Author: John Virata

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…

Baby Alligators Can Regrow Severed Tails, Study Says

A study published in Scientific Reports says that baby American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) can regenerate up to 18 inches of their tails when they are lost due to predation, accidents or another means. The researchers, with the Louisiana Department of…

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…