Author: John Virata

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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. [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
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. [...]
Ranavirus Confirmed In Canadian Reptile For First Time

Ranavirus Confirmed In Canadian Reptile For First Time

The virus has been detected in reptiles in the United States, but not in Canada, until now. [...]
Woman In Hawaii Captures Invasive Iguana On Video, Which Goes Viral On Social Media

Woman In Hawaii Captures Invasive Iguana On Video, Which Goes Viral On Social Media

Iguanas are not native to Hawaii and are believed to be established in certain areas on Oahu and Maui islands. [...]
Endangered Species Protection Sought For Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Endangered Species Protection Sought For Dunes Sagebrush Lizard

Much of the dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat is found in oil rich west Texas. [...]

Hawaii Conservation Police Seek Info On Sea Turtle Killer

The green sea turtle is protected by state and federal law in Hawaii. [...]
Man Rolls Down Car Window To Save Squirrel Tree Frog From Certain Death

Man Rolls Down Car Window To Save Squirrel Tree Frog From Certain Death

Conservation biologist David Steen is always working, even when he is going to work. [...]
UK Sand Lizard Population Bolstered With Release Of 21 Captive-Bred Lizards

UK Sand Lizard Population Bolstered With Release Of 21 Captive-Bred Lizards

The sand lizard is listed as threatened in the UK and protected under UK law. [...]
Microplastics May Have Negative Impact On Loggerhead Turtle Nests, Study Says

Microplastics May Have Negative Impact On Loggerhead Turtle Nests, Study Says

The presence of plastic pollution may negatively impact the incubation environments of loggerhead eggs. [...]
Experimental Drug Derived From Rattlesnake Venom Shows Promise In Pancreatic and Lung Cancer Patients

Experimental Drug Derived From Rattlesnake Venom Shows Promise In Pancreatic and Lung Cancer Patients

A drug that uses crotoxin from the South American rattlesnake has shown promise to kill pancreatic and lung cancers. [...]
Thieves Steal Red-eared Slider From Mitchell Lake Audubon Center In Texas

Thieves Steal Red-eared Slider From Mitchell Lake Audubon Center In Texas

Rocket was stolen right out of her outdoor enclosure by a group of teens. [...]
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