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Now Available: Therapeutic Venom Database

Now available: a therapeutic venom database. “VenomKB, short for Venom Knowledge Base, summarizes the results of 5,117 studies in the medical literature describing the use of venom toxins as painkillers and as treatments for diseases like cancer, diabetes, obesity, and heart failure. 15 more words

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Nomenclatural Stability - What this really means.

I see a lot of discussion about stability. In particular people arguing that name changes should not be made on the grounds of stability. That genera or species should not be split on the grounds of Stability. 700 more words


An up beat- new lil face in House

Welcome to Clementine my latest little one, a Leopard Gecko.  She is a special color morph called Super Hypo Tangerine Carrot tail.  That makes me smile.




The last band of color indicates the the snake’s tolerance for being held before biting.


Who encouraged the keeping of reptiles and amphibians in Britain the early decades of the 20th Century?

For months now I have been describing what I know of keeping reptiles and amphibians in Britain in the earlier decades of the 20th Century; the books and magazines catering for amateur herpetologists; the importers and dealers and some of the individuals involved. 1,093 more words


Book of the Month: The Lizard King: The True Crimes and Passions of the World's Greatest Reptile Smugglers

I know… I am awful at keeping Caudatart up to date. I live for the salamanders, and they keep me away from the computer. I hope you can forgive me. 461 more words


Made an unexpected critter friend

While canvassing the forest in a grid pattern in search of a wounded deer, I came across this critter:

I’ve contacted the Virginia Herpetological Society who identified it as an Eastern Box Turtle and urged me to add the encounter to their catalog.