New Venomous Snake Species Discovered In Vietnam
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by John Virata
2w ago
Researchers have discovered a new Asian green pitiviper species of the genus Trimeresurus living in tropical rainforests of Vietnam. The venomous snake, Trimeresurus cyanolabris sp. nov. joins 49 recognized species in the genus. Researchers conducted their fieldwork in Nui Chua and Phuoc Binh National Parks in February and March of 2023. Specimens were collected with snake hooks and photographed in life. FIGURE 4. Type specimens of Trimeresurus cyanolabris sp. nov. in life from Nui Chua NP, Ninh Thuan Province, Vietnam: A holotype ZMMU Re-17679, adult male; B paratype ZMMU Re-17681, adult fem ..read more
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Indonesian Mother Eaten By 16-Foot Reticulated Python
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by John Virata
1M ago
A 45-year-old woman who went missing in Central indonesia has been found inside the belly of an approximate 16-foot reticulated python (Python reticulatus). Farida (Indonesians often use just one name), 45, and a mother of four went missing in South Sulawesi province’s Kalempang Villagethe night of June 6 and never returned. According to news reports, villagers searched for the woman and found her belongings but nothing else. The searchers then found a python with a large belly. The villagers then opened the belly of the python and extracted Farida, who was fully clothed. Four Indonesians Kill ..read more
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Rarely Seen Massasauga Rattlesnake Captured During Ohio State Snake Survey
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by John Virata
1M ago
Huron County Wildlife Officer Matthew D. Smith with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Ohio Division of Wildlife caught and released a massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus) last week. The researchers collected measurements and other data of the specimen before releasing it to go on its way. It was apparently a rare event in the state as the rattlesnake is rarely seen, let alone captured for data collection by DNR researchers. The snake was listed as threatened in 2016, one year after the United States Fish and Wildlife Service proposed protections for the species under the Endang ..read more
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New Snake Species Discovered In Saudi Arabia
Reptiles Magazine » Wild Snakes
by John Virata
1M ago
A new snake species of the genus Rhynchocalamus has been discovered in Saudi Arabia and it is a stunner. While the snake has a distinctive head that appears as if dipped in black paint, the area behind the eyes is a coloration that matches that of the rest of the body. In addition, Rhynchocalamus hejazicus can appear orange, red and even a reddish brown in coloration. And a uniformly black melanistic morphotype has also been found. Colour variation within R. hejazicus sp. nov. (or its lack, thereof). Top row: two unvouchered specimens from NEOM, Tabuk Province, KSA (photo credit: Euan Ferguso ..read more
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Gammie’s Wolf Snake Rediscovered In China
Reptiles Magazine » Wild Snakes
by John Virata
2M ago
Researchers in China have rediscovered the Gammie’s wolf snake (Lycodon gammiei), also know as the Sikkim false wolf snake, in southeastern Xizang, China. The non-venomous snake is of the family Colubridae and was first named Ophites gammiei based on a single specimen collected in India. That snake, which was described in 1878 ws reclassified into the genus Lycodon and/or Dinodon, the researchers wrote in their paper, “Rediscovery of Lycodon gammiei (Blanford, 1878) (Serpentes, Colubridae) in Xizang, China, with comments on its systematic position.” The paper was published in the journal ZooKe ..read more
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Fort Worth Zoo Releases 75 Louisiana Pine Snakes In Louisiana’s Kisatchie National Forest
Reptiles Magazine » Wild Snakes
by John Virata
2M ago
Seventy five Louisiana Pine snakes (Pituophis ruthveni) were released May 9 into the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana by the Forth Worth Zoo. This marks the largest number of snakes released in a single event since the captive breeding program began in 2010. The snakes were hatched and reared at the zoo until they were large enough to fend for themselves in the wild. https://reptilesmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/05/Release-video-1.mp4 “We are one of only four institutions caring for this species in the United States, the zoo wrote on social media. “To date, we have released a tota ..read more
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41 Eastern Indigo Snakes Released Into Florida’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve
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by John Virata
3M ago
Forty one captive bred Eastern indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi) were released into the Nature Conservancy’s Apalachicola Bluffs and Ravines Preserve (ABRP) today as part of a collaborative effort to bolster the wild populations in the preserve. This release marks the eighth consecutive year that Eastern indigo snakes have been released into the preserve. Today’s release comprised 20 female and 21 male snakes. These snakes were captive bred and hatched at the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens’ Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation (OCIC). They were then raised at the Welaka Nationa ..read more
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Asian Lungworm Found In Burmese Pythons Affecting Florida Native Snakes
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by John Virata
3M ago
The Asian lungworm Raillietiella orientalis, has found its way, via the invasive Burmese python (Python bivittatus), into Florida-native snakes and is wreaking havoc on several of the state’s 46 native snake species, 36 of which are native to South Florida where the Burmese python is established. Florida native snakes infected with the snake lungworm include black racers (Coluber constrictor), eastern coachwhips (Masticophis flagellum), pygmy rattlesnakes (Sistrurus miliarius) and Eastern Indigo snakes (Drymarchon couperi), among others, and all species that are known to eat other snakes, incl ..read more
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New Asian Coral Snake Species Discovered In India
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by John Virata
6M ago
Researchers from India’s Mizoram University have described a new species of coral snake that was discovered during the study of existing coral snake species in Mizoram. This is a photo of the snake’s closest sympatric species, Sinomicrurus macclellandi. lin_tube, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons “We uncovered morphological and genetic evidence for resurrecting S. gorei comb. nov., from the synonymy of S. macclellandi and elevating it to a full species rank, previously recognised as a colour variant of S. macclellandi, the researchers wrote i ..read more
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High School Students In Arkansas Hatch Out Four Louisiana Pine Snakes
Reptiles Magazine » Wild Snakes
by John Virata
10M ago
Students at Russellville High School, with the support of teacher Chance Duncan, are believed to be the first secondary educational institution in the world to successfully hatch out the endangered Louisiana pine snake (Pituophis ruthveni). Under Chance’s supervision, the class was able to successfully get a pair of the endangered species to mate, and after seven years of trying, the female laid a clutch of viable eggs on March 10 and four hatchlings emerged July 21. While the hatchlings aren’t a candidate for release into the wild, students in Duncan’s class will learn how to extract DNA to d ..read more
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