Stress in green iguanas (Iguana iguana): handling and inadequate enclosures

A study in 2012[1] looked at stress in green iguanas (Iguana iguana) with regards to handling and inadequate enclosures. Previously stress has been quantified by the glucocorticoids in blood serum. The problem with this method is the theoretical stress produced from the blood draw. Are the resultant stress levels from the experimental values ...Read More

Salamander Hat-Trick, Plus a County Record

In North Carolina the Green Salamander (Aneides aeneus) has been known to exist in only five counties. Henderson County has a sizable population of them but none have ever been found in Buncombe County which borders on Henderson County, and many searches in Buncombe County have been conducted. But on May 8 ...Read More

Michigan Salamanders

I was recently doing some Blanchard’s cricket frog habitat assessments in Michigan near Grand Rapids. It was a rainy day spent walking through a lot of cow pastures. And to make matters worse I had forgotten my raincoat at home in Wisconsin and had to wear a plastic rain poncho that I ...Read More

Find the Frog

Can you find the spring peeper in this photo?     ...Read More

The implications of Contortrostatin, a disintegrin isolated from the venom of Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix, on cancer treatment

Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, with millions of dollars going toward research for a cure every year. One line of inquiry towards a cure looks to snakes for a possible solution. The venom of the Southern Copperhead (Agkistrodon contortrix contortrix) was discovered to contain a ...Read More

Artificial nesting mounts for Grass snakes (Natrix natrix) in the Netherlands

Ever seen an artificial nest mount for snakes, grass snakes (Natrix natrix) to be precise? In the Netherlands people lend grass snakes a helping hand by constructing nest mounts of bio active material, leaves, branches and all sorts of plant material. Because of dung and straw the nest mount generates heat and ...Read More

Opossum-based Antivenom

New research is delving into the possibility of using a peptide from opossums that was discovered in the 1990s to develop antivenom. Opossums are able to survive being envenomated with no ill effects because this peptide is able to neutralize venom. Researchers recently tested the peptide in mice exposed to venom and ...Read More

Arboreal Alligator Lizards: Living Gems of the Forest

Hidden deep within the misty canopies of Mexico and Central America’s cloud forests lies a rare living gem. Abronia, also known by their common name “arboreal alligator lizards”, are special because they are unlike any other lizard. Their beauty and elegance is unsurpassed in the reptile world. They inhabit very beautiful- almost mythical- ...Read More

Eastern Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina serpentina)

Herping in a stream, I expected to find all manner of frogs and salamanders and even a few snakes but not a snapper. At first I mistook it as a rock that looked miraculously like a turtle shell then did a double take. I looked closer at this ‘rock’ and discovered what ...Read More

The Odd Couple: Tiny Frog and Giant Spider

A very interesting and bizarre relationship has been noted between some very small frog species and some very large spider species throughout the years. One of the first recorded observations was published by Cocroft and Hambler in 1989. They noted that tiny dotted humming frogs (Chiasmocleis ventrimaculata) were living alongside the large Colombian lesserblack tarantula ...Read More