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Herp Photo of the Day: Alligator Lizard!
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Herp Video of the Week: Do Tortoises Eat Toes?
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What's going on with West Virginia's Dangerous Wild Animal law?
Rick Stanley - Friday, Dec 19, 2014

In March 2014, West Virginia enacted the Dangerous Wild Animal (DWA) law, which was lobbied for heavily by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and its affiliated WV organizations.

Similar bills had previously failed in WV, dying in legislative committee and once progressing far enough to be vetoed by WV’s Governor. Although the state’s Governor vetoed a similar DWA bill in 2012, which veto occurred after the Zanesville animal release in 2011, he signed the 2014 DWA bill.

The Zanesville Connection

WV’s 2014 DWA Bill (HB 4393) is frequently justified by the 2011 release of 50 animals in Zanesville, Ohio (consisting of lions, tigers, bears and wolves). As covered in Esquire, the released animals had been accumulated via purchase and “rescue” by Terry Thompson and were housed in outdoor cages on his 73-acre farm.

Forty-nine of the released animals were killed by law enforcement on or near the farm on the evening of the release, and the remaining tiger was killed on the farm the next morning. It has been reported that officers closed the doors of several cages in which a few large cats had remained, only to discover that every cage had been cut open in addition to having its door left open. Thompson’s partially eaten body was discovered on the farm with bolt cutters and a pistol lying nearby.

The police theorized that before shooting himself in the head, Thompson cut open the sides of all the cages, as well as, opening all the cage doors. In Thompson's house, however, two monkeys, three leopards and a small bear remained alive in cages.

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The oak toad chorus
Richard Bartlett - Thursday, Dec 18, 2014

The peeps were deafening. We were standing on the edge of a rain-filled drainage ditch that paralleled a busy North Central Florida highway.

The vocal sac of the tiny oak toad is proportionately immense.


The rain, a deluge a few minutes earlier continued to fall in a fine but steady sprinkle. Rather than frightening and silencing the singers, the sounds of the streaming traffic, rubber on the wet roadway, seemed to stimulate the peeping chorus.

Jake and I, headlamps aglow, moved stealthily to the water's edge. There were so many chorusers that we found it was almost impossible to home in on one set of peeps and follow it to the source. In fact, we soon found that it was much easier and more productive to simply scan the emergent grasses.

By doing that one after the other, we found the callers - each a tiny, one inch long toad sitting with forequarters propped above water by forefeet firmly planted on a blade or two of grass. Periodically a chorusing male would balloon a proportionately immense sausage-shaped vocal sac and voice a series of loud chick-like peeps. Between peeps, the vocal sacs would deflate a bit then re-balloon as another peep was produced.

Because of lingering drought conditions, it had been years since we had happened upon a population of oak toads, Bufo quercicus, this large. This tiny toad is North America's smallest toad species and the only one that has an easy to identify shrill peeping voice.

The question now was, could we get photos without the still-falling rain shorting the cameras out? Before electronics, never had these potential problems ruled the world!
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At home in the forests and swamps of the southeastern United States, Leiren spends most of her free time looking for herps, when she's not breeding axolotls, salamanders, and other reptiles and amphibians.

  - Floridas mild weather makes it snake country in three c...
  - The Swamp Wamper
  - Searching for salamanders in the freezing rain
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Cindy Steinle (left)Cindy Steinle
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A volunteer with several organizations including her own herp rescue, Cindy works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.

  - Eaten Alive creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LAs albino cobra domesticated
  - In Memoriam Carl Koch
  - Turtle wrap increased nesting for loggerheads net probl...
  - Whats good for the cat is good for the reptile Lessons ...
  - Saving turtles from extinction
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kingsnake.com has been blogging about reptile and amphibian news since 2006! Check out these reptile and amphibian news articles from our blog archives you may have missed!


