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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

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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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Frog Vet

An Australian vet took on a frog that had been hit by a lawnmower, successfully. (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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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Croc Surgery

An American crocodile, found hit by a car, underwent reconstructive facial surgery, receiving steel plates in its head. (News source.)

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Sea Turtle Prosthetics

A Japanese conservation group is planning to have prosthetic limbs made for a sea turtle injured in a probable shark attack. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 31, 2009

Tortoise Surgery

A 13-year old spur-thighed tortoise successfully underwent surgery for a bladder stone. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Antivenom?

A Kansas dog breeder used Azium to treat an alleged rattlesnake bite, as reported in this piece. The news article (an outdoors column) calls Azium an antivenom, though, which is incorrect... It may have helped with some symptomatic relief (I'm not a toxicologist or doctor, so no statements of fact here), but the columnist is doing a major disservice (and a dangerous one) in spreading false medical information.

[Update: Per a recent comment, no, I'm not going to comment on their site. I've already sent a letter to their editor. I don't believe it is up to an online "community" to correct this sort of misinformation, (at most, we can bring issues to attention, and even then, public forums are low-rung options); it is up to medical professionals to correct medical information.]

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Tortoise News

Here's a story of 12 tortoises that were caught in a fire, and the vets at UC Davis who worked on them.

Two Galapagos tortoises in Tahiti were given an 80-year anniversary celebration. (News source.)

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Monday, November 24, 2008

Turtle Stranding Season

Cold air and warm water make for stunned turtles off Cape Cod... (News source.)

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Sea Turtle Medicine

A sea turtle attacked by dogs had to have a flipper amputated due to the injuries. (News source.)

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Lucky Red-Ear

Anywhere else, a hit-by-car red-eared slider would be considered an unwelcome invasive, but a lucky turtle in New Zealand got patched up by a vet. (News source.)

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Gator News

Two Florida gators (residing at a nature center) hate going to the vet... (News source.)

Dam construction threatens Siamese crocodiles in Cambodia. (News source.)

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Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dachshund vs Mojave Green

A rare survival? A miniature dachshund was successfully treated for a bite by a Mojave green rattlesnake. (News source.)

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Sunday, July 6, 2008

Dogs and Snakes

A dog in Taiwan attacked a cobra before it could bite its master. The dog died from envenomation, as antivenom wasn't available. (News source.)

The owners of a dog in California credit a rattlesnake venom vaccine for saving their dog's life after being bitten twice. (News source.)

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Turtle Operation

Veterinary surgeons in Israel inserted a metal plate into a loggerhead turtle's fin, after it was severed by fishing line. (News source.)

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Friday, February 29, 2008

Sea Turtle Prosthetic

A green sea turtle that lost three flippers to sharks will be fitted with a prosthetic flipper so that won't just swim in circles. (News source.)

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Sea Turtle Rehab

Here's a profile on the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a sea turtle hospital.

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Saturday, February 9, 2008

Croc Surgery

A 14-year old African dwarf crocodile at the Assiniboine Park Zoo (Canada) underwent surgery for removal of a corneal ulcer. (News source.)

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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Tortoise Surgery

Veterinarians at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine performed front leg surgery on a yellow-foot tortoise. Specific details are vague (they removed a piece of the humerus?) but apparently it was the first time this particular surgery was done on a tortoise. (News source.)

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Frog Stories

A new shrub frog, called Philautus ochlandrae, has been described in the Western Ghats, Kerala, India. (News source.)

A dog in Hawaii may have died as the result of a poison-arrow frog encounter. Experts are uncertain, as the Hawaiian invasive shouldn't be as toxic as in its native habitat, but the dog might have been allergic. (News source.)

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