this is not related to herpetology
First fluorescent frog found
A rare find in land animals reveals a new way to glow.

“The newly described fluorescent molecules emit a surprising amount of light, providing about 18% as much visible light as a full Moon — enough for a related species of frog to see by. Almost nothing is known about the polka dot tree frog’s visual system or photoreceptors, so Taboada plans to study these to determine whether the frogs can see their own fluorescence.”

Continue reading: First fluorescent frog found

One of the photos of my graduation from The University of Edinburgh Hogwarts.

Animals that make me extremely uncomfortable
  • Members of the genus Pipa (the back-brooding toads) and other pipids
  • Botflies and other dermal parasites
  • Rat kings (when the tails of many rats get inextricably tied together)

tyrannosaurustex  asked:

What are your thoughts on people in Florida keeping Burmese pythons as pets and then releasing them into the Everglades?

Keeping big snakes is fine as long as you are able to provide for them. It’s like keeping any animal that has unusual requirements: if you have the resources, it’s generally fine (although there are, of course, MANY exceptions, and many animals shouldn’t be kept in captivity period).

Releasing those snakes is a terrible thing to do, and people who do it should be heavily penalised (fined, imprisoned, chopped up and used as bait to recapture the animals… I’m sure there’s a happy middle-ground in there somewhere). Florida is probably the single place on earth with the most invasive species per square kilometre. Releasing big snakes threatens the endemic wildlife. Burms have become a huge pest problem in FL.

I am of the opinion that big snakes should require licenses to keep, like many hots; they are not just dangerous, but have special care requirements and should not be available to the general public. Irresponsible keepers give everyone else a bad name, which is bad for the entire hobby, and should be stopped. This is why I support at least the spirit of the Lacey Act, if not exactly the letter of it (do not bother fighting me on this point, I do not live in America and am not well-enough informed to argue about it; I know the concept, and I have read the laws and some of the arguments).

In summary, here is a PSA:


Know what you are getting yourself into when you buy any animal. If you cannot provide for that animal, DON’T GET IT. 

If you can no longer provide for an animal that you thought you could cope with, HAVE IT REHOMED. Don’t be a dickwad and release it. (A) That’s abusive, and (B) it threatens your local wildlife.

Irresponsible keepers are responsible for the suffering and illegal release of tens of thousands of animals world-wide. Do not be one of those people. Or I will be forced to hunt you down and hurt you.

drawnsheep  asked:

Hello! I've got a question! I really want to work at a herp store (mostly reptiles and some amphibians) that is fairly near me. I'm finally of age, and checked around and they seem quite reputable. My dad, however, is worried about what kind of communicable diseases one can get from being in close contact with a lot of herps for long periods most days of the week. I'd definitely be cleaning cages, misting, and doing some handling. I'm 18 with a mediocre immune system, but never scabby hands.

There are only three real risks. The first is salmonella, which is prevalent in reptiles. The second is developing an allergy very quickly because of the level of contact, but that is very rare. And the third, and the most serious, is becoming too cool, which can affect your ability to enjoy life, your social functions, and your mood. So I urge caution.

I have read the Harry Potter books well over twenty times.

I read them once a year.

I have started my annual read this week.

And only this time did I realise.

The boa in the zoo in the first book.






The #Herpetology Tag: A Rant.

Misuse of words makes me irrationally angry.

Congratulations, you learned the word ‘herpetology’ - it’s a long word. It’s a science word. That does NOT mean you should use it to tag every picture of a lizard.

her·pe·tol·o·gy (hərpəˈtäləjē/), noun.

  1. the branch of zoology concerned with reptiles and amphibians.

her·pe·to·cul·ture (hərpəˈtäkəlCHər/), noun.

  1. the keeping of live reptiles and amphibians in captivity, whether as a hobby or as a commercial breeding operation

People who use 'herpetology’ when they mean 'herpetoculture’ are the bane of my existence.

No, those three hundred pictures of your leopard gecko in its shitty plastic enclosure do not have anything to do with herpetology. Get them out of the herpetology tag.

Things that belong in the #herpetology tag:

  • science
  • wild herps
  • photos from your herping adventures

Things that do NOT belong in the #herpetology tag:

  • your malnourished leopard gecko
  • your cornsnake. Congratulations, you have the number one most common reptilian pet. No, it is not related to herpetology.
  • questions about herp husbandry.
  • your pets. unless accompanied by some interesting facts.
  • your face (unless you’re cute/you have a herp on your face, obvs)
  • porn? I mean, come on guys. (this goes for all of the herp-related tags tbh)

I want to see the herpetology tag full of science. Full of facts and cool pictures. Full of new things.

Not your mistagged pets.


My favourite hobby: sending horrendously long emails to scientific collaborators at ungodly hours.

5pixels  asked:

Also I have a thing for smart guys! It's just hard to find them! Tell me random cute smart guy where can I find smart guys?

