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  • Hundreds of helpless cold-stunned sea turtles rescued by Navy pilots and pickup trucks

    02/18/2021 5:02:30 PM PST · by blueplum · 20 replies
    WaPo via MSN ^ | 18 Feb 2021 | Alex Horton
    The deadly winter storm that swept across Texas and parts of the South knocked out power and water for millions. It also created a catastrophe for animals statewide — including for sea turtles prone to freezing in frigid waters. ...“It was like an apocalypse of turtles littered on the beach,” Bellamy told The Washington Post in a phone interview Thursday. More than 800 turtles have since been plucked from Laguna Madre by a ragtag group of about 50 Navy pilots and flight students, military spouses, family members and military retirees, said Biji Pandisseril, the Navy installation’s environmental manager. More turtles...
  • Snake and Eggs? Floridians Could Soon Eat Invasive Pythons

    12/12/2020 5:03:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 44 replies
    CLICKORLANDO ^ | December 12, 2020 | Chris Perkins
    Snake and eggs? Floridians could soon eat invasive pythons Python Bowl kicks off Friday in Florida Everglades Python Bowl kicks off Friday in Florida Everglades FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Donna Kalil estimates she’s eaten a dozen pythons in the last three years or so. That’s not including the python jerky, says Kalil, a python hunter for the South Florida Water Management District. “I eat that several times a week because I take it out with me on python hunts and I eat it out there.” State officials would like to see more people like Kalil putting pythons on the menu...
  • Georgia officials are asking the public to help them track 4-foot long, invasive lizards

    05/15/2020 8:33:43 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    CNN ^ | May 14, 2020 | Christina Maxouris
    There's more to add to that list of invasive species you just found out about and already don't like. Georgia officials are working to completely eradicate a lizard they say poses a major threat to some of the state's native wildlife: the Argentine black and white tegus. John Jensen, a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Conservation Section, said the lizard can grow up to about 4 feet in size and can eat "just about anything they want."
  • This may be the biggest turtle that ever lived: This jaw-droppingly huge specimen is the largest known complete turtle shell on Earth.

    02/13/2020 10:53:48 AM PST · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Live Science ^ | February 13, 2020 | Laura Geggel
    An 8-million-year-old turtle shell unearthed in Venezuela measures nearly 8 feet (2.4 meters) long, making it the largest complete turtle shell known to science, a new study reported. This shell belonged to an extinct beast called Stupendemys geographicus, which lived in northern South America during the Miocene epoch, which lasted from 12 million to 5 million years ago. S. geographicus weighed an estimated 2,500 lbs. (1,145 kilograms), almost 100 times the size of its closest living relative, the Amazon river turtle (Peltocephalus dumerilianus), and twice the size of the largest living turtle, the marine leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), the researchers wrote...
  • Florida Man Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Water Monitor Lizards From Philippines

    02/01/2020 11:15:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 16 replies
    A Florida man turned lizard smuggler pleaded guilty this week in federal court to trafficking live water monitor lizards from the Philippines. Akbar Akram, of Holiday, Florida, near Tampa, admitted to illegally importing more than 20 live water monitor lizards in 2016, according to the plea documents. The documents say Akram stuffed the lizards into socks and sealed them with tape, before hiding them inside electronic equipment which was shipped under a false label.
  • National Weather Service issues alert for falling iguanas (Global Warming)

    01/21/2020 3:45:36 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01 21 2020 | Justine Coleman
    The National Weather Service (NWS) in Miami issued an alert for falling iguanas Tuesday as temperatures are expected to drop. As temperatures are predicted to reach in the 30s inland and 40s along the coast, iguanas could fall from trees as they slow down or become immobile. The reptiles react this way to falling temperatures because they are cold-blooded. “This isn't something we usually forecast, but don't be surprised if you see Iguanas falling from the trees tonight as lows drop into the 30s and 40s,” weather service tweeted. “They may fall from trees, but they are not dead,” the...
  • Giant snake with his mouth open terrifies shoppers after wrapping itself around an ATM [tr]

