Author: John Virata

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Listing Komodo Dragon As Endangered Based On Assumption, Should Be Reassessed

Listing Komodo Dragon As Endangered Based On Assumption, Should Be Reassessed

A komodo dragon takes down a deer. Photo by Sergey Uryadnikov/Shutterstock The listing of the Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis) as endangered was [...]
Scientists Discover New Liolaemus Lizard Species In Peru

Scientists Discover New Liolaemus Lizard Species In Peru

A new species of Liolaemus lizard has been discovered in the Peruvian Andes. The lizard, named Liolaemus warjantay was found at a 4,500 meter (14,700 [...]
Video: Seychelles Giant Tortoise Hunts And Eats Bird

Video: Seychelles Giant Tortoise Hunts And Eats Bird

A female giant tortoise pursues a tern chick. Screengrab via Anna Zora. Giant tortoises have traditionally been known to be strictly herbivorou [...]
140 Sand Lizards Released Into The Wild In The UK

140 Sand Lizards Released Into The Wild In The UK

140 sand lizards were released in September 2021. Photo courtesy Forestry England, Marwell Zoo and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation The wild sand [...]
13 Critically Endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Returned To Indonesia

13 Critically Endangered Rote Island Snake-necked Turtles Returned To Indonesia

Thirteen Rote Island snake-necked turtles (Chelodina mccordi) that were being cared for by Wildlife Reserves Singapore have been returned to Indonesia [...]
New Zealand Scientists Want To Regulate Cats After One Regurgitated 28 Lizards

New Zealand Scientists Want To Regulate Cats After One Regurgitated 28 Lizards

Feral cats, like everywhere else in the world, are a big problem in New Zealand, so much so that scientists are calling on more stringent feral cat ma [...]
204 Texas Horned Lizards Released Into The Wild

204 Texas Horned Lizards Released Into The Wild

A hatchling Texas horned lizard. Photo by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The Fort Worth Zoo and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, along [...]
Komodo Dragon Reclassified As Endangered Species

Komodo Dragon Reclassified As Endangered Species

The iconic Komodo dragon (Varanus komodoensis), the largest lizard in the world and native only to Komodo National Park in Indonesia, has been reclass [...]
Gliding Geckos Smash Into Tree Trunks Head First Then Stabilize Using Their Tails

Gliding Geckos Smash Into Tree Trunks Head First Then Stabilize Using Their Tails

The Asian flat-tail geckos ( Hemidactylus platyurus) is a lizard that is known to jump from tree to tree. But what was not known was how the little li [...]
Colorful Species Of Wood Lizard Discovered In Peru

Colorful Species Of Wood Lizard Discovered In Peru

Researchers in Peru surveyed an area from the Río Huallaga Basin from 2011 to 2018 and discovered a new wood lizard species of the genus Enyalioides t [...]
Missing Nile Monitor From Canada Reptile Zoo Found

Missing Nile Monitor From Canada Reptile Zoo Found

Markhor, a 3 1/2 foot, 3 pound nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) that went missing in June from Little Rays Reptile Zoo and Nature Centre in Hamilton, [...]
Illinois’ Snake Road To Close September 1

Illinois’ Snake Road To Close September 1

"Snake Road" in Shawnee National Forest in Illinois will close September 1 for the annual migration of reptiles and amphibians to their winter habitat [...]
Cane Toad Tadpoles In Australia Cannibalize Younger Tadpoles

Cane Toad Tadpoles In Australia Cannibalize Younger Tadpoles

Researchers in Australia have discovered an interesting trait in invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) tadpoles in Australia not seen in their native S [...]
80 Frogs Rescued And Treated From Oil Spill In Santa Barbara, CA

80 Frogs Rescued And Treated From Oil Spill In Santa Barbara, CA

An oil seepage in Santa Barbara, California’s Toro Canyon Creek has caused more than 80 Baja California and California treefrogs and one western fence [...]
Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

A microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, looked at more than 500 preserved snakes in [...]
Australia’s White-bellied Frog At Greatest Risk Of Extinction

Australia’s White-bellied Frog At Greatest Risk Of Extinction

The white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) has joined 25 other frog species in Australia on that country’s list of species at greatest risk of extinction [...]
Male Sea Snakes Pursue Scuba Divers In Mating Embrace

Male Sea Snakes Pursue Scuba Divers In Mating Embrace

Male olive sea snakes (Aipysurus laevis) in Australia’s Great Barrier reef have been documented pursuing scuba divers in cases of mistaken identity to [...]
USFWS Sets Aside 1315 Acres In Texas For Two Salamander Species

USFWS Sets Aside 1315 Acres In Texas For Two Salamander Species

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 1,300 acres of critical habitat near Austin, TX for the Georgetown  (Eurycea nauf [...]
29 Captive Raised Hellbender Salamanders Released In Tennessee

29 Captive Raised Hellbender Salamanders Released In Tennessee

The Nashville Zoo, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency & Tennessee State University, last month released 29 zoo raised eas [...]
Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) should be listed as endangered under the state of California’s Endangered Species Act, The Californi [...]
Five Great Beginner Pet Frogs

Five Great Beginner Pet Frogs

Frogs (and toads) are often the very first herp that keepers interact with. Mine were toads that I caught in the neighborhood canal near my school. We [...]
New Species Of Keelback Snake Discovered In India

New Species Of Keelback Snake Discovered In India

Researchers have described a new species of snake of the genus Rhabdophis discovered in a forested region of Northeast India. The snake, Rhabdophis bi [...]
Zoos Victoria Raises 15 Giant Burrowing Frog Tadpoles To Froglet Stage

Zoos Victoria Raises 15 Giant Burrowing Frog Tadpoles To Froglet Stage

Zoos Victoria has announced that 15 of 100 giant burrowing frog (Heleioporus australiacus) tadpoles have grown legs and have metamorphosed, a first fo [...]
Exo Terra Donates $5,000 To Help Conservation Efforts Of Oregon Spotted Frog

Exo Terra Donates $5,000 To Help Conservation Efforts Of Oregon Spotted Frog

Exo Terra announced it has donated $5,000 to Wildlife Preservation Canada in an effort to help WPC’s conservation efforts to save the Oregon spotted f [...]
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