Author: John Virata

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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. [...]
Woman Reunited With Her Boa Constrictor After Three Year Ordeal

Woman Reunited With Her Boa Constrictor After Three Year Ordeal

Brooklyn Beck has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty while her fiancé faces 94 counts of animal cruelty. [...]
Sonoran Desert Toad Skin Is Toxic, Don’t Lick Their Skin! National Park Service Says

Sonoran Desert Toad Skin Is Toxic, Don’t Lick Their Skin! National Park Service Says

Sonoran desert toads have toxins on their skins that can cause humans to hallucinate if ingested or licked. [...]
32 Harlequin Frog Species Thought Extinct Rediscovered

32 Harlequin Frog Species Thought Extinct Rediscovered

The researchers studied all species of the Atelopus genus in which data was available from the 2021 IUCN Red List as well as prior published reports. [...]
Two Species Of Venomous Pit Viper Snake Discovered In South America

Two Species Of Venomous Pit Viper Snake Discovered In South America

The venomous snakes reside in areas of the Andes that are difficult to reach, including the Choco Rainforest in Ecuador, the western lowland Amazon ra [...]
Florida Herper Posts Photos To Facebook Of Eastern Coral Snake Without Red Bands

Florida Herper Posts Photos To Facebook Of Eastern Coral Snake Without Red Bands

The snake is bright yellow in coloration with black bands, a black nose and yellow head. The red that normally appears next to the yellow bands of thi [...]
22-foot Reticulated Python Eats Woman In Indonesia

22-foot Reticulated Python Eats Woman In Indonesia

In 2017, a 25-year-old man was swallowed by a reticulated python in the Southeast Asian nation. In 2018, a 54-year old woman who was checking her vege [...]
Critically Endangered Gigantes Limestone Frog Successfully Bred For First Time In Captivity

Critically Endangered Gigantes Limestone Frog Successfully Bred For First Time In Captivity

Project Palaka announced the frogs began hatching October 17. Currently there are 21 neonates and all are voracious eaters. Photo by Project Palaka [...]
Snake Bites Handler After She Removes Enclosure Lid

Snake Bites Handler After She Removes Enclosure Lid

This video is making the rounds on social media. The woman is about to interact with her python when the python strikes her and coils around her arm. [...]
King Cobra Escapes From Swedish Zoo

King Cobra Escapes From Swedish Zoo

The snake, initially named Sir Vas (Sir Hiss) and renamed Houdini after he escaped, apparently got out of the enclosure via an opening in a lamp fixtu [...]
231 Burmese Pythons Removed From Florida Everglades During 2022 Python Challenge

231 Burmese Pythons Removed From Florida Everglades During 2022 Python Challenge

Past winner Dustin Crum, won $1,500 for capturing the longest snake, which measured 11 feet 0.24 inches. [...]
Aldabra Tortoise Genome Sequence Completed And Released

Aldabra Tortoise Genome Sequence Completed And Released

Hermania, an Aldabra giant tortoise who lives in the Zurich Zoo, served as the animal in which the researchers built the reference genome. [...]
10 Parson’s Chameleons Hatch at Chester Zoo

10 Parson’s Chameleons Hatch at Chester Zoo

The Parson's chameleon is considered the biggest chameleon by weight in the world. [...]
USFWS Proposes Listing Rim Rock Crowned Snake, Key Ringneck Snake As Endangered

USFWS Proposes Listing Rim Rock Crowned Snake, Key Ringneck Snake As Endangered

There will be no habitat left for both snake species by 2080 in the lower Florida Keys and they will potentially perish without action. [...]
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