Blog - Feature Blogger Reptiles and Amphibians en Serendipity 2.3.5 - Mon, 22 Feb 2021 01:55:33 GMT RSS: Blog - Feature Blogger - Reptiles and Amphibians 100 21 Patch-nosed Salamander Feature Blogger 0 (Richard Bartlett) <center><img width="95%" src="" alt="" /><br />An adult female Patch-nosed Salamander</center><br /> By Dick and Patti Bartlett<br /> <br /> In 2009 a new species of “miniplethodontid” salamander was described. Although looking much like the brook salamanders of the genus Eurycea, research determined that this pretty little miniature was sufficiently different from the brook salamanders to warrant the erection of a new genus—<em>Urspelerpes</em>. This genus contains only the single species, <em>U. brucei</em>. Because of the nose-spot this salamander was given the common name of Patch-nosed Salamander.<br /> <br /> It is an uncommon denizen of the leaf-strewn montane streams and stream edges of northern GA and adjacent SC.<br /> <br /> As mentioned the yellowish patch on the nose tip is characteristic. Including tail, adults are about 1 7/8th inches long. Unlike the Brook Salamanders on which males and females are similarly colored, the males and females of Urspelerpes differ in color. Females tend to be patternless while males are strongly patterned with a pair of dorsolateral stripes.<br /> <a class="block_level" href="">Continue reading "Patch-nosed Salamander"</a> Mon, 22 Mar 2021 00:49:00 -0500 ACTION ALERT: MI introduces "dangerous animal" legislation Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" />On December 1, 2020 House Bill 6455 (HB6455) was introduced in Michigan that could impact many reptiles keepers. The reptile portion of the bill does primarily impact ownership of venomous, crocodilians and some monitor species. While it is not an outright ban and offers provisions for owners to keep their pets, it can have very far reaching implications. <br /> <br /> The reptiles impacted by the Bill are:<br /> <blockquote>“Dangerous reptiles” per HB6455:<br /> <br /> (I) A member of the order Crocodilia, including, but not limited to, an alligator, crocodile, gharial, or caiman.<br /> (ii) A member of the family Atractaspidae.<br /> (iii) A member of the species Dispholidus typus of the family Colubridae.<br /> (iv) A member of the family Elapidae, including, but not limited to, a cobra, mamba, krait, coral snake, or Australian tiger snake.<br /> (v) A member of the family Hydrophiidae, including, but not limited to, a sea snake.<br /> (vi) A water monitor or crocodile monitor.<br /> (vii) A member of the family Viperidae, including, but not limited to, a rattlesnake, cottonmouth, bushmaster, puff adder, or gaboon viper.</blockquote><br /> <br /> Our friends at USARK have made it easy to speak out to your representatives. Please visit the USARK page <a href="">here</a> for the full action alert. Fri, 04 Dec 2020 06:30:00 -0600 Chameleon rediscovered after almost a century Feature Blogger News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:40115 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="620" srcset="" src="" title="A male Voeltzkow's chameleon in Madagascar." alt="" /><em>A male Voeltzkow's chameleon in Madagascar. Photo courtesy CNN</em><br /> <br /> After nearly a century of being elusive, the rare Voeltzkow's chameleon was recently rediscovered on an expedition of scientists from Germany and Madagascar. <br /> <br /> <blockquote>"Our planet is probably facing the beginning of an enormous extinction of species, often referred to as the 'sixth mass extinction', the 'Holocene extinction' or the 'Anthropocene extinction'," researchers wrote.<br /> "Rediscoveries of 'lost' species are very important as they provide crucial data for conservation measures and also bring some hope amidst the biodiversity crisis."</blockquote><br /> <br /> To read more and see the video, click <a href="">here</a>. Mon, 02 Nov 2020 08:54:56 -0600 FL UPDATE: Judge Rules Changes are Unconstitutional Feature Blogger Legal Updates News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:40099 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> There was some great news regarding the regulation changes for Florida; including Tegus, Iguanas and a selection of large constrictors. <br /> <br /> This is the announcement from <a href="">USARKFL</a>:<br /> <blockquote>We have some news... good news. The judge agreed with USARK FL and found that SB1414 is in fact unconstitutional! We will post full details soon but the judge granted our motion for summary judgment and now we just await his formal order stating the same. Thank you to everyone who supported us. Please keep the donations coming! We must still pay for this lawsuit and future actions. What a win!<br /> <br /> NOTE: This will take a few days to all be finalized and for FWC to rescind their Executive Order. We also do not know if FWC will appeal. Also, by "unconstitutional" we mean the Florida Constitution, not the U.S. Constitution. This is a state lawsuit against a state agency, not a federal lawsuit.