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Herp Photo of the Day: Scarlet King!
kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 18, 2014

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Herp Video of the Week: Bearded Dragon VS Superworms!
kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 18, 2014

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An Aquatic Wonder: The Suriname toad
Richard Bartlett - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

There are times that things are not at all as they initially seem. For example, there was that night when I was moving slowly from bridge to bridge along a small creek on Madre Selva Preserve in Amazonian Per looking intently for aquatic coral snakes. Usually common, this coral was proving difficult to find on this trip.

While I was studying the bottom of a shallow pool, a large fallen leaf began moving slowly away. My interest quickly changed from coral snake to the "moving leaf." The water was silted and the moving object was further obscured by fallen leaves. But it took only a few moments for recognition to occur.

Well-camouflaged though it was, I was looking at a common Suriname toad, Pipa pipa. And that one sighting had turned what had been a rather slow herping trek into a memorable stroll.



Suriname toad facts:

  • This anuran is a member of the family Pipidae, the tongueless frogs.

  • The eyes are small and lidless.

  • The fingers are tipped with tactile skin flanges and prey is literally shoveled into the tongueless mouth with the forefeet.

  • After a complex breeding sequence the eggs are placed on the female's back and are soon covered by skin.

  • The eggs undergo full development while being carried by the female. At hatching the toadlets are fully metamorphosed miniatures of the adult.

  • This species is fully aquatic.


  • More photos under the jump...
    Continue reading "An Aquatic Wonder: The Suriname toad"


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    The state of herp rescue: View from a law symposium panel
    Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

    At the recent National Reptile and Amphibians and the Law Symposium in Washington, DC, a group of panelists and attendees came together to discuss the role of shelters and rescue groups in working with herps.

    What follows are comments from USARK President Phil Goss and the members of the session panel on their impressions of the group, the role of herp rescue, and how to advance the cause of these animals in the herp community.

    Phil Goss:

    Reptile and amphibian rescues and shelters play crucial roles in the herp community. Occasionally, animals must be surrendered due to new overreaching laws, job loss, family relocation or other reasons.

    Shelters that rehome dogs and cats do not have the knowledge to care for non-traditional pets. This is when herp rescues are needed. They are always under-funded and work tirelessly running only on a true passion for these animals.

    If you can, reach out to these rescues. Maybe you can donate a few hours of labor or have a connection for free produce or care products. Promoting and spreading awareness about good rescues is also greatly helpful. Being a supportive member of the herp community means assisting and educating about all corners of our world, and rescues
    certainly need more attention and appreciation.

    Do not donate to national organizations posing as animal welfare groups who send very little money to actually help animals. Donate locally and know where your time and money are going. Thank you to all the reputable rescues out there doing good work.

    Cindy Steinle:
    While the reptile rescue community is still fairly small, it encompasses a lot more than the dog and cat world does.

    We have a variety of issues above and beyond the standard breed discriminatory laws that may be in place, and at times we do not have the ability to help because our hands are legally tied. It was refreshing to hear that not only your normal rescuers are working to rehome animals, but also those who benefit directly from the sale of animals as pets and livestock.

    Having a state agency represented who could answer some specific questions on their state was wonderful and we hope that we have given USARK a new perspective on the reptile community as a whole. The work rescuers do is just as integral to the community as the animals the breeders create and sell and the people who buy the animals.

    Joan Schaffner:
    The session went well and I was glad to see at least a handful of people who sincerely were interested in the animals and not their own profit from sales of the animals.

    The theme of the discussion was that reptile rescue needs to work on developing relationships with the local authority that enforces the laws regarding reptiles/amphibians and who in fact seize and/or receive these animals. This can be difficult to determine because the local laws are often confusing and turn on whether the animal is an exotic or a native species. Much education is necessary on both the animals themselves and which category they fall into in any jurisdiction as well as on the local laws.

    Additionally the reptile rescues need to develop a network of fosters and adopters to help place the animals in good loving homes where their needs are met. Although the laws can be different and of course reptiles and amphibians as species are different from dogs and cats, we may be able to learn from the dog/cat rescue groups and perhaps reaching out to these groups could be helpful.

