Blog - News Briefs Reptiles and Amphibians en Serendipity 2.3.5 - Tue, 08 Jun 2021 15:30:14 GMT RSS: Blog - News Briefs - Reptiles and Amphibians 100 21 Theives try to steal adult Galapagos Tortoise, maim it instead.,-maim-it-instead..html News Briefs,-maim-it-instead..html#comments 0 (Jeff Barringer) <center><img width="95%" src="" alt=""><br />Two thieves in a Chevrolet Pickup Truck attempted to steal <br />this adult Galapagos tortoise from Gerry Fife's breeding facility in Arizona</center><br /> At 2:30a.m this morning two thieves attempted to steal an adult Galapagos Tortoise from the tortoise breeding facility in Arizona run by long time tortoise breeder Jerry Fife. The breeder sized female tortoise, a critically endangered species, was severely injured in the process and the decision was made to humanely euthanize her. A reward is now being offered to bring the two thieves to justice and video of the attempt is available on <a href="" title="">Jerry's facebook page</a>. It is hoped that between the herp community and the law enforcement community the miscreants can be identified and arrested. This is a devastating loss for Jerry who is one of the few successful private breeders of the species in the United States. Captive Galapagos tortoises, natives of the Galapagos Islands, can live up to 177 years in captivity and are the largest species of tortoise in existence. Some may weigh over 900lbs.<br /> <br /> This is just one of a number of recent reptile thefts in the United States from outdoor captive reptile breeding facilities, causing many of those facilities to tighten their security. <br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> <a class="block_level" href=",-maim-it-instead..html#extended">Continue reading "Theives try to steal adult Galapagos Tortoise, maim it instead."</a> Mon, 07 Jun 2021 22:38:00 -0500 New Frog discovered in Peru News Briefs 0 ( <figure class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 600px"><div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:40211 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="600" srcset=" 1200w, 600w" src="" title="An image provided by Peru's state service for the protection of natural areas of a new species of frog found in Peru's Amazon jungle" alt="An image provided by Peru's state service for the protection of natural areas of a new species of frog found in Peru's Amazon jungle"></div><figcaption class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">An image provided by Peru's state service for the protection of natural areas of a new species of frog found in Peru's Amazon jungle</figcaption></figure><br /> During a recent research survey, a new species of marsupial frog in the Cordilleras de Colan National Sanctuary in Northern Peru. <br /> <blockquote>The new species belongs to the Gastrotheca genus of tailless frogs found in South and Central America.<br /> <br /> ...<br /> <br /> "This new species is distinguished by having a thick granular skin on the back, a green dorsal coloration without a pattern, turquoise iris and a belly without spots, specks or dots," said SERNANP.<br /> </blockquote><br /> <br /> To read more visit <a href="">here</a>. Mon, 19 Apr 2021 08:02:00 -0500 knocked offline by historic storm News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <center><img width="95%" src="" alt="" /></center><br /> For the first time since launching in February of 1997's servers were knocked offline several times for long periods during last weeks polar vortex. The servers, located in Austin Texas, were victims of state mandated rolling blackouts that impacted many areas of Texas. Though the servers were backed up by a large uninterruptible power supply and a commercial generator system, those systems themselves eventually ran out of power. Additionally upstream internet switches also failed due to power issues thus causing a double-whammy, so when power was restored the servers were still unreachable. Those systems have all been restored for several days now and operations are mostly back to normal. will be totaling up the downtime and offering our advertisers credit to their accounts once we have determined the extent the outage. We apologize for not being able to provide you the level of service that you have come to expect for the last 24 years, but the situation was beyond our control.<br /> <br /> That being said over the last 2 months has been upgrading to a new set of Dell PowerEdge servers that are bigger, faster, and more capable than our old fleet of PowerEdge servers. For the first time our servers will be "viitualized", utilizing the multiple cores that the more current generation of Intel processors offers. This has required us to upgrade the core software that runs our servers several generations at once, causing a few bugs here and there that need to be squashed. We have gotten most of them but every once in a while a new one unexpectedly crops up. If you hit one of those bugs please let us know by <a href="" title="">using our contact form</a>.