Friday, September 6, 2013

Friday Roundup: This Week's Wildlife Links (September 6th 2013)

How would you like 100 Copperheads in your yard? I'm not sure what to make of this...I've never heard of so many snakes in one spot. Interesting theory that they are eating insects attracted to the porch light.

A review of zoos playing matchmaker for rare species.

World's oldest known bear dies in the wilds of Minnesota.

Video of a Hammerhead Shark hunting a ray.

World's largest owl needs big trees. But not why you think...big trees fall into streams and create habitat for salmon, the owl's preferred prey.

How to tell the difference between Black-capped and Carolina Chickadees.

New species of electric fish produce electricity differently than other fish with the same talent.

Incredible photo of leaping Thresher Shark.

Speaking of incredible, this fish that lives in quickly drying puddles can reach sexual maturity in just 17 days.

Watch your toes: attack of the giant water bug.

Story about rattlesnakes losing their rattles in South Dakota. Consider me very skeptical of the claims.

New Zealand tourist stranded on island for two weeks because a large crocodile in the water threatened him every time he tried to leave. He claims he did not know that Crocodiles were of concern in Australia. What?

Ball Python (a common pet) found in Toronto schoolyard. Newspaper reports it is either a boa or a "bull constrictor". They mean boa constrictor, which is the same thing as a boa. Attention media: I'm happy to answer your questions so you don't sound silly.

Rebecca in the Woods visits Bonneville Dam on Columbia River and observes salmon traveling through via an underground viewing window. In the process, she notices the first wave of an alien parasite invasion i.e. a congregation of lampreys.

A controversial strategy to save the world's rarest trout: poisoning their rivers.

I drove under these last week: a summary of the wildlife overpass (and underpass) conservation program in Banff National Park.

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