    Further, it would be helpful to create an on-line resource where rescues could reach out to other rescues nationwide as sometimes placement may be available in other states. Of course the laws must be carefully considered to determine where animals may be placed.

    Finally, several people explained the difficulties of having laws change on them, outlawing certain species when they have these species and then in a position of not knowing what to do with the animals. This must be addressed (lobbied) in each jurisdiction when the laws are being considered so that lawmakers understand the difficulties they are creating and that the interests of the individual animals are taken into account.


    Bonnie Keller:

    I thought the panel went well, overall. I'd have loved to have had more people there, but I was actually surprised at how many were there -- I had visions of there being no one there at all!

    I enjoyed Christie Keith's input on things from a no-kill viewpoint, and a general animal welfare view. Cindy Steinle and I have the reptile vantage point, but sometimes having that narrow focus keeps us from seeing the wider picture. She really helped open that lens a couple of times.

    I was thrilled that Phil Goss from USARK was there, and even more thrilled when he said he'd be interested in helping with a national reptile rescue effort. I really, really hope he can follow through with that. I no longer have the time and energy to spearhead it, but I do have the passion for helping.

    I'd also love to get other rescues to step forward and take part in getting the word out to people about how law changes can drastically affect them, when they suddenly get hundreds of animals dumped on them because the animals are banned.

    Last, one of my fondest wishes would be for there to be a national conference for reptile rescues. I don't know how many would participate, but it would be great to start it and see how it grows.

    Christie Keith:

    I don't have a double standard for reptiles and amphibians vs. dogs, cats, or other more mainstream pets when it comes to rescue and sheltering: If you kill an animal who is healthy or treatable, you haven't "rescued" that animal. I'd like to see the reptile community come together and adopt the best practices of successful shelters and rescue groups, and show the laggards how it's done.

    It was a pleasure to be on this panel and hear from so many rescuers who really walk the talk when it comes to saving the lives of these animals. I look forward to great things from this community, and was particularly excited at USARK's interest in promoting reptile and amphibian rescue and sheltering.

    Featured Writers and Contributors

    With our Featured Contributors program, kingsnake.com brings you the latest news and updates from the biggest names in reptiles and amphibians, to share their decades of experience and knowledge with our community.
    Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Jeff Barringer
    Publisher - Featured Contributor
    Founder of kingsnake.com, Jeff Barringer is a veteran field hobbyist with almost three decades of experience roaming the thorn-scrub or Texas is search of reptiles and amphibians. A specialist in kingsnakes and milk snakes, he is active in the reptile communities legal/political process, and is one of the founders of NRAAC.
    Christie KeithChristie Keith
    Editor In Chief - Featured Contributor
    Longtime PetHobbyist and Connected By Pets Community and Social Media Director Christie Keith has been editing the kingsnake.com site blog since it's launch in 2007, and working with the kingsnake.com community since 2001. A nationally known pet writer, Christie is active in the Rescue and No-Kill Shelter community.
    Richard Bartlett (left) Photo by Jake Scott; used with permission.Richard D. Bartlett
    Featured Contributor
    Author, photographer, and columnist Richard Bartlett is one of the most prolific writers on herpetological subjects in the 20th century. With hundreds of books and articles to their credit, Richard and his wife Pat have spent over four decades documenting reptiles both in the field and in captivity. For a list of their current titles, please visit their page in our bookstore.
    Patricia Bartlett.Patricia Bartlett
    Featured Contributor
    A former museum director and book editor, author Patricia Bartlett has written about natural history topics for countless books, magazines, and web sites. Along with husband Richard, she has spent over four decades documenting animals and invertebrates both in the field and in captivity. For a list of their current titles, please visit their page in our bookstore.
    Phil Goss Photo by Jeff BarringerPhil Goss
    Featured Contributor
    Longtime reptile breeder, hobbyist, and member of the reptile industry, Phil Goss is the President of the United States Association of Reptile Keepers (USARK), the reptile communities National grass roots organization that works on regulatory issues at the local, state and federal levels.
    Gerold MerkerGerold Merker
    Featured Contributor
    High school biology teacher Gerold Merker is a noted author and photographer with a passion for Americas southwestern deserts. Along with books about the Gray-banded Kingsnake and California Mountain Kingsnake, he has written articles regarding reptile and invertebrate care, as well as in periodicals such as Reptiles Magazine and The Vivarium.