  - Recently discovered frog needs conservation effort
  - Canadian court to determine fate of Blandings turtles
  - Lower Keys crocs reclaiming traditional territory
  - Galapagos tortoises have astonishing recovery
  - Smithsonian exhibit features school bus sized snake
  - Sea turtles rescued from the cold
  - Fog is key ingredient to understanding iguana breathing
  - The incredible disappearing terrapin
  - Baby turtles given a helping hand
  - Tortoise taggers at Yuma Proving Grounds
  - Turtles more closely related to birds than snakes lizar...
  - Kids have play date with a python
  - Look for lizards crossing the road
  - Tortoise ribs evolved into shells
  - Why do snakes have two penises
  - New fossil identifies largest known venomous snake
  - Croc killed by trappers receives special send off
  - DNA may take guess work out of diagnosing snake bites
  - What a difference a croak makes
  - Bearded dragon rescued from fire
  - Discovery Channels new snake show makes us embarrassed ...
  - One hundred years of incalculable loss
  - Egyptian sarcophagus fit for a snake
  - 12 year old newt lover to present studies in Edinburgh
  - Sea turtles are having a great year
  - Whos your daddy
  - CSI Madagascar
  - Invasive toads hit the ground running
  - Life sentence for doggrabbing crocs
  - Some snakes have extraordinary bites
  - Economy transforms lizard populations
  - Lizard see lizard do
  - Herp community shows its generosity and compassion at N...
  - Dragonseye view
  - Rare frogs fly back to Caribbean home
  - Early man worshipped pythons
  - Climate change brings unusual turtle to Golden Gate
  - Zoo breeds rare lizards to aid species
  - Stunning crocodile closeups
  - Family home overrun with copperheads
  - Pet frog rescued from fire by Fort Worth Tex firefighte...
  - Last Pinta Island tortoise preserved forever
  - Meet Cassius the worlds largest captive croc
  - Bridging the divide between herps and humans
  - Explanation for ball python disease found
  - Conservation group works with locals to save endangered...
  - Deadly fungus spreading to snakes
  - Unusual mutation found in wild snake
  - Snake milker faces danger to help others
  - Indian snakecatcher aims to educate
  - Arizona desperate for tortoise adopters
  - Killing crocs not the solution to attacks
  - Roads cause roadblocks for snakes
  - Beware of decapitated snakes
  - Endangered tortoises to be sterilized
  - Endangered turtles protected by Nicaraguan army
  - Scottish conservationists have an interesting nightlife
  - Discovered and endangered
  - In space no one can hear you squeak
  - Understanding evolution of snake venom is key to treatm...
  - Granny saves bearded dragon with CPR
  - Slash from Guns N Roses on turtle conservation
  - Coast Guard rescues trapped leatherback
  - Florida home infested with snakes
  - Herptologist calls for Indian antivenom pool
  - Worlds 10000th reptile species identified
  - Snapping turtles invade Japan
  - Stolen python a passenger in car crash
  - Tortoise has a runin with the law
  - Turn your garden into a snake sanctuary
  - Python gets a checkup
  - Russia regains control of gecko sex satellite
  - Dont fight snakes with snakes say wildlife experts
  - Researchers turn up the heat on the chytrid fungus
  - Look what the stork brought to the London Zoo
  - Alligator on the lam in Wisconsin
  - How climate change impacts reptiles in the wild and wh...
  - Cop shoots tortoise claims it attacked
  - Herpers strike back against media hype about snake
  - Why life is hell for the hellbender
  - Chemical found in water is feminizing male turtles
  - Troubled times for one of the worlds rarest lizards
  - Snakebite survival may depend on solving venom mysterie...
  - Save a turtle and you may save yourself
  - Alligators crunch bones for science
  - Man bites deadly snake
  - After 80 years lost snake species rediscovered
  - Juvenile sea turtles returned to the wild in Florida
  - Newlyidentified dancing frogs already threatened
  - Robosnake slithers into your heart
  - Glass frogs are deadbeat dads
  - The crocodiles and hippos had a party
  - Readin writin and Naja oxiana
  - Ancient snapping turtle wont end up as soup
  - Who is poaching the worlds deadliest snakes
  - Snake in the flowers dead or alive
  - Firefighter saves pet python from burning house
  - Herp News Roundup Reptiles not welcome at new 49ers sta...
  - Columbian boy discovers new frog species in swimming po...
  - Did you hear the one about the man who builds snake rob...
  - Evidence of 25 million year old venomous snake found in...
  - Sea snakes chronically dehydrated because they cant dri...
  - Theyre not making gigantic prehistoric lizards as big a...
  - Veterinarian helps sea turtles blinded by tumors
  - Rare frog discovered in Eastern Tanzania
  - Tyrannosaurus rexs teeny tiny relative
  - Can the tinker frog be saved from chytrid
  - First responders learn how to handle reptiles on the sc...
  - East Texas Herp Society helps longtime member in fight ...
  - Herpetologist Robert C Stebbins passes away at 98
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  - Canadian court to determine fate of Blandings turtles
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  - Galapagos tortoises have astonishing recovery
  - Smithsonian exhibit features school bus sized snake
  - Sea turtles rescued from the cold
  - Fog is key ingredient to understanding iguana breathing
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Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Richard D. Bartlett
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One of the most prolific writers and photographers on herpetological subjects in the 20th century, Richard spent over four decades documenting reptiles in the field and captivity.
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Leiren McKenzie (left)Leiren McKenzie
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At home in the forests and swamps of the southeastern United States, Leiren spends most of her free time looking for herps, when she's not breeding axolotls and other salamanders.
  - Floridas mild weather makes it snake country in three c...
  - The Swamp Wamper
  - Searching for salamanders in the freezing rain
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Cindy Steinle (left)Cindy Steinle
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A volunteer with several organizations including her own herp rescue, Cindy works with a number of local shelters, agencies, and organizations to provide rescue services for her community.
  - Eaten Alive creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LAs albino cobra domesticated
  - In Memoriam Carl Koch
  - Turtle wrap increased nesting for loggerheads net probl...
  - Whats good for the cat is good for the reptile Lessons ...
  - Saving turtles from extinction
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