<br /> <br /> This weekend we will be upgrading our classified ad server and you can expect brief periods of down time on Sunday, as well as a few bugs going forward. Next weekend we will be upgrading the main site including the blog, events system, business directories as well as other features. We have already upgraded the servers for the forums, forum archives, photo gallery, and banner ad system. We hope to have all our server upgrades completed by March 15. Mon, 22 Feb 2021 20:47:29 -0600 ACTION ALERT: ILLINOIS - Illinois House Bill 3889 Featured Contributor Legal Updates News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> <br /> We have an urgent action alert from USARK regarding the return of the "animal program ban" that has returned in Illinois. As it is written, it could end even the most common of after school educational programs. From USARK:<br /> <br /> <blockquote>This bill bans much more than lions jumping through rings of fire. It is a ban on taking a Greek tortoise into a classroom for an educational program about reptiles. It is a ban on taking a ball python, a red-eyed tree frog, a parakeet, and a hedgehog into a library for an educational show discussing the differences between reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals. It is a ban on llamas and any other non-traditional livestock at the State Fair or county 4-H fairs. Basically, if an animal non-native to Illinois is placed into a vehicle and taken to any location where someone will see it, other than a veterinarian in a private room, then it would become an illegal activity, and you a criminal. You could receive a year in jail and a $2,500 fine for taking a leopard gecko into your child’s classroom for a presentation.</blockquote><br /> <br /> The Chicago Herpetological Society hosts the largest and oldest hands-on reptile exhibit in the country. It reaches tens of thousands of people annually and this bill could destroy it. It could end programs coming to your child's school, day care or scouting program. The impact to the reptile community in Illinois would be devastating. <br /> <br /> USARK has detailed instructions for reaching out to representatives and what we as a community can do <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <br /> Sun, 21 Feb 2021 17:41:06 -0600 Learning Life from Snakes News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <div class="serendipity_imageComment_center" style="width: 620px"><div class="serendipity_imageComment_img"><!-- s9ymdb:40169 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset=" 2048w" src="" alt="Woohoo, the author’s snake, photographed in Mississippi in 2020.Credit...Houston Cofield for The New York Times" /></div><div class="serendipity_imageComment_txt">Woohoo, the author’s snake, photographed in Mississippi in 2020.Credit...Houston Cofield for The New York Times</div></div><br /> <br /> Do you ever have an issue explaining why you love your pet snakes so very much to friends? Have you ever had problems putting into words your love of those cold blooded pets that share your world? Never fear, we all have! <br /> <br /> A recent opinion piece in the New York Times puts our love of snakes into a special light.<br /> <blockquote>The snake is as much symbol as animal, and this oversaturation of meaning prevents us from seeing the snake clearly. In reality, they are gentle, healthful to the environment, “more scared of you than you are of it,” a sort of tragic hero of the ecosystem that is, when gazed upon without malice, beautiful. </blockquote><br /> <br /> To read the whole article, click <a href="">here</a>. <br /> <br /> BTW, a hearty congrats to WooHoo for reaching 25 years old! <br /> <br /> Wed, 30 Dec 2020 10:30:12 -0600 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 Stacey Laurin cancer fundraiser News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:40141 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> If you are up in Canada, chances are you know Stacey Laurin. Stacey is known for both her ball pythons but also her willingness to work with others to help spread the reptile love. She is always there to help people, especially beginners to get set on the right path.<br /> <br /> Now it is our turn to help. Stacey has been battling a very aggressive ovarian cancer for 4 years and has recently come back with a vengeance. Now Stacey could use a little help from the community she has helped for so long. <br /> <br /> From the GoFundMe<br /> <blockquote>"Stacey is currently at a medical facility receiving pain management medications and treatments. Unfortunately alternative cancer treatments are quite costly and a hard burden to bear. She is now in the fight for her life, if Stacey has ever touched your life, please consider donating to her cancer treatment, or simply sharing this fundraiser."