Author: John Virata

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Arkansas To No Longer Issue Permits To Breed, Sell And Import Five Python Species

Arkansas To No Longer Issue Permits To Breed, Sell And Import Five Python Species

You are still able to possess these snakes in the state, per local regulation. [...]
53-Year Old Tortoise Whose Owner Died of COVID19 Gets Adopted

53-Year Old Tortoise Whose Owner Died of COVID19 Gets Adopted

Ms. Jennifer had celebrated her 53rd birthday when she was adopted. [...]
New Frog Species Discovered In Madagascar

New Frog Species Discovered In Madagascar

The amphibian is known to exist in just three degraded forest patches. [...]
Researchers See Steady But Still Troublesome Decline In Reptile Poaching In Pakistan

Researchers See Steady But Still Troublesome Decline In Reptile Poaching In Pakistan

Poaching in the country is mostly undocumented and accurate data is difficult to acquire [...]
California’s Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Threatened By Warming Planet, Study Says

California’s Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard Threatened By Warming Planet, Study Says

The blunt-nosed leopard lizard was listed on the federal endangered species list in 1967. [...]
USFWS Again To Consider Dunes Sagebrush Lizard As Endangered Species

USFWS Again To Consider Dunes Sagebrush Lizard As Endangered Species

The lizard was once considered a candidate for ESA protections but a failed scheme put forth by the state of Texas has the USFWS again considering it. [...]
Five-Lined Skink Discovered In Rhode Island

Five-Lined Skink Discovered In Rhode Island

Plestidon fasciatus is not native to the state, but could be the result of range extension. [...]
Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

Researchers Describe New Mata Mata Turtle Species

The turtles diverged during the Miocene period, about 13 million years ago. [...]
Narrow-headed And Northern Mexican Garter Snakes To Receive Critical Habitat

Narrow-headed And Northern Mexican Garter Snakes To Receive Critical Habitat

The Trump Administration was sued last winter for failing to protect the two snake species. [...]
First Frog Fossil From Antarctica Discovered

First Frog Fossil From Antarctica Discovered

The fossil represents the first helmeted from the Antarctic. [...]
Social Distancing Helps Salamanders Reduce Rate Of Bsal Transmission

Social Distancing Helps Salamanders Reduce Rate Of Bsal Transmission

A higher population density of eastern newts increased the rate of Bsal transmission. [...]
Researchers Discover And Describe New Gecko Species From Cambodia

Researchers Discover And Describe New Gecko Species From Cambodia

The bent-toed gecko (Cyrtodactylus phnomchiensis) was found in Cambodia’s Prey Lang Wildlife Sanctuary. [...]
Puerto Rico’s Coquí Frog Is Oldest Frog In Caribbean

Puerto Rico’s Coquí Frog Is Oldest Frog In Caribbean

The fossil was found by Jorge Velez-Juarbe, associate curator of marine mammals at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. [...]
During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

During COVID-19 Lockdown, South American River Turtle At Emperor Valley Zoo Lays Eggs On Land

Zookeepers believe because of the lack of noise due to the lockdown, the turtle laid her eggs on land instead of water. [...]
Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Due to COVID-19 Lockdown, Satellite-Tracking Equipped Juvenile Green Sea Turtles Released By USCG

Three six-month-old green sea turtle outfitted with satellite tracker were released by the U.S. Coast Guard. [...]
New Species Of Dragon Lizard Discovered In Southern Africa

New Species Of Dragon Lizard Discovered In Southern Africa

Smaug swazicus, or Swazi dragon lizard grows up to 13 inches from snout to the tip of its tail [...]
Colorful New Egg-Eating Snake Species Discovered In Sri Lanka

Colorful New Egg-Eating Snake Species Discovered In Sri Lanka

Dryocalamus chithrasekarai, or Chithrasekara’s bridle snake, is black or brown and white in coloration. [...]
California Desert Tortoise Needs Stronger Protections, Conservation Group Says

California Desert Tortoise Needs Stronger Protections, Conservation Group Says

It is speculated that there are more desert tortoises in captivity than in the wild. [...]
Snake Venom Evolved To Subdue Prey Rather Than For Protection, Study Says

Snake Venom Evolved To Subdue Prey Rather Than For Protection, Study Says

Spitting cobras seem to be the only exception and use venom as a defense mechanism. [...]
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