    11/28/2019 3:38:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 34 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | November 27, 2019 | Adam McCleery
    Shoppers got more than they bargained for when they discovered a giant python on top of an ATM. New South Wales woman Dianne Mancell was at a St. George Bank ATM in Lismore, In New South Wales, on Wednesday when she came face-to-face with the giant python. She took a photo of the snake as it rested on top of the ATM while a crowd of shoppers gathered to watch.
  • The New Godzilla Film Looks Great: Wild footage shows sparring komodo dragons butting heads [tr]

    10/25/2019 6:39:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 25 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 24, 2019 | Daisy Hernandez
    If your first thought watching the footage of the sparring komodo dragons was something like, "the new Godzilla looks great," we don't blame you. The massive lizards—which can grow up to 10 feet in length and weigh 300+ pounds—admittedly kind of look like the fabled kaiju. Komodo dragons, which are native to Indonesia, are the largest known lizard in existence today and is referred to as "ora," meaning 'land crocodile' by local Indonesians, according to Live Science. Komodos are generally solitary animals and highly territorial, and when they get up on their hind legs and start swinging their heads during...
  • Gator raid! Alligator is caught on camera climbing over fence in Florida and into a Navy air base

    08/19/2019 7:12:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2019 | Chiara Fiorillo
    An alligator has been caught on camera while climbing over a tall fence in Florida. Footage posted on Facebook shows the huge reptile moving from one side of the street to the other in front of stunned onlookers. The incident happened at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) last Saturday.
  • Florida woman who pulled gator from yoga pants gets probation

    08/15/2019 8:29:10 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 15, 2019 | Ben Feuerherd
    A Florida woman who was arrested for pulling a small alligator out of her yoga pants during a traffic stop pleaded guilty to illegally possessing animals and was sentenced to probation, authorities said. The woman, 25-year-old Ariel Machan-Le Quire, was arrested in May when she and 22-year-old Michael Clemons were pulled over by Charlotte County cops after Clemons ran a stop sign, according to police.
  • Florida's streets, homes and swimming pools are invaded by hungry and horny alligators [tr]

    04/16/2019 9:34:08 AM PDT · by C19fan · 28 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 16, 2019 | Matthew Wright
    Florida residents may be no stranger to the odd alligator sighting, but as mating season ramps up, the hungry and horny reptiles are turning up in the strangest of places. Videos and photos from across the state have shown gators being found in swimming pools, on the streets and even in a chicken wing joint's parking lot. On Friday, Fort Myers police shared a picture of an eight feet alligator that startled a local family when they discovered that it had torn through their back porch screen at 2am.
  • 99-Million-Year-Old Snake Hatchling Found Encased in Burmese Amber

    08/12/2018 9:05:43 AM PDT · by ETL · 23 replies ^ | Jul 19, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The newly-reported specimen was obtained from an amber deposit in the Angbamo area in Myanmar’s Kachin province.The fossil is a 1.6-inch (4.75 cm) long postcranial skeleton made up of 97 vertebrae; the snake’s head is missing. It dates from the Late Cretaceous epoch, approximately 99 million years ago.“This snake, named Xiaophis myanmarensis, is linked to ancient snakes from Argentina, Africa, India and Australia,” said University of Alberta’s Professor Michael Caldwell.“It is an important — and until now, missing — component of understanding snake evolution from southern continents, that is Gondwana, in the mid-Mesozoic.” “At 99 million years old, it dates...
  • Invasion of big, voracious lizards threatens U.S. South: study

    08/03/2018 6:55:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 76 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 3, 2018 | Jon Herskovitz
    A group of South American lizards that can grow up to four feet long (1.2 meters) has established a home in the Florida wild after being brought to the United States as pets, and the reptiles could begin a voracious march across the U.S. South, according to a new study. Tegu lizards, which currently live in two large colonies in Florida, could expand into an area from the Carolinas to Central Texas, according to the scientific report published in July on the website for the journal Nature.
  • Texas man shocked as 7-foot snake wrapped around front door grille moves in for a 'closer look'