</blockquote><br /> <br /> There are two big ways you can help Stacey. The obvious answer is donate, but if you can not donate, please share this around. <br /> <br /> Please check the GoFundMe out <a href="">here.</a> Mon, 16 Nov 2020 06:50:46 -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 Iguanas and Tegus Regulations in Florida News Briefs 0 ( <!-- s9ymdb:40036 --><img class="serendipity_image_left" width="300" srcset="" src="" alt="" />Starting July 1, 2020, Iguanas (<em>Iguana iguana</em>) and Tegus (all species in the genera <em>Salvator</em> and <em>Tupinambis</em>) are now added to Section 379.372, the Florida Statute that regulates species of concern. <br /> <br /> This change will restrict ownership, however there is a grandfather clause for animals owned prior to July 1, 2020 as well as exemptions for education as well as breeders. To learn more about your special use permit, click <a href="">here</a>.<br /> <br /> The draft rules will be presented at an upcoming meeting July 22-23 which will be held remotely and you can attend by visiting <a href="">MyFWC</a>.<br /> <br /> To learn more, visit this USARK <a href="">post</a>. Wed, 01 Jul 2020 07:54:44 -0500 ALERT: Wildlife-Borne Disease Prevention Act (Federal News Briefs 0 (Cindy Steinle) <!-- s9ymdb:39158 --><img class="serendipity_image_center" width="620" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> In the most recent Covid-19 Relief package is a potential reversal of the USARK federal lawsuit victory by reinstating the ban on interstate transportation of species listed as injurious under the Lacey Act. That victory allowed for captive bred animals to be transported across state lines. This impacts the so called "Big 5" but also several Salamander species. We have added the USARK public notice after the bump. <a class="block_level" href="">Continue reading "ALERT: Wildlife-Borne Disease Prevention Act (Federal"</a> Fri, 15 May 2020 20:27:53 -0500 Reptile events canceled by Coronavirus (COVID-19) News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <!-- s9ymdb:39972 --><center><img width="95%" srcset="" src="" alt="" /></center><br /><br /> It should be no surprise to the reptile and amphibian community that we would be impacted by the COVID-19 virus shutdowns. We will do our best to keep the herp community informed, here, on this post with the latest meeting and event cancellations. Most of these event cancellations have been mandated by state or local agencies and the event promoters had no say in the cancellations. In all cases it is best to check with the event promoter to check the status of individual events as some may not be listed here. If you are event or meeting promoter that needs to list a cancellation or postponement please send us an email at <a href="" title=""></a><br /> <br /> List updated 04/20/20<br /> <UL><br /> <li><a href="" title="">All Maryland Reptile Show - Havre De Grace, MD - 03/14/20</a><br /> <li>North American Reptile Breeders Conference - Tinley Park, Il. - 03/14/20-03/15/20<br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Birmingham, Irondale, AL., - 03/21/20-03/22/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">ReptiDay Port Charlotte, Port Charlotte, FL., - 03/21/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Richmond Reptile Expo - Richmond, Va - 03/21/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Reptiles At The York Expo Center, York, PA 03/28/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">East Coast Rept9le Super Expo - Oaks, PA - 03/28/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, SC,- 03/28/20-03/29/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Denver, Aurora, CO,- 03/28/20-03/29/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon New Port Richey, Port Richey, FL, - 03/28/20-03/29/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Long Island Reptile Expo - Brentwood, NY - 03/29/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">All Maryland Reptile Show, Havre de Grace, Md. 04/04/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Atlanta, Lawrenceville, GA, - 04/04/20-04/05/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">ReptiDay Cocoa Beach, Cocoa Beach, FL, - 04/04/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">ReptiDay Port Charlotte,Port Charlotte, FL, - 04/05/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">New England Reptile Expo, Manchester, NH, - 04/05/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">ReptiDay Columbus, Columbus, GA, - 04/11/20</a><br /> <li><a href="">Northern Virginia Reptile Expo, Manassas, VA, - 04/11/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">ReptiDay Tallahassee, Tallahassee, FL - 04/11/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Montgomery, Montgomery, AL - 04/18/20-04/26/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">New York Metro Reptile Expo, White Plains, NY - 