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Monday, September 28, 2009

Hope the Honeymoon's Better...

A marriage proposal on a SC beach ended in an official warning after illegal candles caused 60 or so baby loggerhead sea turtles to turn in the wrong direction, leading away from the sea. (News source.)

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Everglades Python Hunt

The technology is expanding in the Everglades python hunt: thermal imaging equipment is being tested. (News source.)

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Herp Attacks

An Alabama farmer was apparently killed by a rattlesnake bite to the neck. (News source.)

A Florida woman narrowly escaped an alligator attack. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Profile of a Killer Croc

A profile here, on "a huge man-eating crocodile that terrorised the villages along the Batang Lupar River in Sri Aman, Sarawak."

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Toads Released

Endangered captive-born Houston toads have been released into the wild by the Houston, TX, Zoo. (News source.)

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SC Rattler Bite

Trying to retrieve a dove in the weeds, a South Carolina man was bitten by a rattlesnake. (News source.)

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Snakes as Service Animals?

I can see a few problems here.

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Rattlesnake Bite on National Parkland

A Wyoming prairie rattler bite, here.

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Ohio Town Ruled by Fear

Wilmington, Ohio, is taking a turn towards fear-based legislation, to restrict such "dangerous" exotics as boids over 3 feet in length, monitors, and tegus. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Peruvian Frogs

Some interesting new frogs from high in the Andes, here.

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Sunday, September 13, 2009

Pygmy Rattler Bite

A Florida woman was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake, but fortunately it was a dry bite. (News source.)

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Amargosa Toad

The USFWS will be reviewing the Amargosa toad, "found only along a 10-mile stretch of the Amargosa River in the Mojave Desert near Beatty, 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas," for inclusion on the Endangered Species list. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

More Dangerous Herp Encounters

Two people were reported bitten by venomous snakes in northern Wyoming this past weekend. (News source.)

Another crocodile attack in Brunei took a young boy. (News source.)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Borneo Croc Attack

A fisherman was attacked and killed by a crocodile along the Belait River. (News source.)

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Pythons in the Glades: Keep Out of the Kitchen

The pythons in the Everglades appear to have high levels of mercury, so don't cook them up... (News source.)

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Shed Tail Movements

Lizard tails that are shed in response to possible predation have a bit of the spinal cord in them, which appears to coordinate movement in response to stimuli. (News source.)

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009


A Kansas man was bitten by a rattler near Lake Cheney. (News source.)

A man was bitten by a copperhead in a South Carolina Wal-Mart's garden center. (News source.)

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Arakan Forest Turtles

Wildlife researchers have seen Arakan forest turtles alive in their native habitat for the first time. (News source.)

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Gecko Talent Studied

Researcher have discovered that in order to induce their amazing grip, "geckos must be on an incline in order to trigger the deployment of their adhesive system." (Eurekalert.)

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Overblown Python Numbers

This really shouldn't come as any surprise, but wildlife experts are starting to question the high numbers of estimated pythons in the Everglades. (News source.)

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Power Strip Kills Snakes

A fire started apparently from a faulty power strip, killing a teen's 30 pet snakes. (News source.)

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Shingleback Smuggler

A Japanese man was arrested for trying to smuggle shingleback skinks out of Australia. (News source.)

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Frog Farming Controversy

Intensive frog farming may not be feasible, but is it worth it? The debate continues. Details here.

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Python Hunting Expanded

Licensed hunters will be allowed to hunt pythons in certain parts of the Everglades. (News source.)

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Snakes and Snakebites

A Florida man was saved by quick antivenom response when he was apparently bitten by a green mamba. The snake's wherabouts are unknown, and where it came from is a mystery. (News source.)

A older snake story here, of a military training exercise that runs into a rattlesnake.

Details on the recovery of a Texas girl from a rattlesnake bite. (News source.)

Three Australians were bitten by the same snake of unknown species. (News source.)

A Trinidad woman died from a fer-de-lance bite when she didn't get antivenom in time. (News source.)

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