Author: John Virata

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USARK Florida Proposes Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins

USARK Florida Proposes Captive Breeding of Diamondback Terrapins

USARK FL has sent its proposal to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which may rule on the proposal. [...]
Three New Snakes of The Genus Atractus Discovered in Ecuador

Three New Snakes of The Genus Atractus Discovered in Ecuador

The new snakes, Atractus discovery, A. zgap, A. michaelsabini sp. nov. are native to Ecuador and Colombia. [...]
Alabama Police Remove Snake From Toilet

Alabama Police Remove Snake From Toilet

The comments are hilarious. "Wish I could get my toilet that clean." "That toilet is freaking spotless!" said another commenter. [...]
Relative to Tuatara Discovered In North America

Relative to Tuatara Discovered In North America

Researchers with the National Museum of Natural History have discovered a relative to New Zealand’s tuatara that lived more than 150 million years ago [...]
8 Lygodactylus Gecko Species New To Science Discovered In Madagascar

8 Lygodactylus Gecko Species New To Science Discovered In Madagascar

Researchers have discovered eight new gecko species in the forests of Madagascar. The researchers apparently discovered the eight new species while st [...]
Two-headed Garter Snake Found In Nebraska

Two-headed Garter Snake Found In Nebraska

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s herpetology lab has received a two-headed plains garter snake (Thamnophis radix) that was found near the universi [...]
Rim Rock Crowned Snake Dies Trying To Eat Giant Centipede

Rim Rock Crowned Snake Dies Trying To Eat Giant Centipede

The rim rocked crowned snake was once found throughout Central Florida south to the Keys in pine rocklands. [...]
Eastern Box Turtle May Be Listed As Threatened By Michigan DNR

Eastern Box Turtle May Be Listed As Threatened By Michigan DNR

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking at potentially changing the state’s endangered and threatened species list and is seeking inpu [...]
New Treefrog Species Discovered On Former Cattle Ranch In Costa Rica

New Treefrog Species Discovered On Former Cattle Ranch In Costa Rica

Donald Valera Soto, co-owner of the Tapir Valley Nature reserve, first heard the trill of the frog, named the Tapir Valley treefrog, in March 2018. [...]
Age of Reptiles Brought On By 60 Million Years Of Climate Change

Age of Reptiles Brought On By 60 Million Years Of Climate Change

The researchers assert that the rise in temperatures on a global scale that occurred between the Permian and Triassic periodsled to the Age of Reptile [...]
Burmese Star Tortoise Population In Yangon Up By 2,072

Burmese Star Tortoise Population In Yangon Up By 2,072

Thanks to captive breeding, the population of the critically endangered species in the country’s Shwesettaw Wildlife Sanctuary has increased to 2,072 [...]
Florida FWC Seeks Input On Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines

Florida FWC Seeks Input On Gopher Tortoise Permitting Guidelines

The gopher tortoise is a federally endangered species that is listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. [...]
5 Facts About the Burmese Python

5 Facts About the Burmese Python

The python is known as the gentle giant in the reptile hobby for its reportedly calmer demeanor than that of the other large constricting snakes. [...]
Cottonmouth Snakes Are Eating Burmese Pythons In Florida Everglades

Cottonmouth Snakes Are Eating Burmese Pythons In Florida Everglades

Scientists have confirmed at least two cases of adult Florida cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorus conanti) snakes eating young Burmese pythons. [...]
Nearly 2,000 Northern Leopard Frog Tadpoles Released In British Columbia

Nearly 2,000 Northern Leopard Frog Tadpoles Released In British Columbia

The northern leopard frog in Canada has suffered declines in its populations since the 1970s and 1980s due to such factors as pesticide use and the dr [...]
Rescued Savannah Monitor Finds Home At Zoo Atlanta

Rescued Savannah Monitor Finds Home At Zoo Atlanta

Savannah monitors are also known as Bosc's monitors and are native to sub-Saharan Africa and are a ground-dwelling species. [...]
1st in 75 Years, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Hatch On Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands

1st in 75 Years, Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtles Hatch On Louisiana’s Chandeleur Islands

Kemp’s ridley sea turtle hatchlings have been seen on Lousiana’s Chandeleur Islands, marking the first time in 75 years the reptile has been observed [...]
A Trip To The 2022 Pomona Reptile Super Show

A Trip To The 2022 Pomona Reptile Super Show

All in all a great show with plenty of herps and accessories. [...]
Rattlesnake Researcher William Martin Dies After Timber Rattlesnake Bite

Rattlesnake Researcher William Martin Dies After Timber Rattlesnake Bite

Martin, a rattlesnake researcher who, at the age of 13, documented the first instance of timber rattlesnakes in the Bull Run Mountains. [...]
Missing Chuckwalla In England Found Six Weeks Later

Missing Chuckwalla In England Found Six Weeks Later

A lizard in England described as a chuckwalla that the keeper says was lost six weeks ago was found at a car park near an airport in Guernsey. [...]
Land Iguana Reintroduction Successful on Galapagos’ Santiago Island

Land Iguana Reintroduction Successful on Galapagos’ Santiago Island

In addition to Santiago, the Galapagos land iguana (Conolophus subcristatus) is found on Fernandina, Isabela, Santa Cruz, North Seymour, Baltra, and S [...]
Leucistic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling Found In Cape Hatteras

Leucistic Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchling Found In Cape Hatteras

The turtle has some pigmentation and its eyes are brown, rather than the red that is seen in albino animals. [...]
Reintroducing Texas Horned Lizards Into The Wild

Reintroducing Texas Horned Lizards Into The Wild

Once abundant in much of the Southwest, the Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) has disappeared from much of its range in Texas. [...]
Sulcata Tortoise Stops Train Service In England

Sulcata Tortoise Stops Train Service In England

The tortoise was found to have been clipped by a train, which caused damage to its shell but he is ok. [...]
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