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Corn Snake Genome Sequenced, Albinism Mutation Detailed

The genome data will be freely available to researchers around the world.

Ford Motor Co. To Study Toe Pads of Geckos for Auto Applications

Auto company is looking into gecko toes to build a more environmentally friendly adhesive.

Skitzo the Aussie Cat Kills Red-Bellied Black Snake that Bit Her Caregiver

Skitzo killed the snake and luckily the snake didn't inject any venom.

Blizzard-Phased Corn Snake Captured in Australia

Exotic snakes are euthanized in Australia

Persian Dwarf Snake is Actually Six Distinct Species

The snakes were already described between 1872 and 1911.

Gucci Debuts Snake-Inspired Shoes for Women

Would you spring for one of these designs or add another morph to your collection?

Florida Turtle Stuck in Plastic Bag Saved by Melbourne City Worker

Plastic bags and plastic pollution kills and maims hundreds of thousands of reptiles and other animals every year.

Today is National Baw Baw Frog Day in Australia

The Baw Baw frog is critically endangered and is currently known in just a single locality in Australia.

Scientists Eliminate Chytrid Fungus in Five Ponds in Mallorca

The controversial chemical Virkon was used to clear Mallorcan midwife toad ponds of the Chytrid fungus.

Snake Tries to Grab Fisherman’s Fish in Thailand

This snake wanted an easy fish dinner.

Florida Man Cited For Monocled Cobra Escape

Owner apparently lied to FWC officers and doctored paperwork relating to the snake.

Snake Fungal Disease Formally Identified

The fungus in snake fungal disease is Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola

Natural History of the Spotted Salamander

Although not as popular in the pet trade as its larger cousin, the tiger salamander (A. tigrinum), the spotted salamander is an equally impressive animal

Man Wanted in Connection With Stealing Baby Hermann’s Tortoise in Canada

The Hermann’s tortoise is valued at around $520 and the store owner wants in back.

Death of Texas Man Ruled Suicide by Snakebite

The Texas man was a lifelong reptile lover who apparently had suicidal ideations.

Dead Leatherback Turtle Found on New England Beach Died from Trio of Human Hazards

Leatherback sea turtles primarily eat jellyfish and plastic tends to look like jellyfish in the ocean.

Australian Handles Eastern Brown Snake and Doesn’t Get Bit

Man was extremely lucky he didn't get bit by the Eastern brown snake.

Florida Cobra Owner May Get His License to Keep Venomous Reptiles Revoked

Airplane Repo star may loses his venomous reptiles after his king cobra escaped its enclosure.

Vandals Kill Lizards and Turtle at Australian Wildlife Park

Two Australian water dragons and a freshwater turtle were killed by vandals.

Snakes Show Off Their Sweet Side by Wearing Hats

This Florida Burmese Python Has Met its Match

This invasive python got eaten by an alligator

Japanese Giant Salamander to Headline New Honolulu Zoo Reptile and Amphibian Exhibit

Four Japanese giant salamanders from a sister zoo in Japan are now at the Honolulu Zoo.

Exotic Pet Lizard Types

Here is just a sampling of the exotic lizards in the hobby.

Cobra Escapes Its Enclosure in Florida and is Recaptured Within a Day

The monocled cobra was about 5 feet in length and was found 200 yards from where it was reported.

Amphibians Can See Infrared Light

The enzyme Cyp27c1 helps amphibians see above and below the water

Two Amphibian Species That Lived 278 Million Years Ago Discovered in Brazil

Timonya annae was a small amphibian but it had fangs and gills

Australian Vet Removes Rooster Foot That Punctured Python’s Belly

Desert Horned Viper Observed in Turkey’s Küre Mountains National Park

A desert horned viper was spotted in the Küre Mountains National Park in Turkey.

Interesting Facts About Reptiles

There are still new and interesting facts to uncover about reptiles.

Did This Eastern Brown Snake Die Eating the Red-Bellied Black Snake?

One thing is certain. Both snakes were dead when the photo was taken.

New Dakotaraptor Species Discovered in South Dakota's Hell Creek Formation

Dakotaraptor steini was a massive 16 feet in length.

The Death Diary of Noted Herpetologist Dr. Karl Schmidt

Schmidt was killed by a boomslang snake bite in 1957

Save Terrapins!