</blockquote><br /> <br /> Please stay tuned to both USARK and USARKFL to follow updates and please continue to support USARK. They are getting things done! Fri, 04 Sep 2020 09:41:15 -0500 World Snake Day 2020 Feature Blogger News Briefs Rescue News 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:40043 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" />Happy World Snake Day! <br /> <br /> What is that? Well it is a day that is an easy one! It is a day to focus on conservation and education about snakes! <br /> <br /> Snakes are one of the greatest fears in the world, but their importance to our environment as well as our health is enough reason to work to change minds. I grabbed a few fun articles for you to read and share today to help reach out and share the joy of snakes. <br /> <br /> These articles give a breakdown on the holiday and the issues facing snakes. This post from RepublicWorld is a very basic breakdown that you can read<a href="">here</a>. Another option is this article from Newsd. It has some fun little trivia tidbits and again very basic info and can be found <br /> <br /> <a class="block_level" href="">Continue reading "World Snake Day 2020"</a> Thu, 16 Jul 2020 09:41:45 -0500 Fire Salamanders Feature Blogger 0 (Richard Bartlett) <center><img width="95%" src="" alt="" /><br /><em>Salamandra salamandra</em> is the fire salamander most often available in the pet trade.</center><br /> <br /> Although they are now hard to access in the USA, occasional fire salamanders may be offered in the pet trade. They are, roughly speaking, the Old World ecological equivalent of our ambystomatid species.<br /> <br /> Fire salamanders are lovers of coolness, their ranges extending from cool, temperate lowlands to high into the European Alps. They are ovoviviparous, adult females bearing about a dozen gilled, living young in cool shallows. The gills may be prominent and well-developed, or in the perpetual coldness of alpine regions, nearly entirely resorbed at birth.<br /> <br /> When keeping and breeding fire salamanders, coolness and cleanliness should be your 2 major concerns (of course this holds true for all caudates). Since salamanders like to burrow, and must be moist, several inches of fresh, damp (NOT WET), unmilled sphagnum moss will adequately provide for their needs. Or if this simple setup is not to your taste, you may prefer to make a naturalistic masterpiece having plantings of mosses, selaginellas, or even readily available potted plants such as vining philodendrons. Flat rocks, and driftwood can then be added to your taste. As with the sphagnum, the substrate should be kept damp, not wet.<br /> <br /> Since amphibians absorb their moisture requirements through their skins and mucous membranes, it is unnecessary to provide a drinking dish but this is optional and will be needed, as will temperature cycling, if successful breeding is to occur.<br /> <br /> Although it is entirely unlike the newts in appearance, the European fire salamander is a member of the same family, the Salamandridae. There are a number of subspecies (now often considered species) of this terrestrial caudate, their separation being based upon pattern (as well as locality and genetics).<br /> <br /> The common fire salamander bears the redundant nomenclature of Salamandra salamandra. Hardly could a more beautiful salamander be imagined. The stocky, six inch length of the fire salamander is clad in glandular black skin highlighted with spots and stripes of intense, metallic, yellow. The head is broad and flattened and a pitted parotoid (nape) gland is present on both sides of the neck. The skin and parotoid secretions of the fire salamander are more toxic than are those of most other salamander species. Although it will not harm you (or them) to handle them gently, wash your hands before rubbing your eyes or putting your finger in your mouth.<br /> <br /> Enough said.<br /> <a class="block_level" href="">Continue reading "Fire Salamanders"</a> Mon, 23 Dec 2019 10:30:00 -0600 Arrests made with stolen vehicle, uranium and a rattlesnake,-uranium-and-a-rattlesnake.html Feature Blogger News Briefs,-uranium-and-a-rattlesnake.html#comments 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39819 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" />An Oklahoma couple were arrested while in possession of a stolen vehicle, weapons, whiskey and a rattlesnake, oh yeah and a container of radioactive uranium?! Trust me, we checked, this isn't The Onion! It is real life. <br /> <br /> From Oklahoma's New 4:<br /> <blockquote>The traffic stop was made at 11 a.m. in a Guthrie neighborhood because the tag was expired. Jennings was in the driver's seat, Rivera in the passenger seat, and in the backseat, a pet Timber rattlesnake in a terrarium.<br /> At about the same time Jennings told officers he had a gun in console, police learned the Ford they were driving was reported stolen.<br /> "So now he's got a rattlesnake, a stolen vehicle, firearm, and somebody under arrest," said Guthrie Police Sgt. Anthony Gibbs.</blockquote><br /> <br /> Oddly enough, the rattlesnake was legal as Jennings had a valid fishing license at the time. No charges as of yet on the uranium. <br /> <br /> To read the full story, click <a href="">here</a>.