Reddish examples of the mole kingsnake (Lampropeltis calligaster rhombomaculata) of the southeastern U.S. strongly resemble corn snakes and sometime confuse people about their identity.
With several exciting new color variants slowly becoming more available, expect a gradual comeback of this magnificent saurian.
Common snapping turtles (Chelydra serpentina) quickly defend themselves out of water, but underwater, they are scaredy cats and opt to avoid confrontation if any avenue of escape exists.
Take lots of photos and post them where they’ll be seen widely, like on Internet forums.
The horny toad a.k.a. horned lizard, is best left in the wild.
Is wearing a reptile related t-shirt in a state or national park enough to cause suspicion?
It is Colombian boa, not Columbian boa.
Diamond pythons are a race of carpet python — a not-so-distinct subspecies.
Hatchling spiny softshell turtles (Apalone spinifera) don’t yet possess the “spines” on the fronts of their shells, above their heads, that will appear with age
Snakes definitely do get dirty, as evidenced by this leucistic eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) shedding its old, soiled skin
Thorny devils (Moloch horridus) are native to Australia and are illegal to keep or export out of the country.
Palm Springs is one of many great locations in Southern California to observe reptiles in the wild.
It’s good to keep the scientific names of flora and fauna in front of people’s faces, to remind them that there’s still plenty to discover.
When deciding on a reptile pet, consider the adoption option!
My bearded dragon recently stopped eating and I was wondering what would cause this?
Bonus content from the September 2011 REPTILES magazine article "Prepare for the Worst."
How to create and distribute a "lost" flyer when your herp escapes.
Reasons why children should keep reptiles.
One of the biggest advantages of “road cruising” for herps is exactly what you surmised.
Purchasing captive-bred turtles and tortoises whenever possible is always recommended.
What are your thoughts on the trend of discouraging live reptiles being displayed in public?
The facts and truth behind the eight most common myths about snakes.
How to be careful and safe when buying reptiles.
What would be a good first lizard? Would it get along with my dog?
Three choices for a your first tortoise as a pet.
Your new lizard requires specific items for good care.
There are basic rules to herpkeeping that all hobbyists should follow.
What's a good beginner snake, or lizard, for a child?
Tarantulas and scorpions aren’t herps. Why are they always lumped together with them?
An overview of reptile taxonomy.
I want a nice, naturalistic home for a couple of small- to medium-sized turtles to enjoy.
Releasing captive-bred offspring can cause damage to herp conservation.