    05/27/2018 11:59:54 AM PDT · by ETL · 78 replies ^ | May 25, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    A Texas man who had just moved into a new home in Morgan's Point Resort was shaking in his boots after a surprise guest showed up at his front door Tuesday. A nearly 7-foot reptile, later identified as a Texas rat snake, was coiled around the grille on the homeowner's door. As the man went to turn his key in the door, the snake moved. -snip- The Texas rat snake is a non-venomous reptile that's commonly found in North Texas. ..." "Texas rat snakes are excellent climbers and there have been occasional reports of Texas rat snakes climbing the sides...
  • The epic moment a massive centipede takes on a snake in an unusual battle to the death [tr]

    05/22/2018 5:36:39 AM PDT · by C19fan · 10 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 22, 2018 | Greta Levy
    This is the moment a giant centipede takes on a large snake in a ultimate battle to the death. Posted on to Live Leak, the three-minute video shows the pair fighting on the ground in Vietnam. In the rare footage, the pair wrestle each other, attempting to bite, pin down and ultimately claim their momentary nemesis.
  • New 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' Trailer Has A Bonkers Surfing Scene

    04/19/2018 9:40:15 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | April 18, 2018 | Ron Dicker
    The final “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” trailer dropped on Wednesday (see below), and its mysterious surfing scene has us stoked. It’s on for just a moment, but it looks totally rad. A very large creature rides the wave beneath the surface, while a human catches the swell from above. This probably won’t end with high-fives and beers on the beach.
  • Snakes alive! Burmese python devours 35-pound deer in Florida

    03/04/2018 3:24:00 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Valley News Live ^ | Mar 03, 2018
    That’s a heck of a meal! The Conservancy of Southwest Florida documented a Burmese python eating a white-tailed deer that weighed more than the python itself. According to The Conservancy of Southwest Florida, which does research on python behavior and habitats in order to help control the population of the invasive species, this is believed to be the largest predator-to-prey ratio documented for the Burmese python, and possibly for any species of python. The findings will be published in the March 2018 issue of Herpetological Review. This snake, an 11-foot female, was found in Collier Seminole State Park on April...
  • Alligator fights python in front of shocked golfers

    01/18/2018 4:19:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 18, 2018 | Jennifer Earl
    An alligator and a Burmese python were locked in a cold-blooded battle to the death as a crowd watched in shock at a golf course in Naples, Fla., last week. Richard Nadler spotted the gator entwined with the large snake just outside the 10th hole at The Golf Club at Fiddler’s Creek. Both creatures were perfectly still, but it appeared the gator had the head of the snake in its mouth.
  • Alligators use bizarre – and creepy – ancient ritual to survive NC’s arctic blast

    01/09/2018 5:34:05 PM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 24 replies
    Tampa Bay Times ^ | 8 Jan 2018 | MARK PRICE
    A North Carolina swamp park has posted a video explaining how alligators survive in a frozen pond, and it’s both creepy and bizarre... ...The alligators seem to instinctively know when the water is about to freeze, says Howard, who is general manager of the park. They respond by sticking their nose above the surface at just the right moment, allowing the water to freeze around them.... Alligators then enter “a state of brumation, like hibernating.” Alligators can regulate their body temperature in all sorts of weather, park officials said, and can essentially remain frozen in place until the ice melts.
  • Bearded Dragons Are Dumber Because of Climate Change

    11/22/2017 8:07:07 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 74 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 21, 2017 | By Christie Wilcox
    Many species, including humans, struggle to survive when temperatures rise too high. But even small increases can affect animals, causing subtle changes in physiology or behavior that alter how they fare. For some lizards, the effects of heat may, somewhat literally, be a no-brainer. A new study published in Royal Society Open Science has found that a temperature increase on the scale expected from climate change can make bearded dragons dumber. Bearded dragons are Australian lizards that have become popular as pets, and like other reptiles, they’re not as dumb as they might seem. “Reptiles were long considered to be...