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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…

Three Ball Pythons Abandoned In Pennsylvania Town

Police in Middletown Township, PA were called to a residence in Levittown after a four foot long ball python was found in a man's garage. And after police took possession of this ball python, two more were found nearby in…

Wild Turtles In South Carolina Now Protected From Poaching

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster signed a bill last week that bans the trade of the state’s native turtles, hopefully ending poaching of these reptiles for the food, pet and "traditional medicine" trade in China and elsewhere in Asia. The…

Two-headed Southern Black Racer Found In Florida

A two-headed southern black racer (Coluber constrictor priapus) was found by a Palm Harbor family in good health. The snake is currently at the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute where it is currently being cared for. This phenomenon, known…

Temblor Legless Lizard Should Be Protected, Conservation Group Says

The Temblor legless lizard  (Anniella alexanderae) can only be found near the Temblor range in Kern County, CA, and should be protected under the Endangered Species Act, according to a petition filed October 20 by the Center for Biological Diversity. The sand-swimming…

Florida Law That Restricted Certain Reptiles Ruled Unconstitutional

A Florida law signed June 29 by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis that placed restrictions on the possession, breeding and sale of non-native tegu lizards (Salvator sp), reticulated pythons (Python reticulatus) and green iguanas (Iguana iguana), has been ruled unconstitutional by Leon County Circuit Judge…

Snake Fungal Disease Spreads To 19 States, Puerto Rico

Snake fungal disease, a deadly snake disease now known as Ophidiomycosis, and caused by the keratinophilic fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, has spread to 19 states and the commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It has also been found in wild snakes in Europe.…

Researchers Track Sea Turtle Poachers With 3-D Printed Eggs

Sea turtle poaching is a big problem throughout much of the world where the reptiles lay their eggs, so researchers at the University of Kent in England decided to track the illegal trade with a novel approach, Global Positioning System-enabled…

Britain’s Only Venomous Snake Threatened By Bird Hunting

Vipera berus, also known as the common European adder and Britain’s only venomous snake, is being threatened by the yearly release of pheasants into the countryside for game hunting, according to Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK).…

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