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Giant Chinese Salamander, Now Viewed As 5 Species Level Lineages, Faces Extinction

Giant Chinese Salamander, Now Viewed As 5 Species Level Lineages, Faces Extinction

The Chinese giant salamander is five species level lineages and not just a single species, a new study says. [...]
Man Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Trafficking 48 Armadillo Girdled Lizards

Man Sentenced To 13 Years In Prison For Trafficking 48 Armadillo Girdled Lizards

The armadillo girdled lizard is known to roll into a ball as a defensive mechanism against predators. [...]
Los Angeles Zoo Hatches More Than 2,000 Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs

Los Angeles Zoo Hatches More Than 2,000 Southern Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs

The recovery plan for the endangered species was launched in 2014 and seems to be on track. [...]
Cuban Brown Anole No Longer Evolving, Scientists Say

Cuban Brown Anole No Longer Evolving, Scientists Say

The brown anole has essentially stopped evolving because it may not need to. [...]
Researchers Witness Cannibalistic Tendencies In Aegean Wall Lizard

Researchers Witness Cannibalistic Tendencies In Aegean Wall Lizard

This may be the first documented case of an Aegean wall lizard feeding on its own species. [...]
Family Who Claimed Man Was Bitten By Rattlesnake That Fell In His Kayak Changes Story

Family Who Claimed Man Was Bitten By Rattlesnake That Fell In His Kayak Changes Story

It is unclear why the family changed their story, but at least the man is doing better. [...]
Oklahoma Man Hit By Car And Cited By Police For Trying To Save A Turtle

Oklahoma Man Hit By Car And Cited By Police For Trying To Save A Turtle

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation says drivers should not attempt to move a turtle off the road in heavy traffic if no shoulder to park [...]
Wisconsin DNR Seeks Citizen Help ID’ing Turtle Crossing Hotspots

Wisconsin DNR Seeks Citizen Help ID’ing Turtle Crossing Hotspots

The data will be used to help make it safer for turtles to cross roads in the state. [...]
Snake Fungal Disease Confirmed In Indiana

Snake Fungal Disease Confirmed In Indiana

Species that tested positive for SFD in the state include the northern water snake, racer, milk snake, and queen snake. [...]
Man Who Shot And Killed Sulcata Tortoise Reaches Settlement With Owner

Man Who Shot And Killed Sulcata Tortoise Reaches Settlement With Owner

Merlin the sulcata tortoise was just 16 years old when he was shot and killed. [...]
Florida Woman Rescues Injured Turtle On Road, Which Promptly Lays Eggs In Her Car

Florida Woman Rescues Injured Turtle On Road, Which Promptly Lays Eggs In Her Car

The turtle was given antibiotics and will soon be released back into the wild. [...]
New Guinea Lizards Have Lime Green Blood And Toxic Bile

New Guinea Lizards Have Lime Green Blood And Toxic Bile

These green-blooded reptiles have high levels of green bile pigment and are resistant to bile pigment toxicity. [...]
Florida Woman Finds Gopher Tortoise Someone Painted Blue

Florida Woman Finds Gopher Tortoise Someone Painted Blue

Paint on a tortoise's shell can cause significant health issues. [...]
Texas Residents Encouraged To Fill Out Texas Invasive Brown Anole Survey

Texas Residents Encouraged To Fill Out Texas Invasive Brown Anole Survey

The invasive brown anole competes with native green anoles for food and brown anoles are also known to eat young green anoles. [...]
Snake Makes Minor League Debut At San Antonio Missions Baseball Game

Snake Makes Minor League Debut At San Antonio Missions Baseball Game

The snake was swarmed almost immediately after it took to the field. [...]
New Jersey Fourth Graders Testify In Favor Of Bog Turtle For State Reptile

New Jersey Fourth Graders Testify In Favor Of Bog Turtle For State Reptile

The bog turtle is one of North America’s smallest turtle species and also one of its rarest. [...]
Origin Of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Came From Asian Amphibians, New Study Says

Origin Of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis Came From Asian Amphibians, New Study Says

Researchers determined that based on DNA data, the fungus came out of Asia between 50 and 120 years ago. [...]
Politician In South Carolina Gets Flack For Shooting Snakes Ad

Politician In South Carolina Gets Flack For Shooting Snakes Ad

According to the South Carolina Fish and Wildlife Service, finding an eastern diamondback rattlesnake in Fair Play is highly unlikely. [...]
Alabama Man Fights For His Life After Coral Snake Bite

Alabama Man Fights For His Life After Coral Snake Bite

Jeffrey Phillips apparently thought the snake he picked up was a kingsnake. [...]
Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Zoo Seeks Funds For Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit

Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley Zoo Seeks Funds For Aldabra Tortoise Exhibit

The Lehigh Valley Zoo in Schnecksville, PA hopes to build a walk-thru Aldabra tortoise exhibit and is soliciting donations to help build it. [...]
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