House of Herps #12 (B)

A reprise.

Just in case people couldn’t see the forest for the trees in the previous post, here is a more credible edition of House of Herps that gives the bloggers their due:

Nature’s World of Wonder from South African has a not-for-the-squuemish (but a double herp wammy) post on the occasion of a brown house snake meeting a somewhat porky speckled rock skink… we wonder if this snake has taken on more than it can swallow.

Anybody Seen My Focus? walks the bridge in Fort Yargo State Park, Georgia, and gets a bird’s eye view of the muddy emergence of musk turtles.

While some of us are already digging their way through the white stuff, balmier climes are still experiencing autumn. Amber Coakley at the Birder’s Lounge was photographing anoles, as they adapt to the colours that the season brings.

‘Tis the Season: Count Your Chicken! We’re Taking Over! has a close look at anoles, with photos revealing them in their best anolis’  green (and brown) finery.

GrrlScientist describes the difficulty of searching for mini frogs in Cuba, and she relates on research on the tiny but toxic Eleutherodactylus iberia , how their toxicity develops from the mites they eat and how new research is helping solve the conundrum of what came first: aposematic coloring, day-time activity or sequestration of toxic alkaloids in the skin.

David Steen at Living Alongside Wildlife has been tackling as issue that many of us like to see disappear –  the apparent relish people have in killing snakes and displaying their conquests on the web:

When we see, over and over, rattlesnakes killed or maimed and hoisted into the air as some macabre trophies, do we learn this is the appropriate way to interact with these animals (perhaps leading to event such as this)?

David calls for a campaign requesting photographs that show the ‘poise and dignity’ of rattlesnakes, rather than the undignified ‘monster’ rattlesnake photographs that garner so much attention on the web. Visit here, here and here for samples of the type of photographs David is trying to debunk.

And last, but not least, Bob Brown at Philly Herping recounts how the seasons affect his herp hunts. Visit Bob to see what he finds in the dry vernal pools of Pennsylvania.

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