    More contributors to be announced shortly...

    Laws

    National Reptile & Amphibian Advisory Council's primary purpose is to host an annual symposium and workshop to bring together people, organizations, companies, and agencies to discuss the impact of laws, regulations, and restrictions on reptiles and amphibians and the people that work with them. If you would like to volunteer to help us put on our conference or to find out more, click here.



    The state of herp rescue: View from a law symposium panel
    Tuesday, Mar 25, 2014

    At the recent National Reptile and Amphibians and the Law Symposium in Washington, DC, a group of panelists and attendees came together to discuss the role of shelters and rescue groups in working with herps.

    What follows are comments from USARK President Phil Goss and the members of the session panel on their impressions of the group, the role of herp rescue, and how to advance the cause of these animals in the herp community.

    Phil Goss:

    Reptile and amphibian rescues and shelters play crucial roles in the herp community. Occasionally, animals must be surrendered due to new overreaching laws, job loss, family relocation or other reasons.

    Shelters that rehome dogs and cats do not have the knowledge to care for non-traditional pets. This is when herp rescues are needed. They are always under-funded and work tirelessly running only on a true passion for these animals.

    If you can, reach out to these rescues. Maybe you can donate a few hours of labor or have a connection for free produce or care products. Promoting and spreading awareness about good rescues is also greatly helpful. Being a supportive member of the herp community means assisting and educating about all corners of our world, and rescues
    certainly need more attention and appreciation.

    Do not donate to national organizations posing as animal welfare groups who send very little money to actually help animals. Donate locally and know where your time and money are going. Thank you to all the reputable rescues out there doing good work.

    Cindy Steinle:
    While the reptile rescue community is still fairly small, it encompasses a lot more than the dog and cat world does.

    We have a variety of issues above and beyond the standard breed discriminatory laws that may be in place, and at times we do not have the ability to help because our hands are legally tied. It was refreshing to hear that not only your normal rescuers are working to rehome animals, but also those who benefit directly from the sale of animals as pets and livestock.

    Having a state agency represented who could answer some specific questions on their state was wonderful and we hope that we have given USARK a new perspective on the reptile community as a whole. The work rescuers do is just as integral to the community as the animals the breeders create and sell and the people who buy the animals.

    Joan Schaffner:
    The session went well and I was glad to see at least a handful of people who sincerely were interested in the animals and not their own profit from sales of the animals.

    The theme of the discussion was that reptile rescue needs to work on developing relationships with the local authority that enforces the laws regarding reptiles/amphibians and who in fact seize and/or receive these animals. This can be difficult to determine because the local laws are often confusing and turn on whether the animal is an exotic or a native species. Much education is necessary on both the animals themselves and which category they fall into in any jurisdiction as well as on the local laws.

    Additionally the reptile rescues need to develop a network of fosters and adopters to help place the animals in good loving homes where their needs are met. Although the laws can be different and of course reptiles and amphibians as species are different from dogs and cats, we may be able to learn from the dog/cat rescue groups and perhaps reaching out to these groups could be helpful.

    Further, it would be helpful to create an on-line resource where rescues could reach out to other rescues nationwide as sometimes placement may be available in other states. Of course the laws must be carefully considered to determine where animals may be placed.

    Finally, several people explained the difficulties of having laws change on them, outlawing certain species when they have these species and then in a position of not knowing what to do with the animals. This must be addressed (lobbied) in each jurisdiction when the laws are being considered so that lawmakers understand the difficulties they are creating and that the interests of the individual animals are taken into account.


    Bonnie Keller:

    I thought the panel went well, overall. I'd have loved to have had more people there, but I was actually surprised at how many were there -- I had visions of there being no one there at all!

    I enjoyed Christie Keith's input on things from a no-kill viewpoint, and a general animal welfare view. Cindy Steinle and I have the reptile vantage point, but sometimes having that narrow focus keeps us from seeing the wider picture. She really helped open that lens a couple of times.

