Author: John Virata

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Two Teens Arrested In Oregon Reptile Store Theft

Two Teens Arrested In Oregon Reptile Store Theft

The woman was charged with first degree theft and second degree burglary and was taken to the Deschutes County Jail. The juvenile was arrested on char [...]
The Top 10 ReptilesMagazine Website Stories For 2022

The Top 10 ReptilesMagazine Website Stories For 2022

Consistently over the years the No. 1 story of the year is 5 Great Beginner Pet Snakes. This story has performed exceptionally well ever since it was [...]
16 Foot Reticulated Python Stolen In Texas Last July Reunited With Owner

16 Foot Reticulated Python Stolen In Texas Last July Reunited With Owner

The owner was visiting the city from Dallas when someone broke into his car and stole the snake, named Snow. [...]
Scales The Bearded Dragon Makes Family Christmas Card But Not Murphy The Pug

Scales The Bearded Dragon Makes Family Christmas Card But Not Murphy The Pug

My humans forgot to include me in this year's holiday card, but I assure you that I'm alive and well. Pugs and kisses to you this holiday season. [...]
Boa Constrictor, Two Box Turtles Saved From House Fire By Louisiana Firefighters

Boa Constrictor, Two Box Turtles Saved From House Fire By Louisiana Firefighters

During a secondary search, the first responders found a 6 ft., 30 lb albino boa constrictor in an enclosure. [...]
10 Great Christmas Gifts For Reptile Lovers

10 Great Christmas Gifts For Reptile Lovers

It is that time a year. Make your reptile related gift count. Your reptile lover will be thankful! [...]
Should California Red-legged Frogs Be Treated With Experimental Chytrid Treatment?

Should California Red-legged Frogs Be Treated With Experimental Chytrid Treatment?

UC Santa Barbara researchers exposed lab raised California red-legged frogs to the chytrid fungus, treated them and then released them. [...]
Rábida Leaf-toed Gecko Thriving On Galapagos Islands 10 Years After Invasive Rat Removal

Rábida Leaf-toed Gecko Thriving On Galapagos Islands 10 Years After Invasive Rat Removal

The Galapagos islands are home to 28 gecko species of the family Geckkonidae. Nineteen species are endemic to the islands. [...]
Female Snakes Possess Two Clitorises, Study Finds

Female Snakes Possess Two Clitorises, Study Finds

The researchers discovered that the female snakes possessed two hemiclitores, both which are separate and non-eversible structures in the tails. [...]
Josh’s Frogs Announces Winners Of 2022 Amphibian Conservation Grant Program

Josh’s Frogs Announces Winners Of 2022 Amphibian Conservation Grant Program

The winners will receive a grant ranging from $500 to $1,500, with the recipient of each grant decided by a public vote on the Josh's Frogs website. [...]
New Lizard Species <em>Cryptovaranoides microlanius</em> Discovered In Natural History Museum Cupboard

New Lizard Species Cryptovaranoides microlanius Discovered In Natural History Museum Cupboard

The lizard is a game changer in the history of reptiles in that the changes in the rates of evolution most likely need to be reassessed. [...]
New Leptobrachella Frog Species Discovered In China

New Leptobrachella Frog Species Discovered In China

Leptobrachella verrucosa is found in rocky streams with clear water surrounded by broad-leaved forests. [...]
Jonathan The World’s Oldest Giant Tortoise Celebrates 190th Birthday

Jonathan The World’s Oldest Giant Tortoise Celebrates 190th Birthday

Jonathan, an Aldabra giant tortoise (Geochelone gigantea) who also happens to be the world’s oldest land animal, celebrated his 190th birthday at his [...]
Georgia Biologist Records Banded Water Snake Swallowing American Eel

Georgia Biologist Records Banded Water Snake Swallowing American Eel

The snake and eel were splashing in the water at first and then the snake was able to get the eel onto land, where it began to eat it. [...]
Florida FWC Denies Captive Breeding Request of Diamondback Terrapins

Florida FWC Denies Captive Breeding Request of Diamondback Terrapins

The proposal, put out by USARK Florida for commercial breeding of the species would have reduced pressure on wild populations. [...]
Venomous Eastern Brown Snake Crawls Toward Snake Catcher In Defensive Display

Venomous Eastern Brown Snake Crawls Toward Snake Catcher In Defensive Display

The snake, once released from the confines of the snake bag, crawls toward Jake Stinson of Jake's Reptile Relocations with its head and part of its bo [...]
Reptile Store Owner Seeks Facebook Help To Find Snake Thief

Reptile Store Owner Seeks Facebook Help To Find Snake Thief

Owner Jeff Jensen is asking for the public's help in getting his pets back. [...]
Study Determines How Drone Use Affects Behavior of South American River Turtle

Study Determines How Drone Use Affects Behavior of South American River Turtle

From distances of 20 to 40 meters above, the giant South American river turtle was not negatively affected. [...]
Red-Bellied Black Snake Gets Head Stuck In Beer Can, Saved By Aussie Snake Handler

Red-Bellied Black Snake Gets Head Stuck In Beer Can, Saved By Aussie Snake Handler

Using a pair of snips with one hand and holding the head of the venomous snake with the other, the snake catcher was able to safely remove the can fro [...]
California Kingsnake Care Tips

California Kingsnake Care Tips

The California kingsnake is one of the best choices among any level of reptile keeper. They are widely available, and for those looking for something [...]
Bert The Sulcata Tortoise Seeks New Home In Michigan

Bert The Sulcata Tortoise Seeks New Home In Michigan

Bert the sulcata tortoise is one of 100 animals that the shelter staff have cared for and are in the process of rehoming. The staff is emotionally and [...]
Gopher Tortoise Walks Into Concrete, Saved By Florida’s Peace River Wildlife Center

Gopher Tortoise Walks Into Concrete, Saved By Florida’s Peace River Wildlife Center

The tortoise was found next to a house that was being built, and the sanctuary speculates the nest the tortoise came out of was on an adjacent propert [...]
Amelanistic Rattlesnake Found By Hikers In Florida

Amelanistic Rattlesnake Found By Hikers In Florida

The venomous snake is just a baby, which is when amelanistic and leucistic reptiles are most often seen in the wild. [...]
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