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Reptiles and Amphibians in the News

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fisherman Attacked by Croc

A crocodile carried off a Ugandan fisherman. (News source.)

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010


A Florida off-duty deputy was bitten by a water moccasin at a youth fishing event. (News source.)

An Australian man was bitten by a death adder. (News source.)

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Brown Tree Snakes

A report shows that more than 500 brown tree snakes were caught on Guam from October to December last year. (News source.)

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Breeding Behavior

Interesting information on all-female species of whiptail lizard.

And, a certain Peruvian frog is the first known monogamous amphibian.

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Python Season

A new season will be available to hunters for reptile of special concern in Florida state-managed areas around the Everglades. (News source.)

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Komodo Attack

A Komodo dragon bit a Komodo Island park ranger on the foot; it had apparently been chasing a monkey. This report doesn't say why or how it turned on the ranger.

[Update: a little more information on the attack here, but several details still missing.]

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Florida Python Ban

Florida is trying to ban "reptiles of concern." (News source.)

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Gator Fingers

Smugglers & Poachers

Three people were arrested for trying to smuggle geckos out of New Zealand. (News source.)

Six people were arrested in South Africa for trading in leopard tortoises. (News source.)

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Boomslang Bites

Two men and a women in South Africa all handled a juvenile boomslang, getting bit in the process. (News source.)

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Pythons Stolen

A petting zoo in South Fort Myers had a python stolen from them. (News source.)

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Coquis and Hawaiian Farmers

The presence of coquis is troubling farmers who fear they may be quarantined. (News source.)

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Just in Time for Valentine's Day

Love Songs of African Clawed Frogs (NPR)

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Fiji Green Iguanas

Apparently, there are introduced green iguanas in Fiji, and plans are underway to eradicate them. Hopefully it isn't a misidentification of the endangered Fiji iguanas... (News source.)

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Pacific Iguanas

There's a new study from BYU regarding the biogeography of iguanas, specifically how they reached the isolated islands of Fiji and Tonga.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Python Politics Continues

An interesting business-side look at the effects of the python ban from the WSJ.

The cold snap in FL has killed off a number of pythons, apparently.

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Tuataras and UV

Tuataras need UV for healthy bone growth and stability. (News source, and here.)

Not really news for herpetoculturists, but apparently the media isn't quite up to speed.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Eating Herps: Risk Analysis

Eurekalert: Study carried out into biological risks of eating reptiles

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Alligator Attack

An 11-year old girl in Brazil was killed by a crocodilian. Several news reports call it an alligator, which of course, is incorrect. (No gators in Brazil.) The reported length (15 feet) would make it a black caiman. (News source, and here.)

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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Another Article on Python Ban

Venomous News

The Maryland woman who claimed she was bitten by a loose cobra has been charged by DNR with possession of two venomous snakes. (News source.)

Utah is considering allowing residents to keep rattlesnakes. (News source.)

Australian snakebites are on the rise (News source.); a hiker in Tasmania was bitten by an unidentified snake. (News source.)

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Florida Lizard News

A profile on the introduced ameiva, here.

Dogs that eat the frozen iguanas in Florida may end up with botulism. (News source.)

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Croc News

A Frenchman and Burundi resident is trying to hunt down Gustave, that country's infamous killer crocodile. (News source.)

A Uganda minister is trying to make it legal for residents to kill (and eat) crocodiles, which are a constant danger in that country. (News source.)

Mugger crocs in Iran are seriously on the decline due to poaching and habitat loss. (News source.)

A well-known large American crocodile, Wilma, on Sanibel, has been found dead. (News source.)

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Giant Salamanders

An interesting BBC news article on giant salamanders in Japan, here.

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Toad News

An Australian man has searched East Timor for rumored cane toads, and only found Asian toads. (News source.)

Cane toad "sausages" are being made in Queensland, and laced with harmless but noxious chemicals, to feed to quolls, in the hope that they don't try to eat live toads. (News source.)

Toad survival traits are making the news after a recent study.

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