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Windsor Humane Society investigating disturbing watersnake killing
kingsnake.com - Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Windsor-Essex Humane Society is decrying a violent attack on a northern watersnake, and asking the incident be taken as seriously as abuse against any other type of animal.

From the CBC:

Coulter said the Humane Society consulted a snake expert who said the snake died at the hands of a human and not another animal. She also said rocks didn't simply fall on the snake and kill it.

"It's a concern because, just because she's not a dog or cat doesn't mean she didn't suffer. She was attacked and left there to die," Coulter said. "If this was a dog or cat pelted with rocks and left to die, everyone would be horrified.

"While snakes may not be everyone's favourite animal, they are a part of our ecosystem and can suffer like any other animal."


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The Indian monitor lizard
Sachin Mamgai - Friday, May 29, 2015

In all the time I've been writing for kingsnake.com, most of my posts have been about Indian snakes. It's like I've forgotten there are other reptiles and amphibians that also exist in India. So here are some thoughts on the most common monitor lizard of India.

The Indian or Bengal monitor, Varanus bengalensis, is a monitor lizard found widely distributed over the Indian subcontinent, as well as parts of Southeast Asia and West Asia. This large lizard is mainly terrestrial and grows to about 175 cm from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. The juveniles are more colorful with dotted bands, but as they grow the color of the body is grey or light brown.

It is been said that a monitor lizard has a very powerful grip with claws and there is a story sys that a legendary warrior and his group of soldiers climbed a fort with the support of a monitor lizard and rope.

In India, monitors are hunted for their meat, especially in rural areas. It is believed by these villagers that monitor lizard meat helps to prevent joint pain. For me, it is always a sad thing seeing these reptiles getting killed, and I am doing my best to protect them by making people aware of these magnificient creatures, and I'm sure a change is coming!

Photo: Riyaz Khoja



Two Texas map turtles and not one camera
Richard Bartlett - Thursday, May 28, 2015

Reduced in size and flow during a drought, at the bridge where we stood the river was still about 30 feet wide and looked to be cool and fairly deep with even deeper holes. Kenny and I were watching some very wary diamond-backed water snakes that were using some cracks in the bridge abutment as hideaways when a turtle head broke the water surface, spied us, reversed, and sped to the bottom.

Texas cooter? No. But it was definitely an emydine, not a mud turtle.



After checking the various range maps, it seemed that there was only one other choice - a Texas map turtle, Graptemys versa. Suddenly the sighting took on new importance for this was a species with which neither of us was overly familiar.

So we stood quietly and patiently and watched the water slowly pass by. No turtle.

We admitted defeat and clambered back to the roadway. Before returning to the car we glanced once over the edge of the bridge and there, below us, swam the turtle. Correction: swam 2 turtles.

They were Texas map turtles, a small male and a larger female, and they were courting.

Picture taking time! Whoops, our cameras were still in the car. Of course.

Where else would they be when needed?
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  - Burrow borrowers: the blotched tiger salamander
  - Desperately seeking smooth green snakes
  - Brazilian Horned Frog: Reminiscences and hopes
  - More...

Tony Jones (left)Tony Jones
Featured Contributor
Tony Jones is a UK based writer and herp professional with field experience ranging from Madagascar, New Zealand, Hungary, The Canaries, West Africa, Mauritius, Round Island, Saharan Africa and America.

  - Should reptile shows be legal in the U.K.?
  - New European animal laws worry UK hobbyists
  - Courier no longer ships reptiles in UK
  - Challenges ahead for the UK reptile hobby
  - More...

Sachin Mamgai (left)Sachin Mamgai
Featured Contributor
A reptile hobbyist and rescuer living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sachin began rescuing India's snakes and amphibians when he was 15 and is part of the new generation of reptile hobbyists in India.

  - The Indian monitor lizard
  - Malabar gliding frog: A flying amphibian
  - The Ceylon cat snake
  - A surprising rescue: Montane trinket snake
  - White-lipped pit vipers rule the trees of northern Indi...
  - More...

Leiren McKenzie (left)Leiren McKenzie
Featured Contributor
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.

  - East meets west at the International Herpetological Sym...
  - The Southern copperhead: A marvel of camouflage
  - Appreciating the corn snake in its natural form
  - The uncommon blue striped garter snake
  - Night of the siren
  - More...

Cindy Steinle (left)Cindy Steinle
Featured Contributor
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.

  - We need you to help giant snakes in need!
  - The problem with 'heroes in a half-shell'
  - 'Eaten Alive' creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LA's albino cobra 'domesticated'?
  - In Memoriam: Carl Koch
  - More...



We will be adding more featured contributors in 2015 so check back for more updates and changes!


