Did you catch the blog carnival this week? A bunch of herpetology-themed bloggers, including myself, all published posts about the diversity of ecosystem services provided by snakes.
Check 'em out and follow them on Twitter!
Ophidiophilia: Converting Ophidiophobes to Ophidiophiles, One Kid at a Time by Emily Taylor @snakeymama
The Traveling Taxonomist: Snakes of Madagascar: Cultural and Ecological Roles by Mark Scherz @MarkScherz
Onto the regular links:
The dark side of discovering species: those new species will be targeted by collectors.
A recent paper describing how crocodilians might use sticks to lure in nesting birds got a lot of press. For example, here and here and here.
Great White Sharks are getting smaller. Here's why that's bad.
Sometimes in this blog I mention additional relevant scientific articles that might be of interest. Here are 20 tips for non-scientists to interpret scientific claims.
Guard dogs are helping conserve cheetahs.
100 years ago, a big step in bison conservation.
Video camera in Australia is set out to record crocodiles and an eagle ends up stealing it-providing footage of a 110 km journey.
It's that time of year, sharks are congregating off beaches in South Florida, but there's little danger to humans.
Someone thought it was a good idea to build a theme park based on Noah's Ark and built a new ark. Unfortunately, they even plan to house animals in it, but haven't given proper thought to what it would really take to keep all those creatures in close quarters.
Snowy Owls sometimes migrate south, maybe to find food. This year's invasion is incredible and has resulted in many, many sightings. Check out this breakdown and map.
Australian officials are planning to cull Great White Sharks in an effort to reduce the amount of attacks on swimmers. The response has been mixed.
Did I miss an interesting wildlife link from this week? Provide it below