

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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Legal Matters in Edgewood, Florida

A reptile ban in Edgewood, Florida, was skipped, after local herpetoculturists showed some fight. Venomous owners will have to register with the city. (News source.)

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Monday, May 18, 2009

NC Legislation

During the "crossover deadline," North Carolina passed updated legislation for herp keepers:

"Under S307, Regulate Ownership & Use of Certain Reptiles, herpetology fans would have to make sure their snakes — particularly those that are poisonous or constrict their prey — are kept under control.
"The measure updates laws regarding the handling of venomous snakes and other reptiles, clarifying penalties for exposing others to dangerous creatures or transporting them in a negligent fashion." (News source.)

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Smugglers Foiled

Australian officials found a shipment of 35 reptiles being smuggled from one state to another. (News source.)

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Saturday, April 4, 2009

Stupid Reptile Laws are Still the Law...

Officials in Milwaukee confiscated a city resident's apparently well-kept collection of boids, monitors, turtles, and a "crocodile." (Not sure if that's an actual croc, or is a gator or caiman.) (News source, and here.)

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pennsylvania to Get State Reptile?

It's about time PA gets a state reptile, but why would someone suggest an eastern box turtle? (News source.) That's already the state reptile of several other states, and not particularly representative of the Keystone state. We need something like the bog turtle...

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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Australian Field Guide

Australian reptiles and frogs are the subject of a new Cronin's Key Guide. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 4, 2009

New Herps from Tanzania

17 species of reptiles and amphibians have been discovered in the South Nguru Mountains in Tanzania. (News source.)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

India: New Serpentarium

The Mahender Chaudhary Zoological Park in Chhatbir will open up a new serpentarium soon. (News source.)

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Florida Rules Updated

Amnesty rules have been relaxed a bit, allowing people to turn in non-native reptiles that require a permit at specified events. Also, adopters with permits can now accept reptiles from those without permits. (News source.)

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Herp Smuggler Sentenced

A 29-year old South African man was sentenced to a year in jail in Madagascar for trying to smuggle out hundreds of small reptiles and amphibians in his coat and luggage. (News source.)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Reptiles More Popular than Dogs?

Apparently, they are... in the UK, at least. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Poached Reptiles Seized

Malaysian officers confiscated 1,272 live reptiles destined for the illegal food market. (News source.)

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Friday, October 17, 2008

Florida: Reptile Discovery Center

Deland, Florida, is getting the Reptile Discovery Center soon...

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