Tag Archives: Reptiles

Sea Turtle Nesting: A Race Against Time

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  Florida’s Atlantic Coast is currently a hotbed of activity for Sea turtle propagation. From early May to September, several species of Sea turtle seek out the coastline as a prime nesting location. During each season thousands of Loggerhead, Green Sea, and Leatherback turtles make their way to land by the light of the moon to lay their eggs in… Read more »

Dispelling Wildlife Myths- Halloween Edition

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With Halloween right around the corner, I thought it the perfect time to address some common misunderstandings about wildlife.  We have all heard them.  Whether they are called myths or Old Wives Tales most false accusations conjure up fear that sometimes result in the persecution and death of many innocent species. How many times have you heard someone say that… Read more »

Timber Rattlesnake Survey

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This year, 2012, has been an exciting time for the Timber rattlesnake population and reproductive assessment survey research. The driving force behind this project was to better understand how human presence in the north eastern part of their range has affected overall rattlesnake numbers and breeding success compared to previous data. In addition, we wanted to learn more about Timber… Read more »

Chrysosporium in the Massasauga Rattlesnake

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A deadly threat has been identified in a Southern Illinois population of Massasauga rattlesnakes (Sistrurus catenatus).  In 2008, biologists found 3 eastern massasaugas with disfiguring lesions on and around their head.  In addition, the snakes had multiple growths and ulcers, and experienced swelling that extended throughout the skin and skeletal muscle.  Another massasauga with a similar condition was documented in… Read more »

Exotic Animal Ownership

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Since the exotic animal incident in Zanesville, Ohio a few weeks ago, I have received a lot of questions regarding the laws governing exotic animal ownership in the United States.  Ownership of exotic or non-native species in the US is a much debated subject.  In actuality, regulation is done on a state, not national, basis; which allows for a lot… Read more »

Snakes, Spiders, and Bats…Oh My!

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In preparation for my favorite holiday, I was recently perusing through the Halloween decorations at a local megastore.  For me, Halloween standards are carved pumpkins, bed sheet ghosts, and candy; lots of candy.  However, for others, the scariest of holidays is all about fear.  Some of the most iconic Halloween characters that makes ones blood run cold and stand frozen… Read more »

Chytrid Fungus and the Global Decline of Amphibians

Recently, I had the privilege of spending time with a biologist studying the impact of the chytrid fungus on amphibian populations, as well as some of the beautiful Panamanian Golden Frogs (Atelopus zeteki) in her study.  Chytrid is a type of fungus that is exclusively found in water or in moist environments.  Although there are over 1,000 identified chytrid species… Read more »