    I was thrilled that Phil Goss from USARK was there, and even more thrilled when he said he'd be interested in helping with a national reptile rescue effort. I really, really hope he can follow through with that. I no longer have the time and energy to spearhead it, but I do have the passion for helping.

    I'd also love to get other rescues to step forward and take part in getting the word out to people about how law changes can drastically affect them, when they suddenly get hundreds of animals dumped on them because the animals are banned.

    Last, one of my fondest wishes would be for there to be a national conference for reptile rescues. I don't know how many would participate, but it would be great to start it and see how it grows.

    Christie Keith:

    I don't have a double standard for reptiles and amphibians vs. dogs, cats, or other more mainstream pets when it comes to rescue and sheltering: If you kill an animal who is healthy or treatable, you haven't "rescued" that animal. I'd like to see the reptile community come together and adopt the best practices of successful shelters and rescue groups, and show the laggards how it's done.

    It was a pleasure to be on this panel and hear from so many rescuers who really walk the talk when it comes to saving the lives of these animals. I look forward to great things from this community, and was particularly excited at USARK's interest in promoting reptile and amphibian rescue and sheltering.


    NRAAC needs a few good herpers to support our work!
    Monday, Mar 24, 2014

    The National Reptile and Amphibian Advisory Council needs your help!

    First, we'd like to thank the Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians and Wayne Hill of the National Reptile Breeders Expo in Daytona Beach for each contributing $500 toward the costs of the 2014 law symposium, held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

    In total NRAAC needs to raise an additional $4,787.97 to cover the costs of putting on this year's event.

    Our expenses were as follows:

    $ 2,907.97 Printing and design, programs, posters, badges
    $ 150.00 Shipping
    $ 2,730.00 Event food and beverage service

    $ 5787.97 Total

    NRAAC and the co-hosts would like to thank George Washington University Law School for making their facilities available to us to hold our 2014 law event at no cost. But we'd very much appreciate your help with covering the remaining expenses. Please email info@nraac.org if you want to help!



    Attending the Second Annual Reptiles and the Law Symposium
    Wednesday, Mar 05, 2014



    If you're coming to the Second Annual Reptiles and Amphibians Legal Symposium in Washington, DC, March 7-8, you should have received an email with the schedule, location, and other details. If not, here's everything you need to know!

    First, if you want to attend, registration is still available for this free event, or you can simply walk up. While there's no registration fee, space is limited; email us at info@nraac.org if you have questions.

    The event will be held at George Washington University Law School, Lerner Hall Room LL101, 2000 H Street, Washington D.C. 20052.

    Registration and check-in start the morning of Friday, March 7, at 7 AM, and runs until 5 PM that day. Registration and check-in are open Saturday, March 8, from 8 AM to 10 AM only. There will be coffee, muffins, and fruit.

    Here is the schedule of panels:

    Day 1 - Friday, March 7, 2014

    7 AM-5 PM: Registration and Check-In
    8-10 AM: CITES and International Trade in Reptiles and Amphibians
    10 AM-noon: CITES and Endangered Species Act Permitting
    Noon: Lunch Break
    1-3 PM: Organisms in Trade and Invasive Species Issues
    3-5 PM: Endangered Species & Conservation


    Day 2 - Saturday, March 8, 2014


    7 AM-5 PM: Registration and Check-In
    9-10 AM: Salmonella and its Impact on the Law
    9-10 AM:The Role of Rescue and the Shelter System (Room S301)
    10-11 AM: Food & Feeder Health, Safety, & Regulation
    11 AM-noon: Chytrid and its Impact on the Law
    Noon: Lunch Break
    1-3 PM: State Laws on Reptiles & Amphibians

    To register, or for more information, visit our 2014 Symposium site.



    Reptile Law Symposium Panelist Profile: Jeff Barringer
    Saturday, Mar 01, 2014

    National Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium panelist Jeff Barringer was a computer network engineer, developer, and consultant for Houston-based Compaq Computers tasked to work with federal agencies and the military when he launched his first reptile web page, the Alterna Page, as a web technology demonstrator in 1994.

