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Why Poison Dart Frogs?

I’m not a herpetologist or even a biologist, my day job is in media and communications. However, through my work of documenting life in the field, I have fallen in love with the most subtly charismatic creatures of the rainforest, poison dart frogs. 1,059 more words

Boa Constrictors

Boa constrictors do not suffocate their prey to death, contrary to popular belief. Instead they squeeze their prey until the pressure within the preys circulatory system is not enough to sustain the animals functions to live causing the prey to then die

Biology

Slow

In the UK we only have a handful of native amphibians and reptiles. It is for this reason that they tend to get lumped together even though they are very different animals with very different life histories, preferences and habitat requirements. 477 more words

Vision of Toads

If a toad is put into a tank with dead worms, it will starve to death because it won’t recognize the worms as food. Toads have evolved to only see horizontal lines moving as food. 130 more words

Biology

Haarlem Snake Awareness Workshop

On the 26th of April, I ventured westwards to Haarlem, on the Eastern border of the Western Cape, for a snake awareness talk. The snake awareness workshop, that was set up by Matthew Sephton of Living Lands, was attended by Honeybush tea farmers working in the Langkloof area. 152 more words

Nature

SNAPP: first medical decision-support tool for snake identification

“The first medical decision-support mobile application for snake identification based on artificial intelligence and remote collaborative expertise in herpetology”.

-Snapp team, 2018

Snakebites remain a major problem, as the second neglected tropical killer it accounts for over 100’000 human deaths, and claims 400’000 victims of disability and disfigurement globally every year [1]. 

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Precision Global Health

Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Green Anole (Anolis carolinensis)

Green anole is the only anole species native to the U.S. They compete with exotics for territory and you can help them by planting taller shrubbery. 63 more words

Predatory