November 2, 2015

Bristol Zoo Is Now Home to 165 Seized Electric Blue Geckos

The electric blue gecko is dwindling in its native habitat.

Python Abandoned in Fontana, Calif. Apartment Complex Dumpster

The 5-foot ball python was at first unresponsive but is now doing well.

Fish-Scaled Gecko Crawls Out of its Skin to Avoid Being Eaten

The skin of Geckolepis sp. is covered with big scales that overlap and fall off easily.

The Natural History and Captive Care of the Northern Water Snake

Maintaining northern water snakes in captivity can be a rewarding experience.

Frog Loving French Town Constructs Frog Tunnels to Prevent Roadkill

Black and White Tegu With Six Tails Found by Environmental Police in Argentina

Researchers with the Instituto de Diversidad y Ecología Animal and Centro de Zoología Aplicada studied the reptile's tail

Country Singer Kevin Fowler Posts Photo of Rattlesnake He Killed in His Shed

Singer Kevin Fowler killed a rattlesnake he found in his shed.

Brown Anole Named Flo-Rida Hops on a Plane to Scotland

The stowaway was found in the luggage of a woman who took a trip to Florida.

Natural History and Captive Care of the Fowler's Toad

Twin Western Hermann’s Tortoises Hatch at Garden State Tortoise and theTurtleRoom

The tortoise twins were successfully separated the second week of October

The Natural History and Captive Care of the Eastern Hognose Snake

A wide spread snake, the Eastern hognose snake is found throughout the eastern United States

This Prehistoric Turtle Had a Nose Only a Mother Could Love

Arvinachelys goldeni, or Miss Piggy was discovered in southern Utah.

California Kingsnakes Slide on Lubricated Fat Cells to Move About Smoothly

Initial findings show the California kingsnake sliding on lubed up belly scales.

Maryland Zoo Receives Edward H. Bean Award for Panamanian Golden Frog Work

New Galapagos Tortoise Species Discovered and Described

There are two species of Galapagos tortoise on Santa Cruz Island.

Poison Dart Frogs May Have Higher Extinction Rates Than Other Frogs

Animals that use other defenses such as mimicry, camouflage and warning coloration tend to evolve more efficiently.

Ball Python Missing 3 Months in Maine Found

Mr. Smithers went missing from a home in Orrington.

Cleopatra Didn’t Die From a Cobra Bite Researchers Say

The death of Cleopatra and two of her servants were attributed to bites from an Egyptian cobra.

Philippine Authorities Arrest 3 for Possessing Threatened Turtles

The suspects allegedly had Palawan forest turtles, Asian leaf turtles and Southeast Asian box turtles in their possession.

Panther Chameleon Thief Wanted in Missouri

Do you recognize any of these people?

Tortoise Appearance on Walking Dead

The hapless tortoise walks into the path of Enid

Herper Loses His Pet Snake on Philly Bus

Bindi Irwin Surprises Dance Partner with Snake at Rehearsal

What did dancer dancer Val Chmerkovskiy think of that large anaconda?

Russians Sentenced to 15 Months in Singapore for Smuggling Endangered Pond turtles

27 of the 206 pond turtles have since died.

Northern Water Snake Grabs a Catfish Dinner

Nerodia sipedon are fish eaters often mistaken for water moccasins

Can You Keep a Radiated Tortoise with a Malagasy Tree Boa? No, You Can't

The Memphis Zoo tried to create a mixed species environment.

Critically Endangered Puerto Rican Crested Toad Hatchlings Slated for October 22 Release

The toads were thought to have gone extinct in the 1920s.

New Leopard Frog Species Discovered in Virginia

The Atlantic Coast leopard frog is quite different from the Southern leopard frog.

New Frog Species of the Genus Bryophryne Discovered in Peru

Rock Dwelling Gecko Species Discovered in India

Herp Queries: Tricolor Hognose Snakes

Bearded Dragon In England Kicked Like a Ball by Youngsters, RSPCA Is Looking For Them

The RSCPA is looking for four boys who abused a bearded dragon

RIP: Capone, the Resident Alligator Snapping Turtle At the Cincinatti Zoo

Capone was a fan favorite at the zoo because he was so charismatic.

One Direction Turns Itself into the Frog Band Pond Direction

One Direction contributes a page in the charity book The Curious Tale Of Fi-Rex

Airplane Repo Star's King Cobra Found Alive

The 8-foot king cobra escaped after a storm damaged its enclosure.

