Grab the weekend by the tail

by Herp News on October 30, 2014

Remember when Indiana Jones ventured into that cobra pit in The Temple of Doom? RNA reptile show guru played a role in his daring.

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More than a half century after claims that a new frog species existed in New York and New Jersey were dismissed, a team of scientists has proven that the frog is living in wetlands from Connecticut to North Carolina and are naming it after the ecologist who first noticed it.

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The secret behind this shot

October 30, 2014

The snake handler who orchestrated this famous scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark tells how he kept Harrison Ford from being bitten. Go to Source

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U.S. to monitor turtle exports in face of booming global trade

October 30, 2014

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO Fla. (Reuters) – There were lots of snickers when a Chinese-Canadian man was caught trying to leave the United States with 51 turtles hidden in his sweatpants, but the case illustrated the serious threat facing native species from the booming international turtle trade, federal scientists said on Thursday. To protect native species, [...]

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Pet trade likely responsible for killer salamander fungus

October 30, 2014

As if amphibians weren’t facing enough—a killer fungal disease, habitat destruction, pollution, and global warming—now scientists say that a second fungal disease could spell disaster for dozens, perhaps hundreds, of species. A new paper finds that this disease has the potential to wipe out salamanders and newts across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and [...]

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The Search for Lost Frogs: one of conservation’s most exciting expeditions comes to life in new book

October 30, 2014

One of the most exciting conservation initiatives in recent years was the Search for Lost Frogs in 2010. The brainchild of scientist, photographer, and frog-lover, Robin Moore, the initiative brought a sense of hope—and excitement—to a whole group of animals often ignored by the global public—and media outlets. Now, Moore has written a fascinating account [...]

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Learning to love scales and tails in Brisbane

October 30, 2014

Indiana Jones needn't have worried when he ventured into that cobra pit in The Temple of Doom. Go to Source

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Two new lizard species found in Queensland rainforest

October 30, 2014

Cape Melville rainbow skink and Cape Melville bar-lipped skink bring the tally of species unknown to science that have been found in small, remote area to eight Two species of lizard previously unknown to science have been uncovered in a remote part of far north Queensland. Dr Conrad Hoskin, a researcher at James Cook university, [...]

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Hiss… handle with care

October 30, 2014

A team from the Ooty-based NGO, Wildlife and Nature Conservation Trust, imparted hands-on training to fire fighters and field-level Forest Department officials to rescue a snake. Go to Source

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Plump turtles swim better: First models of swimming animals

October 29, 2014

Bigger is better, if you’re a leatherback sea turtle. For the first time, researchers have measured the forces that act on a swimming animal and the energy the animal must expend to move through the water. Go to Source

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