Author: John Virata

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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. [...]
Bullsnake Eats Golf Balls, Gets Stuck In Chicken Coop

Bullsnake Eats Golf Balls, Gets Stuck In Chicken Coop

The hapless snake had to be helped by two folks from the Northern Colorado Wildlife Center. [...]
Salmonella Sickens 15 People in 11 States Due to Undersized Turtle Purchases, CDC Says

Salmonella Sickens 15 People in 11 States Due to Undersized Turtle Purchases, CDC Says

Those considering the purchase of a turtle should do so from a reputable pet store or turtle breeder and not from street or swap meet vendors or othe [...]
200 Arizona Desert Tortoises Need Homes

200 Arizona Desert Tortoises Need Homes

Most of the Sonoran desert tortoises were seized by folks who were illegally breeding them. [...]
3 Salamander Species Discovered In Southern Appalachian Mountains

3 Salamander Species Discovered In Southern Appalachian Mountains

The new species are from black-bellied salamanders Desmognathus quadramaculatus that were once thought to be a single species. [...]
Conservancy of Southwest Florida Celebrates 40 Years Of Sea Turtle Research

Conservancy of Southwest Florida Celebrates 40 Years Of Sea Turtle Research

The conservancy has documented around 8,200 nests in 40 years and has assisted more than 380,000 sea turtle hatchlings to get to their ocean homes. [...]
Man Saves Fawn From Black Rat Snake

Man Saves Fawn From Black Rat Snake

The snake was also wrapped around the fawn's legs, but not around its neck completely when he happened upon the encounter. [...]
Sacramento, CA to Hold First SnakeFest Conservation Festival July 16

Sacramento, CA to Hold First SnakeFest Conservation Festival July 16

The festival will also enable participants to tour the Snake Conservation Center. [...]
Live Gopher Snake Found At Hawaii Home Depot

Live Gopher Snake Found At Hawaii Home Depot

There are no native snake species on any of the Hawaiian Islands. [...]
Aussie Woman Vacuums Up Red-Bellied Black Snake

Aussie Woman Vacuums Up Red-Bellied Black Snake

“He seems fine,” McKenzie said in the video posted to Instagram. “Probably just a bit shaken up from his little roller coaster.” [...]
3-Legged Ploughshare Tortoise Rescued From Smugglers Makes Home At UK’s Chester Zoo

3-Legged Ploughshare Tortoise Rescued From Smugglers Makes Home At UK’s Chester Zoo

Hope was discovered in a suitcase in Hong Kong with 56 other endangered tortoises in 2019. [...]
Asian And Eastern European Frogs Overexploited By EU Food Trade

Asian And Eastern European Frogs Overexploited By EU Food Trade

From 2010-2019, more than 30 million kg of frogs were taken from the wild in Indonesia alone. [...]
Universal Snake Bite Antivenin Testing Begins

Universal Snake Bite Antivenin Testing Begins

The antivenin is currently in pill form, which would make the potential lifesaver available rapidly all over the world. [...]
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. [...]
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