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  - When Prince Harry met lizard Harry
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  - Florida alligators are not getting enough food
  - Endangered, tongueless frog bred in captivity for first...
  - Will Florida see the return of green turtles?
  - New frogs carve their own sex caves
  - Tar threatens Malaysian sea turtle breeding grounds
  - How much do you know about snakes?
  - Retirees research climate change in the desert
  - Warning for drivers in New England: Watch for frogs
  - Boy brings snake that bit him to the hospital
  - Python climbs tree in captivating video
  - Over 30,000 acres needed for tiger salamander recovery
  - Gabon viper calls Angola home
  - Florida "Python Patrol" met with criticism
  - Baby turtle in South Africa saved by little girls
  - Poison dart frogs may generate aeroscience innovations
  - "Punk rock" frog can form spines on its skin
  - China may have use for invasive Australian cane toads
  - Michigan holds first herp inventory
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  - Creating space for local newts in your own garden
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  - Paleontologist forces smugglers to plead guilty
  - Simple steps can help nesting sea turtles survive
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  - New insights on mass amphibian extinction
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  - Irwin family under fire for their questionable conserva...
  - Conservation programs making things worse in Canberra?
  - The surprising similarities of eastern coral snakes
  - Relic leopard frog exposes challenges of conservation
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  - UK volunteers prepping to keep toads safe from cars
  - Trafficking ring that sold endangered species busted
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  - Flat-tailed horned lizard granted temporary protected s...
  - Men arrested using children's books to smuggle herps ou...
  - Key to fighting battlefield infections may be in alliga...
  - Nurseries for poison dart frogs dug by feral pigs
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  - Ancient "dinosaur cousin" remains found in Israel
  - Inner workings of redtail coral venom finally discovere...
  - Surprise new frog discovered in Peru
  - Conjoined lizard twins found at German zoo
  - Australian police station doubles as lizard home
  - Hunting season could destabilize alligator population
  - Godzilla stolen, then returned
  - Kite surfer saves loggerhead turtle from plastic net
  - World's deadliest library being created in Australia
  - Rainbow boa stolen on school's snow day
  - Carpet python eats possum dinner hanging upside down
  - Fossilized mama reptile shown caring for babies
  - Snakebite victim saved by stormtrooper suit
  - Effort to make salamander Idaho's state amphibian fails
  - Sri Lankan snake's discovery in India suggests ancient ...
  - Western pond turtles disappearing from Oregon
  - Girl pushes for bill to name Idaho state amphibian
  - Vietnam home to new tree frog species
  - Canadian boy finds 300 million year old fossil
  - UK man finds snake in his shopping bag
  - Excessive rainfall harms tropical leaf litter frogs
  - Are venomous sea snakes overharvested?
  - Cambodia home to new legless amphibian
  - Scientists develop more powerful anti-venoms
  - Newly discovered frog species gives birth to live tadpo...
  - Radiated tortoises seized in Paris airport
  - Crocodiles and alligators live together in the Keys
  - Australia home to miniature Komodo dragon
  - Snake ID'd as a rainbow boa wriggles out of San Diego t...
  - Georgian non-profit wants to become conservation leader
  - Detroit Zoo helps rescued lizards
  - Pit viper discovery in Sumatra
  - Conservationists rescue turtles from California drought
  - Mangroves oil spill destroying herps, other wildlife
  - Backside-breathing turtle is critically endangered
  - Taliban attacks in Pakistan threaten crocodiles
  - Chinese giant salamander finds new home in UK
  - Eagle-faced dinosaur takes record as North America's ol...
  - Over 40 percent of amphibians in danger of extinction
  - Recently discovered frog needs conservation effort
  - Canadian court to determine fate of Blanding's 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
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  - Turtle reunited with her veteran savior
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  - Florida alligators are not getting enough food
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Jeff Barringer(left) Photo by Gary Miller; used with permission.Jeff Barringer
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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.
  - Two Texas map turtles and not one camera
  - An arboreal beauty: the green tailed rat snake
  - Burrow borrowers: the blotched tiger salamander
  - Desperately seeking smooth green snakes
  - Brazilian Horned Frog: Reminiscences and hopes
  - More...

Tony Jones (left)Tony Jones
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Tony Jones is a UK based writer and herp professional with field experience ranging from Madagascar, New Zealand, Hungary, The Canaries, Mauritius, Round Island, Africa, and America. .
  - Should reptile shows be legal in the U.K.?
  - New European animal laws worry UK hobbyists
  - Courier no longer ships reptiles in UK
  - Challenges ahead for the UK reptile hobby
  - More...

Sachin Mamgai (left)Sachin Mamgai
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A reptile hobbyist and rescuer living in Pune, Maharashtra, India. Sachin began rescuing India's snakes and amphibians when he was 15 and is part of the new generation of reptile hobbyists in India.
  - The Indian monitor lizard
  - Malabar gliding frog: A flying amphibian
  - The Ceylon cat snake
  - A surprising rescue: Montane trinket snake
  - White-lipped pit vipers rule the trees of northern Indi...
  - More...

Leiren McKenzie (left)Leiren McKenzie
Featured Contributor
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.
  - East meets west at the International Herpetological Sym...
  - The Southern copperhead: A marvel of camouflage
  - Appreciating the corn snake in its natural form
  - The uncommon blue striped garter snake
  - Night of the siren
  - More...

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.
  - We need you to help giant snakes in need!
  - The problem with 'heroes in a half-shell'
  - 'Eaten Alive' creates problems for reptile rescuers
  - Is LA's albino cobra 'domesticated'?
  - In Memoriam: Carl Koch
  - More...

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