    A long-time hobbyist, reptile collector, and breeder, in 1997 Jeff launched a follow-up website, kingsnake.com . The site is still recognized as one of oldest, largest, and most popular reptile hobbyist communities on the Internet, generating a quarter billion page views on average annually for over a decade. Jeff was also one of the founders of the original National Reptile and Amphibian Advisory Council (NRAAC) in 1998, one of the first pet-owner associations launched via the web. He was also one of the founders again when NRAAC reformed in 2012 as an educational organization.

    In addition to his role as chairman of the NRAAC steering committee, Jeff is a long-time member of the East Texas Herpetological Society, as well as of the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research. Over the years, Jeff has served in an advisory role with organizations such as the annual International Herpetological Symposium and the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council. His website has sponsored and promoted hundreds of reptile and amphibian educational events, such as this year's Snake Days event in Sanderson, Texas, the annual ETHS Symposium in Houston, and the Chicago Herp Society and their annual Reptilefest.

    A long-time Texas naturalist, Jeff has activity opposed rattlesnake round-ups since the 1980s, and has appeared numerous times before the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission since then to discuss round ups, as well as other issues with laws and regulations pertaining to both native and non-native herpetofauna. Over the years Jeff has appeared dozens of times before legislators, agencies, councils, and commissions as a speaker on reptile and amphibian laws and how they impact hobbyists and businesses.

    An avid field collector and photographer, he still spends much of his free time photographing reptiles and amphibians in the wild in Texas, and is currently cataloging the hertpetofauna of the Blackland Prairie of Williamson County. Jeff currently keeps a small collection of Williamson County kingsnakes he has collected on his property. Jeff Barringer will be a panelist and a moderator at the free National Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium in Washington, D.C., March 7-8. For more information and to register to attend, please click here.



    Reptile Law Symposium Panelist Profile: Christie Keith
    Saturday, Mar 01, 2014

    Is it still "rescue" if they kill the animals?

    Journalist and communications consultant Christie Keith has been a pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, a contributing editor to the nationally syndicated pet feature Pet Connection, and a well-known blogger, editor, and social media consultant for a number of pet, veterinary, and animal welfare businesses and organizations. She has also spoken at a number of national animal welfare conferences on using social media to advocate for animals and increase pet adoptions.

    Keith is active in the no-kill movement, and will be joining the rescue panel at the free National Reptile and Amphibian Law Symposium in Washington, D.C., March 7-8, 2014. Her focus will be encouraging reptile and amphibian rescue groups to work more effectively with animal control agencies and shelters and demand greater consideration and increased lifesaving efforts for their animals.

    For more information and to register to attend this free event, please click here.

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    Herp Photo of the Day: Scarlet King!
    kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 18, 2014

    This image of a Scarlet King, uploaded by kingsnake.com user caecilianman02, is our herp photo of the day!

    Scarlet King, uploaded by kingsnake.com user caecilianman02


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    Herp Photo of the Day: Bearded Dragons!
    kingsnake.com - Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

    This image of Bearded Dragons, uploaded by kingsnake.com user dedragons, is our herp photo of the day!

    Bearded Dragons, uploaded by kingsnake.com user dedragons


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    Herp Photo of the Day: Garter Snake!
    kingsnake.com - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

    This image of a Garter Snake, uploaded by kingsnake.com user clayemt, is our herp photo of the day!

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    Herp Photo of the Day: Dumeril Boa!
    kingsnake.com - Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014

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    Herp Video of the Week: Bearded Dragon VS Superworms!
    kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 18, 2014

    Check out this video "Bearded Dragon VS Superworms," submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet.


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    Herp Video of the Week: Elvis the croaking frog!
    kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 11, 2014

    Check out this video "Elvis the croaking frog," submitted by kingsnake.com user Minuet.


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    Herp Video of the Week: Turtle Cam!
    kingsnake.com - Friday, Apr 04, 2014

    Check out this video "Turtle Cam," submitted by kingsnake.com user JoJoMang.


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    The Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians (ARAV) is an international veterinary organization promoting conservation and humane treatment of all reptilian and amphibian species through education, captive breeding, and habitat preservation.

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    Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians
    810 East 10th, PO Box 1897
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