Herpetology http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24591/all en U.S. government sued over endangered sea turtles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-government-sued-over-endangered-sea-turtles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Complaint says deadlines for protection have not been met</p> <p>* Loggerheads among most imperiled sea turtles species</p> <p>Jan 8 (Reuters) - Three environmental groups sued the U.S. government on Tuesday for what they said was Washington's failure to take urgent steps to ensure the survival of endangered loggerhead sea turtles.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/us-government-sued-over-endangered-sea-turtles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Conservation Disaster Herpetology Politics Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 01:15:24 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5731934 at http://www.globalpost.com Florida python hunting contest draws hundreds http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/florida-python-hunting-contest-draws-hundreds <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Month-long event features top prize of $1,500</p> <p>* About 500 contestants registered so far</p> <p>* Swamp itself may pose biggest challenge for amateur hunters</p> <p>By Barbara Liston</p> <p>ORLANDO, Fla., Jan 9 (Reuters) - A python hunting competition starting on Saturday is drawing hundreds of amateurs armed with clubs, machetes and guns to the Florida Everglades, where captured Burmese pythons have exceeded the length of minivans and weighed as much as grown men.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/florida-python-hunting-contest-draws-hundreds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Social Issues Zoology Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:03 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5732421 at http://www.globalpost.com Thousands of crocodiles on the loose after S.Africa floods http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/thousands-crocodiles-the-loose-after-safrica-floods <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JOHANNESBURG, Jan 24 (Reuters) - Some 15,000 crocodiles escaped from a South African reptile farm in flood waters this week and were on the loose in and around one of southern Africa's biggest rivers, a newspaper reported on Thursday.</p> <p>"There used to be only a few crocodiles in the Limpopo River. Now there are a lot," Zane Langman, whose in-laws own the farm in the northern part of the country told Beeld newspaper.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130124/thousands-crocodiles-the-loose-after-safrica-floods" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crocodylidae Disaster Herpetology Reptiles of Australia Thomson Reuters Thu, 24 Jan 2013 16:35:22 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5738838 at http://www.globalpost.com S.Africa police join hunt for 10,000 escaped crocodiles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/safrica-police-join-hunt-10000-escaped-crocodiles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>JOHANNESBURG, Jan 25 (Reuters) - South Africa has called out the police to join the hunt for as many as 10,000 crocodiles on the loose after escaping from a farm during floods and being washed into one of southern Africa's biggest rivers, officials said on Friday.</p> <p>Crocodile farmers, locals and police have trapped thousands of the reptiles, using plastic bands to tie their legs behind their backs and then piling them into pick-up trucks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130125/safrica-police-join-hunt-10000-escaped-crocodiles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crocodilians Crocodylidae Disaster Herpetology Thomson Reuters Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:00:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5739284 at http://www.globalpost.com Mexico releases 100,000 endangered sea turtles http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/mexico-releases-100000-endangered-sea-turtles <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Mexican conservation group released more than 100,000 sea turtles into the ocean last year, in an effort to save a species threatened by egg poachers and fishing nets.</p> <p>The olive ridley sea turtles, known as "golfina" in Spanish, were released off the beaches of Mexico's Baja California peninsula on the Pacific coast, the Association to Protect Sea Turtles said Thursday.</p> <p>Some 1,300 egg nests were also protected last year, 320 more than in 2011. Almost 70,000 golfinas were released off Baja California in 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/mexico-releases-100000-endangered-sea-turtles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Lepidochelys Mexico AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 20:15:19 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5742177 at http://www.globalpost.com German gets jail time for Galapagos iguana smuggling http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/german-gets-jail-time-galapagos-iguana-smuggling <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>An Ecuadoran court has sentenced a German tourist to four years in prison for trying to smuggle threatened iguanas out of the Galapagos Islands.</p> <p>Dirk Bender "will serve four years in prison as stated in the judgment reported today by the president and judges" of the criminal court that found him guilty on January 5 of having altered the local ecosystem of the archipelago, the Galapagos National Park said in a statement Monday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130205/german-gets-jail-time-galapagos-iguana-smuggling" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Galapagos Galápagos Islands Herpetology Human Interest Iguanidae AFP Tue, 05 Feb 2013 17:46:27 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5746662 at http://www.globalpost.com Florida's big python hunt going out with a whimper http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/floridas-big-python-hunt-going-out-whimper <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Invasive species notoriously evasive</p> <p>* Just 50 snakes killed or captured with only days left in hunt</p> <p>* Population believed to have grown to as many as 150,000</p> <p>MIAMI, Feb 7 (Reuters) - A nearly month-long hunt for Burmese pythons in Florida's Everglades was wrapping up this week with little to show for the efforts of more than 1,500 would-be snake slayers armed with everything from clubs and machetes to firearms and spears.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130207/floridas-big-python-hunt-going-out-whimper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Florida Herpetology Squamata Thomson Reuters Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:30:27 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5749478 at http://www.globalpost.com Year of Snake sees serpent sales soar in Hong Kong http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/year-snake-sees-serpent-sales-soar-hong-kong <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>As Hong Kong prepares to usher in the Year of the Snake, an increasing number of the reptiles are slithering their way into local households, with sales of the uncuddly pet rocketing. </p> <p>Keeping snakes has become increasingly popular in the densely-populated city in recent years as animal lovers seek out less space-hungry pets.</p> <p>And with the spotlight firmly on the reptile in the lead-up to the Lunar New Year on Sunday, sales have surged.