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November 24, 2019

Try to imagine back 65 million years ago. It is the Paleocene epoch, the ten million periods following the disappearance of the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous. It is somewhere in South America, and it is hot. Much warmer than what it is today, averaging around...

October 26, 2019

Did I get your attention? Moloch was a Palestinian god from the Old Testament. Followers, after being chosen by a priest, were happy to accept young children for sacrifice. Its name was inspired by “Paradise Lost”, a poem by John Milton - who portrayed his Moloch the s...

September 29, 2019

I admit that I’m not as familiar with amphibians as I should be. But I love American bullfrogs. Kermit was one until a little bright green one-inch glass frog in Costa Rica is now being called Kermit. Then there was the Budweiser Frogs! And the lizards, ferret, and igu...

August 24, 2019

Have you ever heard “Don’t Mess with Texas”? Years and years ago, when we visited my cousin in League City, I thought it was pretty arrogant - until my cousin said it was an anti-littering campaign. So then I thought it was extremely clever and I loved Texas, even if w...

July 27, 2019

USFWS, the Lacey Act, and USARK - The Conclusion of Invasive Burmese Pythons

But the law was passed, except for the boa constrictor. They were

taken off after the economic report they were required to review showing economic impact. Boa constrictors were and are one of...

June 22, 2019

Snakes and the Law at the Not Okay Corral

Having big constrictors in the Everglades is a very serious matter, and they do need to be removed. However, the lengths and ideas

have come up with left me shaking my head. In 2013, the first Python Challenge took place. It was...

May 25, 2019

The Aftermath of Rodda et al.

FLORIDA - Shortly after the release of the report, Florida passed legislation that put all large constrictors on a Reptile of Concern list (now called “Conditional Species.”) Owners could keep their python for its natural life but they coul...

April 28, 2019

The next four months I’m writing more of the actions of people than an actual animal - but there is an animal. The Burmese python. Permanent residents of the Everglades now, a decade ago, local and federal agencies exploited these wild snakes to pass laws that severely...

March 23, 2019

John F Kennedy International Airport

There are a lot of stories about this month’s reptile. Mostly because they

have managed to breach JFK International Airport. I’m sure the architects of the airport had no idea that in the pretty clean brackish (fresh and salt water)...

February 23, 2019

A long, long time ago, a woman married a man whom she was very much in

love with. But she was not just an ordinary woman, Putri Naga was a Dragon Princess. With her husband Majo, they welcomed twins. The boy was named Si Gerong and she raised him amongst the people of...

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