04/19/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Tulsa, Kellyville, OK - 04/18/20-04/26/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Chattanooga, East Ridge, TN - 04/25/20-04/26/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Repticon Hickory, Hickory, NC - 04/25/20-04/26/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">All Maryland Reptile Show - Havre De Grace, MD - 05/02/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Reptiles At The York Expo Center, York, PA 05/16/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">Reptiles At The York Expo Center, York, PA 06/27/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title="">New York Metro Reptile Expo, White Plains, NY - 07/12/20</a><br /> <li><a href="" title=""></a><br /> </UL><br /> <br /> Mon, 20 Apr 2020 09:59:00 -0500 Indiana woman dies with python around neck News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <!-- s9ymdb:39932 --><center><img width="95%" srcset="" src="" alt="" /><br /> gallery photo</center><br /> Police say a woman has been found dead with an 8-foot-long python wrapped around her neck at a snake-laden home 20 miles northwest of Lafayette. Details are sketchy at the moment and police have yet to point the blame at the Reticulated Python in question. The woman’s cause of death remains under investigation, with an autopsy scheduled Friday. About 140 snakes were found in the home, the woman owned about 20 of them and had visited the home about twice a week.<br /> <br /> The reticulated python (<em>Malayopython reticulatus</em>) is native to South and Southeast Asia, including India, Burma, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaya, Indonesia, and the Philippines. The worlds longest constricting snake, some specimens are known to exceed 20 ft. in length. An ambush hunter, it waits until prey wanders within strike range before seizing it in its coils and killing by constriction. Its natural diet includes mammals and occasionally birds. Small specimens eat mainly rodents such as rats, whereas larger individuals switch to larger prey including deer and pigs weighing more than 130 lb. <br /> <br /> A popular species among reptile hobbyists Reticulated Pythons are common in captivity and have been bred in many different color varieties.<br /> <br /> Human fatalities attributed to large constrictors are exceedingly rare but do happen. wants to emphasize that people working with large or venomous species should always work with a partner to avoid mishaps and injury. No matter how well you think you know an animal it only takes one mistake to have disastrous and sometimes fatal consequences.<br /> <br /> For more information on this story please check out <a href=""></a>. Thu, 31 Oct 2019 15:38:06 -0500 Herp Industry Pioneer Don Hamper Has Passed Away News Briefs 0 (Jeff Barringer) <!-- s9ymdb:39860 --><img class="serendipity_image_right" width="300" srcset="" src="" alt="" />It is with much sadness that has learned of the passing of reptile industry pioneer Don Hamper.<br /> <br /> I first heard Don Hamper's name mentioned by John Hollister in the late 80s while taking a roadside break while hunting for reptiles out near Langtry Texas. It was all "Hamper had those" or "Hamper bred those" or "Hamper can get those". In the days before the internet word passed from herper to herper about other reptile people across the country(and around the world). Don Hamper's name was prominent among them and it seemed that in some way all herp roads led to Don Hamper. I finally actually met Don Hamper at an International Herp Symposium in the early 90s, where most of the reptile illuminati would gather to listen to lectures and compare keeping and breeding notes. By then Don was famous for hosting one of the few regular reptile expos, the All Ohio Reptile Show, as well as for his pioneering work captive breeding many of the species commonly found in the trade today, and through his work introduced literally thousands of midwesterners to the reptile hobby. Don's pioneering work both in reptile breeding and reptile expos dramatically helped expand the hobby into a true industry and his impact can still be seen in the many reptile breeders that sprouted up in America's heartland in the 90s and early 2000s, many of which are still active to this day.<br /> <br /> I would run into Don many times over the next 3 decades at symposiums and expos across the country and each time he greeted me like we were long lost brothers. ended up hosting his web site for many years as well as helping him spread the word about his expos. <br /> <br /> I will miss Don and his everpresent smile and kind word. He was a true gentleman and will be missed greatly by all that knew him.'s prayers go out to the Hamper family and we ask that you keep them in your thoughts.<br /> <br /> - Jeff Barringer Thu, 15 Aug 2019 17:25:24 -0500 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