Ahh, the elusive ‘smart guy’, Homo sapiens sapiens var. acutulus.

Rarely seen, ’smart guys’ - also sometimes referred to as ‘geeks’ or ‘nerds’, or derogitorily as ‘losers’ - are shy, generally solitary creatures, preferring the solace of the library, book store, laboratory, or their own dens over open social settings. They tend to exhibit crepuscular and nocturnal activity.

The ’smart guy’ is typically characterised by an introverted personality, glasses (although this is certainly not a diagnostic feature), and a polite and timid, but generally loyal nature. Often these are accompanied by ill-fitting clothes, books, portable gaming platforms, and other signs of time spent in solitude.

While ’smart guys’ are typically associated with Ravenclaw, frequently they may also be found in any of the other houses, especially Hufflepuff, where their loyalty is put to good use.

The mating call of the ’smart guy’ varies, and, contrary to popular belief, has been well document. Often, it consists of utterances that seem out of place in the current social context, which are usually composed of several multisyllabic words strung together with complex syntax. Typically, individuals will solicit mating attempts by a behaviour known as ‘geeking out’ with the ever-elusive smart female. Generally, this behaviour is induced by the female, but, rarely, the ’smart guy’ has been known to initiate this solicitation.

Due to their introverted nature and a general preference for solitude, smart guys frequently prefer to make friends using the internet, where they are able to find a larger number of their own kind. Here, they also are frequently observed soliciting and being solicited for mating attempts with potential partners, whose geographic position makes them unattainable. Thus, they are frequently to be observed complaining about the size of the planet, the presence of oceans, and time zones.

‘Smart guys’ may be lured into traps by the advertisement of conventions, conferences, or sweet baked goods, and, as such, are easy to catch. However, these methods are only rarely effective due to the rarity with which they leave their typical hides. Be wary of impostors, Homo sapiens sapiens var. procta, which frequently imitate ‘smart guys’ in an attempt to solicit mating attempts or gain popularity.

The New York Times today follows the journey of the Italian wall lizard, an introduced species that has spread throughout New York and is now traveling along train tracks to make a high-speed commute to Connecticut. (Stop us if this sounds familiar.)

While there is at least one species of lizard—the five-legged skink—that is native to New York, these reptiles are rare in our backyard. We asked Chris Raxworthy, curator-in-charge of the Museum’s Division of Herpetology, why that is. While he notes the question is still being debated in scientific circles, he suggests one main factor: in terms of geological time, New York is still recovering from the last Ice Age.

“20,000 years ago, there were ice sheets all over New York City—some of them higher than the Empire State Building,” Raxworthy says. “When those sheets receded, there was tundra following behind them, and most reptiles were still concentrated much further south.”

Many lizards still don’t tolerate the very cold winters in New York. Italian wall lizards may be getting artificial assistance on this front, keeping themselves comfortable by using the warmth of heated buildings. Turns out you’re not the only one grateful your downstairs neighbor runs their radiator through cold snaps.

Photo: The common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis), another introduced species closely related to the Italian wall lizard. © C.Raxworthy

so i have a big question for the reptile community

beardies on sand? i hear alot of controversy on the subject, i’ve talked to several reputable breeders in my area about it, they say not for hatchlings but sand okay for adults. now i know alot of people have their beardies die on sand because of impaction, and i agree calcisand is awful. are they’re any statistics on the mortality rate of beardies on sand vs other substrate? is there any loose substrate anyone would recommend? i ask this because a very good breeder said he has had over 150 of them n sand most of their lives after 6 months and only about half a dozen have passed from sand related? can everyone reblog this around so i can get some insight on this, i’m fairly experienced with reptiles but this is always something that i seem to be stumped on?

anonymous asked:

What made you so angry about the egg cutting video?

I will get into it with my full criticism of the herp breeding industry, whenever it is done (it is probably going to be the longest post I ever make on this blog). But basically animals that cannot deliver themselves, i.e. those that are not able to hatch or be delivered without human intervention, should not be allowed to survive and reproduce. Their genes would naturally have been filtered out of the gene pool, but instead are allowed to proliferate. Pretty soon, the percentage of individuals unable to emerge without assistance will swell, and we will start to see other defects and problems emerging concurrently.

The inbreeding is bad enough as it is, but combined with egg-cutting it is one of the most effective ways to make a lot of very unhealthy animals very quickly.

There are dog breeds that can only give birth by C-section now, such as French and English bulldogs [x]. Without intervention, these animals would not be able to reproduce, and they should not be allowed to reproduce. But breeders do not abide by a normal code of ethics, and that is sickening.

In summary, it is one of the least ethical ways to breed animals, and makes me feel physically ill. Anyone with a rudimentary grasp of genetics, inheritance, and selection should know better than to pollute the gene pool like that.