We Are On Pace To Witness a Mass Frog Extinction

6.9 percent of all frog species will go extinct over the next 100 years.

Nile Monitor in Tucson, AZ Is Looking For Its Owner

How Do You Collect Sea Turtle Poop? You Build a Giant “Nappy”

Australian researchers built a device out of a sun shirt, some velcro and a custom poop collector to collect poop samples.

Black Pine Snakes Listed As Threatened Under Endangered Species Act

Reticulated Python Bites Owner of Captive Born Reptiles

Three officers helped to remove the python from the owner.

South Carolina Utility Crew Accidentally Runs Over Boa Constrictor

The snake was probably someone's pet that got loose.

Horned Frogs Have Tongues That are Strong Like Adhesive Tape

The horned frog's super sticky tongue helps it to subdue large prey items.

Mealworms Can Eat Styrofoam With No Apparent Ill Effects

The researchers fed a strict diet of styrofoam to mealworms from birth to adulthood.

Florida Woman Who Straddled Sea Turtle Last Summer Arrested

One of the women allegedly rode the turtle all the way to the water.

Frilled Lizards Have Different Colored Frills Based on Location and the Prey They Eat

The color of frilled lizards in Western Australia is different from those in Queensland.

Chinese Hold a Food Festival with an Endangered Species as the Main Course

Florida Woman Looking for Flea Market Bargains Finds an 8-Foot Burmese Python

A Burmese python was found amongst some clothing at a flea market in Florida.

Kansas Family Finds Ball Python In Toilet

Have you ever found a reptile after a move to a new place to live?

Researchers Discover Hawksbill Sea Turtles are Biofluorescent

Divers were shooting biofluorescent corals when a Hawksbill sea turtle swam into the light and revealed it too was biofluorescent.

Photographer Shoots Western Serpentiform Skink That Was Thought to Be Extinct

The Western Serpentiform skink was thought to have been extinct.

Single Coqui Frog Captured On the Windward Side of Oahu, HI

The coqui frog is established on the Big Island of Hawaii but is not yet established on Oahu.

50,000-Year-Old Lizard Bone Dates Humans Living in Australia with Giant Lizards

Imagine having to deal with a fast monitor lizard that grew to six meters in length and weighed 500 kg.

3-Year Old Girl Finds Two-Headed Ringneck Snake While Exploring in Her Backyard

The ringneck snake is common throughout much of North America

Man Places Puppy Into His Snake Enclosure and Posts Video to Facebook

The puppy was still alive after the 3 minute video ended.

Three Australian Frog Species Officially Extinct

The Kuranda treefrog has been upgraded to endangered from near-threatened.

Lawsuit Regarding the “Snake Infested” Maryland House to Commence

Mediation as required by the sales contract failed to resolve the dispute.

Search Called Off For Escaped King Cobra in Florida

The venomous snake escaped its enclosure after storms damaged the roof of the garage in which it was kept.

Yellow-Bellied Water Snake Gives Birth via Parthenogenesis

The snake succesfully gave birth two a pair 2014. The current offspring did not survive.

Cascade and Columbia Torrent Salamanders May Get Endangered Species Act protection

The next step is for the USFWS to conduct a full status review of the Cascade and Columbia torrent salamanders.

Tourists Disrupt Sea Turtle Nestings in Costa Rica

Costa Rican Govt. upset that tourists disrupted sea turtle nesting with selfies and other bad behavior.

Video Shows How Glass Frog Expels Wasps off its Egg Clutch

The little ninja frog has an effective way of ridding his nest of wasps

Video Shows Bearded Dragon Chasing Cat Toy

In addition to appearing hungry, the bearded dragon's tail looks shriveled up.

Snake Infested Maryland House Lawsuit Postponed

Judge has not recused himself but may do so.

New Venomous Snake Species Discovered in Australia

The snake, of the genus Acanthophis, is a death adder.

The Creatives Who Cut the Lincoln MKX Commercial Must Love Beardies

A bearded dragon makes cameo in Matthew McConaughey's Lincoln poker run.

The World’s Fastest Tortoise? He Sprints at 0.28 Meters Per Second

Bertie smashed the previous record that stood for nearly 40 years.
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