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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Crocs in the News

Bangladesh's only crocodile farm will be sending its first export to Germany next month. (News source.)

A UK aquarium is training its dwarf caiman to respond to commands. (News source.)

A UK man wants to start his own crocodile park. (News source.)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Big Retic

A 6-meter reticulated python at the Australian Reptile Park weighed in at 131 kg (or 288.8 lbs) at its bi-annual check. (News source.)

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Monday, January 18, 2010

Galapagos Tortoise Rediscovered in Captivity

Nine captive Galapagos Island tortoises are descendants of an "extinct" species from Floreana Island, according to new genetic research. (News source.)

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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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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Jumping Gators

Gatorland is bringing in new blood for their Gator Jumparoo show, as the older alligators have gotten a bit lazy. (News source.)

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Big Softshell

A Thai zoo/aquarium has put a huge softshell turtle on display. (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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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Toads Released

Endangered captive-born Houston toads have been released into the wild by the Houston, TX, Zoo. (News source.)

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Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hank the Croc Died

A 47-year old, 2000 pound hybrid croc featured at Jungle Island (Florida) died. (News source.)

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Hellbender Conservation

Missouri is trying to preserve their hellbenders, along with the St. Louis Zoo's captive-breeding program. (News source.)

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Pennsylvania: Snake Farm Profile

Pocono Snake and Animal Farm is profiled here.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Lion Dies From Snakebite

A white lioness in a zoo in India was found dead from snakebite. (News source.)

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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Massasaugas Removed

Officials are removing massasaugas from a Chicago wetland and putting them in a zoo breeding program. (News source.)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Snake Hunter / Venom Extractor

A Thai snake hunter / rescuer is profiled here.

A Florida man is setting up a facility (Reptile Discovery Center) where visitors can watch venom extraction. (News source.)

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Crocodile News

A New Zealand just got a nice pair of saltwater crocodiles for exhibition. (News source.)

Crocodile farming in Vietnam may be bouncing back after years of falling prices. (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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Saturday, March 14, 2009

LA's Gator Farm

Some history here on the long gone Los Angeles Alligator Farm.

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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

$50K Reward for Big Snake

If you come up with a 30-foot snake, Reptile Gardens in ND will pay you $50,000 for it. (Of course, you can probably get more for it elsewhere...) (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Anaconda Death

A 17-foot anaconda at Miami's Metrozoo has died; it has been replaced with two smaller anacondas until a larger snake can be obtained. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Puff Adder Bites

Two separate puff adder bites were reported from South Africa recently: the first was a British tourist who was bitten while hiking, the second was a handler at the Pretoria Zoo, bitten while cleaning a cage. (News source.)

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