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As Zika Virus Spreads, Argentinians Turn to Frogs and Toads For Mosquito Abatement

Tadpoles of certain frog and toads have been observed feeding on mosquito larvae, but not necessarily the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Doodle4Google Contest Entry Features a Reptile Lover’s Art

Vote now so we can see reptiles on the Google home page!

City of Norman in Oklahoma Considers Python and Boa Ban

Estimates put 800 to 1,200 people in jeopardy of losing their pet snakes.

Comedian Kevin Hart Freaks as Ice Cube Handles a Black-headed Python

“Look at that face look at that face? Why his face all black like that? Cube’s about to die!”

Two Green Anacondas Found on Florida’s Space Coast

The snakes are presumed to be pets at one point

Radiated Tortoise Stolen From Australia’s Perth Zoo

The radiated tortoise has been missing since February 1

Check Out These Super Cute Beaded Lizards That Hatched at the Columbus Zoo

Dead 17-Foot Reticulated Python Found in Riverside Calif. Trash Dump

It is illegal in Riverside, Calif. to dump dead pets in the regular trash.

Baby Red Eared Sliders With Painted Shells Sold at a Reptile Expo in Oklahoma

The vendor claimed that they were modified like GloFish when it is obvious they were painted.

Family Claims

Hellbender Salamander Conceived With Cryopreserved Sperm Hatches at Nashville Zoo

It is hoped that assisted reproductive technology can help bolster wild populations of the Eastern Hellbender Salamander.

Black and White Tegus Can Warm Their Bodies During Mating Season

Tegus can maintain their internal body temperatures from 4 to 10°C higher than their burrows

Real or Photoshop? Photo Shows What Appears to Be Boa Constrictor Wrapped Around Coyote in Florida

Puma Releases Coral Snake Inspired Shoes

Want a new pair of kicks to show at the next reptile expo?

This Pac Man Frog Isn’t Too Happy Being Poked

Horned frogs are known to have painful bites.

King Brown Snake Hatchling Yawning In Its Shell Goes Viral

The little hatchling became a sensation on Facebook

Indian Treefrog Rediscovered, Placed in Brand New Genus

Franky’s treefrog was rediscovered by accident by renowned biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju

One of Alan Rickman’s Last Acting Gigs Was a PSA With a Tortoise to Help Refugees

Rickman lended his voice to help Save the Children

Newfie Saves Stranded Sea Turtle

Newfoundland dogs are great swimming dogs who work as rescue dogs.

California Gynecologist Sentenced For Stalking With Snake

The woman purchased a ball python and placed it in her husband's bedroom in an effort to exact revenge.

Japanese Scientists Regenerate Functional Joints in Xenopus laevis

Xenopus laevis can regenerate functional joints after amputation.

Frozen Red-Eared Slider Brought Back to Life

The red-eared slider was given up by its owners and the Pennsylvania SPCA is considering whether to file charges.

Interim Ban Placed on Importation and Interstate Transport of 201 Salamander Species

Yellow-Bellied Sea Snake Washes Ashore in San Diego

The sea snake most likely got caught in the cooler waters off the coast.

Pregnant Snake Found Under Australian Fridge

Snake Stolen from Oregon Pet Store

183-Year-Old Tortoise Goes on a Diet

January 8, 2016

11 Ball Pythons Abandoned Outside Vet Office Over Christmas Holiday Have Died

Only 1 of the 12 snakes survived.

Latest Snake Prank: Bikini Girl Catches Rubber Cobra

Girl's brother tried to prank his sister but she got the last laugh.

As Far as Speed Goes, Smaller Chameleons Have Faster and More Powerful Tongues

A small chameleon species has a tongue that can go from 0 to 60 mph in a hundredth of a second.

Top Trending Reptile News Stories for 2015

These articles were the top 6 of the year and the top dumbest articles of the year.

Venomous Reptile Keeping May End in Florida

Florida has been marred by venomous snake escapes the last several months.

Puff Adders are Masters of Disguise and Smell

Puff adders employ chemical crypsis to hide in plain sight.

Freedom Frog Released From Pennsylvania Prison

Prisoner finds a frog in the prison yard and releases him when he got out.

