Author: John Virata

1 2 3 5 24 / 114 POSTS
Bearded Dragon Brain Mapped By University of Illinois Researchers

Bearded Dragon Brain Mapped By University of Illinois Researchers

The bearded dragon is the most common lizard species treated by exotic veterinarians. [...]
Illinois 7th Grader Gets Eastern Milksnake Designated Official Snake Of State

Illinois 7th Grader Gets Eastern Milksnake Designated Official Snake Of State

The eastern milksnake is found in much of Illinois and makes its home in fields, woodlands, rocky hills and river bottoms. [...]
215 Pound Burmese Python Removed From Florida Everglades

215 Pound Burmese Python Removed From Florida Everglades

Since the launch of the conservancy’s python program in 2013, more than 1,000 pythons weighing more than 26,000 pounds have been removed from 100 squa [...]
When Brazilian Pumpkin Toadlets Jump, They Crash  When They Land

When Brazilian Pumpkin Toadlets Jump, They Crash When They Land

The researchers studied the jumping habits of four Brachycephalus: Brachycephalus brunneus, Brachycephalus coloratus, Brachycephalus pernix, and Brach [...]
Louisiana Cop Wrangles Another Reptile

Louisiana Cop Wrangles Another Reptile

Swanton is no stranger to reptiles, as he keeps both a green iguana and a bearded dragon. [...]
66-Million-Year-Old Smooth-Shelled Turtle Fossil Discovered  In Canada

66-Million-Year-Old Smooth-Shelled Turtle Fossil Discovered In Canada

Leiochelys tokaryki, is a nearly complete skeleton that existed during the Late Cretaceous (Maastrichtian) period. [...]
North Carolina Salamander Needs Protections, Petition Says

North Carolina Salamander Needs Protections, Petition Says

The center claims that there are between 200 and 500 Hickory Nut Gorge salamanders left in existence. [...]
San Diego Zoo To Captive Breed Chinese Giant Salamanders

San Diego Zoo To Captive Breed Chinese Giant Salamanders

The zoo has partnered with Ocean Park Hong Kong in an effort to breed the species and educate the public about conserving the habitat of the amphibian [...]
Fernandina Giant Tortoise Confirmed to Be New Species

Fernandina Giant Tortoise Confirmed to Be New Species

Fern has now been confirmed, nearly four years later, as the only known living species of Chelonoidis phantastica [...]
Zoo Atlanta Hatches Critically Endangered Bog Turtle

Zoo Atlanta Hatches Critically Endangered Bog Turtle

The bog turtle is listed as a critically endangered species by the IUCN. [...]
Louisiana Police Officer Keeps Bearded Dragon Until Owner is Located

Louisiana Police Officer Keeps Bearded Dragon Until Owner is Located

The police officer put out an APB for the owner, but three days later, nobody has come forward. [...]
New Gecko Species From Germany’s Geiseltal Region Described

New Gecko Species From Germany’s Geiseltal Region Described

The gecko is closely related to the European leaf-toed gecko Euleptes europaea [...]
Albino Galapagos Tortoise Hatches At Switzerland’s Tropiquarium of Servion

Albino Galapagos Tortoise Hatches At Switzerland’s Tropiquarium of Servion

The albino hatchling was joined by a normal sibling, which is black in coloration [...]
Wandering Salamanders Can Jump And Glide From World’s Tallest Trees

Wandering Salamanders Can Jump And Glide From World’s Tallest Trees

The salamander can effortlessly glide from tree branches and maintain a stable gliding position by adjusting its limbs and tails. [...]
University of Texas at Arlington Study Looks At Snake Venom Gene Evolution

University of Texas at Arlington Study Looks At Snake Venom Gene Evolution

Snakes had to develop highly specialized venom glands to produce and store what the researchers call a diverse and deadly mix of venoms to those who [...]
Robert Irwin Removes Snake From Road Inside Australia Zoo

Robert Irwin Removes Snake From Road Inside Australia Zoo

Robert is growing into quite the reptile handler and while his voice and mannerisms are his own, you can still see the father in the son. [...]
Pitviper Conference To Be Held July 13-16 in New Mexico

Pitviper Conference To Be Held July 13-16 in New Mexico

The conference brings together the world's foremost experts on venomous pitvipers. [...]
Give Turtles A Break On World Turtle Day, New York DEC Says

Give Turtles A Break On World Turtle Day, New York DEC Says

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation hopes awareness will help turtles safely cross the roads to their nesting grounds. [...]
New Paraguayan Colubrid Snake Species Discovered And Described

New Paraguayan Colubrid Snake Species Discovered And Described

The researchers note the snake should be the subject of conservation action due to the limited range in which it was found. [...]
Cedar Key Mole Skink May Get Endangered Species Protections

Cedar Key Mole Skink May Get Endangered Species Protections

The lizard, which is known to occupy several islands off Florida's Nature Coast, was first petitioned for protections in 2012. [...]
13-Foot King Cobra Caught And Released In India

13-Foot King Cobra Caught And Released In India

The king cobra is not a member of the Naja genus, which all other cobras are, but rather has its own genus, Ophiophagus, Greek for “snake eating.” [...]
New Mountain Frog Species From Australia Discovered And Described

New Mountain Frog Species From Australia Discovered And Described

Philoria knowlesi is known to breed in the spring and early summer, using bogs, banks of headwater streams and seepages as breeding grounds. [...]
Captive Wildlife Permit Rules Changed In Florida

Captive Wildlife Permit Rules Changed In Florida

"Leaving Floridians’ livelihoods, businesses, hobbies and pets open to wide interpretation. . . is scary to all permit holders, especially those of us [...]
Rattlesnake Handler at Texas Rattlesnake Roundup Dies of Snake Bite

Rattlesnake Handler at Texas Rattlesnake Roundup Dies of Snake Bite

This particular festival was showcasing about 18 live rattlesnakes and had about 100 lbs of snake meat to cook for festival goers, according to news r [...]
1 2 3 5 24 / 114 POSTS