Friday, January 25, 2013

Friday Roundup: New Neon Lizards and Why Chernobyl Benefited Russian Wildlife

Echidnas are unusual mammals. For one, they lay eggs. Scientists recently found out something else: apparently this species may not have gone extinct in Australia during the last ice age.

Wildlife photographer distracts hungry Polar Bears, takes self-portaits with said Polar Bear.

Now this would be an expensive roll of sushi (make sure to read the updates).

The State of Florida recently initiated an unconventional plan to control invasive Burmese Pythons-they're letting the general public go after them. Here are two humorous perspectives on this questionable effort, from Fred Grimm and Dave Barry.

A summary of the conservation issues surrounding giant catfish in Laos.

Biologists discover a new species of lizard in Vietnam, and it's neon blue.

Why a radio-active disaster may be a boon for wildlife.

In two paragraphs, a Cairo resident concisely discusses why there is no good reason that there is still a rattlesnake roundup in Georgia.

As I wrote this fall about Bison, large wild animals aren't large tame animals. Don't get too close.

Are we overlooking or ignoring social behavior in rattlesnakes?

An excellent summary of the biology of snakes in the Galapagos Islands.

Another reminder that yes, we do have wild jaguars in the United States. How do we protect them?

HARTMANN, T., GEISSLER, P., POYARKOV, N., IHLOW, F., GALOYAN, E., RÖDDER, D., & BÖHME, W. (2013). A new species of the genus Calotes Cuvier, 1817 (Squamata: Agamidae) from southern Vietnam Zootaxa, 3599 (3) DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3599.3.3

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