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/year-snake-sees-serpent-sales-soar-hong-kong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Corn snake Herpetology Snake Technology AFP Sat, 09 Feb 2013 04:30:29 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5750757 at http://www.globalpost.com World's largest crocodile dies in Philippines http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/worlds-largest-crocodile-dies-philippines <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The world's largest saltwater crocodile in captivity has died in the Philippines, 17 months after the suspected man-eater was hunted down and put on display for tourists, his caretakers said Monday.</p> <p>"Lolong", who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died on Sunday night from a mystery illness inside his small enclosure in Bunawan, a backwater town in the country's remote south.</p> <p>"This is a very, very sad day for us. He had brought fame to our town. We are now thinking of having his remains preserved," town spokeswoman Welinda Elorde told AFP.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130210/worlds-largest-crocodile-dies-philippines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crocodilians Crocodylidae Herpetology Human Interest AFP Mon, 11 Feb 2013 04:31:42 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5752299 at http://www.globalpost.com Australia's Cassius reclaims world's biggest croc crown http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australias-cassius-reclaims-worlds-biggest-croc-crown <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>"Cassius" has reclaimed his crown as the world's biggest crocodile in captivity after his rival for the title died, with the huge reptile's handler in Australia saying Tuesday it will boost business.</p> <p>The 5.48-metre (17 ft 11ins) crocodile, kept in a park on an island off Australia's Queensland, held the record until "Lolong", a 6.17-metre suspected man-eater, was caught in the Philippines 17 months ago.</p> <p>But with Lolong's death from a mystery illness on Sunday, Cassius is once again on top.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130211/australias-cassius-reclaims-worlds-biggest-croc-crown" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crocodilians Herpetology Human Interest Lolong AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 02:30:09 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753202 at http://www.globalpost.com Autopsy carried out on giant Philippines crocodile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/autopsy-carried-out-giant-philippines-crocodile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Philippine veterinarians conducted an autopsy Tuesday on the world's largest saltwater crocodile ever caught, amid concerns it died of mistreatment in a small pen where it was on show for tourists.</p> <p>"Lolong", who measured 6.17 metres (20.24 feet), died from a mystery illness on Sunday inside his small enclosure in the southern Philippines, where he had been on display since being caught in marshlands in 2011.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/autopsy-carried-out-giant-philippines-crocodile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Crocodilians Crocodylidae Herpetology Human Interest Lolong AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 09:01:37 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753352 at http://www.globalpost.com Turtle power: Artificial legs boost limbless loggerhead http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/turtle-power-artificial-legs-boost-limbless-loggerhead <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A sea turtle that lost her front legs to a shark attack was bidding to match "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius on Tuesday, as she donned the latest in artificial flipper technology in Japan.</p> <p>Yu, an approximately 25-year-old female loggerhead turtle, was test-driving her 27th pair of artificial front legs around her home aquarium near Kobe in western Japan, where she proves a draw for the crowds.</p> <p>The rubber limbs are attached to a vest slipped over her head, said the aquarium's curator, Naoki Kamezaki.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130212/turtle-power-artificial-legs-boost-limbless-loggerhead" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Herpetology Medicine Oscar Pistorius Sea turtles AFP Tue, 12 Feb 2013 13:15:59 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5753507 at http://www.globalpost.com To prevent snakes on a plane, Guam to airdrop poisoned mice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/prevent-snakes-plane-guam-airdrop-poisoned-mice <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Kevin Gray</p> <p>Feb 22 (Reuters) - Declaring war against invasive brown tree snakes infesting the Pacific U.S. territory of Guam, wildlife officials plan this spring to bomb the island with dead baby mice stuffed with a common pain-killing medicine that is poisonous to the reptiles.</p> <p>Brown tree snakes, believed to have been inadvertently carried to Guam around the end of World War Two aboard U.S. military vessels, have become major pests blamed for wiping out native bird populations on the island.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/prevent-snakes-plane-guam-airdrop-poisoned-mice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Guam Herpetology Reptiles of Australia War Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Feb 2013 07:00:31 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5764062 at http://www.globalpost.com Sea turtles nursed back to health after record rescue from cold http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/sea-turtles-nursed-back-health-after-record-rescue-cold <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Harriet McLeod</p> <p>CHARLESTON, S.C., Feb 23 (Reuters) - A veterinarian punched a syringe into the tough, wrinkled neck of an endangered sea turtle named Crowe one day this week at the South Carolina Aquarium and drew dark, red blood to test whether the animal was ready to be sent back into the wild.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130223/sea-turtles-nursed-back-health-after-record-rescue-cold" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Fauna of Asia Herpetology Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 23 Feb 2013 13:15:21 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5764210 at http://www.globalpost.com Pacific leatherback turtle faces extinction in 20 years http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/pacific-leatherback-turtle-faces-extinction-20-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Numbers have fallen 78 percent in last three decades</p> <p>* Turtles nest in New Guinea and forage across the Pacific</p> <p>* The Atlantic leatherback is in better shape</p> <p>By Verna Gates</p> <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Feb 27 (Reuters) - The giant Pacific leatherback turtle, known for its arduous 6,000-mile (10,000 km) ocean trek from the U.S. West Coast to breeding grounds in Indonesia, could go extinct within 20 years as its population continues to plummet, scientists say.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130227/pacific-leatherback-turtle-faces-extinction-20-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Fauna of Asia Herpetology Sea turtles Technology Thomson Reuters Wed, 27 Feb 2013 16:46:29 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5768654 at http://www.globalpost.com