Reptiles

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Category archives for Reptiles

tags: illegal animal trade, smuggling, reptiles, airplane Like, who would have thought?? I ran across a story today that is absolutely .. er .. astonishing. A 22-year-old um, er, primate from Saudi Arabia was caught at an airport smuggling reptiles out of Egypt in his carry-on luggage .. and when caught, he claimed the luckless…

tags: We, two-headed snake, reptile, World Aquarium Leonard Sonnenschein, president of the World Aquarium in St. Louis, holds We, a two-headed albino rat snake. The snake came to the aquarium’s attention when its previous owner distributed a circular offering it for sale days after its birth. The aquarium paid $15,000, knowing full well that most…

Sea Turtle

tags: sea turtle, Olive-Ridley hatchling, Image of the Day An Olive Ridley hatchling struggles out of its egg on a French Guianan beach. Egg collection and snaring in fishing nets have brought the turtle’s population down by 95% in 40 years. Turtle protection has been under discussion at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered…

Tortoise

tags: king penguin, Image of the Day A worker from Rome’s Biopark zoo holds a Testudo Kleinmanni hatchling, an endangered species also known as the Egyptian tortoise, on 22 May 2007 at the Naples airport. Image: Tony Gentile (Reuters) [larger]

A Handful of Dragons

tags: Komodo Dragons, Indonesia, streaming video This streaming video shows the “small miracles” that are hatching out at the Denver Zoo: the rare and difficult-to-breed Komodo Dragons. Komodo dragons are large lizards native to several small islands in Indonesia [2:25].

tags: limbless lizard, reptiles, snakes, India A new species of limbless lizard was discovered in a forested region about 1,000 km southeast of New Delhi, India. The 18-cm (7-inch) lizard resembles a small snake. Image: Sushil Kumar Dutta. A new species of limbless lizard was discovered in eastern India, an Indian zoologist revealed today. The…

Battle of The Giant Reptiles

tags: snake, alligator, reptiles A Burmese python swallows an alligator and then bursts open. Image: BBC News. An unusual struggle between a 6 foot (1.8 meter) alligator and a 13 foot (3.9 meter) python killed two of the deadliest predators in Florida’s swamps. The alligator is native to the Florida swamps, while the python is…

tags: snakes, smuggling, airplane Did you hear about the guy who was trying to carry a bag containing 700 snakes in it onto a plane in Cairo? His stash of snakes included two deadly cobras — the stuff of a good terror spoof. He was apparently trying to smuggle these snakes on board with him…

tags: turtle, Cantor’s giant softshell turtle, Pelochelys cantorii, endangered species, herpetology, reptiles This photo released by Conservation International, shows two rare Cantor’s giant softshell turtles, Pelochelys cantorii, thought to be on the brink of extinction. Conservation International and the World Wildlife Fund announced today, 16 May 2007, that scientists discovered the rare species in Cambodia…

Rhabdophis tigrinus

The Asian snake, Rhabdophis tigrinus, obtains toxins from toads it eats and uses the potent chemicals as a defense against predators, according to a new study. Image: Old Dominion University, Alan Savitsky. [much larger image] As long as you send images to me (and I hope it will be for forever), I shall continue to…