Author: John Virata

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…

Colorado Police Officer Helps Turtle Cross The Road

Officers with the Fort Collins Police Services in Fort Collins, CO happened upon a wayward snapping turtle on a busy roadway. The police officer carefully picked the turtle up, which proceeded to snap its jaw as it was picked up.…

New Alligator Lizard Species Discovered In Mexico

Researchers with the University of Georgia, Secretaría de Medio Ambiente e Historia Natural, and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, have discovered and described a new species of alligator lizard from Mexico’s La Sepultura Biosphere Reserve. Researcher Adam Clause received a…

Gopher Tortoise Conservation Plan Updated And Announced By USDA

The United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service will continue its conservation efforts of the gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus)and its critical habitat, the USDA announced in a press release August 31. The NRCS released its five year plan,…

Ball Python Killed In Georgia Backyard

Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources Urban Wildlife Program picked up a dead ball python that was killed in someone’s backyard. The Walton County homeowner killed the reptile and turned it in to the DNR’s local extension office. It was confirmed…

Florida FWC Traps 100-Pound Suwannee Alligator Snapping Turtle

Biologists at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute were checking traps last week that were set for the Suwannee alligator snapping turtle (Macrochelys suwanniensis), and were surprised with what they had captured, a 100-pound male and a 46-pound female.…

Blue Iguana Conservation Produces 60 Hatchlings In 2020

Blue Iguana Conservation on the Grand Cayman Islands announced that its breeding facility has so far produced 60 hatchling blue iguanas (Cyclura lewisi) in 2020. The hatchlings are housed in a custom enclosure that is sectioned off from the rest…