<br /> <br /> <em>lead photo of timber rattlesnake. credit and thanks to John Kirinovic. </em> Fri, 12 Jul 2019 07:40:33 -0500 Saving Injured Turtles with Bras Feature Blogger News Briefs Rescue News 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39726 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> When you have to put a turtle shell back together sometimes you need to get creative and that is exactly what the folks at <a href="">Carolina Waterfowl Rescue</a> did!<br /> <br /> To stabilize the shell pieces and help them stay in place, they superglue the bra clasps to the shell to help offer additional support to the cracked shell pieces! As can see in the photo, it is brilliant!<br /> <br /> To read more about the story, click <a href="">here</a>. And if you happen to have a few old bras laying around that are past their prime, consider checking with your local wildlife rehab group to see if they can use them! Wed, 03 Jul 2019 09:43:19 -0500 First documented parthenogenesis birth in Water Dragons Feature Blogger News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39676 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> The Smithsonian's Reptile Discovery Center recently hatched it's first Chinese Water Dragon from an unfertilized egg. For the species, it was the first recorded parthenogenetic birth. It is not unusual to see unfertilized eggs from a variety of species, just ask any Iguana or bearded dragon owner! Lauren Augustine, a keeper at the Reptile Discovery Center, decided to hold and incubate all eggs from virgin females. What happened next is quite honestly history, and documented at that!<br /> <br /> <blockquote>After two weeks of incubation, Reptile Discovery Center keepers candled the eggs; that is, they held them up to a light. The candling process revealed veins—a tell-tale that the eggs were fertile and the embryos were developing. After looking through our Asian water dragon’s records, I immediately suspected parthenogenesis. Before reaching sexual maturity, she was housed either by herself or with other females.</blockquote><br /> <br /> They have actually collected more than 1 fertile egg, however only 1 has hatched. This year the baby is of breeding age, so the team will be monitoring her eggs as well as mom's. They are still looking at the embryos that did not survive to hatching to determine the genetics as well. For more on this fascinating story, visit the Smithsonian Blog <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <em>lead photo courtesy of Smithsonian Blog</em> Tue, 18 Jun 2019 07:30:50 -0500 In Memoriam: Jim Fowler Feature Blogger News Briefs Obituaries 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39551 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <em>inset photo Mr. Fowler and Peter Gros in 2002. (Nati Harnik/AP)</em><br /> <br /> I never met Jim Fowler in my entire life, but I can attribute a lot of who I am to our weekend mornings spent in my childhood. My breakfast bowl of Apple Jacks, cross legged on the floor of my living room, I would stare at the TV with rapt attention waiting to learn about the animals in our world. He inspired me to learn and read more about animals. He along with his long time co-host, Marlon Perkins, taught me about conservation. They taught me that beauty was simple to find and hard to hold on to. <br /> <br /> Jim's message on nature was simple and I hope he knew this difference it made in so many lives. <br /> <blockquote>"What we have to do is ask ourselves, 'What's in it for me?' Only then will we realize that the continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is ultimately important to the quality of life of humans."</blockquote><br /> <br /> To learn a bit more about Jim's life and hear why the environment is so very important to protect, pop over to The Washington Post obituary <a href="">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Thank you Jim for inspiring a little girl who dreamed of going to see alligators in the wild, she did that and so much more. You inspired me to learn more about our natural world and gave me the desire to help protect it. <br /> <br /> Fri, 10 May 2019 09:55:38 -0500 Happy National Pet Day Feature Blogger Rescue News 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39510 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="250" srcset="" src="" alt="" />Today, social media will be flooded with photos of dogs and cats to celebrate National Pet Day. If I show you mine, will you show me yours?<br /> <br /> This is Karen, an adult male iguana who came to live with me recently through my rescue. Karen was left behind in an eviction, so I really know nothing of his past. Being a green iguana, he came with metabolic bone disease, a few infections, and was just beaten down from neglect. He is slowly recovering and showing signs of breeding behaviors. While he is "technically" available for adoption through my rescue, I know he will live his life out with me. Seriously, I do.Living in Wisconsin, he got his first taste of sunshine recently and I can honestly say this is one happy iguana here! Thu, 11 Apr 2019 09:47:05 -0500 Toads Catch Unusual Lift Feature Blogger News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39420 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> Several Cane Toads remind us that necessity is the mother of invention as they found a novel way to get out of an area being flooded by an overflowing dam. They hitched a Lyft, wait make that lift on the back of a local python named Monty. It is Australia after all, pythons just wander the streets there I hear!