Author: John Virata

Lost Bearded Dragon Turns Up Safe 10 Days Later

A bearded dragon (Pogona vitticeps) that got out of his enclosure June 13 and then spent 10 days wandering about 4km away from his home was returned to his owner after he was found by a would be bearded dragon…

Everglades Wonder Gardens Reptile Ambassador Stolen

Hera, an albino red-tailed boa constrictor (Boa constrictor) and the animal ambassador at Everglades Wonder Gardens in Florida was stolen, along with five other reptiles this week. The botanical garden and rescued animal attraction also lost a ball python (Python…

Frog Safe Inc, a frog hospital in Queensland, Australia found a white-lipped treefrog (Nyctimystes infrafrenatus) with an abnormal growth on its lips, and when antimicrobial agents were applied to the growth and proved ineffective, the frog was sent to a…

Spotted-Thighed Frog A Threat To South Australia Native Species

The spotted-thighed treefrog (Litoria cyclorhyncha), an amphibian that is native to southern Western Australia has made its way to South Australia by humans and has the potential to wreak havoc on native species. A paper published in the Australian Journal…

Nose-Horned Lizard Not Seen Since 1891 Rediscovered In Indonesia

Modigliani’s lizard, (Harpesaurus modiglianii) a lizard of the Agamidae family that hasn’t been seen since it was first discovered way back in 1891, has again been spotted in Indonesia’s North Sumatra province. Wildlife biologist Chairunas Adha Putra was out on a…

Python Goes After Porcupine And It Doesn’t Go Too Well

Indian rock pythons eat a lot of things but porcupines are hard to swallow. Porcupines have quills for a reason, and that is to better defend themselves from predators. In the case of an Indian rock python (Python molurus) trying…

Buffalo Zoo Wants Stolen Red-Footed Tortoise Returned

Someone stole the Buffalo Zoo's resident red-footed tortoise (Chelonoidis carbonaria), and the zoo is hoping that she will be returned safely. Red, as she is affectionally called, was stolen June 2 from the zoo's Rainforest Falls exhibit. In our Buffalo…