Journal archives for March 2018

March 08, 2018

Get the SHELL out of here! Astonishing moment terrified turtle scuttles over grass at mind-boggling speed then plops into a lake.

Turtles are usually slow creatures because they have no reason to be fast, as herbivores they don't have to chase their food to eat.

Due to their thick shells they aren't usually bothered by predators either and because of this they have reason to be speedy.

However when spooked, turtles can run between three to four mph but this can risk broken bones, shells and sprains.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5472349/Astonishing-moment-terrified-turtle-scuttles-grass-lake.html

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March 12, 2018

There are dozens of sea snake species in the Indian and Pacific oceans, but none in the Atlantic or Caribbean. Why?

Sea snakes are found only in the Indian and Pacific oceans. For many years, herpetologists and biologists like me have pondered why there are no sea snakes in the Atlantic Ocean or the Caribbean Sea. With colleagues at the University of Florida and elsewhere, I’ve recently proposed some answers to this long-standing question.

https://theconversation.com/there-are-dozens-of-sea-snake-species-in-the-indian-and-pacific-oceans-but-none-in-the-atlantic-or-caribbean-why-91452

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March 13, 2018

Endangered Species Protection Sought for CA, OR Salamander Threatened by Logging.

ASHLAND, Oregon — Conservation groups filed a federal petition for Endangered Species Act protection today for the Siskiyou Mountains salamander, a rare terrestrial salamander that lives in old-growth forests in the Klamath-Siskiyou region of southern Oregon and Northern California.

https://yubanet.com/california/endangered-species-protection-sought-for-ca-or-salamander-threatened-by-logging/

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March 15, 2018

Early warning system for deadly amphibian pathogen.

eDNA was able to detect Bd one month before the pathogen impacted populations of mountain yellow-legged frogs in Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/03/180312104019.htm

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March 16, 2018

What Do We Lose If We Lose Wild Axolotls?

The axolotl is famous and beloved, a celebrity among amphibians. Named after an Aztec god and the inspiration for a Pokemon, it can heal itself better than Wolverine from the X-Men, even regrowing lost limbs. The people of Mexico City recently chose it as their official emoji.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/next/nature/saving-axolotls/

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March 25, 2018

No newts is bad news during salamander mating season in foothills.

They don’t know that the newts are missing, that I’ve seen an alarming few this year, not including another two dead. They’re not recorded in my log; I didn’t want to remember them, but I do anyway, their images impressed upon my memory, their small bodies pressed into the road, drying like jerky in the sun.

http://www.fresnobee.com/opinion/readers-opinion/article206297374.html

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March 27, 2018

What 3 Feet Of Seawater Could Mean For The World’s Turtles.

UC Davis wildlife biologists have been studying western pond turtles in the semi-salty waters of Suisun Marsh in Northern California. While abundant in the marsh, this species is in decline in many other parts of the state. The researchers observed that the turtles could face a triple threat of drought, water diversions and increased sea level rise, all of which can result in saltier habitats for them.

https://scienceblog.com/500026/what-3-feet-of-seawater-could-mean-for-the-worlds-turtles/

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March 30, 2018

And the answer to the age-old question: Eggs came before chickens.

Eggs came first.

There. Now you know.

Eggs were around long before there were chickens, or any birds at all.

https://www.redding.com/story/life/2018/03/30/and-answer-age-old-question-eggs-came-before-chickens/458815002/

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