<br /> <blockquote>"I went out and the lake had overflowed," he says, and realised the toads, who nested around its edge, were fleeing the rising waters.<br /> <br /> "Thousands of toads were all trying to find somewhere to go," he says. "And then I saw Monty our local python with a bunch of hitchhikers on his back."</blockquote><br /> <br /> A variety of theories abound from it being staged to male toads with a little romantic confusion, but we just think it is a cool story! Check out the full story and video <a href="">here</a>!<br /> <br /> <em>Photo courtesy of Paul and Andrew Mock, originally shared at</em> Fri, 04 Jan 2019 09:30:49 -0600 Man vs crickets: final battle Feature Blogger News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39300 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> My very first bulk cricket order was from Jurassic Snacks in the early 90's.This was well before the internet, we herpers were still working on long distance calls and mail order lists. Everyone has that story, especially us old timers. After lamenting my issues of fitting the square box full of crickets into the rectangle aquarium to a friend, he let me in on the trash bag trick. This tale from a twitter user had tears coming from my eyes. <br /> <br /> This tale from a new bearded dragon owner in Minnesota might very well be the funniest thing you have read this week. <br /> <blockquote>Having never ordered internet crickets before, I naively assumed that I’d open up the box and find the crickets in some sort of sealed bag or other contraption to facilitate easy transfer to their final storage place. I also assumed that given the near-zero temperatures we were experiencing that morning, any crickets in the box would be groggy and disoriented and easy to manage.<br /> <br /> I was wrong on both counts.<br /> </blockquote><br /> <br /> I have not lived in the home I received my first cricket order since 2000, but I am convinced the house still has crickets roaming the halls. To read the full story, I strongly suggest you click <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <em>Inset photo of post feeding beardie courtesy of <a href="">TazziesMommy</a></em> Thu, 03 Jan 2019 08:41:42 -0600 Jenna and George: A lifetime of love Feature Blogger News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39032 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <em>Photo: Boyd Huppert, KARE 11</em><br /> <br /> When Jenna had her 10th birthday party at the Milwaukee County Zoo, she received a gopher tortoise as a gift from the then director. That was in 1962.<br /> <br /> Jenna named the tortoise George and she grew up like any other normal Milwaukee kid in the 60's, except she had a pet tortoise. When she went to college, when she met the love of her life, family vacations, everything in life, George was there. <br /> <br /> Today Jenna is 65 years old and living in Minnesota. And George? He is 56 and still alive and kicking and living life with Jenna. He has outlived several family dogs and a few walk abouts, the most recent being about 30 years ago. <br /> <br /> <blockquote>“He doesn’t sit on your lap and can’t take him on walk, but he’s a great pet,” Kirby says.<br /> <br /> The Smiths have also owned a series of Labradors. Their pictures grace the refrigerator of the Smiths' St. Paul home.<br /> <br /> “He's gone through five dogs,” Kirby says smiling. He says the dogs all did their share of barking at George, but, “he got the last laugh by outlasting them.”</blockquote><br /> <br /> In George's life, his species has declined severely in the wild and has become protected and endangered. to have a gopher tortoise now, there are permits and restrictions. <br /> <br /> When someone asks what you will do with your pet reptiles when you get old, just pause and think of George and Jenna. <br /> <br /> Read the full story and see the video at <a href=""></a>. Tue, 13 Mar 2018 09:19:11 -0500 Rattlesnake Round-ups Celebrate Animal Abuse Feature Blogger Featured Contributor News Briefs Rescue News 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:38953 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset=" 2200w" src="" alt="" /><br /> <em>Looking into the Rattlesnake Pit - Sweetwater Texas - Photo Credit: Jo-Anne McArthur</em><br /> <br /> Nothing says “quality family time” like beheading live animals with blunt force trauma to the head, or skinning them alive! If you have young children, they can paint in the blood of the recently slaughtered on the hand-print wall in the children's section. There is even food and a <a href="">beauty pageant</a>, where the winner will prove she likes to skin animals alive! <br /> <br /> <a class="block_level" href="">Continue reading "Rattlesnake Round-ups Celebrate Animal Abuse "</a> Fri, 09 Mar 2018 05:56:00 -0600 亚洲.欧美.中文.日韩aⅴ_国产免费高清在线视频观看网_日韩午夜的免费理论片