Tag: Reptiles

December 29, 2015

Video: Conserving Blanding’s Turtles in Massachusetts

Most endangered Blanding’s turtles (Emys blandingii) die before they hatch or within their first year. But Grassroots Wildlife Conservation has been working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to...

December 22, 2015

Sex Ratio Skewed in San Diego Bay Sea Turtles

Something’s distorting the sex ratio of sea turtles in San Diego Bay, and researchers aren’t completely sure why. “We found a female bias in the San Diego Bay area,” said...

November 20, 2015

Alligator Numbers Sink With Dry Periods in Everglades

The Florida Everglades are a very exciting place at night, according to Hardin Waddle. The frogs are calling, and all kinds of birds and other animals are out. But Waddle,...

November 6, 2015

Climate Change May Hurt Survival of Common Lizards

A couple of degrees of difference can make a huge difference when it comes to the survival of lizards in a changing climate, according to new research. “While a two-degrees...

October 7, 2015

Tropical Amphibians Face High Extinction Rates, Study Says

A combination of habitat destruction, deadly diseases and climate change may spell doom for amphibians in many parts of the world, according to new research. “There’s pretty good agreement that...

September 15, 2015

Extreme Weather May Cause an Increase in Snake Bites

Watch where you step when the weather heats up! The hot and cold phases of weather events like el Niño may cause an increase in snake bites, according to new...

July 29, 2015

Turtle Hotspots in U.S. and the World Identified in New Study

The area around Mobile Bay, Alabama and the deserts of North America are among the areas most diverse for turtle species in the world, according to new research. Scientists looked...

Desert tortoises
July 7, 2015

Threatened Desert Tortoises Good at Weathering Wildfires

The wildfires occurring with increasing frequency in the Mojave Desert don’t have much of an effect on desert tortoises, according to new research. “The thing about tortoises is they’re resilient...

June 24, 2015

Mapping Maryland’s Reptiles and Amphibians

The only way to tell whether endemic animals are disappearing in the landscape is by keeping a close count on numbers. This isn’t even easy when trying to track giant...

Box turtle
June 17, 2015

Citizen Scientists Track Declining Box Turtles

The bowl-sized reptiles could be living in your garden or you may have helped them cross the highway. You may have caught them, or kept one as a pet when...