Author: John Virata

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National Geographic Society Awards Grant To Conserve Gigantes Island Frog

National Geographic Society Awards Grant To Conserve Gigantes Island Frog

It will help with monitoring wild populations of the frog as well as establish a captive breeding program at the University of the Philippines. [...]
USFWS Denies Protection Of Kirtland’s Snake In 2017, Conservation Groups Are Suing

USFWS Denies Protection Of Kirtland’s Snake In 2017, Conservation Groups Are Suing

The Kirtland’s snake is a small Colubrid that can be found in wetland, forest, and grassland habitats. [...]
Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake Needs Protection, Lawsuit Says

Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake Needs Protection, Lawsuit Says

From the family Colubridae, the snake has a shovel-shaped snout and an inset lower jaw. [...]
USFWS Proposes Protections For Several Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Populations

USFWS Proposes Protections For Several Foothill Yellow-legged Frog Populations

The foothill yellow-legged frog is known for the yellow coloration under their legs. [...]
New Chameleon Species Discovered In Ethiopia

New Chameleon Species Discovered In Ethiopia

Researchers from Germany and the Czech republic have discovered a new chameleon species of the Trioceros affinis complex in Ethiopia. [...]
Saw-Scaled Viper From Pakistan Rescued In Container of Bricks In England

Saw-Scaled Viper From Pakistan Rescued In Container of Bricks In England

They are called saw-scaled because of their threat display in which they move their coils together in a sawing motion. [...]
More than 1,000 Hellbenders Hatched This Fall At St. Louis Zoo

More than 1,000 Hellbenders Hatched This Fall At St. Louis Zoo

Of the 1,333 hatchlings, 583 came from eggs brought to the facility by the Missouri Department of Conservation. [...]
Former Texas Mayor’s Yellow-Footed Tortoise Returns Home After 38 Days Missing

Former Texas Mayor’s Yellow-Footed Tortoise Returns Home After 38 Days Missing

Diego, a yellow-footed tortoise that was rescued by Daniel Guerrero,the former mayor of San Marcos’ TX two years ago, somehow went missing October 26 [...]
Florida Rule Prohibits Diamondback Terrapin Collection, Safer Blue Crab Traps

Florida Rule Prohibits Diamondback Terrapin Collection, Safer Blue Crab Traps

The rule also requires recreational blue crabbers to install turtle excluder devices in their traps. [...]
Cane Toads Discovered On Taiwan And Officials Are Trying To Eradicate Them

Cane Toads Discovered On Taiwan And Officials Are Trying To Eradicate Them

Conservationists think people began breeding them after the 2016 ban and offspring have since escaped or been released into the wild. [...]
Invasive California Kingsnake Decimates Native Reptiles On Gran Canaria Island

Invasive California Kingsnake Decimates Native Reptiles On Gran Canaria Island

A very big reason why you should secure your enclosures and never release your reptiles into the wild. [...]
Blind Snakes Are More Blind Than Their Ancestors

Blind Snakes Are More Blind Than Their Ancestors

The researchers also say the hypothesis that modern snakes evolved from burrowers should be challenged. [...]
Frogs And Toads Age Faster In Warm Climates, Study Says

Frogs And Toads Age Faster In Warm Climates, Study Says

The researchers believe that the warmer temperatures will also negatively affect other cold-blooded species. [...]
Chytrid Fungus Found In California Salamanders

Chytrid Fungus Found In California Salamanders

The Santa Lucia Mountains slender salamander and the arboreal salamander have been exposed to Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. [...]
Two-headed Blue-tongued Skink Celebrates 2nd Birthday In Australia

Two-headed Blue-tongued Skink Celebrates 2nd Birthday In Australia

Blue-tongued skinks are one of the more popular lizards for intermediate to advanced reptile keepers. [...]
<em>Tetrapodophis amplectus</em> Is A Lizard And Not A Snake, Researchers Say

Tetrapodophis amplectus Is A Lizard And Not A Snake, Researchers Say

"We find that Tetrapodophis shows aquatic adaptations and there is no evidence to support constricting behavior or macrostomy." [...]
Endangered Species Act Protections Proposed For Alligator Snapping Turtle

Endangered Species Act Protections Proposed For Alligator Snapping Turtle

Overharvesting for the meat trade has led to severe population declines of the alligator snapping turtle. [...]
Video: Eastern Kingsnake Eats Timber Rattlesnake In Georgia

Video: Eastern Kingsnake Eats Timber Rattlesnake In Georgia

Johnson shared her video with the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. [...]
Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Efforts In Illinois Bolstered By $260,000 State Grant

Blanding’s Turtle Recovery Efforts In Illinois Bolstered By $260,000 State Grant

Northern Illinois University received a $260,000 grant to help with Blanding's turtle conservation efforts. [...]
Escaped Rat Snake Found In Junk Drawer

Escaped Rat Snake Found In Junk Drawer

The staff at the center looked high and low, to no avail until yesterday when the snake was found in the center's hardware drawer. [...]
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