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…

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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).…

Desert Tortoise Survives Not One, But Two Utah Wildfires

A Mojave desert tortoise (Gopherus agassizii) was observed during a Utah Division of Wildlife Resources fire destruction survey in southern Utah with burn scars from the most recent Turkey Farm Road fire in July and the 2005 Mill Creek fire.…

ESA Protections Sought For Tucson Shovel-nosed Snake

The Tucson shovel-nosed snake (Chionactis occipitalis klauberi) a beautiful snake native to Arizona that is noted for its black and red stripes should be listed as an endangered species because the reptile’s prime habitat is threatened by urban sprawl, according…

Patternless Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake Documented In Florida

What is an eastern diamondback rattlesnake without the distinctive diamondback pattern that the snake is named for? In this case, it is a patternless eastern diamondback rattlesnake. Found in north Florida, a patternless eastern diamondback rattlesnake (Crotalus adamanteus) has been documented…

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