Meet North America’s smallest turtle
… the threatened bog turtle (Clemmys muhlenbergii). This juvenile was found on Wallkill River Refuge in NJ and NY. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service biologist Susi von Oettingen recently talked about it and other species at risk on Fox News Connecticut (see here). Saving these species matters, she said, because they’re part of our conservation heritage. They also could have medical or commercial value.
Credit: Rosie Walunas/USFWS
Wanted to Share Luna, the crested gecko’s story
I’m going to link to the thread since the pictures can be a little hard to stomach.
Luna was taken in by a member of RFUK. She was neglected and now suffers from major deformities due to MBD. These animals (and reptiles in general) can take a lot of abuse and more often then not not show signs of issues. because of this its important to be on top of your husbandry. Obvious Luna isn’t a case of something going unnoticed but just a blatant case of her owners not caring but she does still help to show how much abuse these animals can take while still surviving.
Reptiles aren’t easy pets, they might not have to be walked or trained but they do come with their own set of needs and requirements that need to be met and sometimes these aren’t easy. Please if you are looking for an easy pet, seriously look into an animal before you bring it home. All animals have needs and do require work in one form or another, if that isn’t what you want get a stuffed animal.
!!!!!!Again warning pictures might be disturbing to some people!!!!
The lace monitor, or lace goanna, (Varanus varius), is a member of the monitor lizard family, Australian members of which are commonly known as goannas.
The nesting season for sea turtles began in the U.S. on March 1
Leatherbacks are the first to lay eggs along Florida’s Atlantic coast, followed by loggerheads and green sea turtles, pictured here, later this spring. Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge is one of several wildlife refuges where the endangered green sea turtle (pictured) is found:
See recent CBS News story: http://cbsn.ws/1f7ik32
Photo by Caroline S. Rogers, USGS
source- The Green Track Naturalist
The Yellow-spotted Sideneck (Podocnemis unifilis), known locally in Peru as “Terecaya,” is a historically important source of food. Unfortunately, the habit of excavating the nests of these turtles, easily found on sandy beaches, in order to consume the eggs, has severely reduced their numbers.
Asked by moreanimalia
Hello yes I can be that reputable source:
Acrantophis dumerili is native to the southern half of Madagascar; its range only barely overlaps with that of A. madagascariensis, which is distributed in the north. It is found in a huge variety of habitats, from moist, cool forest in the east, to hot, dry forest in the south, to dry deciduous forest in the west. As such, it is able to tolerate a wide variety of conditions. Here are some details on climate in this half of Madagascar (generalised over the complete range of A. dumerili:
Rainy season (December to February):
- Between 4 and 8 mm rain per day.
- Raining between 14 and 20 days per month.
- Temperature between 27 and 31 °C
- Temperature change over one day of between 7 and 9.5 °C
Dry season (June to August):
- Between 1 and 4 mm rain per day.
- Morning frost one or two days a month.
- Temperature between 20 and 26 °C
- Temperature change over one day of between 7 and 14 °C
I would tend away from the wettest and coldest of these conditions, as this species is not as commonly found in wet areas as A. madagascariensis.
Acrantophis dumerili diet includes birds (buttonquail, chicken, and other accessible options), mammals (tenrec, mice, rats, and lemurs), and reptiles (chameleons, and anything else large enough).
These snakes are almost exclusively terrestrial, but will hunt in trees and along cliffs.
The largest recorded individual in the wild was 300 cm. Males tend to be larger than females.
A litter consists of 6-13 young, produced after 200-241 days gestation. Sexual maturity is reached after 3-4 years, at a length of between 125 and 160 cm.
N.B.: If possible, find out where your A. dumerili lineage is originally from. There is genetic variation indicating a possible third species from the south east.
Conservation status of the world’s turtles and tortoises
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species evaluates the conservation status of plant and animal species. The list is based on scientific assessment of an organism’s status by experts. For more info on the species comprising the chart above, have a look at Mongabay.com
Asked by Anonymous
I’m assuming you’re referring to the reticulated python :)
Retics usually reach around 16ft/4.9m though they can grow up to 25ft/7.6m. True dwarf localities exist which reach smaller adult sizes.