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Illinois' Snake Road To Close September 1

"Snake Road" in Shawnee National Forest in Illinois will close September 1 for the annual migration of reptiles and amphibians to their winter habitats in the limestone bluffs, across the road from their summer swamp stomping grounds. LaRue Road and…

Cane Toad Tadpoles In Australia Cannibalize Younger Tadpoles

Researchers in Australia have discovered an interesting trait in invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) tadpoles in Australia not seen in their native South America; The Australian tadpoles cannibalize their younger counterparts, which the researchers say enhances their chance of survival.…

80 Frogs Rescued And Treated From Oil Spill In Santa Barbara, CA

An oil seepage in Santa Barbara, California’s Toro Canyon Creek has caused more than 80 Baja California and California treefrogs and one western fence lizard to become soiled in oil. The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) was called to…

Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

A microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, looked at more than 500 preserved snakes in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Zoological Museum and what was known as the Morehead State University Museum Collection, and…

Australia's White-bellied Frog At Greatest Risk Of Extinction

The white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) has joined 25 other frog species in Australia on that country’s list of species at greatest risk of extinction, according to a researcher paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology. In the study, the researchers found…

Male Sea Snakes Pursue Scuba Divers In Mating Embrace

Male olive sea snakes (Aipysurus laevis) in Australia’s Great Barrier reef have been documented pursuing scuba divers in cases of mistaken identity to breed with them, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers took a…

USFWS Sets Aside 1315 Acres In Texas For Two Salamander Species

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 1,300 acres of critical habitat near Austin, TX for the Georgetown  (Eurycea naufragia) and Salado Springs (Eurycea chisholmensis) salamanders. These amphibians were granted Endangered Species Act Protections in 2014,…

29 Captive Raised Hellbender Salamanders Released In Tennessee

The Nashville Zoo, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency & Tennessee State University, last month released 29 zoo raised eastern hellbender salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) into local waterways. The initial release of the 29 amphibians culminates a six year…

Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) should be listed as endangered under the state of California’s Endangered Species Act, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended in its status review released August 16. The review, which determines if an animal…

New Species Of Keelback Snake Discovered In India

Researchers have described a new species of snake of the genus Rhabdophis discovered in a forested region of Northeast India. The snake, Rhabdophis bindi, is similar morphologically to the Himalayan red necked keelback (Rhabdophis himalayanus), but lacks a nuchal groove…

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Illinois' Snake Road To Close September 1

"Snake Road" in Shawnee National Forest in Illinois will close September 1 for the annual migration of reptiles and amphibians to their winter habitats in the limestone bluffs, across the road from their summer swamp stomping grounds. LaRue Road and…

Cane Toad Tadpoles In Australia Cannibalize Younger Tadpoles

Researchers in Australia have discovered an interesting trait in invasive cane toad (Rhinella marina) tadpoles in Australia not seen in their native South America; The Australian tadpoles cannibalize their younger counterparts, which the researchers say enhances their chance of survival.…

80 Frogs Rescued And Treated From Oil Spill In Santa Barbara, CA

An oil seepage in Santa Barbara, California’s Toro Canyon Creek has caused more than 80 Baja California and California treefrogs and one western fence lizard to become soiled in oil. The Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network (SBWCN) was called to…

Snake Fungal Disease Appeared In USA As Far Back As 1945, Study Says

A microbiologist with the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wisconsin, looked at more than 500 preserved snakes in the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Zoological Museum and what was known as the Morehead State University Museum Collection, and…

Australia's White-bellied Frog At Greatest Risk Of Extinction

The white-bellied frog (Geocrinia alba) has joined 25 other frog species in Australia on that country’s list of species at greatest risk of extinction, according to a researcher paper published in Pacific Conservation Biology. In the study, the researchers found…

Male Sea Snakes Pursue Scuba Divers In Mating Embrace

Male olive sea snakes (Aipysurus laevis) in Australia’s Great Barrier reef have been documented pursuing scuba divers in cases of mistaken identity to breed with them, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Researchers took a…

USFWS Sets Aside 1315 Acres In Texas For Two Salamander Species

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 1,300 acres of critical habitat near Austin, TX for the Georgetown  (Eurycea naufragia) and Salado Springs (Eurycea chisholmensis) salamanders. These amphibians were granted Endangered Species Act Protections in 2014,…

29 Captive Raised Hellbender Salamanders Released In Tennessee

The Nashville Zoo, in partnership with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency & Tennessee State University, last month released 29 zoo raised eastern hellbender salamanders (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis) into local waterways. The initial release of the 29 amphibians culminates a six year…

Leatherback Sea Turtles Should Be Listed As Endangered In CA, Agency Says

The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) should be listed as endangered under the state of California’s Endangered Species Act, The California Department of Fish and Wildlife recommended in its status review released August 16. The review, which determines if an animal…

New Species Of Keelback Snake Discovered In India

Researchers have described a new species of snake of the genus Rhabdophis discovered in a forested region of Northeast India. The snake, Rhabdophis bindi, is similar morphologically to the Himalayan red necked keelback (Rhabdophis himalayanus), but lacks a nuchal groove…

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