Often, aquatic environments such as rivers and streams become reservoirs for BPA, affecting turtle habitats. Last year, a team of researchers determined that BPA can disrupt sexual function in painted turtles. Now, the team has shown that BPA also can induce behavioral changes in turtles, reprogramming male turtle brains to show behavior common in females. Researchers worry this could lead to population declines in painted turtles.

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New insights into the relationship between ultraviolet (UV) filters and hunting methods in snakes is one of the findings of the first major study of visual pigment genes and lenses in snakes.

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The most complete catalog of proteins in king cobra venom yet

August 17, 2016

Seven milliliters of a king cobra’s venom can kill 20 people. But what exactly is in the snake’s venom? Researchers have pursued that question for decades. Go to Source

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The Aztec treasure unearthed: New earth snake species discovered in Mexico

August 13, 2016

A new gem has been added to the vast treasure of Mexican reptiles. Scientists recently described a new and strikingly colored species of earth snake from the mountains of Puebla and Veracruz in central Mexico. These burrowing snakes are seldom encountered and, consequently, have been poorly studied. Furthermore, several species have restricted distribution, making them [...]

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The Aztec treasure unearthed: New earth snake species discovered in Mexico

August 13, 2016

A new gem has been added to the vast treasure of Mexican reptiles. Scientists recently described a new and strikingly colored species of earth snake from the mountains of Puebla and Veracruz in central Mexico. These burrowing snakes are seldom encountered and, consequently, have been poorly studied. Furthermore, several species have restricted distribution, making them [...]

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Rain frog that turned into a Sleeping beauty is a new species from the Peruvian Andes

August 13, 2016

A new species of rain frog was discovered in the premontane forests of the Peruvian central Andes. Referring to the mountain chain’s local name, the amphibian’s name translates to ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Another striking thing about the new frog is the contrasting bright red that coats its groins, shanks and thighs. Go to Source

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Rain frog that turned into a Sleeping beauty is a new species from the Peruvian Andes

August 13, 2016

A new species of rain frog was discovered in the premontane forests of the Peruvian central Andes. Referring to the mountain chain’s local name, the amphibian’s name translates to ‘Sleeping Beauty.’ Another striking thing about the new frog is the contrasting bright red that coats its groins, shanks and thighs. Go to Source

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Many endangered species face long waits for protection

August 10, 2016

The Endangered Species Act was enacted by Congress in 1973 to protect species threatened with extinction. To receive protection, a species must first be listed as endangered or threatened. A two-year timeline for the process was established in 1982 by a Congressional amendment to the ESA. Researchers found that many species are encountering much longer [...]

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Tiger sharks opt for scavenging on dead and dying sea turtles as a feeding strategy

August 9, 2016

Researchers found behavioral evidence that tiger sharks prefer to opportunistically scavenge on dead or weakened green turtles rather than actively hunting healthy individuals despite more opportunities to do so. The study, conducted off the coast of Australia during the turtle nesting season, also found the behavior of healthy green turtles suggests that they do not [...]

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‘Red gene’ in birds, turtles suggests dinosaurs had bird-like color vision

August 4, 2016

A gene for red colour vision that originated in the reptile lineage around 250 million years ago has resulted in the bright red bird feathers and ‘painted’ turtles we see today, and may be evidence that dinosaurs could see as many shades of red as birds, and perhaps even displayed more red than we might [...]

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