Sunday, March 10, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links

On this blog, I answer a lot of questions about where reptiles can and cannot be found. Here's a discussion about why the answers might be changing. Could climate change lead to alligators in Virginia? Maybe Cottonmouths will soon be found statewide after all.

Speaking of climate change, how will it affect Red Wolf conservation? And is climate change a bigger problem than people just shooting them?

A controversial take on what we should do about all the house cats that are killing local wildlife.

This rattlesnake photo hoax really did the rounds (even though I posted a description of why it was bogus just two months ago, it is now the eighth-most viewed post on this blog). Here's a summary of an unimpressive response in Texas. 

And, a reminder that big rattlesnakes aren't the only thing people like to kill and present as trophies. New estimates suggest up to 273 million sharks are killed each year.

Baby Siamese crocodiles released into the wild in Lao PDR (Laos) to bolster a critically endangered population. HT to John Murphy.

Turtle research in New England isn't just for the spring and summer anymore.

Curious about how the wild python hunt in the Everglades went? 68 pythons captured.

An essay on the consequences of losing our top ecological predators.

What's the future of the world's largest turtle? Bleak. Just ask The Onion.

The yin-yang of feeding swans.

The only wild bear in Switzerland was just killed.

Why are Pygmy Elephants in Borneo being poisoned and why you should avoid palm oil products.

More shots of ocean predation in action.

A Chinese village's economy is based on snake farms.

So long, Lolong. The world's largest captive crocodile passes away.

There are Cheetahs in Iran? For now.

Remember the search for the Black Mamba that bit a man in Georgia in 2011? Turns out it was a hoax.

Why are dead mice being dropped out of helicopters in Guam? To kill exotic snakes of course.

The Endangered Species Act will be making some noise soon.

Bad science: proof that Bigfoot exists.

New species of owl discovered in Indonesia...its unusual-sounding call gave it away.

If you find that 5.9 million metric tons of any wild animal is being shipped for consumption, there's a good chance that animal is facing some serious threats: a summary of international Pangolin conservation

Camera-trapping Bobcats in the snow, wolves loping through the forest, and minks everywhere.

Conservation of a truly unique fish: sawfish off western Africa.

If you haven't visited Claxton's rattlesnake festival yet this weekend, it's not too late. This event is a reformed roundup. I'm glad they realized the importance of reptile conservation. On the other hand, Opp Alabama is off to a slow start rounding up rattlesnakes for their rodeo. I'm sure it's just the weather...

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