Two Aussie Sea Snake Species Thought Extinct Rediscovered

The short-nose sea snake and the leaf-scaled sea snake were discovered in unexpected locales in Australia.

Bronx Zoo Rehabs Stowaway Indian Cobra

The Indian cobra was severely dehydrated when it was captured by Bronx Zoo herpetologists.

Santa and the Snake at the Frontenac Mall in St. Louis!

The Frontenac Mall in St. Louis has a pet friendly Santa Claus.

Russian Amateur Snake Handler Dies After King Cobra Bites Him

Vladmir kept several venomous snakes, including a green mamba, a red spitting cobra and the king cobra that killed him.

Six New African Clawed Frog Species Discovered

DNA, voice recordings, CT scanning of internal anatomy, and chromosome analysis determined the species were new to science.

Boy Breaks Into New York Home and Shoots Bearded Dragon with BB Gun

The boy has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief and possibly animal cruelty.

UK Rubbish Collector Finds Bearded Dragon in Recycling Box

Iggy pop is being cared for until a suitable home is found for him.

First Person: The Grady Bunch

A woman has cared for more than 100 reptiles over the years.

7 Juvenile Spur-Thighed Tortoises Stolen From Home in Northwich, Chesire England

Spur-thighed tortoises cannot be sold in England without an Article 10 licens

66 Snakes Seized From Baltimore Man

Veiled Chameleon Art Show

The artwork is uncanny.

A Year Later, English Boy Enjoys His Mediterranean House Gecko Stowaway

A Mediterranean house gecko stowaway made a boy's dream come true last Christmas.

Owner of Two Chameleons Seized by Calgary Humane Society Wants Them Back

Two veiled chameleons seized were the property of a paying customer and she wants them back.

New Treefrog Species Discovered in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest

Dendropsophus bromeliaceus is found in bromeliad plants filled with rainwater.

Leatherback Trust Biologist Removes Plastic Fork From Nose of Olive Ridley Turtle

Please reduce your use of plastic items that are "disposable."

Man Photographs Lace Monitor Up the Wall of His House

This lace goanna

Photo: Eastern Brown Snake Devours Blue-Tongued Skink

The woman who took the photo hoped that the blue-tongue would have been released by the snake.

New Zealander Buys Sea Turtles at Market and Releases Them

Aaron Culling buys sea turtles from meat markets and releases them.

Live Black Rat Snake May Be Evidence in So-Called Snake Infested Maryland Home

Was the Maryland house snake infested?

U.S. Govt. Wants to Keep 300 Pairs of Seized Manolo Blahnik Snakeskin Shoes

Feds claim the shoes were made with dog-faced water snakes, an endangered species.

More Than 300 Herps Taken in Calgary, Canada Seizure

Acting on a tip, the Calgary Humane Society seized 300+ reptiles, amphibians and arachnids.

New Colubrid Snake Discovered in the Andes

Synophis zaheri has large bulging black eyes.

Zoo Atlanta to Name its Black Mamba Kobe in Honor of Lakers Star Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant's last regular season game takes place in Atlanta, GA

Japan Railway Takes Novel Approach to Keep Turtles Off Train Tracks

Concrete ditches help prevent turtles from getting stuck in the switch track on a Japanese train track.

Red Strawberry Poison Dart Frogs More Aggressive than Green Counterparts

It is suggested that coloration plays a role in aggressiveness of strawberry poison frogs.

iPhone User Claims Apple Destroyed Precious Tortoise Video, Sues and Wins

A man who failed to back up his data sues Apple for resetting his iPhone and wins.

Stolen Tortoise Recovered by Albuquerque Police Officers

Tortoise was taken during burglary and recovered.

Is Australia’s Striped Legless Lizard Under Threat of Extinction?

The striped legless lizard is under assault from urban development, clearing of grasslands and a host of other factors

Man Caught Smuggling Dozens of Turtles Down His Pants Expected to Plead Guilty

Kai Xu had 51 live turtles in his possession when he was caught trying to cross into Canada.

CT Scan Details When Snakes Lost Legs

Snakes lost their legs when they started to live and hunt in burrows.

Sea Turtle Wedged in Plastic Lawn Chair Washes up on Florida Beach

Plastic is literally choking the world’s ocean inhabitants.

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.
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