Author: John Virata

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REPTA Announces Deleterious Genes Policy

REPTA Announces Deleterious Genes Policy

The Reptile & Exotic Pet Trade Association in the United Kingdom has announced its Deleterious Genes Policy, a policy that implores its members in the [...]
Thieves Steal Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor From Massachusetts Petco

Thieves Steal Red-Tailed Boa Constrictor From Massachusetts Petco

Thieves who steal snakes from pet stores will probably provide inadequate care for them and are most likely out to make a quick buck. [...]
Eastern Indigo Snake Hatchlings Found In Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

Eastern Indigo Snake Hatchlings Found In Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve

The discovery of two wild-born Eastern indigo snake hatchlings is very encouraging. It indicates we are successfully reestablishing the species where [...]

Leucistic Alligator Hatched at Gatorland Orlando

Of the roughly 5 million American alligators in the wild and in captivity, there are about 15 American alligators that are leucistic [...]
Indian Rock Pythons Released 13 kilometers from Home Range Can Find Way Home

Indian Rock Pythons Released 13 kilometers from Home Range Can Find Way Home

What the researchers found is that the female pythons have a smaller range, and larger individuals didn't have larger home ranges. [...]
Jonathan the Tortoise, the World’s Oldest Land Animal, Celebrates 191st Birthday

Jonathan the Tortoise, the World’s Oldest Land Animal, Celebrates 191st Birthday

Aldabra tortoises are so named because of where they are found in the wild, the Aldabran Atoll off the coast of the Seychelles [...]
Applications Open For 2024 Association of Reptiles and Amphibian Veterinarians Grant

Applications Open For 2024 Association of Reptiles and Amphibian Veterinarians Grant

Each proposal submitted will be evaluated on scientific value, conservation relevance, and feasibility of proposal. ARAV members will be given priorit [...]
Cold Blooded Critters 4-H Herpetology Youth Club Nevada Offers 2024 Calendars

Cold Blooded Critters 4-H Herpetology Youth Club Nevada Offers 2024 Calendars

The club is operated by volunteers who love reptiles and amphibians and working with children to support herpetology education. [...]
European Venomous Snake Named Germany’s Reptile of the Year

European Venomous Snake Named Germany’s Reptile of the Year

Vipera berus, also known as the common adder, is threatened in Germany due to climate change. [...]
Contaminants Ingested By Female Green Sea Turtles May Cause More Female Hatchlings

Contaminants Ingested By Female Green Sea Turtles May Cause More Female Hatchlings

The study found that contaminants such as cobalt, lead, barium, and cadmium are found in hatchling livers and have significant effects on sex ratio an [...]
Thousands of Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtles Released

Thousands of Yellow-Spotted Amazon River Turtles Released

The incubation period of these turtles was apparently cut to 45 days due to the extreme heat. [...]
Texas Doubles Reward For Alligator Snapping Turtle Poaching Tips 

Texas Doubles Reward For Alligator Snapping Turtle Poaching Tips 

Folks just need to contact the Texas’ wildlife crime-stoppers program, Operation Game Thief at (800) 792-GAME (4263) [...]
Australia’s Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon Gets More Conservation Help

Australia’s Victorian Grassland Earless Dragon Gets More Conservation Help

The introduction of feral cats and foxes contributed to the decline of Tympanocryptis pinguicolla. [...]
Frogs Evolved Millions Of Years Later Than Previously Thought

Frogs Evolved Millions Of Years Later Than Previously Thought

The researchers created the model using hundreds of genetic markers of 5,242 frog species, and based on that data, has shifted the date in which frogs [...]
Three Florida Beaches Yield More Than 25,000 Sea Turtle Nests

Three Florida Beaches Yield More Than 25,000 Sea Turtle Nests

The center monitors and counts sea turtle nests from March 1 to October 31 every year. [...]

Racer Snake Trapped In Fake Spider Web Saved at Florida’s Pelican Harbor Seabird Station

The snake was taken to the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station in Miami, FL, where staff worked to remove the fibers from the snake’s mouth and body. [...]
Study Suggests Frogs Of The Genus Eleutherodactylus Migrated Over Water From Caribbean to Florida

Study Suggests Frogs Of The Genus Eleutherodactylus Migrated Over Water From Caribbean to Florida

Florida retains the most complete fossil record of anurans from North America that extends from the Oligocene to the Pleistocene eras, researchers say [...]
Oregon State University Gives Large Herp Collection To University of Michigan

Oregon State University Gives Large Herp Collection To University of Michigan

Most of the Oregon State University specimens belong to two groups of snakes; garter snakes and water snakes; and two groups of salamanders comprised [...]
Venomous Pit Viper Species of the <em>Trimeresurus albolabris</em> Complex Described

Venomous Pit Viper Species of the Trimeresurus albolabris Complex Described

The pitviper is green in coloration and sports a whitish belly and a white stripe that appears along the last row of scales before the belly. [...]
Corn Snake Missing A Year In Scotland Reunited With Owner

Corn Snake Missing A Year In Scotland Reunited With Owner

On October 2, the little snake was found in a residential area of Airdrie and dropped off at the Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. [...]
Black-headed Python Cannibalism Event Caught On Camera In Australia

Black-headed Python Cannibalism Event Caught On Camera In Australia

The black-headed python is found in the northern third of Australia, from east to west, including the Northern Territories, northern lattitudes of Que [...]

Fort Worth Zoo Hatches Four Gharials

The gharials were about 100 grams in weight when they hatched two months ago and are currently about 150 to 200 grams today. [...]
Josh’s Frogs Accepting Applications For Amphibian Grant Program

Josh’s Frogs Accepting Applications For Amphibian Grant Program

The public will be invited to participate in the grant program via public vote after seven grant recipients are selected. [...]
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