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Texas Venomous Snake Myths Explained
kingsnake.com - Friday, Oct 12, 2018


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Is the bite of of baby venomous snake more dangerous than an adult? Can a decapitated snake still bite? And does the "red and yellow kill a fellow" rhyme ring true? With answers by State herpetologist Paul Crump of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Elda Sánchez, director of the National Natural Toxins Research Center at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, this article from the Dallas Morning News helps explain and explore some of the myths and facts about venomous snakes in Texas. The article also talks about the medical uses of venom, and discusses the various types of snake venom common to Texas snakes, as well as a host of other interesting facts. Check out the article on the Dallas Morning News web site!.
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The Dreaded Cacophony
Richard Bartlett - Monday, Oct 22, 2018


Female Cuban treefrogs can attain a length of more than 5 inches.

I had been told for years that the ”Dreaded Cacophony” was coming. And about 12 years ago it finally got here. The “dreaded cacophony” had become a reality. I think it was first heard in Alachua County, FL in a tiny temporary runoff puddle by the post office. Then, that same year it a second cacophony was heard a few miles away in an even smaller puddle at the entrance of a subdivision. The noises sounded like a series of rivet guns badly in need of oiling. The next year it was heard from a couple of more ponds and the year following from still more. The cacophonists were here and it seemed they were here, despite winters that were a lot colder than those where they had evolved, to stay.


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Red-cheeked Mud Turtle
Richard Bartlett - Monday, Oct 15, 2018


This is a very pretty male red-cheeked mud turtle.

The turtles of the genus Kinosternon are distributed southward from extreme southern New York and North Carolina to northern Argentina. The common name—mud turtle—aptly describes most not only in color (muddy brown or gray—some species do have contrasting colors—white, yellow or red-- on the cheeks) but in preferred habitat as well.

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