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More Than 11,000 Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad Toadlets Released

More Than 11,000 Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad Toadlets Released

The Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center has kept 15 of the tadpoles for future breeding efforts. [...]
Frogs Discovered In Amber Are Oldest Evidence They Occupied Wet Tropical Forests

Frogs Discovered In Amber Are Oldest Evidence They Occupied Wet Tropical Forests

Electrorana limoae is one of four known fossils to exist that scientists say is direct evidence that the amphibians lived in wet tropical forests. [...]
New Mud Turtle Species Discovered In Western Mexico

New Mud Turtle Species Discovered In Western Mexico

Kinosternon vogti sp. nov shares the genus with 12 other turtle species. [...]
Endangered Gopher Tortoise Lays Eggs In Florida Woman’s Front Yard

Endangered Gopher Tortoise Lays Eggs In Florida Woman’s Front Yard

If all goes well, gopher tortoise hatchlings will emerge from the nest in late summer. [...]
State Of Nebraska Looking For Volunteers To Help Shore Up Turtle Fencing

State Of Nebraska Looking For Volunteers To Help Shore Up Turtle Fencing

There have been fewer Blanding's turtle deaths after the fencing was installed in 2001. [...]
Texas Man Recovering From Severed Rattlesnake Head Bite

Texas Man Recovering From Severed Rattlesnake Head Bite

The man had just decapitated the snake in his yard when he was bitten. [...]
The Blue-Tongue Skink’s Tongue Is Blue To Ward Off Predators, Study Says

The Blue-Tongue Skink’s Tongue Is Blue To Ward Off Predators, Study Says

The blue-tongue skink's blue tongue is its last line of defense when trying to ward off predators. [...]
Sacramento Police Seek Man Who Stole Rare Albino Tegu Lizard

Sacramento Police Seek Man Who Stole Rare Albino Tegu Lizard

The owner offered a $1,000 no questions asked reward for his pet reptile. [...]
5-Foot Ball Python Found Near Hawaii Landfill

5-Foot Ball Python Found Near Hawaii Landfill

The pet snake was transported to the Honolulu Department of Agriculture’s Quarantine Branch. [...]
Actress Sharon Stone Encounters Monitor Lizard On Her Beverly Hills Street

Actress Sharon Stone Encounters Monitor Lizard On Her Beverly Hills Street

Stone thought the reptile walking down her street was a Komodo dragon, the same species that bit her then husband back in 2001. [...]
Poison Dart Frog Coloration Conceals As Well As Warns

Poison Dart Frog Coloration Conceals As Well As Warns

The bright coloration of the dyeing dart frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) also acts as camouflage. [...]
Idaho Biology Teacher Who Allegedly Fed Puppy To Snapping Turtle Charged With Animal Cruelty

Idaho Biology Teacher Who Allegedly Fed Puppy To Snapping Turtle Charged With Animal Cruelty

The charge stems from a March 2018 incident that caused worldwide condemnation of the teacher. [...]
Two Sixth Graders Raise $290 To Help Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Effort In Illinois

Two Sixth Graders Raise $290 To Help Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Effort In Illinois

The “turtle champions” helped the reptiles by recycling nearly a ton of scrap metal that they sold for $290 [...]
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