Saturday, February 9, 2013

Friday Roundup: How to Avoid Polar Bears When Trick-or-treating and Crocodile Attacks...on Elephants

 It's a busy time of year for Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake conservation. The Center for Biological Diversity recently initiated a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is dragging its feet on protecting the species and 48,000 people signed a petition asking Whigham, Georgia to stop killing animals as part of their annual festival, the last of its kind in the state. Meanwhile, Opp, Alabama (the only other town left in the southeastern United States that holds an event to celebrate unregulated harvest of native wildlife), is planning their annual rodeo. 

While some say that Opp and Whigham are behind the times, rounding up invasive pythons is apparently a new trend in Florida.

In the past, I've walked along the beach and tossed back hapless fish and crabs that had gotten caught in the waves and found themselves beached on shore. I may have hesitated though, if one of those fish was a Great White Shark.

The best wildlife photographs of the year, by Smithsonian.

Excellent summaries of the natural history of Leaf-nosed Snakes and Gaboon Vipers, by Andrew Durso.

Darren Naish provides a fascinating summary of a potentially common event: crocodiles attacking elephants.

When we hear about mercury showing up in nature, we often think of it accumulating in things like tuna and swordfish and we worry about the consequences of eating too much of these ocean predators. The scary reality though, is that it shows up in all kinds of animals, and it is harming more than just us.

This Georgia man prefers his sea turtle eggs poached.

The Macauley Library and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology have announced that they have made available over 7,000 hours of animal noises. One of my favorites: the sound of someone walking along the edge of a pond and dozens of young bullfrogs squeaking as they jumped into the water. It's hard to imagine that they'll soon sound like this. On that note, compare the sounds of a baby American Alligator to a bellowing adult.

Man in Pennsylvania doesn't follow rattlesnake harvest rules. Wildlife officer arrives at house, sees rare and protected turtle...confiscates it. And the lesson learned is, better just to stay inside?

It's not just hard to estimate the size of rattlesnakes, trying doing so for Whale Sharks, the world's largest fish.

Tips for trick-or-treating in northern Canada when you don't want to be eaten by a Polar Bear (along with other information regarding the complicated conservation of this great beast).

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