Trump Pardons Snake Trafficker In Last Days Of Presidency

As one of his last acts as president, former President Donald J. Trump pardoned a man who was convicted of snake trafficking in the early 1990s. Robert Bowker was convicted of wildlife trafficking in 1993, after pleading guilty to trafficking…

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Florida FWC’s Python Dogs Bag First Invasive Burmese Python

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced that its latest efforts to “sniff” out Burmese pythons on public lands in south Florida has logged its first success with the FWC’s new Detector Dog Team, locating an 8-foot male python…

Wild Florida’s Snake Exhibit Destroyed By Fire

Wild Florida, an Orlando, FL area safari park, announced on Facebook that an electrical fire destroyed the safari park’s snake exhibit, killing all the reptiles in the exhibit. No people were reported injured in the fire. “Sad to report a…

Gulf Snapping Turtle Elseya lavarackorum Renamed Elseya oneiros

The Gulf snapping turtle, Elseya lavarackorum, so named in 1997, is actually a new species of turtle, and Elseya lavarackorum is probably extinct, scientists in Australia told ABC News Australia. The new turtle is named Elseya oneiros. “The fossil specimen…

New Species Of Odd-Scaled Snake Discovered In Vietnam

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History researchers announced today that they have discovered and described a new species of burrowing snake from Vietnam's Ha Giang province. The snake, Achalinus zugorum, named in honor of George Zug, the Smithsonian’s retired curator…

Researchers Rediscover Malagasy Chameleon After 100 Years

Researchers from Madagascar and Germany announced that they rediscovered the Malagasy chameleon (Furcifer voeltzkowi) after the species virtually disappeared more than 100 years ago. According to the researchers, the original description of the reptile was from a single male in…

Invasive Lizards Adapting To Florida’s Cold Weather

  When extreme cold snaps hit south Florida in the winter, the sight of cold-stunned lizards is a common occurrence. Every year the temperatures drop, so do the invasive reptiles. Right off their perches. Researchers have now concluded that six…

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